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AP Top International News at 12:36 p.m. EST

Storms may brew, but in N. Korea pride over new satellite
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Hours after the rest of the world already knew, North Korea's state media triumphantly announced in a special news bulletin to the nation Sunday it had successfully launched a satellite into orbit, calling it a major milestone in the nation's history and the "greatest gift of loyalty" to the country's young leader, Kim Jong Un....

N. Korea praises rocket; others view as covert missile test
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- For North Korea's propaganda machine, the long-range rocket launch Sunday carved a glorious trail of "fascinating vapor" through the clear blue sky. For South Korea's president, and other world leaders, it was a banned test of dangerous ballistic missile technology and yet another "intolerable provocation."...

The Latest: Security Council expected to condemn North Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The Latest on North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket (all times local):...

What N. Korea rocket launch may mean for region and world
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea launched a long-range rocket Sunday, the first day of its announced eight-day launch window and about a month after the country's fourth nuclear test led to international condemnation....

Pilot after Somalia emergency: Airplane security is "zero"
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- The Serb pilot who landed a jetliner in Somalia with a three-foot hole on its fuselage said Sunday he never doubted that it was caused by a bomb and describes the security surround the airplane at Mogadishu Airport as "zero."...

Spanish police arrest 7 on suspicion of jihadi links to IS
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish police arrested seven suspected members of a jihadi cell linked to the Islamic State group and Jabhat al-Nusra militants during raids Sunday in the eastern provinces of Valencia and Alicante, and in Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta....

Spanish village of Lantz celebrates clash between good, evil
LANTZ, Spain (AP) -- The inhabitants of a northern Spanish mountain village have taken part in an age-old Carnival festival that re-enacts a legendary confrontation between good and evil....

German police search homes of suspected extremists
BERLIN (AP) -- German police have searched the homes of two men suspected of being part of an extremist organization....

Rescuers in Taiwan pull out survivors from quake rubble
TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) -- As anxious families waited nearby, rescuers on Sunday painstakingly pulled more survivors from the remains of a high-rise apartment building that collapsed a day earlier in a powerful earthquake that shook southern Taiwan and killed at least 26 people. More than 100 remained buried in the building's rubble....

Slain Italian student in Egypt suffered 'inhuman' violence
ROME (AP) -- A second autopsy on the body of an Italian found slain in Egypt reveals that the doctoral student suffered "inhuman, animal-like" violence, Italy's interior minister said Sunday as he pressed Egypt's president to fully cooperate with the criminal investigation....

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