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Battle for the minds of young Muslims

As the Islamic State’s ruthless ideology radiates from the Middle East, a mosque in Berlin and countless others across the West face new fault lines in a conflict that moderates don’t always win.

Syria’s ancient sites, damaged by war, now draw looters

Mesopotamian city and chapel with early images of Jesus among plundered Syrian heritage

Retaliatory airstrikes kill more Pakistan militants

More Pakistan Taliban militants were killed early Saturday, but the U.S. hasn’t claimed responsibility.

Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

Israel’s military attacked a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday.

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Israeli spy reportedly infiltrates Hezbollah

The head of the Lebanese militant group's foreign operations is said to have doubled as a Mossad agent.

U.S. pledges ‘proportional’ response for N. Korea hack

U.S. pledges ‘proportional’ response for N. Korea hack

The United States for the first time laid blame on a foreign government for a destructive cyberattack.

China arrests US aid worker in North Korean border town

China arrests US aid worker in North Korean border town

The aid worker was arrested on charges of embezzlement and possession of fake invoices, his lawyer said.

Pakistan: 119 militants killed in expanding offensive

Pakistan: 119 militants killed in expanding offensive

The government has pledged to step up attacks on militants in the wake of a school massacre by the Taliban.

For North Korea, ‘Interview’ latest episode in perceived plots

For North Korea, ‘Interview’ latest episode in perceived plots

The world according to North Korea: Conspiracies abound.

Russia to seek 10 years in prison for opposition activist

Russia to seek 10 years in prison for opposition activist

Russian prosecutors asked a judge to convict Alexei Navalny and imprison him for nine years, and an additional year for prior conviction.

Will U.S.-Cuba opening mirror engagement with China?

Will U.S.-Cuba opening mirror engagement with China?

American relations with China have brought immense benefits to the people of both countries, experts say.

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High in the Himalayas

Trekking the Annapurna Circuit is not nearly as grueling of an adventure as climbing Everest. But as last week’s death shows, it is certainly not without risks.

Foreign fighters flow to Syria

An estimated 15,000 militants from at least 80 nations are believed to have entered Syria to help overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Related story.

Refuge: Stories from the Syrian exodus

Refugees from Syria’s civil war are remaking the political, economic and religious landscape in the Mideast.

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Castro greets agents returned to Cuba

Castro greets agents returned to Cuba

Three Cuban agents who had been jailed in Florida returned to Cuba on Wednesday. President Raul Castro greeted them in Havana. They were released as the U.S. and Cuba announced a shift in relations.
U.S. official: North Korea connected to Sony hack

U.S. official: North Korea connected to Sony hack

The Associated Press reports that a data breach of Sony Pictures happened as early as the spring of 2014. Employees have launched a class action lawsuit against the company.
Eight children found dead in Australian home

Eight children found dead in Australian home

Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.
Father of spy freed by Cuba hasn’t heard from son

Father of spy freed by Cuba hasn’t heard from son

The father of a U.S. spy freed by Cuba after nearly 20 years of imprisonment told the Associated Press on Thursday that he is worried about his son’s whereabouts.
Iraqi Kurds open important corridor for Yazidis

Iraqi Kurds open important corridor for Yazidis

Iraqi Kurdish forces battling militants from the Islamic State group managed on Thursday to open up a corridor to Sinjar Mountain following a massive, two-day military operation.
Arrests outside Putin news conference

Arrests outside Putin news conference

Russian police arrested about 20 people outside of Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual news conference on Thursday. Several protesters said they wanted to ask Putin questions.
Cuba embraces diplomatic relations with U.S.

Cuba embraces diplomatic relations with U.S.

Following the news of American contractor Alan Gross's release from prison, new doors to a diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and the communist-run country have begun to open.
Views of devastation in Pakistani school

Views of devastation in Pakistani school

A spokesman for Pakistan’s military walks viewers through the devastation inside a school in Peshawar, where a Taliban attack killed at least 141 people, mostly children, on Tuesday.
Mourning across Pakistan for school victims

Mourning across Pakistan for school victims

Prayer vigils are being held in Pakistan as the nation prepares for mass funerals for 141 people, most of them children, killed in a Taliban attack on a military-run school in the country's northwest.
American Alan Gross freed from Cuba

American Alan Gross freed from Cuba

Cuba released American Alan Gross as part of a prisoner swap that could herald broader discussions on strengthening ties and perhaps ending the decades-long U.S. economic embargo against its long-time communist foe.
Hundreds tango dance for Pope Francis’s birthday

Hundreds tango dance for Pope Francis’s birthday

Couples celebrated Pope Francis's birthday with a mass tango dance in Saint Peter's square.
Funerals, protests follow Pakistan school attack

Funerals, protests follow Pakistan school attack

The Taliban massacre that killed 148 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation. The nation is mourning and mass funerals for the victims are now underway.
AP: U.S. recruited rappers to spark change in Cuba

AP: U.S. recruited rappers to spark change in Cuba

An investigation revealed that a U.S. agency infiltrated Cuba’s underground hip-hop scene to turn youth against the government, ultimately ruining what was an authentic form of protest in Cuba.
Europe's largest menorah lit in Germany

Europe's largest menorah lit in Germany

Europe's biggest menorah display was lit in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday evening to celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights.
Santa races take off around the world

Santa races take off around the world

Runners in both Greece and Australia took part in charity runs dressed in Santa Claus costumes Sunday.
Thousands run through Paris as Santa

Thousands run through Paris as Santa

More than six thousand runners dressed as Santa Claus took part in a six-mile race Sunday in Paris to benefit humanitarian organizations.

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Fighting the ‘invisible arm’ of the Islamic State

The story of a Berlin mosque illustrates Muslim communities’ battle to save youths from the pull of extremists.

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A look at some of our favorite images of the week.

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Baby cheetah quadruplets, reaction to new U.S. policy on Cuba, vigil for the homeless and more.

Holiday decorations around the world

With lights, greenery and gingerbread, cities around the globe celebrate the holiday season.

Day in photos

A gingerbread VW bus, Alan Gross returns home, N.Y. bans fracking and more top images.

U.S., Cuba move to end decades of enmity

The two nations exchange prisoners and begin to overhaul relations.

Bank attack in Afghanistan

Five insurgents stormed a bank in the southern city of Lashkar Gah, killing at least 10 people and wounding 15.

Some of 2014’s best animal photos

Memorable photos from this year.

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Tango for Pope Francis, Duchess Catherine promotes disability awareness, feed poisons Fla. horses and more.

Taliban storm elite army high school in Pakistan

Attack kills 132 students and nine teachers or staff members with scores more injured, Pakistani officials say.

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Holiday decorations, concert for panda triplets, Mariah Carey sings, independent coal miners in Bosnia and more.

Clashes continue over missing students in Mexico

Protesters press the government to find students who disappeared in September.

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December dress dip, Miss World, Cannabis fair, Kobe Bryant passes Michael Jordan on scoring list and more.

Landslide causes deaths in Indonesia

At least 30 dead, dozens missing after heavy rain causes mudslide.

A 50-day war that will last forever

The summer conflict between Israel and Hamas had an extraordinary effect on kids. Here are the reactions of 8.

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