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Vatican again looks into teen-sex claim

Subscriber onlyVATICAN CITY — The Holy See says a fresh investigation has been opened into allegations a student had sex with a fellow student when they were teenagers at its youth seminary in Vatican City. Continue reading...

Taliban pressure Afghan soldiers to quit

Fines, threats to family back home are tactics; army says recruits harder to find

Subscriber onlyKUNDUZ, Afghanistan -- Rahimullah served in the Afghan army for two years, deployed to the bloody front lines of the southern province of Helmand. When he quit, it was not because of the combat: It was when the Taliban went after his family back home, telling them that if he didn't leave the army there would be a fine of one Kalashnikov rifle, seven cartridge magazines and $1,000 -- or worse. Continue reading...

Climate delegates note rules' progress

U.S. team constructive at Bonn talks

Subscriber onlyBONN, Germany -- Delegates on Saturday concluded an all-night negotiating session at this year's global climate talks, expressing satisfaction at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming. Continue reading...

The world in brief

Subscriber onlyBoats save 500 migrants going to Spain Continue reading...

Palestinian office faces U.S. closure

Subscriber only President Donald Trump’s administration put the Palestinians on notice Friday that it will shutter their office in Washington unless they’ve entered serious peace talks with Israel, U.S. officials said. Continue reading...

Chinese diplomat arrives in N. Korea amid tension

Subscriber onlyThe highest-level Chinese envoy to North Korea in two years arrived in the country's capital Friday to try to improve relations that have soured over Beijing's tightening of sanctions and expressions of support for U.S. President Donald Trump's calls for more pressure on the North to abandon its nuclear weapons program. Continue reading...

Last ISIS town retaken, Iraq says

Militant group now holds only patches of desert, Baghdad says

Subscriber onlyIraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition on Friday retook the last town in the country that was held by the Islamic State militant group, more than three years after the militants stormed nearly a third of Iraq's territory, the Defense Ministry said. Continue reading...

Mugabe allowed out of house arrest

Graduation appearance comes amid growing push in his party for resignation

Subscriber onlyZimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe emerged for the first time Friday from military-imposed house arrest, presiding at a university graduation ceremony in a show of normalcy even as former loyalists across the country demanded that he resign after nearly four decades in power. Continue reading...

NATO apologizes for posing Turks as drill's foe

Subscriber onlyNATO's secretary-general apologized to Turkey on Friday over military exercises in Norway during which Turkey's founding leader, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and the current president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, were reportedly depicted as "enemies." Continue reading...

Climate talks finish as delegates claim progress

Subscriber only Global talks on curbing climate change wrapped up Friday, with delegates and observers claiming progress on several key details of the 2015 Paris accord. Continue reading...

The world in brief

Subscriber only5 Kenyans die as police, marchers clash Continue reading...

Russia vetoes extension of Syria chemical probe

Subscriber only Russia on Thursday blocked a U.S.-sponsored resolution at the Security Council to extend the life of a panel investigating who is using chemical weapons in the Syria conflict. Continue reading...

Iran sanctions criticized after deadly earthquake

Subscriber onlyWith Iranian-Americans abroad unable to send money directly to Iran to aid those affected by this week's earthquake that killed over 530 people, criticism of U.S. sanctions on Iran flared anew Thursday. Continue reading...

Mediators focus on Mugabe's exit

He, wife still detained; heads of state in region call summit

Subscriber onlyIn the first round of negotiations over how President Robert Mugabe will leave power, the Zimbabwean leader met Thursday with the army commander who put him under house arrest and mediators, including South African Cabinet ministers and a Catholic priest. Continue reading...

China: No policy change on N. Korea

Subscriber onlyChina said Thursday that it will stick by its "freeze-for-freeze" proposal to de-escalate tensions in the Korean Peninsula, contradicting a suggestion by President Donald Trump that it had turned against the plan. Continue reading...