• Syrian army advances against Islamic State east of Aleppo: Syria state TV

    The Syrian army captured territory from Islamic State east of Aleppo including several kilometers (miles) of highway linking the city with the jihadists' de facto capital of Raqqa, Syrian state TV reported on Saturday. The areas reported captured are east of the Kweires, air base seized from…

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  • Pope Francis visits Ugandan shrine amid gay rights debate

    By Philip Pullella and Edith Honan NAMUGONGO, Uganda (Reuters) - Pope Francis traveled to Uganda's holiest shrine on Saturday, paying tribute to 19th century Christian martyrs killed for their faith, including for protecting young boys in the royal court from abuse by the king. Francis, on the…

  • Gunmen kill four Egypt security personnel south of Cairo: sources

    Gunmen killed four security personnel in an attack at a police checkpoint in Saqqara, near some of Egypt's historic pyramid sites, the Interior Ministry and three security sources said on Saturday. One security source said the two attackers were riding a motor bike when they opened fire using…

  • Chicago protests test expanding power of new civil rights movement

    Up to 2,000 people protesting police violence hit the streets of Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” district on the busiest shopping day of the year, taking another step forward for a social justice movement emboldened by its impact on everything from college campuses to city halls. Some protesters…

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  • No, Donald Trump supporters aren't everywhere

    Sometimes it seems as if Donald Trump voters are sweeping the nation. They’re everywhere on cable news, often explaining to cameras why nothing The Donald says – no matter how outrageous or divergent from established facts – will change their view that he’s the guy needed to shake up Washington’s…

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  • Despite governors' resistance, Syrian refugees find support in US

    Mahmoud had been living in this small Connecticut city almost two months to the day when the coordinated attacks across Paris killed 130 people. Now, more than two dozen US governors, as well as the US House, were calling for the vetting process for Syrian refugees to be toughened so that…

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  • In Kenya, a changing role for a Catholic Church that avoids politics

    As Pope Francis brings his message to Kenya this week, he is visiting a Roman Catholic Church whose role in society has shifted dramatically since the last papal visit. Under his 24-year rule, the Catholic Church, known as a steadfast provider of social services, became one of the only avenues for…

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  • The Latest: Pope arrives to address rally of Ugandan youths

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis' first trip to Africa. (All times local.)

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

    This week in the Middle East, Egyptians went to the polls in the second round of parliamentary elections, with turnout reaching nearly 30 percent, considerably less than for votes held immediately after the 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

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  • NZ takes 94-run lead as wickets tumble in day-night test

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Another 13 wickets tumbled as bowlers again dominated with the pink ball in the first day-night cricket test on Saturday, leaving a teetering New Zealand with a 94-run lead and the Decision Review System clearly in the spotlight.

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  • Kenya police: 2 Kenyans arrested for spying for Iran

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's police chief says two Kenyans in police custody have admitted assisting the Iranian state intelligence to plot attacks on western targets in Kenya.

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  • Morocco arrests Turks suspected of Islamic State links

    Moroccan police have arrested three people on suspicion of hacking telecommunications equipment, including two Turkish nationals who are suspected of having ties to Islamic State, the Interior Ministry said. "The two Turkish nationals were involved in hacking telephone communications of a Moroccan…

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  • Macedonian police enter Greece after migrants throw rocks

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The latest on the mass movement of asylum-seekers and others seeking refuge in Europe. All times local:

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  • Suspected jihadists kill three at U.N. base in north Mali

    By Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - The United Nations said unknown attackers fired rockets at a U.N. peacekeeping base in Kidal in northern Mali on Saturday, killing three people inside, in the latest sign that the West African country's Islamist insurgency is intensifying. French troops and…

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  • Eitberger leads German 1-2 finish at World Cup luge opener

    IGLS, Austria (AP) — Dajana Eitberger earned her first World Cup victory Saturday, leading Natalie Geisenberger for a German 1-2 finish at the luge season-opener on the 1976 Olympic track.

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  • Mortar attack on UN base in north Mali kills 3, injures 20

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A mortar attack on a United Nations base in northern Mali's Kidal early Saturday killed at least three people, including two U.N. peacekeepers and a contractor, said the mission spokesman.

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  • Gaffer tape and 500 euros: running guns to the heart of Europe

    By Aleksandar Vasovic and Gabriela Baczynska BELGRADE/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Need a Kalashnikov in Belgium? The main militant threat in Europe has long been the bomb. The source of all the weapons used in the Paris attack is unclear but at least some were reported on Saturday to have come from a…

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