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Le Pen upstages Macron in battle for blue-collar votes
AMIENS, France (AP) -- Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen turned an appliance factory into a battleground Wednesday for France's blue-collar vote, upstaging rival Emmanuel Macron with a surprise campaign stop at the plant threatened with closure....

When is a wall not a wall? GOP redefines Trump's border wall
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump's border wall: It's not really a wall at all....

China launches its first domestically-made aircraft carrier
BEIJING (AP) -- China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes....

Pope warns powerful to act humbly or risk ruin in TED talk
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is warning the powerful to act humbly or risk ruin, using the first-ever papal TED talk to urge the world to show more solidarity with the poor and the weak....

Ivanka Trump, World Bank discuss women entrepreneur fund
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ivanka Trump has been involved in discussions with the World Bank about establishing a funding operation that would support female entrepreneurs, bank and administration officials said Wednesday....

Death of giant British rabbit adds to United Airlines' woes
LONDON (AP) -- United Airlines is reviewing its handling of a giant showcase rabbit that died after being shipped across the Atlantic from Britain on one of its flights, the latest in a growing list of customer complaints....

Turkey: 1,000 detained over suspected links to Gulen
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey on Wednesday detained more than 1,000 people with suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and later temporarily suspended some 9,000 personnel from its police force in one of the largest operations in recent months against the movement that is blamed for last summer's failed military coup....

China talking with European Space Agency about moon outpost
BEIJING (AP) -- Representatives of China and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon and other possible joint endeavors, according to a spokesman for the European agency and Chinese media reports....

Trump team softens war talk, vows other pressure on NKorea
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration told lawmakers Wednesday it will apply economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, as an extraordinary White House briefing served to tamp down talk of military action against an unpredictable and increasingly dangerous U.S. adversary....

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Latin America/Caribbean
Deported Mexican migrants offered jobs _ in bullet-proofing

Middle East
Morocco's parliament approves new government after crisis