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Billy Graham: the pastor who went in to the North

Seoul - The staunchly anti-communist Billy Graham had a record of engaging with Communist leaders in Asia as he pursued his global evangelistic mission -- most notably North Korea's Kim Il Sung.

Syrians cower in basements as bombs pound enclave

Duma - For several days, residents of the Eastern Ghouta rebel enclave near Damascus have huddled, terrified, in basements and bomb shelters as regime air strikes pound their towns to rubble.

More than 100 girls 'missing' after Boko Haram school attack

Damaturu - More than 100 girls were missing on Wednesday, two days after a Boko Haram attack on their school in northeast Nigeria that has raised fears of a repeat of the 2014 Chibok kidnapping that shocked the world.

Basque separatist group ETA puts dissolution to vote: report

Madrid - Basque militant separatist group ETA has put its proposed dissolution to an internal vote, according to extracts of a letter by its leaders published Thursday in Basque newspaper Gara.

UN Security Council set to vote on Syria ceasefire

New York - The UN Security Council is expected to vote, probably on Thursday, on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow deliveries of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations, diplomats said.

Boko Haram: Profile of a jihadist threat

Lagos - Nigeria's Boko Haram, suspected of another mass kidnapping of school girls, started out as an Islamic anti-corruption group but mutated into an IS affiliate waging a lethal insurgency.

Merkel calls for end to 'massacre' in Syria

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday called for an end to the "massacre" in Syria after fresh air strikes on a rebel-held enclave in the war-torn country killed another 13 people.

Fresh rocket fire on Syria enclave kills 13: monitor

Beirut - Rockets fired by Syrian regime forces killed at least 13 civilians in the besieged rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Thursday, a monitor said.

In Mexican cartel country, priests have uneasy ties with narcos

Acapulco - When 15 armed men descended on his church last year demanding a blessing, Father Jesus Mendoza asked them to leave their guns outside."I can't bless you if you're armed," said the Catholic priest, who works in the violent southern state of Guerrero.

Trump suggests arming teachers at emotional meeting with shooting survivors

Washington - US President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers to deter mass shootings as he faced broken voices, tears and demands for action at a meeting with survivors of the gun rampage that killed 17 people at a Florida high school.

China rules out arson in Tibetan temple fire

Bejing - Chinese authorities have ruled out arson as the cause of a recent fire at Tibetan Buddhism's holiest temple, state media reported Thursday, adding an important Buddha statue had emerged "intact" from the blaze.

Germany nabs Russian hooligan over Euro 2016 attack on England fan

Berlin - A Russian football hooligan wanted for savagely attacking an England fan during Euro 2016 in France has been arrested, German police said Thursday.

Saudi to spend billions on Western-style entertainment

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia announced plans Thursday to spend billions on building new venues and flying in Western acts, in a total overhaul of its entertainment sector that would been unthinkable not long ago.

US presidents lead tributes to 'America's pastor' Billy Graham

Washington - US presidents from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump led the chorus of tributes Wednesday to the influential evangelist Billy Graham, a spiritual advisor to a dozen American leaders who has died at age 99. "The GREAT Billy Graham is dead," Trump tweeted.

HRW urges Kuwait to agree new worker safeguards with Manila

Dibai - Human Rights Watch called on Kuwait to agree to greater protection for migrant workers as a Philippine delegation was due in the emirate Thursday to discuss an outcry over alleged abuses of Filipinos.

Trump meets shooting survivors, suggests arming teachers

Washington - President Donald Trump floated the idea of arming teachers and promised more stringent background checks on gun owners as he hosted an emotional meeting Wednesday with students who survived last week's mass shooting at a Florida school.

Forty-four dead after bus tumbles from Peru mountain road

- A double-decker bus veered off a mountain road and plunged into a ravine in southern Peru Wednesday, killing at least 44 people.

Explosive device thrown into US embassy compound in Montenegro

Podgorica - A suicide attacker blew themself up after throwing an explosive device into the US embassy compound in Podgorica, the Montenegrin government said Thursday.

Madrid art fair pulls Catalan 'political prisoners' installation

Madrid - An installation by a controversial Spanish artist which refers to Catalan separatist leaders as "political prisoners" was removed Wednesday from a major Madrid art fair at the request of the venue's operator.
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