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White House tells Russia probers: Come see intel yourselves
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House refused to say on Thursday whether it secretly fed intelligence reports to a top Republican investigating possible coordination between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. Fending off growing criticism, the administration invited lawmakers from both parties to view classified material it said relates to surveillance of the president's associates....

Israeli Cabinet approves new settlement, first in 2 decades
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's government approved the first West Bank settlement in two decades Thursday, creating the first serious test for U.S. President Donald Trump's new foray into Middle East peacemaking....

Malaysians return, Kim Jong Nam's body handed to North Korea
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Nine Malaysians held in North Korea returned to Malaysia's capital early Friday after the government released the body of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader, to the North. The exchange ended a bitter diplomatic battle between the two countries more than a month after Kim's murder at Kuala Lumpur's airport....

Venezuela court says it can take over congress' powers
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's Supreme Court ruled it can take over the powers of congress in what opponents of socialist President Nicolas Maduro as well as foreign governments denounced as the latest step toward installing a dictatorship in this South American nation....

South Africa's president replaces embattled finance minister
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's president replaced his embattled finance minister early Friday in an expected move that spooked investors this week and sent the currency tumbling....

As war in Afghanistan drags on, Russia resurrects interest
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As America's effort to end 16 years of war in Afghanistan yields little progress, Russia is resurrecting its own interest in the "graveyard of empires." The jockeying includes engaging the Taliban and leading a new diplomatic effort to tackle Afghanistan's future, with or without U.S. support....

S. Korean ex-president jailed over corruption allegations
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's disgraced former President Park Geun-hye was arrested and jailed Friday over high-profile corruption allegations that already ended her tumultuous four-year rule and prompted an election to find her successor....

Trump, Denmark's premier meet amid Brexit, NATO concerns
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump held his first meeting Thursday with Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen, declaring that the two countries enjoy a "truly great relationship."...

The Latest: SKorean president hopeful praises Park's arrest
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The Latest on legal problems of South Korea's disgraced ex-President Park Geun-hye (all times local):...

Timeline: The rise and fall of South Korea's Park Geun-hye
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The arrest of South Korea's first female president marks a stunning fall for the scion of a powerful general who himself ruled the country during her teenage years and into her 20s....

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South Africa's president replaces embattled finance minister

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Malaysians return, Kim Jong Nam's body handed to North Korea

Europe
Germany: Turkish spy list may be deliberate provocation

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2 bystanders killed in Puerto Rico armored car robbery

Middle East
Israeli Cabinet approves new settlement, first in 2 decades




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