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Come visit: South Korea’s leader invited to North Korea

By FOSTER KLUG and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — A rare invitation to Pyongyang for South Korea's president marked Day Two of the North Korean Kim dynasty's southern road tour, part of an accelerating diplomatic thaw that included some Korean liquor over ...

South African ruling party leaders to meet amid Zuma limbo

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A key committee of South Africa's ruling ANC party will hold an emergency meeting Monday as the nation awaits word on whether President Jacob Zuma will resign soon because of corruption allegations, South African media ...

Boko Haram releases 13 hostages after talks with Nigeria

By IBRAHIM ABDUL'AZIZ and CARLEY PETESCH, Associated Press YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram extremists have freed three university lecturers and 10 women who it had kidnapped in separate raids last year, Nigeria's government said Saturday. The academics were abducted by the Nigeria-based ...

Russia scrubs cargo ship launch to space station

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has scrubbed the planned launch of an unmanned cargo spacecraft that was to have delivered tons of supplies to the International Space Station. Preparations for the launch of the Progress ship from the Baikonur complex in Kazakhstan appeared to be proceeding smoothly ...

Turkey slams Cyprus for gas search, blocks rig with warships

By MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS and ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey's foreign ministry criticized Cyprus again Sunday for a "unilateral" offshore hydrocarbons search after Turkish warships prevented an Italian rig from reaching an area off the east Mediterranean ...

Eiffel Tower shuts down as snow, freezing rain pummel France

PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower was closed and French authorities told drivers in the Paris region to stay home Friday as snow and freezing rain pummeled parts of the country that are ill-prepared for the wintry weather. The company that manages France's most-visited monument said the ...

Cardinal: Rohingya faced “elements of ethnic cleansing”

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Myanmar's Catholic cardinal says it's likely that Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh won't ever go home and that "the elements of ethnic cleansing" that drove them out are now apparent. Two months after Pope Francis visited Myanmar and Bangladesh, Cardinal Charles Bo ...

Ex-hostage wants British IS kidnappers put on trial in UK

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Former Islamic State hostages and families of the group's victims are urging Britain and the United States to put two recently captured extremists on trial, arguing that denying them justice will fuel the hatred and violence they ...

With military parade, Kim Jong Un thumbs nose at US

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presided over an extravagant military parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square on Thursday, grabbing the spotlight on the eve of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea to thumb his nose ...

Toronto police: remains of 6 found in serial killer probe

By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Police in Toronto have recovered the remains of at least six people from planters on a property connected to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur, officials said Thursday. Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga said the remains, found on property ...