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Beirut attack kills U.S. friend, Syria foe

Mohamad Chatah, a former Lebanese finance minister and ambassador to the United States, died Friday when a car bomb struck his convoy in downtown Beirut, Lebanon's National News Agency reported.

Rescue on the way

An ice-breaking rescue ship is within sight of stranded research vessel stranded off the Coast of Antarctica.

Antarctic rescue could happen today

After four days trapped in Antarctic sea ice, the 74 people aboard an expedition vessel could soon be freed. Two ice-breaking ships are expected to reach them on Friday.

Suicide attack in Kabul kills 3 troops

Three coalition service members died after a suicide attack Friday in the Afghan capital of Kabul, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

U.S. sending missiles, drones to help Iraq

Two years after bringing home U.S. troops from Iraq, the Obama administration is sending Hellfire rockets and ScanEagle surveillance drones to help government forces fight al Qaeda affiliates growing in influence, a State Department official confirmed to CNN on Thursday.

Israel: Weapons facilities in Gaza hit

Israel launched airstrikes on weapons facilities in Gaza in response to what Israel claimed were two rockets fired against it from the Palestinian territory, the Israeli military said Thursday.

Japan's Abe visits controversial war shrine

A 30-minute visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to a controversial shrine that includes the names of convicted war criminals ignited a predictable firestorm of criticism and condemnation Thursday from Japan's neighbors.

Beaten Ukrainian journalist says she was targeted

Tetiana Chornovol, a prominent Ukrainian civic activist and journalist beaten on Christmas, said she has a long list of enemies, and that she was sure she would die during the attack.

Eco-activist shared Russian cell with killer

At 10 Friday morning, the Russians will give Frank Hewetson the best holiday gift of all: a stamp in his British passport that will allow the Greenpeace activist to leave the country and return home to his family.

Al Qaeda-held American pleads for help

A U.S. man held hostage by al Qaeda pleads for President Barack Obama to help secure his release, in a video released by his captors.