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  • Muslims and Christians throng Albania streets to greet Pope

    Tirana (AFP) - Christians and Muslims thronged the Albanian capital Sunday to greet Pope Francis who arrived in the mainly Muslim country for a one-day visit to praise it as a model of religious harmony.

    AFP
  • AP Interview: El-Sissi, Egypt and the terror fight

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is feeling vindicated by the world's alarm over Islamic extremism that is fueling wars and bloodshed across the Middle East.

    Associated Press
  • A transcript of AP interview with Egypt's el-Sissi

    CAIRO (AP) — A transcript of The Associated Press's interview with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

    Associated Press
  • Putin foe Khodorkovsky 'willing to lead Russia'

    Moscow (AFP) - Ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent a decade in jail after challenging the Kremlin, openly stated his political ambitions on Saturday by announcing he would be ready, if called upon, to lead Russia in times of crisis.

    AFP
  • NATO chief: Ukraine has cease-fire 'in name only'

    VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — NATO's top general said Saturday the two-week-old truce between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants fighting in the country's east is a "cease-fire in name only," and he said that by enabling a free flow of weapons and fighters across the border Russia has made it nearly…

    Associated Press
  • Tevez leads Juventus to 1-0 win at AC Milan

    MILAN (AP) — Carlos Tevez's fourth goal in three matches helped Juventus win 1-0 at AC Milan on Saturday in the first high-profile matchup of the Serie A.

    Associated Press
  • Real Madrid romps to 8-2 win, Arsenal bounces back

    Real Madrid's early season woes disappeared with an emphatic 8-2 win over Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish League on Saturday.

    Associated Press
  • Turkey disappoints West with low-key role in IS fight

    Ankara (AFP) - Blamed by some for prompting the rise of the Islamic State insurgency, Turkey has finally taken steps to tighten its borders with Iraq and Syria but is still disappointing the West over its low-key role in the anti-IS fight.

    AFP
  • Ukraine ceasefire is 'in name only': NATO

    VILNIUS (Reuters) - Fighting in Ukraine is continuing and the truce there is a ceasefire "in name only", NATO's top military commander said on Saturday. "The situation in Ukraine is not good right now," U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove told reporters in Vilnius. "Basically, we have ceasefire…

    Reuters
  • Syrian migrants in Egypt undeterred by deadly shipwreck off Malta

    Damietta (Egypt) (AFP) - A twist of fate stopped Abu Fahd boarding a doomed migrant boat that sank off Malta with hundreds aboard, but the Syrian and his family are already plotting another perilous voyage.

    AFP
  • Buffer zone agreed upon in Ukrainian peace talks

    Participants in Ukrainian peace talks have reached agreement to create a buffer zone to separate government troops and pro-Russian militants.

    Associated Press
  • Tracing shift from everyday American to jihadi

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A college dropout from Florida. A nurse's aide from Denver. The owner of a pizza-and-wings joint from upstate New York.

    Associated Press
  • Munitions factory hit in Ukraine's Donetsk, buffer zone to be set up

    By Anton Zverev DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - The Ukrainian city of Donetsk was rocked by blasts on Saturday, even as government forces and pro-Russian separatists prepared to create a buffer zone to separate the warring sides. A memorandum signed early on Saturday calls for the withdrawal of heavy…

    Reuters
  • 300 Kurds cross from Turkey to Syria to fight jihadists

    Beirut (AFP) - At least 300 Kurdish fighters crossed from Turkey into Syria overnight to battle jihadists from the Islamic State group trying to seize a strategic border town, a monitor said Saturday.

    AFP
  • Rival Ukraine forces ready pullback under new peace plan

    Kiev (AFP) - Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian militias were due Saturday to pull back their troops from a demilitarised zone created under a new peace plan agreed in marathon overnight talks.

    AFP
  • India, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean

    NEW DELHI (AP) — At first glance, it looks like a diplomatic love-fest. There was Chinese President Xi Jinping, toasting the birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a quiet dinner earlier this week in Modi's home state. There were the two leaders, deep in conversation as they walked…

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  • CIA stops spying on friendly nations in W. Europe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by the backlash over a German caught selling secrets to the U.S. and the revelations of surveillance by the National Security Agency, the CIA has stopped spying on friendly governments in Western Europe, according to current and former U.S. officials.

    Associated Press