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Pope opens Mexico visit after historic stop with patriarch
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis kicks off his first trip to Mexico on Saturday with speeches to the country's political and ecclesial elites, riding in on the success of his historic meeting in Cuba with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.... 2/13/2016 12:54 PM

The Latest: Lavrov says Russia, US is crucial in Syria
MUNICH (AP) -- The Latest on the security conference in Munich (all times local):... 2/13/2016 12:50 PM

UN peacekeepers prepare for Central African Republic vote
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) -- Thousands of U.N. peacekeepers are stepping up security ahead of Sunday's historic presidential runoff vote in Central African Republic.... 2/13/2016 12:49 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

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 Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches as having significance far beyond religious doctrine.... 2/13/2016 12:37 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

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 12:25 PM

Officials: 6 Afghan security men killed in Taliban attacks
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban insurgents killed six Afghan security personnel Saturday in two separate attacks, Afghan officials said.... 2/13/2016 12:19 PM

Israeli military: Palestinian killed after attacking soldier
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military says a Palestinian was shot and killed after she pulled out a knife and attacked a soldier on guard near a sensitive West Bank holy site.... 2/13/2016 12:03 PM

Several injured in French casino robbery; 4 gunmen at large
PARIS (AP) -- Police are searching for four gunmen who stormed a casino in the southern French city of Aix-en-Provence, causing several injuries and stealing cash before fleeing.... 2/13/2016 11:40 AM

Turkish media say Saudi Arabia, Turkey may strike in Syria
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkish media are quoting Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying his country and Saudi Arabia may launch ground operations against the Islamic State group in Syria.... 2/13/2016 11:38 AM

Major ivory network dismantled in Congo, wildlife group says
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Authorities in Congo have dismantled a major ivory network, arresting three traffickers in a blow to poaching operations that threaten the survival of the African forest elephant, the conservation group WWF said.... 2/13/2016 11:24 AM

For refugees, finding work in Europe an uphill battle
VIENNA (AP) -- Antonio Piani appears to have beaten the odds stacked against refugees finding work in Europe, but the hotel where he works was set up specifically to employ people like him.... 2/13/2016 11:22 AM

Germany presses Russia, Ukraine to implement peace deal
MUNICH (AP) -- Germany's foreign minister pressed for progress on a year-old peace plan for eastern Ukraine as he met Saturday with senior officials from Russia, Ukraine and France, saying he hopes that Moscow and Kiev realize that they don't have forever to implement the deal.... 2/13/2016 11:16 AM

2 Indian soldiers, 5 rebels killed in Kashmir fighting
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Five suspected rebels and two soldiers were killed in a fierce gunbattle Saturday in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, officials said.... 2/13/2016 11:15 AM

Influential Iraqi Shiite cleric calls for government reforms
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for government reform Saturday, demanding greater accountability and threatening to withdraw from the political process if his proposal is not accepted and the government does not show results within a year.... 2/13/2016 10:34 AM

Gunmen kill police officer, wound 2 in Pakistani capital
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani police say two gunmen shot and killed a police officer and wounded two others in an attack on a patrol on a main road in the capital, Islamabad.... 2/13/2016 10:17 AM



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