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Venezuelan classical music system under fire

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- It has been praised the world over as a model for uplifting disadvantaged youth by connecting them with classical music....

INSIDE KOBANI: Devastation mixed with optimism

KOBANI, Syria (AP) -- Blocks of low-rise buildings with hollow facades, shattered concrete, streets strewn with rubble and overturned, crumpled remains of cars and trucks. Such is the landscape in Kobani, where the sounds of rifle and mortar fire resonate all day long in fighting between Islamic State extremists and the Syrian town's Kurdish defenders....

INSIDE KOBANI: Devastation mixed with optimism

KOBANI, Syria (AP) -- Blocks of low-rise buildings with hollow facades, shattered concrete, streets strewn with rubble and overturned, crumpled remains of cars and trucks. Such is the landscape in Kobani, where the sounds of rifle and mortar fire resonate all day long in fighting between Islamic State extremists and the Syrian town's Kurdish defenders....

Oil plunge a panacea for much of world economy

A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses....

Oil plunge a panacea for much of world economy

A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses....

Black Friday problems hit Britain

LONDON (AP) -- Americans celebrating Thanksgiving in Britain may have felt right at home as Black Friday shopping chaos caused disruptions....

Hong Kong protest movement's unlikely teen leader

HONG KONG (AP) -- At age 14, he stepped into the spotlight to take on - and ultimately help defeat - Hong Kong authorities' plans to launch a "national education" curriculum, calling it a ploy to brainwash the city's youth with unquestioned support for the Chinese Communist Party....

Russian warships wait out storm in English Channel

MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian defense ministry says its warships have entered the English Channel to wait out a storm following a week of maneuvers in the North Sea....

Oil plunge a panacea for crude-reliant Asia

A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. It is also a panacea as pump prices fall, giving individuals more disposable income and lowering costs for many businesses....

Russian doctor rebellion causes headache for Putin

MOSCOW (AP) -- Dr. Semyon Galperin spent a decade in medical research in Russia and as much time in the United States, working at top hospitals and research companies. Despite his expertise, Galperin was recently given a stark ultimatum from the Moscow hospital where he works: Leave or stay on as a lowly hospital attendant....

Rebels push forward in southern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the doorstep of President Bashar Assad's seat of power....

Pope urges more Muslim opposition to IS in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbaric violence" being committed in Islam's name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighboring Turkey Friday for a delicate visit aimed at improving interfaith ties....

Energy revolution spells doom for German village

ATTERWASCH, Germany (AP) -- Five days a week, a giant machine eats its way through soil at the Jaenschwalde open-cast mine in eastern Germany, exposing the brown coal buried beneath....

Australia out of step with new climate momentum

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who rose to power in large part by opposing a tax on greenhouse gas emissions, is finding his country isolated like never before on climate change as the U.S., China and other nations signal new momentum for action....

Namibia votes in election favoring ruling party

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The southern African nation of Namibia on Friday voted in parliamentary and presidential elections expected to deliver a comfortable win for the ruling party, which has been in power since independence in 1990....

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