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Expectations low as Syria's warring sides meet

ASTANA Syria's warring sides met for talks in Kazakhstan's capital on Monday, flanked by intermediary nations seeking to engineer steps towards a goal other negotiations have failed to reach: an end to the six-year-old conflict.

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Socialist rebel and ex-PM Valls head for runoff in presidential primary

PARIS Benoit Hamon, a former Socialist government rebel, won the first round of a primary on Sunday and will meet ex-prime minister Manuel Valls in a runoff to decide who will be the candidate of the beleaguered left in a presidential election in spring.

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Kremlin says expects to agree date for Trump-Putin phone call soon

MOSCOW The Kremlin said on Monday it expected to soon agree a date for the first phone call between President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump, but that it had no information for now about when the two men might hold their first meeting.

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French presidential candidate Fillon to meet Merkel in Berlin

BERLIN Former French prime minister Francois Fillon will seek some support from fellow conservative Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday in the most unpredictable presidential election in decades.

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Hardline party on front line of Venezuelan political war

CARACAS Visitors to the headquarters of Venezuela's Popular Will party are greeted by large photos of global political heroes from Nelson Mandela to Mahatma Gandhi.

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Fate of Turkish troops who fled to Greece to be decided this week

ATHENS Greece's Supreme Court will deliver its verdict on Thursday on whether or not to extradite eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece in a helicopter after a failed military coup in July, the Athens News Agency reported.

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