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Former Finnish President Mauno Koivisto dies at 93

HELSINKI — Mauno Koivisto, Finland’s last president during the Cold War who led the Nordic nation out of the shadow of its huge eastern neighbor, the Soviet Union, and into the European Union, died Friday at the age of 93.The Finnish president’s office said that Koivisto died in the evening in
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Pope cheered in Fatima to honor children who urged peace

FATIMA, Portugal — Pope Francis urged Catholics on Friday to “tear down all walls” and spread peace as he traveled to this Portuguese shrine town to mark the 100th anniversary of one of the most unique events of the 20th-century Catholic Church: the visions of the Virgin Mary reported by three
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Changes to visa program could set back Kushner family’s real estate company

Changes to a controversial visa program under consideration by the Trump administration could hurt a real estate project partially owned by the family of White House adviser Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law.The decision, which rests with Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, stands a
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‘Our correspondents feel like Jews in 1933’: Russia pushes back on criticism of state photographer in Oval Office

The presence of a Russian photographer working for a state-owned news agency during President Trump's meeting with Russian diplomats in the Oval Office on Wednesday sparked criticism from media advocates, as well as concerns over the risk of a security breach.White House officials seemed caught off
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Saudi women need permission from male guardians for life choices. Will new reforms help end this?

CAIRO — It seems promising.Last month, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued an order forbidding government agencies from requiring a male guardian’s consent for women seeking some services, such as for education and health care. In a nation where women are not allowed to drive, where women need t
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Foreign-aid advocates and fiscal hawks all like Trump’s nominee to head USAID

Mark A. Green serves as a rebuttal to the hyper-partisanship of Washington. From across the ideological spectrum came effusive praise for the Trump administration’s announcement Wednesday that it will nominate the former Republican congressman from Wisconsin and ex-ambassador to Tanzania to head t
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As U.S. retreats in Asia-Pacific, China fills the void with an ambitious global plan

BEIJING — When President Trump withdrew from the ­Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in January, critics said he was leaving a vacuum at the heart of the Asia-Pacific region, ceding the United States’ role as regional economic leader. On Sunday, China plans to show how it is filling that va
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What you need to know about the massive hack that hit the British health-care system and elsewhere

It was first reported in England — hackers gained access to the National Health Service computers, effectively shuttering the entire system. Patients were told to stay home; doctors and nurses were unable to access email or medical records and had to take notes by hand. The hackers demanded a ra
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Malware, described in leaked NSA documents, cripples computers worldwide

Malicious software that blocks access to computers is spreading swiftly across the world, snarling critical systems in hospitals, telecommunications and corporate offices with the help of a software vulnerability originally discovered by the National Security Agency.The reports of the malware spread
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New Ebola outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of Congo

The World Health Organization has confirmed an Ebola outbreak in a remote forested part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the first in that country since 2014. At least nine people  are suspected of being infected, and three have died.The outbreak has raised alarms about the possibility of a n
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