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West Africa's extremism spreading as thousands flee homes
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- West Africa's extremist threat has moved into a new part of the vast Sahel region, with a previously calm area of Burkina Faso facing the kinds of assaults that have forced thousands elsewhere to flee over the past year....

All 65 aboard plane feared dead in crash in southern Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An Iranian airplane brought back into service only months ago after being grounded for seven years crashed Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, and officials feared all 65 people on board were killed....

Iraqi victories remain fragile as US reduces troops
QAIM, Iraq (AP) -- From their outpost on Iraq's westernmost edge, U.S. 1st Lt. Kyle Hagerty and his troops watched civilians trickle into the area after American and Iraqi forces drove out the Islamic State group. They were, he believed, families returning to liberated homes, a hopeful sign of increasing stability....

Moon won't discuss possible summit with North Korea's Kim
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Saturday that he hopes his efforts to engage rival North Korea at the Olympics will also lead to better ties between the North and its other major rival, Washington, as well as help set up talks on ridding the North of its nuclear bombs....

Latvian member of European Central Bank detained in probe
LONDON (AP) -- Latvia's top banking official, a key member of the European Central Bank, was detained Sunday after being questioned for hours by anti-corruption authorities amid accusations of bribery and money laundering in the European nation's financial system....

Israeli PM Netanyahu to Iran: Don't test Israel's resolve
MUNICH (AP) -- The nuclear deal with Iran has emboldened Tehran to become increasingly aggressive in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, warning that Iran should "not test Israel's resolve" as he showed off what he said was part of a downed Iranian drone....

Trump adviser: Russian meddling 'incontrovertible'
MUNICH (AP) -- President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Saturday there was "incontrovertible" evidence of a Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election, a blunt statement that shows how significantly the new criminal charges leveled by an American investigator have upended the political debate over his inquiry....

Polish PM seeks dialogue with Israel on 'difficult history'
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's prime minister said Sunday that dialogue with Israel about the Holocaust is necessary and would serve as a warning to prevent such "exceptionally terrifying" crimes from happening again....

Israeli police arrest telecom officials in graft case
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police said Sunday they arrested senior officials from the country's national telephone company as part of an investigation into alleged corruption offenses. Israeli media said among those arrested were close associates of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is fighting for his political life after being accused of taking bribes from billionaire supporters....

'Three Billboards' wins, women make waves at UK film awards
LONDON (AP) -- Ferocious female-led tragicomedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the big winner Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards in London, where women demanding an end to harassment, abuse and inequality dominated the ceremony....

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