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Philippines declares end to 5-month militant siege in Marawi
CLARK, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine government declared the end Monday to the militant siege of a southern city that lasted five months, left more than 1,100 people dead and sparked fears of the Islamic State group gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia....

After election win, Abe prioritizes North Korea, aging Japan
TOKYO (AP) -- Fresh off a decisive election victory, Japan's leader pledged Monday to tackle what he called Japan's two national crises: the military threat from North Korea and an aging and shrinking population....

Millions return to poverty in Brazil, eroding 'boom' decade
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- When Leticia Miranda had a job selling newspapers on the streets, she earned about $160 a month, just enough to pay for a tiny apartment she shared with her 8-year-old son in a poor neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro....

AP PHOTOS: Hard life, smiles, in abandoned Rio building
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Toddlers roam in diapers or even naked in an abandoned building in Rio de Janeiro that has become home to hundreds of squatters. Mounds of trash create pockets of stench in what used to house the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics....

Mementos hold Thais' fond memories of beloved King Bhumibol
BANGKOK (AP) -- As Thailand prepares for the cremation ceremony of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, memories of him and his reign live in mementos dear to many Thais. His image is depicted on coins, amulets, statues and pins, and his works on Thailand's behalf are immortalized in art showing him visiting rural areas and working on development projects he supported. Millions of mourners have prostrated themselves before Bhumibol's body, which has lain in state at a Bangkok palace for a year. The Associated Press asked Thais about their thoughts on Bhumibol and what mementos they've kept to honor the monarch they hail as "Father." Here are their responses:...

Hopes and fears in Hong Kong, Taiwan amid China's congress
HONG KONG (AP) -- It wasn't just the dark-suited delegates in Beijing who were listening intently last week as Chinese President Xi Jinping outlined his grand ambitions to launch a twice-a-decade Communist Party congress....

US-backed forces take Syria's largest oil field from IS
BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S.-backed fighters captured Syria's largest oil field from the Islamic State group Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces....

Who killed Kim Jong Un's half brother? Here's what we know
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Eight months after the audacious assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother, a Malaysian court is trying to unweave a complicated web of deception, political intrigue and cold-blooded brutality - a scheme allegedly cooked up by a network of North Koreans who have never, and almost certainly never will, set foot in the courthouse....

Spanish leader moves aggressively to clip Catalonia's wings
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy left the nation breathless when he announced the steps he wants to take to crush the separatist movement in the prosperous Catalonia region....

Italy's 2 richest regions claim victory in autonomy votes
MILAN (AP) -- The presidents of Italy's wealthy northern regions of Veneto and Lombardy on Sunday claimed victory in autonomy referendums that seek to grab additional powers and tax revenue from Rome, riding a global tide of self-determination that has swamped Spain's Catalonia region....

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