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Russia casts 11th U.N. Syria veto, again blocking inquiry

UNITED NATIONS Russia vetoed on Friday a Japanese-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution to extend by one month an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, just a day after Moscow blocked a U.S. push to renew the investigation.

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The boss is dead but the mafia lives, magistrate and mobster say

ROME/PALERMO The death of Sicilian Mafia boss Salvatore "Toto'" Riina on Friday does not mark the end of Cosa Nostra, but the crime group is unlikely to allow one man such power ever again, a top magistrate and former mobster said.

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As Canada prepares for legal pot, ex-cops get into the business

TORONTO A former Canadian police chief and several colleagues who fought against making marijuana use legal have switched sides and embraced the looming legalization of cannabis with a leap into business.

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Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador to Germany for consultation

CAIRO Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador in Germany for consultation over comments made by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel during a joint news conference with his Lebanese counterpart, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

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Venezuela opposition leader Ledezma flees to Colombia

CARACAS/BOGOTA Veteran Venezuelan opposition leader Antonio Ledezma, under house arrest after his 2015 arrest for alleged coup plotting, escaped across the border to Colombia on Friday.

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe digs in heels as ruling party moves to depose him

HARARE Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party called on Friday for President Robert Mugabe to resign, the main state newspaper The Herald reported, the latest sign that the aging leader's authority has collapsed after an army takeover. | Video

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