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Pope's South Korea visit brings China opportunity

BEIJING (AP) -- Pope Francis' greeting to Chinese President Xi Jinping as he flew to South Korea on Thursday marked a rare cordial exchange between the sides, which have no diplomatic relations and are embroiled in a sometimes bitter contest for authority....

Racism mars New Zealand election campaign

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A surprising theme has emerged in New Zealand's election campaign: racism....

Gunmen wreak havoc in Caracas emergency rooms

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- At first, the operating room doctors thought the quiet man in jeans was a distressed family member. One shouted at him to leave as another fought to save the gunshot patient unconscious on the table....

Pope leaves South Korea after urging peace

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Pope Francis wrapped up his first trip to Asia on Monday by challenging Koreans -from the North and the South - to reject the "mindset of suspicion and confrontation" that clouds their relations and find new ways to forge peace on the war-divided peninsula....

Kurdish forces say they urgently need more weapons

MAKHMOUR, Iraq (AP) -- The Kurdish commander stared down a road shimmering in the heat, then gestured to where the Islamic militants were deployed, plotting their next advance on this dusty Iraqi frontier town....

Candidate's sudden death transforms Brazil race

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's political landscape was being redrawn Thursday, a day after a small plane crash killed a top presidential candidate less than two months before the election....

AP video journalist Simone Camilli killed in Gaza

BEIRUT (AP) -- Simone Camilli was a consummate storyteller - a passionate, talented newsman with an eye for detail and the ability to convey events with powerful video images that touched people around the world....

Fall on France's Mont Blanc kills 3 more climbers

PARIS (AP) -- The mayor of the French city of Chamonix says two climbers and an experienced guide have died in a fall in Mont Blanc....

Key to love? Paris swaps selfies for bridge locks

PARIS (AP) -- Paris hopes to persuade couples to end the unwelcome recent tradition of fixing padlocks to the Seine River's aging bridges, and instead upload hashtagged selfies to a website dedicated to enduring love....

Image of Asia: Returning turtles to the sea

In this photo by Firdia Lisnawati, locals and tourists on the Indonesian island of Bali help release endangered giant green turtles into the sea. Police Col. Djoko Hari Utomo says the turtles being released were among 17 turtles confiscated from a poacher last month. The poacher allegedly bought them from fishermen and they were to be sold to a food stall. Turtle meat is a traditional delicacy in Bali, although Indonesia has banned their trade and consumption due to concerns about dwindling...

Image of Asia: Returning turtles to the sea

In this photo by Firdia Lisnawati, locals and tourists on the Indonesian island of Bali help release endangered giant green turtles into the sea. Police Col. Djoko Hari Utomo says the turtles being released were among 17 turtles confiscated from a poacher last month. The poacher allegedly bought them from fishermen and they were to be sold to a food stall. Turtle meat is a traditional delicacy in Bali, although Indonesia has banned their trade and consumption due to concerns about dwindling...

11 injured as train cars derail in Swiss Alps

GENEVA (AP) -- Three train cars derailed and 11 people were injured Wednesday after a landslide hit a mountain train in the Swiss Alps, police said. One carriage slid down a steep slope, saved from a ravine only by large trees....

Switzerland: At least 3 train cars derail in Alps

GENEVA (AP) -- A train ran into a landslide on a mountain railway in southeastern Switzerland Wednesday and at least three cars derailed, police said....

Ordinary Ukrainians become unlikely warriors

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Denis Lavrienko is a 36-year-old TV director who devotes his free time to his wife and young daughter. Vladislav Matelsky is a 28-year-old part-time truck driver who lives with his girlfriend. Vyacheslav Konstantinovsky is the multimillionaire owner of a fast-food chain....

Philippine train rams barrier, injuring scores

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Philippine commuter train rammed through a concrete barrier at the end of the rail line and rolled into a busy intersection on Wednesday, injuring scores of passengers and damaging vehicles, officials said....

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