- Syrian rebels launch Aleppo offensive to break siege
BEIRUT (AP) — Fierce fighting broke out around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo Friday as rebels announced a large-scale offensive to break the government's nearly two-month siege of opposition-held areas.
- The Latest: Russia FM hosts talks with Syria, Iran
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):
- Countries OK world's largest marine reserve in Antarctica
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica's waters reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent.
- Q&A: Fish and politics behind Antarctic marine reserve deal
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Nations from around the world on Friday reached an historic agreement to preserve an area of ocean near Antarctica that's about twice the size of Texas. Here are some questions and answers about the deal:
- At Afghanistan's brick kilns, debt can last generations
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Every day that Dil Agha works at his backbreaking job at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Afghanistan's capital Kabul, from before sunrise to well after sunset, he digs himself deeper into debt. He knows he will never be able to pay back what he owes to the kiln owner who lent him a few thousand dollars for a family emergency, and that when he dies, his children will inherit the burden that will ensure his family remains enslaved for generations.
- Saudi Arabia says Yemen rebels fire missile toward Mecca
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Shiite rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile toward the holy Muslim city of Mecca overnight, Saudi Arabia said Friday, the insurgents' deepest strike yet into the kingdom amid the country's stalemate civil war.
- A year on, Brazil valley waits for recovery from mine flood
BENTO RODRIGUES, Brazil (AP) — Spreading below lush mountains, this valley is rich in mineral wealth, including veins of gold and one of the largest iron ore deposits in the planet, discoveries that turned the area into Brazil's mining country and the birthplace of one of the world's top producers of minerals.
- US says Iraqis have retaken 40 villages from IS near Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. military says Iraqi forces have retaken 40 villages from the Islamic State group near Mosul since a massive operation to drive the militants from the city began last week.
- National Geographic's famed 'girl' denies getting fake ID
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani prosecutor says National Geographic's famed green-eyed 'Afghan Girl' has made her first appearance before a court, insisting she did not fraudulently obtain Pakistani nationality.
- Israel to name nuclear facility after Shimon Peres
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says a nuclear facility will be named after late former President Shimon Peres.
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