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Russian indicted by US seen as doing favors for Putin
MOSCOW (AP) -- Thirty years ago, he was in prison. A decade ago, he was serving fancy meals to President Vladimir Putin. A week ago, he was among 13 Russians indicted in Washington on charges of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election....

World leaders urge Syria cease-fire as fighting escalates
BEIRUT (AP) -- World leaders called Thursday for an urgent cease-fire in Syria as government forces pounded the opposition-controlled eastern suburbs of the capital in a crushing campaign that has left hundreds of people dead in recent days....

Venezuelan pastor fills presidential void left by opposition
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- With two months to go before Venezuela's presidential election, the only challenger to jump in the ring against President Nicolas Maduro is a little-known television evangelist who was once arrested for fuel smuggling and has a range of business ventures....

Unprepared and outclassed, North Korea wraps up Olympics
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) -- Unprepared and outclassed, North Korea's 22 athletes wrapped up their competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Thursday without a finish higher than 13th....

Parents: 101 Nigerian girls missing after Boko Haram attack
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- More than 100 girls are still missing three days after suspected Boko Haram extremists attacked their school in northern Nigeria, parents said Thursday, as fears grew that they may have been kidnapped like those from Chibok town nearly four years ago....

AP Interview: Qatari envoy calls for emergency aid to Gaza
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Qatar's point man for Gaza on Thursday urged the world to send urgently needed humanitarian aid to the territory, warning that the war-ravaged coastal strip is "on the verge of collapsing" and could plunge into a new round of fighting with Israel if conditions do not improve....

In Syria, a father says last goodbye to dead child
BEIRUT (AP) -- A father saying his last goodbye to his dead child, before the shelling starts again....

Indian partners hawk dinner talk with Trump Jr for $39,000
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Want an evening out in India with Donald Trump Jr.? Sorry, even if you have an extra $39,000 it's probably too late to buy a "conversation and dinner" with the eldest son of the American president....

UNICEF official resigns after allegations made
LONDON (AP) -- A senior official at the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said Thursday he resigned after allegations of inappropriate behavior during an earlier stint at Save The Children because of "the danger" of damaging both organizations....

Grand Canyon helicopter crash victim dies, 3 still critical
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A British tourist who was pulled from the wreckage of a fiery helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon died from his injuries Thursday, according to Nevada authorities....

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Parents: 101 Nigerian girls missing after Boko Haram attack

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Top US diplomat in Venezuela under fire for tough comments

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African asylum seekers facing expulsion have embraced Israel