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9 injured in apparent volcano eruption near Japan ski resort
TOKYO (AP) -- A disaster official says at least nine people have been injured by an apparent volcanic eruption and avalanche near a ski resort in central Japan....

Fighting rages amid Turkish push in Kurdish enclave in Syria
HASSA, Turkey (AP) -- Intense fighting flared Monday as Turkish troops and their allies advanced on a Kurdish enclave in northwestern Syria, the third day of Ankara's offensive to oust a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia from the area, according to the militia and a war monitoring group....

Pence says US embassy will move to Jerusalem by end of 2019
JERUSALEM (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Israeli lawmakers Monday that the U.S. would put plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem on a fast track, drawing angry denunciations from Arabs who were forcibly removed from the hall during his speech before Israel's parliament....

50 years after key Vietnam battles, Mattis seeks closer ties
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A half-century after the Tet Offensive punctured American hopes of victory in Vietnam, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is visiting the former enemy in search of a different kind of win: incremental progress as partners in a part of the world the Pentagon has identified as vital for the United States to compete with China and Russia....

In Syria's Aleppo, old bazaar struggles to come back to life
ALEPPO, Syria (AP) -- Fighting has long died down in Syria's largest city, but Aleppo's centuries-old market has yet to come back to life, more than a year after government forces retook rebel-held neighborhoods around the Old City....

Philippine volcano spews fountains of lava, big ash plumes
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines' most active volcano spewed fountains of lava and massive ash plumes overnight and Tuesday morning after authorities warned a violent eruption may be imminent....

S. Korean advance team goes to North for pre-Olympic events
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A team of South Korean officials travelled to North Korea on Tuesday to check logistics for joint events ahead of next month's Winter Olympics in the South, as the rivals exchanged rare visits to each other amid signs of warming ties....

Head of Russian outlet RT says US foreign agent order hurts
MOSCOW (AP) -- The head of the Russian television channel RT wants the United States to live up to its ideals of freedom of speech. Yet American journalists attuned to those principles have not defended the former Russia Today network in its fight with the U.S. government....

Hong Kong bookseller detained again by Chinese authorities
HONG KONG (AP) -- A Hong Kong-based bookseller who was secretly detained in China has been taken away by Chinese authorities again after being released into house arrest last October, his daughter said Monday....

Palestinian Christians slam Pence's pro-Israel faith
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian Christians say U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's brand of evangelical Christianity, with its fervent embrace of modern-day Israel as fulfilment of biblical prophecy, lacks their faith's compassion and justice, including for those who have endured half a century of Israeli occupation....

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