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Shariah law key in Palestinian artist?s Saudi death sentence
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- When Palestinian artist Ashraf Fayadh was tried last year on blasphemy-related charges, the Saudi judges overseeing the case rejected the prosecution?s request for a death sentence for apostasy. Instead, he was sentenced to 800 lashes and four years in prison over the content of a book of poetry he wrote and for illicit relations with women based on photos he had on his phone....

Putin sends air-defense missiles to Syria to deter Turkey
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered state-of-the art air defense missile systems to be deployed at a Russian air base in Syria following the downing of one of its warplanes by Turkey, a move that raised the threat of a military confrontation between the NATO member and Moscow....

Pope urges Kenyans to work for peace
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Pope Francis is urging Kenyans to work for peace, forgiveness and a more just distribution of the country's enormous resources as he begins his first-ever visit to Africa....

Brussels schools reopen, maximum threat alert still in place
BRUSSELS (AP) -- When Annelaure Leger dropped off her two children at school on Wednesday, it was like nearly every other day - except for the machine gun-toting policeman....

The Latest: Brussels soccer team to play behind closed doors
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The latest on the attacks in Paris and security alert in Brussels. All times local:...

The Latest: Russian pilot says no warnings from Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The latest on the war in Syria, including Russian warplane shot down by Turkey. All times local:...

Militant attacks abroad a diplomatic quandary for China's Xi
BEIJING (AP) -- The killings of Chinese citizens by Islamic militants in Syria and Mali place President Xi Jinping in a quandary: How can Beijing respond effectively without betraying its strict stance against intervention?...

Under Iraqi town, IS militants built network of tunnels
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- Under the Iraqi town of Sinjar, Islamic State group militants built a network of tunnels, complete with sleeping quarters, wired with electricity and fortified with sandbags. There, they had boxes of U.S.-made ammunition, medicines and copies of the Quran stashed on shelves....

Supreme leader says US using money, sex to infiltrate Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's top leader said Wednesday the United States is using "money and sexual attractions" to try to infiltrate the Islamic Republic and warned Iranians not to fall into the "enemy's trap."...

The Latest: US condemns Tunisia attack, offers its help
BEIRUT (AP) -- The latest on an explosion that targeted a bus carrying Tunisian presidential guards in the capital, Tunis. All times local....

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Middle East
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