A woman jumps over a puddle during cleaning following a flooding in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The worst flooding in Venice in more than

Italy declares state of emergency in Venice after high tides

Italy's government declared a state of emergency Thursday in flood-ravaged Venice, seeking to release funds to repair the historic lagoon city after it was damaged by the highest tide in 50 years.

Pope demands tech companies prevent kids from viewing porn

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Pope Francis presides over Mass with episcopal ordinations by Monsignors Michael Czerny, Paolo Borgia, Antoine Camilleri and Paolo Rudelli, in St. Pet
Pope Francis called Thursday for Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies to urgently take measures to remove child porn from the web and prevent children from accessing pornography online.

MH17 probe reveals close ties between Russia, Ukraine rebels

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The crash site of MH17 near Grabovo, Ukraine, in July 2014.
An international team of investigators piecing together a criminal case in the July 2014 shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine said Thursday that evidence suggests links between Russia and separatists in the region were closer than previously believed.
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Egyptian woman fights unequal Islamic inheritance laws

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An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes is seen in Gaza City, early Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.

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Venezuela's Guaidó urges nation back into the streets

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Toll rises in Australian wildfires with more danger ahead

The death toll for wildfires raging across Australia's most populous state has risen to four as authorities warned Thursday of worsening weather conditions to come.
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