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BEIRUT, Lebanon - The United States has suspended delivery of nonlethal aid to the armed opposition in northern Syria after reports that Islamist militias had seized U.S.-provided equipment in the country, the American Embassy in Turkey confirmed Wednesday.
MINEOLA, N.Y. - A 21-year-old woman was hooked on heroin when she raised thousands of dollars by falsely claiming she had cancer, prosecutors and her attorney said yesterday.
The number of people needing emergency food from pantries in Philadelphia increased 7 percent over the last year, according to a national report on hunger and homelessness released Wednesday.
Demonstrators chanting in Spanish and English demanded a halt to deportations - "Ni una mas," or "Not one more" - and blocked two driveways at the detention center of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
NEW YORK - Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.
TRENTON - Republicans and Democrats in New Jersey are again sparring over tax cuts as Gov. Christie prepares to enter his second term with national scrutiny surrounding his expected presidential bid.
NEW YORK - Jim Hall, one of the leading jazz guitarists of the modern era, whose subtle technique, lyrical sound and introspective approach strongly influenced younger proteges, died early Tuesday at age 83, his wife said.
KIEV, Ukraine - Opposition leaders in Ukraine rejected President Viktor Yanukovych's offer of talks Wednesday, saying they will not sit down with him until he fires his government and releases all arrested demonstrators.
LOS ANGELES - If you've ever been pulled over by a police officer for not wearing a seat belt, there's a good chance the officer also wasn't buckled up.
WASHINGTON - Americans' perceptions of President Obama are falling not only on his handling of the economy and other big issues, but also on more personal qualities such as honesty, a poll finds.
NEW DELHI - In a reversal that surprised many gay activists and flew in the face of changes in other countries recently, India's Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a lower-court ruling, in effect making homosexuality a crime again.
BEIJING (AP) - Fifteen Chinese lawyers are protesting being blocked from meeting an officially-backed Christian pastor and several of his aides detained in a crackdown that highlights the ruling Communist Party's often prickly attitude toward religious groups.
BANGKOK (AP) - Protesters in Thailand's capital cut off electricity to the prime minister's office compound on Thursday and demanded that police abandon the premises.
BEIJING (AP) - Chinese aviation authorities will soon require captains of flights into Beijing to master low-visibility landings to combat chronic flight delays that have been worsened by heavy smog.
TOKYO (AP) - Japan's Cabinet approved billions of dollars of stimulus spending to perk up a faltering economic recovery and cushion the impact of a sales tax hike next April.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The man accused of faking sign interpretation next to world leaders at Nelson Mandela's memorial told a local newspaper that he was hallucinating and hearing voices.
HONG KONG (AP) - When the Hong Kong school year began in September, tutor Tony Chow arranged to have his face plastered on the sides of double decker buses to raise his profile.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan's intelligence agency says a large bomb has accidentally gone off inside a weapons depot in downtown Kabul. No one was hurt in the explosion.
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - As visitors descend upon Bethlehem this holiday season, they will notice a different look for the Church of the Nativity. Wrapped in scaffolding, the basilica located at the traditional site of Jesus' birth is undergoing a much-needed facelift after 600 years.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - Bangladesh's Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday for the execution of an opposition leader convicted of war crimes when it rejected a last-minute appeal filed by his lawyers.
HONG KONG (AP) - A Chinese bad-debt management company's shares soared in their Hong Kong debut Thursday, highlighting strong investor appetite for a business that will flourish if the world's No. 2 economy stumbles.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Spare a thought for New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, or as he is known in the rest of the world, the "unidentified guest."
SYDNEY (AP) - Australia's highest court struck down a landmark law on Thursday that had begun allowing the country's first gay marriages, shattering the dreams of more than two dozen same-sex newlyweds whose marriages will now be annulled less than a week after their weddings.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's lower house of Congress began a raucous, marathon debate expected to last through the night and well into Thursday on historic legislation that would open the state-run oil industry to private investment.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Just hours after Senate passage, Congress' lower house on Wednesday began a floor debate on legislation that would open Mexico's state-run oil industry to private investment, rejecting an effort by leftist opponents to first have committees review the bill.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - As one world leader after another paid homage to Nelson Mandela at a memorial service, the man standing at arm's length from them appeared to interpret their words in sign language. But advocates for the deaf say he was a faker.