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Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish vice president
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) -- A Baghdad court issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraq's autonomous northern Kurdish region on Thursday for saying that Iraqi forces had "occupied" the disputed province of Kirkuk this week....

Brexit, migrants and taxing Google _ big stakes at EU summit
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Brexit is Europe's big worry but isn't the only global problem that the leaders of 28 EU nations are trying to resolve at their latest summit....

Merkel: EU to cut aid to Turkey over democratic backsliding
BRUSSELS (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said early Friday that European Union leaders have agreed to reduce financial assistance for helping Turkey get ready for possible EU membership due to that country's violations of the rule of law and human rights....

Puerto Rico still stumbles in the dark a month after Maria
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- One man climbs 24 flights of stairs several times a day alongside dormant elevators. Street vendors hawk plastic washboards for $20. And families outstretch their hands as crews in helicopters drop supplies in communities that remain isolated....

Make China Great Again! Xi leads China into muscular new era
BEIJING (AP) -- In this summer's "Wolf Warrior II," Chinese action star Wu Jing portrays a tough super-patriot who rescues both fellow countrymen and oppressed Africans with help from the People's Liberation Army....

Study: World pollution deadlier than wars, disasters, hunger
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Environmental pollution - from filthy air to contaminated water - is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined....

Bangkok returns to mourning colors, but what of the future?
BANGKOK (AP) -- Tucked in his cramped clothing stall in an enormous Thai mall, Pirumchai Asiram sits on a plastic chair flanked by two worlds - bright, vibrantly colored shirts and dresses to his right, neat stacks of somber apparel in blacks and whites to his left. Ask him which sells better, and he'll smile....

More conflicts loom after Islamic State defeat in Raqqa
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Middle East may have turned a page with the defeat of the Islamic State group in its self-declared capital of Raqqa, but the future is looking even more tangled, and potentially as violent....

Spain set to strip Catalonia of powers over independence bid
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- The crisis over Catalonia's quest for independence escalated Thursday, as Spain's central government prepared the unprecedented step of stripping the wealthy region of some of its self-governing powers after its leader refused to abandon secession....

Russia's Putin: Trump's foes have blocked his agenda
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia remains open to cooperation with Washington even though President Donald Trump's political foes in the U.S. have tried to prevent him from fulfilling his campaign promises....

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