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GLANCE: Tunisia, Nobel winner, shines as Arab Spring success
The Nobel Peace Prize announced Friday pointed to the relative success of Tunisia in building toward democracy after a 2011 uprising ousted a longtime dictator. That makes it a resounding exception among the nations of the Arab Spring revolts....

Israel struggles to contain wave of stabbing attacks
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Unrest that erupted several weeks ago at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site spread Friday to Gaza in the form of deadly border clashes with Palestinian protesters, as Israeli security forces struggled to contain a wave of Palestinian stabbing attacks against civilians and soldiers....

UN high post, ensnared in alleged bribe case, ripe for risk
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- This is how a former president of the U.N. General Assembly, arrested this week in an alleged bribery scheme, paid himself, the criminal complaint says: John Ashe accepted more than $3 million from foreign governments and individuals, signed checks to himself and wrote on them "Salary."...

US abandons Pentagon's failed rebel-building effort in Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is overhauling its approach to fighting the Islamic State in Syria, abandoning a failed Pentagon effort to build a new ground force of moderate rebels and instead partnering with established rebel groups, officials said Friday....

IS advances near Syria's Aleppo despite Russian strikes
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State militants captured a string of villages near Aleppo on Friday in a lightning attack that brought them closer to the prized city in northern Syria, despite a major increase in Russian airstrikes that Moscow insists are targeting the extremists....

The Latest: Student fatally shot at college housing complex
HOUSTON (AP) -- The latest on a shooting outside a Texas Southern University student housing complex (all times local):...

North Korea readies massive anniversary celebration
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea is holding what is expected to be one of its biggest celebrations ever Saturday for the 70th anniversary of its ruling party's creation, an attention-getting event that is the government's way of showing the world and its own people the Kim dynasty - now in its third generation - is firmly in control and its military a power to be reckoned with....

Nobel Peace Prize boosts struggling Tunisian democracy
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- It was the fall of 2013 and Tunisia's newfound democracy was in grave danger. The assassination of a left-wing politician had prompted the opposition to walk out of the constitutional assembly. The government was paralyzed, the constitution unfinished and the country on the brink of war....

Police say woman slightly injured in train hero stabbing
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A woman who was with a U.S. airman hailed as a hero for helping thwart a European terror attack was also hurt in the late-night fight that left the airman with three stab wounds, Sacramento police 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....

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Turkish journalist detained for tweets critical of president

Latin America/Caribbean
Death toll in Guatemala mudslide reaches 253

Middle East
Israel struggles to contain wave of stabbing attacks