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BEIRUT | IS frees 6 hostages in exchange with Syrian government

BEIRUT — Syrian opposition activists say the Islamic State group has released two women and four children they had been holding since July in an exchange with the government. The women and children were among 30 people kidnapped by IS in the southern province of Sweida in July when they carried out a raid that … Continue reading BEIRUT | IS frees 6 hostages in exchange with Syrian government

BOSTON | JD Martinez holds no grudge against Astros, who released him

BOSTON  — J.D. Martinez wants to thank the Houston Astros — not get back at them — for releasing him when he was struggling to make himself into a star. The Red Sox slugger credits his growing pains in Houston for teaching him “how to fail,” a lesson he credits with transforming him into an … Continue reading BOSTON | JD Martinez holds no grudge against Astros, who released him

ALIAGA, Turkey | Court convicts American pastor, allows him to leave Turkey

ALIAGA, Turkey — A Turkish court on Friday convicted an American pastor of terror charges but released him from house arrest and allowed him to leave Turkey, a move that’s likely to ease the tensions between Turkey and the United States. The court near the western city of Izmir sentenced Andrew Brunson to 3 years, … Continue reading ALIAGA, Turkey | Court convicts American pastor, allows him to leave Turkey

CAIRO | Egyptian police question, release son of jailed ex-president

CAIRO — Egyptian authorities detained the youngest son of jailed former President Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday for questioning on charges of publishing “fake news,” then released him on bail. State security men and a special forces officer took Abdullah Morsi at dawn along with his ID and mobile phone from the family house outside Cairo, … Continue reading CAIRO | Egyptian police question, release son of jailed ex-president

NEW YORK | Appeals court: Lynyrd Skynyrd film can be released

NEW YORK — A New York federal appeals court says a new Lynyrd Skynyrd film can be released despite a dispute over the band’s intentions. The case involves a movie called “Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash.” A lower court judge decided previously the film violated a “blood oath” made … Continue reading NEW YORK | Appeals court: Lynyrd Skynyrd film can be released

BERLIN | Verdict due in case of 2 Germans accused of abusing 8 women

BERLIN — A court in western Germany is scheduled to deliver a verdict Friday in the case of a couple charged with luring women to their home and abusing them so badly that two died. Prosecutors want the Paderborn regional court to sentence 48-year-old Wilfried W. and his 49-year-old ex-wife Angelika W. — whose surnames … Continue reading BERLIN | Verdict due in case of 2 Germans accused of abusing 8 women

MALE, Maldives | Maldives’ provisional elections results show opposition win

MALE, Maldives — The Maldives Election Commission says provisional results show opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih winning Sunday’s presidential election. The commission’s results released Monday show Solih with 134,616 votes and incumbent President Yameen Abdul Gayoom with 96,132 votes. The results show 89.2 percent voter turnout. Commission spokesman Ahmed Akram says the final results will … Continue reading MALE, Maldives | Maldives’ provisional elections results show opposition win