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  • Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city

    Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida's branch in Syria seized almost full control of the northwestern city of Idlib on Saturday, taking over major roundabouts and government buildings in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad whose forces rapidly collapsed after four days of heavy fighting, opposition activists and the extremist group said.
  • Ai Weiwei, Joan Baez honored by Amnesty International

    Amnesty International awarded its top honor Tuesday to Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who has spent years shining light on his country's restrictive political atmosphere, and to U.S. folk singer Joan Baez for her civil rights activism. Both were...

    For Iraqis, years after US invasion seem like unending war

    Alaa al-Qureishi's home is full of ghosts — the photos of dead relatives decorating the walls of every room. In 2006, his mother and brother were killed when the house, in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad, was randomly hit by a rocket. A...

    For Iraqis, years after U.S. invasion seem like unending war

    For Iraqis, years after U.S. invasion seem like unending war
    Alaa al-Qureishi's home is full of ghosts — the photos of dead relatives decorating the walls of every room. In 2006, his mother and brother were killed when the house, in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad, was randomly hit by a rocket. A year...

    Cuba: Late dissident's daughter breaks with head of 'Ladies'

    The daughter of a founding member of Cuba's Ladies in White publicly split with their current leader Thursday in the latest sign of division within the dissident group, which a decade ago was awarded the European Union's top human rights prize. Laura...