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Russia warns against new sanctions on North Korea
MOSCOW (AP) -- A senior Russian diplomat is warning against expanding sanctions against North Korea, saying it's necessary to focus on a political settlement....

Navy dismisses 7th Fleet commander after warship accidents
TOKYO (AP) -- The U.S. Navy dismissed the commander of the Asia-based 7th Fleet on Wednesday after a series of warship accidents raised questions about its operations in the Pacific....

North Korea photos suggest new solid-fuel missile designs
TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea's state media released photos Wednesday that appear to show the designs of one or possibly two new missiles....

The Latest: Imam linked to Spain attacks served prison time
MADRID (AP) -- The Latest on the investigation into the Spain attacks (all times local):...

Trump bashes NAFTA in midst of talks to revamp trade deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Just a week into talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, President Donald Trump is already threatening to abandon the 23-year-old pact with Canada and Mexico....

Study: 50M at risk of arsenic poisoning in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Some 50 million people are at risk of arsenic poisoning from contaminated groundwater in Pakistan's Indus Valley - far more than previously thought, according to a new study....

Cambodia shutters independent radio, boots out US NGO
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Two independent Cambodian radio stations that allowed rare criticism of the government said Wednesday they are being forced to shut down, further limiting opportunities for political activity and expression ahead of next year's general election....

Lab-made "mini organs" helping doctors treat cystic fibrosis
UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) -- Els van der Heijden, who has cystic fibrosis, was finding it ever harder to breathe as her lungs filled with thick, sticky mucus. Despite taking more than a dozen pills and inhalers a day, the 53-year-old had to stop working and scale back doing the thing she loved best, horseback riding....

Dozens missing as boat carrying 70 people sinks in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A boat carrying 70 people sank on a major river in northern Brazil with at least seven dead and dozens missing, authorities said Wednesday....

Russian art community turns out to support detained director
MOSCOW (AP) -- To a full house and rapturous applause more suited to one of his sold-out productions, Russian theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov appeared in court Wednesday and was placed under house arrest pending an investigation into charges that he embezzled government funds allocated for one of his projects....

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Child killed in South Sudan when plane strikes house

Cambodia shutters independent radio, boots out US NGO

Romania: Proposed changes to justice system cause alarm

Latin America/Caribbean
Decision Aug. 31 on US extradition of Panama ex-president

Middle East
UN force in Lebanon pushes back after US, Israeli criticism