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  • Report: N. Korea replaces border guards following defection

    North Korea appears to have replaced all of its guards at a jointly patrolled border area where a North Korean soldier defected last week under a hail of gunfire, according to South Korean media. Military officials said Friday they could not confirm the report.

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  • Britain' s May seeks to broaden Brexit talks amid deadlock

    British Prime Minister Theresa May stepped up her lobbying efforts Friday to broaden Brexit negotiations with the European Union to include future relations and trade, as the talks remained bogged down on the divorce bill and other preliminary issues.

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  • Zimbabwe's political drama: What just happened? A timeline

    Zimbabwe has sworn in new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday, just two and a half weeks after his firing by longtime President Robert Mugabe. The world's oldest head of state resigned this week after the military and ruling party turned on him and tens of thousands of Zimbabweans took to the...

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  • Azeri 'Alternative Nobel' winner barred from going to Sweden

    The organization behind the “Alternative Nobel” says a 2017 prize winner has been barred from leaving her native Azerbaijan to attend the Dec. 1 award ceremony in Stockholm.

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  • This computer game comes thanks to 2 Supreme Court justices

    The Supreme Court's first female justice, Sandra Day O'Connor, has helped teach millions of students civics through computer games created by an organization she founded. Now, with a push from the Supreme Court's first Hispanic justice, Sonia Sotomayor, the group has translated one of its games...

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  • Trump signals welfare reform is next, with details to come

    Welfare reform was one of the defining issues of President Bill Clinton's presidency, starting with a campaign promise to "end welfare as we know it," continuing with a bitter policy fight and producing an overhaul law that remains hotly debated 20 years later. Now, President Donald Trump...

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  • The Latest: Mnangagwa assures Mugabe of 'maximum security'

    The Latest on inauguration of Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa (all times local):

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  • Zimbabwe asks if new leader, a Mugabe ally, can bring change

    Zimbabwe’s incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa, widely known as the Crocodile, is seen as a smart, ruthless politician, and many question if he will be able to bring the change the country craves.

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  • Pistorius' prison sentence increased to 13 years, 5 months

    Oscar Pistorius' prison sentence has been increased to 13 years and five months by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal. The court on Friday upheld an appeal by prosecutors, who challenged Pistorius' original six-year jail sentence saying it was too lenient for his conviction of murder in...

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  • The Latest: Mnangagwa assures Mugabe of 'maximum security'

    The Latest on inauguration of Zimbabwe's new president Emmerson Mnangagwa (all times local): 10 a.m. Zimbabwe's state-run Herald newspaper says incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa has assured Robert Mugabe and his family of their "maximum security" as they remain in the country. The...

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  • Suicide bomber kills police officer, his guard in Pakistan

    A suicide bomber on a motorcycle struck a vehicle carrying the deputy provincial police chief in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Friday, killing him and his guard and wounding six others, police said.

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  • Zimbabweans preparing to greet country's new leader

    Zimbabweans are converging on a stadium ahead of the presidential inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa, who will become the country's second leader since independence from white minority rule in 1980. Mnangagwa, fired earlier this month as vice president, is poised to lead after the...

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  • China cuts import tariffs on some consumer goods

    China announced tariff cuts Friday on consumer goods including avocados, mineral water and baby carriages in a new effort to spur economic growth driven by domestic consumption and reduce reliance on trade and investment. Beijing faces pressure from the United States, Europe and other...

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  • Peace in Colombia fragile year after historic deal with FARC

    When rebel commander Rodrigo Londono signed a peace deal committing his troops to laying down their weapons, it was heralded as the best chance in decades to end Latin America’s oldest and bloodiest armed conflict.

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  • Peace in Colombia fragile year after historic deal with FARC

    When rebel commander Rodrigo Londono signed a peace deal committing his troops to laying down their weapons, it was heralded as the best chance in decades to end Latin America's oldest and bloodiest armed conflict. But as war-weary Colombia marks the first anniversary of the peace accord's...

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

    This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean, published in the past week. A gay pride parade marched along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which despite its liberal reputation has some of...

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  • Suspect in Texas trooper's killing apprehended

    The Latest on the search for the suspect in the death of a Texas trooper (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Authorities in Texas say the man suspected of killing a state trooper during a traffic stop has been taken into custody. The Texas Department of Public Safety and other law...

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  • AP source: Flynn lawyers make a break with Trump team

    Lawyers for former national security adviser Michael Flynn have told President Donald Trump's legal team that they are no longer communicating with them about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference. The decision could be a sign that Flynn is moving...

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  • Texas state trooper shot and killed; suspect being sought

    Authorities say a Texas state trooper has been killed and they're looking for a man in connection to the shooting. The Texas Department of Public Safety said on Twitter that the shooting occurred before 4 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 45 south of Fairfield, about 90 miles (145 kilometers)...

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  • Honduras president seeks 2nd term despite constitutional ban

    Less than a decade ago, even talk of re-election was enough to get a Honduran president overthrown.

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  • The Latest: PNG removes last men at closed immigration camp

    The Latest on Papua New Guinea’s efforts to remove asylum seekers from a decommissioned camp (all times local):

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  • The Latest: PNG removes last men at closed immigration camp

    The Latest on Papua New Guinea's efforts to remove asylum seekers from a decommissioned camp (all times local): 12:10 p.m. Papua New Guinea authorities say they have relocated the last asylum seekers who had refused for three weeks to leave a decommissioned immigration camp for fear of...

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  • Zimbabwe asks if new leader, a Mugabe ally, can bring change

    Zimbabwe’s incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa, widely known as the Crocodile, is seen as a smart, ruthless politician, and many question if he will be able to bring the change the country craves.

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  • Nepal hopes first state elections will give people a voice

    Eleven years after Nepal began its journey toward democracy by stripping its authoritarian king of his powers, the nation’s 30 million people will finally get a say in running their local regions, giving voice to those who feel overlooked in a country with diverse ethnic groups and cultures.

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