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Philippines President Duterte phones Trump
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has telephoned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and had a brief but "very engaging, animated conversation" in which both leaders invited each other to visit his country....

Colombia repatriates dead as airline's licensing questioned
RIO NEGRO, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia began repatriating the victims of this week's tragic air crash in the Andes as Bolivia's president called for "drastic measures" against aviation officials who signed off on a flight plan that experts and even one of the charter airline's executives said should never have been attempted due to concerns over a possible fuel shortage....

Francois Hollande: A leader perhaps too 'normal' for France?
PARIS (AP) -- Francois Hollande has always been an unlikely French president, a guy proud to call himself "normal" and who ended up in the Elysee Palace almost by default....

In Macedonia's fake news hub, teen shows AP how it's done
VELES, Macedonia (AP) -- On the second floor of a noisy sports center in the Macedonian town of Veles, a teenage purveyor of fake news cracked open his laptop and laid out his case for why lying is more lucrative than the truth....

Indonesia blasphemy protest draws 200,000; ends peacefully
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied peacefully in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest against its minority Christian governor, who is being prosecuted for alleged blasphemy....

Adulation of Fidel Castro runs deepest in rural eastern Cuba
EL GUAYABO, Cuba (AP) -- The single dirt street in El Guayabo runs past a few dozen cinderblock homes, the medical clinic and the primary school to a grove of 76 trees planted to honor Fidel Castro on his 76th birthday....

In remarkable shift, peace marks S. Korean uprising _ so far
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- When South Korean students protested in the 1960s and 1980s, blood flowed in the streets. In 2016, children launch flashing toys into the night air as entertainers lead a massive, docile crowd in popular sing-alongs....

Death threats and abuse for woman leading Brexit court fight
LONDON (AP) -- Gina Miller is paying the price for going to court....

The Latest: Syrian army clears town near capital of rebels
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):...

Calls for ceasefire, massive displacement in Syria's Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- The U.N. said Friday an estimated 31,500 residents have been displaced following Syrian government advances into the besieged eastern Aleppo enclave this weekend, as government media reported from those newly-captured areas, demonstrating its restoration and resettlement efforts there....

 
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