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Special Report - How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse

WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War.

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Nigeria Islamists still holding 85 schoolgirls after raid- state 12:36am BST

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram is still holding 85 girls it abducted from a raid on a secondary school in northeastern Borno state this week, although the other 44 were free, the state government said on Saturday.

Besieged Muslims face murder, starvation in Central African Republic 18 Apr 2014

BODA, Central African Republic - In normal times, the rickety wooden bridges at each end of the red-dirt main street in Boda were gateways to shops and a bustling market in the diamond-mining town in Central African Republic.

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Algeria's ailing Bouteflika wins re-election 18 Apr 2014

ALGIERS - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the independence veteran in power for 15 years, won re-election on Friday with more than 80 percent of a vote opponents dismissed as fraud to keep an ailing leader in power.

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Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings 18 Apr 2014

MEXICO CITY - A powerful earthquake shook Mexico on Friday, damaging more than 100 homes in the southwestern state of Guerrero and opening cracks in some buildings but there were no reports of deaths.

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Top Hollande aide quits in conflict of interest row 18 Apr 2014

CLERMONT-FERRAND, France - A senior adviser to French President Francois Hollande quit on Friday over accusations of past conflict of interest linked to his work for pharmaceutical firms, adding to pressure on the unpopular Socialist leader weeks before European elections.

RPT-Wall St Week Ahead-Spring fever brings hope for U.S. earnings

NEW YORK, April 18 - Earnings season shifts into high gear next week, and with nearly one-third of S&P 500 names set to post results, investors hope the news provides a catalyst to buy stocks and leave the market's recent weakness in the dust.