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Foreigners who joined IS faced almost certain death in Raqqa
PARIS (AP) -- The forces fighting the remnants of the Islamic State group in Syria have tacit instructions on dealing with the foreigners who joined the extremist group by the thousands: Kill them on the battlefield....

Egyptian officials say 54 police killed in Egypt attack
CAIRO (AP) -- At least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout outside of Cairo escalated into an all-out firefight, authorities said Saturday....

Chinese power over North Korea? It's more myth than reality
BEIJING (AP) -- At first glance, it seems the perfect solution to the world's most dangerous standoff: Find a way to get China to use its enormous influence to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear bombs....

Spanish PM seeks Senate backing to take over Catalonia govt
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- The Spanish government moved decisively Saturday to use a previously untapped constitutional power so it can take control of Catalonia and derail the independence movement led by separatist politicians in the prosperous industrial region....

Shock as Zimbabwe's Mugabe named WHO 'goodwill ambassador'
GENEVA (AP) -- Shock and condemnation continued Saturday after Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was named a "goodwill ambassador" for the World Health Organization by the agency's first African leader....

Polls indicate Japanese PM Abe headed for easy victory
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's leader may have made the right call after all, if not for his country then for himself....

Somalia's death toll now at 358 as 'state of war' planned
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- The death toll in Somalia's deadliest attack has risen to 358 while dozens remain missing. Somalia's president was expected to announce a "state of war" against the al-Shabab extremist group blamed for the bombing, the prime minister said....

King's legacy still felt strongly as Thailand bids goodbye
HUAY HOM, Thailand (AP) -- Half a century has passed and the king is dead, but the villagers of Huay Hom still haven't forgotten the day Bhumibol Adulyadej descended by helicopter into their remote, impoverished mountain valley in northern Thailand and changed their lives forever....

The Latest: Centrist Babis leads early results in Czech vote
PRAGUE (AP) -- The Latest on the Czech Republic's parliamentary vote (all times local):...

Syria troops capture central town recently taken by IS
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government forces and their allies regained control Saturday of a predominantly Christian central town that sleeper cells of the Islamic State group captured late last month....

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Syria troops capture central town recently taken by IS