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Pope Francis in Egypt
Pope Francis is flanked by Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Al-Azhar's grand imam, at Cairo's Al Azhar university, Friday, April 28. Francis is in Egypt for a two-day trip aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front that repudiates violence committed in God's name.
 
Afghan Taliban announce spring offensive
The Afghan Taliban launched their spring offensive Friday, heralding fresh fighting in the drawn-out conflict as embattled security forces struggle to recover from a devastating attack on a military base one week ago.
 
Talks sought after Macedonia parliament riot
Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov called an emergency meeting of political leaders Friday, hours after demonstrators -- mostly supporters of the country's dominant conservative party -- invaded parliament and assaulted opposition lawmakers.
 
A huge explosion struck near Damascus International Airport early Thursday setting off large fires, with Syrian regime ally Hezbollah saying it was "probably" the result of an Israeli airstrike.
 
UN hosts aid drive for beleaguered Yemen
The U.N. secretary-general is appealing on dozens of countries to boost aid funds for war-torn Yemen, which is considered one of the world's greatest humanitarian crises and faces "the world's largest hunger crisis."
 
US blacklists 271 Syrian chemists over sarin attack
The US government put 271 Syrian chemists and other officials on its financial blacklist Monday, punishing them for their presumed role in the deadly chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town in early April.
 
US general suggests Russia is arming the Taliban
The United States must confront Russia for providing weapons to the Taliban for use against American-backed forces in Afghanistan, top U.S. military officials said Monday.
 
Aviation officer gives his version of United Airlines flight removal
The physician who was dragged off a United Airlines flight in Chicago this month was verbally and physically abusive, and flailing his arms before he lost his balance and struck his mouth on an armrest, according to the aviation officer who pulled the man out of his seat.
 
Afghan officials resign following attack
Afghanistan's army chief and defense minister resigned on Monday, following a Taliban attack over the weekend that struck a northern army base, killing more than 100 military and other personnel, officials said.
 
Israel PM issues warning to foes
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened Israel's annual memorial day for the 6 million Jews systematically killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War II by saying the lessons of the Holocaust guide him daily and issuing a warning to Israel's enemies not to test it.
 
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