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UN defends refugee vetting as Trump mulls revised entry ban
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- In an office cubicle at the U.N. refugee agency, a Syrian woman and her three daughters took turns staring into a camera for iris scans. Their biometric registration, a first step toward possible resettlement in the West, is to be followed by interviews and background checks that can take months or even years....

Fake fashion fuels vast illicit profits, sea of human misery
LONDON (AP) -- In a warehouse at London's sprawling Heathrow Airport, a border officer pulls open a cardboard box he suspects contains contraband goods. Bingo - his instincts are rewarded....

N. Korean diplomats in Malaysia to seek Kim's brother's body
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A high-level North Korean delegation arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday seeking the body of leader Kim Jong Un's half brother, the victim of a nerve-agent attack that many suspect the North itself of orchestrating....

The strange life, and sudden death, of a North Korean exile
MACAU (AP) -- The heavy-set man got out of a Macau taxi one night last September, heading to the lobby bar at one of the city's most expensive hotels. The bar at the Wynn Macau is a quiet place, where the women are often in evening dresses and the gamblers can relax with $300 Cuban cigars. He was dressed casually, nondescript really. There were no bodyguards, no flashy women. It wasn't what you'd expect for a man once tipped to be the next dictator of North Korea....

South Korean prosecutors indict Samsung's de facto chief
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean special prosecutors indicted Samsung's de facto chief Tuesday on bribery, embezzlement and other charges linked to a political scandal that has toppled President Park Geun-hye....

UN: 8,000 flee as Iraqi forces fight IS in western Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Since Iraqi government forces launched the push to take the western half of Mosul from the Islamic State group last week, about 8,000 people have fled from that part of the city and surrounding villages, the U.N. humanitarian aid agency said Tuesday....

Afghan official: Policeman turns gun on colleagues, kills 11
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan policeman turned his rifle on his colleagues at a checkpoint in southern Helmand province, killing 11 of them before fleeing the scene, officials said Tuesday....

Activists: Syrian pro-government forces near IS-held Palmyra
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government forces and their allies from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah reached the outskirts of Palmyra in their push to drive Islamic State militants from the ancient town, activists said Tuesday....

How would you change France? Voters in downbeat town respond
CREPY-EN-VALOIS, France (AP) -- A handwritten sign invited market-goers in Crepy-en-Valois, a down-and-out town north of Paris, to make their voices heard ahead of France's pivotal presidential election....

Pakistani court frees man sentenced to death for blasphemy
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A defense lawyer says a Pakistani court has freed an Islamic preacher who was sentenced to death four years on charges of blasphemy....

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Aid workers leave famine-hit South Sudan area for safety

Myanmar army: Charges of abusing Rohingya unsubstantiated

Madrid officials fight bus carrying anti-transgender message

Latin America/Caribbean
Fallen Argentine troops' relatives wait for identification

Middle East
Clashes break out in Palestinian camp in Lebanon