North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un holds the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee. Japan's public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert warning citizens of a North Korean missile launch and urging them to seek immediate shelter, then re

Japan public TV sends mistaken North Korean missile alert

Japan's public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert Tuesday warning citizens of a North Korean missile launch and urging them to seek immediate shelter, then minutes later corrected it, days after a similar error in Hawaii.

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A man is arrested during a protest against Pope Francis in Santiago, Chile.

Pope begs forgiveness for 'irreparable' harm from sex abuse

Pope Francis begged for forgiveness Tuesday for the "irreparable damage" done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his visit to Chile by diving head-first into a scandal that has greatly hurt the Catholic Church's credibility here and cast a cloud over his visit.

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Fernando Karadima is escorted from a court, after testifying in a case that three of his victims brought against the country's Catholic Church in Santiago, Chile.

Pope seeks to turn tide of Chilean church bruised by scandal

Pope Francis' visit to Chile was always going to be fraught, but it has taken on an unprecedented degree of opposition with the firebombings of Catholic churches ahead of his Monday arrival and protests by Chileans fed up with priest sex abuse and cover-up.

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Baghdad municipality workers clean the scene of a double suicide bombing in Baghdad, Iraq.

Twin bombings in Baghdad kill 38, shatter post-IS calm

Twin suicide bombings rocked Baghdad on Monday, killing 38 people in the deadliest attack since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group last month, and raising fears ahead of national elections planned for May.

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A Boeing 737-800 of Turkey's Pegasus Airlines after skidding off the runway downhill towards the sea at the airport in Trabzon, Turkey, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018.

Plane dangles off cliff after skidding off runway in Turkey

A commercial plane that skidded off a runway after landing in northern Turkey dangled precariously off a muddy cliff with its nose only a few feet from the sea.

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Vern Miyagi, Administrator, HEMA, left, and Hawaii Gov. David Ige addressed the media Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

A wave of panic rattles Hawaii after false missile alert

The second recent blunder in Hawaii's planning for a possible North Korean nuclear attack left islanders shaken after an emergency alert warning of an imminent strike sounded on hundreds of thousands of cellphones.

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A friend of sailors, who died aboard a tanker that sank off the coast of China, speaks as families, friends and colleagues gather at the headquarters of the National Iranian Tanker Company, in Tehran, Iran.

Iran oil tanker explodes, sinks off China with no survivors

A burning Iranian oil tanker exploded and sank Sunday after more than a week listing off the coast of China, as an Iranian official acknowledged there was "no hope" of missing sailors surviving the disaster.

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This photo released by Andina Agency shows residents in Chala, Peru, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, after an earthquake struck the area. The powerful earthquake struck off Peru's coast early Sunday, tumbling adobe homes in small, rural towns, officials said.

Magnitude 7.1 quake hits off Peru, killing at least 1

A powerful earthquake struck off Peru's coast early Sunday, tumbling adobe homes in small, rural towns, killing at least one person and leaving dozens injured, officials said.

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This smartphone screen capture shows a false incoming ballistic missile emergency alert sent from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency system on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

Hawaii officials mistakenly warn of inbound missile

A false alarm that warned of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii sent the islands into a panic Saturday, with people abandoning cars in a highway and preparing to flee their homes until officials said the cellphone alert was a mistake.

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Czech President and presidential candidate Milos Zeman kisses his wife Ivana prior to a press conference after the first round of presidential voting in Prague.

Czech president will face runoff election with strong lead

Czech President Milos Zeman failed to win re-election during the first round of a presidential election Saturday and will face a runoff in two weeks against the former head of the country's Academy of Sciences.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with Russian journalists in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia dismisses Democratic US Senate report as unfounded

The Kremlin on Thursday dismissed a new report by U.S. Senate Democrats describing Russian interference in the U.S. and throughout Europe as unfounded and President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of "aggressive" overreaction. Some European politicians said they are mindful of Moscow's meddling.

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An elderly cobbler man, left, repairs a shoe on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

UN Security Council considers visit to war-torn Afghanistan

 The president of the U.N. Security Council said Thursday that members are considering a visit to Afghanistan to show solidarity with the Afghan people, meet government officials and see firsthand the situation in the war-torn country.

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Pope Francis is hugged by a child as he greets faithful during the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Vatican takes over Peru-based movement on eve of pope's trip

The Vatican on Wednesday took over a Peru-based Catholic movement whose founder was accused of sexual, physical and psychological abuse, just days before Pope Francis starts a trip to Chile and Peru where the church's sexual abuse scandal is expected to play out on the sidelines.

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Mateo Barrera, 4 originally from El Salvador, whose family members benefit from Temporary Protected Status, TPS, attends a news conference in Los Angeles. This week’s news that the Trump administration is ending TPS for 200,000 migrants from El Salvador i

Honduras next in line for US decision on protected migrants

This week's news that the Trump administration is ending Temporary Protected Status for 200,000 migrants from El Salvador is also rattling nerves in neighboring Honduras.

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FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 file photo, outgoing ANC president and South African President Jacob Zuma, looks on at the elective conference in Johannesburg.

South Africa's Zuma to set up inquiry into graft claims

South Africa's president said Tuesday he is appointing a commission of inquiry to look into corruption allegations that have led to calls for his ouster and weakened the ruling party, declaring "this matter cannot wait any longer."

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China's CCTV shows the Panama-registered tanker

Smoke still billowing from burning oil tanker

The South Korean coast guard says thick smoke is still billowing from a burning oil tanker in the East China Sea and bad weather is also worsening visibility. Personnel from three countries are working to find the tanker's 32 missing crew members and contain oil spewing from the blazing wreck.

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Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Electoral Commission, which is in charge of supervising the 2018 Egyptian presidential election, center, and members of the commission prepare to give a press conference at the commission headquarters in Cairo, Egypt,

Egypt sets election for March, with outcome all but certain

Egypt will hold its presidential election over three days in March, officials said Monday, with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi virtually guaranteed to run for and win a second four-year term amid a heavy clampdown on dissent.

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Goldman Sachs International chairman Peter Sutherland attends a meeting on the world economy in Cernobbio, Italy.

Former WTO chief, UN envoy Peter Sutherland dies at 71

Irish businessman and diplomat Peter Sutherland, who was the first director-general of the World Trade Organization and held top posts in the European Union and the United Nations, has died. He was 71.

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In this photo provided by Korea Coast Guard, the Panama-registered tanker

32 missing, oil tanker on fire after collision off China

An Iranian oil tanker collided with a bulk freighter and caught fire off China's east coast, leaving the tanker's entire crew of 32 missing and causing it to spill oil into the sea, authorities said Sunday.

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Fernando, 6-years-old, smokes a cigarette in the village of Vale de Salgueiro, northern Portugal, during the local Kings' Feast Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018.

Portuguese town encourages children to smoke at Epiphany

The Epiphany celebrations in the Portuguese village of Vale de Salgueiro feature a tradition that each year causes an outcry among outsiders: Parents encouraging their children, some as young as 5, to smoke cigarettes.

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Pacific countries including Tonga, Vanuatu and Samoa were

China protests Australia criticism of Chinese aid in Pacific

China has protested an Australian minister's criticisms that Chinese aid programs in poor Pacific island countries were creating "white elephants" that threatened economic stability without delivering benefits.

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Larry Nassar arrives at court Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, for the first day of victim impact statements in Circuit Court Rosemarie Aquilina's courtroom in Lansing, Mich.

Ex-doctor's victims recount sex abuse as young gymnasts

One after one, gymnasts and other victims of a disgraced former sports doctor stepped forward in a Michigan courtroom Tuesday to recount the sexual abuse and emotional trauma Larry Nassar inflicted on them as children — one with the warning that "little girls don't stay little forever."

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