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Pistorius gets 6 years for girlfriend’s murder

PRETORIA — South African Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius was sent back to jail for six years on Wednesday for murdering Reeva Steenkamp, less than half the 15-year minimum term sought by prosecutors.

Austria to re-run presidential vote

VIENNA — Austria will re-run a presidential election run-off on Oct. 2, giving far-right eurosceptic candidate Norbert Hofer the chance to reverse a wafer-thin defeat, this time in the shadow of Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

Iraqis want crackdown on ISIS after Baghdad bomb

BAGHDAD — The death toll from a suicide bombing in a Baghdad shopping district rose above 150 on Monday, fueling calls for security forces to crack down on Islamic State sleeper cells blamed for one of the worst ever single bombings in Iraq.

Under Brexit, tech companies face a dimmer outlook

In the week after Britain voted to leave the European Union, economists sharpened their pencils and came back with a bit of bad news for the Northwest technology companies with significant ties to the country.

Student found dead in possible homicide

ROME — The body of an American university student who went missing in Rome three days ago was found in the Tiber River on Monday, and police said they were not ruling out homicide.

New Zealand’s first extradition bid to China faces court roadblock

WELLINGTON — A court in New Zealand has told the government to reconsider a decision to send back to China a man accused of murder, his lawyer said on Monday, spotlighting the hurdles the Asian giant faces in its quest to bring home alleged criminals.

Suicide bombers hit three Saudi cities

RIYADH — Suicide bombers struck three cities across Saudi Arabia on Monday, in an apparently coordinated campaign of attacks as Saudis prepared to break their fast on the penultimate day of the holy month of Ramadan.

Australians swing against ruling coalition in knife-edge election

SYDNEY — Australia was headed for a hung parliament or a minority government with more than half the votes counted in a national poll on Saturday, potentially blocking Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's ability to enact key economic reforms.

Airport bombers identified as Russian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz nationals

ISTANBUL — Three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers who killed 44 people in a gun and bomb attack at Istanbul’s main airport this week were Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz nationals, a Turkish government official said on Thursday.

North American leaders vow to boost trade despite threats

OTTAWA — Canada, the United States and Mexico on Wednesday mounted a fierce defense of free trade, vowing to deepen economic ties despite an increasingly acrimonious debate about the value of globalization.

Islamic State suspected after suicide bombers kill 42

ISTANBUL — Turkey pointed the finger at Islamic State on Wednesday for a triple suicide bombing and gun attack that killed 42 people at Istanbul’s main airport, and President Tayyip Erdogan called it a turning point in the global fight against terrorism.

Lawmakers push for second Brexit referendum

LONDON — Two British lawmakers have begun moves to secure a second referendum on leaving the European Union, saying that voters must be given a chance to approve or reject the country’s exit plan before formal negotiations begin.

Suicide bombers target Istanbul airport

ISTANBUL — Two suicide bombers opened fire before blowing themselves up at the entrance to the main international airport in Istanbul on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and wounding many more, Turkish officials and witnesses said.

Ireland passport queries spike

DUBLIN — Ireland has seen a spike in interest from British nationals seeking to gain an Irish passport and remain a citizen of the European Union after Britain voted to leave the bloc, the Irish foreign office said Monday.

Iraqi army closes in on Islamic State militants near Falluja

FALLUJA — Iraq's army sought on Monday to eliminate Islamic State fighters holed up in farmland west of Falluja to keep them from launching a counterattack on the city, a day after the government declared victory over the militants there.

Norwegian court rejects Snowden on free passage

OSLO — Former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden has failed in a legal bid to win guarantees from Norway that it would not extradite him to the United States if he went there to receive a free speech award, a Norwegian court said on Monday.

Polls point to the UK staying in EU

LONDON — Britons appear to have voted in a referendum to stay in the European Union, opinion polls showed on Thursday, and prominent ‘Brexit’ campaigners acknowledged they looked likely to lose.