well wishes are written on a wall of hope during a remembrance event for the ill fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Malaysian government has approved a new attempt to find the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the

Malaysia approves new search for missing airliner

Malaysia's government said Saturday that it has approved a new attempt to find the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, nearly four years after the plane's disappearance sparked one of aviation's biggest mysteries.

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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz talks at a joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the federal chancellery in Vienna. Austria's new chancellor is rejecting suggestions that his government will align broadly with eastern nations th

New Austrian leader rejects talk of eastern EU alliance

Austria's new chancellor on Friday rejected suggestions that his government will align with eastern European Union nations that have clashed with the bloc over migrants and other issues.

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Olga Kemaeva, wife of Anton Kemaev, kisses a cross during Kemaev's funeral service at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in McKees Rocks, Pa.

Wife of Russian man slain in US meets vet who got his kidney

A Russian man who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Pittsburgh last month donated his organs — and the Army National Guard veteran who received his kidney gave an emotional thank-you to the man's widow.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference in Ise, central Japan, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.

Japan's Abe: N. Korea should change course, end nuke program

North Korea should shift course and drop its nuclear program and missile tests to become a wealthier nation, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday.

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Britain'sPrince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle as they arrive to attend the traditional Christmas Day service, at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England.

Windsor official backs homeless crackdown for royal wedding

A political storm is brewing ahead of Prince Harry's and Meghan Markle's May 19 wedding over whether to crack down on homeless people and beggars in the well-to-do English town of Windsor.

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Dallin H. Oaks, left, and Russell M. Nelson, members of a top governing body called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints conference of the two-day Mormon church conference.

Former heart surgeon set to become next Mormon president

The man set to become the next Mormon church president is a 93-year-old former heart surgeon whose conservative track record on the religion's leadership panel has led Mormon scholars to predict he won't make any major changes.

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Icicles hang from the fountain at Beau View condominiums in Biloxi, Miss., on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Bitter cold tests winter-wise, delivers shock to South

Bitterly cold temperatures gripped much of the nation on Tuesday, testing the mettle of even winter-wise northerners and delivering a shock to those accustomed to far milder weather in the South.

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President Thomas S. Monson.

Thomas S. Monson, president of Mormon church, dies at 90

For more than 50 years, Thomas S. Monson served in top leadership councils for the Mormon church — making him a well-known face and personality to multiple generations of Mormons. A church bishop at the age of 22, the Salt Lake City native became the youngest church apostle ever in 1963 at the age of 36.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks in his annual address in undisclosed location, North Korea.

Trump boasts of 'nuclear button' but doesn't really have one

President Donald Trump boasted that he has a bigger and more powerful "nuclear button" than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un does — but the president doesn't actually have a physical button.

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Pope Francis celebrates a new year's Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Pope on 2018: forget life's useless baggage, work for peace

Pope Francis on Monday recommended jettisoning life's "useless baggage" in 2018, including what he called "empty chatter" and banal consumerism, and focusing instead on building a peaceful and welcoming world, particularly for refugees and migrants.

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In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, university students attend a protest inside Tehran University while a smoke grenade is thrown by anti-riot Iranian police, in Tehran, Iran.

Iran protests have violent night; at least 13 dead overall

Protests across Iran saw their most violent night as "armed protesters" tried to overrun military bases and police stations before security forces repelled them, killing 10 people, Iranian state television said Monday.

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An investigator photographs the scene of an explosion at a supermarket in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Putin says St. Petersburg explosion was terror attack

The explosion at a supermarket in Russia's second-largest city was a terror attack, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, adding that he has ordered security agencies to kill terror suspects on the spot if they resist arrest.

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Blood stains are seen on the police booth outside Mar Mina church, in Helwan, Cairo.

Gunman opens fire on Cairo church; shootout kills at least 9

 A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire Friday outside a church in a Cairo suburb and at a nearby store, sparking a shootout that killed at least nine people, including eight Coptic Christians, Egyptian authorities said.

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A woman puts a scarf on a statue of a comfort woman sitting in a installation of empty chairs symbolizing the victims in Seoul, South Korea.

S. Korean president calls sex slave deal with Japan flawed

 South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday the country's 2015 agreement with Japan to settle a decades-long impasse over Korean women forced into wartime sexual slavery was seriously flawed.

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rescuers carry an injured passenger off a damaged tourist ship in Duisburg, Germany.  A tourist ship has struck a highway bridge on the Rhine river in western Germany. Police say 27 people are injured. The Swiss Crystal, which news agency dpa reports was

Tourist ship strikes highway bridge in Germany; 25 hurt

A tourist ship struck a highway bridge on the Rhine river in western Germany and 25 people were injured, police said Wednesday. The Swiss Crystal, which had 129 people on board, hit a pillar of the bridge near Duisburg on Tuesday evening. The water level was high at the time and the pillar is usually on land, news agency dpa reported.

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Army General Constantino Chiwenga smiles during the presidential inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe's state-run media is reporting that new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed the country's former military commander as

Zimbabwe's new leader appoints ex-military commander as VP

Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed the country's former military commander as one of his two vice presidents, state-run media reported Wednesday, deepening concerns about the military's influence after its ouster of Robert Mugabe last month.

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Supporters of Jamaat-e-Islami take part in an anti-American rally to condemn U.S. President Donald Trump for declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Peshawar.

Guatemala says it is moving embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Guatemala's president announced on Christmas Eve that the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, becoming the first nation to follow the lead of U.S. President Donald Trump in ordering the change.

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A South Korean army soldier stands guard at a military guard post in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea.

N. Korea says it's a 'pipe dream' that it will give up nukes

North Korea said it is a "pipe dream" for the United States to think it will give up its nuclear weapons, and called the latest U.N. sanctions to target the country "an act of war" that violates its sovereignty.

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In this photo made from video by Aclimah Disumala, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, villagers ross raging flood waters in Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga Pennisula, southern Philippines. A tropical storm has unleashed flash floods and set off landslides in the southern

Storm leaves 120 dead, 160 missing in southern Philippines

A tropical storm in the southern Philippines unleashed flash floods that swept away people and houses and set off landslides, reportedly leaving more than 120 people dead and 160 others missing, officials said Saturday.

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Ukrainian soldiers marching along main Khreshchatyk Street during a military parade to celebrate Independence Day in Kiev, Ukraine. The Trump administration has approved a plan to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine, including Javelin anti-tank missiles. Th

Ukraine grateful for US weapons, Russia voices outrage

Ukraine's president on Saturday thanked the U.S. for its decision to provide his nation with lethal weapons, while Russian diplomats and lawmakers expressed dismay, warning that it will only fuel hostilities in eastern Ukraine.

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Region

Pacific countries including Tonga, Vanuatu and Samoa were

China protests Australia criticism of Chinese aid in Pacific

China has protested an Australian minister's criticisms that Chinese aid programs in poor Pacific island countries were creating "white elephants" that threatened economic stability without delivering benefits.

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President Donald Trump.

World media struggle to translate Trump's Africa insult

President Donald Trump's vulgar insult of Africa was a puzzle for many foreign media organizations, which didn't have a ready translation of his epithet for their readers or listeners.

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