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South Sudan rivals fail to reach deal, frustrating mediators
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- South Sudan's warring parties failed to reach a breakthrough in peace talks in Ethiopia, mediators said Friday, expressing disappointment following months of discussions attempting to stop violence in the world's newest country....

Outrage: Extremists take ancient statues, damage Iraqi site
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Islamic State extremists trucked away statues as they damaged the irreplaceable remains of an ancient Assyrian capital, a local resident and a top UN official told The Associated Press Friday....

US: NKorea response to attack on ambassador 'callous'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States on Friday condemned North Korea's "callous" reaction to the knife attack on the U.S. ambassador to South Korea that has added to tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula....

Brazil top court approves graft investigation of politicians
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's Supreme Court has given the green light for the attorney general to begin investigating dozens of top politicians for alleged connections to a big kickback scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras....

'Eurabia' fears rise after terror strikes: Myth or reality?
BERLIN (AP) -- The headlines would suggest Europe is under siege: Thousands of Germans march against the continent's "Islamization." French readers flock to read a novel about a Muslim president who imposes Sharia law on their country. Commentators warn darkly about an encroaching age of "Eurabia" in the wake of the Paris terror attacks....

IS group erasing history, culture in Syria, Iraq
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group's destruction of the ancient city of Nimrud in northern Iraq is part of a systematic campaign to destroy archaeological sites it says promote apostasy....

Sierra Leone's ruling party expels vice president
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone's Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana has been expelled from the ruling party, the national broadcaster reported late Friday....

Palestinian assailant wounds 5 Israelis in car attack
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian rammed his car into a group of Israeli pedestrians near a border police station in east Jerusalem on Friday, injuring four officers and a bystander, police said....

Russian priest feels closer to God in serenity of Antarctica
KING GEORGE ISLAND, Antarctica (AP) -- Sophrony Kirilov pulls hard on the strings of the heavy Russian bells from inside the world's southernmost Eastern Orthodox church, calling to anyone wanting to pray on this remote Antarctic island....

Former Israeli spy chief rejects parts of Netanyahu speech
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A former chief of Israel's Mossad spy agency on Friday rejected claims made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his contentious address to Congress about Iran's nuclear program....

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