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Russia keeps bombing despite Syria truce; Assad vows to fight on

MUNICH/AMMAN Major powers agreed on Friday to a pause in combat in Syria, but Russia pressed on with bombing in support of its ally President Bashar al-Assad, who vowed to fight until he regained full control of the country. | Video

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Pope, Russian church leader hold historic meeting in Cuba

HAVANA Pope Francis arrived in Havana on Friday to meet the head of the Russian Orthodox Church nearly 1,000 years after Eastern Orthodoxy split with Rome, marking the first encounter in history between a Roman Catholic pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch.The two religious leaders, guests of a Communist government, will address the millennium-long rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity.

Pope, Russia 3:16pm EST

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 12:57pm EST

Thousands of Iraqi refugees leave Finland voluntarily

HELSINKI Thousands of Iraqi refugees who arrived in Finland last year have decided to cancel their asylum applications and to return home voluntarily, citing family issues and disappointment with life in the frosty Nordic country.

Iraq 1:12pm EST

After short, tense meeting, Spain's Socialist head rejects backing Rajoy

MADRID The head of Spain's Socialist party ruled out on Friday supporting acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for a second term, support that could have ended the country's political stalemate.

Spain 2:18pm EST

U.S. okays sale of eight Lockheed F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan: Pentagon

WASHINGTON The U.S. government on Friday said it had approved the sale to Pakistan of eight F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, radars and other equipment, in a deal valued at $699 million.

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