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U.N. acts against killer robots:

UNITED NATIONS -- Killer robots that attack targets without human input "should not have the power of life and death over human beings," a draft U.N. report says. The online posting this week deals with legal and philosophical issues involved in giving robots lethal powers over humans, echoing science-fiction novels and films.

133,000 Somali children died:

NAIROBI, Kenya -- The first in-depth study of famine deaths in Somalia in 2011 was released Thursday, and it estimates 133,000 children under age 5 died, with child death rates approaching 20 percent in some communities. The study put the total number of famine deaths at nearly 260,000.

N. Korea sentences U.S. man:

SEOUL, South Korea -- Kenneth Bae, 44, a Washington state man, detained for six months in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for "hostile acts" against the state, the North's media said Thursday -- a move that could trigger a visit by a high-profile American if history is any guide.

Venezuelan lawmakers fight:

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's opposition on Thursday asked prosecutors to investigate a fight on the floor of Congress that injured several lawmakers and forced at least one of them to undergo surgery. Congressman Julio Borges suffered head injuries when ruling party member Michelle Reyes repeatedly struck him in the face.

Syrian sides hunt reporters?

LONDON -- Amnesty International said today Syria's government and elements of its rebel movement are deliberately targeting journalists, releasing a report that had blame for both sides in the country's civil war. The rights group acknowledged the journalists' deaths -- between 44 and 100 -- are "a minuscule fraction" of a death toll, which has climbed past 70,000.

Benedict returns to Vatican:

VATICAN CITY -- Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI came home to the Vatican Thursday for the first time since he resigned Feb. 28. Pope Francis welcomed Benedict, 86, outside his new retirement home, and the two went into the adjoining chapel to pray together, the Vatican said.

Navy's first drone squadron:

CORONADO, Calif. …

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