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Sicilian town had long, bloody past before ‘Godfather’ fame

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Corleone, Nov 18 (AP) - Corleone is a Sicilian medieval hill town whose bloody past began generations before "The Godfather" novels and films borrowed its name for a fictional Mafia don.
It is the birthplace of several convicted real-life Mafia bosses, among them Salvatore "Toto" Riina, the reputed "boss of bosses," who died Friday at 87 in a prison ward of a northern Italian hospital.
Corleone has witnessed recent signs of rebellion against an entrenched Mafia culture where religious...
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Sri Lanka official denies allegations of torture, rape

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Vancouver, Nov 15 (AP) - Sri Lanka's defense secretary denied Tuesday that his country committed torture and rape of suspected rebels, as charged by more than 50 men of the island's Tamil ethnic minority who are seeking political asylum in Europe.
Kapila Waidyaratne called the claims of abuses...
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Rights group urges China to ban abusive gay ‘conversion’

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Hong Kong, Nov 15 (AP) - The Chinese government should stop hospitals and other medical facilities from subjecting LGBT people to conversion therapy that in some cases has involved electroshock, involuntary con-finement and forced medication, a human rights group said Wednesday.
The report...
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Tillerson in Myanmar for Suu Kyi talks amid Rohingya crisis

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Naypyitaw, Nov 15 (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Myanmar on Wednesday to meet with leader Aung San Suu Kyi amid a crisis in the country's west that has seen hundreds of thousands of Muslim Ro-hingya flee to Bangladesh.
Suu Kyi's office confirmed that Tillerson would meet with...
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Russia, US at odds over keeping Syria chemical experts

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United Nations, Nov 15 (AP) - Russia said Tuesday it is talking to the United States about renewing the man-date of experts working to determine who was responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, but the U.S. says Moscow won't consider the American draft resolution.
Russia, which is...
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