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With every turn of a wrench, Jordanian woman breaks barriers
ZARQA, Jordan (AP) -- It is graduation day, and Maryam Mutlaq is celebrating her transformation from stay-at-home mom to licensed plumber....

US intel chief: Getting NKorea to give up nukes 'lost cause'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- National Intelligence director James Clapper said Tuesday that the U.S. goal of persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons is probably a "lost cause" and the best hope is to cap its capability....

Pakistani cadets ran, jumped from windows to flee militants
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Survivors of an overnight attack that killed 61 people at a Pakistani police academy described chaotic scenes of gunfire and explosions, with militants shooting anyone they saw and cadets running for their lives and jumping from windows and rooftops....

Iraq battles IS in western town, far from Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi forces battled Islamic State fighters for a third day in a remote western town far from Mosul on Tuesday, but the U.S.-led coalition insisted the latest in a series of "spoiler attacks" had not forced it to divert resources from the fight to retake Iraq's second-largest city....

Venezuela's congress opens political trial against Maduro
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress has opened a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro for breaking the constitutional order, deepening a standoff triggered by the authorities' suspension of a recall referendum against the embattled socialist leader....

Expert calls UN response to cholera in Haiti 'a disgrace'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A U.N. human rights expert strongly criticized the United Nations on Tuesday for denying legal responsibility for the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti caused by U.N. peacekeepers, calling it "a disgrace" and urging the world body to issue an apology and accept responsibility....

Ontario nurse charged in deaths of 8 nursing home residents
TORONTO (AP) -- A nurse has been charged with the murders of eight elderly people at nursing homes in southwestern Ontario over a seven-year period, police said Tuesday....

Report: Gunmen still control metals mined for modern gadgets
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Violent gunmen still menace pick-and-shovel miners in eastern Congo, a new report finds, despite years of efforts to loosen their grip by local reformers, Western activists and companies like Apple and Intel that use minerals from the African region in their products....

US official: Non-state actor likely to blame for cyberattack
WASHINGTON (AP) -- National Intelligence Director James Clapper says it appears that a "non-state actor" was behind a massive cyberattack last week that briefly blocked access to websites including Twitter and Netflix....

Report: Iranian-American held in Iran gets 18-year sentence
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- An Iranian-American held in Tehran has reportedly been sentenced to 18 years in prison for "collaboration with a hostile government," another dual national convicted in a secret trial since Iran's nuclear deal with world powers....

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Venezuela's congress opens political trial against Maduro

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With every turn of a wrench, Jordanian woman breaks barriers