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AP Analysis: Why Venezuelans have lost hope life will change
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela is so short on food that tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving. Its murder rate is among the highest in the world. Its economy is so crippled that the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line - three times more than in 2014....

UN-sponsored Syria talks resume in Geneva after 10 months
GENEVA (AP) -- Syrian peace talks under the auspices of the United Nations resumed in Geneva on Thursday, 10 months after falling apart over escalating bloodshed in the war-torn country....

UN hosts 'Geneva IV' talks: Sequel or new script for Syria?
GENEVA (AP) -- Yet another sequel to chronically-fruitless Syria peace talks, or an entirely new script?...

AP Analysis: Damage control N. Korea style: Deny and attack
TOKYO (AP) -- Faced with the killing of its leader's half brother in what appears to have all the trappings of a politically motivated hit, North Korea is turning up the volume on a familiar defense: Flatly deny the allegations, viciously attack the accusers....

North Korea calls Malaysian investigation 'full of holes'
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- After more than a week of silence in its state-controlled media, North Korea on Thursday slammed the investigation into the death of one of its citizens in Kuala Lumpur, saying Malaysia's probe is full of "holes and contradictions."...

US-backed Iraqi forces enter Mosul airport, military base
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led international coalition fought their way Thursday into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with Islamic State group militants....

Romania's huge protests cause rifts among families, friends
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Video editor Mihnea Lupan lives just around the corner from his mother, but their views on the massive anti-corruption protests shaking Romania are miles apart....

Somalia's new president appoints prime minister
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Thursday appointed a political newcomer as the prime minister, shortly before departing to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip since his inauguration....

AP PHOTOS: South African center gives hope to abandoned kids
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Outside an old house in a battered Johannesburg neighborhood, a hatch door slams shut and an alarm signals the arrival of an abandoned baby. A new infant is joining the ranks of toddlers being raised in the center....

US musician makes mics in Russia using Kalashnikov machinery
TULA, Russia (AP) -- Claims of hacking by the Russian state may be feeding international tensions, but they've given Californian musician David Brown a great icebreaker when selling his line of Russian-made microphones....

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