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Hospitals overwhelmed by bombing blitz of Damascus suburbs
BEIRUT (AP) -- Doctors in Syria's rebel-controlled suburbs of Damascus said Wednesday they were unable to keep up with the staggering number of casualties, amid a ferocious bombing campaign by government forces that has targeted hospitals, apartment blocks and other civilian sites, killing and wounding hundreds of people in recent days....

AP Exclusive: Migrant recounts his deportation from Israel
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. He could not return to Eritrea, a country he risked his life to flee in 2010. He hoped to avoid the fate of compatriots who languished in a desert jail for illegally staying in Israel....

State witness turning point in Netanyahu corruption case
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Now that one of Benjamin Netanyahu's closest confidants has turned state witness, according to Israeli media reports Wednesday, it may mark a turning point for the beleaguered prime minister facing a slew of corruption allegations that could topple him from power....

A look at the scandals surrounding Israel's prime minister
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting for his political life as a dizzying array of scandals has engulfed him, his family and his inner circle....

Amid a flood of plastic, big companies try to clean up image
LONDON (AP) -- Once a month, accountant Michael Byrne pulls on his rubber boots and makes his way to a spot on the banks of the River Thames....

Top Greek politicians facing probe over pharma scandal
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- In a heated debate set to last more than 14 hours, Greek lawmakers were to decide on whether to launch an investigation into 10 senior politicians, including two former prime ministers, over allegations they were involved in a pharmaceutical bribery scandal....

Russia criticizes Western pressure to turn away from Moscow
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday criticized Western policies toward his country, blasting the European Union for failing to maintain good relations with Moscow despite the divisions over Ukraine and many other issues....

The Latest: Stormzy, Dua Lipa take solo prizes at BritsBrits
LONDON (AP) -- The Latest on the Brit Awards (all times local):...

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....

Vandalism, violent incidents mark Italy's election campaign
ROME (AP) -- More acts of vandalism, intimidation and violence have been taking place during Italy's tense election campaign, including a bullet placed in mail destined for a candidate for Parliament, and the knifing of two people affixing campaign posters....

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Vandalism, violent incidents mark Italy's election campaign

Latin America/Caribbean
Ferry explosion injures 18 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Middle East
Hospitals overwhelmed by bombing blitz of Damascus suburbs