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Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side....

Abbas, rival Hamas give reconciliation another try
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah on Wednesday agreed to form a unity government and hold new elections, making a new attempt to overcome a seven-year split that has left them divided between two governments....

Amid Russian warning, Ukraine's in a security bind
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's highly publicized goal to recapture police stations and government buildings seized by pro-Russia forces in the east produced little action on the ground Wednesday but ignited foreboding words from Moscow....

Climate change likely to make Everest even riskier
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest....

Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. With more than 40 years' experience at sea, Lee could speak with eloquence about the romance and danger of a life spent on ships....

SKorean city full of grief prepares for more
ANSAN, South Korea (AP) -- The altar of the memorial is a wall of white and yellow flowers and greens, surrounding photos of 47 students and teachers whose bodies have been identified after being recovered from the ferry Sewol. There is room for many, many more pictures....

Shakespeare's Globe taking 'Hamlet' to 200 nations
LONDON (AP) -- Four centuries after his death, William Shakespeare is probably Britain's best-known export, his words and characters famous around the world....

New social networks connect cooks and diners
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- If the latest development in culinary social media catches on, the trendiest restaurants may no longer be restaurants....

Turkey calls WWI Armenian killings 'shared pain'
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday offered an unprecedented, conciliatory message to Armenians on the eve of the anniversary of the massacre of Armenians almost a century ago....

UN seeks probe of alleged chlorine gas in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council says it is gravely concerned at reports of alleged chlorine gas use in some Syrian towns, which caused deaths and injuries, and is calling for an investigation....

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