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Israeli strikes inside Syria pick up tempo in proxy war
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's military said Israel struck a military installation southwest of Damascus International Airport before dawn Thursday, setting off a series of explosions and raising tensions further between the two neighbors....

Analysis: Finally, crystal-clear clarity in French election
PARIS (AP) -- When France's presidential election turned into a political boxing match this week at the gates of an appliance factory threatened with closure, the far-right populist Marine Le Pen showed that she wields a mean right hook. Her centrist rival, Emmanuel Macron, a political neophyte contesting his first election, demonstrated that he can take a solid punch to the chin....

Taliban announce start of spring offensive
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Afghanistan's Taliban have announced the start of a spring offensive, promising to build their political base in the country while focusing military assaults on coalition and Afghan security forces....

Tillerson says China asked North Korea to stop nuclear tests
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China has threatened to impose sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests....

Facing backlash on killings, Duterte to find solace in ASEAN
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- When Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hosts a summit of Southeast Asian leaders this weekend, the spotlight will be on him. Just less than a year in power, he faces a mass murder complaint before the International Criminal Court and an impeachment bid at home as bodies continue to pile up in his war on illegal drugs....

Lawmakers attacked as protesters storm Macedonian parliament
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Chaos swept into Macedonia's parliament Thursday as demonstrators stormed the building and attacked lawmakers to protest the election of a new speaker despite a months-old deadlock in efforts to form a new government....

'I cannot go back': South Sudan refugee clan begins new life
IMVEPI, Uganda (AP) -- Eighty-year-old Alfred Wani walks across the wooden bridge over the Kaya River, the border between South Sudan and Uganda, clinging to his Bibles and family photo album, with his wife, three goats and 27 relatives in tow. Missing are a few sons (off fighting) and his cattle (stolen)....

As Trump calls for wall, a look at the world's barriers
As President Donald Trump marks 100 days in office, he is vowing to keep his campaign promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico....

Pakistani Taliban say detained militant used for propaganda
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The Pakistani Taliban say the country's top intelligence service is using a captured senior militant to spread propaganda that the militant group is beholden to spy agencies in India and Afghanistan....

DNA from dirt: Tracing ancient humans found in 'empty' caves
BERLIN (AP) -- No bones? No problem!...

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'I cannot go back': South Sudan refugee clan begins new life

Taliban announce start of spring offensive

Lawmakers attacked as protesters storm Macedonian parliament

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Mexico Senate OKs disappearance law, calls for search system

Middle East
Israeli strikes inside Syria pick up tempo in proxy war