Alexander Pedersen of Denmark, left, and Toro Tommola of Finland, right are spending their first American Thanksgiving with their host mother, Darlene Frederickson of Greensburg. The juniors in high school traveled to Greensburg through AFS-USA, a foreign exchange program that brings together host families and students.

Serving up America: Host families share nation's bounty with foreign students

The AFS Intercultural Program, an international youth exchange organization, each year sends about 13,000 students abroad.

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 Newlonsburg Church sewer Diane Guthrie pins fabric for a backpack to be sent to the La Croix New Testament Mission in Haiti.

Murrysville church group makes backpacks for Haitian children

The Blessed Piecemakers of Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church created 103 backpacks for children sponsored by church members.

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Senate panel to take on inversions in review of global taxation

The merger strategy is under renewed scrutiny by policymakers after Pfizer announced plans Monday to move its tax address to Ireland.

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Multiple errors cited in U.S. airstrike on Doctors Without Borders hospital

The military is expected to give details on the findings of the investigation at a news conference today.

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Brussels prepares to ease security lockdown, but attack fears stay high

Meanwhile, prosecutors in Paris revealed that the alleged Nov. 13 ringleader planned to blow himself up in the capital’s largest district.

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Haiti officially declares presidential contenders; announcement spurs protest

Government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise will face Jude Celestin, the former head of the state construction company, in a Dec. 27 runoff.

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Ukraine starts Crimea power repairs as Russia weighs retaliation

The dispute lays bare the conflict between the former Soviet states amid a separatist war that’s hammered Ukraine’s economy.

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 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday before their meeting in Jerusalem.

New settlement spat emerges as Kerry visits Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the recognition of some settlement blocs in exchange for steps to ease tensions.

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World briefs: Socialists lead new coalition in Portugal

PLUS: Afghan soldiers held; Ebola kills boy; Vatican leaks trial; Athens bomb blast

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Brussels lockdown stays as terror alert extended by a week

Meanwhile, a street cleaner found an explosive vest similar to those used in the Paris attacks on Monday.

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Obama pledges solidarity with France, says 'we will win' fight against ISIS

Hollande’s trip to Washington was part of a diplomatic push to get the U.S. and other nations to bolster efforts to destroy ISIS.

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Sabotage blacks out Crimea, raising Russia-Ukraine tensions

Crimean activists and Ukrainian nationalists left the peninsula in the dark and Ukraine and Russia headed toward a standoff over the issue.

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One of last 4 northern white rhinos is euthanized

Nola was euthanized at the San Diego zoo Sunday after an illness from a bacterial infection and age-related health issues worsened.

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Nestle confirms labor abuse in Thai seafood suppliers

While multinational companies in certain industries say they investigate allegations of abuse, they rarely share negative findings.

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Burundi officials sanctioned

The country plunged into deadly violence after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced in April that he’d seek a third term in office.

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World briefs: U.N. report sees disasters increasing

Plus: Israel cracking down, Greek bailout advances, Myanmar toll at 113, Nigeria opens schools, VW to repair rigged diesel engines

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 A protester waves Turkey's national flag as he and others shout slogans in front of the Russian consulate Tuesday in Istanbul.

U.S. urges Russia, Turkey to cool standoff over downed plane

Turkey shot down a Russian jet near its border, marking the first direct clash between foreign powers embroiled in the Syrian civil war.

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 Belgian police officers patrol the Grand Place in downtown Brussels on Monday. The Belgian capital Brussels has entered its third day of lockdown, with schools and underground transport shut and more than 1,000 security personnel deployed across the country.

State Department issues travel warning in wake of attacks

A travel alert, which is to be in effect until Feb. 24, said information suggests militants continue to plan attacks in multiple regions.

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 Opposition candidate Mauricio Macri

Opposition wins Argentine race

Cristina Fernandez along with her late husband dominated the country’s political scene for 12 years and rewrote its social contract.

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Separatists: Attack on Mali hotel aimed to halt peace accord

Halting peace negotiations have been dragging on between the central government and northern separatist groups for more than two years.

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 Belgian Army soldiers patrol outside EU headquarters in Brussels today. The Belgian capital Brussels has entered its third day of lockdown, with schools and underground transport shut and more than 1,000 security personnel deployed across the country.

Belgium police arrest 21, Paris fugitive still at large

The raids began late Sunday, capping a tense weekend that saw hundreds of troops patrolling and hunting for suspected extremists.

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El Nino could be the most powerful on record, scientists say

A key location of the Pacific Ocean is now hotter than recorded in at least 25 years.

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World briefs: Asian leaders create unified community

Plus: 4 dead in new stabbings, Crimea power cable blasts, Egyptians vote in elections, Jailed reporter sentenced

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 A Belgian army soldier patrols Sunday on a main boulevard in Brussels. With a missing suspect in the deadly Nov. 13 attacks in France last spotted crossing into Belgium, the city kept subways closed for a second day.

Brussels stays on high alert amid sweep

The authorities announced early today that 16 people had been arrested in a joint police and military operation.

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 President Barack Obama says he wants truth in his intelligence reports, even if they contradict policy. “One of the things I insisted on the day I walked into the Oval Office was that I don’t want intelligence shaded by politics. I don’t want it shaded by a desire to tell a feel-good story,” he said.

Obama says he expects 'truth' in intelligence reports

The Pentagon’s inspector general is set to investigate allegations that significant changes were made to reports from analysts at Centcom.

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 Mine workers carrying their belongings walk after their houses were destroyed by a landslide at the Phakant jade mine in Myanmar.

Landslide in Myanmar kills about 100; many others missing

Kachin state, around 600 miles northeast of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, is home to some of the world’s highest-quality jade.

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Report: Iran sentences U.S. journalist to jail

Washington Post reporter was convicted on charges that include espionage.

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 People stand on the street on which the house of the parents of Abdelhamid Abaaoud own a home in Molenbeek, Belgium. The family homes of the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks and one of the suicide bombers stand only a few blocks apart.

Lack of law and order in Belgium is inviting to extremists seeking haven

The tiny nation renowned for beer, chocolates and the comic book hero Tintin is now suddenly infamous for Islamic extremism.

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 People stand outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on Saturday, a day after an attack left at least 19 people dead. Investigators in Mali are hunting at least three people suspected of links to the jihadist siege.

Mali hotel attackers are tied to an Al Qaeda leader

The attack in Bamako came at a moment when Al Qaida is competing with the Islamic State, a younger upstart, for supremacy among jihadists.

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 President Barack Obama shakes hands with a girl as he tours the Dignity for Children Foundation on Saturday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mr. Obama visited the center in Malaysia that helps lower-income families, including refugees, casting a spotlight on the plight of those fleeing violence and persecution from Myanmar to Syria.

Obama puts human face to refugee crisis

The president made his visit shortly after several Republican presidential candidates renewed their criticism of his refugee policies.

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World briefs: Pope Francis to visit Africa amid attacks

PLUS: Suicide bombers kill 10; Fire in coal mine kills 21; Police: 4 Israelis stabbed; Vatican indicts 5 for leaks

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Ebola re-emerges in Liberia despite its virus-free status

Two months ago, the country was declared free of the virus for the second time.

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European countries agree to strict new steps to secure borders

New policy will impose thorough passport checks in wake of heightened terrorism threat.

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World briefs: Iraq civilians likely killed in U.S. airstrike

PLUS: Australia at risk for fires; Warmest year on record; Southeast Asia summit; Argentina’s election

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 The Radisson Blu hotel, left, was stormed by gunmen during an attack in Bamako, Mali, today.

Extremists attack hotel in Mali, killing 20

The gunmen had stormed the hotel shouting “God is great,” in Arabic before firing on guards, an army official said.

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China’s ‘justice’ vow against IS raises questions

China on Thursday vowed “justice” for a Chinese national kidnapped and purported slain by the Islamic State.

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Attacks by Palestinians leave 5 dead

An American teenager was among those killed in one of the deadliest days in a recent outburst of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

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 Men look for a place to sleep in a crowded shelter for migrants deported from the United States, in the border city of Nogales, Mexico.

Study finds more Mexicans leaving than entering the U.S.

The trend is reversing the flow of a half-century of mass migration, according to a Pew Research Center study published Thursday.

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South Sudan Assembly changes charter to allow new-states plan

The European Union and the so-called troika — the U.K., U.S. and Norway — previously urged Mr. Kiir to defer implementing the plan.

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U.S. cracks down on rules to deter tax inversion deals

Inversions — deals where U.S. companies take foreign addresses and cut their tax rates — became a political flash point last year.

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BNP move releases banking secrets

BNP’s move revealed the exact methods of Swiss bankers’ legendary discretion.

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French PM says death toll in Paris attacks rises to 130

Prime Minister Manuel Valls made the announcement today before the Senate, which approved an extension to France’s state of emergency.

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World briefs: Obama courts Canada on trade pact

Plus: Greek majority narrows, Donetsk fuel shortages, NATO holds cyberdrill, Nepal medicine blocked

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 Authorities said Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian national who was believed to be in Syria, was the mastermind behind Friday's gun and bomb attacks in Paris that killed 129 people.

Officials: Ringleader of attacks killed

The body of Abdelhamid Abaaoud was found Wednesday riddled with bullet and shrapnel wounds in the charred rubble of the raided apartment.

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Officials: ISIS determined to produce chemical weapons

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned that Islamic extremists might at some point use chemical or biological weapons.

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 This undated image made available Wednesday in the Islamic State’s English-language magazine Dabiq claims to show the bomb that was used to blow up a Metrojet passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg, Russia.

Narrowing rift, U.S. and Russia entertain cooperation in Syria

President Barack Obama changed his tune Wednesday, praising Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “constructive partner.”

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Nigeria begins corruption fight as Boko Haram attacks continue

The president accused his predecessor’s national security adviser of stealing billions of dollars meant to buy weapons to fight Boko Haram.

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U.S., Cuba sign first environmental accord since thaw

The United States and Cuba signed an agreement Wednesday to join forces and protect the vast array of fish and corals they share.

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World briefs: Coal-powered plants to lose key subsidies

Plus: China raid kills 17 in volatile region; Argentine currency controls fight; Brazil fiscal vetoes upheld.

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Russia, France put aside Syria disputes to strike Islamic State

Both nations unleashed a new wave of airstrikes against IS targets in Syria.

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