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Assad pursues withering campaign against rebels

Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the U.S.-led coalition’s war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture areas he apparently considers more crucial to the survival of his government. As U.S. ...

EU leaders seal landmark 2030 climate deal

Oct 24, 2014

EU leaders seal landmark 2030 climate deal

European Union leaders agreed Friday on what they hailed as the world’s most ambitious climate change targets for 2030, paving the way for a new U.N.-backed global treaty next year. The 28 leaders overcame deep divisions at a summit in Brussels to reach a ...

Oct 24, 2014

'Eau de comet' is a bit of a stinker

Rotten eggs, horse pee, alcohol and bitter almonds: This is the bouquet of odors you would smell if a comet in deep space could be brought back to Earth, European scientists said on Thursday. An instrument aboard the probe Rosetta has detected some intriguing ...

Oct 24, 2014

U.S. tobacco giant Reynolds bans smoking in its offices

The second largest tobacco producer in the United States, Reynolds American said Thursday it will ban smoking in all indoor office spaces, bowing to smoke-free social norms. The manufacturer of Pall Mall and Camel cigarettes said smoking cigarettes, cigars and pipes in conference rooms ...

Oct 24, 2014

Mom of Canada suspect: I cry for victims, not son

The mother of the gunman who carried out the deadly attack on Canada’s seat of government said Thursday that she is crying for the victims of the shooting rampage, not her son. In a brief and tear-filled telephone interview with The Associated Press, Susan ...

Old, cold and bold: Ice Age people dwelled high in Peru's Andes

Oct 24, 2014

Old, cold and bold: Ice Age people dwelled high in Peru's Andes

In a bleak, treeless landscape high in the southern Peruvian Andes, bands of intrepid Ice Age people hunkered down in rudimentary dwellings and withstood frigid weather, thin air and other hardships. Scientists on Thursday described the world’s highest known Ice Age settlements, two archaeological ...