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Current, former presidents at odds in Ecuador referendum

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Quito, Feb 5 (AP)- Ecuadoreans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to limit presidents to two terms in a nationwide referendum that proved a blow to former President Rafael Correa.
Quick count results showed voters approved by an almost 2-to-1 margin a measure reinstating the term limits that Correa...
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Child abductions rise as S Sudan war incites desperation

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It's been almost two years since Deng Machar's three young children were abducted from his home and likely sold for cattle. Sitting in South Sudan's opposition-held town of Akobo, the 35-year-old pointed to the dirt be-neath his feet.
"They were playing right there," Machar said. "It would be...
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8 Turkish troops die in Syria operation; Russian pilot slain

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Beirut, Feb 4 (AP) - Turkey said eight of its troops were killed Saturday in Ankara's military operation against a Syrian Kurdish militia, the deadliest day in the two-week-old offensive in the enclave of Afrin, while in another part of Syria, al-Qaida-linked militants downed a Russian fighter...
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Maldives president says he's willing to hold early election

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Male, Feb 4 (AP) - The president of the Maldives said he's willing to hold an early presidential election to allow voters to decide who they want to lead the Indian Ocean archipelago, as political unrest continued to grow after a court ordered the release and retrial of political...
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Colombia opens border shelter for Venezuelans fleeing crisis

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Bogota, Feb 4 (AP) - Colombia's government has opened its first shelter for Venezuelans who are pouring across the border in ever-larger numbers to escape their nation's economic crisis.
The bare-bones shelter opened Saturday near the border city of Cucuta will provide shelter of up to 48 hours...
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