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US ups Korean defenses, top admiral says forces are capable
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ahead of an extraordinary White House briefing for senators, South Korea on Wednesday started installing key parts of a contentious U.S. defense system against missiles from North Korea. And America's Pacific commander said any North Korean missile fired at U.S. forces would be destroyed....



China launches its first domestically-made aircraft carrier
BEIJING (AP) -- China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes....



China talking with European Space Agency about moon outpost
BEIJING (AP) -- Representatives of China and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon and other possible joint endeavors, according to a spokesman for the European agency and Chinese media reports....



Angry debate in Egypt over reforms in Islam against radicals
CAIRO (AP) -- It was a startling collision of religion and politics. Egypt's president proposed a new law that would prevent Muslim men from ending their marriages simply by saying "divorce" three times. The country's top institution of Islamic clerics, Al-Azhar, bluntly rejected the idea, saying Islam gives men that right and nothing can change that....



France: Analysis shows Syrian government behind sarin attack
PARIS (AP) -- France said Wednesday that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month "bears the signature" of President Bashar Assad's government and shows it was responsible....



The Latest: Syria condemns Turkish attack on Kurds
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on Syria (all times local):...



Iraqi forces say they've seized Hatra antiquities site
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi paramilitary forces said Wednesday that they have captured Hatra, a 2,000-year-old historical site near the northern city of Mosul, where U.S.-backed forces have been battling the Islamic State group for months....



Le Pen upstages Macron in battle over saving French jobs
AMIENS, France (AP) -- Battling for France's blue-collar vote and employing all of her political guile, far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen upstaged her centrist rival Emmanuel Macron by making a surprise campaign stop Wednesday to a home appliance factory threatened with closure....



The Latest: Airline says giant rabbit was alive on landing
LONDON (AP) -- The Latest on a giant rabbit that died following a trans-Atlantic flight (all times local):...



Hungary premier dismisses university fear as EU takes action
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Hungary's prime minister on Wednesday dismissed concerns about his country's new higher education law after the European Union launched legal action amid fears the legislation is aimed at shutting down a university founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros....