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Morgue reopens as Kim's body reportedly leaves Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian police on Thursday stopped guarding the morgue that has held the body of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's murdered half brother, after a van departed amid reports that his remains would leave the country....

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....

China's Xi to meet Trump in Mar-a-Lago on April 6-7
BEIJING (AP) -- U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for the first time on April 6-7 at Trump's Florida resort, China's Foreign Ministry announced Thursday, amid a range of pressing issues including trade, North Korea and territorial disputes in the South China Sea....

Negotiator denies UK is blackmailing EU on security
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's chief negotiator in the country's divorce from the European Union on Thursday rejected suggestions the U.K. has threatened to end security cooperation unless it gets a good trade deal, as the U.K. announced plans for the huge task of replacing thousands of EU laws and regulations with domestic law....

Mosul lays bare the challenge of asymmetric warfare
BAGHDAD (AP) -- As the fight for the Iraqi city of Mosul drags on, many might ask: Why has it taken the combined militaries of the United States and Iraq backed by an international coalition more than two years to dislodge a relatively small force of militants lacking heavy weaponry?...

Aide to warlord Kony surrenders as US pulls from mission
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A key aide to warlord Joseph Kony has surrendered to Ugandan forces, the military said Thursday, shortly after the U.S. indicated it was pulling out of the international manhunt for one of Africa's most notorious fugitives....

S Korea's Park questioned at court hearing on arrest request
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's disgraced ex-President Park Geun-hye left court visibly fatigued after a nearly nine-hour hearing by the judge who will decide, perhaps by Friday morning, if she should be arrested over the corruption allegations that have already toppled her from power....

First Afghan women's orchestra tries to change attitudes
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's first - and only - all-female symphony is trying to change attitudes in a deeply conservative country where many see music as immoral, especially for women....

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