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Peru's president fights back against calls to resign
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- President Pedro Pablo Kucyznski scrambled for his political survival Thursday as opponents demanded he resign over revelations of decade-old payments from a Brazilian construction company at the center of Latin America's biggest graft scandal....

US special envoy backs unconditional talks with N. Korea
BANGKOK (AP) -- The U.S. special envoy for North Korea on Friday expressed hope that Pyongyang would accept Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's diplomatic offer of unconditional talks, although the overture has already been contradicted by the White House....

Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian inquiry into child abuse on Friday recommended that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional....

Holocaust survivors worldwide celebrate Hanukkah
BERLIN (AP) -- Hundreds of Holocaust survivors participated in the third candle lighting of Hanukkah in Berlin, Jerusalem and New York on Thursday - part of a tribute to survivors worldwide that was organized by the Jewish Claims Conference....

Hunger at Damascus' door as Syrian government blocks aid
BEIRUT (AP) -- At the doors of the Syrian capital, children with wrinkled faces and arms like sticks are going hungry because President Bashar Assad's forces, supported by Russia and Iran, are blocking trucks filled with humanitarian relief....

White House to push merit-based immigration in new campaign
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn public opinion against the nation's largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push next year to move toward a more merit-based structure....

AP PHOTOS: Best of 2017 for the Middle East
In 2017 the Islamic State group was driven from its last strongholds in Iraq and Syria at an enormous cost, Pakistanis broke their silence to speak about sexual abuse in Islamic schools, and the U.S. declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel ignited widespread protests....

Zimbabwe ruling party meets to seal Mugabe's fall from grace
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- In an open space that Zimbabwe's ruling party has called Robert Mugabe Square, delegates gathered Friday to seal the fate of a man they had revered for decades but removed from power in dramatic scenes last month....

Russia's presidential election to take place on March 18
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's presidential election will take place on March 18 following a vote in the upper chamber of the country's parliament....

Putin says Trump foes harm US with Russia collusion probes
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin said Thursday the U.S. is only hurting itself with investigations of alleged collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, and the Kremlin leader vowed he won't allow the radical opposition at home to challenge the status quo as he seeks re-election....

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