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Building a life in Germany, a Syrian watches war at home
SAARBRUECKEN, Germany (AP) -- At the intersection, Mohammed al-Haj waited patiently for the "green man." It seemed a bit silly: No cars were coming, no policemen watching. Back home in Syria, he wouldn't hesitate....

Spain's regional elections give boost to Rajoy's party
MADRID (AP) -- Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative Popular Party got a boost in regional elections Sunday, while the opposition Socialists lost ground....

At least 26 killed in Aleppo as UN meets over Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- At least 26 civilians were killed in fresh government airstrikes on the contested city of Aleppo, Syrian activists said Sunday, as the United Nations Security Council convened an emergency meeting on the spiraling violence in Syria but failed to take any action because of deep divisions between Russia and the Western powers....

Colombia to sign historic peace deal on ending long conflict
CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia will take a big step toward emerging from its long nightmare of bloody violence Monday when the government and the country's largest rebel movement sign a peace accord that emerged from four hard years of negotiations....

Jordanian writer gunned down outside courthouse
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- A prominent and outspoken Jordanian writer on Sunday was shot dead in front of the courthouse where he had been on trial for posting a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam on social media....

The Latest: UN takes no action after arguments over Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):...

Venezuela opposition at crossroads as 2016 recall hopes fade
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela is in terrible shape. Two-thirds of voters say in polls they want President Nicolas Maduro gone amid worsening shortages and inflation. It seems like the job of the opposition would be easy....

AIDS pageant in Uganda seeks to stem stigma, discrimination
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- When she was younger, Tryphena Natukunda's mother discouraged her from swallowing her antiretroviral medicines among strangers or even distant relatives....

Teenage surfer stable after shark attack at Australian beach
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A teenage surfer was in stable condition after he was bitten by a shark Monday at the same Australian beach where a Japanese surfer was fatally mauled last year, officials said....

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said last week that he will invite the U.N. chief and European Union officials to investigate his bloody anti-drug crackdown, but only if he can question them in public afterward to prove their human rights concerns are baseless. Duterte disclosed the offer in a speech in which he again lashed out at critics of his crackdown, including President Barack Obama and European countries. More than 3,000 suspected drug dealers and users have been killed since July and more than 600,000 others have surrendered for fear of being killed in Duterte's crackdown....

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