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  • The Latest: Syria state media says Israel behind attack

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  • UNICEF urges Malaysia to ban corporal punishment in schools

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The U.N. children's agency on Thursday urged Malaysia to ban corporal punishment in schools, following the death of an 11-year-old boy who was allegedly abused at a religious school.
  • Australian firefighters contend with pet crocodile

    DARWIN, Australia - Firefighters who fought a blaze at a house in the tropical Australian city of Darwin on Thursday contended with the added distraction of being watched by a 4-meter (13-foot) pet crocodile.
  • 2 police wounded in shooting on French island of Reunion

    PARIS - A man suspected of links to radical Islam shot two police officers on the French island of Reunion as they tried to arrest him Thursday, officials said. The incident is under investigation by national counterterrorism prosecutors.
  • UN says slight drop in war deaths, but more women among them

    KABUL - The United Nation reports a slight drop in the number of civilians dying in Afghanistan's protracted 16-year war during the first three months of this year, but in a surprising twist more women and children are among the dead and wounded than in previous casualty reports.
  • The Latest: Le Pen goes fishing for votes - literally

    PARIS - The Latest on France's presidential election (all times local):
  • Abbas to stop funding electricity in Hamas-run Gaza: Israel

    JERUSALEM - Israel says it was told by the Palestinian self-rule government in the West Bank that it will stop paying for electricity Israel sells to the Gaza Strip.
  • Merkel wants dialogue before Brexit negotiations

    BERLIN - Britain must answer questions about its plans to exit the European Union before negotiations on the split can begin, and can't be under any illusions that it will retain the same rights and privileges as a member of the bloc, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday.
  • Ex-Congresswoman accused of living large on charity funds

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Testimony is to continue in the fraud trial of Corrine Brown after prosecutors told jurors the former congresswoman from Florida financed a lavish lifestyle of Beverly Hills shopping trips and fancy parties on donations to a charity ostensibly set up to help poor kids with scholarships.
  • Thai prosecutors to seek arrest warrant for Red Bull heir

    BANGKOK - Thai prosecutors will ask police to issue an arrest warrant for an heir to the Red Bull fortune if he does not show up to face charges over an alleged hit-and-run that killed a police officer almost five years ago, officials said Thursday.

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