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N. Korea missile fears in Japan: 'Whatever will be, will be'
FUSSA, Japan (AP) -- Residents living near U.S. military bases in Japan are facing a fresh reality: Their neighborhoods are on the frontline of North Korea's dispute with America and if Pyongyang were to attack they would have just minutes to shelter from incoming missiles....

Japan destroyer leaves port reportedly to escort US warships
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's navy has dispatched its largest destroyer reportedly tasked with escorting U.S. military ships off the Japanese coast amid heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula....

Civilian casualty toll could complicate Iraqi reconciliation
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.S.-led coalition has come under increasing scrutiny by monitoring groups regarding civilian casualties in the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq, a turn that is worrying some in the country's political leadership who fear the destruction and loss of life could complicate hopes of reconciliation with the country's minority Sunnis....

Philippines says Trump called Duterte to affirm alliance
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- U.S. President Donald Trump has called Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte and expressed Washington's commitment to their treaty alliance and his interest in developing "a warm, working relationship," a Filipino official said Sunday....

Eminem lawsuit against New Zealand political party begins
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- They may not have lost themselves in the music or the moment but a judge and nine lawyers in a New Zealand courtroom did listen politely to Eminem's "Lose Yourself" as a copyright trial involving the country's ruling political party began Monday....

Macron's startup-style campaign upends French expectations
POITIERS, France (AP) -- Whether or not Emmanuel Macron wins the French presidency in next Sunday's runoff, he has already accomplished the unthinkable....

France's Macron honors Holocaust victims, vows 'Never again'
PARIS (AP) -- Amid worries about rising nationalism, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron paid homage Sunday to the tens of thousands of French Jews killed in the Holocaust with a somber, simple message to voters: Never again....

Venezuela's Maduro hikes minimum wage amid rising protests
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hiked wages and handed out hundreds of free homes Sunday amid his efforts to counter a strengthening protest movement seeking his removal....

Pope to Venezuela: avoid more violence, respect human rights
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis appealed to leaders of Venezuela's government and society Sunday to avoid more violence after four weeks of political turmoil that has produced a mounting number of dead, injured and arrests....

Italy's Renzi easily in Democratic Party primary
ROME (AP) -- Former Premier Matteo Renzi regained the Democratic Party leadership, handily winning a Sunday primary that he hopes will bolster the center-left's ability to counter growing support for populist politicians in Italy ahead of national elections....

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Africa
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Asia
N. Korea missile fears in Japan: 'Whatever will be, will be'

Europe
Italy's Renzi easily in Democratic Party primary

Latin America/Caribbean
Venezuela's Maduro hikes minimum wage amid rising protests

Middle East
Civilian casualty toll could complicate Iraqi reconciliation