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Venezuela's Maduro decried as 'dictator' after Congress annulled

CARACAS Opposition leaders branded Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro a "dictator" on Thursday after the Supreme Court took over the functions of Congress and pushed a lengthy political standoff to new heights. | Video

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South Korea court approves warrant to arrest ousted president Park Geun-hye

SEOUL A South Korean court on Friday approved a warrant to arrest ousted president Park Geun-hye, the country's first democratically elected leader to be thrown out of office, on accusations of bribery and abuse of power. | Video

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Terror threats transform China's Uighur heartland into security state

KASHGAR/HOTAN, China Three times a day, alarms ring out through the streets of China's ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, and shopkeepers rush out of their stores swinging government-issued wooden clubs.

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EU to lay out Brexit response, set negotiating priorities

BRUSSELS/VALLETTA The European Union will tell Britain on Friday how it aims to negotiate its "orderly withdrawal" from the bloc, limit uncertainties for businesses and pave the way for a close future partnership. | Video

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U.S. priority on Syria no longer focused on 'getting Assad out': Haley

NEW YORK The United States' diplomatic policy on Syria for now is no longer focused on making the war-torn country's president, Bashar al-Assad, leave power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on Thursday, in a departure from the Obama administration's initial and public stance on Assad's fate.

United Nations, Syria 5:21pm EDT

U.N. experts see 'alarming' U.S. trend against free speech, protest

GENEVA Nineteen U.S. states have introduced bills that would curb freedom of expression and the right to protest since Donald Trump's election as president, an "alarming and undemocratic" trend, U.N. human rights investigators said on Thursday.

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