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BEIRUT (AP) — There's no letup on the Islamic State group in Syria as the U.S.-led coalition flew more airstrikes today. Activists say today's targets in northern and eastern Syria are in four provinces: Aleppo, Raqqa, Hassakeh and Deir el-Zour. The entrance to Syria's largest gas plant, a Conoco facility in Deir el-Zour, was also hit.
HONG KONG (AP) — Riot police have failed to disperse pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong's financial district. The demonstrators are wearing masks and wielding umbrellas to protect against pepper spray and tear gas as they continue their blockade of a normally busy highway near the Hong Kong government headquarters. Their movement that's been dubbed the "Umbrella Revolution" is protesting Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is being criticized over human rights policies. Human Rights Watch is calling on Turkey to take steps to protect free speech, the right to peaceful protests and the rule of law. The watchdog group pans government moves to control the media and the Internet and its clampdown on critics and protests.
BOSTON (AP) — A friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect is getting closer to the start of his federal trial. Jury selection is scheduled to begin today for Robel Phillipos, who is charged with making false statements when he was questioned about his movements three days after the bombings. Prosecutors allege that Phillipos lied about being in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehvz) dorm room.
CHICAGO (AP) — The American Academy of Pediatrics is updating its birth control guidance for sexually active teen girls, saying it should include not only condoms, but IUDs or hormonal implants. IUDs are long-acting birth control methods that, once implanted, don't have to be remembered on a daily basis like condoms, and they have an effective life time of a few years or more.
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