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The Latest: Francis taking notes while listening to Kenyans

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 1:30am

The latest on Pope Francis' first trip to Africa. (All times local.)

Philippine website to seek tips on missing Marcos paintings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 1:10am

A Philippine official says the government will launch a website next month to crowd-source tips on the whereabouts of some 200 missing art works, including paintings by Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rembrandt that were owned by former first lady Imelda Marcos.

2 arrested over attack on luxury hotel in Mali

Baba Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 12:40am

Malian special forces have arrested two men over last week's attack on a luxury hotel in the capital that killed 19 people, according to a statement distributed Friday morning.

Vietnam passes law abolishing death penalty for 7 crimes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 11:50pm

Death sentences imposed on corrupt Vietnamese officials will now be commuted to life in prison if they pay back at least 75 percent of the illegal money they made.

Chinese activist sentenced to 6 years in jail

Didi Tang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 11:40pm

A court in southern China sentenced a leading activist who organized rallies for media freedom to six years in prison Friday in what his lawyer described as an unfair trial with an extra criminal charge added at the last minute.

Palestinian killed after West Bank attack on Israeli troops

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 11:40pm

Israeli police say a Palestinian was shot and killed after ramming his car into a group of Israelis in the West Bank. The army says two Israeli soldiers were injured in the attack.

Belgium says likely Paris fugitive gets help

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 10:46pm

The latest on the attacks in Paris and security alert in Brussels.

[Pope presses case for adequate, dignified housing in Nairobi

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 9:40pm

Pope Francis is visiting a slum on Nairobi's northwestern edge to press his call for adequate and dignified housing for society's most marginal, especially in burgeoning megacities like the Kenyan capital.

Landing gear collapses as jetliner lands in Mexico City

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 9:40pm

A landing gear on a Boeing 737 of the Mexican airline Magnicharters partially collapsed as the plane landed at Mexico City's international airport Thursday evening, but no one was injured, authorities said.

The Latest: Pope heads to Nairobi slum Friday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 8:50pm

The latest on Pope Francis' first trip to Africa. (All times local.)

Turkey-Russia spat over downed Russian warplane escalates

Suzan Fraser and Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 8:47pm

A tug-of-war over a Russian warplane downed by a Turkish fighter jet at the border with Syria escalated Thursday, with Moscow drafting a slew of economic sanctions against Turkey and the Turkish president defiantly declaring that his military will shoot down any new intruder.

Mexico closes health center for supposed diabetes 'vaccine'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 8:10pm

Mexican regulatory authorities closed a health center that was touting a supposed diabetes "vaccine" and warned consumers that there is no vaccine for the condition.

Ecuador to require Cubans to get entry visas

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 5:20pm

Ecuador announced Thursday that it will begin requiring Cubans to get visas to enter beginning Tuesday, seeking to discourage the flow of migrants.

El Salvador breaks up corruption ring of judges, lawyers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 5:20pm

Prosecutors have broken up a ring of a dozen lawyers, judges and a prosecutor who fixed court rulings in exchange for bribes, El Salvador's government said Thursday.

Bolivian women arrested for alleged Facebook baby sale

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 5:10pm

Bolivian officials say they have arrested two women on human trafficking charges: one for selling her baby for $250, the other for buying it after placing a "want ad" on Facebook.

Dominican officials say at least 11 dead in bus collision

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 4:10pm

At least 11 people died and over 70 were injured Thursday when two buses carrying tourism workers collided on a road between two resort towns in the eastern Dominican Republic.

Canada to give UN $75 million for Syrian refugee relief

Charmaiine Noronha, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 4:00pm

Canada's Liberal government announced on Thursday a US$75 million (CA$100 million) contribution to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help fleeing Syrians, fulfilling a campaign promise from its recent federal election.

2 Turkish journalists jailed over Syria smuggling reports

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 2:11pm

In new blow to media freedoms in Turkey, a court on Thursday ordered two prominent opposition journalists jailed pending trial over charges of willingly aiding an armed group and of espionage for revealing state secrets for their reports on alleged arms smuggling to Syria.

3 Palestinians die in clashes; Israel toughens fence

Daniella Cheslow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 2:02pm

Three Palestinians were shot and killed in separate clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank on Thursday as Israel announced plans to strengthen a fence near the flashpoint city of Hebron in an effort to contain a two-month spate of violence.