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Russia boots 23 UK diplomats in spy-poisoning tit for tat
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia on Saturday announced it is expelling 23 British diplomats and threatened further retaliatory measures in a growing diplomatic dispute over a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain....

The Latest: Russian lawmaker: UK escalating tensions, not us
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Latest on the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Britain (all times local):...

Survivors of school shooting take gun control message abroad
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Student survivors of the worst high school shooting in U.S. history took their message abroad for the first time on Saturday, calling for greater gun safety measures and sharing with educational professionals from around the world their frightening experience....

Advancing Syrian troops pile pressure on rebels in Ghouta
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian troops captured a major rebel stronghold east of the capital Damascus Saturday and took large parts of another, squeezing insurgents and forcing thousands to flee to regions controlled by the government....

Xi Jinping reappointed China's president with no term limits
BEIJING (AP) -- China's rubber-stamp legislature on Saturday unanimously approved the reappointment of Xi Jinping as president with no limit on the number of terms he can serve....

600,000 clay figures to remember carnage in WWI
YPRES, Belgium (AP) -- A special remembrance installation of 600,000 crouching clay figures is opening to the public soon in Ypres, Belgium, seeking to help visitors from around the world reflect on what happened during World War I a century ago....

How SKorea leader took the reins in NKorea nuclear diplomacy
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in has always wanted to lead the diplomacy aimed at ending the North Korean nuclear crisis, even as he was overshadowed in his first year in office by a belligerent standoff between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un....

Greece: 16 migrants die as smuggling boat sinks in Aegean
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A smuggling boat sank Saturday off a Greek island, killing at least 16 migrants including children, and a search-and-rescue operation was underway to find two others believed missing....

Vatican bows to pressure, releases retired pope's letter
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican bowed to pressure Saturday and released the complete letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis after coming under blistering criticism for selectively citing it in a press release and digitally manipulating a photograph of it....

Retirees protest across Spain to demand a pension hike
MADRID (AP) -- Tens of thousands of elderly Spaniards rallied across the country Saturday to demand an increase in public pension payouts....

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Mauritius president resigns amid financial misconduct claims

Bus falls into dry river bed in east India, killing 12

Advancing Syrian troops pile pressure on rebels in Ghouta

Latin America/Caribbean
Immigrant detainee who alleged sex abuse to be released

Middle East
Iran detains close ally of former president Ahmadinejad