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Palestinians to snub Pence during visit over Jerusalem move

CAIRO/GAZA - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during Pence's visit to the region this month, in a snub over the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the Palestinian Foreign Minister says. (USA-TRUMP/ISRAEL-GAZA (WRAPUP 4, TV, PIX), moved, by Mohamed Abdellah and Nidal al-Mughrabi, 829 words)

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- USA-TRUMP/ISRAEL-UN (UPDATE 3, PIX, TV), moved

- USA-TRUMP/ISRAEL-SAUDI (INSIGHT, PICTURE), moved

UK's Johnson in Iran talks to lobby for jailed aid worker

DUBAI - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson flies to Tehran to seek the release of a jailed British-Iranian aid worker. (BRITAIN-IRAN/JOHNSON (UPDATE 2), moved, 503 words)

Iraq declares final victory over Islamic State

BAGHDAD - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declares final victory over Islamic State after Iraqi forces drive its last remnants from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq's territory. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-ISLAMICSTATE (UPDATE 4, PIX, TV), by Maher Chmaytelli and Ahmed Aboulenein, moved, 862 words)

U.N. says missiles fired at Saudi Arabia have 'common origin'

UNITED NATIONS - United Nations officials find that missiles fired at Saudi Arabia by Yemen's Houthi rebels appear to have a "common origin," but they are still investigating U.S. and Saudi claims that Iran supplied them, according to a confidential report. (YEMEN-SECURITY/UN, moved, by Michelle Nichols, 546 words)

Russia says it is fully committed to nuclear missile pact

MOSCOW - Russia says it is fully committed to a Cold War-era pact with the United States banning intermediate-range cruise missiles, a day after Washington accused Moscow of violating the treaty. (RUSSIA-USA/NUCLEAR (UPDATE 1), moved, 321 words)

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- USA-NUCLEAR/RUSSIA (UPDATE 3), moved

EUROPE

Thousands mourn rock idol Hallyday at Paris memorial

PARIS - Hundreds of thousands of people pay homage to late French rock and roll giant Johnny Hallyday at a Paris memorial service attended by French stars and politicians. (FRANCE-PEOPLE/HALLYDAY (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV), moved, by Geert De Clercq, 515 words)

Britons can change terms of Brexit to diverge from EU - pro-Brexit minister Gove

LONDON - British voters will be able to change the terms of the country's relationship with the European Union after leaving the bloc if they don't like the final Brexit deal, senior cabinet minister and pro-Brexit lawmaker Michael Gove says (BRITAIN-EU/GOVE, moved, by Alistair Smout, 400 words)

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BRITAIN-EU/ (UPDATE 10, PIX, TV), moved, by Alastair Macdonald and Gabriela Baczynska, 1528 words)

Russia's delayed Nureyev ballet to test Kremlin tolerance

MOSCOW - A Bolshoi Theatre ballet about the life of Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev set to premiere on Saturday contains tender scenes of gay romance, testing the Kremlin's tolerance for what it calls "homosexual propaganda." (RUSSIA-BOLSHOI/NUREYEV, (TV, PIX), moved, by Olga Sichkar, 450 words)

German conservatives reject "United States of Europe" ahead of coalition talks

BERLIN - Senior members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives reject the vision for a "United States of Europe" put forward by the Social Democrats (SPD), with whom they are hoping to form a governing coalition. (GERMANY-POLITICS/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Michelle Martin, 644 words)

ASIA

U.N. envoy told N.Korea urgent need to open channels to cut conflict risk

SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations says its political affairs chief told senior North Korean officials during a visit to Pyongyang this week that there was an "urgent need to prevent miscalculations and open channels to reduce the risks of conflict." (NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/ (UPDATE 3, TV, PIX), by Jane Chung and Michelle Nichols, 490 words)

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- NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/TREMORS, moved

Nobel peace laureate group tells US, N.Korea to negotiate

OSLO - A survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing and the leader of the group that won this year's Nobel Peace Prize urges the United States and North Korea to tone down their rhetoric and negotiate together to avoid a nuclear strike. (NOBEL-PRIZE/PEACE (GRAPHIC, PIX, TV), moved, by Gwladys Fouche, 438 words)

UNITED STATES

Strong winds pose fresh threat in California wildfires

VENTURA - California Governor Jerry Brown will survey the destruction of the state's devastating wildfires, as firefighters rush to contain the blazes before dry desert winds intensify. (USA-WILDFIRES/ (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moved, by Caroline Anderson, 511 words)

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- USA-WILDFIRES/GETTY (PIX), moved

Trump signs temporary spending bill as budget talks intensify

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump signs legislation to fund federal government for two weeks, giving congressional negotiators more time to work out budget priorities through next September and other thorny policy matters. (USA-CONGRESS/SHUTDOWN (UPDATE 2, PIX), moved, by Richard Cowan and Roberta Rampton, 337 words)

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- USA-TRUMP/IMMIGRATION, moved

Trump attends civil rights museum opening; black leaders stay away

JACKSON, Mississippi - U.S. President Donald Trump flies to Mississippi to attend the opening of a civil rights museum, but his visit is marred by the absence of top African-American leaders who stay away in protest of his policies and record on race relations. (USA-TRUMP/MISSISSIPPI (PIX), moved, by Jeff Mason, 476 words)

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