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Japan to cancel evacuation drills for NKorean missile threat

TOKYO (AP) — Japan plans to suspend the civilian evacuation drills it started last year while North Korea was repeatedly test-firing missiles near and over Japanese islands. Nine drills to prepare residents in Japan for possible missile attacks were to be held later this...
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Trump’s Mideast team gets close-up view of peace obstacles

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — On their current Mideast tour, senior Trump administration officials are getting a close-up view of some of the towering obstacles to their yet-to-be-released blueprint for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Blockaded Gaza — a likely focal point...
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Cuba slightly loosens controls on state media

HAVANA (AP) — Minutes after a plane carrying 113 people crashed on takeoff from Havana airport, Cuban state media filled with minute-by-minute updates, cellphone video from the accident and an interview from the scene with newly named President Miguel Diaz-Canel. When...
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Hundreds wait at Indonesia lake as search for bodies resumes

TIGARAS, Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds of family members were waiting in desperation at a small port on Indonesia’s Lake Toba for news of missing relatives as the search for more than 190 people unaccounted for after a ferry sinking entered its fourth day. Separately,...
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People donate millions to help separated families

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In an outpouring of concern prompted by images and audio of children crying for their parents, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide are donating to nonprofit organizations to help families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Among those that...
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ABC News apologizes for mistaken graphic on Manafort

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News is apologizing for a graphic that incorrectly said that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had pleaded guilty to five charges of manslaughter. The graphic aired Wednesday during live coverage of President Trump’s meeting with...
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Nielsen’s career forever linked to family border separations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has become the face of family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border, even after helping to orchestrate the executive order that would reverse it. Earlier this week, Nielsen had skewed the facts at a combative...
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Pope backs US bishops who called border separations immoral

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis backed the Catholic bishops in the United States who condemned the practice of separating children from parents after families are caught crossing the U.S-Mexico border illegally, according to an interview published Wednesday. Francis was...
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Italy, Austria signal new hard-line axis on migration

MILAN (AP) — A meeting of Italy’s anti-migrant interior minister with like-minded Austrian populist leaders on Wednesday in Rome heralded a new hard-line axis forming in Europe on migration issues with pledges to more firmly protect Europe’s southern border....
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The Latest: US allies disappointed with exit from UN body

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. decision to pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council (all times local): 4:10 p.m. U.S. allies, including Australia and the European Union, have joined voices expressing disappointment and regret that the United States...
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