Members of the Syrian Civil Defense group and civilians gathering to help survivors from a street attacked by airstrikes and shelling by Syrian government forces, in Ghouta.

Damascus suburb strikes kill scores, UN votes for cease-fire

A new wave of airstrikes and shelling on eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus left at least 22 people dead and dozens wounded Saturday, raising the death toll of a week of bombing in the area to 500, as the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria.

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Rescuers search for victims at the site of a landslide in Brebes, Central Java, Indonesia, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Farmers were working in their rice paddies on the main island of Java, when the soggy hillside above them collapsed under the weight of torre

Hillside crashes onto Indonesian farmers; 5 dead, 18 missing

Farmers were working in their rice paddies on the Indonesian island of Java, when the soggy hillside above them collapsed under the weight of torrential rains, killing five people and leaving rescuers digging for 18 missing.

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A Syrian man, right, hugging and saying his last goodbye to his dead child who was killed during airstrikes and shelling by Syrian government forces, as he walks to bury him in a mass grave, in Ghouta.

In Syria, a father says last goodbye to dead child

A father saying his last goodbye to his dead child, before the shelling starts again. It's a grief shared by all too many parents trapped with their children under a brutal, government siege of the eastern Ghouta region outside the Syrian capital of Damascus.

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This photo released on Wednesday Feb. 21, 2018 provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Ghouta Media Center, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows two Syrian kids who were wounded during airstrikes a

Security Council to meet amid calls for Syria cease-fire

World leaders called for an urgent cease-fire in Syria on Thursday as government forces pounded the opposition-controlled eastern suburbs of the capital in a crushing campaign that has left hundreds of people dead in recent days.

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A crashed bus lays on the bottom of a cliff in Arequipa, Peru.

At least 44 dead as bus veers off cliff in Peru

A double-deck bus ran off the Panamerican Highway and tumbled 200 meters (about 650 feet) down a cliff in southern Peru on Wednesday, and police said at least 44 people died.

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Syrian paramedics treat a kids who was wounded during airstrikes and shelling by Syrian government forces.

Hospitals overwhelmed by bombing blitz of Damascus suburbs

Doctors in Syria's rebel-controlled suburbs of Damascus said Wednesday they were unable to keep up with the staggering number of casualties, amid a ferocious bombing campaign by government forces that has targeted hospitals, apartment blocks and other civilian sites, killing and wounding hundreds of people in recent days.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves during the opening ceremony for a bomb-proof emergency room in a hospital in Ashkelon, Israel.

State witness turning point in Netanyahu corruption case

Now that one of Benjamin Netanyahu's closest confidants has turned state witness, according to Israeli media reports Wednesday, it may mark a turning point for the beleaguered prime minister facing a slew of corruption allegations that could topple him from power.

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The media attend a press briefing where Thai police display projected pictures of surrogate babies born to a Japanese man who is at the center of a surrogacy scandal during a press conference at the police headquarters in Chonburi, Thailand.

Japanese man given custody of 13 surrogate kids

A Thai court on Tuesday granted legal custody of 13 babies carried by surrogate mothers to a secretive Japanese millionaire who is their biological father, reviving a bizarre tale that captured tabloid headlines four years ago, but leaving some basic questions unanswered.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accompanied by his wife Sara cuts the ribbon during the opening ceremony for a bomb-proof emergency room in a hospital in Ashkelon, Israel.

Netanyahu confidant identified as scandals mount

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, already reeling from a damaging police report into alleged corruption, faced yet another scandal on Tuesday — with allegations that a longtime confidant attempted to bribe a judge in exchange for dropping a corruption case against the Israeli leader's wife.

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Philippine Ambassador to Beijing, Chito Sta. Romana, right, watches former Sen. Rodolfo Biazon speak during a forum on South China Sea.

Philippines: Risks rising with China challenging US at sea

The risks of a "miscalculation" and armed conflict have risen in the disputed South China Sea with a militarily stronger China now able to challenge the United States, which used to be the dominant power in the strategic waterway, the Philippine envoy to Beijing said Monday.

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Rescuers search for survivors at the collapse of a garbage mound in Maputo, Mozambique, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Mozambican media say at least 17 people died when heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of the mound garbage. (AP Photo/Ferhat Momade)

17 killed in garbage dump collapse in Mozambique

Heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique's capital on Monday, killing 17 people who were buried by debris.

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Businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, right, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, around his factory which produces school means, outside St. Petersburg, Russia.

Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worked at the same St. Petersburg "troll factory" say they think the criminal charges are well-founded.

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A U.S. Marine stands guard on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier anchors off Manila, Philippines, for a five-day port call along with guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy.

US Navy says China's military buildup won't stop patrols

U.S. forces are undeterred by China's military buildup on man-made islands in the South China Sea and will continue patrolling the strategic, disputed waters wherever "international law allows us," said a Navy officer aboard a mammoth U.S. aircraft carrier brimming with F-18 fighter jets.

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In this photo provided by Tasnim News Agency, family members of plane crash victims weep in the village of Bideh, an area near where the plane crashed, southern Iran.

All 65 aboard plane feared dead in crash in southern Iran

An Iranian airplane brought back into service only months ago after being grounded for seven years crashed Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, and officials feared all 65 people on board were killed.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Santa Marta chapel at the Vatican, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.

Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission amid skepticism

Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission by naming new members Saturday, after coming under fire for his overall handling of the scandal and his support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, holds a part of a downed drone during his speech at the Munich Security Conference, MSC, in Munich.

Israeli PM Netanyahu to Iran: Don't test Israel's resolve

The nuclear deal with Iran has emboldened Tehran to become increasingly aggressive in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, warning that Iran should "not test Israel's resolve" as he showed off what he said was part of a downed Iranian drone.

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Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, serves food to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, center, during dinner at Prigozhin's restaurant outside Moscow, Russia.  Indicted for alleged U.S. election interference, Prigozhin is a wealthy Russian entrepreneur from St. P

Russia dismisses US charges as 'just blabber,' 'Russophobia'

Russian officials had disdainful words Saturday for a U.S. indictment that charged 13 Russians with interfering in the 2016 presidential election. Children's stories, the plot of a preposterous Hollywood movie and "just blabber" were a few of the glib analogies they pressed into service.

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A soldier guards a downed helicopter in Santiago Jimitepec, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. The military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from the Friday's earth quake crashed killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of them on the ground. (AP Photo/

13 killed in helicopter crash after Mexican quake

A military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from a powerful earthquake crashed Friday in southern Mexico, killing 13 people and injuring 16, all of them on the ground.

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Deniz Yucel, a Turkish-German journalist working for German newspaper Die Welt who was detained in Turkey for more than a year, walks with his wife Dilek Mayaturk Yucel, after being released from jail, in Istanbul.

Turkey: 6 journalists sentenced to life in prison

A Turkish court on Friday sentenced six journalists and media employees accused of involvement in Turkey's 2016 failed coup attempt to life in prison without parole, the state-run news agency reported.

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Cyril Ramaphosa is sworn in as South African President by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, left, in Cape Town.

South African limbo ends with new president, Cyril Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa became South Africa's president with a message of clean government and inclusiveness on Thursday, stirring the hopes of many South Africans that he can reverse a corrosive period of decline and division under his predecessor, Jacob Zuma.

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Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce speaks to reporters in Tamworth, Australia.

Australia deputy leader quits Cabinet over harassment claim

Australia's beleaguered deputy prime minister resigned from the Cabinet on Friday over allegations that he sexually harassed a woman, but said he would not resign from Parliament. By staying in Parliament, Barnaby Joyce ensures that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's single-seat majority in the House of Representatives is maintained.

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Pallbearers carry the body of Rev. Billy Graham into a hearse before leaving the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Asheville, N.C. Graham's body will be brought to his hometown of Charlotte on Saturday as part of a pro

Admirers line streets, overpasses to see Graham's motorcade

Motorists pulled aside and well-wishers lined freeway overpasses to see the Rev. Billy Graham's motorcade barrel through his beloved home state of North Carolina on Saturday in a running tribute to "America's Pastor."

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