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    Pope Heads to Philadelphia to Conclude US Trip
    Sep26

    Pope Heads to Philadelphia to Conclude US Trip

    Pope Francis travels to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, the third stop in a U.S. trip that included talks with President Obama, an address to Congress and a Mass in New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden. In Philadelphia, Francis will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, visit Independence Mall...

    Putin Heads to UN With Serious Syrian Agenda
    Sep25

    Putin Heads to UN With Serious Syrian Agenda

    Russian President Vladimir Putin travels to New York on Monday for a highly touted speech at the United Nations General Assembly — his first appearance at the international body in nearly a decade. But Putin’s trip to New York is also part of a wider effort to show the world he will not be sidelined on the international stage....

    At UN, Francis Pleads for Protecting Environment and Poor
    Sep25

    At UN, Francis Pleads for Protecting Environment and Poor

    In an address to the U.N. General Assembly, Pope Francis exhorted presidents and prime ministers to show leadership in combating climate change and poverty and in protecting refugees fleeing conflicts. The 78-year-old pontiff, speaking Friday morning at the United Nations headquarters in New York, tied “misuse and destruction of the...

    Ukraine, Syria to Dominate Obama-Putin Talks at UN
    Sep25

    Ukraine, Syria to Dominate Obama-Putin Talks at UN

    President Barack Obama will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during the United Nations General Assembly session next week. The White House says Obama has accepted Putin’s invitation for a chance to address Russia’s interference in Ukraine. A Russian government official said Putin wants to discuss Syria. Zlatica Hoke...

    WH: Ukraine Will Top Agenda of Obama-Putin Meeting
    Sep25

    WH: Ukraine Will Top Agenda of Obama-Putin Meeting

    The White House says Ukraine will be at the top of President Barack Obama’s agenda when he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in New York. The Kremlin says the meeting is set for Monday when the United Nations General Assembly opens. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama wants to reinforce to Putin the importance of abiding...

    Kremlin: Obama, Putin to Meet Monday in New York
    Sep24

    Kremlin: Obama, Putin to Meet Monday in New York

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Monday with U.S. President Barack Obama in New York, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday. Peskov told journalists in Russia’s Rostov region that Putin will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and then later in the day with the president. The three leaders are among the many who...

    Russia Plans Second Big Military Base Near Ukrainian Border
    Sep23

    Russia Plans Second Big Military Base Near Ukrainian Border

    Russia is planning a second major military base near the border with Ukraine, where NATO accuses Russian troops of helping pro-Moscow separatists fight Kyiv’s forces. The new base will house 5,000 soldiers and heavy weaponry, according to public documents and people working at the site. It is further east than one under construction in...

    Ukrainian Pilot Goes on Trial in Russia
    Sep23

    Ukrainian Pilot Goes on Trial in Russia

    A Ukraine helicopter pilot accused in the deaths of two Russian journalists last year in war-ravaged eastern Ukraine has formally denied charges from Russian prosecutors, calling the case against her “a piece of rubbish.” Pilot Nadiya Savchenko spoke Tuesday from a glass cage inside a courtroom in southwestern Russia, at the opening...

    OSCE Official: Media Freedom Declining in Europe
    Sep22

    OSCE Official: Media Freedom Declining in Europe

    A leading advocate for media freedom warned Tuesday that the climate for journalists in Europe is deteriorating as governments react to political crises with restrictions that include physical harassment, bans on freedom of movement and limits on freedom of expression. Dunja Mijatovic, media freedom representative for the Organization for...

    Turkey Alarmed Over Russian Military Buildup in Syria
    Sep22

    Turkey Alarmed Over Russian Military Buildup in Syria

    The condemnation came as U.S. officials said they were still trying to fathom Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strategy in Syria – whether his military objective is to help battle against Islamic State extremists, as Moscow claims, or to strike at rebel fighters seeking to topple President Bashar al-Assad, a Russian ally. Turkish...

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