This undated image posted to Richard Russell's YouTube channel shows Russell, an airline ground agent. Investigators are piecing together how Russell stole an empty commercial airplane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle, and crashed i

Friendly tone belied desperate acts of Seattle plane thief

He cracked jokes, complimented the professional demeanor of an air traffic controller and apologized for making a fuss.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Now with power to long rule China, Xi beset by challenges

As China's leaders gather for their annual Yellow Sea retreat, the country's political waters are looking choppy.

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Thousands attend Arab-led rally against Israeli bill

Members of Israel's Arab minority led a mass protest in central Tel Aviv on Saturday night against a contentious new law that critics say marginalizes the state's non-Jewish citizens.

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Pope Francis delivers his speech as he leads an evening prayer vigil with youths, at Rome's Circus Maximus.

Pope to youth: Dream, don't let fear make you pessimistic

Pope Francis has told Italian Catholic youths in Rome to pursue their dreams despite job market worries.

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Palestinians inspect the damaged building of Said al-Mis'hal cultural center after it was hit bombed by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City.

Violence erupts amid Gaza cease-fire, 2 Palestinians killed

Violence erupted at the Gaza border Friday after the territory's militant Islamic Hamas rulers and Israel appeared to be honoring a cease-fire that ended two days of intense violence amid efforts by neighboring Egypt to negotiate between the two sides.

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speaks during a meeting in Kamchatka Peninsula region, Russian Far East, Russia.

Russian PM strongly warns US against ramping up sanctions

Russia's prime minister sternly warned the United States against ramping up sanctions, saying Friday that Moscow would retaliate with economic, political and unspecified "other" means.

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Doves fly around Peace Memorial Statue during a ceremony at Peace Park in Nagasaki, southern Japan.

Nagasaki marks 73 years since A-bombing as UN chief attends

Nagasaki marked the anniversary of the world's second atomic bombing Thursday with the United Nations chief and the city's mayor urging global leaders to take concrete steps toward nuclear disarmament.

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A woung girl and her mother who were injured in Sunday's earthquake rest on a bed at a makeshift hospital in Kayangan, North Lombok, Indonesia.

4 days after Indonesia quake, injured struggling for help

Falling rubble instantly paralyzed Mary Andoni from the waist down when Indonesia was shaken by one of its deadliest earthquakes in years.

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Fadwa Tlaib, an aunt of Rashida Tlaib points to a young Rashida in a 1987 picture with her mother Fatima and brother Nader, at the family house, in the West Bank village of Beit Ur al-Foqa. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Palestinian-American candidate is source of West Bank pride

The Michigan primary victory of Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American who is expected to become the first Muslim woman to serve in the U.S. Congress, triggered an outpouring of joy in her ancestral village on Wednesday.

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This courtroom sketch depicts Rick Gates on the witness stand as he is cross examined by defense lawyer Kevin Downing during the trial of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on bank fraud and tax evasion at federal court in Alexandria, Va.

Gates, star witness against Manafort, concludes testimony

Paul Manafort's protégé wrapped up his testimony Wednesday after implicating the former Trump campaign chairman and himself in financial crimes while also enduring stinging attacks on his character and credibility.

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80-year old Margaret Achieng places a rosary on her daughters name Doreen Aluoch at plague with the names of victims of the August 7, 1998 US embassy bombing at the Kenya's capital Nairobi during the 20th commemoration at the memorial park, Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya, Tanzania mark 20 years since US embassy bombings

Kenyans and Tanzanians on Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of the al-Qaida bombings of the U.S. embassies in their countries that killed more than 250 people, with hundreds of local survivors calling on the U.S. government for compensation.

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FILE - This July 25, 2018, file photo shows Donald Trump's vandalized star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. The West Hollywood City Council has unanimously approved a resolution seeking to remove President Donald Trump's star from the Hollywo

Remove Trump star from Hollywood Walk of Fame

The West Hollywood City Council has unanimously approved a resolution seeking the removal of Donald Trump's star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame for the president's "disturbing treatment of women and other actions."

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In this frame grab taken from a video released by the Italian police, the moment a truck that was transporting flammable substances explodes after colliding with another truck on a highway in the outskirts of Bologna, Italy.

Gas truck explodes on Italian highway; 2 dead, scores hurt

A tanker truck carrying a highly flammable gas exploded Monday after rear-ending a stopped truck on a crowded highway near the northern Italian city of Bologna.

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A woman burns a stick of incense at the cenotaph dedicated to the victims of atomic bombing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan.

Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing in WWII

Hiroshima marked the anniversary of the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing with a somber ceremony Monday to remember the people killed and injured and a call to eliminate nuclear weapons amid hopes of denuclearizing North Korea.

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Iran Air's new commercial aircrafts are parked at Mehrabad airport in Tehran, Iran.

Iran receives more airplanes ahead of renewed US sanctions

Iran acquired five new commercial aircraft on Sunday, a day before the U.S. begins restoring sanctions that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear accord with world powers.

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Police at the scene of debris on top of a motorcycle after an earthquake in Bali, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. A strong earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, killing at least three people and shaking neighboring Bali, on

Powerful quake rocks Indonesia's Lombok island, 39 dead

A powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, killing at least 39 people and shaking neighboring Bali, one week after another quake on Lombok killed more than a dozen.

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Drones armed with explosives detonated near Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as he gave a speech to hundreds of soldiers in Caracas on Saturday but the socialist leader was unharmed, according to the government. (Xinhua via AP)

Venezuela's Maduro: Drone attack was attempt to kill him

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro dodged an apparent assassination attempt when drones armed with explosives detonated while he was delivering a speech to hundreds of soldiers being broadcast live on television, officials said.

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President Donald Trump, right, greets Senate candidate Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., during a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. More than 2,600 candidates are running in the midterm elections. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

GOP grumbles as Donald Trump reshapes midterm campaigns

President Donald Trump's strategy of becoming aggressively involved in the midterm elections is prompting concern among some Republicans who worry he's complicating the political calculus for GOP candidates trying to outrun his popularity.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives to attend the wedding of Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks at St Mary the Virgin Church in Frensham, England, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)

Royal couple at friend's wedding on Meghan's 37th birthday

Weeks after tying the knot themselves, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were at another wedding Saturday — this time as guests. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the wedding of the prince's long-time friend Charlie van Straubenzee to videographer Daisy Jenks.

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Zimbabwean President elect Emmerson Mnangagwa prepares to address a press conference in Harare.

Zimbabwean president talks unity; challenger alleges fraud

The two news conferences embodied Zimbabwe's bitter political divisions: Riot police unsuccessfully tried to scuttle an appearance in a hotel garden by the opposition leader who said the country's election was a fraud, while the president spoke about a "flowering" of freedom and bipartisan unity from a red carpet in an elegant State House building.

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European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, left, and New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters address a press conference after their meeting at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.

EU says encouraging trade with Iran is crucial to nuke deal

The European Union's foreign policy chief encouraged companies to do more business with Iran despite new U.S. sanctions, saying Tehran had upheld its commitments under the deal to limit its nuclear program.

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An investigator surveys the wreckage of a twin-engine aircraft that crashed Sunday near the South Coast Plaza shopping center Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, in Santa Ana, Calif. Five people were killed aboard the plane that crashed and there were no survivors. No

5 killed after plane nosedived into California parking lot

On a breezy morning, Floria Hakimi smiled as her photo was snapped on the steps leading up to a small plane that would usher her to a workshop for real estate agents in Southern California.

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