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Behind closed doors, North Korea opens ruling party congress
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea opened the first full congress of its ruling party since 1980 with leader Kim Jong Un speaking behind closed doors to thousands of cheering delegates....

Canadian convoy begins, hoping to flee wildfire zone
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) -- A convoy of evacuees began the long drive out of work camps north of the fire-ravaged Fort McMurray area Friday morning....

Activists: Insurgents seize village south of Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- A coalition of Syrian rebels and jihadists seized a strategic village from pro-government forces outside the contested city of Aleppo on Friday, signaling the reemergence of a powerful, ultraconservative insurgent coalition on the opposition's side in the Syria conflict....

South Korea's latest online celebrities: Stray cats eating
JANGSEONG, South Korea (AP) -- The stars of the latest online trend in South Korea stay out of sight most of the day. Viewers don't seem to mind waiting for hours while nothing happens. When the stray cats finally come to eat the food left out for them, people watching online sit enraptured by their feline charms....

Israeli cowboys live frontier life on Syria's doorstep
KIDMAT ZVI, Golan Heights (AP) -- With his wide-brimmed hat, Wrangler jeans and ornate belt buckle, Yehiel Alon could easily pass for one of the Montana ranchers he once worked with. But the 53-year-old is an Israeli cowboy on the Golan Heights bordering war-torn Syria, where frontier life takes on a whole new meaning....

The Latest: Erdogan seeks fast switch to presidential system
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The Latest on developments in Turkey after the prime minister announced his resignation (all times local):...

Erdogan firm on terror laws, set on presidential system
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Europe on Friday, saying his nation will not reform its anti-terrorism legislation for the sake of visa-free travel to Europe for its citizens....

Kerry stars in Russian adaptation of Robert Burns poem
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian foreign minister's spokeswoman has lightheartedly riffed on a poem by Robert Burns to comment on the frequent phone calls between her boss and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry....

Vinyl revival: Czech record maker aims for global dominance
LODENICE, Czech Republic (AP) -- As vinyl records make a global comeback, a little-known Czech company is riding the market surge to establish itself as the world's biggest record manufacturer, with plans to expand in North America and Asia....

Things to know about North Korea's first congress in decades
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea's elite are gathered in Pyongyang for their biggest political conference in decades....

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