Malaysian police officers guard the gate of the forensic department at Kuala Lumpur Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

N. Korean envoy blasts Malaysians, calls for joint probe

North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia denounced the country's investigation into the death of the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe amid increasingly bitter exchanges between the once-friendly nations.

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This image made from video shows the site of a plane crash at Essendon Airport in Melbourne, Australia Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.

Plane carrying 5 people hits Australian shopping mall

A light plane carrying five people crashed into a shopping mall on Tuesday in the city of Melbourne, officials said.

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The FBI is defending its decision to withhold information on how it unlocked an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters.

AP, other media ask judge to order release of iPhone records

The Associated Press and two other news organizations asked a judge Monday to force the federal government to reveal how much it paid for a tool to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters.

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An engraving of a swastika and Adolf Hitler's name are seen on the back of Hitler's personal traveling telephone at Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City, Md., Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.

Telephone owned by Adolf Hitler sells for $243,000

A telephone owned by Adolf Hitler has sold at auction for $243,000. Andreas Kornfeld of Alexander Historical Auctions says the phone sold Sunday afternoon to a person who bid by phone.

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Civilians carry a white flag as they pass by Iraqi special forces on patrol in Gogjali, an eastern district of Mosul, Iraq.

Iraqi forces launch offensive to drive IS from western Mosul

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched a major air-and-ground offensive Sunday to retake western Mosul from Islamic State militants and drive the extremist group from its last major urban bastion in Iraq.

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Gambia President Adama Barrow, left, reads, during his inauguration ceremony in Banjul , Gambia, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

New Gambian president promises reforms, freedoms

Gambia's new president promised greater freedom, an improved economy and better education as thousands attended a ceremony Saturday marking his inauguration after a tense political standoff with the country's former longtime leader.

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An engraving of a swastika and Adolf Hitler's name are seen on the back of Hitler's personal traveling telephone at Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City, Md., Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.

Hitler's phone is up for auction; bids to start at $100k

A Maryland auction house is selling Adolf Hitler's personal traveling telephone.

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Face transplant recipient Andy Sandness attends a speech therapy appointment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He wasn't allowed to see himself immediately after the surgery. His room mirror and cell phone were removed.

AP Exclusive: Twin tragedies give survivor a new face

He'd been waiting for this day, and when his doctor handed him the mirror, Andy Sandness stared at his image and absorbed the enormity of the moment: He had a new face, one that had belonged to another man.

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Pakistani para-military soldiers stand alert after a deadly suicide attack at the shrine of famous Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan, Pakistan, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.

Islamic State suicide bombing at Pakistan shrine kills 75

An Islamic State suicide bomber struck inside a famed shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 75 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years.

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Kim Jong Nam, exiled half brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, escorted by Japanese police officers at the airport in Narita, Japan.

3 arrested in NKorean's death in Malaysia; autopsy completed

Malaysian authorities announced two more arrests Thursday in the death of the North Korean leader's half brother, whose apparent assassination this week unleashed a wave of speculation and intrigue: a pair of female assailants, a broad-daylight killing and a dictator-sibling out for blood.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

Trump bashes news media, defends start of administration

President Donald Trump mounted a vigorous defense of his presidency Thursday, pushing back against media reports that his campaign advisers had inappropriate contact with Russian officials and vowing to crack down on the leaking of classified information.

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Luis Almagro, General Secretary of the Organization of American States, OAS, listens during a session of the OAS, in Washington.

Top diplomat to accept award from democracy group in Cuba

A prominent diplomat is planning a politically sensitive trip to Cuba to accept an award from a pro-democracy group on the island.

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A car enter North Korea's embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A look at assassination attempts involving chemicals

Kim Jong Nam, the outcast half brother of North Korea's leader, told medical workers before he died this week that he had been attacked at a Malaysian airport with a chemical spray, according to Malaysian officials. A look at notable assassinations or attempted assassinations involving poison or chemicals:

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President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participate in a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

Trump slams intel officials, media over Flynn and Russia

President Donald Trump slammed intelligence officials and the media Wednesday over what he called "very, very unfair" treatment of his ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and for "illegally leaked" information about reported contacts between his campaign advisers and Russian officials.

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A TV screen shows pictures of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his older brother Kim Jong Nam, left, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.

Malaysia official: N.Korea leader's brother slain at airport

The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was assassinated at an airport in Kuala Lumpur, telling medical workers before he died that he had been attacked with a chemical spray, a Malaysian official said Tuesday.

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Kenya doctors union Secretary General Dr. Ouma Oluga, left, Chairman Dr. Samuel Oroko, center, and Vice-Chairman Dr Allan Ochanji, right, are taken away to a police vehicle after a court hearing in Nairobi.

7 Kenyan doctors jailed for not ending strike

Seven Kenyan doctors who are officials of the medics union were jailed Monday for failing to call off a two-month strike by doctors at public hospitals that has seen several die due to lack of medical care.

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Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi arrives at the PD meeting in Rome

Renzi to Italy's feuding Democrats: Populists are the enemy

Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi admonished his Democratic Party on Monday to stop its internal squabbling and focus instead on defeating the populist politicians and protectionist politics gaining popularity in Europe.

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This photo combo, made from footage taken from the Russian Defense Ministry official website, purports to show the Roman-era amphitheater on June 6, 2016, left, and on Feb. 5, 2017, right, in Palmyra, Syria.

Russian video raises alarm: New IS damage in Syria's Palmyra

Russia on Monday released footage from one of its drones in Syria, revealing for the first time the latest destruction to the ruins of historic Palmyra since it was recaptured by Islamic State militants, as Syrian government forces pushed ahead on the ground in a new offensive to take the city back.

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A masked protester holds a banner during a demonstration in Bucharest, Romania.

Romania: 13th day of govt protests draw tens of thousands

Protesters numbering in the tens of thousands gathered again Sunday outside the Romanian government's offices to demand the resignation of the East European country's leadership.

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South Koreans watch a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's New Year's speech, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea.

North Korea reportedly test fires missile, challenging US

North Korea reportedly fired a ballistic missile early Sunday in what would be its first such test of the year and an implicit challenge to President Donald Trump's new administration.

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Region

New Zealand's Prime Minister Bill English.

New Zealand leader has 'sensible, polite' talk with Trump

New Zealand's Prime Minister Bill English said Tuesday he told President Donald Trump during a phone call that he disagreed with his travel and refugee ban but that the conversation remained amicable.

U.S.

President Donald Trump, right, listens as Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, left, talks at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

Trump taps military strategist as national security adviser

President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser, replacing the ousted Michael Flynn.

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