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An Indian courthouse is investigating some unusual suspects: Ghosts

When books began disappearing from a courthouse, employees wondered if it was haunted. They installed cameras to find out.

    In western Ukraine, fantasies about leaving the east behind

    Residents of the country’s European heart vow to fight on but wish they could just drop the rebels altogether.

    Jerusalem holy site reopened amid soaring tensions

    Israel set restrictions to ban men under 50 as Palestinian leader urges ‘day of rage.’

    As winter approaches, Russia and Ukraine strike gas deal

    The stop-gap bargain averts a winter without heat for Ukraine and its European neighbors.

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    Protesters set fire to Burkina Faso parliament

    Protesters set fire to Burkina Faso parliament

    Protesters stormed Burkina Faso’s parliament, forcing the government to cancel a vote to allow the president to seek another term next year.

    Syria criticizes Turkey for allowing help to reach Kobane

    Syria criticizes Turkey for allowing help to reach Kobane

    The Assad regime accused Turkey of violating Syrian sovereignty after foreign fighters crossed the border.

    Jerusalem holy site sealed after shooting of Israeli activist

    Jerusalem holy site sealed after shooting of Israeli activist

    For the first time in decades, Israel closed off a site considered sacred to Muslims and Jews.

    Islamic militants still flow to Syria despite U.S. airstrikes

    Islamic militants still flow to Syria despite U.S. airstrikes

    More than 1,000 foreign fighters are streaming into the country each month, a rate that has been unaffected by the airstrikes.

    Family of jailed Post reporter pleads for his release

    Family of jailed Post reporter pleads for his release

    Jason Rezaian, the media company’s Tehran correspondent, has been held without formal charges for 100 days.

    U.S.-Turkey ties strained by Islamic State

    U.S.-Turkey ties strained by Islamic State

    The divergence of views between the two countries over how to handle the Islamic State threat in Syria has laid bare the fault lines of an increasingly fragile, but still strategically vital, diplomatic relationship.

    Free Syrian Army vanguard in Kobane to fight jihadists

    Free Syrian Army vanguard in Kobane to fight jihadists

    Syrian rebels and Iraqi Kurdish fighters have mobilized to aid the besieged town near Turkey’s border.

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    Multimedia

    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.

    Photos from Around the World

    Best news photos of the week

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

    Happy birthday, Hello Kitty

    Fans celebrate at a convention in Los Angeles and a theme park in Tokyo as the Japanese character turns 40.

    The fall of the Berlin Wall

    Germany will soon celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

    Day in photos

    Bears up a tree in Pennsylvania, Hello Kitty’s anniversary, a giant catfish in Colombia, China Fashion Week and more.

    Sri Lanka mudslide buries scores of houses

    More than a hundred homes were destroyed in the island nation’s central hills after monsoon rains.

    President steps down in Burkina Faso

    Blaise Compaore resigned after protests in response to his proposal to amend the constitution so he could seek another term.

    Day in photos

    Lucha VaVoom wrestling, Mexican royal tomb discovery, birth of a beluga whale, Mount Kilauea lava flow and more.

    Iraqi Kurds cross Turkey to aid Kobane insurgents

    Peshmerga forces have traveled by land and sea to fight against the Islamic State in Syria after Turkey allowed them.

    Tomb raiders in Jordan ravage ancient crypts

    Treasure hunters imperil a rich cultural heritage in their search for artifacts.

    Tunisia at a crossroads

    Many Tunisians are joining the Islamic State. Upcoming elections will help determine the direction of the country.

    Day in photos

    A butterfly conservatory in N.Y., model dinosaurs in Germany, high heel racers in D.C., a Virginia rocket explosion and more.

    Hong Kong students, officials begin talks

    Protest leaders faced off with government officials in a debate marked by sweeping discourse but few concessions.

    Day in photos

    Dancers in Sydney, Redskins beat the Cowboys, protests in Hong Kong and more events from around the world.

    Inside North Korea

    Westerners have only glimpses of life in the closed-off country.

    Tracking Ebola in a Liberian slum

    In New Kru Town, everything is shared: mattresses, toilets, food, the burden of caring for the ill.

    An Andean architect’s designs sizzle and shine

    Freddy Mamani livens up buildings in a big way with spellbinding mixes of color.