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In Brazil, a parrot puppeteer’s death stirs the nation

In Brazil, a parrot puppeteer’s death stirs the nation

RIO DE JANEIRO — In a time of so much loss, it is rare for an individual death to stir a country. And it is extraordinary for national grief to be triggered by the passing of a puppet.
Johnny Depp loses UK libel case over 'wife-beater' claims

Johnny Depp loses UK libel case over 'wife-beater' claims

LONDON — Johnny Depp lost his high-stakes libel case Monday against The Sun tabloid newspaper for labelling him a “wife beater,” as a British judge said he believed the actor had abused ex-wife Amber Heard to such an extent that she frequently feared
Report: South Dakota official distracted before fatal crash

Report: South Dakota official distracted before fatal crash

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg was distracted before he drove onto a highway shoulder where he struck and killed a pedestrian in September, state Secretary of Public Safety Craig Price said Monday.
IS attack on Afghan university leaves 22 dead, 22 wounded

IS attack on Afghan university leaves 22 dead, 22 wounded

KABUL — Islamic State militants in Afghanistan stormed Kabul University on Monday as it hosted a book fair attended by the Iranian ambassador, sparking an hours-long gunbattle and leaving at least 22 dead and 22 wounded at the war-torn country's larg
WHO chief Tedros to quarantine after contact gets COVID-19

WHO chief Tedros to quarantine after contact gets COVID-19

GENEVA — World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he will self-quarantine after being identified as a contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19.
Justice Barrett joins Supreme Court arguments for first time

Justice Barrett joins Supreme Court arguments for first time

WASHINGTON — She didn't have to wear a black robe or even be in Washington, but Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined her new colleagues at the Supreme Court on Monday to hear arguments for the first time.
Tanzanian opposition: Colleagues face terror-related charges

Tanzanian opposition: Colleagues face terror-related charges

NAIROBI, Kenya — Tanzanian opposition leaders said Monday that police arrested key colleagues and charged them with “terrorism-related offences ” and sealed off areas where a peaceful protest was to begin over last week’s election that they call too
2 children pulled alive in dramatic Turkey quake rescues

2 children pulled alive in dramatic Turkey quake rescues

IZMIR, Turkey — When firefighter Muammer Celik reached a 3-year-old girl trapped for three days under the rubble of a deadly earthquake in a Turkish coastal city, his heart sank.
What a fluke: Dutch whale tail sculpture catches metro train

What a fluke: Dutch whale tail sculpture catches metro train

SPIJKENISSE, Netherlands — This really was a fluke.
Vatican breaks silence, explains pope's civil union comments

Vatican breaks silence, explains pope's civil union comments

ROME — The Vatican says Pope Francis’ comments on gay civil unions were taken out of context in a documentary that spliced together parts of an old interview, but still confirmed Francis’ belief that gay couples should enjoy legal protections.
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