France's Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and his Moroccan counterpart Saad-Eddine El Othmani attend as their ministers exchange signed agreements, in Rabat, Morocco, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.  Philippe is in Morocco to try to reinvigorate trade with the No

Africa politics creep into French PM's visit to Morocco

France's prime minister launched a mission Wednesday to reinvigorate trade and cooperation with Morocco, which has steadily positioned itself as a regional economic powerhouse focused on Africa instead of its former colonial ruler.

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Soldiers sit on a military vehicle parked on a street in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. People across the country are starting another day of uncertainty amid quiet talks to resolve the country's political turmoil and the likely end of Preside

Regional summit expected to formalize terms of Mugabe exit

In the first round of negotiations over how President Robert Mugabe will leave power, the Zimbabwean leader met Thursday with the army commander who put him under house arrest and mediators, including South African Cabinet ministers and a Catholic priest.

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, left, and his wife Grace follow proceedings during a youth rally in Marondera Zimbabwe.

After 37 years, rule of Zimbabwe's Mugabe appears to be over

Zimbabwe's military was in control of the capital and the state broadcaster on Wednesday and was holding President Robert Mugabe and his wife under house arrest in what appeared to be a coup against the 93-year-old Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state.

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Australian government senator Dean Smith, flanked by lawmakers who support marriage equality, speaks to journalists at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Smith has drafted the prime minister's referred bill that could legali

Australians endorse gay marriage, ensuring Parliament bill

Australians supported gay marriage in a postal survey that ensures Parliament will consider legalizing same-sex weddings this year. The Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday 62 percent of registered voters who responded in the unprecedented survey favored reform.

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Armed Zimbabwean soldiers sit on top of a military tank in Harare, Zimbabwe Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

Military in Zimbabwe's capital after army chief's threat

At least three explosions were heard in Zimbabwe's capital early Wednesday and military vehicles were seen in the streets after the army commander threatened to "step in" to calm political tensions over 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe's possible successor.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017.

Trump taunts Kim: 'I would NEVER call him short and fat'

President Donald Trump is exchanging school yard taunts with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 file photo, water from Addicks Reservoir flows into neighborhoods as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise in Houston.

Harvey's 'Biblical' rainfall is getting more likely

The chances of a hurricane flooding parts of Texas, like Harvey did, have soared sixfold in just 25 years because of global warming and will likely triple once again before the end of the century, a new study says.

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A woman mourns as she holds the body of her daughter, who died in an earthquake, in Sarpol-e-Zahab, western Iran, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

Rescuers dig through debris after Iran-Iraq border quake

Rescuers are digging through the debris of buildings felled by an earthquake that killed more than 430 people in the border region of Iran and Iraq.

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North Korean soldiers stand on steps overlooking the border village of Panmunjom, North Korea, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War.

Seoul: N. Koreans fired 40 shots at defector, hit him with 5

Four North Korean soldiers fired 40 rounds at a comrade fleeing into South Korea and hit him five times in the first shooting at the jointly controlled area of the heavily fortified border since 1984, the South's military said Tuesday.

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Deputy Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar meets reporters at the HHS Department in Washington.  Azar was a top HHS official during the George W. Bush administration.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump turns to drug industry for his new health secretary

Turning to an industry he's rebuked, President Donald Trump on Monday picked a former top pharmaceutical and government executive to be his health secretary. If confirmed, Alex Azar would oversee a $1 trillion department responsible for major health insurance programs, including "Obamacare," as well as medical research, food and drug safety, and public health.

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Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore waits to speak the Vestavia Hills Public library, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. According to a Thursday, Nov. 9 Washington Post story an Alabama woman said Moore made inapprop

New accuser claims sexual assault by Moore in 1970s

A new accuser said Monday that as a teenager in the 1970s she was sexually assaulted by Roy Moore in a locked car, further rocking the Alabama Republican's race for an open Senate seat. The allegation came on day when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Moore should quit the contest, and Moore fired back that it was McConnell who should step down.

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People stand in the street after feeling aftershocks from an earthquake in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017.

Iranians report at least 61 dead, 300 injured from quake

A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the region along the border between Iran and Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 61 people and injuring 300 in Iran, an Iranian official said.

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President Donald Trump toasts Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, right, at an ASEAN Summit dinner at the SMX Convention Center, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Manila.

Trump unlikely to rebuke Duterte for drug war killings

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sanctioned a bloody drug war that features extrajudicial killing. He called Barack Obama a "son of a whore." This week, he boasted that he murdered a man with his own hands.

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Film star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, front, arrives at the COP23 UN climate conference in Bonn.

Schwarzenegger calls on climate activists to change methods

Movie star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants environmental activists to give more attention to immediate health hazards like air and water pollution.

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Qiam missile is displayed by Iran's Revolutionary Guard during a military parade commemorating the start of the Iraq-Iran war in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini just outside Tehran, Iran. Saudi Arabia and the U.

Q&A: US, Saudi Arabia accuse Iran over Yemen missile launch

Both Saudi Arabia and the U.S. now accuse Iran of supplying ballistic missiles to Shiite rebels in Yemen, including one that targeted the kingdom's capital of Riyadh and its international airport.

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Leaders pose during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.  Front left to right,  Chile's President Michelle Bachelet, China's President Xi Jinping, Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang, Indonesia's President

Trump calls Putin sincere, ex-US intelligence heads 'hacks'

Days before returning home from a whirlwind trip to Asia, President Donald Trump was back on the defensive over Russian election meddling, saying he considers President Vladimir Putin's denials sincere, dismissing former U.S. intelligence officials as "hacks" and accusing Democrats of trying to sabotage relations between the two countries.

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Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at an event at the Vestavia Hills Public library, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. According to a Thursday, Nov. 9 Washington Post story an Alabama woman said Moore made i

Roy Moore says allegations are intended to derail Senate bid

A defiant Roy Moore pushed forward Saturday with his U.S. Senate campaign, criticizing as "false" and "an attack on my character" a newspaper report carrying allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Pope Francis poses with participants in the International symposium on a nuclear-weapons-free world, at the Vatican, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.

Pope asks leaders to imagine a world without nuclear weapons

Pope Francis warned Friday that nuclear deterrence policies developed during the Cold War provided a "false sense of security" and he urged government leaders to instead pursue an admittedly utopian future of a world free of atomic weapons.

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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.

Holy Smoke! Vatican to stop selling cigarettes in its shops

Pope Francis is saying "Just Say No" to cigarettes.

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FILE - The Jan. 22, 2015 file photo shows former nurse Niels Hoegel covering his face during his trial at the regional court in in Oldenburg, northern Germany.

Prosecutors: German nurse may have killed over 100 patients

A nurse who is already serving a life sentence for two murders may have killed more than 100 patients over several years at two hospitals in northwestern Germany, prosecutors said Thursday.

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Laughing Samoans Ete’s ugly past revealed

He might have been the charming and funny one half of the popular Laughing Samoans but at home between Ete and his wife Mele Wendt, he wasn’t that funny. Especially when it came to the issue of domestic violence.

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President Donald Trump speaks about his trip to Asia in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in Washington.

Trump: China agrees NKorea nuclear weapon freeze not enough

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. and China agree that North Korea cannot just freeze its nuclear weapons program in exchange for concessions and that it must eliminate its arsenal.

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