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Suspect in Kim Jong Nam attack says she got $90 for a prank
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The Indonesian woman who is one of the suspects in the killing of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un's half brother said she was paid $90 for what she believed was a prank, an Indonesian official said Saturday....

Syrian who worked on nominated film can't attend Oscars
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation's civil war, "The White Helmets," that has been nominated for an Academy Award....

Inside the fight against IS sleeper cells in liberated Mosul
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Two crudely armored pickup trucks cruised along an eastern Mosul highway. A masked Iraqi officer riding shotgun yelled "Go! Go! Go!" and switched the radio from Iraqi folk music to fast, patriotic battle hymns as the vehicles sped up and weaved through the busy afternoon traffic....

AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?
TOKYO (AP) -- China's announcement it has suspended North Korean coal imports may have been its first test of whether the Trump administration is ready to do something about a major, and mutual, security problem: North Korea's nukes. While China is Pyongyang's biggest enabler, it is also the biggest outside agent of regime-challenging change - just not in the way Washington has wanted....

Zimbabwe's Mugabe marks 93rd birthday in opposition area
MATOPO HILLS, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 93rd birthday Saturday amid granite hills where ancient spirits are said to dwell, defying calls to resign after nearly four decades in power in a region known for opposing the man who says he'll run again in 2018 elections....

AP Explains: What chemical weapons N. Korea possesses
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea may have found a new use for its large stockpile of chemical and biological weapons, which are meant to attack South Korean and U.S. troops in case of another war....

Twin attacks on Syrian security buildings kill at least 32
BEIRUT (AP) -- Twin attacks on two Syrian security offices in the central city of Homs Saturday killed at least 32 people, including a senior security official who heads the feared Military Intelligence services, state media and officials reported....

Iraqi forces facing stiff resistance in western Mosul
SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul Saturday amid stiff resistance from entrenched Islamic State fighters, a commander on the scene said....

AP Explains: Who competes and how Carnival parades judged
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parade is world famous for the samba dancing, costumes that leave little to the imagination and the magnificent floats that roll down Avenida Marques de Sapucai, also known as the "sambadrome." For the competitors, getting to the big show is months in the making....

Banned chemical weapon VX is potent killer that lingers
The banned chemical weapon VX is considered by some experts to be the nastiest of the nasty nerve agents known to exist. With a consistency similar to motor oil, it lingers for long periods in the environment and even a tiny amount causes victims' bodies to flood with fluids, producing a feeling of drowning before death....

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