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Haitians face hurdles after protected status renewal delays
BOSTON (AP) -- Thousands of Haitian immigrants living in the U.S. legally will face employment and travel hurdles because President Donald Trump's administration delayed the process of re-registering those with temporary protected status, Haitian community leaders and immigrant activists say....

Priest tends to miners, sex workers deep in Peru's Amazon
BOCA COLORADO, Peru (AP) -- Below an umbrella of trees deep in the Peruvian Amazon, drunken miners carry on their shoulders the casket of a man whose search for gold ended with a bullet in his stomach....

Pope wraps up Chile stop with visit to migrants, on to Peru
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Pope Francis wraps up his Chile visit Thursday by meeting with members of the South American nation's booming immigrant community, who are flocking to the region's strongest and most stable economy but are increasingly the focus of political and social discontent....

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....

Amid spat with Turkey, Tillerson denies Syria border force
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday the United States owes Turkey an explanation for saying it is supporting the creation of a border security force in northern Syria - a proposal that has drawn furious reaction from Ankara....

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....

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