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Syrian President Bashar Assad (right) visits the Christian village of Maaloula, near Damascus on Sunday. Assad's forces have been gaining the upper hand in the fighting and the CIA is now increasing training and aid to Syrian rebels.

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CIA is quietly ramping up aid to Syrian rebels, sources say

The White House has decided to provide more covert training and weapons, including anti-tank missiles, in a bid to counter President Bashar Assad's growing strength in the civil war.

Vincent Mourou, co-founder of Vietnam's first artisan chocolate maker Marou, inspects cacao beans at a farmer's garden in Go Cong Tay district.

Slowly and sweetly, Vietnam's chocolate industry grows

French colonists planted cacao in Vietnam in the 1800s, but the crop was outpaced by coffee and cashews. Now French expats are helping the country become a respected producer of high-end chocolate.

The soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning was dressed as a woman in this 2010 photograph.

Judge OKs WikiLeaker Manning's name change to 'Chelsea'

The ex-U.S. Army intelligence analyst formerly known as Bradley Manning, made the request to reflect a change in gender identity.

American journalist kidnapped by Ukraine's pro-Russia insurgents

The reporter for Vice News was seized by gunmen on Tuesday but is "fine," according to a spokeswoman for his kidnappers.

7 weeks before World Cup, Rio is rocked by riot

Angry slum residents set fires and threw bottles after a young man's body was found. They blame police for his death. Security has been stepped up before the World Cup.

When NYPD asked Twitter for photos with cops, it didn't expect this

NYPD launched #myNYPD Tuesday asking community members to tweet cute, friendly pics with officers. It worked for a little bit, but then things went awry.

Death toll rises, hopes fade at site of Korean ferry disaster

Divers have found no air pockets where passengers might have taken refuge. They have, however, retrieved more bodies. The number of confirmed deaths has topped 150.

Supreme Court gives police new power to rely on anonymous tips

The court ruled that police can stop and search a driver based solely on an anonymous 911 tip. The 5-4 decision split the court's two most conservative justices.

Activity at North Korea site hints at nuke test preps

North Korea last month threatened to conduct its fourth nuclear test and there's been speculation it may do so as President Barack Obama travels to Asia this week.

High court upholds Michigan's affirmative action ban

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.

As Korean ferry sank, some crew members fought to save lives

Though the captain and some of the officers have been called cowards or worse, passengers say other crew members acted heroically. At least seven crew members died.

230 girls abducted in Nigeria still missing

More than 200 girls and young women remain missing despite a "hot pursuit" by security forces and an independent search by desperate fathers who headed into a dangerous forest to find their daughters.

Alaska OKs bill making native languages official

If you're inclined, you could soon speak Tlingit, Inupiaq, or Siberian Yupik in Alaska with the knowledge that those and 18 other languages (including English) are officially recognized by the state.

UN condemns ethnic killings in South Sudan

Thousands of people have been killed in violence in South Sudan since December, when presidential guards splintered and fought along ethnic lines.

Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise

Biden planned to meet Tuesday with government leaders who took over after pro-Russia Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February following months of protests.

Court won't hear Arizona appeal over harboring ban

The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from the state of Arizona over a ruling that blocked enforcement of part of Arizona's 2010 immigration law.