Activists: Al-Qaida abducts US-backed Syrian rebels

07/30/2015 10:41 AM EDT
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say a leader and six members of a U.S.-backed rebel group have been abducted in northern Syria, most likely by the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front. 
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Libya officials: Jihadis driving IS from eastern stronghold
07/30/2015 10:07 AM EDT - TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan officials say a rival jihadi group has driven an Islamic State affiliate from most of its eastern stronghold of Darna in fighting that killed 39 militants on both sides. Full Story

Afghan Taliban release statement from 'family' of Mullah Omar confirming his death
07/30/2015 09:52 AM EDT - KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan Taliban release statement from 'family' of Mullah Omar confirming his death. Full Story

Iraqis take mandatory day off as heat wave smothers Mideast
07/30/2015 09:36 AM EDT - BAGHDAD (AP) — It's a 15-minute walk through a lush palm grove from Baghdad's al-Takia refugee camp to the nearest well, but as temperatures hovered around 52 degrees Celsius (126 F) on Thursday, Zakiyah Abdullah, who is eight months pregnant, said it felt like an eternity. Full Story

Malaysian premier: plane debris to be sent to France
07/30/2015 09:26 AM EDT - PARIS (AP) — A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic but finally solid clue to one of aviation's most perplexing and expensive mysteries. Full Story

China accuses US of 'militarizing' South China Sea
07/30/2015 06:47 AM EDT - BEIJING (AP) — China's Defense Ministry is accusing the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea amid increasingly bold moves by Beijing to assert its claim to virtually the entire region. Full Story

Landslides bury Nepal villages, killing at least 30 people
07/30/2015 10:47 AM EDT - KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Landslides caused by heavy rains buried several mountain villages in Nepal on Thursday, killing at least 30 people, and bad weather was hampering the search for others, authorities said. Full Story

Afghan official: Drone strike kills 20 members of IS group
07/30/2015 06:16 AM EDT - KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says two separate drone strikes in an eastern province bordering Pakistan have killed 20 militants affiliated with the Islamic State group. Full Story

Nephew of lawyer-activist Chen released from China prison
07/30/2015 05:56 AM EDT - BEIJING (AP) — The nephew of lawyer-activist Chen Guangcheng has been released from prison after serving a three-year, three-month sentence widely seen as retribution for his uncle's daring escape from house arrest. Full Story

AP PHOTOS: Youngest refugees bear brunt of Syrian war woes
07/30/2015 05:07 AM EDT - MAFRAQ, Jordan (AP) — Gathered on the desert floor, the Askar family chants prayers for their 1-year-old daughter Jawahir, who died of malnutrition and is buried beneath the sands of their informal refugee camp far from their Syrian hometown. Full Story

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From Scratch: Just give that 'green spaghetti' a try

Pasta with pesto Genovese may be ubiquitous in the rest of the United States now, but it hadn't yet "arrived" in York County when I tried serving it to my dinner guests. Full Story
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Stallone puts 'Rocky,' 'Rambo' memorabilia up for auction

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sylvester Stallone is parting with memorabilia from the "Rocky" and "Rambo" movies, but he's keeping the two characters alive onscreen. Full Story