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AP Exclusive: Iran's drone first over US carrier since 2014
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The unarmed Iranian drone that flew over a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf last month is similar to those that can carry missiles and was the first to conduct an overflight of an American carrier since 2014, U.S. Navy records obtained Wednesday showed....

APNewsBreak: Kenyan athletes allege doping bribery
EMBU, Kenya (AP) -- Two Kenyan athletes serving four-year bans for doping at the 2015 world championships say the chief executive of Athletics Kenya, the country's governing body for track and field, asked them each for a $24,000 bribe to reduce their suspensions....

Kurds attack Syrian air base held by insurgents
BEIRUT (AP) -- Kurdish fighters helped by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in northern Syria on Wednesday in an attempt to capture a military air base held by Syrian insurgents, while an international aid group warned that the health system in parts of the north is close to collapse....

Turkish leaders lash out at UN demands to open border
KILIS, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's leaders lashed out Wednesday at the United Nations and others who are pressing the country to open its border to thousands more Syrian refugees, accusing them of failing to shoulder the refugee burden or stop the Russian bombings that have triggered the exodus....

2 female bombers kill 58 in northeast Nigerian refugee camp
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeastern Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 58 people, health and rescue officials said Wednesday....

Pope visit to Mexico basilica highlights Guadalupe influence
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A weathered pastel image of the Virgin of Guadalupe hangs from German Herrera Hernandez's dashboard, watching over his passengers from her perch next to his cigarettes, gum and the handful of coins he uses to make change....

NATO ministers approve new reinforcements for eastern Europe
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO defense ministers on Wednesday approved new multinational reinforcements to beef up defenses of frontline alliance members most at risk from Russia, the alliance's secretary-general announced....

Police arrest over 100 suspected Sicily Mafia clan members
ROME (AP) -- Prosecutors say police in Italy and abroad have arrested more than 100 suspected Laudani Cosa Nostra members, dealing a heavy blow to the Mafia clan which has terrified businesses in the Catania area on Sicily for years....

S. Korea to shut down joint industrial park with N. Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to its recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs....

Pope on Ash Wednesday: charity's not to please ourselves
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis rubbed ashes on the bowed heads of prelates, nuns and ordinary Catholics Wednesday, and had them smudged on his own head, too, to usher in the Lenten season of prayer and sacrifice he said must be done out of authentic love, not to satisfy one's conscience....

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