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Afghan hotel attack stirs fresh debate on private security firms

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KABUL A bloody Taliban raid on a high-end hotel guarded by a private company in the Afghan capital has stirred fresh debate about the role of security firms in the violence-plagued country.

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Pro-EU academic battles euroskepticism in push to unseat Czech president 10:56am EST

KLATOVY, Czech Republic Jiri Drahos is a staunch pro-European in one of the EU's most eurosceptic member states, and yet he is in a neck-and-neck race to win the Czech presidency this weekend.

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Afghanistan searches for answers to deadly hotel attack Jan 22 2018

KABUL The deadly assault on the Hotel Intercontinental in Kabul at the weekend, which devastated one of Afghanistan's three main airlines with the killing of many of its foreign pilots, has exposed again how vulnerable the city is to militant attacks.

Treaty opposing violence against women will lead to 'moral decay', Bulgarian church says Jan 22 2018

SOFIA The Bulgarian Orthodox Church on Monday urged lawmakers not to ratify a treaty designed to combat violence against women and domestic violence, saying it was opening the door to "moral decay".

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Heavy casualties after overnight battle at Kabul hotel Jan 22 2018

KABUL Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed more than 30 people and wounded many more, although the final toll of dead and wounded may still be higher. | Video

Six Ukrainians killed in attack in Kabul: Ukrainian minister Jan 21 2018

KIEV Six Ukrainians were killed in the attack on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel, Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin said on Sunday.

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In Russia, Trump inauguration euphoria leaves lasting hangover Jan 19 2018

MOSCOW A year ago on Saturday, Russian nationalists partied in central Moscow to celebrate Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the United States. | Video

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World Bank welcomes Ukraine president's comments on corruption law Jan 18 2018

KIEV The World Bank is encouraged by signs from the Ukrainian president that a draft law to create an anti-corruption court could be revised following international criticism, the lender's Ukraine director Satu Kahkonen said.

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World Bank urges Russia to spend more on healthcare, education Jan 16 2018

MOSCOW Russia's new government after its March presidential election should invest more in education and healthcare to help spur economic growth, the World Bank's chief executive officer said on Tuesday.

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U.S. warily eyeing new Russian air defenses in Crimea Jan 16 2018

BRUSSELS The United States is assessing the security implications of Russia's latest deployment of S-400 air defenses to Crimea, a U.S. military official said on Tuesday, adding it could give existing Russian defenses more resilience.

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Turkey kills at least 260 Kurdish, Islamic State fighters in Syria offensive: military

ANKARA/BEIRUT Turkey has killed at least 260 Syrian Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in its four-day-old offensive into the Kurdish-dominated Afrin region of northwest Syria, the Turkish military said on Tuesday. | Video