US, Britain halt nonlethal aid in northern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. and Britain said Wednesday they were suspending deliveries to rebels in northern Syria of nonlethal aid such as communications equipment and laptops after some of the gear was seized by Islamic militants.
Mexico's lower house quickly takes up energy bill
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's lower house of Congress began a raucous, marathon debate expected to last through the night and well into Thursday on historic legislation that would open the state-run oil industry to private investment.
AP PHOTOS: Argentine slum honors 'Blue Virgin'
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Thousands of Paraguayan immigrants living along the polluted Riochuelo river in Argentina's capital celebrate their "Blue Virgin" every year with a grueling but joyful 10-hour procession that winds through every corner of their slum. Last year, their feast day's Mass was led by none other than Buenos Aires Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has since become their...
Black and white, thousands bid farewell to Mandela
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Black and white, old and young, South Africans by the thousands paid final tribute Wednesday to their beloved Nelson Mandela. In silence or murmuring, they filed past the coffin. Some glanced back, as if clinging to the sight, a moment in history.
News outlets urge Syria rebels to halt abductions
BEIRUT (AP) — Major international news organizations sent a letter to the leadership of the armed opposition in Syria Wednesday, calling for urgent action against rebel groups increasingly targeting journalists for kidnappings.
Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year
NEW YORK (AP) — Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.
Bangladesh approves execution of opposition leader
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday for the execution of an opposition leader convicted of war crimes when it rejected a last-minute appeal filed by his lawyers.
India's Supreme Court upholds anti-gay sex law
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Supreme Court struck down a 2009 lower court decision to decriminalize homosexual conduct, dealing a blow Wednesday to gay activists who have fought for years for the chance to live openly in India's deeply conservative society.
Ukrainian leader offers talks, protesters say no
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Opposition leaders in Ukraine rejected President Viktor Yanukovych's offer of talks Wednesday, saying they will not sit down with him until he fires his government and releases all arrested demonstrators.
Ukraine's president is a political survivor
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has a history of being humiliated, most memorably in the 2004 Orange Revolution that deprived him of the presidency.
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