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Syrian media: Israel attacked installation near Damascus
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian state media blamed Israel on Thursday for an early morning missile attack on a military installation near Damascus International Airport that shook the capital with the force of the blasts....

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....

A look at North Korea's evolving brinkmanship
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea observers have long marveled at the ability of a small, impoverished, autocratic nation to go toe-to-toe with the world's superpowers....

Rumors rife as gas restrictions in N. Korean capital drag on
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- An acute shortage of gasoline in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang that has sparked price hikes and hoarding is raising fears of potentially crippling pain at the pumps if things don't get better soon - and driving rumors that China is to blame....

2 police wounded in shooting on French island of Reunion
PARIS (AP) -- A man suspected of links to radical Islam shot two police officers on the French island of Reunion as they tried to arrest him Thursday, officials said. The incident is under investigation by national counterterrorism prosecutors....

Pope faces balancing act in Egypt amid security fears
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is facing a religious and diplomatic balancing act as he heads to Egypt this weekend, hoping to comfort its Christian community after a spate of Islamic attacks while seeking to improve relations with Egypt's Muslim leaders....

Thai prosecutors to seek arrest warrant for Red Bull heir
BANGKOK (AP) -- An heir to the Red Bull fortune failed to show up Thursday to face charges over an alleged hit-and-run that killed a Thai police officer almost five years ago, as prosecutors declared they would now seek a warrant for his arrest....

India bans social media sites to quell unrest in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir have banned 22 social media sites in an effort to calm tensions in the disputed region after videos depicting the alleged abuse of Kashmiris by Indian forces fueled protests. But the sites remained online Thursday as the local telecom company struggled to block them....

'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)....

After Whirlpool battle, Le Pen and Macron clash over fish
PARIS (AP) -- After "the battle of Whirlpool," when Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron both went hunting for France's blue-collar vote at a threatened home appliance factory, the presidential candidates clashed over fish in a return to more traditional campaigning on Thursday....

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

Asia
Thai prosecutors to seek arrest warrant for Red Bull heir

Europe
Merkel: Britain should hold no illusions exit will be easy

Latin America/Caribbean
Mexico's ruling party, others caught in old tricks

Middle East
Syrian media: Israel attacked installation near Damascus