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Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane on his way to Albania, at Rome's Fiumicino international airport, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Pope Francis, who is traveling to Albania for a one-day trip, said he wanted to visit the country to highlight the rebirth of Christianity that was brutally wiped out during communist rule, and to showcase how Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims are working together now to govern the country. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope in Albania urges Muslims to condemn extremism

Pope Francis called Sunday for Muslims and all religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who "pervert" religion to justify violence, as he visited Albania and held up the Balkan nation as a model for interfaith harmony for the rest of the world. "To kill in the name of God is ...

Thais Brown, 2, of New York, rides on his mother's back as demonstrators gather before the People's Climate March Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 in New York.  The march, along with similar gatherings scheduled in other cities worldwide, comes two days before the United Nations Climate Summit, where more than 120 world leaders will convene for a meeting aimed at galvanizing political will for a new global climate treaty by the end of 2015. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

China, US, India push world carbon emissions up

Spurred chiefly by China, the United States and India, the world spewed far more carbon pollution into the air last year than ever before, scientists announced Sunday as world leaders gather to discuss how to reduce heat-trapping gases. The world pumped an estimated 39.8 billion tons (36.1 billion metric tons) ...

Smokes rises from an area due to clashes between Sunni militiamen and Hawthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Yemen's top security body imposed an overnight curfew in restive areas of the capital, Sanaa, on Saturday after Shiite rebels took over the state television building amid heavy clashes and the U.N. envoy to the country signaled that a deal had been reached to end the violence. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Yemen state media: prime minister resigns

Yemeni state media announced the resignation of the country's prime minister Sunday but the president's office denied that it had received any such request, deepening a sense of uncertainty in the country following days of violence that have left more than 140 people dead and sent thousands fleeing their homes. ...

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, and Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attend a ceremony to mark the third anniversary of the assassination of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. In 2011, an insurgent with a bomb wrapped in his turban assassinated Rabbani, who was leading a government effort to broker peace with the Taliban. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

New Afghan president, but vote totals kept secret

Ending months of vote-related tension, Afghanistan's election commission named a new president on Sunday only hours after the two leading candidates signed a power-sharing deal that names one of them as the country's new chief executive. The commission named Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the winner and next president and noted ...

A damaged Scottish independence referendum advertising board is seen in Edinburgh, Scotland, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom. The result announced early Friday was the one favored by Britain's political leaders, who had campaigned hard in recent weeks to convince Scottish voters to stay. It dashed many Scots' hopes of breaking free and building their own nation. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Scotland's leader: Voters 'tricked' in referendum

The debate over Scotland's future fizzled amid a bitter war of words Sunday, with the Scottish leader claiming his countrymen were "tricked" into rejecting independence in a referendum and Britain's three main political parties bickering over how to take political reform forward. Alex Salmond, Scotland's outgoing independence leader, accused politicians ...

A health worker volunteer marks a home with chalk to identify that it has been visited, as they distribute bars of soap and information about Ebola in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Thousands of health workers began knocking on doors across Sierra Leone on Friday in search of hidden Ebola cases with the entire West African nation locked down in their homes for three days in an unprecedented effort to combat the deadly disease. (AP Photo/Michael Duff)

Sierra Leone reaches final day of Ebola lockdown

Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone's capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the deadly Ebola disease, volunteers said. While most residents welcomed teams of health care workers and volunteers bearing ...

Gloria, 4, center, whose father Christopher Chewa was killed in the Westgate Mall attack, wipes the tears from the eyes of her mother Faith Njoki as they hug, while her brother Edwin, 1, left is held by a relative, after joining other families of the victims to lay flowers and remember at the Amani Garden memorial site in the Karura Forest in Nairobi, Kenya Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Kenya is marking one year since four gunmen stormed the upscale Westgate Mall in Nairobi, killing 67 people, and a memorial plaque with the names of the victims was unveiled at the popular forest on the edge of the city. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Kenya marks 1 year since Westgate mall attack

Relatives of the dead, survivors and shop owners converged outside Nairobi's Westgate Mall on Sunday, lighting candles and laying flowers in memory of those killed a year ago when gunmen stormed the upscale mall. The attack killed 67 people and left Kenya's capital unsettled for days as militants battled with ...

FILE - This undated file photo posted on a militant website Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Islamic State group policemen standing guard in front of a police station in Nineveh province, Iraq. As the Islamic State group battles across Syria and Iraq, pushing back larger armies and ruling over entire cities, it is also waging an increasingly sophisticated media campaign that has rallied disenfranchised youth and outpaced the sluggish efforts of Arab governments to stem its appeal. The U.S. State Department launched a “Think Again Turn Away” campaign on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, with Arabic and English videos similar in style to those of al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. (AP Photo via militant website, File)

Arab states lag in media war against extremists

As the Islamic State group battles across Syria and Iraq, pushing back larger armies and ruling over entire cities, it is also waging an increasingly sophisticated media campaign that has rallied disenfranchised youth and outpaced the sluggish efforts of Arab governments to stem its appeal. Long gone are the days ...

US general: Arab nations need to help in Iraq

The U.S.-led military campaign plan to retake Iraqi territory held by the Islamic State group calls for attacking the extremists from several directions simultaneously, and its success depends on getting more Arab help, the top American military officer said Sunday. "We want them to wake up every day realizing that ...

Erdogan: Turkey won't give hostage release details

The Turkish government won't reveal details of a covert operation that ensured the release of 49 people held hostage by the Islamic State group, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday. The hostages — 46 Turks and three Iraqis — were returned to Turkey on Saturday after more than three months ...

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