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Pope urges peace while visiting C. African Republic mosque
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) -- Pope Francis made a historic visit to the last remaining Muslim neighborhood in Central African Republic's capital Monday, a move that almost immediately opened up a part of the divided city troubled for months by retaliatory violence between Muslim and Christian militias....

Syria's al-Qaida branch releases captive Lebanese soldiers
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's al-Qaida branch has freed a group of Lebanese soldiers held captive since August 2014 as part of a swap deal....

Israeli military shoots, kills suspected Palestinian stabber
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says it has shot and killed a Palestinian who was trying to stab an Israeli pedestrian at a busy West Bank junction....

Turkey: Russia in IS oil trade claim to cover-up violation
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's prime minister has accused Russia of trying to "cover up" its infringement of Turkey's airspace with "unfounded" claims that Turkey is illegally importing oil from the Islamic State group in Syria....

Report: BMW CEO sees point when updating diesel uneconomic
BERLIN (AP) -- BMW's CEO says that at some future point it will no longer make economic sense to keep adapting diesel engines to ever-tougher rules, but he isn't saying when....

Ukrainian president pardons Russian in prisoner exchange
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- President Petro Poroshenko has pardoned a Russian citizen arrested in eastern Ukraine and exchanged him for a Ukrainian serviceman held by Russian-backed separatists....

German Cabinet OKs military mission against IS in Syria
BERLIN (AP) -- The German Cabinet has approved plans to commit up to 1,200 soldiers to support the international coalition fighting against the Islamic State group in Syria....

World leaders gather to try to save Earth from overheating
LE BOURGET, France (AP) -- With dramatic vows to save future generations from an overheated planet, the largest gathering ever of world leaders began two weeks of talks Monday aimed at producing the most far-reaching pact yet to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and avert environmental havoc....

AP News Guide: Summit opens debate on ethics of gene editing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Designer babies or an end to intractable illnesses: A revolutionary technology is letting scientists learn to rewrite the genetic code, aiming to alter DNA in ways that, among other things, could erase disease-causing genes....

The Latest: Vienna orchestra to buy home for 4 families
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) -- The latest on the mass movement of asylum-seekers and others seeking refuge in Europe. All times local:...

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