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Pope opens Mexico visit after historic stop with patriarch
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis kicked off his first trip to Mexico on Saturday with a long popemobile ride past cheering crowds on a day that will start with tough love speeches to the country's political and church elite - and end with a silent prayer before the Virgin of Guadalupe at the largest and most important Marian shrine in the world.... 2/13/2016 3:14 PM

SAfrica: Rescuers suspend search after second mine collapse
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A second collapse of a mine shaft on Saturday has forced rescuers to suspend a search for three people who have been trapped underground for more than a week at a South African mine.... 2/13/2016 3:12 PM

Rebels in eastern Congo kill 6, kidnap 14 in village attack
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Rebels in northeast Congo killed six civilians and kidnapped 14 others, a local activist group reported Saturday, the latest attack in a region the United Nations says is facing deteriorating security.... 2/13/2016 2:59 PM

Ai Weiwei art project in Berlin features refugee life vests
BERLIN (AP) -- An art installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in Berlin showcases thousands of used life vests by refugees from the Greek island of Lesbos.... 2/13/2016 2:52 PM

The Latest: Pope greets faithful on 1st full day in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Mexico (all times local):... 2/13/2016 2:50 PM

Somalia: Al-Shabab claims responsibility for plane bomb
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, say they carried out the bombing of a commercial passenger jet earlier this month that blew a hole in the fuselage, sucking out the suspected bomber and forcing the plane to make an emergency landing.... 2/13/2016 2:46 PM

Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, say they bombed a commercial passenger jet ...
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, say they bombed a commercial passenger jet earlier this month that forced the plane to make an emergency landing.... 2/13/2016 2:42 PM

Turkish media say Saudi Arabia, Turkey may strike in Syria
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey's foreign minister says his country and Saudi Arabia may launch ground operations against the Islamic State group in Syria, Turkish media reported Saturday.... 2/13/2016 2:32 PM

Church lifts ban of Indian priest convicted of sex assault
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The Roman Catholic church in southern India has lifted the suspension of a priest convicted last year of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the United States more than a decade ago, a spokesman said Saturday.... 2/13/2016 1:58 PM

Pope-Patriarch meeting seen by Russians as significant
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russians ranging from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to ordinary citizens are seeing the landmark meeting of the heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches as having significance far beyond religious doctrine.... 2/13/2016 1:50 PM

Amid multitude of woes, Egypt leader says democracy is back
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's president said Saturday that his country has established democratic and constitutional rule after years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising, but rights groups say he has presided over an unprecedented crackdown on dissent.... 2/13/2016 1:49 PM

UN peacekeepers prepare for Central African Republic vote
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) -- Thousands of U.N. peacekeepers fanned out across Central African Republic on Saturday, delivering voting materials to polling stations and stepping up security ahead of a historic presidential runoff election.... 2/13/2016 1:48 PM

Russian FM pessimistic on Syria truce chances
MUNICH (AP) -- Russia's foreign minister sounded a pessimistic note Saturday on chances of securing a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria within a week as planned, putting the chances at less than 50 percent.... 2/13/2016 1:41 PM

The Latest: Lavrov says all sides in Syria are guilty
MUNICH (AP) -- The Latest on the security conference in Munich (all times local):... 2/13/2016 1:10 PM

Palestinian shot dead after stabbing soldier, bystander
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A knife-wielding Palestinian woman attacked an Israeli soldier on guard near a sensitive West Bank holy site sacred to both Jews and Muslims on Saturday, wounding him and a Palestinian bystander before she was shot and killed by Israeli troops, the military said.... 2/13/2016 1:06 PM

Kerry takes aim at Russia over Ukraine and Syria
MUNICH (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday sharply criticized Russia for its actions in Ukraine and Syria, accusing Moscow of "repeated aggression" in both places.... 2/13/2016 12:47 PM

Steve Coogan film at Berlin fest puts death penalty on trial
LONDON (AP) -- Is it possible to discuss an emotive topic like the death penalty with both passion and reason? Steve Coogan hopes so.... 2/13/2016 12:39 PM

Rock band kicks off rescheduled tour after Paris carnage
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Jesse Hughes, frontman of the U.S. band whose Nov. 13 gig at the Bataclan theater in Paris was stormed by Islamic extremist suicide bombers killing 89 people, says "my friends died very beautifully, they died very well, with great courage."... 2/13/2016 12:38 PM

Russian PM: West rekindling the Cold War
MUNICH (AP) -- Russia's prime minister accused the West on Saturday of rekindling the Cold War, telling a meeting of top defense officials, diplomats and national leaders that sanctions imposed after the annexation of Crimea and new moves by the NATO alliance "only aggravate" tensions.... 2/13/2016 12:30 PM

Syrian troops capture village near northern city of Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian state TV and an opposition activist group say government forces have captured another village near Aleppo, tightening the noose around rebel-held parts of the northern city.... 2/13/2016 12:27 PM

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