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Egyptian officials say 54 police killed in Egypt attack
CAIRO (AP) -- At least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout outside of Cairo escalated into an all-out firefight, authorities said Saturday....

Chinese power over North Korea? It's more myth than reality
BEIJING (AP) -- At first glance, it seems the perfect solution to the world's most dangerous standoff: Find a way to get China to use its enormous influence to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear bombs....

Polls indicate Japanese PM Abe headed for easy victory
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's leader may have made the right call after all, if not for his country then for himself....

King's legacy still felt strongly as Thailand bids goodbye
HUAY HOM, Thailand (AP) -- Half a century has passed and the king is dead, but the villagers of Huay Hom still haven't forgotten the day Bhumibol Adulyadej descended by helicopter into their remote, impoverished mountain valley in northern Thailand and changed their lives forever....

Somalia's death toll now at 358 as 'state of war' planned
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- The death toll in Somalia's deadliest attack has risen to 358 while dozens remain missing. Somalia's president was expected to announce a "state of war" against the al-Shabab extremist group blamed for the bombing, the prime minister said....

Syria says Israel struck army position near Golan Heights
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Syrian army says Israeli forces have struck one of its positions near the Golan Heights south of the country....

IS claims responsibility for Afghan mosque attack
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in the capital as Afghan officials on Saturday raised the number of casualties from the attack to at least 39 dead and at least 41 wounded....

The Latest: Spain moves to dissolve Catalan government
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- The Latest on Catalonia's effort to break away from Spain and the Spanish government's response: (all times local):...

Spanish Cabinet meets to revoke self-government in Catalonia
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- The Spanish government moved to activate a previously untapped constitutional article Saturday so it can take control of Catalonia, illustrating its determination to derail the independence movement led by separatist politicians in the prosperous industrial region....

Shock as Zimbabwe's Mugabe named WHO 'goodwill ambassador'
GENEVA (AP) -- Shock and condemnation continued Saturday after Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was named a "goodwill ambassador" for the World Health Organization by the agency's first African leader....

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Somalia's death toll now at 358 as 'state of war' planned

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Spain's Rajoy proposes having central government ministers assume powers of Catalan regional officials

Latin America/Caribbean
Family believes body is that of missing Argentine protester

Middle East
Egyptian officials say 54 police killed in Egypt attack