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Sunken South Korean ferry slowly emerges three years after disaster

SEOUL - A South Korean ferry that sank nearly three years ago, killing 304 people, most of them children on a school trip, slowly emerged from a gray sea on Thursday, a somber reminder of a tragedy that traumatized the country.

France's Macron seen winning presidential vote: poll

PARIS - Centrist Emmanuel Macron is projected to come out on top in the first round of France's presidential election next month ahead of far-right leader Marine Le Pen before going on to win in a runoff, a Harris Interactive poll showed on Thursday.

Five dead, around 40 injured in UK parliament 'terrorist' attack

LONDON - Five people were killed and about 40 injured in London on Wednesday after a car plowed into pedestrians and a suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman close to Britain's parliament.

North Korea missile test fails, U.S. and South say, as tensions simmer

SEOUL - A North Korean missile appeared to have exploded just after it was launched on Wednesday, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said after detecting the latest in a series of weapons tests by the nuclear-armed state that have alarmed the region.

NATO Secretary General says looking for date for minister talks

WASHINGTON - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg agreed with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday to look for a date that would allow all NATO allies to attend a meeting of foreign ministers.

U.N. aviation agency urges balance of security risk, safety in electronics ban

MONTREAL - The United Nation's aviation agency on Wednesday urged regulators to weigh security and safety, after the United States and Britain imposed restrictions on several carry-on electronic devices on planes coming from certain airports in Muslim majority countries.

Japanese principal to testify in parliament as school scandal swirls

TOKYO - The head of a Japanese nationalist school at the heart of a swirling political scandal gives sworn testimony in parliament on Thursday, the latest twist in a crisis that is chipping away at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's popularity.

France's Le Pen calls for end to 'Francafrique' relations, CFA franc currency

N'DJAMENA - French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies.

Philippine president says trusts China won't build on disputed shoal

MANILA - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he trusted China would not build anything on a disputed South China Sea shoal because he was given its "word of honor" and Beijing would not want to jeopardize a new friendship.

U.S.-led coalition airdrops forces in Raqqa province

BEIRUT - The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State has for the first time airdropped local ground forces behind enemy lines near the ISIS-held town of Tabqa in northern Syria, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, opening a new front in the campaign to recapture nearby Raqqa city.

Tillerson pledges safe areas for refugees, more pressure on Islamic State

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States would set up "interim zones of stability" to help refugees return home in the next phase of the fight against Islamic State and al Qaeda in Syria and Iraq.

Northern Ireland braces for uncertain new era after McGuinness

LONDONDERRY, Northern Ireland - As the tricolor-draped coffin of former IRA commander turned peacemaker Martin McGuinness was carried to his Londonderry home this week, people across Northern Ireland's sectarian divide were nervously eyeing a new era of uncertainty.

Erdogan warns Europeans 'will not walk safely' if attitude persists, as row carries on

ANKARA - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Europeans would not be able to walk safely on the streets if they kept up their current attitude toward Turkey, his latest salvo in a row over campaigning by Turkish politicians in Europe.

NATO Secretary General says looking for date for NATO talks

WASHINGTON - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg agreed with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday to look for a date that would allow all NATO allies to attend a ministerial meeting.

'I need to be safe' - Crossing into Canada from the U.S.

HEMMINGFORD, Quebec - A Sudanese man hopped out of his taxi with a duffle bag slung around his shoulder just before daybreak, as he headed for the U.S. - Canadian border.

Four dead, at least 20 injured in UK parliament 'terrorist' attack

LONDON - Four people were killed and at least 20 injured in London on Wednesday after a car plowed into pedestrians and an attacker stabbed a policeman close to the British parliament in what police called a "marauding terrorist attack".

Four dead including police officer and assailant in London attack: police

LONDON - Four people, including the attacker and a police officer, died in Wednesday's terrorism incident at the British parliament, police said.

Tillerson pledges safe areas for refugees, more pressure on Islamic State

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States would set up "interim zones of stability" to help refugees return home in the next phase of the fight against Islamic State and al Qaeda.

Air strike kills more than 30 near Raqqa, Syrian Observatory says

BEIRUT - An air strike that hit a school sheltering displaced people near the Islamic-State held Syrian city of Raqqa killed at least 33 people, a group that monitors the war said on Wednesday.

Eurogroup chairman Dijsselbloem refuses to quit over 'xenophobic' remarks

LISBON - Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem rejected calls for his resignation led by Portugal's prime minister on Wednesday, but said he regretted comments suggesting southern European countries had squandered their money on "booze and women."

Two dead, others injured in UK parliament 'terrorist incident'

LONDON - An assailant stabbed a policeman and was shot by police just outside Britain's parliament building in London on Wednesday in what police described as a "terrorist incident".

Iranian navy endangering international navigation in Gulf: U.S. commanders

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH - U.S. Navy commanders accused Iran of jeopardizing international navigation by "harassing" warships passing through the Strait of Hormuz and said future incidents could result in miscalculation and lead to an armed clash.

Syrian rebels press major assault near Hama

BEIRUT - Syrian rebels advanced to within a few kilometers of the government-held city of Hama on Wednesday in a major assault in the western region of Syria critically important to President Bashar al-Assad, a war monitor reported.

Islamic State shells recaptured areas in west Mosul

MOSUL - Islamic State militants shelled areas recaptured by Iraqi forces in western Mosul, hitting civilians fleeing the fighting early on Wednesday as troops edged their way through the narrow, dangerous streets of the Old City.

France's Fillon says government is behind media leaks against him

PARIS - Right-wing presidential candidate Francois Fillon, hit by new damaging disclosures, accused the Socialist government on Wednesday of organizing a campaign of media leaks about his financial affairs to neutralize him as a force in the election.

U.S.-led coalition air-drops forces in Raqqa province

BEIRUT - The U.S.-led coalition have air-dropped ground forces near the Islamic State-held town of Tabqa in northern Syria, opening a new front in the campaign to capture the jihadist group's nearby stronghold of Raqqa city.

Eurogroup head expresses regret over remarks, won't step down

BRUSSELS - Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem expressed regret on Wednesday for a German newspaper interview but said he would not step down after Portuguese prime minister called for his resignation over what he called "xenophobic" remarks.

Air strike kills more than 30 near Raqqa, Syrian Observatory says

BEIRUT - At least 33 people were killed in an air strike that hit a school sheltering displaced people near the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa, a group that monitors the war in Syria said on Wednesday.

Mexico warns firms not in their interest to build border wall

MEXICO CITY - Mexico's government on Tuesday warned Mexican companies that it would not be in their best "interests" to participate in the construction of U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall, though there will be no legal restrictions or sanctions to stop them if they tried.

Erdogan warns Europeans 'will not walk safely' if current attitude persists

ANKARA - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Europeans across the world would not be able to walk safely on the streets if they kept up their current attitude.

China denies reports of building on disputed shoal

BEIJING - China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday denied reports that China will begin preparatory work this year for an environmental monitoring station on disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.

Red Cross warns on mass hunger in Yemen, Somalia

GENEVA - There is a window of only three to four months to avert mass starvation in Yemen and Somalia, plagued by conflict and drought, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday in an appeal for funding.

Fillon camp decries 'soap opera' of sleaze reports a month from French election

PARIS - Francois Fillon's campaign chief on Wednesday denounced what he called a daily "soap opera" of media leaks designed to hurt the conservative French candidate's prospects of becoming president.

Myanmar praises China for suspending rebels' bank account

YANGON - Myanmar's government praised China on Wednesday for suspending a Chinese bank account used by ethnic rebels fighting Myanmar troops, in a move to prevent potential damage to diplomatic ties.

North Korea missile test fails, U.S. and South say, as tensions simmer

SEOUL - A North Korean missile appeared to have exploded on Wednesday just after it was launched, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said after detecting the latest in a series of weapons tests by the nuclear-armed state that have alarmed the region.

North Korean missile launch fails: U.S. military says

SEOUL - A North Korean missile launch failed on Wednesday, with the rocket exploding within seconds, the U.S. military said, the latest in a series of North Korean weapons tests to rattle its neighbors and raise tension in the region.

Trump administration hosting first meeting of anti-ISIS coalition

WASHINGTON - Foreign ministers from 68 countries meet in Washington on Wednesday to agree on the next steps to defeat Islamic State, the first such gathering of the U.S-led military coalition since the election of President Donald Trump in November.

Japanese navy boosts overseas force projection capability with second big helicopter carrier

YOKOHAMA - Japan's second big helicopter carrier, the Kaga, entered service on Wednesday, giving the nation's military greater ability to deploy beyond its shores as it pushes back against China's growing influence in Asia.

North Korea may have launched more missiles: Kyodo

TOKYO - North Korea may have launched several missiles on Wednesday morning, Kyodo News reported, citing a Japanese government source.

Exclusive: North Korea has no fear of U.S. sanctions move, will pursue nuclear arms - envoy

GENEVA - North Korea has nothing to fear from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue "acceleration" of its nuclear and missile programs, a North Korean envoy told Reuters on Tuesday.

Exclusive: Tillerson urges Senate ratification of Montenegro's NATO membership

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has written to the leaders of the U.S. Senate urging the ratification of Montenegro as the newest member of the NATO alliance, saying it is "strongly in the interests of the United States."

South Korea's Park goes home after 14-hour interrogation in graft probe

SEOUL - Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye left prosecutors' offices early on Wednesday after being questioned in an investigation into a corruption scandal that ended her presidency this month.

U.S. reverses course and offers new dates for NATO talks

WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson proposed new dates on Tuesday for a NATO meeting, the State Department said, after he initially decided to skip the talks and rebuffed the alliance's efforts to reschedule them.

Syrian rebels launch second Damascus attack in three days

AMMAN/BEIRUT - Syrian rebels stormed a government-held area in northeastern Damascus on Tuesday for the second time in three days, sources on both sides of the fighting said, in the opposition's first such large scale foray in over four years in the capital.

Former foes salute Martin McGuinness, IRA man turned peacemaker

BELFAST/LONDONDERRY, Northern Ireland - Martin McGuinness, the Irish Republican Army commander who laid down his arms to become a major architect of peace in Northern Ireland, died on Tuesday aged 66, drawing tributes from allies and former enemies alike.

Macron increases first round lead on Le Pen ahead of French election: Elabe poll

PARIS - French centrist Emmanuel Macron has slightly increased his lead on far right leader Marine Le Pen in the first round of the French presidential election, an Elabe poll of voting intentions showed on Tuesday.

Greece's lenders among targets of intercepted booby-trapped parcels: police

ATHENS - The European Central Bank and two senior euro zone officials were among the intended targets of booby-trapped packages intercepted by Greek authorities on Monday, security sources said on Tuesday.

Syrian rebels launch attack near Hama

BEIRUT - Syrian rebels including a powerful alliance of jihadist groups said they launched a new offensive near the city of Hama in the central part of western Syria on Tuesday.

Syrian jihadist group says it launches attack near Hama

BEIRUT - Tahrir al-Sham, an alliance of Syrian jihadist rebel groups, said on Tuesday it was launching a new offensive near the city of Hama in the central part of western Syria.

Iran's Khamenei warns he will confront any interference in May election

BEIRUT - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Tuesday he would confront anyone trying to interfere in Iran's May presidential election, in which conservative hardliners will seek to defeat moderate President Hassan Rouhani.