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    WHAT-CAN-BE-SAVED-RIVERS _ The Vjosa is one of Europe's last wild rivers. But it faces threat from dam construction. Albania's government wants to build eight dams along the main river to generate much-needed electricity for the country. But residents and environmental groups fear dams would upset biodiversity and their way of life. As pressure to build dams intensifies in less developed countries, the opposite is happening in the U.S. and western Europe. By Elena Becatoros and John Flesher. SENT: 1,910 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ Albania Saved River (CR) _ What Can Be Saved? Dams threaten wild river. With abridged. Series hub: https://www.apnews.com/WhatCanBeSaved

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    SYRIA _ Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says up to 1,300 Syrian Kurdish fighters have yet to vacate a northeastern Syrian area invaded by his troops, hours before a five-day cease-fire between Turkish troops and Syrian Kurdish fighters is set to expire there. By Suzan Fraser. SENT: 1,040 words, photos, graphics. With IRAQ-US _ Iraq: American troops leaving Syria cannot stay in Iraq; SYRIA-US WITHDRAWAL _ “America is running away”: Syrian withdrawal turns chaotic; SYRIA-THE LATEST. For full coverage: https://www.apnews.com/Syria

    BREXIT _ British lawmakers from across the political spectrum are plotting to put the brakes on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's drive to push his European Union divorce bill through the House of Commons in just three days, potentially scuttling the government's hopes of delivering Brexit by Oct. 31. By Danica Kirka and Lorne Cook. SENT: 630 words, photos. With BREXIT-THE LATEST.

    CANADA-ELECTION _ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wins a second term in Canada's national elections, losing the majority but delivering unexpectedly strong results despite having been weakened by a series of scandals that tarnished his image as a liberal icon. By Rob Gillies. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. With CANADA-ELECTION-THE LATEST.

    TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-UKRAINE-TAYLOR _ Members of Congress are set to hear directly from the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, who was drawn into a Trump administration effort to leverage U.S. military aid for the country. By Lynn Berry. SENT: 975 words, photos. UPCOMING: Testimony begins at 9:30 a.m. With TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-UKRAINE _ Trump viewed Ukraine as adversary, not ally, witnesses say. For full coverage: https://apnews.com/Trumpimpeachmentinquiry

    ELECTION 2020-WEALTH TAX _ As Democratic presidential candidates debate a new tax on wealth rather than on incomes, a group of multimillionaires and billionaires is urging them on. Their chief argument is that the government could spend their money more effectively than they could on their own by improving schools, upgrading infrastructure and protecting the environment. By Economics Writer Josh Boak. SENT: 1,150 words, photos. Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom.

    SOUTH SUDAN-CHILD SOLDIERS _ An estimated 19,000 child soldiers are in South Sudan, one of the highest rates in the world, according to the U.N. As the country emerges from civil war, some worry the fighting could re-ignite if former child soldiers aren't properly reintegrated into society. "Whenever I think about the bush, even if I'm playing football, I feel like stopping and picking something up and hitting my friends," one former young fighter says. By Sam Mednick. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

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    DANGEROUS CELEBRITIES _ The most dangerous celebrity online is revealed. SENT: 450 words, photo.

    HARVARD MEDALISTS _ Queen Latifah to receive Harvard black culture award. SENT: 130 words, photo.

    BEST BUY-NEXT DAY DELIVERY _ Best Buy joins Amazon, Walmart in offering next-day delivery. UPCOMING: 130 words by 7 a.m.

    VIRGINIA ELECTIONS-ALEC BALDWIN _ Alec Baldwin to campaign for Virginia Democrats. SENT: 130 words, photo.

    ITALY-RACISM-LISTENING DEVICES _ Italy's next move vs. racism: anti-terrorism listening tools. SENT: 170 words, photo.

    PEOPLE-LUPITA NYONG'O _ Nyong'o honors her mother for fueling her passion for art. SENT: 430 words, photos.

    BUCKET LIST-MOTHER ARRESTED _ Mom who touted daughter's “bucket list” accused in her death. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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    VENEZUELA-GAS-STATION-BARTER _ In socialist Venezuela, where residents have long enjoyed the world's cheapest gasoline, drivers have started paying to fill up their tank with small gifts as inflation soars. SENT: 800 words, photos.

    JAPAN-ENTHRONEMENT _Three booming cheers of "Banzai!" ring out at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo as Naruhito formally declares his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne as the nation's 126th emperor. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, video. With JAPAN-ENTHRONEMENT-THE-LATEST.

    EGYPT-NILE-DISPUTE _ The latest breakdown in talks with Ethiopia over its construction of a massive upstream Nile dam leaves Egypt with dwindling options as it seeks to protect the main source of freshwater for its large and growing population. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

    BOLIVIA-ELECTIONS _ Rioting breaks out in parts of Bolivia among opponents of President Evo Morales after electoral authorities announced that a resumed vote count put the leader close to avoiding a runoff in his bid for a fourth term. SENT: 840 words, photos.

    THAILAND-MONARCHY _ Thailand's king strips his royal consort of her titles and military ranks for disloyalty, accusing her of seeking to undermine the position of his official wife, the country's queen, for her own benefit. SENT: 610 words, photos, video.

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    UNSOLVED MASS LYNCHING-GEORGIA _ A historian's quest for the truth about a gruesome mob lynching of two black couples is prompting a U.S. appeals court to consider whether federal judges can order grand jury records unsealed in decades-old cases with historical significance. SENT: 850 words, photos.

    CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES _ Less than two weeks after blacking out much of Northern California, the state's largest utility is warning that dangerous fire weather could prompt it to shut off power to about a half-million people. SENT: 500 words, photos, video.

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    ELECTION 2020-CLINTON _ Some Democrats are putting up caution signs for Hillary Clinton as she wades back into presidential politics by casting 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard as a “Russian asset,” mocking President Donald Trump’s dealings with a foreign leader and drawing counterattacks from both. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

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    WORLD SERIES-DISTRICT OF CHAMPIONS _ Washington’s sports teams were so bad for so long, but maybe D.C. soon could stand for District of Champions now that the Nationals are in the World Series after the Capitals and Mystics won recent titles. By Sports Writers Howard Fendrich and Stephen Whyno. SENT: 720 words, photos.

    MLS-MIAMI _ Beckham’s building process: Inter Miami’s team and new home are getting put together at the same time. By Sports Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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    FRANCE-DA VINCI _The Louvre, the home of the "Mona Lisa," is commemorating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci's death with a landmark new exhibit. SENT: 740 words, photos.

    FILM-RISE OF SKYWALKER-TRAILER _ The final trailer for the "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" debuts, offering montages of epic cosmic combat and a fleeting glimpse of the late Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia embracing Daisy Ridley's Rey. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 340 words, photo.

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