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Poison gas attacks reported within Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government media and rebel forces said Saturday that poison gas had been used in a central village, injuring scores of people, while blaming each other for the attack.

UN climate report balances science, politics

BERLIN — After racing against the clock in an all-night session, the U.N.’s expert panel on climate change was putting the final touches Saturday on a scientific guide to help governments, industries and regular people take action to stop global warming from reaching dangerous levels.

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Hezbollah: New tactics in Syria

BEIRUT — The commandos infiltrated Syrian rebel-held territory near the Lebanese border, watching rebel fighters come and go from a two-story villa before slipping inside to plant a powerful bomb. The next morning, they detonated it as three rebel explosive experts and four assistants met inside, turning the villa to rubble in seconds.

Ancient manuscript returned

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The J. Paul Getty Museum will return a 12th century New Testament manuscript to a monastery in Greece after museum officials said they only recently learned it was stolen decades before the museum acquired it in 1983.

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UN OK’s force for Central Africa

Approves 10,000 new troops

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Putin tightens hold on Ukraine

Threatens crippling charges

UK scientists make body parts in lab

Many labs look to grow custom-made organs

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Afghans flock to polls to vote for new leader

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghans flocked to polling stations nationwide on Saturday, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation’s first democratic transfer of power. The turnout was so high that some polling centers ran out of ballots. The excitement over choosing a new leader for the first time appeared to overwhelm the fear of bloodshed in many areas, as Afghans embarked on a major transition nearly 13 years after the U.S.-led invasion toppled the rule of the Taliban.

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Sheer size is just 1 complexity in Indian election

NEW DELHI— In a country where men have long told their wives whom to vote for, Sheila Kumar says she has no intention of letting her husband dictate her vote in next month’s national election.

Kenyan Muslim leader assassinated

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP)— The charismatic Muslim leader on Kenya’s coast was certain he would be killed. Abubakar Shariff Ahmed — known as Makaburi — told an Associated Press reporter in October that “I’m living on borrowed time.” He said this after two other Muslim leaders of a mosque that Makaburi was associated with had been killed by unidentified gunmen. On Tuesday night, Makaburi’s premonition came true. He died the same way as the other two: shot dead by unidentified gunmen on the streets of Mombasa. Another man with Makaburi was also killed.

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NATO meets on Ukraine; plans to reassure Baltics

BRUSSELS—Facing their biggest security challenge in years, NATO foreign ministers discussed how to react to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and what measures to take reassure the alliance’s rattled eastern members in the face of a newly assertive Russia.

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India is polio-free after 3 years with no new case

SHAHPARA, India— The scourge of polio ends in India with a lively 4-year-old girl, Rukhsar Khatoon, who became ill as a baby after her parents forgot to get her vaccinated. Her barely perceptible limp the only lingering sign of the disease, Rukhsar was the last person to contract polio in the nation of 1.2 billion people.

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Afghan quits presidential race, backs front-runner

KABUL, Afghanistan— An Afghan presidential candidate with royal lineage quit the race Wednesday in favor of a front-runner, narrowing the contest in the April 5 poll down to eight men.

Obama expresses concern Russia moving on Ukraine

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — With no sign of Russia abandoning the Crimean Peninsula, President Barack Obama said Tuesday he’s concerned that Moscow will move deeper into Ukraine and warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that that would be a bad choice.

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Ukraine defense chief resigns; troops leave Crimea

KIEV, Ukraine— Lawmakers in Ukraine accepted the resignation of the defense minister Tuesday as thousands of troops began withdrawing from the Crimean Peninsula, now controlled by Russia.

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