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Migrant deported by Israel back to Africa recounts ordeal
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. He could not dare return to his native Eritrea, a country he risked his life to flee in 2010. He also hoped to avoid the fate of compatriots who languished in a notorious desert jail for illegally staying in Israel....

AP Explains: Syria's starved, rebellious suburb under attack
BEIRUT (AP) -- The airstrikes came at a rate of one a minute, with horrible results: civilians fleeing collapsing buildings, children trapped under slabs of concrete, paramedics grimly rushing the bloodied victims away on stretchers. At least 100 people were killed in one day....

New strikes kill 10 in rebel-held suburbs of Syrian capital
BEIRUT (AP) -- New airstrikes and shelling on the besieged, rebel-held suburbs of the Syrian capital killed at least 10 people on Wednesday, a rescue organization and a monitoring group said....

Maduro: Digital currency puts Venezuela on tech vanguard
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Cash-strapped Venezuela on Tuesday became the first country to launch its own version of bitcoin, a move President Nicolas Maduro celebrated as putting his country on the world's technological forefront....

State Department says NKorea passed up meeting with Pence
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un's government canceled at the last minute, the Trump administration said Tuesday....

In South Korea's Olympic hills, traces of the North abound
GOSEONG, South Korea (AP) -- A former seaside villa for North Korea's ruling Kim family. A captured North Korean spy submarine. A front-line observatory that allows curious visitors to peer at parts of a picturesque North Korean mountain across the heavily-mined Demilitarized Zone....

Bahrain sentences prominent activist to 5 years in prison
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A prominent human rights activist in Bahrain was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison over tweets alleging prison torture in his country and misconduct in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, despite wide international criticism of his trial....

Lebanon gets tough on the press ahead of elections
BEIRUT (AP) -- A string of court cases and judicial investigations against Lebanese media figures is testing this country's reputation as a forum for ideas in a region blanketed by censorship and threats to the press....

Palestinian leader calls for peace conference by mid-2018
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ruled out the United States as a broker for peace with Israel on Tuesday, calling for an international peace conference by mid-2018 with the key goals of full U.N. membership for the state of Palestine and a timeframe for a two-state solution....

Indonesia mobilizes to combat health-damaging forest fires
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Four Indonesian provinces have declared emergencies in anticipation of worsening forest fires that each year spread health-damaging haze across much of Southeast Asia....

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