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SAARLOUIS, Germany — Deep inside Syria, a bishop worked secretly to save the lives of 226 members of his flock from the Islamic State group — by amassing millions of dollars from his community around the world to buy their freedom. … more
WASHINGTON (AP) - Has the Obama administration quietly recognized the World War I-era killing of Armenians as genocide? The term has long been taboo for U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, who have instead talked of mass atrocity … more
MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) - A chartered plane with a Brazilian first division soccer team crashed near Medellin while on its way to the finals of a regional tournament, killing 75 people, Colombian officials said. Six people survived. The British … more
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Tuesday that she'll resign - if parliament arranges the technical details - in her latest attempt to fend off impeachment efforts and massive street protests amid prosecution claims … more
HAVANA - He overthrew a strongman, brought his country free health care and education, and enlisted Cubans in what he called fights for freedom from Central America to South Africa. Fidel Castro also maintained a steel grip at home, jailing … more
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) - The subject was pickup lines, and Germany's "Mr. Flirt" offered a few examples to his class of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. "I really love the scent of your perfume," he suggested. "You have a beautiful voice." He invited his … more
By Tim Arango and Falih Hassan New York Times News Service Mosul - By the time little Amira, just a year old, reached the field clinic near the front line in Mosul, she was already dead. All her father could do was bundle her up in a … more
TOKYO (AP) - At first, it was 2011 all over again. "It really came back. And it was so awful. The sways to the side were huge," Kazuhiro Onuki said after northeastern Japan was jolted Tuesday by a magnitude-7.4 earthquake, the strongest since a … more
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Following a public outcry, Turkey's government has withdrawn a proposal that critics said would have allowed men accused of sexually abusing underage girls to go free if they were married to their victims. The proposal, … more
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is allowing all priests to absolve the faithful of the "grave sin" of abortion, extending indefinitely the special permission he had granted for the duration of the just-ended Holy Year of Mercy. Francis wrote … more
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