Nuns released by Syrian rebels... More than 40 killed in Iraq attacks... Obama, Biden to meet with Ukraine leader

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BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's official news agency says Syrian rebels have released a group of about a dozen Greek Orthodox nuns who've been held for several months. Syrian rebels, including members of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, seized the nuns from their convent when fighters overran a Christian village north of Damascus in December.

BAGHDAD (AP) — More than 40 people are reported dead in the latest round of violence in Iraq. Sunday's deadliest attack was a suicide car bombing in the southern city of Hillah. The blast struck a line of cars waiting at a checkpoint to be searched. Two police officers say the bombing set dozens of cars ablaze, killing 21 civilians and 15 security personnel and wounding at least 115.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is back in Washington after a family vacation in Florida. He'll host Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (ahr-SEHN'-ee yaht-sehn-YOOK') at the White House on Wednesday. The meeting is intended to demonstrate U.S. support for the new government in Kiev. Vice President Joe Biden is cutting short his trip to Latin America to attend the meeting.

PARIS (AP) — Interpol says it's working to determine the true identities of the two passengers who boarded a missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner with stolen passports. But the police agency's chief says it's too soon to speculate about any connection between the passports and the missing plane. The search continues in the sea off Vietnam for wreckage from the jet with 239 people on aboard.

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A British yachtsman who was trying to sail by himself non-stop around the world has been rescued by Chile's navy. Andrew Halcrow was forced to give up his second attempt to circumnavigate the globe after the mast on his yacht broke in a storm west of Cape Horn. A Chilean naval helicopter flew the 54-year-old adventurer to the city of Punta Arenas today.

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