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Countries OK world's largest marine reserve in Antarctica
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica's waters reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent....

Q&A: Fish and politics behind Antarctic marine reserve deal
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Nations from around the world on Friday reached an historic agreement to preserve an area of ocean near Antarctica that's about twice the size of Texas. Here are some questions and answers about the deal:...

Saudi Arabia says Yemen rebels fire missile toward Mecca
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Shiite rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile toward the holy Muslim city of Mecca overnight, Saudi Arabia said Friday, the insurgents' deepest strike yet into the kingdom amid the country's stalemate civil war....

A year on, Brazil valley waits for recovery from mine flood
BENTO RODRIGUES, Brazil (AP) -- Spreading below lush mountains, this valley is rich in mineral wealth, including veins of gold and one of the largest iron ore deposits in the planet, discoveries that turned the area into Brazil's mining country and the birthplace of one of the world's top producers of minerals....

Libya's navy says 90 migrants perished after boat fell apart
CAIRO (AP) -- The Libyan navy said on Thursday that at least 90 migrants are believed to have perished when their rickety boat started to fall apart in the Mediterranean Sea, after leaving the Libyan coast....

National Geographic's famed 'girl' denies getting fake ID
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani prosecutor says National Geographic's famed green-eyed 'Afghan Girl' has made her first appearance before a court, insisting she did not fraudulently obtain Pakistani nationality....

At Afghanistan's brick kilns, debt can last generations
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Every day that Dil Agha works at his backbreaking job at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Afghanistan's capital Kabul, from before sunrise to well after sunset, he digs himself deeper into debt. He knows he will never be able to pay back what he owes to the kiln owner who lent him a few thousand dollars for a family emergency, and that when he dies, his children will inherit the burden that will ensure his family remains enslaved for generations....

Iraqis find bomb factory, tunnels on long road to Mosul
KHAZER, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi forces explored a network of tunnels and uncovered a bomb-making facility on Thursday in a village near Mosul that was recently retaken from the Islamic State group, offering a glimpse of the challenge they will face as they move closer to the city....

UN says school attack in Syria may be potential war crime
BEIRUT (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Thursday for an immediate investigation of an attack on a school in Syria's Idlib province that the U.N.'s children's agency is calling one of the deadliest of its kind in the country's six-year war....

Filipino mayor among 10 dead in clash with anti-drug police
KORONADAL, Philippines (AP) -- A Philippine town mayor who was publicly identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as a drug trafficking suspect was gunned down Friday with nine of his men at a police checkpoint, in one of the bloodiest operations since the crackdown was launched....

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