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US-allied force takes Syria's largest oil field from IS
BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S-allied forces said Sunday they have captured Syria's largest oil field from the Islamic State group....

54 Egyptian police killed in ambush, say officials
CAIRO (AP) -- At least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout southwest of Cairo was ambushed, officials said Saturday. The ensuing firefight was one of the deadliest for Egyptian security forces in recent years....

Spanish PM aims to take over Catalan govt; residents aghast
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Spain announced an unprecedented plan Saturday to sack Catalonia's separatist leaders, install its own people in their place and call a new local election, using previously untapped constitutional powers to take control of the prosperous region that is threatening to secede....

Italy's 2 richest regions seek more autonomy from Rome
MILAN (AP) -- Voters in the wealthy northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto are heading to the polls to decide if they want to seek greater autonomy from Rome, riding a tide of self-determination that is sweeping global politics....

Japan votes for lower house; Abe's party seen headed for win
TOKYO (AP) -- Voting in a general election started Sunday that would most likely hand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's right-wing ruling coalition a victory and possibly close to a two-thirds majority in parliament....

Chinese propaganda faces stiff competition from celebrities
HONG KONG (AP) -- When the propaganda film, "The Founding of an Army," hit theaters in China recently, the reaction wasn't quite what the ruling Communist Party might have hoped for....

Russian opposition leader Navalny leaves jail, goes to rally
MOSCOW (AP) -- Alexei Navalny, Russia's most prominent opposition figure, has been released from jail after a 20-day sentence for calling an unauthorized demonstration....

WHO chief now 'rethinking' Mugabe 'goodwill ambassador' post
GENEVA (AP) -- After widespread shock and condemnation, the head of the World Health Organization said Saturday he is "rethinking" his appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a "goodwill ambassador."...

Slovenians choose president as Pahor seeks re-election
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) -- Slovenians were voting in a presidential election Sunday that is expected to be an easy re-election for President Borut Pahor, a veteran politician and former model known for his use of social media....

African rhino injures poacher in rare reversal of fortunes
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A rhino turned the tables on a suspected poacher in Namibia, charging and injuring the man while he was allegedly tracking it....

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African rhino injures poacher in rare reversal of fortunes

Indonesia seeks info from US after general denied entry

Kosovo holds municipal vote; Pristina City Hall is top prize

Latin America/Caribbean
Mexico joins legal fight against Texas sanctuary cities law

Middle East
US-allied force takes Syria's largest oil field from IS