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A Bahraini appeals court on Monday more than doubled a jail sentence against opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman in a move his bloc warned would stoke unrest among the kingdom's Shiite majority.
 
A group that seeks to reunite lost Purple Hearts with service members or their descendants is embarking on an ambitious project: to return 100 such medals or certificates earned in World War I before the 100th anniversary next April of the United States' entry into the conflict.
 
The little blue flowers that have grown for a century now in France near the graves of the war dead at Douaumont can easily be mistaken for local forget-me-nots.
 
Andre Rousselet, founder of the French film and television network Canal+ and former close friend of the late president Francois Mitterrand, died on Sunday at his Paris home, his family said. He was 93.
 
The U.S. Libertarian Party again nominated former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson as its presidential candidate Sunday, believing he can challenge presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton because of their poor showing in popularity polls.
 
At least five U.N. peacekeepers were killed in an ambush in central Mali by suspected militants on Sunday, the U.N. and police sources said.
 
Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido rescued after kidnapping
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico -- Mexican authorities say soccer player Alan Pulido, a forward with Olympiacos in the Greek league, has been rescued safe and sound after an hours-long kidnapping in the northeast border state of Tamaulipas.
 
Chief Syria opposition negotiator quits over failed peace talks
BEIRUT - The Syrian opposition's chief negotiator in UN-brokered peace talks has announced his resignation, branding the stalled Geneva negotiations a failure on both the security and humanitarian fronts.
 
Germany and France leaders mark 100 years since Battle of Verdun
In solemn ceremonies Sunday in the forests of eastern France, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel marked 100 years since the Battle of Verdun, determined to show that, despite the bloodbath of World War I, their countries' improbable friendship is now a source of hope for today's fractured Europe.
 
Seventeen people die in fire at Ukraine home for elderly
Seventeen people died when a makeshift home for elderly people outside the Ukrainian capital Kiev caught fire in the early hours of Sunday, the latest tragedy to shake the conflict-riven country.
 
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