Thousands to be evacuated from Lebanon-Syria border

BEIRUT (AP) — Scores of buses and ambulances arrived at the Lebanon-Syria border Monday for the second phase of an exchange between Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group and Syria's al-Qaida affiliate that would lead to the resettlement of thousands of refugees in Syria.

  • Written by By BASSEM MROUE , Associated Press

Turnout in Venezuela assembly vote another point of conflict

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan electoral authorities said more than 8 million people voted to create a constitutional assembly endowing President Nicolas Maduro's ruling socialist party with virtually unlimited powers — a turnout more than double that estimated by outsiders and by opponents who derided the announcement.

  • Written by By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN , Associated Press

A cold look at slavery now a part of some plantation tours

WALLACE, La. (AP) — Ceramic sculptures of hollow-eyed slave children haunt the Whitney Plantation, west of New Orleans, where owner John Cummings has infused the traditional antebellum plantation tour with an unflinching look at human bondage in the Old South.

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  • Written by By KEVIN McGILL , Associated Press