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UN Syria envoy urges Putin to have 'courage' to push Assad
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. Syria envoy has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to "have the courage" to push the Syrian government to accept new elections and a new constitution....

Aid group: At least 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar
BANGKOK (AP) -- International aid group Doctors Without Borders said its field survey has found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in a crackdown by Myanmar's security forces....

Palestinians, a large Jerusalem minority, feel Trump snub
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Pedestrians walk on a thick layer of soot from tires set ablaze in frequent clashes with Israeli troops. Cars navigate around potholes in streets littered with garbage. Motorists honk in a traffic jam near an Israeli checkpoint that is framed by the towering cement slabs of Israel's separation barrier....

UN chief: Iran may be defying UN on missiles, OK on nukes
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that Iran may be defying a U.N. call to halt ballistic missile development even as it complies with the nuclear deal with six world powers....

Suicide bomber kills 17 at Somalia police academy
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- An Islamic extremist suicide bomber disguised as a police officer killed at least 17 and injured 20 at a police academy in Somalia's capital on Thursday, police said....

South Korean President Moon in China on visit to repair ties
BEIJING (AP) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Thursday during a visit to Beijing aimed at repairing ties frayed by a dispute over the deployment of an American anti-missile system....

As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country's post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues....

Putin, in annual address, calls for modern Russia economy
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will seek to modernize the Russian economy if he's re-elected to another term next March....

EU leaders gather, set to move Brexit talks into new phase
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union leaders are gathering in Brussels set to move Brexit talks into a new phase as pressure mounts on Prime Minister Theresa May over her plans to take Britain out of the 28-nation bloc....

Space capsule with 3 astronauts returns to Earth
MOSCOW (AP) -- Three astronauts have landed back on Earth after nearly six months aboard the International Space Station....

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Latin America/Caribbean
Fears rise over LGBT discrimination in conservative Paraguay

Middle East
Israel stages airstrikes in Gaza Strip, response to rockets