U.S. changes tack on support to Syria rebels after failed training push

LONDON - The United States announced on Friday it would overhaul its failed efforts to support moderate Syrian rebels battling Islamic State, saying it would provide arms and equipment to vetted rebel leaders and their units. | Video

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House slams regulators for not catching VW for years

WASHINGTON - Volkswagen AG's U.S. chief executive blamed "individuals" for using software to cheat on diesel emissions at a House hearing on Thursday as lawmakers attacked federal environmental regulators for failing to catch the fraud for years. | Video

Tunisian mediator group wins Nobel Peace Prize for aiding move to democracy

OSLO/TUNIS - Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for helping build democracy in the birthplace of the Arab Spring, an example of peaceful transition in a region otherwise struggling with violence and upheaval. | Video

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U.S. court places hold on clean water rule nationwide

WASHINGTON - A U.S. court on Friday issued an order temporarily blocking the implementation of a federal water rule across the country, expanding on a prior injunction from a separate court that applied only to certain states.

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Apple Pay to expand to Starbucks, Chili's, KFC

HALF MOON BAY, Calif - Starbucks Corp coffee shops will begin accepting Apple Inc's mobile payment system in a pilot program starting this year, Apple Vice President Jennifer Bailey said on Thursday.

Five killed in Gaza as Israeli-Palestinian violence widens

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli troops shot dead five Palestinians in protests in Gaza on Friday and a knife-wielding Jewish man wounded four Arabs in southern Israel in a wave of violence that has fueled talk of a new uprising against Israeli occupation.

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Russia says kills 300 militants in Syria in most intense raids yet

MOSCOW - Russia's air force hit 60 Islamic State targets in Syria over the past 24 hours and killed around 300 militants, the Defense Ministry said on Friday, in Moscow's most intense raids yet since it first launched strikes on Syria 10 days ago.