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NEW YORK (AP) — North Korea's foreign minister says his country is ready to halt its nuclear tests if the United States suspends its annual military exercises with the South. He also says Pyongyang has the right to maintain a nuclear deterrent. Meanwhile, the North says it has successfully test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine and strengthened its nuclear attack capabilities.

HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Many people in Germany are suspicious of a planned U.S.-Europe free trade agreement. They worry it would erode consumer protection and environmental standards. And thousands of them turned out in Hannover on Saturday to protest the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, a day before President Barack Obama arrives to promote it.

UNDATED (AP) — A solar-powered airplane on an around-the-world journey to promote renewable energy is flying above the San Francisco area until winds die down so it can land safely in Mountain View. Pilot Bertrand Piccard and the Solar Impulse 2 took off from Hawaii on Thursday morning. He spent 56 hours over the Pacific Ocean before arriving today in Northern California.

PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — Investigators are continuing to look for the person or persons who targeted eight family members who were fatally shot in the head in rural southern Ohio. A spokeswoman for the state's attorney general says work at each of the four different crime scenes near Piketon has been completed. The bodies of seven adults and a teenage boy were found on Friday.

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's government says the death toll from last week's devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake has risen to 654 with another 58 people missing. The website of the secretariat for risk management says 113 people have been rescued alive following the Saturday night quake that flattened coastal towns. It says more than 25,000 people remain in shelters.

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