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Afghan forces called for air strike in Kunduz: U.S. general

WASHINGTON - Afghan forces called for U.S. air support while fighting the Taliban in Kunduz shortly before a hospital was struck, killing 22 people, the U.S. commander of international forces in Afghanistan said on Monday.

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Pope says Church can't be 'museum', must be open to change

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis told a Roman Catholic meeting on family issues on Monday that the Church should not be a stuffy "museum of memories" but have the courage to change if that was what God wanted.

Pope 9:55am EDT

Residents say Afghan forces regain most of Kunduz, some shops reopen

KABUL - Police and residents said on Monday that Afghan forces had regained control of most of the besieged city of Kunduz, and some shops in the center of the provincial capital opened for the first time since it fell to Taliban fighters a week ago. | Video

Afghanistan 10:24am EDT

Saudi opposition clerics make sectarian call to jihad in Syria

RIYADH - Dozens of Islamist Saudi Arabian clerics have called on Arab and Muslim countries to "give all moral, material, political and military" support to what they term a jihad, or holy war, against Syria's government and its Iranian and Russian backers.

Saudi Arabia, Syria 10:08am EDT

North Korea frees South Korean student held since April

SEOUL - North Korea repatriated a South Korean college student who holds a U.S. green card on Monday, six months after capturing him crossing into the country from China, South Korea's Unification Ministry said.

Palestinian youth shot dead in West Bank: Palestinian medical source

RAMALLAH, West Bank - A Palestinian teenager was killed on Monday in a clash with Israeli soldiers near the West Bank town of Bethlehem, a Palestinian hospital source said.

Israel 10:02am EDT

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