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Intense storms wreak havoc in central US
The nation's midsection prepared for another day of foul weather Wednesday after a series of storms brought huge hail and high winds, but not as many tornadoes as had been feared.
 
Test finds Chernobyl residue in Belarus milk
On the edge of Belarus' Chernobyl exclusion zone, down the road from the signs warning "Stop! Radiation," a dairy farmer offers his visitors a glass of freshly drawn milk. Associated Press reporters politely decline the drink but pass on a bottled sample to a laboratory, which confirms it contains levels of a radioactive isotope at levels 10 times higher than the nation's food safety limits.
 
Trump and Clinton dominate in northeast's 'Acela primaries'
Billionaire Donald Trump swept all five U.S. presidential primaries (known as Acela primaries for the tree growing in the region) held Tuesday, strengthening his grip on the Republican race, while Democrat Hillary Clinton distanced herself from rival Bernie Sanders with nearly as strong a showing.
 
Back to the future as S. Sudan's rebels end war, return to office
The metal gates are still twisted where troops in December 2013 stormed the house of South Sudan's now new Vice President Riek Machar, as war erupted leaving tens of thousands dead.
 
Syria war souvenirs feature Assad, Putin, others
They stare at you from mugs, pins and fridge magnets in souvenir shops in Damascus.
 
UN envoy appeals to US, Russia to help Syria peace talks
The U.N. envoy for Syria appealed to the U.S. and Russia to intervene to help revive Syrian peace talks that sputtered to a pause Wednesday, saying a recent spike in fighting has overshadowed the talks and put an increasingly feeble truce in "great danger."
 
Plainclothes 'morality police' criticized in Iran
Tehran resident Sousan Heidari has stopped letting her headscarf slip casually down over her neck and shoulders while driving in the Iranian capital. These days, the 22-year-old with a taste for bold makeup makes sure to pull it tightly over her dark hair, fearful of running afoul of a newly established undercover division of the morality police.
 
Venezuela orders a two-day work week to stave off nat'l power crisis
Venezuela's public employees will work only on Monday and Tuesday as the country grapples with an electricity crisis.
 
33 lions saved from Peru, Columbia circuses
Thirty-three lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia are heading back to their homeland to live out the rest of their lives in a private sanctuary in South Africa.
 
Germany announced Wednesday it is replacing the head of its foreign intelligence service, which has been rocked by revelations it helped the U.S. National Security Agency spy on European targets.
 
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