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Lebanon bombing kills 5, including ex-minister

BEIRUT (AP) — A powerful bombing rocked a central business district of central Beirut Friday, setting cars ablaze and killing five people, including a senior aide to former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, officials said.

UN: 120,000 people displaced by S Sudan violence

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The United Nations says more than 120,000 people have been displaced by continuing violence in South Sudan, and about half are now sheltering at U.N. compounds.

Official business behind him, Obama looks to 2014

HONOLULU (AP) — The last vestiges of 2013's political wrangling officially behind him, President Barack Obama is setting his sights on the coming year, when a number of unfinished tasks will increasingly compete for attention with the 2014 midterm elections.

Trapped ship in Antarctica edges closer to rescue

SYDNEY (AP) — A ship that has been trapped in thick Antarctic ice since Christmas Eve was nearing rescue on Friday, after a Chinese icebreaker named the Snow Dragon drew close to the icebound vessel.