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Syrian conflict invades space of Turkey and Lebanon

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Turkey scrambled its military jets Monday after Syrian planes bombed rebels fighting near the border of Turkey and Syria, according to The Washington Post

The unexpected violence left Turkish civilians panicked and fleeing across the border. At least one person was killed, and 20 more were wounded, according to Associated Press

NATO will be meeting Tuesday to discuss whether Syria or Turkey will receive Patriot missile systems.

Lebanon also experienced a spilling over of the conflict in their area when Lebanese troops exchanged fire with rebels across the border on Sunday.

Some are fearful that if the violence continues to cross borders, a regional war larger than just Syria could be in effect.

China's prejudice against AIDS and HIV victims

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In light of World AIDS Day, China exposed some strange prejudices against its citizens with HIV.

World AIDS Day holds the purpose to create positive and empowering media messages for those with AIDS and HIV, but a news story in China had sympathy for a different group of people, according to The Washington Post

The article was about a local HIV clinic and commented on the bravery of the nurses instead of the infected patients.

Chinese Media watcher Danwei said the article treated HIV patients like a leprous group to "be avoided like the plague".

A large number of HIV cases in China are hidden because patients fear discrimination when seeking out testing, according to Global Times

Although China's government is working to fight this discrimination, Chinese citizens can still be fired from their jobs or evicted from their homes due to their HIV status.

China may have discrimination issues against AIDS and HIV, but it is not to the same severe degree as other countries.

Israeli Border town hit by Gaza missiles

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The town of Kiryat Malachi was hit by rockets from Gaza on Thursday morning, according to The New York Times

A couple in their 20s with two young children did not flee their apartment in the small town possibly because they had just moved from India. The mother died from the rockets.

Syria hit hard by rise in violence

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Syria experienced some of it's worst violence in months during the growing conflict.

The Local coordinating committee, a collection of activist organizations across Syria, reported the daily death toll to be at least 159, according to the New York Times

Much of the fighting involved Popular Front units, who were backed by government artillery. The Popular Front stands for the Liberation of Palestine General Command and still supports the government.

Around 450,000 Palestinians and their descendants currently live in Syria, and many side with those leading the uprising. A number of displaced families have started camping in back gardens or schoolyards.

A car bomb exploded in a Damascus neighborhood behind the official palace of President Bashar al-Assad. The Free Syrian army is responsible for the attack and was targeted at military officers and members of armed militias that fight for the government.

Mostly Sunni Muslim are out to fight against Assad, according to the Los Angeles Times

Assad said his administration defends Syria's minority groups. The government is labeling armed rebels as terrorists.

Recently, pro and anti-Assad Palestinian factions clashed which has divided Syria's Palestinian refugee community.

Kafarnabel, a northwestern Syria town, has achieved international notoriety because of it's residents using witty protest banners, some even in English that have been posted on YouTube.

5 Afghan civilians shot dead by Taliban

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Police reported that Taliban militants pulled 5 civilians off a bus near Kabul, Afghanistan and shot them dead.

Ghazni province Police Chief Mohammad Hussein said the five civilians were killed on the spot after being pulled out of the bus, according to the Associated Press.

Police recovered the bodies from the road on Saturday.

It is not yet clear if the insurgents were specifically targeting these civilians.

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