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The Latest: Ukrainian pilot Savchenko freed, flown to Kiev
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The Latest on Ukrainian pilot Nadezda Savchenko (all times local):...

Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour's death
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor - a scholar known for extremist views who is unlikely to back a peace process with Kabul....

Refugees keep moving out of Greece's Idomeni border camp
IDOMENI, Greece (AP) -- Refugees and other migrants boarded buses Wednesday on the second day of an operation to evacuate the sprawling, makeshift Idomeni refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonian border....

Israel's new defense minister could clash with his soldiers
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's incoming defense minister once called for bombing Egypt, suggested just weeks ago that Israel kill Hamas' leader in the Gaza Strip and opposed the prosecution of a soldier accused of killing a wounded Palestinian. These are just a few of the positions that could put former bar bouncer Avigdor Lieberman at odds with a military he is now to command....

Azerbaijan court orders release of investigative journalist
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- Azerbaijan's highest court has ordered the release of an investigative journalist on probation in a case widely criticized by human rights organizations....

Israel expands government, Lieberman to be defense minister
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached a deal to expand his coalition government on Wednesday by bringing in the ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party and appointing its leader Avigdor Lieberman as his new defense minister....

Rights group: Israeli army probes of soldiers a fig leaf
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A leading Israeli rights group said Wednesday it will stop seeking investigations of Israeli soldiers suspected of abusing Palestinians, arguing that internal military probes have failed to deliver justice and effectively help whitewash half a century of occupation....

Swedish court denies detention hearing request by Assange
HELSINKI (AP) -- A Swedish court has turned down a request to overturn the arrest warrant of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange....

German far-right angry at soccer team's photos on candy bars
BERLIN (AP) -- Photos of Germany's national soccer team on a popular chocolate bar have prompted online outrage among Germany's far right because they include childhood pictures of some players of migrant origin....

4 Central European countries ready to send troops to Baltics
LIBLICE, Czech Republic (AP) -- Four Central European countries say they are working on a plan to deploy their troops in the Baltics states as part of NATO forces....

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