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BEIRUT (AP) — Tensions are high on the Lebanon-Israel border after a Lebanese man was killed in what's said to have been an Israeli airstrike in Syria. The Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah (hez-BUH'-lah) says missiles fired by Israeli warplanes destroyed a residential building in a Damascus suburb, killing Samir Kantar and eight others. Kantar spent nearly 30 years in prison in Israel for his role in a notorious 1979 attack before being released in a controversial prisoner exchange. Hezbollah is vowing to avenge his death.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is praising a diplomacy-backed plan for a cease-fire in Syria's war as well as a recent breakthrough in efforts toward creating a national unity government in Libya. In comments to the faithful today, Francis expressed "strong appreciation" for the plan calling for talks between the Syrian government and the opposition to begin next month. He said he encourages all to continue on a path toward peace. Francis expressed similar sentiments about Libya.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A suspicious device found aboard an Air France jetliner was a hoax. That's according to the airline's CEO, who says the device was made of cardboard, paper and a household timer and did not contain explosives. After it was discovered in a plane lavatory, the flight from Mauritius to Paris was diverted to Kenya.

NEW DELHI (AP) — Demonstrators have taken to the streets of India's capital to protest the release of a juvenile convicted in a fatal 2012 gang rape that shook the country. The man was short of his 18th birthday when he and five others attacked the woman aboard a moving bus. He was given a three-year term in a reform home. On Friday, the Delhi High Court rejected a petition to extend his term, saying that he has served the maximum sentence under the law. Today's protests were led by the parents of the woman who was attacked.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A shake-up of the nation's kidney transplant system means more organs are getting to patients once thought nearly impossible to match, according to early tracking of the new rules. A year ago, the United Network for Organ Sharing changed the rules for the transplant waiting list, aiming to decrease disparities and squeeze the most benefit from a scarce resource. Now data from the network shows that the changes are helping certain patients, including giving those expected to live the longest a better shot at the fittest kidneys.

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