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  • Iraq says moving troops, preparing offensive to retake Mosul

    Iraq's military said on Friday it was mobilizing troops to prepare for an offensive the government has pledged to launch this year to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State. Hundreds of forces from the army's 15th division reached Makhmour base, 70 km (45 miles) south of Mosul, and…

    Reuters
  • After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba

    By Philip Pullella and Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill embraced and kissed on Friday in a historic meeting, uniting to issue a global appeal for the protection of Christians under assault in the Middle East. Nearly 1,000 years after the Eastern…

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  • 'No Bashar al-Assad in the future', says Saudi foreign minister: report

    Bashar al-Assad will not be ruling Syria in the future and Russia's military interventions will not help him stay in power, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a German newspaper in an interview published on Saturday. "There will be no Bashar al-Assad in the future," al-Jubeir told…

    Reuters
  • Amid big uncertainties, Syria truce deal might mean some relief for civilians

    Despite the many questions swirling around the cessation of hostilities in Syria that was announced early Friday – including whether the truce will even take hold – the plan offers a glimmer of hope for a half million Syrians at risk of going hungry. Just hours after the deal’s announcement, the…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 'Right to work' is now law of the land in more than half of US states

    West Virginia became the 26th state to adopt a “right-to-work” law on Friday when the state legislature rebuked Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s vetoes of two highly contentious bills. Most lawmakers voted along party lines, with Republicans arguing that the legislation is pro-growth and…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Syria ceasefire proposal inspires cautious relief

    What Secretary of State John Kerry called "a pause" in the fighting is set to begin in one week, with the promise of further talks leading to a cease-fire, David Sanger reported for The New York Times. Recommended: How well do you understand the conflict in Syria? Several ceasefires have been…

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  • Bizarre case of Edgar Latulip: How an Ontario man solved his own cold case

    After being listed as missing and presumed dead by family for thirty years, Edgar Latulip is finally going home. Mr. Latulip went missing in 1986 from a group home in Kitchener, Ontario. At first, Latulip headed for Niagara Falls by bus without his medication.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • England savvy about Italy threat at rugby Six Nations

    England have never lost to Italy, but coach Eddie Jones said he was under no illusion the task facing his team when the sides play their second Six Nations match of the season on Sunday. Italy took France very close so they'll be fired up," Jones said of the Six Nations opener when the Italians…

    AFP35 mins ago
  • Top Asian News 3:47 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea's nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has…

    Associated Press49 mins ago
  • Death toll in Taiwan earthquake rises to 109

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The death toll in a powerful earthquake that struck Taiwan's oldest city of Tainan a week ago rose to 109 on Saturday with an estimated nine people missing.

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  • Assad vows to retake all of Syria, keep 'fighting terrorism'

    President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to recapture the whole of Syria and keep "fighting terrorism" while also negotiating an end to the war, as international pressure mounts for a ceasefire. Assad said the main aim of a Russian-backed regime offensive in Aleppo province that has prompted tens of…

    AFP
  • Quake hits eastern Indonesia island, no casualties reported

    JAKARTA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake near an eastern Indonesian island knocked out telephone, radio communications and roads late on Friday, but there were no reported casualties, local residents and a government official said on Saturday. The U.S. Geological Survey said a 6.5 magnitude…

    Reuters
  • Pope in Mexico after historic talks with Russian patriarch

    Mexico greeted Pope Francis with mariachi music and thousands of Catholic faithful lining the streets after the pontiff held historic talks with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Cuba. President Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday welcomed Francis at the airport while a mariachi band played…

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  • Australia leads NZ by 147 runs at tea on day 2, 1st test

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Usman Khawaja made 140 and Adam Voges approached his third century in consecutive test innings as Australia reached 330-5 at tea Saturday, the second day of the first test against New Zealand.

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  • Hammers and shivs used in Mexico prison riot that killed 49

    MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's deadliest prison brawl in many years was a bloodbath in which inmates attacked each other with hammers, cudgels and makeshift blades, authorities said Friday, underlining yet again the power that drug cartels wield inside many of the country's lockups.

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  • U.S. OKs sale of 8 Lockheed F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan: Pentagon

    The U.S. government said on Friday it had approved the sale to Pakistan of up to eight F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, radar and other equipment in a deal valued at $699 million. The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales, said it had…

    Reuters
  • The Latest: Cruz ad puts Clinton in 'Office Space'

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times local):

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