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The U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously to completely end its peacekeeping operations in Haiti on Oct. 15 and establish a political mission to support government efforts to promote order and development in Latin America’s poorest country.

U.N. military peacekeepers had already left the country on Oct. 15, 2017, but a stabilization group stayed behind to train national police, help the government strengthen judicial and legal institutions and monitor human rights.

The resolution approved Friday gives a final six-month period for such operations and asks Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to plan a political mission.

It acknowledged Guterres’ recent report citing “the increased capacity, leadership, and crime prevention operations” of Haiti’s police.

The country’s leaders had asked the U.N. to allow Haitian authorities to fully assume responsibility for security.

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Months after it flew as far away as Turkey’s border with Syria, a griffon vulture from Serbia has been brought home by plane.

The one-year-old female bird named Dobrila is from the central Serbian nature reserve of Uvac and it is not clear why it wandered so far away.

Officials say Dobrila was apparently unable to come back home on her own and that the bird’s return was the result of a joint effort by Serbia and Turkey.

There are about 500 griffon vultures in the Uvac reserve. The birds are considered a protected species in Serbia.

Serbian Environment Minister Goran Trivan says “this is a very important moment for us … the most important thing is that she is well.”

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Europe’s human rights watchdog is urging Turkey to respect voters’ decisions after electoral authorities blocked some newly elected district mayors from taking office despite winning local elections on March 31.

The Council of Europe on Friday also urged Turkey to confirm the final results of the vote in Istanbul, where the opposition candidate apparently has won a tight race after a recount. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party has refused to concede defeat and is preparing to appeal for a rerun of that vote, citing irregularities.

Anders Knape, a senior official at the Council of Europe, says “the implementation of the will of the voters has absolute priority in democratic systems.”

In a controversial decision, Turkey’s electoral board has refused to reappoint mayors fired from government positions after a failed coup in 2016.

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A Spanish National Police spokeswoman says that Hugo Chavez’s longtime spy chief has been arrested in Madrid on a United States warrant for drug-trafficking offenses.

Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, also known as “El Pollo” Carvajal, is the most influential figure from Venezuela’s military to have declared his loyalty to opposition leader Juan Guaidó.

He has in the past been indicted on drug-trafficking related charges in the states of Florida and New York. He escaped extradition to the U.S. in 2014 after he was arrested briefly in Aruba, where he was Venezuela’s consul.

The police spokeswoman, who wasn’t authorized to be identified by name in media reports, said he was arrested Friday.

The U.S. embassy in Madrid didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

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A Swiss man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Moroccan terrorism court for links to Islamic extremists who allegedly killed two Nordic tourists last year.

The man, 33, was convicted of charges including “deliberately helping perpetrators of terrorist acts” and training terrorists, according to state news agency MAP. The verdict was Thursday but reported Friday.

The online advertising technician, who was arrested in December, has a Moroccan wife, according to a lawyer representing another Swiss suspect in the case.

Moroccan prosecutors have filed terrorism charges against 25 individuals suspected of links to the killings.

The women tourists, one from Denmark and one from Norway, were found dead in their tent in the Atlas Mountains Dec. 17. Authorities blamed followers of the Islamic State group.

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Before his legal troubles, Assange looked like a different man, as seen here at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation headquarters in Stockholm, Aug. 14, 2010. 

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The union leader of Poland’s striking teachers says that key high-school graduation exams next month could be cancelled if government does not respond to pay demands.

Slawomir Broniarz warned that the exams, scheduled for May, may not happen because the strike may prevent the qualification procedure.

On Friday, teachers were on strike for the fifth day in a row as part of an indefinite action related to their 30% pay demand. The government is urging the strikers to accept an offer of half that amount.

Friday was the last day of middle school exams, which were held in spite of the strike action. On Monday, primary school exams begin.

Teachers’ monthly earnings range from 1,800 zlotys to 3,000 zlotys ($470 to $780).

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Lebanon’s president has told a visiting American delegation that Beirut rejects the U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights because it includes Lebanese areas annexed by Israel.

Michel Aoun told the delegation that included Republican U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Vicente Gonzalez that Lebanon has the right to work on regaining this lined “by all available means.”

Arab countries unanimously rejected the recent U.S. recognition of Israeli control over the Golan, seized from Syria in 1967 and annexed in 1981, calling the Trump administration’s policies unfairly biased toward Israel.

Lebanon fears for its claim to the Chebaa Farms and adjacent Kfar Chouba hills, which Israel occupied alongside Golan.

Israel had occupied south Lebanon, but despite withdrawing in 2000, remained in these strategic areas.

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German police say a high-speed train appears to have been hit by shots fired from an air pistol and which damaged windows and doors. No one was hurt.

Federal police said railway operator Deutsche Bahn told them the ICE train traveling from Berlin to Saarbruecken was hit by unidentified projectiles late Thursday evening near Mannheim in southwestern Germany. They said Friday that only the outer panes of double-glazed windows were damaged but that none of the projectiles got inside the train.

Investigators found nine points of impact on four cars of the train and said an object such as an air pistol appeared to be responsible. Police said they believe several people shot at the moving train.

Some 150 people were on board the train at the time.

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The Swiss will get their say on whether to allow animal and human testing of products sold in the rich Alpine country, amid howls of concern from those who insist it’s inhumane.

The federal government says petitioners have successfully collected the minimum 100,000 signatures required to put their push for a “ban on human and animal experimentation” on the ballot.

The measure, if passed, would limit use of such testing to the “overwhelming interest” of the specific animal or human subject, bar import or export of products developed through animal testing, and provide for public financing of alternative testing.

No date has been set for the balloting, which is part of Switzerland’s system of regular referendums giving voters a direct say in policymaking. It is likely to take many months.

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