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Family and survivors from the March 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings arrive outside the Christchurch High Court for the sentencing of twenty-nine-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, in Christchurch, New Zealand, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. Tarrant has pleaded guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one count of terrorism in the worst atrocity in the nation's modern history. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Families confront New Zealand mosque shooter at sentencing

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Families and survivors had their first chance to confront the white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers in a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques as his four-day sentencing hearing began Monday.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint statement to the press with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after their meeting, in Jerusalem, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (Debbie Hill/Pool via AP)

Mike Pompeo hopeful other Arab states will forge ties with Israel

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hoped other Arab countries would also establish diplomatic relations with Israel as he kicked off a Mideast tour on Monday to press the momentum of the Trump administration’s Arab-Israeli peace push.

Afghan security personnel inspect site of a roadside bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

Afghan official: Bomb kills 7 civilians in eastern province

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dafabet手机版平台A roadside bombing on Sunday in eastern Afghanistan killed seven civilians, a provincial official said, the latest in relentless deadly violence in the country amid new uncertainties over the start of talks between the Taliban and the Kabul government.

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Representatives of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, left of table, including Col. Assimi Goita, center of row, who has declared himself the group's leader, meet with a high-level delegation from the West African regional bloc known as ECOWAS, right of table, at the Ministry of Defense in Bamako, Mali, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. Top West African officials are arriving in Mali's capital following a coup in the nation this week to meet with the junta leaders and the deposed president in efforts to negotiate a return to civilian rule. (AP Photo)

Mali junta wants to hold off on elections until 2023

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The military junta that overthrew Mali's president wants to put off new elections for three years, an official said Monday, as the international community pressed for an immediate return to civilian rule.

FILE - In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, Turkey's research vessel, Oruc Reis, center, is surrounded by Turkish navy vessels as it was heading in the west of Antalya on the Mediterranean, Turkey. Greece says it will conduct a navy and air force exercise in an area of the eastern Mediterranean where Turkey is prospecting for oil and gas in an area as the neighboring countries remain locked in a dispute over offshore energy rights. (IHA via AP)

Greece plans military exercise amid dispute with Turkey

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dafabet手机版平台Greece said Monday that its navy and air force will conduct military exercises in an area of the eastern Mediterranean where Turkey is prospecting for oil and gas as the neighboring countries remain locked in a dispute over offshore energy rights.

Iran sets June 18 as date for next presidential election

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Iran's constitutional watchdog on Monday set June 18 as date for the country's next presidential election, a vote that will choose the successor to President Hassan Rouhani who has served two four-year terms in office.

Syrian sides meet again to discuss possible new constitution

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dafabet手机版平台Syrian government, opposition and civil society delegations were resuming meetings Monday in Geneva to discuss a possible new constitution - a step seen by the U.N. mediator as a prospective “door-opener” to a final resolution of the country’s devastating nine-year civil war.

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, flames rise from a gas pipeline that hit by an explosion, between the northeastern Damascus suburbs of Adra and Dumair, in Syria Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. An explosion early on Monday struck a gas pipeline in a Damascus suburb, cutting electricity throughout Syria, state media reported, citing the country's electricity and oil ministers. (SANA via AP)

Electricity cut in Syria after explosion hits gas pipeline

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An explosion early Monday struck a gas pipeline in a Damascus suburb, causing a huge fire and cutting off electricity throughout Syria, state media reported, citing the country's electricity and oil ministers.

FILE - In this July 6, 2020, file photo provided by U.S. Navy, the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76, front) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68, rear) Carrier Strike Groups sail together in formation, in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy says the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan and its strike group entered the South China Sea earlier in August, 2020, and have been carrying out air operations.  China routinely objects to U.S. naval activity in the sea, especially when more than one strike group is present, as happened earlier this year, and when they involve operations with navies from other countries.  (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Tarleton/U.S. Navy via AP, File)

China holds another round of naval drills in South China Sea

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dafabet手机版平台A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves.

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin speaks to the House and Governmental Affairs Committee about his proposed emergency plan for the fall Louisiana elections, on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Analysis: Election plan doesn't account for all virus risks

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Louisiana voters are waiting to learn if they'll face a stark choice to cast their ballots this fall: Do you stay home if you've been exposed to the coronavirus and skip the election? Or do you violate public health guidance about isolation and stand in line with dozens of other people to vote, possibly spreading the highly contagious virus?

FILE - In this May 28, 2019 file photo, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader, second left, arrives with other members of the Taliban delegation for talks in Moscow, Russia.  The top Taliban negotiator says the group's chief has finalized a negotiating team that will have sweeping decision-making powers in upcoming intra-Afghan negotiations. The Taliban official spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020.  (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Taliban set powerful negotiating team for intra-Afghan talks

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The Taliban's chief has finalized a negotiating team that is to have sweeping decision-making powers in upcoming intra-Afghan negotiations, the top Taliban negotiator told The Associated Press on Sunday.

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