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US competitive warfighting edge has slipped, says Mattis
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Countering China's rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military's top national security priorities. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says they even outpacing the threat of terrorism. He said Friday that competition with those adversaries has threatened America's military advantage around the world....

Analysis: Trump support carries rewards and risks for Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) -- From recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital to cutting aid to Palestinians, President Donald Trump has given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the unprecedented gift of strong U.S. alignment with a nationalist Israeli government....

South Korea asks North to explain canceled visit
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea on Saturday requested North Korea to explain why it abruptly canceled plans to send a delegation over the weekend to prepare for a visit by an art troupe during next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics....

Thai police arrest suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai police have arrested a suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking who allegedly fueled much of Asia's illegal trade for over a decade....

Church conservatives question pope's airborne nuptials
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- The honeymoon, as it were, is apparently over....

Thorny global issues abound a year into Trump presidency
With a sharp departure from years and sometimes decades of U.S. foreign policy, President Donald Trump has made a seismic global impact during his first year in office....

Turkey says no turning back from offensive in Syria
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's defense minister said Friday there is no turning back from his country's decision to launch a ground assault on a Syrian Kurdish-controlled enclave in northwest Syria, saying the offensive had "de facto" started with the sporadic Turkish military shelling of the area....

Pope to visit Peruvian region hard hit by El Nino floods
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- When Pope Francis travels Saturday to northern Peru he will find a region still reeling from devastating floods nearly a year ago that toppled hundreds of thousands of homes, left streets covered in thick layers of mud and even ripped apart tombs from an above-ground cemetery....

Russia exhorts Trump to counter 'Russo-phobic' intrigues
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Russia's top diplomat on Friday exhorted President Donald Trump to counter "Russo-phobic" intrigues against him in the United States to improve ties between Washington and Moscow....

Pope: Corruption is 'social virus' infecting Latin America
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Pope Francis strongly condemned corruption in Latin America as a "social virus" infecting all aspects of life in stern remarks Friday to Peru's president and high-ranking political leaders, several of whom are embroiled in the region's biggest graft scandal....

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