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Fighting North Korea with balloons, TV shows and leaflets

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:47:50 GMT2017-08-23T00:47:50Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Some send up plastic leaflets that weigh less than a feather and flutter down from the clouds with calls for democracy or blurry cartoons ridiculing North Korea's ruler. Some send flash drives loaded with South Korean soap operas, or mini-documentaries about the vast wealth of Southern corporations, or crisp new U.S. dollar bills. One occasionally sends his empty food wrappers, stained labels showing noodles slathered in meat sauce, so Northerners can ...



Moroccans shaken by links to extremist attacks in Europe

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:10:11 GMT2017-08-22T16:10:11Z

RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Morocco has long considered itself a haven of stability in a volatile region and a key ally in the fight against Islamic extremism, but in recent months, it has found itself shaken by carnage in Europe blamed on Moroccans who moved abroad....



2 of 4 suspects in Spain attacks held without bail; 1 freed

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:45:52 GMT2017-08-22T21:45:52Z

MADRID (AP) -- A judge ordered two of the four surviving suspects in the extremist attacks in Spain held without bail, another detained for 72 more hours and one freed with restrictions Tuesday after the men appeared in court to answer questions about the events that killed 15 people....



US says some remains of sailors found on USS John McCain

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:37:32 GMT2017-08-22T17:37:32Z

SINGAPORE (AP) -- Navy divers searching a flooded compartment of the USS John S. McCain found remains of some of the 10 sailors missing in a collision between the warship and an oil tanker, the U.S. Pacific Fleet commander said Tuesday as he promised a full investigation....



Italian boy credited with helping save brother after quake

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:34:29 GMT2017-08-22T20:34:29Z

MILAN (AP) -- An Italian family of five was "reborn" after all three children buried in the rubble of their home by a 4.0-magnitude quake were pulled to safety Tuesday in a painstaking 16-hour rescue operation on the popular Mediterranean resort island of Ischia....



4 accidents, 2 deadly, raise questions about Navy operations

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:16:05 GMT2017-08-22T14:16:05Z

BANGKOK (AP) -- One major U.S. Navy collision may be an accident. Twice in two months could be a coincidence. Or it could point to a bigger failing in how the U.S. navigates its warships around the world....



Dozens killed in airstrikes on Syrian city of Raqqa

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:37:38 GMT2017-08-22T19:37:38Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian state media and opposition activists said Tuesday that airstrikes on the northern city of Raqqa have killed dozens of civilians....



AP Explains: How Pakistan fits into Trump's Afghan plans

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:18:06 GMT2017-08-22T18:18:06Z

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- In announcing his strategy for Afghanistan, U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at neighboring Pakistan, an ostensible U.S. ally, ordering it to stop giving sanctuary to "agents of chaos, violence and terror."...



France's Macron heads east to tame flow of cheaper workers

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:25:38 GMT2017-08-22T19:25:38Z

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- French President Emmanuel Macron is pushing for tighter European Union rules to protect workers in France and other prosperous countries in Western Europe from cheaper labor stemming from the continent's eastern nations....



Finnish court orders detention of Moroccan in stabbings

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:31:45 GMT2017-08-22T19:31:45Z

HELSINKI (AP) -- A Finnish court ordered a Moroccan asylum-seeker suspected of a knife attack that killed two and wounded eight people to remain in custody on preliminary charges....