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AP Top International News At 6:49 a.m. EST

With incentives and brute force, IS subdues tribes
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group is employing multiple tactics to subdue the Sunni Muslim tribes in Syria and Iraq under its rule, wooing some with gifts - everything from cars to feed for their animals - while brutally suppressing those that resist with mass killings....

OPEC unity tested by low prices, oil glut
VIENNA (AP) -- OPEC oil ministers meeting in Vienna on Thursday are in a bind. Prices are plunging - and in the short term, the cartel may not be able to do much about it....

Private firms filling Latin America's security gap
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A panic alert flashed across Alberto Herrera's computer screen. Men claiming to be with the notorious Gulf Cartel had stopped a convoy transporting chemicals through a lawless region of northeastern Mexico. They seized two drivers from an escort truck and demanded the valuable cargo in exchange for their release....

Ship with 700 migrants safely towed to Greek coast
IERAPETRA, Greece (AP) -- More than 700 people, mostly refugees from Syria, began disembarking Thursday on the Greek island of Crete after a harrowing journey on a smuggling ship that broke down in gale-force winds while trying to reach Europe....

Pope visits Turkey amid Christian-Muslim tensions
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- When a pope last visited Turkey - Benedict XVI in 2006 - Muslim-Catholic tensions were so high that the Vatican added a stop at Istanbul's famed Blue Mosque at the last minute in hopes of showing Benedict's respect for Islam....

Amsterdam warns of dangerous drugs after 3 deaths
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Health authorities in Amsterdam are warning of dangerous drugs being sold to tourists after three British men died in the last month after snorting heroin they may have believed was cocaine....

British national among 5 killed in Afghan bombing
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing at least five people, including a British national, Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said....

India: Girls died by suicide, not slain by rapists
NEW DELHI (AP) -- An investigation into the deaths of two teenage girls believed to have been raped and hanged by their attackers concluded that the two actually committed suicide, news reports said Thursday....

General strike shuts down services across Greece
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A 24-hour general strike in Greece shut down services across the country, forcing flight cancelations and school closures and leaving state hospitals functioning with emergency staff, while thousands of protesters marched in central Athens....

Red Cross seeks $1.68 billion for 2015
GENEVA (AP) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross is asking donors for $1.68 billion next year to help people caught up in armed conflicts, its biggest request ever and 25 percent larger than the current budget....

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Africa
Congo detains 6 UN peacekeepers

Asia
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Europe
Red Cross seeks $1.68 billion for 2015

Latin America/Caribbean
In Peru, whip-cracking vigilantes serve up justice

Middle East
Israel says it busted Hamas cell planning attacks