Assad says Russian air campaign vital to save Middle East

BEIRUT/AMMAN - President Bashar al-Assad said the success of a military campaign by Russia, Syria and its allies was vital to save the Middle East from destruction, a day after Moscow said it would step up air strikes against Islamic State targets across Syria. | Video

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Sunday reaffirmed Catholic opposition to gay marriage as he opened a three-week gathering of bishops from around the world but said the Church had to show love and understanding towards all. | Video

After five years of negotiations, Pacific trade talks near deal

ATLANTA - A dozen Pacific nations closed in on a sweeping free trade pact on Sunday in Atlanta after a breakthrough over how long a monopoly pharmaceutical companies should be given on new biotech drugs.

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Gunman in Oregon college massacre committed suicide

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The gunman who killed his English professor and eight others at an Oregon community college committed suicide after a shootout with police who arrived within five minutes and exchanged fire with him almost immediately, authorities said. | Video

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Iraqi PM opens Baghdad's fortified 'Green Zone' to public

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Germany needs to limit refugee influx, close borders: Merkel allies

BERLIN - Germany needs to limit the number of refugees it takes in or even close its borders, conservative allies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the weekend, as the country deals with record inflows of people fleeing from war and poverty.

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Palestinians stab Israelis in two attacks; PM calls in security chiefs

JERUSALEM - A Palestinian man stabbed and wounded an Israeli teenager in Jerusalem on Sunday, just hours after another knife-wielding attacker killed an off-duty Israeli soldier and a rabbi nearby in the walled Old City, police said. | Video