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Storms may brew, but in N. Korea pride over new satellite
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Hours after the rest of the world already knew, North Korea's state media triumphantly announced in a special news bulletin to the nation Sunday it had successfully launched a satellite into orbit, calling it a major milestone in the nation's history and the "greatest gift of loyalty" to the country's young leader, Kim Jong Un....

N. Korea praises rocket; others view as covert missile test
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- For North Korea's propaganda machine, the long-range rocket launch Sunday carved a glorious trail of "fascinating vapor" through the clear blue sky. For South Korea's president, and other world leaders, it was a banned test of dangerous ballistic missile technology and yet another "intolerable provocation."...

The Latest: Rome says launch N. Korea's 'latest provocation'
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The Latest on North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket (all times local):...

What N. Korea rocket launch may mean for region and world
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea launched a long-range rocket Sunday, the first day of its announced eight-day launch window and about a month after the country's fourth nuclear test led to international condemnation....

Pilot after emergency: Somali airport security is 'zero'
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- The Serb pilot who landed a jetliner in Somalia with a large hole on its fuselage says he has never doubted that it was caused by a bomb and describes the security at Mogadishu Airport as "zero."...

Bosnian first-graders reach out to deaf schoolmate
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- When Mirzana Coralic asked the primary school in her Sarajevo neighborhood whether they would enroll her deaf son, teacher Sanela Ljumanovic volunteered without thinking much about it....

Turkey: Reaching limits but will keep taking in refugees
KILIS, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey has reached the end of its "capacity to absorb" refugees but will continue to take them in, the deputy premier said Sunday, as his country faced mounting pressure to open its border to tens of thousands of Syrians who have fled a government onslaught....

Afghanistan hopes for talks with Taliban this month
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan expects to hold direct talks with the Taliban by the end of this month, an official said Sunday....

Divisive Polish party leader Kaczynski pulls the strings
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- When Hungary's prime minister had a secret five-hour meeting in a secluded mountain resort with the most powerful person in Poland, he didn't convene with his counterpart or the Polish president....

An exploding bus movie stunt sparks concerns in London
LONDON (AP) -- A bus has exploded in central London - but this time it's only for a movie....

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