Syrian rebels launch Aleppo offensive to break siege
BEIRUT (AP) -- Fierce fighting broke out around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo Friday as rebels announced a large-scale offensive to break the government's nearly two-month siege of opposition-held areas....
The Latest: Russia FM hosts talks with Syria, Iran
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):...
Countries OK world's largest marine reserve in Antarctica
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica's waters reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent....
Q&A: Fish and politics behind Antarctic marine reserve deal
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Nations from around the world on Friday reached an historic agreement to preserve an area of ocean near Antarctica that's about twice the size of Texas. Here are some questions and answers about the deal:...
At Afghanistan's brick kilns, debt can last generations
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Every day that Dil Agha works at his backbreaking job at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Afghanistan's capital Kabul, from before sunrise to well after sunset, he digs himself deeper into debt. He knows he will never be able to pay back what he owes to the kiln owner who lent him a few thousand dollars for a family emergency, and that when he dies, his children will inherit the burden that will ensure his family remains enslaved for generations....
Saudi Arabia says Yemen rebels fire missile toward Mecca
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Shiite rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile toward the holy Muslim city of Mecca overnight, Saudi Arabia said Friday, the insurgents' deepest strike yet into the kingdom amid the country's stalemate civil war....
A year on, Brazil valley waits for recovery from mine flood
BENTO RODRIGUES, Brazil (AP) -- Spreading below lush mountains, this valley is rich in mineral wealth, including veins of gold and one of the largest iron ore deposits in the planet, discoveries that turned the area into Brazil's mining country and the birthplace of one of the world's top producers of minerals....
National Geographic's famed 'girl' denies getting fake ID
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani prosecutor says National Geographic's famed green-eyed 'Afghan Girl' has made her first appearance before a court, insisting she did not fraudulently obtain Pakistani nationality....
Filipino mayor among 10 dead in clash with anti-drug police
MAKILALA, Philippines (AP) -- Two months ago, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte publicly read out the names of a town mayor and more than 150 other officials he accused of involvement in drug trafficking. On Friday, the mayor and nine of his men were killed in a clash with police, in the deadliest operation in Duterte's anti-drug crackdown....
Philippine leader Duterte says God told him to stop cursing
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The foul-mouthed Philippine president, who once called the pope a "son of a bitch" and told Barack Obama to "go to hell," says he has promised to God he won't spew expletives again....
Pa. House Bill 1947 which would have expanded statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse victims failed to come to a final vote as the Senate and House were unable to reach a compromise in Harrisburg. The bill had significant opposition from both the Catholic Conference and the Insurance Federation who argued the legislation would allow victims from decades ago to come forward and file civil suits potentially bankrupting institutions like Diocese of Johnstown-Altoona found guilty by a grand jury abusing hundreds of students over 40 years ago.
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