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  • Historic step: Pope, Russia patriarch meet in Cuba Feb. 12
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 11:32 am
    In an historic step to heal the 1,000-year schism that split Christianity, Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in an attempt to begin bridging the church's East-West divide.
  • Memorial service held for Italian student killed in Egypt
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 11:20 am
    Friends, family and diplomats held a memorial ceremony Friday at a Cairo church for an Italian student whose body was found this week, nine days after he disappeared from the streets of the Egyptian capital.
  • Assange sex case sinks in international quagmire
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 11:08 am
    It started more than five years ago as what appeared to be a fairly simple sex crime case: two women in Sweden came forward to accuse Julian Assange of sexual misconduct.
  • UN arbitrary detention panel: Opinionated, but toothless
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 10:40 am
    The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is a little-known piece of a sprawling human rights organization. Neither a court nor a tribunal, the five-member body can call countries and their leaders to account, but has no power of enforcement.
  • Kenya: Supreme court judge to be investigated over bribery
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 10:40 am
    The head of Kenya's Judiciary Friday said that an internal probe has found that a Supreme Court judge should be investigated further over allegations that he received a $2 million bribe to influence an election petition.
  • Drought-stricken Zimbabwe declares state of disaster
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 9:57 am
    Cattle, thin like their owners, wander in a parched riverbed. Desperate villagers barter a few fish for maize because there is no money for food. In this drought-stricken area of Zimbabwe, some people allege that who you know determines whether you'll get state food aid, with those out of favor with local officials going hungry.
  • For Brazil's Carnival fans, even Zika can't stop the party
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 9:48 am
    Brazilian Carnival could be called a hungry mosquito's dream -- five days of non-stop street parties that bring together millions of revelers in an inviting mass of bare ankles, uncovered legs and denuded torsos. So the mosquito-borne Zika virus might be expected to dampen this year's debauchery.
  • Media leaders urge tougher protection for journalists
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 9:36 am
    World media executives are urging governments to stop looking at journalists as the enemy, and to better protect reporters covering wars, crime and corruption.
  • Belgium to hire 1,000 more police to combat radicalism
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 9:24 am
    The Belgian government on Friday approved a sweeping plan to combat Islamic radicalism and the threat of extremist violence by hiring 1,000 new police officers over the next four years.
  • The Latest: Assange hails 'victory' from embassy balcony
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 9:08 am
    The Latest on the U.N. panel's determination that Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained (all times local):
  • Quieter, smaller Guantanamo as debate rages on prison's fate
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 9:04 am
    Empty cells outnumber occupied ones. There are fewer prisoners than the assorted medical personnel to care for them. The number of hunger strikers is down to a handful.
  • Afghan Taliban close ranks around new leader
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 8:57 am
    Afghanistan's Taliban are closing ranks around their new leader after months of infighting that followed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar, which could allow the insurgents to speak with one voice in hoped-for peace talks but will also strengthen them on the battlefield.
  • Poland says it wins protection for Poles in British EU deal
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 8:48 am
    British Prime Minister David Cameron found support Friday for a renegotiated deal with the European Union from Poland and Denmark, marking a positive start to a two-week tour of European capitals aimed at winning over European partners to his plans for a looser union with the bloc.
  • Germany: Suspect in attack plot registered as Syrian refugee
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 8:32 am
    One of four Algerian men suspected of plotting an attack in Berlin had registered in Germany as a Syrian refugee and another had contacts in Belgium, police said Friday.
  • China probe says stored chemical caused Tianjin blasts
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 8:28 am
    Deadly warehouse blasts that killed 165 people in a Chinese port city in August were triggered when a chemical stored in an unlicensed facility became too dry and caught fire, investigators announced Friday.