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Civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit record high: U.N.

KABUL Civilian casualties of the war in Afghanistan rose to record levels for the seventh year in row in 2015, as violence spread across the country in the wake of the withdrawal of most international troops, the United Nations reported on Sunday.

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Pope presses Mexican president on corruption and drugs

MEXICO CITY Pope Francis called on Mexico's government on Saturday to fight endemic corruption and drug trafficking and he then prayed with thousands before the icon that unites the country - the Virgin of Guadalupe. | Video

Pope, World, Mexico 13 Feb 2016

Deep freeze grips U.S. northeast, triggers fatal 50-car pileup

BOSTON, Mass A dangerous cold snap bringing life-threatening cold was settling in across the northeastern United States on Saturday and a snow squall triggered a pileup of dozens of vehicles on a Pennsylvania highway that left several people dead. | Video

U.S., Environment 13 Feb 2016

Bryant soaks up warm farewell from frigid outpost

TORONTO A frigid Sunday night in winter-locked Canada may be the perfect place for a hockey player to take a bow, but for Kobe Bryant the NBA's most northern outpost would seem an odd setting to wave farewell.

13 Feb 2016

Death toll at collapsed building in Taiwanese city reaches 114 as rescue efforts end

TAIPEI The death toll at a building that collapsed from a strong earthquake in southern Taiwan reached 114 as rescue efforts came to an end on Saturday, a week after the temblor hit. | Video

World, Natural Disasters 13 Feb 2016

More than 5,000 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus: government

BOGOTA More than 5,000 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the country's national health institute said on Saturday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas.

13 Feb 2016

N.Y. man arrested in fatal stabbing of homeless mother, children

New York City police said on Saturday they had arrested a man suspected of fatally stabbing a homeless woman and her two infant children, one of whom was his daughter, at a hotel where they had been sheltering.

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Turkey strikes Kurdish militia in Syria, demands it withdraw

ANKARA/ISTANBUL Turkey's military shelled Kurdish militia targets in northern Syria on Saturday and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu demanded that the group withdraw from the area in a move that further complicated the conflict across the NATO member's border.