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UNITED NATIONS-SEEKING EUROPE

UNITED NATIONS — Russia's aggressiveness in the east. The Islamic State group's sudden rise in the south. As Europe finds new threats close to home, it's now being asked by the United States to make a strong return to peacekeeping around the world as well. By Cara Anna.

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BERGDAHL-SWAP

WASHINGTON — The tough military charges against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have revived the questions and controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's decision to swap five Taliban detainees to secure his release, as well as the wisdom of the White House fanfare that followed. By Julie Pace.

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CONGRESS-BUDGET

WASHINGTON — Normally quarrelsome House Republicans came together and passed a boldly conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and social programs. By David Espo.

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MEXICO-TRANSPLANT VISA

HERMOSILLO, Mexico — Family and friends raised thousands of dollars to send Jose Chua Lopez to the Mayo Clinic for an urgently needed heart and liver transplant. But the 20-year-old Mexican born with a heart defect has twice been turned down for a U.S. visa. By Felipe Larios and Alberto Arce.

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PERU-ILLEGAL LOGGING-PHOTO GALLERY

SAWETO, Peru — Illegal logging persists unabated in this remote Amazon community where four indigenous leaders who resisted it were slain in September, and the fear remains palpable. By Martin Mejia and Frank Bajak.

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BRAZIL-US

SAO PAULO — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's office says she has again been invited to make a state visit to Washington, two years after she declined a similar invitation to protest an American spy program. By Stan Lehman.

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BUSINESS & FINANCE:

PUERTO RICO-LUXURY SHOPPING

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A recession has prodded many Puerto Ricans to seek a more affordable life on the U.S. mainland, yet some of the world's priciest retailers are opening stores at a new luxury mall alongside one of the island's most crime-ridden public housing projects. By Danica Coto.

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SILICON VALLEY-SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION

SAN FRANCISCO — Jurors begin deliberating in a gender bias case that has drawn attention to the treatment of women in Silicon Valley after hearing an impassioned plea urging them to send a strong message to the venture capital industry. By Sudhin Thanawala.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

STORYCORPS-GLOBAL EXPANSION

WASHINGTON — After amassing a huge collection of recorded voices in the United States and creating a popular fixture on public radio, the national oral history project StoryCorps is going global. Project founder Dave Isay recently won the 2015 TED Prize of $1 million to help carry out his wish for a worldwide expansion. By Brett Zongker.

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RIO 2016-GOLF COURSE

RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro's mayor unveils the city's controversial Olympic golf course and lays out an ardent defense of a project that has been criticized by environmental activists and is at the center of legal wranglings. By Jenny Barchfield.

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