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Syrian rebels make last stand for Homs

BEIRUT (AP) -- Weakened Syrian rebels are making their last desperate stand in Homs, as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad launch their harshest assault yet to expel them from the central city, once known as the capital of the revolution....

AP names Klug to top SKorea editorial position

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Associated Press has named Seoul news editor Foster Klug as its chief of bureau for South Korea....

Gunmen detain 3 journalists in eastern Ukraine

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Three foreign journalists were temporarily detained by pro-Russia insurgents in city in eastern Ukraine on Monday....

Finnish skydiver crash probe could take weeks

HELSINKI (AP) -- An investigation into a small plane crash that killed eight skydivers in Finland could take weeks or longer to complete because the charred remains of the aircraft are scattered over a large area of forest, authorities said Monday....

Anti-junta Myanmar journalist Win Tin dies at 85

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Win Tin, a prominent journalist who became Myanmar's longest-serving political prisoner after challenging military rule by co-founding the National League for Democracy, died Monday, He was 85....

A look at the dual justice system in the West Bank

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli and Palestinian minors accused of crimes in the West Bank are subject to two different sets of laws. Israeli settlers are prosecuted under Israeli civilian law, while Palestinians are thrust into the military justice system. Critics complain that the conviction rate in the military system is higher and the penalties stiffer. Here are some statistics about juvenile arrests between 2008 and 2013 from Israel's national police force:...

Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension

NANJING, China (AP) -- Strolling through China's sprawling memorial to a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops, a 64-year-old retired teacher said the incident remains an open wound....

Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

PERTH, Australia (AP) -- From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has continued to rivet the country long after people elsewhere have moved on....

Troubled history fuel Japan-China tension

NANJING, China (AP) -- Strolling through China's sprawling memorial to a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops, a 64-year-old retired teacher said the incident remains an open wound....

US justices seek middle ground in Argentina case

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared to be searching for a middle ground Monday in the decade-long battle between Argentina and holders of its defaulted bonds....

Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues. The United States will decide within "days, not weeks" whether Russia is abiding by the accord, a U.S. diplomat said....

John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range of hot-button issues as Christianity entered its third millennium....

Cuba home woes endure despite real-estate reform

HAVANA (AP) -- The residents of 308 Oquendo Street were jolted awake in the middle of the night by violent shaking and a noise that they likened to a freight train, or an exploding bomb....

Japan PM sends offering to war shrine

TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a religious offering Monday to a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead, including executed war criminals - long a source of tension with Japan's neighbors China and South Korea....

Prosecutor says 4 ferry crewmembers detained

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- A South Korean prosecutor says four more crewmembers from a sunken ferry have been detained on allegations of failing to protect passengers....

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