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Egyptian court acquits doctor

CAIRO — An Egyptian court today acquitted a doctor charged with committing female genital mutilation that led to a 13-year-old girl’s death in a Nile Delta village, the country’s first trial on charges of breaking the ban on the practice.

Police: Miss Honduras, sister apparently killed

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Two bodies believed to belong to Miss Honduras 2014 and her sister have been found buried near the spa where they disappeared six days ago, the Honduras National Police director said today.

Palestinians kill 4 in Jerusalem synagogue attack

JERUSALEM — Two Palestinian cousins armed with meat cleavers and a gun stormed a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers today, killing four people in the city’s bloodiest attack in years. Police killed the attackers in a shootout.

U.S.-China reach climate agreement

BEIJING — A groundbreaking agreement struck by the United States and China is putting the world’s two worst polluters on a faster track to curbing the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming.

Spacecraft lands on comet

DARMSTADT, Germany — The European Space Agency celebrated a cosmic touchdown today by successfully landing a spacecraft on a comet for the first time in history.

Sterilization deaths show India’s health care ills

NEW DELHI — The women were poor, from villages in central India where the promise of a few dollars is all but impossible to resist. Many had babies so young they were still nursing at their mothers’ breasts.
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Truce deal one of few ideas left for Syria peace

Traction is growing for one of the few ideas left for peace in Syria’s civil war: Work out a series of local cease-fires to try to quiet the bloodiest fronts around the country, without tackling the core issues of the conflict between President Bashar Assad’s government and the rebels.

Putin’s gallantry upstages Chinese host at APEC

BEIJING — It was a warm gesture on a chilly night when Vladimir Putin wrapped a shawl around the wife of Xi Jinping while the Chinese president chatted with Barack Obama. The only problem: Putin came off looking gallant, the Chinese summit host gauche and inattentive.

Egyptians complain of heavy-handed army crackdown

RAFAH, Gaza Strip — Egyptian troops are pressing ahead with the demolition of hundreds of homes along the border with the Gaza Strip, cutting off electricity and firing warning shots in the air in a heavy-handed campaign to evict thousands of residents from the volatile area.

In secular India, religion and politics send brawls spiraling into riots

NEW DELHI — First, the rumors start. Maybe a Muslim man threw garbage outside a temple, or a Hindu boy teased a Muslim girl. No one has any names or specifics, but that doesn’t stop people from taking the rumors as fact. Crowds gather on both sides. Slogans are shouted, stones are thrown. A car goes up in flames.

Activists: U.S. strike hits Syrian rebel compound

BEIRUT — U.S. aircraft bombed al-Qaida’s Syrian branch as well as another hard-line rebel faction in northwestern Syria early today, activists said, in an apparent widening of targets of the American-led coalition against the Islamic State extremist group.

Report: Africa ivory smuggled on China state visit

BEIJING — Chinese officials and businesspeople used a state trip by President Xi Jinping and other high-level visits to smuggle ivory out of Tanzania, an environmental watchdog said Thursday, casting doubt over Beijing’s efforts to end the illegal trade that has led to rampant elephant poaching throughout Africa.

AC/DC drummer accused of murder-for-hire

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The 60-year-old drummer for Australian rock band AC/DC whose hits include “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” was accused today of trying to arrange two killings as well as possession of drugs.

Palestinian kills Israeli in Jerusalem car attack

JERUSALEM — A Palestinian man rammed a minivan into a crowded train stop today in east Jerusalem and then attacked people with an iron bar after leaving the vehicle, killing one person and injuring 13 before he was shot dead by police.

Former ‘forever prisoner’ leaves Guantánamo for Kuwait

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — A Kuwait aircraft lifted off from this remote Navy base with a long-held captive before dawn today, sealing the first repatriation of a former so-called “forever prisoner” whose dangerousness was downgraded by a U.S. government parole board.

Russia plans nuclear summit boycott

VIENNA — Russia has informed the United States that it will boycott the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, diplomats said today, potentially stripping the meeting of one of its key participants and hurting efforts initiated by President Barack Obama to reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism.

Seoul officials say Kim Jong Un had ankle surgery

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s spy agency said today it has solved the mystery of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s 6-week public absence, which set off a frenzy of wild speculation around the world.