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Mudslide losses top $421 million in hard-hit California town

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Los Angeles, Apr 3 (AP) - More than $421 million in claims have been filed since deadly mudslides tore through the coastal community of Montecito during extremely heavy January rains, California's insurance com-missioner said Monday.
Insurers have received more than 2,000 claims for residential and commercial losses, commissioner Dave Jones announced. Those include $388 million for residential personal property, $27.2 million for commercial property and $6.7 million for auto and other lines...
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Malaysia approves law banning fake news ahead of elections

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Kuala Lumpur, Apr 3 (AP) - Malaysia's parliament on Monday passed a law prohibiting fake news that critics fear will be abused to silence dissent ahead of a general election.
Despite warnings such a law would lead Malaysia closer to dictatorship, the bill was approved 123 to 64 after a heated...
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Turkey, Russia deepen ties amid troubled relations with West

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Ankara, Apr 02 (AP) - Ties between Russia and Turkey are growing closer than ever, as Russia runs into wide-spread diplomatic fallout from the poisoned spy scandal and Turkey's relations with its Western allies worsens over human rights issues and its military operations against Kurdish militia...
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Kashmir shut by strike, security day after deadly fighting

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Srinagar, Apr 02 (AP) - A security clampdown and a strike sponsored by separatists fighting against Indian rule shut down most of Indian-administered Kashmir on Monday, a day after deadly protests and fierce fighting killed 16 combatants and four civilians.
Armed police and paramilitary soldiers...
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6 police, another person die during prison riot in Mexico

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Veracruz, Apr 2 (AP) - Six police officers died Sunday from smoke inhalation after prisoners started a fire while resisting an effort to transfer dangerous inmates out of a prison in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz, authorities said.
Veracruz Gov. Miguel Angel Yunes said a seventh person...
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