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Concerned for security, Poland offers women defense training

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TOMASZOW MAZOWIECKI, Poland (AP) — Poland’s defense minister officially launched self-defense courses for women on Saturday, saying that training by military instructors will increase individual and national security. Antoni Macierewicz has repeatedly stressed that the nation’s security has decreased amid neighboring Russia’s assertiveness. He is strengthening various forms of national defense and recently added a new military force, the Territorial ...

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Italy beat Springboks 20-18 for first time

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FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Italy heaped more misery on South Africa by beating the Springboks 20-18 for the first time on Saturday. South Africa led 12-10 at halftime but a mixture of sloppy mistakes and Italian resilience in front of a roused home crowd at Stadio Franchi earned the Azzurri their greatest victory, just a week after they were blown ...

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Athletes using power of the selfie to clean sports of doping

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BOSTON (AP) — It resembles the symbol for infinity: a sideways “S” that Kara Goucher, Molly Huddle and other elite U.S. athletes suddenly are sporting on biceps, wrists and shins. The tattoos are temporary. But the campaign they represent is an all-out attempt to permanently purge competitive athletics of doping. “People are getting the impression that everyone’s dirty,” Goucher, a ...

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Record sale for a rare Tintin drawing in Paris auction

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PARIS (AP) — A rare drawing from one of Tintin’s most famous comic books, “Explorers on the Moon,” was sold Saturday for a record 1.55 million euros ($1.64 million), auction house Artcurial said. The record sale for a single cartoon drawing has been reached in a Paris auction. The original drawing in Chinese ink from Belgian cartoonist Herge shows the ...

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Activists: Intense bombing of Syria's Aleppo kills 20

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BEIRUT (AP) — Government bombardment of besieged rebel-held neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo killed at least 20 people Saturday Syrian opposition activists said, a day after the health directorate said all hospital in opposition areas have been knocked out of service. Saturday was the fifth day of renewed assaults by Syrian warplanes on eastern Aleppo districts, a rebel-held ...

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Kin gather at Philippine dictator Marcos' tomb amid protests

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Family members and followers of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos gathered for a vigil at his tomb on Saturday, a day after his secrecy-shrouded burial at a heroes’ cemetery triggered widespread protests three decades after the strongman’s ouster. Marcos’ widow, Imelda, clad in black, thanked supporters and local officials who traveled by bus from Marcos’ northern home ...

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'Hamilton' cast asks Pence to work for 'all of us'

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Washington (AFP) – Vice President-elect Mike Pence was booed at a performance of the award-winning Broadway musical “Hamilton,” whose “alarmed and anxious” cast made an unusual call for Donald Trump’s incoming administration to work on behalf of all Americans. The president-elect later complained that the cast had been rude to Pence and harassed him during the late Friday performance. “This ...

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Mali ethnic militia group says it will lay down its arms

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BAMAKO (Reuters) – A militia in central Mali that represents ethnic Peuhls said on Saturday it would lay down its arms in a boost for government attempts to bring peace to the country. The National Alliance to Safeguard the Peuhl Identity and Restore Justice was one of three groups that claimed an attack on an army base in central Mali ...

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Yemen truce strained by reports of air strikes and fighting

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By Mohamed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) – A truce aimed at ending more than a year of war in Yemen began on Saturday, although residents said fighting was still going on in parts of the country. The 48-hour ceasefire by the Saudi-led military coalition raised hopes of an end to a humanitarian crisis caused by a war that has drawn in ...

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