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AP Top International News at 9:53 a.m. EDT

A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that most Americans don't agree with Trump's assessment of Putin's leadership skills
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump has called Russian President Vladimir Putin "a leader - unlike what we have in this country."...

An unlikely array of forces is converging on the city of Mosul, lining up for a battle on the historic plains of northern Iraq that is likely to be decisive in the war against the Islamic State group
BAGHDAD (AP) -- An unlikely array of forces is converging on the city of Mosul, lining up for a battle on the historic plains of northern Iraq that is likely to be decisive in the war against the Islamic State group....

A prominent Jordanian writer has been shot dead in front of the courthouse where he was on trial for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- A prominent and outspoken Jordanian writer on Sunday was shot dead in front of the courthouse where he had been on trial for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam....

A monitoring group says Syrian rebels have retaken an area in Aleppo that fell to government forces the day before, extending a punishing stalemate in the contested northern city
BEIRUT (AP) -- A broad coalition of Syrian rebels denounced international negotiations for peace as "meaningless" on Sunday, as the U.N. Security Council prepared to convene an emergency meeting about the spiraling violence in Syria....

India's leader says his country will ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change early next month
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's prime minister said Sunday that his country will ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change early next month....

An 18-year-old Ugandan woman is crowned winner of a beauty pageant for young people living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- When she was younger, Tryphena Natukunda's mother discouraged her from swallowing her antiretroviral medicines among strangers or even distant relatives....

A senior Israeli military official says a massive underground barrier being built along the Gaza border to defend against Hamas tunnels should be completed in a matter of months
BEERSHEBA, Israel (AP) -- A senior Israeli military official says a massive underground barrier being built along the Gaza border to defend against Hamas tunnels should be completed in a matter of months....

North Korean women trafficked and sold as wives to Chinese farmers are often separated from their children when they flee to the South
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- After fleeing North Korea to avoid extreme poverty and oppression, the young woman allowed a stranger to arrange a marriage for her with a rural Chinese farmer because she had nowhere to go. An even more painful decision came later....

A former senior British government official says Prime Minister Theresa May undermined her predecessor, David Cameron, in the run-up to Britain's June 23 referendum to leave the European Union
LONDON (AP) -- A former senior British government official says Prime Minister Theresa May undermined her predecessor, David Cameron, in the run-up to Britain's June 23 referendum to leave the European Union....

The world's largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life in a project demonstrating China's rising ambitions in space and its pursuit of international scientific prestige
BEIJING (AP) -- The world's largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life Sunday in a project demonstrating China's rising ambitions in space and its pursuit of international scientific prestige....

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Africa
A top South Sudanese opposition leader called Saturday for armed resistance to the government in Juba _ a stance that suggests the troubled central African nation could face a renewed civil war in the near future

Asia
North Korean women trafficked and sold as wives to Chinese farmers are often separated from their children when they flee to the South

Europe
A former senior British government official says Prime Minister Theresa May undermined her predecessor, David Cameron, in the run-up to Britain's June 23 referendum to leave the European Union

Latin America/Caribbean
Mexican immigration authorities say they have been hit by a surge of almost 5,000 Haitian, African and Asian migrants entering through the southern border in just a few days

Middle East
A monitoring group says Syrian rebels have retaken an area in Aleppo that fell to government forces the day before, extending a punishing stalemate in the contested northern city


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