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Iraq retakes Mosul airport amid cautious advances against IS
SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Closely supported by the U.S.-led international coalition, Iraqi forces secured a series of cautious advances on Thursday, pushing into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, where they took control of the runway....

Rich in symbols, short on substance, UN resumes Syria talks
GENEVA (AP) -- Syria's opposing sides met face-to-face for the first time in U.N. mediation in three years on Thursday, with the U.N. envoy citing a historic chance to end a conflict that has left hundreds of thousands dead, displaced millions and fomented a proxy war by foreign powers....

AP Analysis: In Venezuela, short on food, short of hope
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela is so short on food that tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving. Its murder rate is among the highest in the world. Its economy is so crippled that the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line - three times more than in 2014....

Malaysia says VX nerve agent used in killing of N.Korean
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent was used in the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean ruler's outcast half brother who was poisoned last week at the airport in Kuala Lumpur, police said Friday....

Brazil's sexy Carnival puts Pentecostal mayor in tight spot
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- While campaigning last year to become Rio de Janeiro's mayor, Marcelo Crivella, a retired Pentecostal bishop, insisted his faith would not get in the way of governing the nation's most famous city....

The Latest: Police say nerve agent found on killed N.Korean
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The Latest on the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (all times local):...

'24:Legacy' producers apologize for using Kenya attack video
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The executive producers of the new Fox television series "24: Legacy" apologized Thursday for using footage from a terror attack at a Kenya mall that killed 67 people....

Leading critic of Philippine leader arrested on drug charges
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Philippine opposition senator and leading critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly anti-drug crackdown was arrested Friday on drug charges but professed her innocence and vowed she would not be intimidated by a leader she called a "serial killer."...

AP Analysis: Damage control N. Korea style: Deny and attack
TOKYO (AP) -- Faced with the killing of its leader's half brother in what appears to have all the trappings of a politically motivated hit, North Korea is turning up the volume on a familiar defense: Flatly deny the allegations, viciously attack the accusers....

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