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Syria's Alawites pay heavy price as they bury sons

DWEIR SHEIKH SAAD, Syria (AP) -- The posters announcing the deaths of Syrian soldiers are plastered on walls throughout the coastal province of Tartous, forming impromptu murals of death that illustrate the price supporters of President Bashar Assad are paying to defend his rule....

Israel presents maritime version of 'Iron Dome'

LE BOURGET, France (AP) -- Israel's "Iron Dome" is heading to the seas, the maker of the rocket-blocking defense system says....

Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week - months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later....

After 40 years, a look at Hello Kitty's success

TOKYO (AP) -- When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty....

AP Interview: Dissident forced to leave Vietnam

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- One of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents said he was asked to sign a form seeking a pardon for spreading "propaganda against the state" before his release from prison last week, then forced onto a U.S.-bound flight with just the clothes on his body....

Hong Kong protesters: Images of determination

HONG KONG (AP) -- On the evening of Sept. 28, Hong Kong police struggling to hold back thousands of democracy protesters unleashed dozens of rounds of tear gas in a failed attempt to disperse them. When the smoke cleared, Hong Kong had changed. Many young people who previously were indifferent to politics say they experienced an awakening....

AP PHOTOS: Program gives disabled Venezuelans hope

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Juan Carlos Marron is among a small group of young disabled Venezuelans who are finding hope for future independence in a program that teaches them how to repair violins and other musical instruments....

2 boys sue govt, Malaysia Airlines over Flight 370

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Two Malaysian children sued Malaysia Airlines and the government on Friday over the loss of their father on Flight 370, the first lawsuit filed in the country by relatives of those aboard the jetliner that mysteriously disappeared eight months ago....

South Africans mourn sport deaths

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African officials on Thursday called for a strict new gun law as a tribute to a soccer star who was shot and killed earlier this week....

Vatican admits Sistine Chapel frescoes 'whitened'

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican revealed a closely kept secret Thursday: The Sistine Chapel's precious frescoes were starting to turn white from the air pollution caused by so many visitors passing through each day to marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece....