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French vote for Macron, Le Pen shuts out mainstream politics
PARIS (AP) -- French voters shut out the country's political mainstream from the presidency for the first time in the country's modern history, and on Monday found themselves being courted across the spectrum for the runoff election....

US Defense Sec'y Mattis in Afghanistan to discuss war needs
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived unannounced in Afghanistan on Monday to assess America's longest war as the Trump administration weighs sending more troops....

Afghan army chief, defense minister resign following attack
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's army chief and defense minister resigned on Monday, following a Taliban attack over the weekend that struck a northern army base, killing more than 100 military and other personnel, officials said....

South Korea, allies brace for North Korea follow-up act
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea marks the founding anniversary of its military on Tuesday, and South Korea and its allies are bracing for the possibility that it could conduct another nuclear test or launch an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time....

Unconventional Macron faces unprecedented challenge
PARIS (AP) -- French centrist Emmanuel Macron faces an unprecedented challenge in his quest for the French presidency: A newcomer to politics, he was virtually unknown to most of his countrymen just three years ago....

Tight, tense French presidential vote echoes around world
PARIS (AP) -- Whatever the result of France's presidential election, the choice will resonate far beyond France's borders, from Syrian battlefields to Hong Kong trading floors and the halls of the U.N. Security Council....

Jewish war veterans bemoan stalling of Israel's WWII museum
LATRUN, Israel (AP) -- Two years after Israel's prime minister vowed to complete the establishment of a museum honoring Jewish World War II veterans, funds have dried up and an abandoned construction site is all that remains of the grand project....

3 African countries chosen to test 1st malaria vaccine
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Three African countries have been chosen to test the world's first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization announced Monday. Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will begin piloting the injectable vaccine next year with young children....

Militants ambush convoy with off-duty Iraq soldiers, kill 10
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's military says militants have ambushed a convoy of off-duty soldiers near a town in the country's sprawling western desert, killing at least 10 and wounding 20....

Pence cites 'challenging times' to troops in American Samoa
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) -- US Vice President Mike Pence has thanked U.S. service members based in America Samoa, citing "challenging times" for the military in the Asia-Pacific....

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