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Pope Francis calls for abortion mercy

By Natasha Lindstrom
Six months after she had an abortion, Nancy Tanner nervously entered Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Takoma Park, Md., to talk to a Catholic ...

Afghan president calls for ‘holy war’ against corruption

By The Washington Post
KABUL, Afghanistan — As he nears his first anniversary in office, Afghanistan’s president has daunting challenges on every front, from a deteriorating economy and political ...

Professors slam Modi’s record

By The Los Angeles Times
MUMBAI, India — More than 100 academics from major American universities have issued a scathing critique of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi before his visit ...

Pakistan says U.S. cut trees illegally

By The Washington Post
In Pakistan’s capital, government leaders and residents often boast of living in one of the world’s “greenest” cities. Islamabad, built in the 1960s and envisioned as a paradise for Pakistan’s governing elite, sits at the base of the lush Margalla Hills ...

Hungary bars migrants from trains, raising fears they’ll turn to smugglers

By The Associated Press
BUDAPEST — Hungary stunned migrants and European partners Tuesday by blocking asylum-seekers from its westbound trains, a move that raised challenges for the EU’s passport-free ...

European Union struggles for answers as migrant influx raises tensions

By The Associated Press
BRUSSELS — French and German leaders reminded other European countries Monday of a shared responsibility to refugees, as one official blamed harsh government policy for the deaths of dozens of migrants crammed into a truck. An emergency meeting was called ...

Dozens of Venezuelans shot by police amid crime crackdown

By The Associated Press
MARACAY, Venezuela — Workers in the industrial complex had been hiding in bathrooms and closets for hours when the shooting stopped. The last of the four suspected thieves, a slightly built man in yellow rain boots, surrendered on the roof, ...

China’s WWII parade of military might stirs up Taiwan, others in Asia

By Tribune News Service
BEIJING — Tanks and other military hardware will roll through China’s capital Thursday on a scale larger than what the world saw during the Tiananmen ...

Officer killed in Ukraine clash with nationalist protesters

By The Associated Press
KIEV, Ukraine — As lawmakers took up a measure to give greater powers to separatists in eastern Ukraine, nationalist protesters clashed with police outside parliament ...

Pakistan allows gathering of 1,000 Taliban amid leadership rift

By The Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan — Defying warnings from Washington and the fury of Afghanistan’s government, Pakistani authorities are turning a blind eye to a meeting of hundreds of Taliban supporters in a city near the Afghan border aimed at resolving a dispute ...

Temple in ancient Syrian city of Palmyra bombed by ISIS terrorists

By The Associated Press
Islamic State terrorists in Syria severely damaged the Bel Temple, considered one of the greatest sites of the ancient world, in an enormous explosion Sunday, activists said. The 2,000-year-old temple was part of the remains of the ancient caravan city of ...

Migrant crisis forces European Union leaders to set summit

By Reuters
BRUSSELS — European Union ministers were summoned Sunday to meet in two weeks’ time to seek urgent solutions to a migration crisis unprecedented in the bloc’s history, as the mounting death toll on land and sea forced governments to respond. Luxembourg, ...

Malaysia Prime Minister Najib scorns thousands demanding his resignation

By The Associated Press
KUALA LUMPUR — Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak poured scorn Sunday on a huge two-day rally that brought out tens of thousands of yellow-shirted protesters demanding his resignation in a financial scandal. Large crowd of protesters wearing yellow shirts of ...

Fire at Saudi oil company residence kills 11

By The Associated Press
RIYADH — A large fire broke out Sunday in the basement of a sprawling residential complex in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich east, killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 200, officials in the kingdom said. The blaze began early in ...

‘Super giant’ natural gas field found off Egypt in Mediterranean Sea

Wire Reports
DUBAI — Italian energy giant Eni SpA discovered a “super giant” natural gas field offshore Egypt in what the oil company said is the largest find in the Mediterranean Sea. The deep-water deposit in the Zohr Prospect in the Shorouk ...

Egypt, sans parliament for more than 3 years, sets elections

By Reuters
CAIRO — Egypt will hold a long-awaited parliamentary election, starting Oct. 18 and 19, the election commission said Sunday, the final step in a process to bring back democracy that critics say has been tainted by repression. Egypt has been without ...

British Columbia windstorm knocks out electricity

By The Associated Press
VANCOUVER — Emergency crews were working Sunday to clean up the aftermath of a vicious windstorm that tore through southwestern British Columbia, toppling trees and branches onto power lines and cars and leaving an estimated 500,000 people without electricity. BC Hydro ...

Migrant surge: Europe ill-prepared for invasion of foreigners

By Andrew Conte
Europe has record numbers of people seeking to enter its borders, with 333,449 illegally crossing in the first half of this year. The number of migrants ...

Where to house Europe’s migrants? Schools, barracks, parks

By The Associated Press
PARIS — With more and more refugees appearing in Europe daily this summer, cities and towns are grappling with a basic but crucial problem: Where ...

As asylum-seekers flood in, Germany struggles to house them

By The Associated Press
BERLIN — Twenty-three-year-old Leila, her husband and two small children spent their first week in Germany in a temporary shelter, an austere but desperately needed ...