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After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba

HAVANA Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill embraced and kissed on Friday in a historic meeting, uniting to issue a global appeal for the protection of Christians under assault in the Middle East. | Video

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Iraq says moving troops, preparing offensive to retake Mosul

BAGHDAD Iraq's military said on Friday it was mobilizing troops to prepare for an offensive the government has pledged to launch this year to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State.

Iraq 12 Feb 2016

'No Bashar al-Assad in the future', says Saudi foreign minister: report

BERLIN Bashar al-Assad will not be ruling Syria in the future and Russia's military interventions will not help him stay in power, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a German newspaper in an interview published on Saturday.

Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria 12 Feb 2016

Cameron defends Britain's desire for sovereignty before EU summit

HAMBURG, Germany Prime Minister David Cameron defended Britain's desire to protect its sovereignty on Friday, appealing for understanding from the European Union in his talks for better membership terms that could be decided next week.

12 Feb 2016

Thousands of Egyptian doctors protest over alleged police brutality

CAIRO Thousands of Egyptian doctors demonstrated in Cairo on Friday in a rare protest at what rights groups call police impunity after two doctors were alleged to have been assaulted in a hospital in the city last month.

Egypt 12 Feb 2016

China foreign minister urges U.S. caution on missile system

BEIJING The United States needs to proceed with caution on possible deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system following North Korea's recent rocket launch and not use this as an excuse to affect China's security, the Chinese foreign minister said.

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