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Egypt’s military chief Sisi to run for president, vows to tackle militancy

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Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif government holds its first talks with Taliban

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Peace talks held in ‘cordial atmosphere’, though many militant groups who carry out violence are not linked to Pakistani TalibanA Pakistani government team held direct talks with the Taliban after travelling on Wednesday to a secret location in the country’s northwest, part of a push by prime minister Nawaz Sharif to strike a peace deal to end an insurgency that has killed thousands of people in recent years.Although previous Pakistani governments have spoken directly with Taliban representatives, these are the first such negotiations since Sharif took office last June. Over the past month or so, intermediaries representing the two sides have met and laid the groundwork for the talks.

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Charlotte mayor faces theft and bribery charges after FBI sting

Democrat Patrick Cannon accused of soliciting and accepting more than $48,000 in cash, airline tickets and luxury apartmentLess than six months on the job, the mayor of Charlotte was arrested and accused Wednesday of accepting more than $48,000 in bribes from FBI agents posing as real estate developers who wanted to do business with North Carolina’s largest city.Mayor Patrick Cannon, a 47-year-old Democrat, faces theft and bribery charges, US attorney Anne Tompkins said. Cannon was accused of soliciting and accepting more than $48,000 in cash, airline tickets, a hotel room and the use of a luxury apartment as bribes.

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Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested on Wednesday and charged with theft and bribery.

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested on Wednesday and charged with theft and bribery. Cannon, a Democrat, allegedly accepted more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents between January 2013 and February 2014.Read more…

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Egypt prosecutor refers 919 suspected Islamists to two mass trials

One student killed in protests against the death sentences in earlier trial

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Operator of train ‘dozed off’ before crash at O’Hare

Woman admits waking up when the train jumped off the tracks and climbed an escalator, a federal official says

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New England wilts under spring snowstorm: ‘It’s ridiculous’

Cape Cod and the islands bear brunt of March storm Wind expected to be biggest concern up and down coastA spring storm brought high winds that whipped snow across portions of Massachusetts and eastern Maine on Wednesday, causing near-whiteout conditions on Cape Cod and roiling the Atlantic as it moved up the coast.Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard were expected to bear the brunt of the storm as it strikes Massachusetts, perhaps dropping up to 10 inches of snow, forecasters said. Less snow was expected farther to the north and west in Massachusetts, with the Boston area getting just an inch or two.

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Undersea volcanoes will make hunt for Malaysia Airlines flight harder, says expert as search resumes

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Russia Adopts Amnesty Likely to Free Pussy Riot

Russia’s parliament on Wednesday approved an amnesty which lawyers said would free two jailed members of punk band Pussy Riot and enable 30 people arrested in a Greenpeace protest against Arctic oil drilling avoid trial.

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Sebelius to Testify as U.S. Cites Rise in Health Plan Signups

House lawmakers were preparing to question Kathleen Sebelius, the health secretary, on Wednesday as new data showed a sharp rise in the number of people choosing plans in the federal and state exchanges.

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N.B.A. Game in Mexico City Postponed

The game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed Wednesday night because of smoky conditions inside the Mexico City arena.

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Vapors and Emotions Rise at Hearing on E-Cigarettes

A New York City Council hearing on Wednesday drew opponents and supporters of the proposed inclusion of e-cigarettes in the ban on smoking in most public places.

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Latvian Premier Resigns After Supermarket Disaster

Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis has resigned after the collapse last week of a supermarket roof in the capital Riga that killed more than 50 people, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Protesters Take Drive to Oust Government Beyond Bangkok

Antigovernment demonstrators massed at over a dozen municipal buildings across Thailand on Wednesday and occupied a ministry building for a third day.

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Thai Protesters Move on More Ministries; Central Bank Cuts Rates

Thousands of Thai demonstrators massed outside four ministries on Wednesday in an effort to cripple the administration and oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

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Storm Could Snarl Thanksgiving

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Bad weather on Wednesday, the busiest travel day of the year.

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U.S. Ambassador to China Will Step Down

The American ambassador to China said Wednesday he will step down from his post early next year to rejoin his family in Seattle.

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Ex-Israeli Foreign Minister Cleared in Graft Trial

An Israeli court on Wednesday found former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman innocent of all charges in a graft trial, clearing the way for the powerful hard-line politician to return to his post as the nation’s top diplomat.

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DealBook: Bank of America Quarterly Earnings Rise to $2.5 Billion

Bank of America on Wednesday reported a sharp rise in third-quarter earnings, but the bank’s mortgage operations faltered, underscoring that home loans remain a challenging business for the nation’s banks.

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Yankees Re-Sign Girardi for 4 More Years

Manager Joe Girardi signed a contract through the 2017 season, the Yankees announced Wednesday.

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