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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In this May 6, 2009, file photo, President elect Jacob Zuma reacts after the swearing in of members of Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa.

South Africa's ruling party finally turns against Zuma

South Africa's ruling party on Tuesday disowned President Jacob Zuma after sticking with him through years of scandals, ordering him to resign in an attempt to resolve a leadership crisis that has disrupted government business in one of Africa's biggest economies.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the troops at the Hemeimeem air base in Syria.

Reports: Russian contractors killed by US strike in Syria

An unknown number of private Russian military contractors were killed by a U.S. strike in Syria, Russian media reported Tuesday in a development that could further inflame Russia-U.S. tensions.

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Seawater floods the entrance to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel in New York.

Satellites show warming is accelerating sea level rise

Melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are speeding up the already fast pace of sea level rise, new satellite research shows.

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Personnel work at the scene of a AN-148 plane crash in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia.

Workers comb snowy field for clues to Russian plane crash

Wading through knee-deep snow, hundreds of emergency workers searched a vast field near Moscow on Monday for remains of the 71 victims from the crash of a Russian airliner, and aviation experts began deciphering the jet's two flight recorders.

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Planes on the apron at London City Airport which has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb was found in the nearby River Thames.

London City Airport shuts down due to unexploded WWII bomb

All flights in and out of London City Airport were canceled Monday after a 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) unexploded World War II bomb was found nearby in the River Thames.

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Maldivian President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, center, surrounded by his body guards arrives to address his supporters in Male, Maldives. As a political crisis plays out in the Maldives, a quiet tug of war is taking place around it, with regional heavyweights C

India, China vie for influence as crisis unfolds in Maldives

As a political crisis plays out in the Maldives, a quiet tug of war is taking place around it, with heavyweights China and India vying for strategic dominance in the picturesque Indian Ocean nation.

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The new co-chairmen of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party, or HDP, Pervin Buldan, left, and Sezai Temelli, right, applaud outgoing co-chairwoman Serpil Kemalbay during HDP congress in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. HDP is voting in Ankara as co

Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party elects new leaders

Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition elected new co-presidents Sunday, following a crackdown on the party for alleged terror links that led to the jailing of its former co-leaders and hundreds of arrests.

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People take to the streets to partecipate in a anti-racism march following last Saturday’s attacks in the Italian city of Macerata when six Africans were wounded in a two-hour drive-by shooting spree by a right-wing extremist, in Macerata.

Marchers protest racism in Italy after Africans are shot

Marchers protested racism Saturday in several Italian cities and warned against a revival of neo-fascist sentiment amid the campaign for Italy's March 4 national election.

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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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Region

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with Uili Papali’i.

Young Papali’i makes New Zealand Prime Minister “hopeful”

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has paid tribute to a young Samoan Kiwi who has been recognised for his generosity in helping out a homeless man in South Auckland last year. Prime Minister Ardern attended the Kiwibank 2018 New Zealander of the Year Awards as the guest of Uili Papali’i. 

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From left, President Donald Trump, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student students Carson Abt, and Ariana Klein, listen as Carson's father Frederick Abt.

Trump comments points to deep divisions over arming teachers

Utah teacher Kasey Hansen says carrying a concealed weapon in school is "more of a solution" than hiding in a corner and waiting if an armed intruder enters the classroom.

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