BEIRUT - Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate launched a fierce assault on the headquarters of a US-trained rebel group Friday, while claiming responsibility for capturing members of the "moderate" force earlier this week.
NEW YORK - Lower oil prices hammered earnings of US petroleum giants ExxonMobil and Chevron Friday, adding to the industry's woes amid its worst downturn since the late 1990s.
HONG KONG - Tech entrepreneurs gathered in Hong Kong Friday showing everything from next-generation wearables to "smart" sex toys as investors seek to tap into the Asian market, seen as a breeding ground for start-ups.
ATHENS - Greece's main stock exchange in Athens will reopen on Monday after being closed for five weeks by the Greek debt crisis after the government imposed capital controls, a finance ministry source told AFP.
WASHINGTON - The United States on Friday condemned what it said was a "vicious terrorist attack" after suspected Jewish settlers burned Palestinian homes and killed an 18-month-old baby.
LONDON - Britain's interior minister ordered officials Friday to grant Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a six-month visa, reversing a decision to restrict him to a short trip that had prompted condemnation from rights groups.
CALAIS (FRANCE) - Not all of the 3,000 migrants estimated to be holed up in Calais are desperately trying to get to England. If anything, Abdulaziz is putting down roots.
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a rare telephone call to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, condemning the murder Friday of a Palestinian toddler in an arson attack and pledging a thorough investigation.
JOHANNESBURG - Professional Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst told AFP Friday he did nothing wrong on the hunt that killed Cecil the lion, adding he was shocked to find the animal was wearing a tracking collar.
BRUSSELS - The EU said Friday it has opened an anti-trust probe into the planned multi-billion-euro merger of US delivery service giant FedEx and Dutch rival TNT Express.
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