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AP Analysis: Why Venezuelans have lost hope life will change
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela is so short on food that tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving. Its murder rate is among the highest in the world. Its economy is so crippled that the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line - three times more than in 2014....

UN-sponsored Syria talks resume in Geneva after 10 months
GENEVA (AP) -- Syrian peace talks under the auspices of the United Nations resumed in Geneva on Thursday, 10 months after falling apart over escalating bloodshed in the war-torn country....

UN hosts 'Geneva IV' talks: Sequel or new script for Syria?
GENEVA (AP) -- Yet another sequel to chronically-fruitless Syria peace talks, or an entirely new script?...

Brazil's sexy Carnival puts Pentecostal mayor in tight spot
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- While campaigning last year to become Rio de Janeiro's mayor, Marcelo Crivella, a retired Pentecostal bishop, insisted his faith would not get in the way of governing the nation's most famous city....

AP Analysis: Damage control N. Korea style: Deny and attack
TOKYO (AP) -- Faced with the killing of its leader's half brother in what appears to have all the trappings of a politically motivated hit, North Korea is turning up the volume on a familiar defense: Flatly deny the allegations, viciously attack the accusers....

US-backed Iraqi forces enter Mosul airport, military base
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led international coalition fought their way Thursday into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with Islamic State group militants....

'24:Legacy' producers apologize for using Kenya attack video
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The executive producers of the new Fox series "24: Legacy" are apologizing for using footage from a terror attack at a Kenya mall that killed 67 people....

Romania's huge protests cause rifts among families, friends
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Video editor Mihnea Lupan lives just around the corner from his mother, but their views on the massive anti-corruption protests shaking Romania are miles apart....

Arctic 'doomsday' seed vault receives 50,000 new deposits
HELSINKI (AP) -- Nearly 10 years after a "doomsday" seed vault opened on an Arctic island, some 50,000 new samples from seed collections around the world have been deposited in the world's largest repository built to safeguard against wars or natural disasters wiping out global food crops....

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