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Syria city safe exits put forth

Activists skeptical; Russia backs plan

Subscriber onlyBEIRUT -- Syrian authorities backed by Russia on Thursday offered safe corridors out for residents and rebels in the city of Aleppo's besieged quarters. Continue reading...

Pope to visit, pray at Auschwitz

In Poland, he’ll face complex relationship of Catholics, Jews

Subscriber onlyWARSAW, Poland -- Two Holocaust survivors took to a stage at the site of the former Warsaw ghetto this week to perform lively prewar tunes -- the 91-year-old played drums and the 88-year-old was on accordion, keyboard and vocals. In the audience several elderly Christian Poles who saved Jews during the Holocaust swayed and tapped their feet to songs in Yiddish, Hebrew and Polish. Continue reading...

2nd church assailant identified by French

Subscriber onlyPARIS -- French officials on Thursday identified the second man who attacked a Normandy church during morning Mass, saying he's a 19-year-old from eastern France who was spotted last month in Turkey as he supposedly headed to Syria -- but who returned to France instead. Continue reading...

U.S. troops wounded in battle

5 injured aiding Afghan operations against Islamic State

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Five U.S. special operations troops were wounded in the past week during combat with Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan, the senior U.S. commander in the country said Thursday. Continue reading...

Turkey's military chief keeps post

Subscriber onlyANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's top military commander, who was held hostage during an attempted coup, kept his post Thursday, while the general who served as acting chief of staff was promoted after a purge in the military after the failed takeover. Continue reading...

German state taking anti-terror steps

Subscriber onlyBERLIN -- Officials in Germany's Bavaria state pledged Thursday to hire hundreds of extra police officers and urged tougher background checks on asylum seekers as they presented an anti-terror plan after four deadly attacks in Germany in a week. Continue reading...

The world in brief

Subscriber onlyLost jet's suspected path on simulator Continue reading...

Russia announces humanitarian operation in Syria's Aleppo

MOSCOW — Russia and the Syrian government said they will open humanitarian corridors in Syria's embattled city of Aleppo on Thursday and offer a way out for opposition fighters wanting to lay down their arms, even as Syrian forces took another district from rebels in the city. Continue reading...

Pope Francis misses step, falls down before Mass in Poland

CZESTOCHOWA, Poland — Pope Francis missed a step and fell to the ground Thursday as he walked on an open-air platform to celebrate Mass at Poland's holiest shrine of Jasna Gora. Continue reading...

Syrian rebels seize trove of ISIS intelligence

Subscriber onlyThe U.S. is exploiting an enormous amount of digital information about the Islamic State obtained by Syrian rebels fighting for control of the city of Manbij, a spokesman for the U.S.-led military coalition said Wednesday. Continue reading...

Day after priest slain, pope says world at war

Religions not seeking fight, he asserts

Subscriber onlyThe world is at war, but it is not a war of religions, Pope Francis said Wednesday as he traveled to Poland on a visit to Central and Eastern Europe in the shadow of the slaying of a priest in France. Continue reading...

Bomber in intense online chat before blast, Germany reports

Subscriber onlyThe 27-year-old Syrian asylum seeker who blew himself up in the southern German town of Ansbach was chatting online with a still-unidentified person immediately before the explosion, Bavaria's interior minister said Wednesday. Continue reading...

Egypt bid to write sermons irks clerics

Subscriber onlyThe top religious scholars of Egypt’s Al-Azhar have rejected new government measures to standardize Friday sermons, saying such a step would “freeze” the development of religious discourse. Continue reading...

Turks seizing reporters, silencing media outlets

Subscriber onlyTurkey's government ordered the closure of dozens of media outlets -- including news agencies, television channels, radio stations and newspapers -- as part of its widespread crackdown since the failed coup attempt July 15. Continue reading...

The World in Brief

Subscriber onlyU.S. man among 9 slain in Dhaka raid NEW DELHI -- A 24-year-old Bangladeshi-American student was among nine suspected militants killed in a gunbattle with police in Bangladesh, Dhaka police said Wednesday. Continue reading...

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