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Top Russian and US diplomats discuss cease-fire for Syria
MOSCOW (AP) -- The top diplomats of Russia and the United States have focused on the Syrian crisis in a phone call....

GOP senator to block arms sales over crisis with Qatar
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An influential Republican senator said Monday that he'll withhold approval of U.S. weapons sales to several Middle Eastern allies until there is a clear path for settling a diplomatic crisis with Qatar....

Swedish government announces release of hostage in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A Swedish man kidnapped by Islamic militants in northern Mali nearly six years ago has been released from captivity, the Swedish government confirmed Monday....

AP sources: US to say China among worst on human trafficking
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration is poised to declare China among the world's worst offenders on human trafficking, U.S. officials said Monday, putting the world's most populous country in the same category as North Korea, Zimbabwe and Syria,...

Trump welcomes India PM at White House for their 1st meeting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump welcomed India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House Monday for their first meeting, where personal chemistry as much as policy could set the tone for future relations....

Jewish groups cancel meetings with Netanyahu in protest
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Two high-profile groups of Jewish leaders on Monday canceled meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to protest his government's decision to scrap plans for a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem's Western Wall....

World Food Prize goes to African Development Bank president
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The son of a Nigerian farm laborer who rose out of poverty to earn graduate degrees in agricultural economics and spent his career improving the availability of seed, fertilizer and financing for African farmers is the winner of this year's World Food Prize announced Monday....

Company curbs sale of panels used on burned London high-rise
LONDON (AP) -- Arconic, the metal products maker that was once part of Alcoa Inc., said Monday it will stop selling one type of aluminum composite paneling for use on high-rise buildings after speculation that the material contributed to the spread of a deadly fire at a London apartment tower....

Dali's bones to be exhumed in Spain for paternity test
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the remains of artist Salvador Dali to be exhumed to settle a paternity suit, despite opposition from the state-run foundation that manages the artist's estate....

Air bag recalls, lawsuits lead Takata to file for bankruptcy
Shattered by recall costs and lawsuits, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. filed Monday for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., saying it was the only way it could keep on supplying replacements for faulty air bag inflators linked to the deaths of at least 16 people....

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Latin America/Caribbean
9 still missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia

Middle East
Israel: Projectile from Gaza lands in southern Israel

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