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A massacre at a prison complex in Manaus, at the center of the Amazonian jungle, exposes a failed prison system in Brazil and a fight between gangs for control far beyond the walls of jails
MANAUS, Brazil (AP) -- Shortly after midnight on New Year's Eve, hundreds of inmates watched from a Manaus prison yard as the sky lit up with fireworks, paid for by the gangs that dominate the jail system....

Brazilian gangs' business strategy: recruit in overcrowded prisons and then dominate streets and international drug routes
BOA VISTA, Brazil (AP) -- First, dominate overcrowded prisons. Then, control the streets and international drug routes....

Malaysian police say two women suspected of fatally poisoning a scion of North Korea's ruling family were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals and then wipe them on his face
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The two women suspected of fatally poisoning a scion of North Korea's ruling family were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals and then wipe them on his face, police in Malaysia said Wednesday, announcing they were seeking a North Korean diplomat in connection with the attack....

More than a week has passed since the North Korean leader's estranged half brother died in Malaysia, but what killed him, who instigated it and why are still unknown
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- More than a week has passed since the North Korean leader's estranged half brother died in Malaysia, but what killed him, who instigated it and why are still unknown. Malaysian authorities have identified several suspects in the death of Kim Jong Nam, but many questions remain....

A new psychological trauma institute is being established at the university of Dohuk in Iraq, the first in the entire region
DOHUK, Iraq (AP) -- It's been less than two weeks since Perwin Ali Baku escaped the Islamic State group, after more than two years in captivity, bought and sold from fighter to fighter and carted from Iraq to Syria and then back again....

Iraq's government-sanctioned paramilitary forces, made up mainly of Shiite militiamen, have launched a new push to capture villages west of the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's government-sanctioned paramilitary forces, made up mainly of Shiite militiamen, launched a new push Wednesday to capture villages west of the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants, officials said....

South African court rules ICC withdrawal unconstitutional; country on track to be 1st to leave
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African court ruled Wednesday that the government's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court without parliament's approval was unconstitutional....

After 3 years in prison, night-time detentions for Egyptian activist as another government measure to punish dissent
CAIRO (AP) -- It's that time of day - just before 6 p.m. to be exact - when Ahmed Maher must leave his family and spend the night in a tiny room in the local police station. It's a grim routine that will likely define the life of the iconic "revolutionary" for the next three years....

The Russian military is building a replica of Berlin's Reichstag building as a playground for students to attack at a patriotic theme park
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian military is building a replica of Berlin's Reichstag building as a playground for teenagers to attack at a patriotic theme park....

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Africa
South African court rules ICC withdrawal unconstitutional; country on track to be 1st to leave

Asia
More than a week has passed since the North Korean leader's estranged half brother died in Malaysia, but what killed him, who instigated it and why are still unknown

Europe
The Russian military is building a replica of Berlin's Reichstag building as a playground for students to attack at a patriotic theme park

Latin America/Caribbean
A massacre at a prison complex in Manaus, at the center of the Amazonian jungle, exposes a failed prison system in Brazil and a fight between gangs for control far beyond the walls of jails

Middle East
A Frenchman arrested in anti-terrorism raids in Morocco is in court to appeal his conviction, claiming he signed a confession in Arabic that he could neither read nor understand