Pope Francis walks to his chair for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.

Pope denounces porn and corruption of kids' minds, bodies

Pope Francis on Friday denounced the proliferation of adult and child pornography on the internet and demanded better protections for children online — even as the Vatican confronts its own cross-border child porn investigation involving a top papal envoy.

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Riot police officers detain a protester during a rally in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.

Protesters rally across Russia on Putin's 65th birthday

Police arrested rapper Nelly early Saturday after a woman said he raped her on his tour bus in a town outside Seattle, an accusation the Grammy winner's attorney staunchly denied.

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People are checked by security guards before entering GUM, State Shop, at Red square in Moscow, Russia.

Moscow faces 130 fake bomb calls, evacuates 100,000 people

Moscow on Friday faced over 130 fake bomb calls that prompted the evacuation of some 100,000 people from shopping malls, schools, railway stations and office buildings.

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Women and children from Hawija sit outside a Kurdish screening center in Dibis, Iraq.

Iraq says it has retaken one of IS group's last strongholds

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Thursday that Iraqi forces have driven the Islamic State group from one of the extremists' last strongholds in the country, the northern town of Hawija.

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Max Mayfield, the former director of the hurricane center (now retired), draws a line showing one of the possible trajectories of Hurricane Wilma in Miami.

Science Says: Era of monster hurricanes roiling the Atlantic

It's not just this year. The monster hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Jose and Lee that have raged across the Atlantic are contributing to what appears to be the most active period for major storms on record.

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In this Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 photo, Elvis tribute artist Eddie Powers poses for a photo with newlyweds Rob and Kelly Roznowski after he married them at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign in Las Vegas.

After massacre, Las Vegas gets back to beers, slots, shows

The fountains at the Bellagio casino went off like clockwork, the water swaying and pulsating in time to Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA."

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FILE - In this undated file photo released by a militant website, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants of the Islamic State group hold up their weapons and wave its flags on their vehicles in a convoy to Iraq, in Ra

IS latches on to global attacks as it fights for survival

Just hours after Stephen Paddock unleashed a hail of bullets on a country music festival in Las Vegas, the Islamic State group issued a flurry of statements claiming the 64-year-old gunman as one of its own.

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Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, center, is escorted by police as she leave the court house in Shah Alam, Malaysia, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017.

Post-mortem: VX poison killed brother of North Korean leader

A Malaysian government pathologist testified Tuesday at the trial of two women accused of killing the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader that the banned VX nerve agent caused his death.

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FILE - In this Friday, June 2, 2017, file photo, smoke rises from an attack inside the Resorts World Manila complex in suburban Pasay city, southeast of Manila, Philippines.

Terror risks make tight security routine for world's hotels

In many parts of the world, the constant fear of extremist attacks has led to tighter security measures at hotels and resorts, but that is less so in the United States, where hotels are reluctant to intrude on the privacy of guests.

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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2007 file photo, then Iraqi President Jalal Talabani talks to reporters in Baghdad, Iraq.

Iraqi ex-president and Kurdish leader Talabani dies at 83

Jalal Talabani, the Kurdish guerrilla leader who became Iraq's president after the U.S. toppled Saddam Hussein, and who embodied hopes for a unified, peaceful future through years of strife, has died at the age of 83, Kurdish officials said Tuesday.

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Karl Kreile, left, and Bodo Mende kiss after their marriage in Berlin, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.

Germany celebrates 1st same-sex weddings after law change

Germany celebrated its first same-sex weddings Sunday, after a new law came into force putting gay and lesbian couples on an equal legal footing with heterosexual couples.

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Pope Francis acknowledges the applause by Italian mayors on the occasion of a meeting with them at the Clementine Hall at the Vatican, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

Pope to mayors: Don't build towers, expand piazzas

Pope Francis is urging Italian mayors to redouble their efforts to welcome migrants and refugees and promote ways to integrate them into their new communities.

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FILE - In this April 1, 2017, file photo, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints perform in the Conference Center at the morning session of the two-day Mormon church conference in Salt Lake City.

Mormon leader reaffirms faith's opposition to gay marriage

A top Mormon leader reaffirmed the religion's opposition to same-sex marriage on Saturday during a church conference — and reminded followers watching around the world that children should be raised in families led by a married man and woman.

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Staff stand within the United States embassy facility in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.

US to Americans: Stay away from Cuba after health 'attacks'

The United States delivered an ominous warning to Americans on Friday to stay away from Cuba and ordered home more than half the U.S. diplomatic corps, acknowledging neither the Cubans nor America's FBI can figure out who or what is responsible for months of mysterious health ailments.

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A pregnant 15-year-old girl who was the victim of statutory rape, sits in the house where she stays in Masaka, Uganda.

Millions of world's children lack any record of their births

Would a 15-year-old girl be married off by her parents in violation of the law? Would another girl, who looks even younger, get justice after an alleged statutory rape at the hands of an older man?

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Fistfights erupted in parliament for the second day as MPs from the ruling party pushed for the bill to be introduced [James Akena/Reuters]

It’s not a nightclub, that is Uganda’s Parliament in a brawl

Fighting broke out in Uganda's parliament for a second day between lawmakers pushing for a change in laws to remove age limits for presidential candidates and those opposing it, a Reuters witness said.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and other lawmakers clap their hands after lower house was dissolved at the parliament in Tokyo Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.

Japan's Abe faces new challenge as he calls snap election

A surge of popularity for a freshly minted opposition party in Japan is making Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to call a snap election look riskier than initially thought.

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In this Aug. 9, 2017 file photo tourists refresh themselves at a fountain in Rome.

Climate change may spell hotter summers for southern Europe

Climate researchers are warning that Europeans should prepare for the return of "Lucifer," saying the hellishly named heat wave that hit parts of the continent this summer could become a regular occurrence due to man-made climate change.

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Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives at the Supreme Court to make her final statements in a trial on a charge of criminal negligence in Bangkok, Thailand.

Ex-Thai leader sentenced in absentia to 5 years in prison

A Thai court on Wednesday sentenced former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whose government was ousted in a 2014 military coup, in absentia to five years in prison for alleged negligence in a money-losing rice subsidy program.

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Aziza Yousef drives a car on a highway in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as part of a campaign to defy Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving.

Saudi women allowed to drive in latest reform push by prince

Saudi Arabia's surprise decision to grant women the right to drive rattled society in the kingdom on Wednesday, bringing cheers from rights activists and young people and grumbling from others who say they will never let their wives and daughters behind the wheel.

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The Royal Australian Navy HMAS Adelaide crueses alongside landing crafts with Philippine Marines and Australian troops as they conduct a joint Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise off Subic Bay in northwestern Philippines Sunday, Oct. 15,

Philippine, Australian forces stage sea drill as ties deepen

Filipino and Australian naval forces darted across the sea and landed on a Philippine wharf in a disaster-response drill Sunday that reflects their deepening security ties in a region prone to calamities, piracy and territorial rifts.


President Donald Trump waves after signing an executive order on health care in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Washington.

Trump's 'Obamacare' move jolts health care, political worlds

President Donald Trump's abrupt move to cut off federal payments to insurers jolted America's health care and political worlds alike, threatening to boost premiums for millions, disrupt insurance markets and shove Republicans into a renewed civil war over their efforts to shred "Obamacare."

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