In her real-time Aleppo diary, girl's silence is more than a cliffhanger

In her real-time Aleppo diary, girl's silence is more than a cliffhanger

A 7-year-old named Bana al-Abed has become the newest symbol for the horrors unfolding in Syria.

Rescuers comb Indonesia earthquake rubble for second day

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Rescuers comb Indonesia earthquake rubble for second day
Rescue workers, soldiers and police combed through the rubble of a devastated town in Indonesia's Aceh province early Thursday, resuming a search for earthquake survivors that was halted at night by rain and blackouts.

Pakistani plane crashes after takeoff with 48 people aboard

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Pakistani plane crashes after takeoff with 48 people aboard
A plane belonging to Pakistan's national carrier crashed and burst into flames on Wednesday with 48 people on board, killing all of them, the airline chairman and police said.
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Bill English poised to become prime minister of New Zealand

Bill English has moved closer to becoming New Zealand's next leader following the shock resignation this week of Prime Minister John Key.
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Giraffes, rarer than elephants, put on extinction watch list

The giraffe, the tallest land animal, is now at risk of extinction, biologists say.
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Japan downgrades growth estimate for July-Sept to 1.3 pct

Japan's economy grew at a slower pace than earlier estimated in the July to September quarter, expanding at an annual pace of 1.3 percent.
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Key developments in South Korean presidential crisis

South Korean President Park Geun-hye faces the political fight of her life as lawmakers attempt to force her from office over prosecution claims that she helped a confidante extort money and favors from companies and manipulate state affairs.
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Search widens for US Marine Corps pilot missing in Japan

The search for a Marine Corps pilot who ejected from an F/A-18 jet in southern Japan was expanded to a wider area after daybreak Thursday, the U.S. military said.
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Rights group, worried about HIV, urges Philippines action

A human rights watchdog says the Philippines has one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific which may worsen unless the government changes its approach and removes barriers to condom use by men who have sex with men.
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Ex-chief of IRA splinter group killed in Irish city of Cork

Two gunmen ambushed and killed a former top figure in the Real IRA splinter group in the southwest city of Cork, the first slaying of its kind in four years in Ireland, police and witnesses said Wednesday.
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Attack on Toronto high school thwarted, 17-year-old arrested

Police allege a 17-year-old boy plotted to attack on a Toronto high school that would have coincided with the 27th anniversary of an antifeminist rampage that left 14 women dead at a Canadian university campus.
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UN scrambling for land to shelter displaced outside Mosul

The U.N. is scrambling to find enough land to shelter those displaced by the fighting to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group as humanitarians brace for the exodus of as many as 700,000 people from the city, an official said Wednesday.
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US Senate 'torture' report sought in 9/11 case at Guantanamo

Defense lawyers in the Sept. 11 war crimes case at Guantanamo Bay asked a judge Wednesday to secure a copy of a U.S. Senate report on the CIA's harsh interrogation tactics before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, at which point they fear it might be too late.
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From pole to pole, twin sea ice records stun scientists

We already knew there was something pretty odd about last month, November, in the Arctic. And in the Antarctic. At both poles, much of the…
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Chailly avenges Puccini with original Butterfly

Principal conductor Riccardo Chailly has avenged Giacomo Puccini's memory with a successful staging of the composer's original version of "Madama Butterfly" for La Scala's gala season-opener Wednesday, 112 year after its hotly contested world premiere on the same stage.
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Renzi quits; search on for new leader to guide Italy to vote

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi resigned Wednesday evening, his self-inflicted penalty for staking his job on constitutional changes voters resoundingly rejected earlier in the week. He will stay in a caretaker's role at the request of Italy's president until a new government can be formed.
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Brazil's top court reinstates defiant Senate chief

Brazil's top court reinstated the head of the Senate on Wednesday, overturning an order by one of its members who set off a constitutional confrontation by suspending the lawmaker from his leadership duties while he faces trial.
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2 Hamas militants killed in tunnel collapse

The Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza says two of its members were killed when a military tunnel they were working on collapsed in the territory near the border with Israel.
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Iraqi forces face fierce IS attacks after new Mosul push

Significant Islamic State group counterattacks in southeastern Mosul inflicted heavy losses on Iraqi forces overnight after a new push deeper into the city this week, according to an Iraqi Army officer.
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Syrian government advances despite rebel cease-fire offer

Syria's government ignored a rebel cease-fire proposal for Aleppo on Wednesday as its forces captured new neighborhoods around the city center and squeezed some 200,000 tired and frightened civilians into a shattered and rapidly shrinking opposition enclave.
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The Latest: Assad says Aleppo battle changes course of war

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):
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Venezuela unveils 6 new bills amid galloping inflation

Venezuela has unveiled six new bills set to go into circulation next week.
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AP Explains: What next after the downfall of IS in Sirte?

The Islamic State group this week lost the city of Sirte, its only foothold in Libya, essentially ending its ambition to expand its self-styled "caliphate" into the North African nation, at least for now.