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Russian President Putin meets with Chinese leaders

BEIJING — President Vladimir Putin has praised what he calls Russia's "all-embracing and strategic partnership" with China, at the start of a visit to Beijing that comes against the background of a drop in trade and lingering mistrust.

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Magnitude-5 quake jolts Davao Oriental

MANILA -- A magnitude-5 earthquake struck the province of Davao Oriental on Saturday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs) said.

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West Virginia flooding kills 23

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Teams were rescuing people from second-story windows, the hoods of cars and the tops of trees as floodwaters drenched southeastern West Virginia and killed at least 23.

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Filipino charged with stealing from high-profile victims

NEWARK, N.J. -- A Filipino has been charged with stealing the identities of high-profile victims to pilfer money from them.

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Freed hostage: Bandits rejoiced as Canadians were beheaded

MANILA, Philippines -- Abu Sayyaf extremists rejoiced as they watched two Canadians being beheaded in the jungles of the southern Philippines, said a still-shocked Filipino hostage who was freed Friday.

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Indonesia tries to steer convicted bandits to new lives

SOLO, Indonesia -- In the heart of Solo city, not far from the Islamic boarding school founded by the radical cleric who inspired the 2002 Bali bombings, the staff of an unremarkable-looking restaurant prepare for another day serving the humble st

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