• 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…

  • Israel says has mended fences with EU in Netanyahu-Mogherini call

    By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Friday it had resolved its differences with the European Union after weeks of diplomatic tension following an EU decision not to allow goods produced in settlements in the occupied West Bank to be labeled "Made in Israel".     Prime Minister…

  • Millennium after 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 nearly 1,000 years after the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity split apart. "Finally," Francis said as he and Kirill entered…

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  • 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.

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  • Why the US is skeptical of Saudi involvement in Syria

    Amid an international campaign to fight Islamic State, also referred to as ISIS, Saudi Arabia this week announced its willingness to commit ground troops to the fight. “I don’t know why the US has to make the first move on the chessboard,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D) of Virginia, according to the…

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  • Ohio restaurant diners help police find machete-wielding attacker

    Quick thinking on the part of employees and patrons at a restaurant in Ohio led to the swift tracking down of a machete-wielding attacker by police, highlighting the role witnesses can play in such incidents. It all started Thursday evening when the man walked into Nazareth Mediterranean…

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  • Pope, Russian patriarch kiss at historic meeting

    Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill kissed each other and sat down Friday for the first meeting between heads of the Eastern and Western churches in nearly a thousand years. The 79-year-old Francis, in white robes and a skullcap, and Kirill, 69, in black robes and a white headdress,…

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  • Bahrain at impasse five years after failed uprising

    Five years after Sunni-ruled Bahrain crushed a popular uprising by the Shiite majority, the kingdom is locked in a political impasse exacerbated by an economic crisis, analysts say. "Hopes for progress on human rights and accountability for past and present abuses have faded," Amnesty…

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  • 'Finally:' Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader

    HAVANA (AP) — With a hug and an exclamation of "Finally!" Pope Francis met Friday with Patriarch Kirill in the first ever meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism that has divided Christianity.

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  • Portugal refuses to extradite Indian bombing suspect

    Portugal has refused a request from New Delhi to extradite an Indian man suspected of involvement in a bombing and murder because he has refugee status in Britain, Lisbon's justice ministry said Friday. Justice Minister Francisca Van Dunem "has decided not to accept the extradition request" for…

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  • Paris attacks suspect's DNA 'not found on suicide belt'

    No DNA from fugitive Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in November's Paris attacks, has been found on a suicide belt discovered in the French capital, a source close to the inquiry said Friday. The explosive belt was found in a dustbin in the southern Parisian suburb of Montrouge on November 23, ten…

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  • The Latest: UN envoy: Key to Syria deal is its 'commitment'

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):

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  • Public officials, businessmen arrested in Guatemala

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors and a United Nations anti-corruption commission in Guatemala say they've taken down a network of public officials who made criminal complaints against private business go away in exchange for bribes.

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  • The Latest: Pope, patriarch exchange symbolic gifts

    HAVANA (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis's historic meeting in Cuba with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and his subsequent trip to Mexico (all times local):

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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…

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  • Mediator: More progress in talks to resolve Argentina's debt

    NEW YORK (AP) — A court-appointed mediator reported more progress Friday in efforts by Argentina to resolve a dispute with bondholders who claim they are owed about $10 billion by the financially strapped South American nation.

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