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Pope creates panel to `safeguard' marriage bond
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has created a commission to study how to safeguard what the church calls the everlasting bonds of marriage while streamlining annulment procedures.... 9/20/2014 12:26 PM

Pope Albania visit showcases Muslim-Christian ties
DERVEN, Albania (AP) -- The one-room, stone church of St. Nicholas has sat on the top of a hill here since the 16th century, destroyed three times and rebuilt in a testament to the Catholic presence in this region that dates to St. Paul. Its latest incarnation, however, is particularly poignant: 15 Muslim families chipped in to help rebuild it in a sign of the remarkable coexistence that exists in Albania between Christians and Muslims.... 9/20/2014 12:23 PM

Quakes destroy or damage 83 houses in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A series of earthquakes have destroyed 17 houses and damaged 66 others in a southern Philippine town, slightly injuring three people.... 9/20/2014 12:19 PM

Jailed Venezuelan police chief freed
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A police chief whose decade-long imprisonment was taken up by Venezuela's opposition has been freed from jail.... 9/20/2014 12:16 PM

Dalai Lama praises China's leader as 'realistic'
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The Dalai Lama praised Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday for being "more realistic" and principled than his predecessors, a day after Xi's three-day visit to India ended.... 9/20/2014 12:15 PM

Sierra Leone complies with Ebola lockdown
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Officials say thousands of health care workers successfully fanned out across Sierra Leone on the first day of an unprecedented three-day anti-Ebola lockdown despite some logistical blunders.... 9/20/2014 12:09 PM

Munich expects 6 million visitors at Oktoberfest
MUNICH (AP) -- Four taps on the keg and the beer started to flow.... 9/20/2014 12:06 PM

'Nearly empty' Picasso museum open in Paris
PARIS (AP) -- Paris' Picasso museum is reopening for two days this weekend after five years of closure over a renovation fraught with setbacks, accusations and sackings. But if the public expects art they'll be disappointed: it's practically empty.... 9/20/2014 12:00 PM

Kurds head to Syria from Turkey to fight militants
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say hundreds of Kurdish fighters are crossing into Syria from Turkey to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants.... 9/20/2014 11:53 AM

Brown credited with turning Scot independence tide
KIRKCALDY, Scotland (AP) -- Dour. Grim. Downright uninspiring. When Gordon Brown ended a disappointing three years as British prime minister in 2010, few would have credited him as the man most likely to swing a popular vote ever again.... 9/20/2014 11:39 AM

Buffer zone agreed on in Ukrainian peace talks
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early Saturday to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russian militants by halting their advances, pulling back heavy weapons and withdrawing foreign fighters in order to ensure a stable truce in eastern Ukraine.... 9/20/2014 11:36 AM

New Zealand prime minister wins 3rd term in office
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Prime Minister John Key won an emphatic victory Saturday in New Zealand's general election to return for a third term in office, a result that will be seen as an endorsement of the way Key's National Party has handled the economy.... 9/20/2014 11:32 AM

Kenya police chief warns residents to be vigilant
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya's police chief is asking residents to be "extra vigilant" of attacks in the week following Sunday's anniversary of the Westgate Mall attack.... 9/20/2014 11:25 AM

Renewed Yemen clashes kill 4 civilians
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A third day of fighting in Yemen's capital between Shiite rebels and Sunni militiamen killed at least four civilians on Saturday, security and health officials said.... 9/20/2014 11:17 AM

Afghan presidential vote result to come Sunday
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's drawn-out presidential election may finally be coming to an end.... 9/20/2014 10:55 AM


VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope names moderate Bishop Blase Cupich to lead Chicago, replacing conservative George.... 9/20/2014 10:24 AM

Jihadi ideologue calls for freeing British hostage
CAIRO (AP) -- A renowned jihadi ideologue on Saturday urged the Islamic State group to release British aid worker Alan Henning, saying Islam forbids harming non-Muslims who work with relief agencies.... 9/20/2014 9:51 AM

Kiribati leader visits Arctic on climate mission
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Fearing that his Pacific island nation could be swallowed by a rising ocean, the president of Kiribati says a visit to the melting Arctic has helped him appreciate the scale of the threat.... 9/20/2014 9:30 AM

Turkey: 49 hostages have been freed
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic militants in Iraq three months ago were freed and safely returned to Turkey on Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, ending Turkey's most serious hostage crisis.... 9/20/2014 8:28 AM

Philippine storm moves north, leaves 5 dead
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A storm that brought torrential monsoon rains which flooded much of the Philippine capital gained strength and battered the country's northernmost provinces Saturday with heavy downpours and strong winds.... 9/20/2014 6:41 AM