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Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Friday held the first meeting in nearly a millennium between heads of their two branches of the Christian church.

Another Libyan Air Force plane shot down or crashed in Benghazi

Just four days after a Libyan Air Force MiG 23 plane was shot down or crashed near Derna, another plane has either crashed or been shot down in the city of Benghazi.

Cameron confident of reaching EU deal to avoid Brexit

Prime Minister David Cameron expressed confidence Friday that a deal could be reached allowing Britain to remain in the European Union and avoid a so-called "Brexit".

UN probe zeroes in on five Syria chemical weapons cases

A UN investigative team has zeroed in on five potential cases of serious chemical weapons use in Syria but has yet to identify the perpetrators, according to its first report released Friday.

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 Friday, highlighting the control drug cartels hold over many penitentiaries.

Paris attacks suspect's DNA 'not found on suicide belt'

No DNA from fugitive Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in November's Paris attacks, has been found on a suicide belt discovered in the French capital, a source close to the inquiry said Friday.

Russian court throws out lawsuit against Putin

A Russian court has thrown out a lawsuit against President Vladimir Putin filed by top opposition leader Alexei Navalny over alleged graft, saying the Kremlin chief was effectively untouchable.

Pope, patriarch urge Christian unity at historic talks

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

Tears and anger as Italy says farewell to slain student

Italy on Friday bade a tear-soaked farewell to slain student Giulio Regeni as Prime Minister Matteo Renzi warned Egypt their countries' close ties were on the line over the young man's brutal and unexplained death in Cairo.

Transcript of exclusive AFP interview with Syria's Assad

In the following AFP interview with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, the questions were asked in French and he replied in Arabic.

Assad vows to retake all of Syria, keep 'fighting terrorism'

President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to recapture the whole of Syria and keep "fighting terrorism" while also negotiating an end to the war, as international pressure mounts for a ceasefire.

Five UN peacekeepers among 8 troops killed in Mali attacks

Five United Nations peacekeepers were killed and some 30 others wounded when suspected Islamists attacked their base in Mali's restive north Friday, as three Malian soldiers perished in an ambush in the same region, the UN chief and security sources sa...

Op-Ed: Assessing the future in a reliable way: Elizabeth Florescu Special

Since time immemorial, man has wished to see the future. Now, some people are fortunate enough to do it as their job. They are called futurists.

Red Cross rejects Saudi call to leave Yemen conflict zones

The Red Cross on Friday turned down a call from Riyadh for aid workers to stay out of rebel-held zones of Yemen that are being targeted in a Saudi-led air war.

The Munich agreement for Syria: will it work?

World powers on Friday agreed a plan to cease hostilities in war-wracked Syria, but there are reasons to doubt its success.Here are the key questions around the deal:- How important is this announcement?

Security fears for Boko Haram displaced after Nigeria bombings

Suicide bombings that killed 58 at a camp for those who fled Boko Haram have raised doubts about the true extent of Nigeria's grip on security in the troubled northeast and its policy of returning the displaced.

Kenya's Ruto wins key ICC witness appeal

The International Criminal Court on Friday upheld an appeal by Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto and barred the use of recanted testimonies in the crimes against humanity case brought against him.

Russia launches probe after Boeing engine fails mid-air

Russia's prosecutors said Friday they were investigating after a Boeing passenger jet suffered an engine failure over the Dominican Republic with 371 people aboard.

Hundreds of Iraqi soldiers deploy at base near Mosul

Hundreds of Iraqi soldiers have arrived at a northern base over the past 24 hours to prepare for operations to retake the city of Mosul from jihadists, officers said Friday.

EU 'gives Greece three months' to strengthen border against migrants

EU member states on Friday gave Greece a three-month ultimatum to remedy "deficiencies" in controlling the influx of migrants or effectively face suspension from the Schengen passport-free zone.

AFP EXCLUSIVE: Assad vows to retake Syria, amid new ceasefire push

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 as international pressure grows for a ceasefire.

Pakistan TV channel warned over anti-Malala hate speech

Pakistan's TV regulator on Friday censured a leading news channel for airing "hate speech" against Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and her family, warning that accusations of blasphemy could endanger lives.

Mladic's right-hand man died in jail of natural causes: Court

A Bosnian Serb general jailed for life for committing genocide during the Balkans wars died of natural cases in a UN detention centre, court officials said Friday after an autopsy.

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 Friday.

Zuma ridicules S. Africa opposition for disrupting his speech

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Friday mocked the opposition as "useless" and ignorant, after rowdy radical lawmakers repeatedly disrupted his annual state of the nation parliamentary address.

Greek farmers clash with police during mass protest in Athens

Thousands of Greek farmers demonstrated in Athens on Friday after earlier clashing with riot police in a protest against pension and tax reforms demanded by the EU and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Syria opposition says rebels must decide on ceasefire

A key Syrian opposition body said Friday that a proposed pause in fighting in the country would have to be examined and decided upon by rebel forces on the ground.

Bahrain at impasse five years after failed uprising

Five years after Sunni-ruled Bahrain crushed a popular uprising by the Shiite majority, the kingdom is locked in a political impasse exacerbated by an economic crisis, analysts say.

Britain's Independent daily drops print edition

British newspaper The Independent will become digital only, and its last print edition will come out on March 26, owners ESI Media said in a statement on Friday.

Merkel's liberal refugee policy 'unsustainable', says French PM

Germany's liberal refugee policy which ushered in 1.1 million asylum-seekers last year is not sustainable, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned Friday, as Chancellor Angela Merkel said a group of EU countries may take more in.

Tanzanians jailed for British wildlife pilot murder

Four Tanzanians facing trial for the murder of a British conservationist whose helicopter was shot down have been jailed for 20 years for possessing firearms, lawyers said Friday.

Plans to move up to 1,000 from French migrant camp

Local French government authorities said Friday they want to move up to 1,000 migrants living in the notorious "Jungle" camp in the port town of Calais.

Clooney lends Merkel backing on refugees at Berlin talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday hosted George Clooney for talks on Europe's refugee influx, after the Hollywood idol offered to lend star power to help with the crisis.

Ahead of Pope's visit, Mexico gang violence targets priests

When Pope Francis arrives in Mexico on Friday he will land in the most dangerous country for priests in Latin America, with dozens killed in the past decade.

EU 'gives Greece three months' to tighten border against migrants

EU member states on Friday gave Greece a three-month ultimatum to remedy "deficiencies" in controlling the influx of migrants or effectively face suspension from the Schengen passport-free zone.

Migrant 'hotspots' a flashpoint on Greek island of Kos

As dawn breaks over the Greek island of Kos, 20 soldiers and five bulldozers wait to start construction work on a site that has become a flashpoint for the tourist hub on the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis.

Abdoulaye Toure: A life dedicated to women’s empowerment Special

In early childhood, Abdoulaye Toure from Mali took his first stance against injustice towards women. When he was about six years old, he realized it was unfair for his mother to be responsible for all the household work.

Korean peninsula looks more divided than ever

North and South Korea's perennially volatile relations seem headed for a new and potentially dangerous low, with all official lines of communication cut off and a host of tension-raising issues on the near horizon.

S. Sudan president names arch-rival Riek Machar as vice-president

South Sudan's president Salva Kiir has named his arch-rival Riek Machar as vice-president, after fighting for more than two years of civil war.

Rwanda to relocate Burundi refugees to other countries: government

Rwanda is to relocate refugees from Burundi to other countries, the government said Friday, amid accusations Kigali was meddling in the affairs of its troubled neighbour."The government of Rwanda...

Taiwan to seize assets of collapsed building developer

Almost a million dollars in assets belonging to the developer and three associates of a building in Taiwan felled by an earthquake will be seized, a court ruled Friday, with more than 90 residents confirmed dead in the disaster.