The media attend a press briefing where Thai police display projected pictures of surrogate babies born to a Japanese man who is at the center of a surrogacy scandal during a press conference at the police headquarters in Chonburi, Thailand.

Japanese man given custody of 13 surrogate kids

A Thai court on Tuesday granted legal custody of 13 babies carried by surrogate mothers to a secretive Japanese millionaire who is their biological father, reviving a bizarre tale that captured tabloid headlines four years ago, but leaving some basic questions unanswered.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accompanied by his wife Sara cuts the ribbon during the opening ceremony for a bomb-proof emergency room in a hospital in Ashkelon, Israel.

Netanyahu confidant identified as scandals mount

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, already reeling from a damaging police report into alleged corruption, faced yet another scandal on Tuesday — with allegations that a longtime confidant attempted to bribe a judge in exchange for dropping a corruption case against the Israeli leader's wife.

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Philippine Ambassador to Beijing, Chito Sta. Romana, right, watches former Sen. Rodolfo Biazon speak during a forum on South China Sea.

Philippines: Risks rising with China challenging US at sea

The risks of a "miscalculation" and armed conflict have risen in the disputed South China Sea with a militarily stronger China now able to challenge the United States, which used to be the dominant power in the strategic waterway, the Philippine envoy to Beijing said Monday.

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Rescuers search for survivors at the collapse of a garbage mound in Maputo, Mozambique, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Mozambican media say at least 17 people died when heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of the mound garbage. (AP Photo/Ferhat Momade)

17 killed in garbage dump collapse in Mozambique

Heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique's capital on Monday, killing 17 people who were buried by debris.

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Businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, right, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, around his factory which produces school means, outside St. Petersburg, Russia.

Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worked at the same St. Petersburg "troll factory" say they think the criminal charges are well-founded.

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A U.S. Marine stands guard on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier anchors off Manila, Philippines, for a five-day port call along with guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy.

US Navy says China's military buildup won't stop patrols

U.S. forces are undeterred by China's military buildup on man-made islands in the South China Sea and will continue patrolling the strategic, disputed waters wherever "international law allows us," said a Navy officer aboard a mammoth U.S. aircraft carrier brimming with F-18 fighter jets.

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In this photo provided by Tasnim News Agency, family members of plane crash victims weep in the village of Bideh, an area near where the plane crashed, southern Iran.

All 65 aboard plane feared dead in crash in southern Iran

An Iranian airplane brought back into service only months ago after being grounded for seven years crashed Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, and officials feared all 65 people on board were killed.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Santa Marta chapel at the Vatican, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.

Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission amid skepticism

Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission by naming new members Saturday, after coming under fire for his overall handling of the scandal and his support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, holds a part of a downed drone during his speech at the Munich Security Conference, MSC, in Munich.

Israeli PM Netanyahu to Iran: Don't test Israel's resolve

The nuclear deal with Iran has emboldened Tehran to become increasingly aggressive in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, warning that Iran should "not test Israel's resolve" as he showed off what he said was part of a downed Iranian drone.

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Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, serves food to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, center, during dinner at Prigozhin's restaurant outside Moscow, Russia.  Indicted for alleged U.S. election interference, Prigozhin is a wealthy Russian entrepreneur from St. P

Russia dismisses US charges as 'just blabber,' 'Russophobia'

Russian officials had disdainful words Saturday for a U.S. indictment that charged 13 Russians with interfering in the 2016 presidential election. Children's stories, the plot of a preposterous Hollywood movie and "just blabber" were a few of the glib analogies they pressed into service.

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A soldier guards a downed helicopter in Santiago Jimitepec, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. The military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from the Friday's earth quake crashed killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of them on the ground. (AP Photo/

13 killed in helicopter crash after Mexican quake

A military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from a powerful earthquake crashed Friday in southern Mexico, killing 13 people and injuring 16, all of them on the ground.

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Deniz Yucel, a Turkish-German journalist working for German newspaper Die Welt who was detained in Turkey for more than a year, walks with his wife Dilek Mayaturk Yucel, after being released from jail, in Istanbul.

Turkey: 6 journalists sentenced to life in prison

A Turkish court on Friday sentenced six journalists and media employees accused of involvement in Turkey's 2016 failed coup attempt to life in prison without parole, the state-run news agency reported.

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Cyril Ramaphosa is sworn in as South African President by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, left, in Cape Town.

South African limbo ends with new president, Cyril Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa became South Africa's president with a message of clean government and inclusiveness on Thursday, stirring the hopes of many South Africans that he can reverse a corrosive period of decline and division under his predecessor, Jacob Zuma.

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Danish royals Queen Margrethe II, left, and Prince Henrik leave after visiting St. Mark church in Zagreb, Croatia.

Prince Henrik, husband of Danish monarch, dies at age 83

Prince Henrik, the French-born husband of Danish monarch Queen Margrethe who publicly vented his frustration at not being the social equal of his wife or their son in line to become Denmark's king, died late Tuesday. He was 83.

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South African President Jacob Zuma gestures as he addresses the nation and press at the government's Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa.

Scandals finally catch up with South Africa's Zuma

As scandal after scandal unfolded, South African President Jacob Zuma maintained an affable demeanor in public, rallying his support base, dispatching lawyers to fend off court challenges and, it is alleged, enabling his corrupt associates.

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In this frame-grab from South African Broadcasting Corporation state-run television President Jacob Zuma is interviewed Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

In South Africa, a defiant Zuma says he has been victimized

South African President Jacob Zuma broke his silence Wednesday to disagree with the ruling party's order to resign and say he'd done nothing wrong, setting the stage for his almost certain ouster in a parliamentary vote on Thursday after years of corruption scandals.

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This August 2016 photo provided by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) shows inflammation (in the circle added by the source) from the infection caused by Thelazia gulosa.

14 worms pulled from woman's eye after rare infection

An Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies. 

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Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi is in a courtroom at the Ofer military prison near Jerusalem.

Israel military court trial closed for Palestinian protester

Palestinian protester Ahed Tamimi went on trial behind closed doors in an Israeli military court Tuesday for slapping and punching two Israeli soldiers — the opening of a high-profile case against the teen who is seen by some as a Joan of Arc-like heroine and by others as a troublemaker or even a terrorist.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

UK judge upholds arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder

A judge upheld a British arrest warrant for Julian Assange on Tuesday, saying the WikiLeaks founder should have the courage to come to court and face justice after more than five years inside Ecuador's London embassy.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Police recommend corruption charges for Netanyahu

Israeli police on Tuesday recommended that Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in a pair of corruption cases, dealing an embarrassing blow to the embattled prime minister that is likely to fuel calls for him to step down.

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The winds have weakened as the storm has arced through the Pacific, but the weather is still causing disruptions in New Zealand.

Parts of New Zealand flood as remnants of Cyclone Gita hit

Parts of New Zealand declared an emergency Tuesday as a powerful storm hit, causing flooding and forcing some people to evacuate their homes. The storm system is the remnants of Cyclone Gita, which last week ripped through the Pacific nation of Tonga, destroying homes, churches and the historic Parliament House.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, sits alongside Vice President Mike Pence, center, and second lady Karen Pence at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

US: North Korea canceled meeting with Pence at last minute

Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un's government canceled at the last minute, the Trump administration said Tuesday.

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