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Syrian Aid Groups Train An Army Of Activists

More than 100 private aid groups have emerged since the uprising began, and many activists say the experience they've gained will be valuable in rebuilding the country.

U.S. Transfers Prison Over To Afghan Control

Parwan was the last detention center in Afghanistan still in U.S. control. The handover includes most prisoners at the facility, though the U.S. will still have authority over about 100 prisoners.

Catholics Hope Pope Francis Will Influence World's Economic Problems

The new Pope is both an anti-Marxist who opposed leftist political movements and a humble friend of the poor who has criticized global capitalism. In fact, his positions are in line with those of his predecessors on economic matters — suspicious of any ideology that views humans as economic actors alone. But a lot of people who follow the church say that he will be better than Pope Benedict at getting the Church's message across on economic issues.

Kerry In Afghanistan To Smooth Over Latest Disputes

Secretary of State John Kerry met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other top officials in Kabul on Monday. As Kerry arrived, the U.S. handed over control of the Bagram prison to the Afghan government, resolving a long-standing dispute between Washington and Kabul.

China Reportedly To Buy Russian Subs, Fighter Jets

China state media say Beijing will purchase four submarines and 24 advanced fighter jets from Russia.

Rebels Rain Down Mortars On Damascus

The attack on the Syrian capital appeared to be one of, if not the most intense to date. The United Nations says it's moving part of its staff in Damascus for security reasons.

Islamists Say They Are Filling Vacuum Left By Egyptian State

The Islamist group Gamaa al-Islamiya recently agreed to handle security during a strike by police in the city of Assiut; the police returned to work the next day. But the group says it will continue to provide services such as trash pickup, reflecting the larger problem of a deteriorating Egyptian government.