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Russia says Kiev's move to join NATO dangerous for Europe

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukraine's pursuit of NATO membership posed a danger to European security and that the West was using Kiev's bid to join the Atlantic alliance as a way to fuel confrontation between Russia and Ukraine.

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Small passenger plane crashes in Colombia killing seven: report

BOGOTA - A small passenger plane crashed in northern Colombia on Wednesday, killing all six passengers and the pilot, who had warned air traffic control of a mechanical fault moments before, the website of the El Tiempo newspaper reported.

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Islamist gunmen attack African Union base in Somalia

MOGADISHU - Eight Islamist gunmen infiltrated the main African Union (AU) base in Mogadishu on Thursday and killed three peacekeepers and a civilian contractor, the AU mission in Somalia said.

Africa, United Nations 4:03pm EST

Mauritania condemns man to death for 'insulting the prophet'

NOUAKCHOTT - Mauritania on Thursday condemned a man to death for "insulting the prophet", a human rights group said, a day after the country opened the trial of an anti-slavery activist.

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Firebomb attack wounds Israeli father and daughter in West Bank

JERUSALEM - A firebomb attack on a car in the occupied West Bank left an 11-year-old Israeli girl severely burned and her father injured on Thursday, the Israeli military said. | Video

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Pope condemns Islamic State, decries suffering of children

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Thursday condemned the "brutal persecution" of minorities by Islamic State insurgents and said the joy of Christmas was marred by the suffering of children in the Middle East and around the world. | Video

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