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Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour’s death

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Kabul, May 25 (AP)- The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor.

In a statement sent to media, the insurgent group said its new leader is Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, one of two of Mansour's deputies. It said he was chosen at a meeting of Taliban leaders, which was believed to have been held in Pakistan.

Mansour was killed in Pakistan on Saturday when his...
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Italy, Netherlands and Sweden vie for Security Council seat

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United Nations, May 25 (AP)- Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden all made their cases on Tuesday for why they should be elected to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations' most powerful body.

The open debates at the U.N. are the first in the U.N.'s 70-year history to subject candidates for...
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Greece gets new funds approved by eurozone creditors

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Brussels, May 25 (AP) - Greece has won an essential batch of bailout funds from international creditors following agreement among the 19 eurozone finance ministers and can start looking forward to debt relief in the future.

After the ministers approved Greece's recent reform efforts, they...
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India successfully tests small space shuttle

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New Delhi, May 24 (AP) - India has successfully tested its first small space shuttle as part of its efforts to make low-cost reusable spacecraft.

The Indian Space Research Organization said the shuttle lifted off on a rocket from a launch pad in southern India on Monday and completed a...
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Obama pitches trade agreement to Vietnamese

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Hanoi, May 24 (AP) -President Barack Obama is pushing for ratification of a 12-nation, free-trade agreement as he speaks to the Vietnamese people, saying it will lessen reliance on one trading partner and broaden ties with more partners, including the United States.

Obama says the Trans-Pacific...
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