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4 years on, ancient heart of Homs still abandoned ruins
HOMS, Syria (AP) -- Sumaya Bairuty walked through abandoned streets pocked with shell craters amid rows of destroyed buildings, at times climbing over giant sand barriers before reaching her parent's apartment in the once rebel-held district of Bab Dreib in this central Syrian city....



Saudi Arabia to transfer $2 billion after urgent Yemen plea
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered the transfer of $2 billion to Yemen on Wednesday, a day after Yemen's Saudi-backed prime minister made an urgent appeal on the kingdom and its allies to save the local currency from "complete collapse."...



Pope in Chile to say Mass on contested land used for torture
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Pope Francis on Wednesday headed to the heart of Chile's centuries-old conflict with indigenous peoples to celebrate Mass on contested land that was also used as a detention and torture facility during the country's bloody military dictatorship....



Argentines try to understand why the pope won't return home
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Pope Francis has flown over the massive Andes cordillera, visited the poor in several slums and rubbed shoulders with presidents in six visits to Latin America. But in five years as pope, he has never returned home to Argentina....



The Latest: Pope celebrating Mass at notorious air base
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Latin America (all times local):...



Myanmar army enjoys popularity surge amid Rohingya crackdown
BANGKOK (AP) -- Activist Nyo Tun spent 10 years as a political prisoner locked away by Myanmar's military in the notorious Insein prison, where he endured beatings and other cruelty for his efforts to bring democracy....



North Korea to send 230-member cheering squad to Olympics
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea plans to send a 230-member cheering squad as part of its delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said Wednesday, as South Korea's president announced his support of a proposal for the rivals' first unified Olympic team....



Catalan parliament reconvenes, elects pro-secession speaker
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Catalonia's new parliament elected a pro-secession speaker, thus virtually guaranteeing that the chamber's push for independence for Spain's northeastern region will continue as its lawmakers prepare to elect a new government....



Violinists and cheering squads: North Korea's Olympic lineup
TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea won't be dominating any medal counts when the Winter Olympics come to Pyeongchang in South Korea next month. But it's hoping to grab as much of the spotlight as it can with what might be an Olympic first in ice hockey and a flamboyantly crowd-pleasing all-female cheering section to liven up the stands....



Chinese-American journalist says China kidnapped his wife
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese-American journalist who extensively interviewed an exiled businessman says his wife has been kidnapped and held for months by Chinese security forces, adding a subplot to the high-stakes drama that has transfixed followers of Chinese politics....