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UK team unlocking secrets of North Korea volcano

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- More than a thousand years ago, a huge volcano straddling the border between North Korea and China was the site of one of the biggest eruptions in human history, blanketing eastern Asia in its ash. But unlike other major volcanos around the world, the remote and politically sensitive Mount Paektu remains almost a complete mystery to foreign scientists who have - until recently - been unable to conduct on-site studies....

News Guide: Thailand's surrogacy scandals and laws

BANGKOK (AP) -- A string of recent scandals has lifted a lid on Thailand's largely unregulated commercial surrogacy industry, which has been around for over a decade. Here's a look at the controversies, some of the ethical dilemmas they have raised and the Thai military government's new draft law that is expected to outlaw the business of surrogacy....

A look at dangers posed by the Islamic State group

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The Islamic State militant group that has taken over large parts of Syria and Iraq and declared a self-styled caliphate poses one of the most significant threats to stability in the Middle East in years. But what danger does it immediately pose?...

China's tight security clashes with unity drive

KUQA, China (AP) -- In this ancient oasis town in China's restive west, assault rifle-toting police officers patrol the cobblestone lanes of ochre-brick houses in an ethnic Uighur neighborhood. Three police surveillance cameras atop a white pole watch over a narrow dirt road frequented mostly by cows. Wanted posters for suspected Uighur assailants are stuck on walls every few hundred feet....

AP Analysis: Putin digs in for long Ukraine fight

MOSCOW (AP) -- Riding a wave of military gains by Russia-backed rebels, President Vladimir Putin has made it exceedingly clear that he wants a peace deal for Ukraine on his terms and will not be stopped by economic costs....

Political skills above language for EU's Tusk

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Donald Tusk's English is shaky, his French nonexistent, and his nation - Poland - has only sat at the EU table since 2004....

Ukraine economy at risk, may need another bailout

BRUSSELS (AP) -- While Ukraine's leaders are trying to win the war against Russian-backed separatists in the east, they appear to be losing the battle to resurrect the country's battered economy....

Germany opens memorial to Nazis' disabled victims

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany has inaugurated a memorial to more than 200,000 people with physical and mental disabilities who were killed by the Nazis after their lives were deemed "worthless."...

Austrian police arrest suspected Mideast fighter

VIENNA (AP) -- Austrian police say they have detained a man suspected of having fought with Islamic extremists in Syria as he was planning to leave the country....

North Korea athletes on mission for political gold

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- It's a hot, sunny morning at the newly refurbished Sosan Football Stadium in Pyongyang. Two women's soccer teams head to the sidelines of the artificial turf, leaving only a row of archers to continue their practice before several senior sports ministry officials. So sure are they of their aim - or, perhaps, so impromptu is the decision to have them shoot here - that there are no barriers behind the targets, posted on simple squares of straw....

Surrogate offers clues into man with 16 babies

BANGKOK (AP) -- When the young Thai woman saw an online ad seeking surrogate mothers, it seemed like a life-altering deal: $10,000 to help a foreign couple that wanted a child but couldn't conceive....

US strike targets leader of Somali extremist group

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- U.S. airstrikes in Somalia may have killed the leader of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, with a militant commander saying Tuesday that he was in a car that was struck and that six people died....

Pentagon: Al-Shabab leader was target of airstrike

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon says the leader of the Somalia-based al-Shabab (ahl-shah-BAHB') extremist group was the target of U.S. military airstrikes that struck an encampment and a vehicle Monday night....

Surrogate offers clues into man with 16 babies

BANGKOK (AP) -- When the young Thai woman saw an online ad seeking surrogate mothers, it seemed like a life-altering deal: $10,000 to help a foreign couple that wanted a child but couldn't conceive....

Gunmen in Tunisia attempt to kill politician

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- A secular Tunisian parliamentarian narrowly escaped assassination by six masked gunmen who surrounded his home early Tuesday in a city near the Algerian border, the Interior Ministry said....

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