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Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah's death and take measure of the new monarch....
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Hostage Mom's plea to Japan's leader: Please save Kenji
TOKYO (AP) -- The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State group extremists appealed publicly Wednesday to Japan's leader to save her son after his captors purportedly issued what they said was a final death threat....
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Mexico: Missing students' parents reject official account
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Parents of 43 college students missing since last year angrily rejected the Mexican attorney general's declaration that investigators are certain the youths were killed and incinerated after being seized by police in the southern state of Guerrero....
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Mexico: Captured drug lord 'Chapo' Guzman to stay put
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Captured Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will not be extradited to the United States anytime soon, Mexico's top prosecutor said Tuesday....
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Libyan Islamic State group affiliate claims hotel attack
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- A Libyan affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Tripoli luxury hotel that killed 10 people, including an American and four Europeans....
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Fiery Islamic State group cleric gives voice to radicals
BEIRUT (AP) -- Turki al-Binali has crisscrossed the Islamic State group's self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq with a pistol holstered at his side, delivering fiery sermons in which the 30-year-old provides religious justification for its bloody rampage across the region....
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Human smugglers turn to cargo ships to ferry fleeing Syrians
ABOARD THE COAST GUARD CUTTER TYR (AP) -- The crew was about to dig into dinner when word of the "ghost ship" came through: a freighter hurtling out of control toward Italy with no crew - and hundreds of Syrians as cargo....
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Palestinian girl, 14, in Israel prison for throwing rocks
BETIN, West Bank (AP) -- The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison, has gripped Palestinians who say her treatment demonstrates Israel's excessive measures against stone-throwing youth....
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TV star's plastic surgery disaster tests Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Andressa Urach went from being a single teenage mom nicknamed "Beanpole" to a reality TV bombshell in Brazil thanks to silicone implants, anabolic steroids, a nose job, and gel and botox injections, a fact she wasn't ashamed to share with fans....
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Malaysia to issue interim report on missing plane on March 7
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's civil aviation department will release an interim report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 7, a day before the flight's one-year anniversary....
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