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AP Top International News at 12:27 p.m. EDT

Putin on US election hack charge: 'Read my lips: No'
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin on Thursday emphatically denied allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election and said Moscow would maintain hopes of improving relations while waiting for political infighting in Washington to stop....

Amid US' Afghanistan uncertainty, Russia resurrects interest
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As America's 16-year war in Afghanistan drags on, Russia is resurrecting its own interest in the "graveyard of empires." The jockeying includes engaging the Taliban and leading a new diplomatic effort to tackle Afghanistan's future, all while Washington leaves the world guessing on its strategy for ending the conflict....

Trump administration drops human rights in Bahrain F-16 deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration has told Congress it plans to approve a multibillion-dollar sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain without the human rights conditions imposed by the State Department under President Barack Obama....

A look at latest ruling on Trump administration travel ban
HONOLULU (AP) -- A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday....

Malaysia says Kim Jong Nam's body released to North Korea
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The body of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader, was released to the North on Thursday, more than a month after his murder at Kuala Lumpur's airport unleashed a fierce diplomatic battle between the two countries....

Top German police official warns of extremist attacks
BERLIN (AP) -- A top police official says Germany needs to remain vigilant against the threat of extremist attacks....

Mother convicted of UK terrorism offense spared jail time
LONDON (AP) -- A mother convicted of a terrorism offense in Britain has been spared from prison after receiving a suspended sentence....

Coroner: London attacker killed by gunshot wound to chest
LONDON (AP) -- A British coroner's officer says that the man who attacked Parliament last week before being killed by police died from a single gunshot wound to the chest....

Leftist gains edge ahead of tense Ecuador presidential vote
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Ecuador until recently looked like the next domino to fall in a right-wing resurgence in Latin America. Trapped in recession and disgusted by corruption scandals, voters seemed poised to kick out the leftists who have ruled for a decade and hand power to conservative banker Guillermo Lasso....

First on the Martian menu: spuds
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Could potatoes one day support human life on Mars?...

World Video
Up to the Minute
Hundreds missing in Boko Haram's biggest abduction of kids

Japanese media release video reportedly showing Kim Jong Nam's body, 2 North Korean suspects on plane leaving Malaysia

Slovaks vote to allow annulment of pardons in kidnapping

Latin America/Caribbean
Venezuela court says it can take over Congress' powers

Middle East
Officials: Mysterious blast in east Lebanon kills 2 Syrians

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