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Hollande, Putin agree to work more closely to combat Islamic State in Syria

MOSCOW France and Russia will exchange intelligence on Islamic State and other rebel groups to improve the effectiveness of their aerial bombing campaigns in Syria, French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday after talks with Vladimir Putin. | Video

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North, South Korea plan further talks to improve ties after standoff

SEOUL North and South Korea agreed to hold talks at the vice-minister level next month, after a meeting on Thursday aimed at further easing tensions following the end to an armed standoff in August.

South Korea 6:26pm EST

More war, diplomacy not seen breaking Syria stalemate

BEIRUT The Syria war is escalating in tandem with intensified diplomacy, but neither growing foreign military intervention nor a revived political track look capable of bringing an end to the 4-1/2-year-old conflict.

Syria 1:10pm EST

Senior El Salvador priest fired over alleged sex with minor

SAN SALVADOR El Salvador's Roman Catholic Church said on Thursday it had fired a senior priest and former secretary of murdered Archbishop Oscar Romero after allegations that he had sex with a minor.

Pope 3:35pm EST

Mexico Federal Police open to probe on use of excessive force

MEXICO CITY Mexico's Federal Police is open to an investigation into its possible use of excessive force, particularly in two incidents this year that claimed the lives of dozens of people, police chief Enrique Galindo said on Thursday.

Mexico 7:18pm EST

More than one million children need urgent aid in the conflict-torn Central African Republic: U.N.

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than a million children in the Central African Republic are in urgent need of humanitarian aid while almost half of those under five are malnourished, the United Nations said on Friday ahead of Pope Francis' visit to the conflict-torn country.

United Nations, Africa 8:07pm EST

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