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Venezuela’s mayoral elections reveals opposition turmoil

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Caracas, Dec 10 (AP) - Venezuelans will choose hundreds of mayors on Sunday in elections pitting candidates backed by President Nicolas Maduro against a fractured opposition still bruised by a poor showing in recent gubernatorial voting.
The ballots for local leaders in 335 city halls across the oil-rich nation are the final national elections before presidential elections next year in which Maduro is expected to run.
Voting takes place against a backdrop of soaring inflation, shortages of...

Mexico conservative party chief resigns, eyes presidency bid

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Mexico City, Dec 10 (AP) - The head of Mexico's conservative National Action Party presented his resignation Saturday, positioning himself to run for president as the candidate of a left-right coalition in an increasingly crowded field.
Ricardo Anaya is poised to become the standard-bearer of the...

US congratulates Iraq on end of war against IS

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Baghdad, Dec 9 (AP) -The United States is congratulating Iraq following the prime minister's announcement that the war against the Islamic State is over.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says the U.S. offers "sincere congratulations to the Iraqi people and to the brave Iraqi Security...

Archaeologists discover 2 ancient tombs in Egypt's Luxor

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Luxor, Dec 9 (AP) - Egypt on Saturday announced the discovery of two small ancient tombs in the southern city Luxor dating back some 3,500 years and hoped it will help the country's efforts to revive its ailing tourism sec-tor.
The tombs, located on the west bank of the river Nile in a cemetery...

Israeli strikes kill 2 Hamas men after Gaza rocket attack

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Gaza City, Dec 09 (AP) - Gaza officials say two Hamas members have been killed in Israeli airstrikes following a rocket attack on Israel.
The Israeli military says it targeted four Hamas facilities early Saturday in response to rockets fired the previous day, including one that landed in the town...

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