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NKorea missile test adds to 'Military First' celebration
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea marked its "Military First" holiday on Thursday with mass dancing, outdoor concerts and boasts of a successful - and potentially game-changing - submarine-launched ballistic missile test it hopes will serve as a warning to Washington and Seoul to stop holding joint military exercises Pyongyang sees as a dress rehearsal for invasion....

Russia downplays conflict with US over Syria weapons report
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Russia's U.N. ambassador said Thursday there doesn't have to be a confrontation with the United States over a report that blames the Syrian government and Islamic State militants for carrying out chemical attacks in the conflict-torn country....

Colombia's president rushing vote on deal with rebels
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's president is moving quickly to hold a national referendum on a peace deal meant to end a half-century of bloody conflict with leftist rebels, delivering the final text of the deal to congress on Thursday and declaring a definitive cease-fire with the guerrillas....

Rebels, residents to evacuate long-besieged Damascus suburb
BEIRUT (AP) -- After four years of grueling bombardment and crippling siege, the remaining residents and rebels of a Damascus suburb agreed to surrender and evacuate under the terms of an agreement reached Thursday, Syrian government and opposition activists said....

Nun in iconic Italy quake photo texted friends 'adieu'
ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (AP) -- She became the face of Italy's earthquake: Sister Marjana Lleshi, blood staining her veil as she texted her family and friends in her native Albania that she was alive....

Police: 3 dead, 1 hurt in Toronto, crossbow found nearby
TORONTO (AP) -- Three people were killed in what Canadian police on Thursday called a homicide that may have involved a crossbow....

Turkey sends more tanks to Syria, insists on Kurdish retreat
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey sent more tanks into northern Syria on Thursday and gave Syrian Kurdish forces a week to scale back their presence near the Turkish border, a day after it launched a U.S.-backed cross-border incursion to establish a frontier zone free of the Islamic State group and Kurdish rebels....

A look at what's next in the Colombian peace process
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's government and the country's biggest leftist rebel group have reached a peace deal that puts the South American nation on the threshold of ending a five-decade war. Here's what lies ahead and some of the remaining hurdles:...

Brazilian senators blast each other as Rousseff trial starts
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's Senate on Thursday began deliberating whether to permanently remove President Dilma Rousseff from office, the final step in a leadership fight that has paralyzed Congress and cast a pall over a nation in the midst of a severe recession....

The Latest: Turkish artillery strikes Syrian Kurdish militia
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The Latest developments in the Syrian civil war, following Turkish ground forces' incursion (all times local):...

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50,000 flee South Sudan's instability for Darfur, UN says

NKorea missile test adds to 'Military First' celebration

Russian convicted in masterminding global online theft ring

Latin America/Caribbean
Colombia's president rushing vote on deal with rebels

Middle East
Israel rejects immunity for indicted UN engineer in Gaza




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