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Israel Finds Itself A Partisan Election Issue In U.S.

The country has featured prominently in past campaigns, but observers say it's different this time. The shift is partially attributed to the GOP's aggressive courting of the Jewish vote and the Israeli government's perceived taking of sides, a charge it denies.

Relentless Attacks Send Syrians Fleeing For Relief

Refugees are crowding the borders at the end of the bloodiest month since the anti-government uprising began. Many are abandoning their homes in rebel-held towns. Although the rebel brigades have grown bolder, they are mainly powerless against bombardment from Syria's air force.

Justice Department Closes Probe Into Detainee Deaths

Officials at the Justice Department have closed an investigation into the deaths of two detainees in American custody in Iraq and Afghanistan without bringing any criminal charges. The probe opened a huge rift with the intelligence community. But now it's human rights groups that are outraged.

Drone-Tracking App Gets No Traction From Apple

For the third time in a month, Apple has rejected a proposed app that tracks American drone strikes. The company says the app is "objectionable and crude"; the developer says he wants to encourage more dialogue about drone attacks.

Egyptian Leader Stirs Tensions On First Visit To Iran

Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi has urged the Nonaligned Movement to back Syria's rebels, saying the Bashar Assad government has lost its legitimacy. Morsi's speech prompted a walkout by the Syrian delegation. It was also a slap in the face of the summit's host, Iran, which remains a firm supporter of the Assad government.

South African Miners Charged With Murder In Colleagues' Deaths

Police opened fire on striking miners Aug. 16, killing 34. Under an arcane law, 270 other miners were charged in their murders. The decision could further infuriate South Africans already shocked by the police action.

For Afghan Leaders, Facing Death Is A Fact Of Life

Targeted killings of Afghan leaders are up by 53 percent compared to last year. Such attacks are the efforts of a desperate Taliban, Afghan officials say, but they acknowledge that they hamper their ability to govern and provide services.