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At congress, North Korean leader hails nuclear progress
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hailed his country's recent nuclear test to uproarious applause as he convened the first full congress of its ruling party since 1980, an event intended to showcase the North's stability and unity in the face of tough international sanctions and deepening isolation....

Canadian convoy begins, hoping to flee wildfire zone
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) -- A massive convoy was under way Friday to move evacuees stranded at oil field camps north of fire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta, through the community to safe areas south of the Canadian oil sands capital...

The Latest: UN chief calls for consequences for Syria strike
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):...

Russian, Syrian officials deny their planes hit refugee camp
BEIRUT (AP) -- Russian and Syrian officials denied Friday that their aircraft struck a camp for people displaced by fighting in an airstrike that killed 28 the previous evening. The denials came as activists said a coalition of rebels and militants, including Syria's al-Qaida branch, seized a strategic village from pro-government forces near the contested city of Aleppo....

South Korea's latest online celebrities: Stray cats eating
JANGSEONG, South Korea (AP) -- The stars of the latest online trend in South Korea stay out of sight most of the day. Viewers don't seem to mind waiting for hours while nothing happens. When the stray cats finally come to eat the food left out for them, people watching online sit enraptured by their feline charms....

Thousands of migrants still taking Balkan route to EU
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Thousands of migrants have continued to travel through Hungary on their way toward western Europe, despite fences, border closures and the European Union's deal with Turkey to stop sea crossings to Greece....

Rival assaults on IS stronghold deepen Libya's chaos
CAIRO (AP) -- From east and west, the forces of Libya's rival powers are each moving on the city of Sirte, vowing to free it from the hold of the Islamic State group. The danger is they could very well fight each other as well....

Colombia arrests alleged big money launderer from Panama
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombian authorities have arrested a prominent Panama businessman they're calling the world's most-wanted money launderer and froze assets belonging to dozens of companies linked to him that were allegedly used to hide illegal drug profits....

Reports: Turkish editor sentenced to over 5 years in prison
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkish media reports say a court in Istanbul has sentenced a prominent journalist to more than five years in prison hours after he escaped an attack by a gunman....

Israeli cowboys live frontier life on Syria's doorstep
KIDMAT ZVI, Golan Heights (AP) -- With his wide-brimmed hat, Wrangler jeans and ornate belt buckle, Yehiel Alon could easily pass for one of the Montana ranchers he once worked with. But the 53-year-old is an Israeli cowboy on the Golan Heights bordering war-torn Syria, where frontier life takes on a whole new meaning....

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