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Pope to focus on grandparents after newlyweds

posted: 09/16/2014 9:26 a.m. Discuss

VATICAN CITY — First, Pope Francis married 20 couples to highlight the role of families as the heart of the Catholic Church. Next up is a special Mass for grandparents.

U.S. to assign 3,000 from military to fight Ebola

posted: 09/16/2014 7:31 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact

posted: 09/16/2014 6:42 a.m. Discuss

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine's parliament ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union on Tuesday, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal.

Kerry: Iran link not off-limits

posted: 09/16/2014 4:23 a.m. Discuss

PARIS -- Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that President Barack Obama's administration will keep the door open to confidential communications with Iran on the security crisis in Iraq, despite criticism from Iran's supreme leader, who said the American advocacy for bombing Islamic militants, their common enemy, was absurd.

U.S. sets troops for Ebola battle

posted: 09/16/2014 4:18 a.m. Comment 1

The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

Ukraine monitors fired upon

posted: 09/16/2014 4:17 a.m. Discuss

DONETSK, Ukraine -- Six international monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe came under artillery fire Sunday and were pinned down for three hours in a village south of Donetsk, a spokesman said Monday.

Egypt releases hunger-striking activist

posted: 09/16/2014 4:10 a.m. Discuss

CAIRO -- Worn out but smiling, a prominent Egyptian activist facing retrial on a 15-year prison sentence for violating a protest law walked out of a Cairo prison Monday after a court ordered him freed on bond.

Odile topples buildings in Mexico

posted: 09/16/2014 4:08 a.m. Discuss

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico -- Odile weakened to a tropical storm Monday night after hammering Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, damaging homes and tearing away the facades of luxury resorts, shattering car and hotel windows, and leaving lobbies swamped and full of debris Monday.

Wrecks on Mediterranean Sea claim 700

posted: 09/16/2014 4:07 a.m. Discuss

GENEVA -- This year is on track to become the deadliest ever for migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea after two heavily-loaded boats wrecked in the past week, killing as many as 700 people fleeing Africa for Europe -- the same number as died during all of last year.

U.N. takes over C. Africa Republic mission

posted: 09/16/2014 4:06 a.m. Discuss

BANGUI, Central African Republic -- The United Nations took over a regional African peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic on Monday, nine months after the start of sectarian violence that has left at least 5,000 people dead and forced tens of thousands of Muslims to flee to neighboring countries.

Syrian Kurds push back Islamic State

posted: 09/16/2014 4:06 a.m. Discuss

BEIRUT -- Kurdish fighters captured more than a dozen villages from militants of the Islamic State group in heavy fighting across northeastern Syria, an activist group and a Kurdish official said Monday.

Unidentified airstrikes hit Islamist militias in Libya

posted: 09/16/2014 4:05 a.m. Discuss

CAIRO -- Unidentified warplanes conducted four airstrikes Monday near the Libyan capital of Tripoli, leaving one dead and five wounded, a spokesman for Libya's Islamist-allied militias and a militia commander said.

The World in Brief

posted: 09/16/2014 4 a.m. Discuss

Snowden: NSA sweeps New Zealand data

Hurricane Odile slams Mexico's Baja California

posted: 09/15/2014 11:05 a.m. Discuss

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — Hurricane Odile hammered Mexico's Baja California Peninsula overnight, tearing away the facades of luxury resorts, shattering countless car and hotel windows and leaving lobbies swamped and full of debris on Monday.

6 killed, 15 wounded in east Ukraine city

posted: 09/15/2014 9:10 a.m. Comment 1

KIEV, Ukraine — Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, the city council said Monday — the worst reported violence since a cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops took effect Sept. 5.

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