Technicians inspect an Israeli air force F-16 jet at the Ovda airbase near Eilat, southern Israel.

Israel strikes Syria, downs Iranian drone, as F-16 crashes

In its most serious engagement in neighboring Syria since fighting there began in 2011, Israel shot down an infiltrating Iranian drone Saturday and struck Iranian targets deep in Syria before one of its own jets was downed.

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Kim Yo Jong, top right, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, sits alongside Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of North Korean Parliament, and behind U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

Heading home, Pence insists 'no daylight' on North Korea

 Vice President Mike Pence's efforts to keep North Korea from stealing the show at the Winter Olympics proved short-lived, drowned out by images of the two Koreas marching and competing as one.

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FILE - This Oct. 19, 2017, image from drone video, shows damaged buildings in Raqqa, Syria, two days after Syrian Democratic Forces said military operations to oust the Islamic State group ended.

Ex-hostage wants British IS kidnappers put on trial in UK

Former Islamic State hostages and families of the group's victims are urging Britain and the United States to put two recently captured extremists on trial, arguing that denying them justice will fuel the hatred and violence they supported.

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Flanked by Queen Jessica Maia, left, and the 2018 Carnival King Momo, Milton Junior, the Rio de Janeiro's Mayor Marcelo Crivella applauds at a ceremony marking the official start of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo C

After sharp criticism, Rio evangelical mayor opens Carnival

Rio's evangelical mayor attended the ceremonial opening of this year's Carnival on Friday after being sharply criticized for ducking out last year. However, Mayor Marcelo Crivella did it in a way that many Carnival revelers will find strange.

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Turkish artillery fires toward Syrian Kurdish positions in Afrin area, Syria, from Turkish side of the border in Hatay, Turkey, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Turkish jets have resumed airstrikes in the Syrian Kurdish-run enclave of Afrin after a brief lull killin

Turkey resumes airstrikes on Syrian Kurdish enclave

Turkey resumed airstrikes in Syria's Kurdish enclave of Afrin after a brief lull, killing and wounding several people, the military and Kurdish officials said Friday.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin, 7 rivals register for Russia's presidential race

Russia's election officials have registered eight candidates for the March 18 presidential election, including President Vladimir Putin.

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The chartered flight carrying South Korean skiers and officials, takes off for North Korea at Yangyang International Airport in Yangyang.

S. Korea gets flexible with N. Korea sanctions for Olympics

From smartphones to ship fuel, South Korea is wrestling how to balance international sanctions on North Korea with its desire to show the Olympic spirit as it welcomes hundreds of North Koreans for the Winter Games.

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This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows civil defense workers carrying a wounded man after airstrikes hit a rebel-held suburb near Damascus, Syria, Thu

Syria says rare US strike an effort 'to support terrorism'

Syrian state-run media said Thursday a rare U.S. strike on government-backed troops in eastern Syria killed and wounded dozens of tribal fighters, calling it a new effort "to support terrorism."

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands during their joint announcement after their meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo.

Pence pouring cold water on warming ties between 2 Koreas

Vice President Mike Pence is pouring cold water on the warming ties between North and South Korea just as the two still-warring countries are joining up to compete together in the Winter Olympics.

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A residential building leans on a collapsed first floor following an earthquake.

6 dead, 76 missing after strong quake hits Taiwan

Rescuers worked Wednesday to free people trapped after a strong earthquake near Taiwan's east coast caused several buildings to cave in and tilt dangerously. 

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Rescuers are seen entering a building that collapsed onto its side from an early morning 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan.

Deadly earthquake strikes Taiwan; shelters opened

A magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck Tuesday near the coast of Taiwan, killing two people and injuring more than 200 others, officials said.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte salutes customs police as he arrives to witness the destruction of a fleet of 20 used luxury cars and SUVs as part of the 116th anniversary celebration of the Bureau of Customs in Manila.

Philippines wants foreign research ships out of its waters

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered an end to all foreign scientific research missions in a vast expanse of waters off the country's northeast and called on the military to "chase out" unauthorized vessels, an official said Tuesday.

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Members of conservative civic groups stage a protest against North Korea as North Korea's Mangyongbong-92 ferry, carrying North Korea's members of art troupe approaches to Mukho Port in Donghae, South Korea.

By boat, N. Korean musicians arrive in South for Olympic gig

A shipload of North Korean musicians, singers and dancers arrived in South Korea on Tuesday to perform at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

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Vice President Mike Pence addresses the Republican National Committee (RNC) Winter Meeting in Washington.

Pence won't rule out NKorea meeting, will 'see what happens'

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said he has not ruled out the possibility of meeting with North Korean officials at the upcoming Olympics in South Korea.

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A woman collects water in a settlement near South Africa's drought-hit city of Cape Town.

Cape Town pushes possible tap closure on "Day Zero" to May

Cape Town has pushed back "Day Zero" — the date when it might have to turn off most taps because of a long drought — by nearly a month to May 11.

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May listens as the declaration at her constituency is made for in the general election in Maidenhead, England.

UK's May under pressure as Conservatives at war over Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May was under mounting pressure Sunday to take sides in the Conservative Party's civil war over Brexit, as a new round of talks between Britain and the European Union is set to begin.

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A picture showing a man identified by the Italian Carabinieri, paramilitary police, as Luca Traini, who is accused of having shot with a firearm to several people in Macerata, Italy.

Police say extremist shows no remorse for shooting Africans

A right-wing extremist suspected in the shooting rampage that wounded six Africans in central Italy was "lucid and determined, aware of what he had done" and exhibited no remorse for his actions, an Italian law enforcement official said Sunday.

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A picture showing a man identified by the Italian Carabinieri, paramilitary police, as Luca Traini, who is accused of having shot with a firearm to several people in Macerata, Italy.

Police: Extreme-right gunman shoots 6 Africans in Italy

An Italian gunman with extreme right-wing sympathies shot and wounded six African immigrants Saturday in a two-hour drive-by shooting spree, authorities said, terrorizing a small Italian city where a Nigerian man had been arrested days earlier in a teenager's gruesome killing.

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A woman throws away used water in a settlement near Cape Town.

Cape Town's water crisis highlights city's rich-poor divide

"Day Zero" is approaching as South Africa's showcase city of Cape Town prepares to turn off most water taps amid the worst drought in a century. Tensions among the four million residents are highlighting a class divide in a country with one of the world's highest rates of inequality.

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Police and firefighters work at the scene of a bomb attack at a tax office at the residential and business district of Cukurambar, in Ankara, Turkey, late Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. The explosion, which did not cause any casualties, in the Turkish capital wa

Turkey: Tax office blast caused by bomb, attacker killed

An explosion at a tax office in the Turkish capital was caused by a bomb — not a gas leak as initially believed, authorities said Friday, adding that the suspected bomber had been killed in a police operation.

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This image made from a video, shows a house damaged by Cyclone Gita in Nuku’alofa, Tonga Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

Tongans face long wait for services to return after cyclone

Thousands of Tonga residents face a long wait for power and other services to be restored after a cyclone tore through the Pacific nation this week. More details emerged Wednesday about the damage caused by Cyclone Gita after it hit the main island Monday night just south of the capital, Nuku'alofa. The cyclone destroyed homes, churches and even the nation's historic Parliament House.

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Students hold their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus.

Life or death main decision for school shooting suspect

The evidence against the Florida school shooting suspect is so overwhelming, the only question left for the courts if he is convicted is whether he will be sentenced to death or spend the rest of his life in prison.

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