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An Iranian drone that flew over the USS Harry S. Truman last month was the first to conduct an overflight of a U.S. aircraft 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 Athletics Kenya CEO asked for money to reduce doping sentences
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....

Activists and a rebel commander say Kurdish fighters have launched an attack in northern Syria under the cover of Russian airstrikes to try and capture a military 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....

Turkey's leaders have lashed out at those pressing the country to open its borders to thousands more Syrian refugees, accusing them of failing to shoulder the responsibility or to stop Russian bombings that have triggered the exodus
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....

Health and rescue officials say two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeast Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 58 people
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....

South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his military chief executed for corruption
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his military chief executed for corruption....

When Pope Francis visits this week he'll make an emotional stop at the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe, where millions of pilgrims flock each year to pray before the shroud that bears her image
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 defense ministers have approved new multinational reinforcements to beef up defenses of frontline alliance members most at risk from Russia, the alliance's secretary-general says
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....

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
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....

South Korea says it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to the North's recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs
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....

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Africa
The prosecution has requested that Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre be sentenced to life imprisonment if convicted of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes

Asia
Australia's deputy prime minister has announced he plans to retire, with the prime minister likely to announce a cabinet reshuffle before elections due this year

Europe
A Spanish court has released two puppeteers jailed since last week for allegedly praising terrorism in a controversial Carnival show funded with public money

Latin America/Caribbean
Amnesty International says it is concerned about the health of one of the five prisoners at Guantanamo who have been charged in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack

Middle East
The Latest: Russia's U.N. ambassador says Moscow has been holding "very important" discussions with the United States on a possible cease-fire in Syria


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