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Rebels push forward in southern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the doorstep of President Bashar Assad's seat of power...

Pope wades into Mideast turmoil with Turkish visit
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Pope Francis is visiting Turkey at a sensitive moment for the Muslim nation, as it cares for 1.6 million refugees and weighs how to deal with the Islamic State group as its fighters grab chunks of Syria and Iraq across Turkey's southern border....

Russian doctor rebellion causes headache for Putin
MOSCOW (AP) -- Dr. Semyon Galperin spent a decade in medical research in Russia and as much time in the United States, working at top hospitals and research companies. Despite his expertise, Galperin was recently given a stark ultimatum from the Moscow hospital where he works: Leave or stay on as a lowly hospital attendant....

Oil plunge a panacea for crude-reliant Asia
A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. It is also a panacea as pump prices fall, giving individuals more disposable income and lowering costs for many businesses....

Energy revolution spells doom for German village
ATTERWASCH, Germany (AP) -- Five days a week, a giant machine eats its way through soil at the Jaenschwalde open-cast mine in eastern Germany, exposing the brown coal buried beneath....

Australia out of step with new climate momentum
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who rose to power in large part by opposing a tax on greenhouse gas emissions, is finding his country isolated like never before on climate change as the U.S., China and other nations signal new momentum for action....

In Peru, whip-cracking vigilantes serve up justice
CAJAMARCA, Peru (AP) -- The vigilantes collared the short, pot-bellied man at Cajamarca's teeming outdoor market and marched him to their storefront. He was a serial pickpocket, they said....

Namibia votes in election favoring ruling party
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The southern African nation of Namibia on Friday voted in parliamentary and presidential elections expected to deliver a comfortable win for the ruling party, which has been in power since independence in 1990....

Russian warships wait out storm in English Channel
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian defense ministry says its warships have entered the English Channel to wait out a storm following a week of maneuvers in the North Sea....

Diplomats make trade deal to cut red tape, poverty
GENEVA (AP) -- After many years of talking, the World Trade Organization pulled off a major deal Thursday that the body said could boost global commerce by $1 trillion annually....

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Africa
Namibia votes in election favoring ruling party

Asia
Energy shares slide after OPEC decision

Europe
Russian warships wait out storm in English Channel

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

Middle East
1 officer killed, 107 Islamists arrested in Egypt