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153 arrested in South Africa looting

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Days of violence and looting of foreign-owned shops in South Africa have left at least two people dead and 153 arrested in the Johannesburg area, police said Friday....

AP PHOTO: Mom's appeal to save Japanese hostage

TOKYO (AP) -- Junko Ishido shook and struggled to hold back tears as she talked about her hostage son, while camera shutters whirred....

Pope to families: Learn to talk to one another again

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is urging families to put aside their iPhones and Twitter feeds and learn to talk to one another again....

World leaders react to death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah

Comments from world leaders in response to the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, who died early Friday in Riyadh....

Sri Lanka's once-powerful ex-president faces backlash

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Their friends have deserted them. Their houses have been raided. Their power - near-absolute on this island nation just a month ago - has melted away, replaced with talk that some family members could face charges of corruption or murder....

Israeli's 'magic' yarmulke made to protect Jews from attacks

REHOVOT, Israel (AP) -- An Israeli barber has fashioned what he calls "magic" yarmulkes out of hair, designed to allow religious Jews to cover their heads without attracting unwanted attention from anti-Semites....

Hazy skies the backdrop for Obama's climate talks in India

NEW DELHI (AP) -- When President Barack Obama arrives in New Delhi on Sunday he will join the Indian capital's masses in breathing some of the world's filthiest air....

Saudi Arabia nears generational change in the throne

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- With the death of King Abdullah, the throne of Saudi Arabia passed to another son of the country's founder as it has relatively smoothly for the past six decades. But it brings the oil-rich kingdom one step closer to a question that will test the unity of its royal family: Who in the next generation will reign?...

Saudi's new king, Salman, a force for unity in royal family

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's new king, Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, is a veteran of the country's top leadership, versed in diplomacy from nearly 50 years as the governor of the capital Riyadh and known as a mediator of disputes within the sprawling royal family....

Hostage video: was it really done outside?

NEW YORK (AP) -- The video of two Japanese hostages being held by the Islamic State group seems, like past IS videos, taken in an arid, desert setting. But suspicions are emerging that the message was not prepared outdoors at all....