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WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokeswoman says it's preliminary and incomplete but analysts at the Homeland Security Department have found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat. The draft document was obtained by The Associated Press.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Parts of the Republican plan for health care appear to be taking shape. A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners. There would be a new tax on expensive health coverage some employees get at work.

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is taking issue with President Donald Trump over the Mideast peace process. In her weekly video message, Merkel is stressing the need to work for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Trump has signaled that he could accept a different outcome.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — An Indonesian official says one of the female suspects in the killing of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un's half-brother thought she was getting paid $90 to play a role in a prank. The revelation that VX nerve agent killed Kim has boosted speculation that North Korea had dispatched a hit squad.

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A branch director of Syria's feared Military Intelligence services is among the dead in a pair of attacks today on two security locations in the central Syrian city of Homs. In all, at least 30 people were killed when at least six assailants attacked.

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