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Under the gaze of armed soldiers, large white trucks streamed across the world's most armed border Thursday as South Korean workers began shutting down a jointly run industrial park in North Korea
PAJU, South Korea (AP) -- Under the gaze of armed soldiers, large white trucks streamed across the world's most armed border Thursday as South Korean workers on Thursday began shutting down a jointly run industrial park in North Korea. The South's suspension will end, at least temporarily, the Koreas' last major cooperation project as punishment over Pyongyang's recent rocket launch....

South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his military chief executed for corruption
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his military chief executed for corruption and other charges, a South Korean official said Thursday....

The heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches will hold a historic meeting Friday in the threadbare international airport of an officially secular, communist-run tropical island
HAVANA (AP) -- The heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches will hold a historic meeting Friday in the threadbare international airport of an officially secular, communist-run tropical island....

An Iranian drone that flew over the USS Harry S. Truman last month was the first to conduct an overflight of a U.S. aircraft carrier since 2014
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The unarmed Iranian drone that flew over a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf last month is similar to those that can carry missiles and was the first to conduct an overflight of an American carrier since 2014, U.S. Navy records obtained Wednesday showed....

APNewsBreak: Kenyan athletes allege Athletics Kenya CEO asked for money to reduce doping sentences
EMBU, Kenya (AP) -- Two Kenyan athletes serving four-year bans for doping at the 2015 world championships say the chief executive of Athletics Kenya, the country's governing body for track and field, asked them each for a $24,000 bribe to reduce their suspensions....

Activists and a rebel commander say Kurdish fighters have launched an attack in northern Syria under the cover of Russian airstrikes to try and capture a military air base held by insurgents
BEIRUT (AP) -- Kurdish fighters helped by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in northern Syria on Wednesday in an attempt to capture a military air base held by Syrian insurgents, while an international aid group warned that the health system in parts of the north is close to collapse....

Turkey's leaders have lashed out at those pressing the country to open its borders to thousands more Syrian refugees, accusing them of failing to shoulder the responsibility or to stop Russian bombings that have triggered the exodus
KILIS, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's leaders lashed out Wednesday at the United Nations and others who are pressing the country to open its border to thousands more Syrian refugees, accusing them of failing to shoulder the refugee burden or stop the Russian bombings that have triggered the exodus....

Health and rescue officials say two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeast Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 58 people
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeastern Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 58 people, health and rescue officials said Wednesday....

When Pope Francis visits this week he'll make an emotional stop at the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe, where millions of pilgrims flock each year to pray before the shroud that bears her image
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A weathered pastel image of the Virgin of Guadalupe hangs from German Herrera Hernandez's dashboard, watching over his passengers from her perch next to his cigarettes, gum and the handful of coins he uses to make change....

NATO defense ministers have approved new multinational reinforcements to beef up defenses of frontline alliance members most at risk from Russia, the alliance's secretary-general says
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO defense ministers on Wednesday approved new multinational reinforcements to beef up defenses of frontline alliance members most at risk from Russia, the alliance's secretary-general announced....

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