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Pakistan releases US-wanted militant suspect on court order
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani authorities acting on a court order have released a U.S.-wanted militant who allegedly founded a banned group linked to the 2008 Mumbai attack....

Sound heard in Argentine sub search was likely 'explosion'
MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (AP) -- An apparent explosion occurred near the time and place an Argentine submarine went missing, the country's navy reported Thursday, prompting relatives of the vessel's 44 crew members to burst into tears and some to say they had lost hope of a rescue....

Papua New Guinea officials remove last refugees from camp
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The last asylum seekers abandoned a closed immigration camp on Papua New Guinea on Friday, ending a three-week standoff between police and hundreds of men who had been prepared to suffer squalid conditions without power or running water rather than move to other residences where they feared violence....

Peace in Colombia fragile year after historic deal with FARC
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- When rebel commander Rodrigo Londono signed a peace deal committing his troops to laying down their weapons, it was heralded as the best chance in decades to end Latin America's oldest and bloodiest armed conflict....

Zimbabwe asks if new leader, a Mugabe ally, can bring change
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Zimbabwe's incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa, widely known as the Crocodile, is seen as a smart, ruthless politician, and many question if he will be able to bring the change the country craves....

8 thought to be North Korean fishermen wash ashore in Japan
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese police said Friday they are investigating eight men found on Japan's northern coast who say they are from North Korea and washed ashore after their boat broke down....

Nepal hopes first state elections will give people a voice
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Eleven years after Nepal began its journey toward democracy by stripping its authoritarian king of his powers, the nation's 30 million people will finally get a say in running their local regions, giving voice to those who feel overlooked in a country with diverse ethnic groups and cultures....

Search ends for 3 US sailors missing in Navy aircraft crash
TOKYO (AP) -- A search ended Friday for three sailors missing in the Philippine Sea since a U.S. Navy aircraft crashed two days earlier, the navy said....

Honduras president seeks 2nd term despite constitutional ban
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- Less than a decade ago, even talk of re-election was enough to get a Honduran president overthrown....

Ruling party assured Mugabe he wouldn't face prosecution
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe's ruling party assured Robert Mugabe that he wouldn't be prosecuted if he resigned, a party official said Thursday, as the fate of the 93-year-old became clearer and the country prepared to move on....

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Zimbabwe asks if new leader, a Mugabe ally, can bring change

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Papua New Guinea officials remove last refugees from camp

Europe
Italian anti-mafia prosecutor says mafias now cooperating

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Peace in Colombia fragile year after historic deal with FARC

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Opposition calls for direct talks with Syria government