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Iraq retakes Mosul airport amid cautious advances against IS
SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Closely supported by the U.S.-led international coalition, Iraqi forces secured a series of cautious advances on Thursday, pushing into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, where they took control of the runway....

Rich in symbols, short on substance, UN resumes Syria talks
GENEVA (AP) -- Syria's opposing sides met face-to-face for the first time in U.N. mediation in three years on Thursday, with the U.N. envoy citing a historic chance to end a conflict that has left hundreds of thousands dead, displaced millions and fomented a proxy war by foreign powers....

AP Analysis: In Venezuela, short on food, short of hope
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....

Brazil's sexy Carnival puts Pentecostal mayor in tight spot
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- While campaigning last year to become Rio de Janeiro's mayor, Marcelo Crivella, a retired Pentecostal bishop, insisted his faith would not get in the way of governing the nation's most famous city....

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....

'24:Legacy' producers apologize for using Kenya attack video
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The executive producers of the new Fox television series "24: Legacy" apologized Thursday for using footage from a terror attack at a Kenya mall that killed 67 people....

Hawaii bill would ban licenses for some foreign fishermen
HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii lawmakers are considering a proposal with the potential to cripple the state's commercial fishing industry after an Associated Press investigation found foreign fishermen confined to boats and living in subpar conditions....

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....

Arctic 'doomsday' seed vault receives 50,000 new deposits
HELSINKI (AP) -- Nearly 10 years after a "doomsday" seed vault opened on an Arctic island, some 50,000 new samples from seed collections around the world have been deposited in the world's largest repository built to safeguard against wars or natural disasters wiping out global food crops....

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Africa
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Europe
French far-right presidential hopeful gives Trump gold star

Latin America/Caribbean
US Homeland Security Secretary Kelly vows 'no mass deportations,' no use of US military in immigration enforcement

Middle East
Iraq retakes Mosul airport amid cautious advances against IS


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