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AP Top International News At 5:27 p.m. EDT

Assad pursues withering campaign against rebels
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the U.S.-led coalition's war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture areas considered more crucial to the survival of his government....

IS fighters seize weapons cache meant for Kurds
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday....

North Korea frees US man; 2 more still detained
WASHINGTON (AP) -- North Korea's reclusive government abruptly freed an American man Tuesday, nearly six months after he was arrested on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, but Pyongyang refused to hand over two other U.S. citizens who are still being held....

Total CEO killed in Moscow runway crash
MOSCOW (AP) -- Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who helped establish the multinational oil company as one of the world's biggest, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was reportedly drunk....

'Blade Runner' Pistorius gets 5 years in prison
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, completing a transformation from an acclaimed sprinter at the 2012 Olympics to a convicted criminal led away in a police van with barred windows....

Australian runaway teenager reportedly in IS video
SYDNEY (AP) -- An Australian teenage runaway has reportedly appeared in an Islamic State propaganda video, warning that the movement won't stop fighting until the extremists' notorious black flag is flying above every nation....

Pistorius sentencing: What it means
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- How much prison time will Oscar Pistorius ultimately serve for killing his girlfriend? And will the double-amputee Olympian ever run competitively again on the carbon-fiber blades that made him one of the world's most recognizable athletes?...

Terrorist ideology blamed in Canada car attack
SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Quebec (AP) -- A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and had seized his passport, authorities said Tuesday....

Cuba sends 91 more doctors to fight Ebola
HAVANA (AP) -- Every few years Dr. Leonardo Fernandez flies to a nation shaken by natural disaster, political turmoil or disease, leaving his hospital in eastern Cuba for countries that have included Pakistan, Nicaragua and East Timor....

Hong Kong students, officials talk but don't agree
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong student leaders and government officials talked but agreed on little Tuesday as the city's Beijing-backed leader reaffirmed his unwillingness to compromise on the key demand of activists camped in the streets now for a fourth week....

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Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone

Asia
Australian runaway teenager reportedly in IS video

Europe
UK suspect pleads not guilty to US terror charges

Latin America/Caribbean
IAPA: Press freedom deteriorating in the Americas

Middle East
IS fighters seize weapons cache meant for Kurds