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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department confirms that, as a U.S. senator, Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke twice with Russia's U.S. ambassador during the presidential campaign. The department says Sessions did not mislead his confirmation hearing by saying he hadn't communicated with the Russians. In a statement, Sessions says that he "never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign."

BRUSSELS (AP) — Nations are pledging tens of millions of dollars at an international family planning conference. They're trying to make up for the gap left by President Donald Trump's ban on U.S. funding to groups linked to abortion. Some 50 governments are attending the conference in Brussels, which was organized at short notice after Trump's decision.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region today killed two militants, according to three intelligence officials. The officials say the latest strike took place in the Kurram tribal region bordering Afghanistan, and the identity, and the nationalities of the slain men were not immediately known.

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The United Nations says the fight for Mosul in Iraq is causing higher numbers of displaced people than previously seen in the 4½-month-long operation. The U.N. says in a statement that more than 28,000 people have been forced from their homes since the operation began more than a week ago. The push to retake western Mosul began last month.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A North Korean envoy is disputing the idea that a nerve agent killed the estranged half-brother of Kim Jong Un. The former North Korean deputy ambassador to the U.N. told reporters it's likely Kim Jong Nam died of a heart attack. Malaysian authorities say two women smeared something on Kim's face as he waited for a flight in Kuala Lumpur. He died shortly afterward.

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