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A picture from the official Syrian Arab News Agency shows President Bashar Assad, center right, looking at the damaged interior of a monastery in the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, which his troops recently recaptured from rebels.

Syria's Assad pays visit to recaptured Christian town on Easter

DAMASCUS, Syria – President Bashar Assad made a symbolic Easter visit Sunday to the heavily damaged town of Maaloula, a Christian landmark enclave recaptured from Islamist...

Prince Bandar bin Sultan's replacement last week as Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief has fueled speculation about a shift in the monarchy’s...

WASHINGTON — The fragile diplomatic accord to resolve the Ukraine crisis frayed Sunday as an armed clash erupted in eastern Ukraine and top...

MUMBAI, India — Bill Burke, a 72-year-old mountaineer from Costa Mesa, was making his latest attempt to scale Mt. Everest’s northern...

SEOUL -- Divers reached the hull of the sunken Sewol ferry Sunday, recovering 16 bodies and bringing the confirmed death toll to 50. With more than...

In Afghanistan, childhood is often a full-time job

In Afghanistan, childhood is often a full-time job

It's estimated that at least a quarter of Afghan children work, despite labor laws that forbid it. Some, like Sami, support their entire family.

Ingrained cheating pervades India's education system

Ingrained cheating pervades India's education system

Under intense pressure, some students cheat in covert or bold ways to score well on all-important nationwide exams.

CRISIS IN SYRIA

In Syria's capital, residents recall a sectarian tolerance gone by

In Syria's capital, residents recall a sectarian tolerance gone by

DAMASCUS, Syria — The thud of mortar shelling alternated with tolling church bells Friday as the Christians of this capital's ancient Bab...

BRAZIL & SOUTH AMERICA

160 miles of gridlock: Traffic fuels concern for Brazil's World Cup

160 miles of gridlock: Traffic fuels concern for Brazil's World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO — Highways and bus transit ground to a halt in parts of Brazil early Friday, and flights were delayed as Brazilians launched on...

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Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine ask Putin to send troops

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine ask Putin to send troops

MOSCOW — Separatists appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday to deploy Russian troops in eastern Ukraine after a...

A quick end won't serve Vladimir Putin's purposes in Ukraine

A quick end won't serve Vladimir Putin's purposes in Ukraine

Amid low expectations, it came as a surprise to Western diplomats when Russia signed off on an agreement calling for armed separatists in...

Bodies recovered from South Korea ferry; death toll rises to 49

SEOUL — The official death toll in South Korea's ferry disaster rose to 49 early Sunday after divers gained access to the submerged...

Iran says nuclear dispute with the West 'virtually resolved'

Iran says nuclear dispute with the West 'virtually resolved'

TEHRAN — Iran has "virtually resolved" its dispute with world powers over a planned nuclear plant that could produce weapon material,...

Egypt presidential candidate bows out, predicts Sisi victory

Egypt presidential candidate bows out, predicts Sisi victory

CAIRO — An Egyptian lawyer and TV personality who declared days ago that he was running for president pulled out of the race Saturday,...

China silent on deadly knife attack in Kunming railway station

China silent on deadly knife attack in Kunming railway station

BEIJING— On the first Sunday of March, China awoke to sickening news: Black-clad attackers with knives had hacked through crowds at...

In Afghanistan, childhood is often a full-time job

In Afghanistan, childhood is often a full-time job

It's estimated that at least a quarter of Afghan children work, despite labor laws that forbid it. Some, like Sami, support their entire...

Captain, crew of South Korean ferry that sank arrested

Captain, crew of South Korean ferry that sank arrested

ANSAN, South Korea — The captain and two crew members of a ferry that capsized off the southern coast of South Korea were detained...

Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika wins reelection

Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika wins reelection

Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika secured a fourth five-year tenure Friday after amassing nearly 82% of votes, according...

Christians gather in Jerusalem to celebrate Good Friday

Christians gather in Jerusalem to celebrate Good Friday

JERUSALEM – Thousands of Christian pilgrims from all over the world filled the narrow streets of the Old City of Jerusalem on Good...

Britain's Labor Party hires ex-Obama aide Axelrod to help in election

Britain's Labor Party hires ex-Obama aide Axelrod to help in election

LONDON – Setting up an intriguing election battle, Britain’s opposition Labor Party announced Friday that it had hired President...

South Korean ferry rescue efforts failing to find survivors

South Korean ferry rescue efforts failing to find survivors

SEOUL — Divers struggled against strong currents and murky waters Friday morning in an effort to locate 271 people reported missing...

 Mexico failing to protect journalists, advocates say

Mexico failing to protect journalists, advocates say

MEXICO CITY — A highly touted system to protect Mexican reporters working in one of the world's most dangerous countries for...

Syria presses offensive in Homs' Old City after talks break down

Syria presses offensive in Homs' Old City after talks break down

HOMS, Syria — The crackle of gunfire and the sound of shelling resounded in this central Syrian city Thursday as army troops pressed...

Ukraine talks yield an unexpected agreement

Ukraine talks yield an unexpected agreement

Diplomats from the East and West had an unexpected meeting of the minds Thursday and drafted a plan for tamping down hostilities in...

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