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

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.

Zika link to birth defects could be proven within weeks: WHO

The suspected link between the Zika virus and two neurological disorders, the birth defect microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome, could be confirmed within weeks, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.

Pope, Russian patriarch call for new Christian unity

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, during a historic meeting Friday, called for restored Christian unity and urgent action to help Christians threatened by violence in the Middle East.

Pope, Russian patriarch kiss at start of historic meet

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill kissed each other and sat down together Friday for the first meeting between their two branches of the church in nearly a thousand years.

5 dead, about 30 injured in attack on UN peacekeepers in Mali

At least five United Nations peacekeepers were killed and some 30 others injured in an attack on a UN base in northern Mali, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said today.

Biden, Poroshenko discuss reforms needed in Ukraine: White House

US Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke by phone for the second consecutive day on Friday to discuss the need for Kiev to quickly pass reforms needed for a $17.5 billion International Monetary Fund bailout.

Drug cartel ruled in Mexico prison hit by riot

Authorities found dozens of knives, cocaine and flat-screen televisions at the Mexican prison where a brawl killed 49 inmates, officials said today, highlighting the control drug cartels hold over many penitentiaries.

US Congress adopts expanded sanctions on North Korea

The bipartisan measure would slap sanctions on any person or entity importing goods, technology or training related to weapons of mass destruction into North Korea.

Russian court throws out lawsuit against Putin

On Thursday anti-corruption crusader Navalny announced he had filed a lawsuit against Putin, accusing him of ordering huge loans to a firm owned by the president`s son-in-law.

Two teens shot at high school in Phoenix suburb, police say

The incident occurred in an isolated area of the school campus, Glendale police Sergeant David Vidaure said in a statement.  

Assad vows to retake whole country, warns could `take long time`
Assad vows to retake whole country, warns could `take long time`

 Syria`s President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to retake the entire country but warned it could take a "long time," in an exclusive interview with AFP that comes as international pressure grows for a ceasefire.

Turkey says 100,000 refugees in border camps inside Syria

Some 100,000 Syrian refugees are being looked after in camps inside Syria close to the Turkish border, including 35,000 who this month fled a Russian-backed regime offensive in northern Aleppo province, a top Turkish official said on Friday.

94-year-old Alzheimer's patient kicked, slapped, tortured; video goes viral - Watch
94-year-old Alzheimer's patient kicked, slapped, tortured; video goes viral - Watch

 Daughter installed a CCTV camera at her mum’s apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but was not expecting to see the horrific level of abuse. 

NSG waiver, Indo-US nuclear deal disturbed stability: Pakistan

Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chowdhary said the waiver by the NSG created an opportunity for India to heavily increase its fissile material stocks.

Britain's Independent daily drops print edition: Owner

ESI Media said it was also selling off the "i" -- a cut-price sister title -- to fund the website of The Independent, which was set up in 1986.

Brutal: Starving man resorts to stealing but ISIS cuts off his hand to teach him lesson!
Brutal: Starving man resorts to stealing but ISIS cuts off his hand to teach him lesson!

In a barbaric assault on the poor man, the ISIS enforcers cut off his right hand with a meat cleaver.

Myanmar President calls for cooperation of stakeholders

 Myanmar President U Thein Sein on Friday called for cooperation among all stakeholders to transform the nation into a modern, developed and democratic one.

16 people killed in Syria air strikes

 Sixteen people were killed on Friday in air strikes against towns in Syria`s central province of Homs, a monitor group reported.

Powerful 6.5 earthquake strikes Indonesia: USGS
Powerful 6.5 earthquake strikes Indonesia: USGS

A powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia late Friday, but no tsunami warning was immediately issued, US seismologists said. 

Suspected Islamist militants attack Mali UN base, several dead

Suspected Islamist militants attacked a U.N. peacekeepers` base in the northern Mali town of Kidal on Friday, killing several people and wounding others, a spokesman for the separatist Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) told Reuters.

Jacob Zuma ridicules South Africa opposition for disrupting address

South Africa`s President Jacob Zuma on Friday mocked the opposition, dismissing it as "useless" and ignorant after rowdy radical lawmakers disrupted his parliamentary address and walked out.

Pope Francis heads for historic encounter with Russian patriarch
Pope Francis heads for historic encounter with Russian patriarch

Pope Francis headed to Cuba on Friday looking to heal a 1,000-year-old rift in Christianity.

Benin`s presidential poll postponed to March 6

The first round of voting in Benin`s presidential elections, scheduled for the end of this month, has been postponed by a week to March 6, the country`s constitutional court has said.

Plausible that ISI facilitated Mumbai attack: Pakistani daily
Plausible that ISI facilitated Mumbai attack: Pakistani daily

It may very well be plausible that officials from within the ISI facilitated the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, a Pakistani daily said and noted that Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley `s testimony has really not revealed as much as the Indian government would have been hoping.

World War II veteran to reunite with his love this Valentine’s Day after 7 decades-Watch
World War II veteran to reunite with his love this Valentine’s Day after 7 decades-Watch

Following a seperation of almost seventy years, the World War II veteran Norwood Thomas will be celebrating this Valentine’s Day with his pre-World War II girl friend Joyce Morris, 88.

Hong Kong bookseller `involuntarily removed` to China: Britain

Britain said Friday it believes a Hong Kong bookseller feared detained by China was "involuntarily removed to the mainland" in its strongest comments yet on a case that has rocked the city.

CIA director says Islamic State group has used, can make chemical weapons
CIA director says Islamic State group has used, can make chemical weapons

President Bashar al-Assad`s regime and rebel forces have accused each other of using chemical agents in the nearly five-year war that has killed more than 250,000 people.

South Korea warns North Korea over `illegal` asset freeze

South Korea warned North Korea on Friday that it had acted "illegally" in freezing the assets of South Korean companies and staff expelled from the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone.

NY cop found guilty in 2014 fatal shooting of unarmed black man

A jury on Thursday found a rookie New York police officer guilty of manslaughter in the 2014 fatal shooting of an unarmed black man -- an incident that fueled US protests against police tactics.

North Korea responsible for consequences from Kaesong shutdown: Seoul

South Korea said on Friday that North Korea would be held responsible for any consequences after the North kicked out South Korean workers and froze the assets of companies at the jointly run Kaesong Industrial Complex.