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Israeli TV journalist becomes a thorn in Netanyahu's side
JERUSALEM (AP) -- After a series of embarrassing reports about Israel's first family, an investigative journalist has become a particular target of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu....

Syrian and allied troops advance in besieged Aleppo
ALEPPO, Syria (AP) -- Syrian warplanes, artillery and mortar rounds pounded areas in eastern Aleppo on Saturday drawing rebel rockets, as government troops gain new ground in the shrinking opposition-held enclave....

Ruins of homes in Kirkuk a sign of divisions to come in Iraq
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- All along the street, houses have been reduced to rubble in the central Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The work of Kurdish security forces retaliating against Sunni Arabs after a recent Islamic State group attack, residents say....

IS exploits rain, hits Iraqi militias west, south of Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Islamic State militants have staged near simultaneous attacks on positions of state-sanctioned militias west and south of Iraq's northern city of Mosul, apparently taking advantage of bad weather conditions that normally disrupt air support, two militia officials said on Saturday....

Duterte says Trump wished his drug crackdown 'success'
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday Donald Trump wished his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs would succeed during a telephone call, and he assured the U.S. president-elect the Philippines would maintain its ties with America - a departure from Duterte's hostility toward the Obama administration....

AP INTERVIEW: Election winner promises 'a new Gambia'
YUNDUM, Gambia (AP) -- Gambia's newly elected president is urging exiles who fled during the 22-year reign of his predecessor to return from abroad and help him reform the tiny West African country....

Russia warns Japan not to expect quick progress on islands
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's foreign minister warned Japan Saturday against expecting a quick breakthrough in the territorial dispute between the two nations ahead of President Vladimir Putin's upcoming visit to Japan....

Rain and sorrow accentuate memorial for dead at Brazil club
CHAPECO, Brazil (AP) -- On a rainy Saturday that only accentuated the grief, 20,000 people filled a tiny stadium under umbrellas and plastic ponchos to say goodbye to members of the Chapecoense soccer club who died in a plane crash....

Iran condemns US senate vote to extend sanctions
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's foreign minister condemned the U.S. Senate's extension of a piece of anti-Iran legislation, state TV reported Saturday....

S. Koreans rally for 6th weekend calling for leader's ouster
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Rallying for the sixth straight weekend in what has become perhaps South Korea's biggest protest movement ever, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Seoul got the closest yet Saturday to the president they desperately want removed....

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