Kim Jong Un attends a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang, North Korea.(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

North Korea says it has suspended nuclear, missile testing

North Korea said Saturday it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site. The announcement came ahead of a new round of nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington, but there was no clear indication in the North's announcement if it would be willing to deal away its arsenal.

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Palestinian protesters break rocks to through at Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Friday, April 20, 2018.

Israeli fire in new Gaza border protest kills 4 Palestinians

Israeli soldiers firing Friday from across a border fence killed four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, and wounded more than 150 others, health officials said, as several thousand people in blockaded Gaza staged a fourth round of weekly protests on the border with Israel.

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Russian soldiers and Syrian government forces gathering next to a bus during the evacuation of rebel fighters from the Army of Islam and their families from the town of Dumayr. (SANA via AP)

Syrian rebels give up Damascus area town to government

The Syrian government took control of a town northeast of Damascus on Thursday after rebels evacuated to north Syria — the latest in a string of handovers by rebels to the government. Residents in the town of Dumayr welcomed security forces into their town in a triumphant show for the cameras of the state-affiliated al-Ikhbariya TV station.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May, left, attend the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday April 19, 2018. (Yui Mok/Pool via AP)

Queen tips Prince Charles to follow her as Commonwealth head

Queen Elizabeth II opened a summit of the 53-nation Commonwealth on Thursday, and backed her son Prince Charles to be the next leader of the association of Britain and its former colonies.

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May greets the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street, ahead of talks in London.

Queen to welcome Commonwealth leaders as group seeks mission

The flags of more than 50 nations are flying outside Buckingham Palace as Queen Elizabeth II prepares to welcome leaders from the Commonwealth, an international club with an eclectic membership, an identity problem and an uncertain future.

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This undated microscope image provided by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in January 2018 shows a trophectoderm biopsy, in which cells from the outer layer of an embryo that develop into the placenta and amniotic membranes are removed and c

Parenting of the future: Many embryos, each with DNA profile

So you want to have a baby. Would you like a dark-haired girl with a high risk of someday getting colon cancer, but a good chance of above-average music ability?

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A South Korean army soldier passes by a TV screen showing file footage of CIA Director Mike Pompeo, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul.

Trump says 'good relationship' formed with North Korea

President Donald Trump on Wednesday confirmed that his CIA chief secretly met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea and said "a good relationship was formed" heading into the adversaries' anticipated summit.

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo testifies on his nomination to be the next secretary of state on Capitol Hill in Washington.

US officials say Pompeo has met with NKorea's Kim

CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong Un, two officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, left, chats with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, right, as Barbara Bush looks on before Bush was awarded the honorary citizenship of Berlin.. (AP Photo/Herbert Knosowski, File)

Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92.

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Marijuana plants are displayed at a dispensary in Berkeley, Calif.

Marijuana-based drug gets positive review from US agency

A closely watched medicine made from the marijuana plant reduces seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the United States, health officials said Tuesday.

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President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands during a meeting at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club.

Trump welcomes Abe, gives 'blessing' to Korean peace talks

President Donald Trump on Tuesday gave his blessing for North and South Korea to discuss ending their decadeslong war and said that without his help, the two countries "wouldn't be discussing anything."

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Stormy Daniels arrives at federal court in New York.

Trump lawyer forced to reveal another client: Sean Hannity

A legal fight over what should happen to records the FBI seized from President Donald Trump's personal attorney took a surprise twist Monday when the lawyer, Michael Cohen, was forced to reveal in court that he had also secretly done legal work for Fox News host Sean Hannity.

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A man rides past destruction in the town of Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack, near Damascus, Syria, Monday, April 16, 2018. (SANA via AP)

Chemical weapons team in Syria kept from alleged attack site

Syrian and Russian authorities prevented independent investigators from going to the scene of a suspected chemical attack, the head of the chemical watchdog group said Monday, blocking international efforts to establish what happened and who was to blame.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, shakes hands with Song Tao, head of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee's international department in North Korea.

Kim Jong Un meets high-ranking Chinese diplomat in Pyongyang

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has met with a high-ranking Chinese diplomat in Pyongyang, amid a flurry of diplomacy following Kim's recent surprise visit to Beijing.

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Syrian President Bashar Assad, center right, meets with Russian politicians, in Damascus, Syria.

Syria's allies say airstrikes undercut political resolution

The leaders of Russia, Iran and the Hezbollah group in Lebanon said Sunday that Western airstrikes on their ally, Syria, have complicated prospects for a political settlement to the country's seven-year conflict.

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Firefighrers extinguish smoke that rises from the damage of the Syrian Scientific Research Center which was attacked by U.S., British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad for suspected chemical attack against civilians, in Barzeh.

US to hit Russia with new sanctions over Syria

President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his use of the phrase "Mission Accomplished" to describe a U.S.-led missile attack on Syria's chemical weapons program, even as his aides stressed continuing U.S. troop involvement and plans for new economic sanctions against Russia for enabling the government of Bashar Assad.

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The casket carrying the remains of struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela arrives at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

'Winnie!' South Africa bids farewell to Madikizela-Mandela

Tens of thousands of people sang, cheered and cried as the flag-draped casket of anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was escorted from her official funeral on Saturday, after supporters defended her complex legacy with poetry and anger.

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Syrian police units entering the town of Douma, site of a suspected chemical weapons attack and the last rebel town in the eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, Syria.

Certain of gas attack, allies struck Syria before UN report

The United States, Britain and France opted to strike Syria for its apparent use of chemical weapons without waiting for a report from U.N. inspectors because they were convinced that the Assad government had used chlorine and sarin nerve gas against a rebel-held Damascus suburb, American officials said Saturday.

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health worker vaccinates a baby against yellow fever at a field hospital in Casimiro de Abreu, Brazil. Brazil’s Health Ministry said Thursday, April 12, 2018, that its yellow fever vaccination campaign is significantly short of its goal and that 10 millio

Brazil yellow fever vaccination campaign far short of goal

Brazil's yellow fever vaccination efforts have fallen significantly short of their goal, the Health Ministry acknowledged this week, and an official said Friday that more than 16 million people in the targeted population still need to be immunized.

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Pope John Paul II gives his blessing to Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, during a special audience at the Vatican. The Legion of Christ religious order said Friday it will try to respond to requests for compensation from former semi

Legion vows to respond to victims' request for compensation

The Legion of Christ religious order said Friday it will try to respond to requests for compensation from former seminarians who were sexually abused by its founder and then discredited for having publicly denounced him.

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Region

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, left, brief the media after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Merkel tells New Zealanders "you can be proud of your PM"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has kind words for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, with a little bit of prompting. Asked Tuesday by Television New Zealand whether she had any advice on coalition governments for Ardern and to assess their first meeting, the four-term chancellor launched into a typically academic answer about the two coalition systems.

U.S.

Former President George H. W. Bush greets the mourners with his daughter Dorothy

President George HW Bush greets mourners honoring his wife

Former President George H.W. Bush surprisingly greeted some of the hundreds of mourners filing through a large Houston church on Friday as they paid final respects to his wife of 73 years, former first lady Barbara Bush.

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