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Searchers in California wildfire step up efforts; 77 dead

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Chico, Nov 19 (AP) - Volunteers in white coveralls, hard hats and masks poked through ash and debris Sunday, searching for the remains of victims of the devastating Northern California wildfire before rains forecast this week complicate their efforts.
While the predicted downpours could help tamp down blazes that have killed 77 people so far, they also could wash away telltale fragments of bone, or turn loose, dry ash into a thick paste that would frustrate the search.
A team of 10 volunteers...
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Peru says ex-president has sought asylum in Uruguay

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Lima, Nov 19 (AP) - Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia has sought asylum in Uruguay's diplomatic mis-sion hours after a judge retained his passport as part of a corruption probe.
Peru's foreign ministry said Sunday it was informed by Uruguay's ambassador that Garcia entered his residence...
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Macron, Merkel seek common approaches to Trump, euro

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Frankfurt, Nov 19 (AP) - French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel con-sulted Sunday on migration, fixing the euro currency, Europe's defense, taxing digital companies and other issues as the two leaders looked to preserve their influence abroad while their authority...
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Netanyahu takes on defense post amid call for early polls

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Tel Aviv, Nov 19 (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he would take on the defense minister portfolio, rejecting calls to dissolve his government even as early elections appeared increasingly like-ly.
Netanyahu said heading to elections now, amid repeated violent...
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EU minister: no better Brexit deal possible

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London, Nov 19 (AP) -Luxembourg's foreign minister says there is "no better" Brexit deal for Britain than the one that was finalized last week.
Jean Asselborn spoke as European Union foreign ministers gathered in Brussels Monday against the backdrop of a political crisis in Britain, where Prime...
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