Security officers patrol the area near to the site where gunmen abducted German archaeologists professor Peter Breunig and his associate Johannes Behringer in Janjala Village, Nigeria.

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

Kidnappers are demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for a German archaeologist and his associate abducted this week from a northern Nigerian village, a worker at the excavation site said.

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French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon delivers a speech during a campaign meeting in Maisons-Alfort, outside Paris, France.

France opens full fake jobs inquiry into candidate Fillon

Fillon has denied any wrongdoing and vowed to carry on his campaign amid the probe.

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In this May 4, 2001, file photo, a man believed to be Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of then North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

Malaysia says VX nerve agent used in killing of N.Korean

The banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent was used in the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean ruler's outcast half brother who was poisoned last week at the airport in Kuala Lumpur, police said Friday.

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A Lebanese journalist recording through her mobile phone the speeches of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun, at the presidential palace, in Baabda east Beirut, Lebanon.

Palestinian leader: Factions committed to Lebanon's security

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas began a three-day visit to Beirut on Thursday, saying Palestinian factions are committed to preserving security in refugee camps around Lebanon.

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A federal law enforcement officer talks to foreign fishermen in Hawaii's commercial fleet during a vessel inspection in Honolulu.

Hawaii bill would ban licenses for some foreign fishermen

Hawaii lawmakers are considering a proposal with the potential to cripple the state's commercial fishing industry after an Associated Press investigation found foreign fishermen confined to boats and living in subpar conditions.

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The battle for Mosul, backed by the U.S.-led coalition, has already driven the militants from the eastern half of the city, which is divided roughly in half by the Tigris River.

US-backed Iraqi forces enter Mosul airport, military base

Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led international coalition fought their way Thursday into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with Islamic State group militants.

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In this Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 photo, photographer Karl Baden, of Cambridge, Mass., stands for a photo in front of an exhibit of his photographs from 1976 called

Professor has taken a selfie every day for the past 30 years

Long before they were called selfies, Karl Baden snapped a simple black and white photo of himself. Then he repeated it every day for the next three decades.

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In this Feb. 13, 2017 file photo, a man watches a TV news program showing photos published in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper of North Korea's

As China ups heat on NKorea, US faces questions of diplomacy

China's surprising suspension of North Korean coal imports puts pressure not only on Pyongyang, but also on President Donald Trump. The question for him: Should the U.S. respond with new North Korea negotiations?

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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. An official says a light plane has crashed into a shopping mall in the city of Melbourne.

Americans killed in Australian plane crash were avid golfers

A group of American men were pursuing a devout interest in golf during a weekslong trip to Australia when they were killed Tuesday after a light plane carrying them on an offshore excursion crashed into a suburban Melbourne shopping mall and burst into flames, said Australian officials and a family member of one victim.

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Mexican forensic experts examine the body of 14-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca under the Paso Del Norte border bridge in the city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Supreme Court seems split in case of boy's death near border

The Supreme Court appears to be evenly divided about the right of Mexican parents to use American courts to sue a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fired across the U.S.-Mexican border and killed their teenage son.

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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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Region

In this November 2014 file photo, Archbishop Anthony Apuron stands in front of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Hagatna, Guam.

Vatican abuse probe of Guam archbishop heads to mainland US

Vatican officials prosecuting Guam's archbishop for alleged sex abuse have moved their investigation from the territory to Hawaii and now the mainland U.S. so they can interview potential witnesses.

U.S.

The vandalized Hollywood Walk of Fame star of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.  An attorney for James Lambert Otis, who admitted causing the damage, says he pleaded no contest to felony vandalism Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.

Man who smashed Trump star to pay damages, serve probation

A man who destroyed Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been sentenced to three years of probation for vandalism.

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