Rebels push forward in southern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the doorstep of President Bashar Assad's seat of power
Pope wades into Mideast turmoil with Turkish visit
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Pope Francis arrived in Turkey on Friday at a sensitive moment for the Muslim nation, as it cares for 1.6 million refugees and weighs how to deal with the Islamic State group as its fighters grab chunks of Syria and Iraq across Turkey's southern border.
Russian doctor rebellion causes headache for Putin
MOSCOW (AP) — Dr. Semyon Galperin spent a decade in medical research in Russia and as much time in the United States, working at top hospitals and research companies. Despite his expertise, Galperin was recently given a stark ultimatum from the Moscow hospital where he works: Leave or stay on as a owly hospital attendant.
Families of kidnapped Lebanese soldiers protest
BEIRUT (AP) — Police used water cannons to break up a protest Friday by relatives of several kidnapped Lebanese soldiers, after the protesters blocked a main highway in the capital.
Hong Kong protest movement's unlikely teen leader
HONG KONG (AP) — At age 14, he stepped into the spotlight to take on — and ultimately help defeat — Hong Kong authorities' plans to launch a "national education" curriculum, calling it a ploy to brainwash the city's youth with unquestioned support for the Chinese Communist Party.
Oil plunge a panacea for crude-reliant Asia
A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. It is also a panacea as pump prices fall, giving individuals more disposable income and lowering costs for many businesses.
Energy revolution spells doom for German village
ATTERWASCH, Germany (AP) — Five days a week, a giant machine eats its way through soil at the Jaenschwalde open-cast mine in eastern Germany, exposing the brown coal buried beneath.
2 officers killed, 107 Islamists arrested in Egypt
CAIRO (AP) — Two senior Egyptian army officers were killed early Friday morning as security forces arrested more than 100 Islamists ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations.
French president to visit Ebola-stricken Guinea
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — French President Francois Hollande is about to arrive in Guinea, becoming the first Western leader to visit a country hit hard by Ebola.
Israel FM supports paying Arabs to leave
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's hard-line foreign minister says he supports paying Arab citizens to leave the country.
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