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Aid groups descend on Indonesia quake zone; deaths reach 102
MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) -- Humanitarian organizations descended on Indonesia's Aceh province Thursday as the government in Jakarta promised tons of emergency aid and officials raced to assess the full extent of damage from an earthquake that killed more than 100 people....

Assad supporters see domino effect in Aleppo government win
ALEPPO, Syria (AP) -- Aleppo shakes with explosions and gunfire day and night in both the government- and rebel-held sides of the divided Syrian city. But for supporters of President Bashar Assad, there is a growing sense of imminent victory....

The Latest: Indonesia earthquake death toll rises to 102
MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) -- The Latest on a magnitude 6.5 earthquake in Indonesia's Aceh province (all times local):...

AP PHOTOS: Indonesian towns reel from earthquake devastation
PIDIE JAYA, Indonesia (AP) -- Damage from the earthquake that shook Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday is extensive in towns near the epicenter. A market was leveled, and other buildings reduced to chunks of cement and twisted rebar....

Pirates preying on Venezuelan fishermen as industry unravels
PUNTA DE ARAYA, Venezuela (AP) -- The pirates had killed Flaco Marval's brother and two cousins, and word was they were coming for the rest of the family....

Renzi quits; search on for new leader to guide Italy to vote
ROME (AP) -- Italian Premier Matteo Renzi resigned Wednesday evening, his self-inflicted penalty for staking his job on constitutional changes voters resoundingly rejected earlier in the week. He will stay in a caretaker's role at the request of Italy's president until a new government can be formed....

Russian official: Russia, US near deal on Aleppo cease-fire
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian deputy foreign minister says Russia is close to reaching a deal with the United States on a cease-fire for the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo....

Iraqi official: Anti-IS airstrike killed, wounded civilians
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's parliament speaker says an airstrike targeting an Islamic State-held town in western Iraq near the Syrian border has killed and wounded "dozens" of civilians....

Verdict expected in French budget minister's tax scandal
PARIS (AP) -- A Paris court is preparing to return a verdict in one of the biggest political scandals of French President Francois Hollande's government....

Pakistan opens probe into deadly plane crash that killed 47
GUG, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani authorities have opened a probe into the deadly plane crash in the country's northwest the previous day that killed all 47 passengers and crew, a spokesman said Thursday....

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World Video
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Africa
Ghana president, longtime opposition leader face off in vote

Asia
Pakistan opens probe into deadly plane crash that killed 47

Europe
Verdict expected in French budget minister's tax scandal

Latin America/Caribbean
Pirates preying on Venezuelan fishermen as industry unravels

Middle East
Israel police say knife-wielding Palestinian shot and killed



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