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US, Turkey plan for 'safe zone' free of IS in northern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a plan to rout the Islamic State group from a strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border - a plan that opens the possibility of a safe haven for tens of thousands of displaced Syrians but one that also sets up a potential conflict with U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces in the area....

Q&A: Kurds fight Islamic State and endure Turkish attacks
BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. and Turkish plans to create an "Islamic State-free zone" in Syria along the Turkish border could escalate the conflict between Turkey and Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq....

AP Exclusive: AP tracks slave boats to Papua New Guinea
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- From space, the fishing boats are just little white specks floating in a vast stretch of blue water off Papua New Guinea. But zoom in and there's the critical evidence: Two trawlers loading slave-caught seafood onto a massive refrigerated cargo ship....

Thailand remains blacklisted by US for human trafficking
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai authorities are upset about being blacklisted by the U.S. for the second year in a row for failing to do enough to combat modern-day slavery....

Turkish bombing of Kurds carries risk of instability
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey's unexpected move to launch raids against Kurdish rebels at the same time it is cracking down on the Islamic State group risks ending a period of relative calm and stability for the country that has been a boon for the economy....

Malaysia, Cuba taken off US human trafficking blacklist
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic lawmakers and rights groups on Monday accused the State Department of politicizing its annual rankings of nations on their efforts to combat modern-day slavery, as key trading partner Malaysia was taken off a blacklist....

Rio de Janeiro prisons seek to protect transgender inmates
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- When Estefanie Ferraz went to prison, she had been living as a woman for around a decade, had undergone more than half a dozen plastic surgeries including breast and cheek implants to enhance her feminine looks, and was saving up for a sex change operation....

Yemen airstrikes resume; 15 allied fighters killed
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The Saudi-led coalition launched new airstrikes in at least two Yemeni provinces on Monday, piercing a humanitarian pause that started at midnight the previous day, security officials said....

NATO holding rare emergency meeting at Turkey's request
BRUSSELS (AP) -- For just the fifth time in its 66-year history, NATO ambassadors will meet in emergency session Tuesday to gauge the threat the Islamic State extremist group poses to Turkey, and the debated actions Turkish authorities are taking in response....

Key suspect says he won't testify at Litvinenko inquiry
LONDON (AP) -- A British judge investigating the death from radioactive poisoning of former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko accused a key suspect Monday of manipulating the inquiry by agreeing to testify, then refusing at the last minute....

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