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MSF: medical giant of the humanitarian world

Paris - Doctors Without Borders (MSF), whose Kunduz hospital in Afghanistan was hit by a suspected US air strike on Saturday, is one of the largest medical charities in the world, counting more than 36,000 volunteers working in 60 countries.

Gay row overshadows opening of landmark Catholic Church synod

Vatican City - A gathering of bishops intended to reshape Catholic teaching on the family kicks off Sunday against a backdrop of controversy over the thorny and divisive issue of homosexuality.

Migrant crisis debris: Greek island battles lifejacket mountain

Mytilene - For the thousands of refugees and migrants landing on its beaches every day, Greece's Lesbos island is a step to safety and a brighter future in Europe.

Kyrgyzstan goes to polls for parliamentary vote

Bichkek - Ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan headed to the polls on Sunday for a hotly-contested parliamentary vote, but the results are unlikely to change the country's firmly pro-Russian trajectory.

Op-Ed: UN special envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon to be replaced

New York - The Libya Herald reports that Bernardino Leon the UN Special Envoy to Libya will be replaced by Martin Kobler a German diplomat in the coming weeks.

12 dead after heavy flooding in French riviera: officials

Nice - Violent storms and flooding along the French riviera killed 12 people by early Sunday, emergency responders and local officials said, including three who drowned in a retirement home inundated when a river broke its banks.

Obama promises full probe into Afghan hospital airstrike

Kabul - President Barack Obama has pledged a full investigation into an apparent US air strike on an Afghan hospital that killed 19 people, in a bombing the UN said could amount to a war crime.

Pope Francis defends appointment of bishop accused of protecting priest

Santiago - Pope Francis called critics protesting the appointment of a new bishop in Chile, who has been accused of covering up sexual abuse crimes committed by priests, "lefties" in a video message Saturday.

Review: David Cook fabulous on new 'Criminals' music video Special

Singer-songwriter David Cook (and former "American Idol" winner) is back with his newest music video for "Criminals" and it rocks.

Robot Taxi planning self-driving car service by 2020

There is a new challenger in the self-driving industry, and it is Robot Taxi. The company has some major plans that could shakeup the industry.

Brazil high court: Lula can be questioned in Petrobras probe

Bras - Police in Brazil can question former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as they probe the massive money-laundering scandal at state oil giant Petrobras, the nation's Supreme Court ruled.

Drug lord with 45 arrest warrants killed in Colombia

Victor Navarro, alias Megateo, has long dominated the region of Catatumbo, but the drug lord ended up being killed by Colombian troops.

Op-Ed: 2016 and the hysterical, mindless ugliness of American politics

Washington - Even thinking about American politics is ugly. Its insanity is its defining feature. The country is no longer functioning on basic levels. The rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump reflects more polarization in both parties.

Guatemala landslide death toll climbs to 69, hundreds missing

Santa Catarina Pinula - At least 69 people were killed when massive mudslides buried scores of homes on the outskirts of Guatemala's capital city, officials said, as the death toll continued to climb.

Scientists look at panda poo for biofuel clues

Researchers in Belgium are looking at excrement of giant pandas in hopes to find clues on how to develop new generations of biofuel.

'Miracle down-under' — Toddler has head reattached to neck

Brisbane - In a surgical procedure that is being hailed as "miraculous," a 16-month-old child had his head reattached to his neck after suffering an internal decapitation as the result of an automobile accident.

Palestinian kills two Israelis, wounds child in Jerusalem attack

Jerusalem - A Palestinian said to be an Islamist militant killed two Israeli men and injured a woman and a toddler in a knife and gun attack in Jerusalem, in a fresh escalation of violence.

Oregon school shooter committed suicide: Police

Roseburg - The 26-year-old gunman behind a mass shooting at a college in Oregon that left nine people dead committed suicide after a shootout with police, authorities said Saturday.

Chile rattled by two earthquakes

Santiago - Two earthquakes, magnitude 6.0 and 6.1, hit northern and southern Chile Saturday, but caused no known injuries or significant damage, the government's National Emergency Office (ONEMI) said.

Investigators piece together motive of Oregon shooter

Roseburg - Investigators pieced together clues as why a student at a college in Oregon went on a shooting rampage that left nine people dead, before committing suicide as police cornered him.
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