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PANAMA CITY -- Erika Mouynes was sworn in as Panama's new minister of foreign affairs at government headquarters here on Wednesday.

Mouynes was appointed by Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo as the new foreign minister after the resignation of Alejandro Ferrer. (Panama-Foreign minister)

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KUNDUZ -- An education official has been assassinated in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province, a local official said Thursday.

"Mumtaz Kakar was shot and killed by gunmen along a main road in Qalay-i-Zal District late on Wednesday. The late Kakar was working in the district's pedagogical center," chairman of provincial education directorate, Najib-ul-Rahman Saqib, told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Kunduz-Assassination)

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PARIS -- French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday expressed condolences over the death of the country's former president, Valery Giscard d'Estaing.

"The direction he set for France still guides our way ... his death has plunged the French nation into mourning," Macron said in a statement, describing his predecessor as "a servant of the state, a politician of progress and freedom." (Macron-Condolences-Giscard d'Estaing)

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HOUSTON -- The Boeing 737 Max completed its first public flight Wednesday after being grounded for 20 months following two fatal crashes last year.

With a group of journalists on board, the 45-minute flight from Dallas, Texas, to Tulsa, Oklahoma was the latest effort of American Airlines, one of the Max's biggest customers, to demonstrate confidence in the plane's safety. (US-Boeing 737MAX-Flight)

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