• In ex-Soviet Georgia, pope issues veiled criticism of Russia

    By Philip Pullella and Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) - Pope Francis called for respect for international law and the sovereign rights of nations as he arrived in Georgia on Friday, an implicit criticism of Russia, which keeps troops in two breakaway areas of the ex-Soviet state. Russia, which

  • Trump deepens attack on former Miss Universe, Clinton calls him "unhinged"

    By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump deepened his attacks on a former beauty queen Alicia Machado on Friday, calling her "disgusting" and alleging the existence of a sex tape as he refused to back away from an issue that threatens to damage

  • World leaders bid farewell to 20th-century 'giant' Peres

    World leaders bid farewell to Israeli elder statesman and Nobel Peace laureate Shimon Peres at his funeral in Jerusalem Friday, with US President Barack Obama hailing him as a giant of the 20th century. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was among the mourners at Mount Herzl national cemetery and sat

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  • Zika illnesses are mild at worst in US teens, young children

    NEW YORK (AP) — A first look at U.S. teens and young children who were infected with Zika suggests the virus typically causes at worst only a mild illness.

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  • Pope in Caucasus: Let displaced Georgians return home

    TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Pope Francis arrived in Georgia on Friday and immediately backed the government's demand that Georgians displaced by a 2008 war with Russia be allowed to return home, as geopolitical issues overshadowed a visit aimed at improving ties with Orthodox Christians and Muslims.

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  • BMW says it plans to offer electric X3 SUV and Mini models

    German luxury auto maker BMW AG said on Friday it will offer all electric versions of its next generation BMW X3 compact sport utility vehicle and electric Mini models, expanding its entries in the emerging electric luxury vehicle market. BMW confirmed a report earlier Friday by Bloomberg News. Reuters

  • Black box recorder recovered from wreckage of train crash

    Federal investigators pulled one of the black box recorders from the wrecked commuter train at the Hoboken station and struggled to extract the second one Friday as they tried to figure out what caused ...

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  • Hurricane Matthew grows stronger, heads toward Jamaica

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Hurricane Matthew grew into a powerful Category 3 storm on Friday as it crossed the Caribbean Sea on a course that could have it pounding Jamaica within days.

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  • Gunmen ambush Mexican military convoy, kill 4 soldiers

    Gunmen ambushed a military convoy in northwestern Mexico on Friday, killing four soldiers and stealing an ambulance that was carrying a wounded criminal, authorities said. Nine other people, including a rescue worker, were wounded in the pre-dawn attack in Culiacan, capital of the state of Sinaloa,

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  • Alabama justice off bench for defying feds on gay marriage

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed from the bench Friday for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage, more than a decade after he got in trouble for refusing federal orders to move a Ten Commandments monument.

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  • Europe's comet probe Rosetta ends 12-year mission with crash

    After 12 years of hurtling through space in pursuit of a comet, the Rosetta probe ended its mission Friday with a slow-motion crash onto the icy surface of the alien world it was sent out to study. Mission ...

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  • SAARC summit postponed amid rising Pakistani-Indian tensions

    By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) leaders set for Islamabad in November has been postponed indefinitely, the Pakistani government said on Friday, amid rising tension between arch-rivals India and Pakistan. India's foreign

  • Opposition leader: Turkey is misusing its emergency powers

    Turkey's opposition leader accused the government on Friday of using emergency powers from the aftermath of a failed coup to clamp down on dissenting voices, as authorities ordered 12 more news organizations ...

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  • The Latest: US says Syria dialogue with Russia continues

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria (all times local):

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  • Pope calls for 'coexistence' at start of Caucasus tour

    Pope Francis called Friday for respect of national sovereignty and "coexistence" as he arrived in Georgia, but seemed to dodge potential Russian ire at the start of a visit to the volatile Caucasus region. The pontiff was greeted warmly by President Giorgi Margvelashvili and the leader of

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  • Rosetta crash-landing ends historic comet mission

    Europe's pioneering Rosetta spacecraft dramatically concluded its 12-year odyssey Friday, crash-landing into the comet it orbited and probed for two years in a quest to demystify the Solar System's origins. There were tears, hugs and cheers at mission control in Darmstadt, Germany when spacecraft

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  • Rosetta: The end of a space fairytale

    The European Space Agency bid a poignant farewell Friday to intrepid space explorers Philae and Rosetta, brought to "life" as loveable cartoon characters that it has had to abandon on a cold, dark comet surface. As the real steel and bolts Rosetta spacecraft made a planned crash-landing on

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  • Colombians vote Sunday on historic peace deal

    Colombians vote in a referendum Sunday on whether to ratify a historic peace accord to end the 52-year war between the state and the communist FARC rebels. The stakes are high -- the Colombian government says it has no Plan B if voters reject the accord -- but polls indicate it will pass by a wide margin

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  • Egypt MP ridiculed for proposing college virginity tests

    An Egyptian member of parliament is facing ridicule for saying that universities should perform virginity tests on female students. Ilhamy Agina reportedly told an Egyptian newspaper on Thursday that virginity should be a prerequisite for admission to university. "Any girl who enters university

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  • Chinese yuan set to be inducted into IMF currency basket

    China's yuan is poised to enter the International Monetary Fund's elite SDR basket of currencies, raising Beijing's banknotes to the status of global reserve asset. In a policy milestone long sought by the Chinese government, which oversees the world's second-largest economy, the yuan

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  • Crisis-hit Socialists prepare for leadership showdown

    Spain's crisis-hit Socialists geared for a key meeting on Saturday that could decide the fate of embattled party leader Pedro Sanchez and help end the country's prolonged political deadlock. The Socialist Party (PSOE) has been wracked for months by internal dissent over Sanchez's leadership

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  • 'World's deepest flooded cave' discovered in Czech Republic

    A Czech-Polish team said Friday it had discovered the world's deepest underwater cave in the eastern Czech Republic. At 404 metres (1,325 feet) deep, the Hranicka Propast, a limestone abyss near the city of Hranice, beats out Italy's Pozzo del Merro cave that is 392 metres deep for the world

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  • Syria regime advances in Aleppo, MSF decries 'bloodbath'

    Syrian regime forces advanced in the battleground city of Aleppo Friday, backed by a Russian air campaign that a monitor said has killed more than 3,800 civilians in the past year. The Doctors Without Borders (MSF) charity accused Syria's government and its ally Moscow of provoking a "bloodbath

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  • Lawyer: Jury should hear about cop's 'auditory exclusion'

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A lawyer for a white Oklahoma police officer charged in an unarmed black man's death says she was so hyper-focused on the situation that she didn't hear other officers arrive or the deadly gunshot she fired.

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