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Pope has tough words for indigenous, Chile during Mass
TEMUCO, Chile (AP) -- Pope Francis took the Chilean state and the country's largest indigenous group to task Wednesday over their failure to forge a truly unified nation, saying the government must do more than just negotiate "elegant" agreements and radical Mapuche factions must stop violence....

Nearly 4 years on, much of Syrian rebel 'capital' abandoned
HOMS, Syria (AP) -- Sumaya Bairuty walked through abandoned streets pocked with shell craters amid rows of destroyed buildings, at times climbing over giant sand barriers before reaching her parent's apartment in the once rebel-held district of Bab Dreib in this central Syrian city....

Column: Kim Jong Un plays the Olympics like a champion
North Korea suddenly making nice for the duration of next month's Olympic Games in South Korea, putting seven decades of enmity on hold for 16 days with its offers to send athletes and entertainers across their heavily militarized border, won't fundamentally change what happens next....

Violinists and cheering squads: North Korea's Olympic lineup
TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea won't be dominating any medal counts when the Winter Olympics come to Pyeongchang in South Korea next month. But it's hoping to grab as much of the spotlight as it can with what might be an Olympic first in ice hockey and a flamboyantly crowd-pleasing all-female cheering section to liven up the stands....

Tillerson signals deeper US military commitment in Syria
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled deeper U.S. commitment to Syria on Wednesday, saying America would maintain its military presence there to prevent an Islamic State resurgence. He said the U.S. also would push for broader political changes in the Middle East country....

Saudi Arabia to transfer $2 billion after urgent Yemen plea
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered the transfer of $2 billion to Yemen on Wednesday, a day after Yemen's Saudi-backed prime minister made an urgent appeal on the kingdom and its allies to save the local currency from "complete collapse."...

Politics weighs heavily on foreign businesses in China
BEIJING (AP) -- Politics weighs more heavily on foreign companies in China than it has in nearly three decades....

Families of captive French jihadis sue to bring them home
PARIS (AP) -- Six families of French jihadis captured during Islamic State's retreat filed a complaint Wednesday demanding that the government bring them home, a week after a video of two notorious European extremists renewed the debate over how hundreds of foreign Islamic State fighters should be handled....

2 Americans, 2 Canadians kidnapped in central Nigeria
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Gunmen ambushed two Americans and two Canadians traveling through Nigeria's northern Kaduna state, kidnapping them and killing two policemen, a state police spokesman said Wednesday....

Expert says major eruption in Papua New Guinea could be soon
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Seismic activity beneath a Papua New Guinea volcano could mean that a major eruption was imminent, a volcanologist said on Thursday....

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