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Pressure building to condemn Syria over chemical weapons
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Pressure is building for the United Nations to condemn Syria over the use of chemical weapons as the Security Council prepares to discuss a report by weapons inspectors that found the Syrian government deployed chemical weapons on at least two occasions and is suspected of deploying them in at least three other instances....

AP documents 72 mass graves left by IS militants
HARDAN, Iraq (AP) -- Peering through binoculars, the young man watched as Islamic State extremists gunned down the handcuffed men and then buried them with a waiting bulldozer. For six days he watched as IS filled one grave after another with his friends and neighbors....

IS buried thousands in 72 mass graves, AP finds
HARDAN, Iraq (AP) -- Surrounded by smoke and flames, the sound of gunshots echoing around him, the young man crouched in the creek for hours, listening to the men in his family die....

Islamic State group says spokesman killed in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group said Tuesday that its spokesman and senior commander has been killed while overseeing military operations in northern Syria, and threatened to avenge his death....

Prosecution presents case to oust Brazil President Rousseff
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- The lead prosecutor in the trial to oust Brazil's first female president said Tuesday that Dilma Rousseff had committed "fraud" in her accounting practices, then came to tears saying she hopes the leader forgives her for causing her to suffer....

Italy honors quake victims as bishop warns of reconstruction
AMATRICE, Italy (AP) -- An Italian bishop issued a veiled critique of the suspected shoddy construction behind the high death toll of Italy's earthquake and warned during a state funeral Tuesday that the rebuilding effort must not become a "looting" of state coffers....

Albania passes a judicial reform law, key to EU efforts
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Albania's parliament has approved a law to check the personal and professional backgrounds of judges and prosecutors in a move to convince the European Union to launch membership negotiations....

The Latest: Turkey slams US criticism of Syria action
ISTANBUL (AP) -- The Latest on developments in the Syrian conflict, following Ankara's incursion into the war-torn state last week (all times local):...

Las Vegas, Asian investors bet on Sin City's Chinese tourism
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Sin City and Asian investors are going all in on Chinese tourism as some of Las Vegas' latest developments on and off the Strip target Chinese nationals and Chinese-Americans....

EU orders Apple to pay up to 13B euros in back taxes
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Apple has to pay up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) - plus billions more in interest - in back taxes to Ireland after the European Union found Tuesday that the U.S. technology giant contributed almost no tax across the bloc's 28 countries for 11 years....

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Africa
Tension mounts as Gabon awaits results of presidential vote

Asia
Las Vegas, Asian investors bet on Sin City's Chinese tourism

Europe
Italy honors quake victims as bishop warns of reconstruction

Latin America/Caribbean
Ex-Guantanamo detainee returns to Uruguay from Venezuela

Middle East
The Latest: Turkey slams US criticism of Syria action