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Philippine rebels agree to indefinite cease-fire

Philippine communist rebels on Friday agreed to an indefinite cease-fire in peace talks with government officials aimed at ending one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies.

SAfrican judge denies appeal for harsher Pistorius sentence

A South African judge on Friday dismissed an appeal by prosecutors for a harsher sentence against Oscar Pistorius who was found guilty of murder for killing his girlfriend in 2013.


Turkey unveils 3rd Istanbul bridge linking Europe with Asia

Turkey opened one of the world's largest bridges Friday designed to allow traffic to cross the Bosphorus Strait between Europe and Asia and ease congestion in Istanbul.


Comfort food: Eat all'amatriciana to help quake victims

Food lovers and chefs in Italy and beyond are urging restaurants to serve up more pasta all'amatriciana in a move to support the quake-hit hometown of the hearty dish.


The Latest: White House notes value of religious freedom

The Latest on the ruling by France's top administrative court on burkini bans (all times local):


Ultra-marathon runner reunited with missing stray dog

An ultra-marathon runner has been reunited with the stray dog that accompanied him through part of a grueling desert race in China and then went missing.


Charges recommended for Brazil ex-president Silva in probe

Brazil's federal police have recommended charges against former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his wife in connection with the sprawling corruption probe at state-run oil giant Petrobras.


The Latest: Death toll rises to 278 in Italian earthquake

The Latest on the earthquake in Italy (all times local):


Shouts, charges of 'stupidity,' at Brazil president's trial

A trial against Brazil's president turned into a yelling match and was temporarily suspended on Friday after the head of Senate declared "stupidity is endless" and sharply criticized a colleague who had questioned the body's moral authority.


Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson survives bike crash

Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson said Friday he thought he was going to die after flying head first off his bicycle in the British Virgin Islands.


AP EXPLAINS: Why burkini swimsuits are causing controversy

France's top court has ruled that banning burkini swimsuits violates people's fundamental rights, setting a legal precedent after a swimsuit crackdown that elicited shock and anger in other countries. The Associated Press explains the core of the controversy:


Colombia's president rushing vote on deal with rebels

Colombia's president is moving quickly to hold a national referendum on a peace deal meant to end a half-century of bloody conflict with leftist rebels, delivering the final text of the deal to congress on Thursday and declaring a definitive cease-fire with the guerrillas.


Athlete sells Rio medal to help 3-year-old with eye cancer

Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski has sold the silver medal he won at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to help pay for the medication of a 3-year-old boy suffering from eye cancer.


AP Explains: The trial to remove Brazil's president

Brazil's Senate on Friday began the second day of deliberations in a trial to decide whether to permanently remove President Dilma Rousseff from office. While the formal accusations against Rousseff are related to her management of the federal budget, the leadership fight involves much more. The Associated Press explains how we got to this point and how the trial is likely to play out.


Turkish PM vows to continue Syria military operations

Kurdish-led forces in Syria said they have come under artillery shelling in northern Aleppo Friday from the Turkish military for the second straight day, as Ankara continued its campaign to push the group back from its border areas.


Zimbabwe police crush anti-government protest in capital

Zimbabwe police used batons, tear gas and water cannons to crush an anti-government protest in the capital Friday, despite a court order that the demonstration should be permitted.


Germany: DNA test could help solve mystery of missing count

The mysterious disappearance of a Swedish count reputed to have had an affair with the wife of George Ludwig of Hannover, later King George I of Great Britain, may soon be solved.


Former Canadian prime minister Harper leaves politics

Former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper has resigned his seat in Parliament.


Officials: Striking miners kill deputy minister in Bolivia

Striking Bolivian miners kidnapped and beat to death the country's deputy interior minister in a shocking spasm of violence following weeks of tension over dwindling paychecks in a region hit hard by falling metal prices. The miners were demanding they be allowed to work for private companies, who promise to put more cash in their pockets.