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Leaner New Year: China tones down the celebrations

BEIJING: Chinese New Year is traditionally a time for colorful and noisy displays of fireworks and generous-portioned banquets. This year, the festivities are likely to

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Syrian rebels preparing for advance on capital

BEIRUT: Syrian rebels brought their fight within a mile of the heart of Damascus on Friday, seizing army checkpoints and cutting a key highway with a row of burning tires

Tunisia buries politician as crisis deepens

TUNIS, Tunisia: The funeral of an assassinated leftist politician drew hundreds of thousands of mourners chanting anti-government slogans to the Tunisian capital Friday — as well as gangs of armed

Bomb kills 16, missiles hit militants in Pakistan

PARACHINAR, Pakistan: A bomb exploded near a marketplace in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing 16 people, and suspected U.S. missiles hit a militant compound — the latest incidents of rising

Ferry with 100 aboard capsizes in Bangladesh

DHAKA: News reports say a ferry packed with more than 100 people has capsized in a river in central Bangladesh. Reports say local villagers rescued 38 people after the ferry

Accused witch burned alive in Papua New Guinea

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea: A mob stripped, tortured and bound a woman accused of witchcraft, then burned her alive in front of hundreds of witnesses in a Papua New

Back in the USSR? Key Soviet document is missing

MINSK, Belarus: The powerful Soviet Union may still exist after all — at least on paper. Former Belarusian leader Stanislav Shushkevich says a historic 1991 document that proclaimed the death

Islamic summit backs Syria dialogue

CAIRO: Leaders at an Islamic summit on Thursday urged a dialogue between the Syrian opposition and regime just as a new initiative for talks proposed by an anti-government leader appeared

Police: NY mom used kiss to give jailed son drugs

PENN YAN, N.Y. : Police say an upstate New York woman passed drugs to her son while kissing him when she visited him in jail. Sheriff’s deputies in Yates County

China detains 70 in crackdown on Tibet protests

BEIJING: China’s government says it has detained 70 people in ethnic Tibetan areas as it steps up a crackdown on self-immolations aimed at protesting communist rule. The detentions came as