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Pope Francis: Charity is the only acceptable kind of fanaticism

Pope Francis: Charity is the only acceptable kind of fanaticism

CAIRO — Pope Francis led a mass of about 250,000 Egyptians on Saturday, telling followers that the only acceptable kind of fanaticism is that of “charity.” “Any other type of fanaticism does not come from God, and is not pleasing to him,” Francis …

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Emmanuel Macron: The ‘Knight’ Whose Job It Is To Slay France’s Far-Right Party

Emmanuel Macron: The ‘Knight’ Whose Job It Is To Slay France’s Far-Right Party

PARIS — The sudden rise of Emmanuel Macron, who polls suggest is favorite to become president of France, has thrown a spotlight on his politics as well as the former teacher 24 years his senior who could be the country’s first lady. The independent …

Dozens arrested at unauthorized protests in Russia urging Vladimir Putin not to seek fourth term

Dozens arrested at unauthorized protests in Russia urging Vladimir Putin not to seek fourth term

Under the slogan “I’m fed up,” demonstrators urging Vladimir Putin not to run for a fourth term as president rallied in cities across Russia on Saturday. Dozens were arrested in St. Petersburg and elsewhere. The centerpiece rally in Moscow was held …

Shark mauls trained shark-spotter bodyboarding off French island

Shark mauls trained shark-spotter bodyboarding off French island

A bodyboarder was mauled to death by a shark just two months after one of his best friends was killed in almost identical circumstances. Adrien Dubosc, 28, was bitten in the leg in shark-infested waters off Pointe au Sel, Reunion, on Saturday morning.

Pope Francis draws 15,000 to open-air mass in Egypt weeks after deadly attacks on country's churches

Pope Francis draws 15,000 to open-air mass in Egypt weeks after deadly attacks on country’s churches

Pope Francis drew a crowd of 15,000 to an open-air Mass in Egypt on his last day visiting the overwhelmingly Muslim nation, where Christians and their churches have been the target of recent attacks by Islamic militants. Francis led the Mass on Saturday in …

Russian rallies urge Putin not to run again; dozens arrested

Russian rallies urge Putin not to run again; dozens arrested

Under the slogan “I’m fed up,” demonstrators urging Vladimir Putin not to run for a fourth term rallied in cities across Russia on Saturday. Dozens were arrested in St. Petersburg and elsewhere. The centerpiece rally in Moscow went peacefully, despite …

Russia flaunts Arctic expansion with new military bases

Russia flaunts Arctic expansion with new military bases

Russia has launched a push to show off its growing military presence in the Arctic in the past two months, even inviting foreign journalists on a rare tour of one of its bases in the region. The Alakurtti base, which ABC News and several other foreign …

'Butcher of Kabul' shows his face after 20 years in exile

’Butcher of Kabul’ shows his face after 20 years in exile

Afghan warlord and former prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has urged the Taliban to lay down its weapons and join a “caravan of peace.” Returning to public life after more than 20 years in exile, Hekmatyar told militants to “stop the pointless …

Macron hunts for French rural votes, Le Pen cheers new ally

Macron hunts for French rural votes, Le Pen cheers new ally

French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron hunted Saturday for votes in rural France where his far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen, is making inroads among country folk who feel left behind. Back in Paris, Le Pen announced that if she wins the …

Hungary still defiant on US university after Brussels summit

Hungary still defiant on US university after Brussels summit

BUDAPEST, Hungary – The Hungarian government remains defiant over the possible closure of Budapest-based Central European University, founded by billionaire George Soros. The issue was on the agenda during Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s meeting Saturday …

Le Pen’s Father ‘Shocked’ by Funeral Tribute for Slain Gay Policeman

Le Pen’s Father ‘Shocked’ by Funeral Tribute for Slain Gay Policeman

A remembrance ceremony for the policeman killed last week by an attacker in Paris “exalted” the concept of gay marriage, far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen’s father said on Friday, courting controversy for his daughter’s campaign. Jean-Marie Le …

Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia, alleging

Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia, alleging “smear campaign”

ISTANBUL – Access to Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia, has been blocked in Turkey for content presenting the country as supporting terror. Turkey’s official news agency, quoting the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, said …

Moscow demonstrators want to tell Putin: Don't run again

Moscow demonstrators want to tell Putin: Don’t run again

Several hundred demonstrators are gathered in a Moscow park, trying to move to the nearby presidential administration building to present letters calling on President Vladimir Putin not to run for a fourth term in office in 2018.. The demonstration is one …

China Deports American Woman Convicted on Spying Charge

China Deports American Woman Convicted on Spying Charge

BEIJING — China has deported an American businesswoman convicted and sentenced on a spying charge, and she arrived in the United States on Friday, her husband said. The deportation ended uncertainty about the fate of the Houston businesswoman, Phan Phan …

Berlusconi treated with stitches after fall

Berlusconi treated with stitches after fall

MILAN – Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi has been treated by a doctor after tripping on a carpet and hitting his head in a fall in his villa in Portofino on the Ligurian coast. The news agency ANSA reported Saturday that the 80-year-old, three-time …

Pope Francis: Charity is the only acceptable kind of fanaticism

Pope Francis: Charity is the only acceptable kind of fanaticism

CAIRO — Pope Francis led a mass of about 250,000 Egyptians on Saturday, telling followers that the only acceptable kind of fanaticism is that of “charity.” “Any other type of fanaticism does not come from God, and is not pleasing to him,” Francis …

Protesters torch buses, block roads during Brazil strike

Protesters torch buses, block roads during Brazil strike

RIO DE JANEIRO – Protesters lit buses on fire, blocked roads and clashed with police on Friday during a general strike that brought transportation to a halt in many cities across Latin America’s largest nation. The strike was to protest major changes to …

Pope Calls on Egyptians to Abandon ‘Fanaticism’ on Second-Day of Historic Visit

Pope Calls on Egyptians to Abandon ‘Fanaticism’ on Second-Day of Historic Visit

Pope Francis called for a retreat from “fanaticism” during Mass in the Egyptian capital Saturday, the last day of a key visit during which he addressed religious violence and the plight of the region’s beleaguered Christian communities. Thousands of …

Le Pen Takes Heat for Father; Macron Courts Rural Votes

Le Pen Takes Heat for Father; Macron Courts Rural Votes

French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron’s party on Saturday called for the resignation of Marine Le Pen’s father from the National Front after comments he made about a ceremony for the policeman killed in an attack in Paris. The policeman was shot …

The Latest: Le Pen says Dupont-Aignan would be her PM

The Latest: Le Pen says Dupont-Aignan would be her PM

Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen says her new campaign ally, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, would be her prime minister if she is elected next Sunday as France’s president. Speaking at a news conference Saturday with Dupont-Aignan, Le Pen said they she and the …

Knights of Malta vote for new leader after papal dispute

Knights of Malta vote for new leader after papal dispute

Members of the ancient Knights of Malta religious order are voting for a new leader after the old one was effectively ousted by Pope Francis. Setting the stage for drama, the former grand master has defied the pope and traveled to Rome for the election.

EU Chief Tusk Stresses Citizen's Rights in Brexit Talks

EU Chief Tusk Stresses Citizen’s Rights in Brexit Talks

Brussels (AP) – EU Council President Donald Tusk says that Britain will face a united bloc of 27 EU nations in the two years of divorce negotiations and said the welfare of citizens and families living in each other’s nations will be the priority once the …

Nationwide Strike Brings Brazil to a Standstill

Nationwide Strike Brings Brazil to a Standstill

Public transportation, schools and banks were closed across much of Brazil as unions led nationwide strikes to protest austerity measures. Millions of people stayed home Friday, either by choice or because they could not get to work. Thousands of others …

South Africa’s Zuma Signs Anti-Money Laundering Bill Into Law

South Africa’s Zuma Signs Anti-Money Laundering Bill Into Law

South African President Jacob Zuma signed into law the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Act, aimed at fighting tax evasion and money laundering. Lawmakers in February approved changes to the legislation that clarified the behavior of officials …

South Africa’s Zuma Signs Anti-Money-Laundering Bill

South Africa’s Zuma Signs Anti-Money-Laundering Bill

South African President Jacob Zuma has signed the anti-money laundering bill FICA, which allows increased scrutiny of the bank accounts of “prominent individuals,” including himself, into law, his office said Saturday. The country risked being kicked …

Philippines: Notorious Abu Sayyaf Kidnapper Dead

Philippines: Notorious Abu Sayyaf Kidnapper Dead

Philippine marines have killed an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander and a notorious kidnapper who had sailed across the sea border into Malaysia to snatch tourists and sailors for ransom, the military chief said Saturday. Gen. Eduardo Ano told The Associated …

The Latest: Southeast Asia leaders conclude closed-door meet

The Latest: Southeast Asia leaders conclude closed-door meet

Southeast Asian leaders have concluded their closed-door retreat in Manila’s ornate Coconut Palace and have started a meeting with lawmakers from the region. Known to abhor formalities, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had rolled up the sleeves of his …

Macron hunts for France's rural vote

Macron hunts for France’s rural vote

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron is hunting for votes in rural areas of France where his far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen, has made inroads among people who feel left behind, with difficult access to public services, mobile phone connections …

The Latest: Security tight at stadium where pope holds mass

The Latest: Security tight at stadium where pope holds mass

Security is exceptionally tight around Cairo and the sports stadium where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for Egypt’s tiny Catholic community. Both uniformed and plain-clothed police were stationed every meter (yard) or so along Francis’ motorcade route …

As soccer soars, court docs detail graft in Brazilian sports

As soccer soars, court docs detail graft in Brazilian sports

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil and superstar Neymar were the first to qualify for next year’s World Cup, save for Russia which gets an automatic berth as the host. Winning a record sixth World Cup might help some forget the humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany three …

Pope Francis to celebrate Mass in Cairo on 2nd day of trip

Pope Francis to celebrate Mass in Cairo on 2nd day of trip

Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for Egypt’s tiny Catholic community and meet with its priests and seminarians before returning to Rome. Local media reports say at least 25,000 are expected at Saturday’s Mass in Cairo, which comes on the second day of …

North Korea displays military prowess with failed missile launch

North Korea displays military prowess with failed missile launch

North Korea’s failed attempt to launch a mid-range ballistic missile Friday evening came just hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson convened a session of the United Nations Security council calling for member states to increase sanctions on Pyongyang.

Rebels Battle IS for Strategic Territory in Southern Syria

Rebels Battle IS for Strategic Territory in Southern Syria

A coalition of rebels who coordinate with the U.S. is fighting Islamic State (IS) in southern Syria to link two areas they hold, rebel leaders and U.S. officials told VOA. Gaining the territory would enable rebels to box in IS fighters fleeing Raqqa and …

Pakistan: Thousands of activists rally against PM Sharif

Pakistan: Thousands of activists rally against PM Sharif

ISLAMABAD – Thousands of supporters of Pakistan’s popular opposition leader Imran Khan have rallied in the capital Islamabad to call for the resignation of the country’s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, over his alleged corruption. Friday’s rally came a …

The Latest: Albanian Parliament elects leader as president

The Latest: Albanian Parliament elects leader as president

TIRANA, Albania – The Latest on the election of Albania’s president (all times local): 6:09 p.m. The Albanian Parliament has elected its leader as the country’s new president. Lawmakers in the 140-seat body voted 87-2 to make Parliament Speaker Ilir Meta …

Yangon protesters force closure of Muslim schools in Myanmar

Yangon protesters force closure of Muslim schools in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar – Ultra-nationalist Buddhist monks and their supporters have forced the closing of two Muslim schools in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, in a reminder that religious strife remains a threat to the country’s stability. About a dozen monks …

Tillerson calls for stiffer sanctions on North Korea as Pyongyang launches another missile

Tillerson calls for stiffer sanctions on North Korea as Pyongyang launches another missile

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged the United Nations Security Council to impose new economic sanctions on North Korea, warning of a “catastrophic” outcome if the world fails to block Pyongyang’s rush to develop a nuclear warhead that …

In Brazil, protesters clash with police as a general strike empties schools and brings business to a halt

In Brazil, protesters clash with police as a general strike empties schools and brings business to a halt

Protests large and small swept across Brazil on Friday, leaving businesses closed, schools empty and an unpopular president facing ever louder calls to step down. For the first time in more than 20 years, Brazilians held a general strike, with millions of …

Trump warns of conflict with North Korea as Tillerson pushes diplomacy at U.N.

Trump warns of conflict with North Korea as Tillerson pushes diplomacy at U.N.

WASHINGTON –A nuclear-powered U.S. Navy strike group and Japanese destroyers are now operating within striking range of North Korea, a show of force meant to counter leader Kim Jong Un’s continued missile tests. The latest test came just Friday afternoon.

Colombia clears path for former FARC members to hold office

Colombia clears path for former FARC members to hold office

(CNN)Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that the Colombian Senate has approved 10 congressional seats for former FARC combatants interested in holding elected office. Five of those seats will be in the Senate and the remaining five in the …

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile, South Korea says

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile, South Korea says

SEOUL, South Korea –North Korea test-fired a mid-range ballistic missile from the western part of its country Saturday, but the launch apparently failed, South Korea and the United States said Saturday. The missile exploded shortly after liftoff, the …

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