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US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- In a defiant bit of timing, South Korea announced Wednesday that key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system have been installed a day after rival North Korea showed off its military power....

China launches 1st domestically-made aircraft carrier
BEIJING (AP) -- China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes....

Who speaks for Islam and reform? Debate heats up in Egypt
CAIRO (AP) -- It was a startling collision of religion and politics. Egypt's president proposed a new law that would prevent Muslim men from ending their marriages simply by saying "divorce" three times. The country's top institution of Islamic clerics, Al-Azhar, bluntly rejected the idea, saying Islam gives men that right and nothing can change that....

In Kashmir, brutality of videos deepens anger against India
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- One video showed a young Kashmiri man strapped to a patrolling Indian army jeep as a human shield against stone-throwing protesters. Others showed soldiers beating local men with sticks as other troops stood by with guns drawn....

The Latest: Kremlin denounces French report on Syria attack
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on Syria (all times local):...

France says analysis shows Syria regime behind sarin attack
PARIS (AP) -- France's foreign minister said on Wednesday that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month "bears the signature" of President Bashar Assad's government and shows it was responsible for the deadly assault....

Cuba weathers storm in Venezuela but future looks uncertain
HAVANA (AP) -- Refineries have gone dark. Gas rations have been slashed for hundreds of thousands of state workers. Construction materials are nearly impossible to find....

AP Photos: Chernobyl's ghost town draws daring visitors
PRIPYAT, Ukraine (AP) -- A bulletin board in the Ukrainian town of Pripyat still bears an edition of the Sovietsky Patriot newspaper, dated three days before the nuclear explosion that turned the city into one of the world's most baleful ghost towns....

Venezuela threatens to exit OAS as pressure on Maduro mounts
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela is threatening to pull out of the Organization of American States as the socialist government's response to political unrest that has been blamed for 26 deaths in recent weeks draws rebuke from the hemisphere's major powers....

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Africa
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Asia
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Europe
Macron on risky hunt for blue-collar votes against Le Pen

Latin America/Caribbean
Venezuela threatens to exit OAS as pressure on Maduro mounts

Middle East
France says analysis shows Syria regime behind sarin attack