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AP Top International News At 12:10 p.m. EDT

Tunisian democracy group wins Nobel Peace Prize
OSLO, Norway (AP) -- A coalition of Tunisian workers, business owners, rights activists and lawyers won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for intervening at a crucial time to push the North African country that sparked the Arab Spring revolutions toward democracy and away from civil war....

AP Exclusive: Hajj crush was deadliest ever at pilgrimage
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- One survivor of last month's crush and stampede at the hajj in Saudi Arabia recalled seeing so many bodies that he couldn't tell how many there were....

IS group seizes villages north of Syria's Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State militants seized a string of villages from rival insurgents north of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Friday in a surprise attack that came despite intensive Russian airstrikes that Moscow insists are targeting the extremist group, activists said....

Mideast unrest spreads to Gaza as stabbing attacks continue
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian demonstrators along the Gaza border on Friday, killing five of them, as a rash of stabbing attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories, including the first apparent revenge attack by an Israeli, raised fears of wider unrest....

Pentagon giving up on building new Syrian rebel force
LONDON (AP) -- The U.S. is abandoning its goal of training a new force of moderate Syrian rebels and will focus on equipping, arming and supporting established rebels groups already fighting against the Islamic State group inside Syria, officials said Friday....

Mexican site yields new details of sacrifice of Spaniards
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- It was one of the worst defeats in one of history's most dramatic conquests: Only a year after Hernan Cortes landed in Mexico, hundreds of people in a Spanish-led convey were captured, sacrificed and apparently eaten....

AP Photos: Portraits of refugees along Europe migrant trail
Shortly after a dinghy overloaded with refugees from Syria and Iraq reached the Greek island of Lesbos, Mahmoud Naoura stood and raised his hands, chanting "Thank you God, we are safe."...

Egypt to restore King Tut mask after botched epoxy job
CAIRO (AP) -- The restoration of King Tutankhamun's world-famous golden mask will begin Saturday, over a year after the beard was accidentally broken off and hastily glued back with epoxy, Egypt's state-run news agency said Friday....

In Belarus, opposition artists express dissent underground
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Belarus' crippled political opposition has been cautious in its criticisms ahead of Sunday's presidential election. Not so the country's underground artists....

Italy sends 19 Eritreans to Sweden under new EU refugee plan
ROME (AP) -- Italy bid farewell Friday to 19 Eritreans - the first of an estimated 160,000 refugees to be resettled throughout Europe as part of a new EU redistribution program to move asylum-seekers out of hard-hit front-line countries....

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Middle East
AP Exclusive: Hajj crush was deadliest ever at pilgrimage