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Venezuela opposition cries foul after court takeover of Congress

CARACAS Venezuelan opposition leaders accused President Nicolas Maduro of being a "dictator" and perpetrating a "coup" on Thursday after the pro-government Supreme Court took over the functions of Congress.

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'El Chapo' prison conditions worst in U.S., prevent proper defense -lawyers

Held without access to sunlight or his relatives, Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is under more restrictive captivity than any other U.S. prisoner and it is difficult to mount a defense, his court appointed lawyers said on Thursday.

Mexico, U.S. 2:46pm EDT

U.S. priority on Syria no longer focused on 'getting Assad out': Haley

NEW YORK The United States is no longer making removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power a focus of its policy in the war-torn country, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on Thursday, in a departure from the Obama administration's initial stance on Assad's fate.

United Nations 3:36pm EDT

Trump grants U.S. military more authority to attack militants in Somalia

WASHINGTON The White House has granted the U.S. military broader authority to carry out strikes in Somalia against al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

3:25pm EDT

Malaysia releases Kim Jong Nam's body in deal ending spat with North Korea

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia put the body of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on a plane to Pyongyang on Thursday, in a deal that secured the release of its citizens there and ended a drawnout diplomatic spat.

South Africa's Zuma meets top ANC officials amid speculation Gordhan to be sacked

JOHANNESBURG South Africa's President Jacob Zuma called a meeting of the ruling African National Congress' (ANC) top six officials late on Thursday, media reported, after ANC ally the South African Communist Party said he planned to sack Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Africa 3:42pm EDT

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