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Nigeria police free kidnapped travelers

Subscriber onlyYOLA, Nigeria -- Two Americans and two Canadians who were kidnapped in Nigeria's north-central Kaduna state on Tuesday have been freed and are in good condition, police said Saturday. Continue reading...

Macron addresses Britain’s EU role

Subscriber onlyLONDON — French President Emmanuel Macron has suggested that Britain is likely to negotiate a unique relationship with the European Union before it leaves the bloc next year, while stressing that any agreement must be consistent with EU rules. Continue reading...

Pence vows U.S. will support Egypt's terror fight

Subscriber onlyCAIRO -- Vice President Mike Pence and Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pledged a united front against terrorism in the Mideast as Pence, the highest-level American official to visit the U.S. ally in nearly a decade, began a trip through the region after leaving behind a government shutdown in Washington. Continue reading...

Pope consoles Peruvians hit by floods

Subscriber onlyTRUJILLO, Peru -- Pope Francis consoled Peruvians who lost their homes and livelihoods in devastating floods last year, telling them Saturday they can overcome all of life's "storms" by coming together as a community and stamping out the violence that plagues this part of the country. Continue reading...

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Subscriber onlyIn Kosovo town, Serb leader vows peace Continue reading...

Turkey shells Kurds in Syria, vows drive

Subscriber onlyANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's defense minister said Friday that there is no turning back from his country's decision to launch a ground assault on a Syrian Kurdish-controlled enclave in northwest Syria, saying the offensive had "de facto" started with the sporadic Turkish military shelling of the area. Continue reading...

N. Korea scrubs trip to South

Art troupe’s 2-day visit to prepare for games off for now

Subscriber onlySEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea on Friday canceled plans to send a delegation led by the head of an art troupe to South Korea over the weekend to check preparations for the group's attendance at next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Continue reading...

Pence heads for fifth Israel visit

He long backed Trump’s steps on Jerusalem, Palestinians

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Vice President Mike Pence is making his fourth visit to Israel, returning to a region he's visited "a million times" in his heart. Continue reading...

Pope calls the Amazon 'heart of church'

Francis blasts exploitation of rain forest in speech to indigenous peoples in Peru

Subscriber onlyPUERTO MALDONADO, Peru -- Pope Francis traveled deep into the Amazon rain forest Friday to demand an end to the relentless exploitation of its timber, gas and gold and recognition of its indigenous peoples as the primary custodians to determine the future of "our common home." Continue reading...

The world in brief

Subscriber onlyAx-wielding teen hurts 5 pupils, teacher Continue reading...

Drone helps in sea rescue

Subscriber onlyCANBERRA, Australia — A drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast in what officials describe as a world-first rescue. Continue reading...

Welcome migrants, Pope urges

Francis also faces backlash over sex abuses in Chile, Peru

Subscriber onlyIQUIQUE, Chile -- Pope Francis wrapped up his Chile visit Thursday by celebrating a Mass on land where he urged the South American nation to continue welcoming migrants and caring for the least fortunate among them. Continue reading...

Macron, May talk on border defense

U.K. to pay millions to secure Calais

Subscriber onlyCAMBERLEY, England -- The leaders of Britain and France met Thursday at a military academy to pledge closer cooperation on defense, security and borders after Britain leaves the European Union. Continue reading...

NATO tells Macedonia its name’s a hitch with Greece

Subscriber onlySKOPJE, Macedonia — NATO’s secretary-general urged Macedonia on Thursday to solve its 25-year-old name dispute with alliance member Greece and proceed with wide-ranging overhauls if it wants its membership bid to succeed. Continue reading...

Syria warns it will down warplanes from Turkey

Subscriber onlyBEIRUT -- Syria warned Thursday that its air defense will shoot down any Turkish jets that carry out attacks within Syria, as tensions soar over apparent preparations by the Turkish military to invade a northern Syrian Kurdish enclave. Continue reading...