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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…

    Reuters
  • '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
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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…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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
  • 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 Press41 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.

    Associated Press42 mins ago
  • Fritz youngest American in ATP semifinal since Chang in '89

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Teenager Taylor Fritz beat Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (5) on Friday at the Memphis Open, becoming the youngest American to reach an ATP Tour semifinal since 1989.

    Associated Press44 mins ago
  • 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…

    AFP
  • Six UN peacekeepers among 9 troops killed in Mali attacks

    Six UN peacekeepers were killed and some 30 wounded on Friday when suspected Islamists attacked their base in northern Mali, officials said, while three Malian soldiers died in an ambush as jihadists intensify attacks in the restive region. The six Guinean peacekeepers were killed in an early…

    AFP
  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • 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):

    Associated Press
  • Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia 1st to draw lifetime drug ban

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia became the first player to receive a lifetime ban under Major League Baseball's drug agreement after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time.

    Associated Press