South Korean President Moon Jae-in, center, presides over a cabinet meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. U.S. and South Korean troops have begun annual drills that come after tensions rose over North Korea's

US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

U.S. and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month.

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People record the last bell bong at Elizabeth Tower in London, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

Big Ben bell falls silent in London for repairs until 2021

After more than 150 years as Britain's most famous timekeeper, London's Big Ben bell fell silent Monday for four years of repair work that will keep it quiet on all but a few special occasions.

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A man cries as he prays by a memorial tribute to the van attack victims in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.

From age 3 to 80, Barcelona victims represent a wide world

An Italian father who saved his children's lives but lost his own. An American celebrating his first wedding anniversary. 

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Volunteers handle a coffin during a mass funeral for victims of heavy flooding and mudslides in Regent at a cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Hospital officals: Nearly 500 dead in Sierra Leone mudslides

Churches across Sierra Leone held special services Sunday in memory of those killed in mudslides and flooding earlier this week, as hospital officials announced the toll had risen to nearly 500 bodies collected.

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FILE- In this Aug. 16. 2017, file photo, a South Korean soldier watches the north side at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea.

Estimates of North Korea's nuclear weapons hard to nail down

The U.S. intelligence agencies' assessments of the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal have a wide gap between high and low estimates. Size matters and not knowing makes it harder for the United States to develop a policy for deterrence and defend itself and allies in the region.

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Far-right extremists gather to commemorate the death of Adolf Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess, in Berlin's western district  of Spandau, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.

Counter-protesters block neo-Nazi march to Berlin prison

Left-wing groups and Berlin residents prevented more than 500 far-right extremists from marching Saturday to the place where high-ranking Nazi official Rudolf Hess died 30 years ago.

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In this file photo dated Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, Neo-Nazi sympathisers demonstrate prior to the beginning of a commemoration march for Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess in the northeastern Bavarian town of Wunsiedel where Hess is buried.

In Germany, neo-Nazis get to march but threats are verboten

Given Germany's grim history as the home of National Socialism and the efforts it has made since then to atone for its genocidal past, it might seem surprising that far-right extremists who glorify a dead Nazi official are allowed to march in his honor this weekend.

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Injured people are treated in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said.

Barcelona van attack kills 13 in agonizing repeat for Europe

A van veered onto a promenade and barreled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona on Thursday, swerving back and forth as it mowed down pedestrians and turned a picturesque tourist destination into a bloody killing zone.

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Gabriella Engels, right, and her mother, Debbie Engels look on during a media conference in Pretoria, South Africa.

'Red alert' over Zimbabwe first lady, accused of assault

Lawyers for the young model who claims she was assaulted by Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe in a Johannesburg hotel said Thursday that her family had been approached with an offer of money to drop the allegation.

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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israeli leader resists calls to criticize Trump

Israel's prime minister faced growing calls on Thursday to denounce President Donald Trump's response to the racially charged violence and anti-Semitic displays in Charlottesville, Virginia, even at the risk of angering the American leader.

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford speaks with a Chinese official before boarding his plane at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, to travel to Shenyang, China to observe a Chinese Military Exercise.

China tells US, North Korea to 'hit the brakes' on threats

China is telling the U.S. and North Korea to "hit the brakes" on threatening words and actions and work toward a peaceful resolution of their dispute, in a sign of growing concern over the standoff on the part of Pyongyang's only major ally.

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In this Sept. 12, 1958 file photo, Beverly Wysocki, top, and Marie Graskamp, right, emerge from a new family-type bomb shelter on display in Milwaukee, Wis.

Back to bomb shelters? North Korea threats revive nuke fears

After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the era of nuclear nightmares — of the atomic arms race, of backyard bomb shelters, of schoolchildren diving under desks to practice their survival skills in the event of an attack — seemed to finally, thankfully, fade into history.

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Volunteers search for bodies from the scene of heavy flooding and mudslides in Regent, just outside of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown.

More than 300 dead, 600 missing in Sierra Leone mudslides

Fatmata Kamara had just stepped outside her house before dawn Monday when she saw the muddy hillside collapsing above her. The only thing she could do was run.

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President Donald Trump speaks during an event to sign a memorandum calling for a trade investigation of China.

Trump seeks probe by his trade office of China's practices

Even as he seeks Beijing's help on North Korea, President Donald Trump asked his trade office on Monday to consider investigating China for the alleged theft of American technology and intellectual property.

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In this Monday, June 19, 2017, photo, a person types on a laptop keyboard, in North Andover, Mass.

One-fifth of Americans find workplace hostile or threatening

The American workplace is grueling, stressful and surprisingly hostile. So concludes an in-depth study of 3,066 U.S. workers by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga make fire barricades to block the road at Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

Death toll rises amid Kenya's rioting over disputed vote

In an escalation of Kenya's deadly election violence, police on Saturday fired live ammunition at rioters and used tear gas on vehicles carrying opposition officials trying to enter a Nairobi slum where they have strong support.

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A PAC-3 interceptor unit arrives at a garrison of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force in Kaita, Hiroshima prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

Xi calls for calm after Trump says US is 'locked and loaded'

Chinese President Xi Jinping made a plea for cool-headedness over escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea in a phone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday, urging both sides to avoid words or actions that could worsen the situation.

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A man transports eggs at a processing plant in Gaesti, southern Romania, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. The European Union said Friday that it plans to hold an extraordinary meeting late next month over a growing tainted egg scandal as it revealed that products c

Widening egg scandal hits 17 countries in Europe

The European Union said Friday that it plans to hold an extraordinary meeting late next month over a growing tainted egg scandal as it revealed that products contaminated with an insecticide have now spread to 17 countries.

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In this Saturday, April 15, 2017, file photo, what analysts believe could be the North Korean Hwasong 12 is paraded across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Trump: NKorea 'will regret it fast' if acts against US ally

President Donald Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "will regret it fast" if he continues his threats to U.S. territories and allies, in another warning that the U.S. is willing to act swiftly against the nuclear-armed nation.

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Protesters who had been engaged all day in clashes with riot police, erupt in celebration after hearing news from an opposition press conference which they interpreted as meaning opposition leader Raila Odinga would become president.

Kenya election dispute intensifies with conflicting claims

A dispute over Kenya's presidential election intensified Thursday when supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga said an unofficial tally showed that he won — a claim that conflicted with a provisional official result that put incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta in the lead.

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Region

Esther Tofilau-Tevaga, Māori Party Housing Strategy brings HOPE for Pasefika Aiga to Own a Home. A Pasefika Perspective

Māori Party Housing Strategy brings HOPE for Pasefika Aiga to Own a Home. A Pasefika Perspective

‘Pasefika and Māori aiga and whānau have the lowest rates of home ownership; the highest rates of homelessness; and the highest rates of poverty’... according to Esther Tofilau- Tevaga, Māori Party Candidate for Mangere.

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A partial solar eclipse appears over the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

A primal experience': Americans dazzled by solar eclipse

The stars came out in the middle of the day, zoo animals ran in agitated circles, crickets chirped, birds fell silent and a chilly darkness settled upon the land Monday as the U.S. witnessed its first full-blown, coast-to-coast solar eclipse since World War I.

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