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By SEBNEM ARSU and ALAN COWELL
More than 2,000 prisoners held by the Syrian authorities were being released in return for 48 Iranians held by rebels for months, Turkish and Iranian news reports said.
By EDWARD WONG and JONATHAN ANSFIELD
The deal appeared to bring a tentative peace to Southern Weekend's newsroom, as another Chinese newspaper faced a crisis on Wednesday over the forced publishing of an editorial.
By SETH MYDANS
A Vietnamese court on Wednesday convicted 14 democracy activists of plotting to overthrow the government and sentenced them to jail terms ranging from 3 to 13 years.
By MATT SIEGEL
An unprecedented heat wave has sparked raging bushfires across some of the country's most populated regions, pushing firefighters to their limits.
By RICK GLADSTONE and NICK CUMMING-BRUCE
The United Nations said it was unable to feed a million hungry residents and aid agencies reported an outbreak of violence in a refugee camp in Jordan.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Amid heated debate between the Venezuelan government and the opposition, the country's Supreme Court ruled that President Hugo Chávez can be sworn in after Thursday.