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More U.S. troops to help Afghan forces

– The U.S. Army will deploy hundreds of soldiers to the southern province of Helmand, where Afghan forces have been pushed to…

Train crash in Germany kills at least 10, injures 80

Two commuter trains crashed head-on Tuesday in southern Germany, killing 10 people and injuring 80 as they slammed into each other on a curve after an automatic safety braking system apparently failed, the transport minister said.

Poland to ask Germany about satirical Carnival float

The Polish government has taken offense at a German Carnival float that satirizes the country's ruling party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and plans to raise the matter with the German government, Poland's foreign minister said Tuesday.

Nigeria's army accuse 2 soldiers of arming Boko Haram

Nigeria's army says it has arrested two soldiers trying to ferry a large quantity of arms and ammunition to Boko Haram Islamic extremists.

Police arrest over 100 suspected Sicily Mafia clan members

Prosecutors say police in Italy and abroad have arrested more than 100 suspected Laudani Cosa Nostra members, dealing a heavy blow to the Mafia clan which has terrified businesses in the Catania area on Sicily for years.


Pope visit to Mexico basilica highlights Guadalupe influence

A weathered pastel image of the Virgin of Guadalupe hangs from German Herrera Hernandez's dashboard, watching over his passengers from her perch next to his cigarettes, gum and the handful of coins he uses to make change.


Irish deploy military-style checkpoints to suppress gang war

Ireland's police force deployed military-style road checkpoints Tuesday as the government announced toughened measures to try to prevent a gang war in Dublin from claiming more lives.


Tax fraud trial postponed for French ex-minister

A French court on Wednesday postponed the trial of a former French budget minister accused of tax fraud and money laundering until September, to give higher courts time to decide a legal issue raised by his lawyers.


2 female bombers kill 56 in northeast Nigerian refugee camp

Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeast Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 56 people, health and rescue officials said Wednesday.


Chechen leader threatens foes in bid to gain Putin's support

The Kremlin-backed strongman of Chechnya has issued a stream of threats against Russia's liberal opposition, but his primary audience appears to be the Russian president himself.


Rwanda hopes to use drones to deliver medical supplies

Rwanda's government has signed an agreement with a U.S.-based robotics company to build infrastructure for drones that would deliver medical supplies to health facilities across the country.


Pope on Ash Wednesday: charity's not to please ourselves

Pope Francis rubbed ashes on the bowed heads of prelates, nuns and ordinary Catholics Wednesday, and had them smudged on his own head, too, to usher in the Lenten season of prayer and sacrifice he said must be done out of authentic love, not to satisfy one's conscience.


UK to end ancient practice of printing laws on animal skin

It's often said some laws aren't worth the paper they're printed on. Not in Britain, where for centuries laws have been printed not on paper but on calfskin parchment known as vellum.


Italians arrest Argentine prelate in swindle scheme

An Argentine monsignor suspected of being behind a Ponzi scheme swindling investors out of 30 million euros ($34 million) has been put under house arrest in Genoa, Italian financial police said Wednesday.


Eurozone concerns building again after period of calm

Slowly but surely, worries over the 19-country eurozone are building again.


Double suicide bombing in Cameroon's north kills at least 10

The governor of Cameroon's Far North region says two suicide bombers have killed at least 10 people in an attack on a northern village.


Portugal lawmakers overturn veto on gay rights, abortion law

Same-sex couples will soon be able to adopt children in Portugal after lawmakers voted to overturn a presidential veto, with parliament also removing some abortion restrictions Wednesday.


Christian, Muslim leaders in Cyprus support peace talks

Christian and Muslim leaders in Cyprus on Wednesday repeated their full support for ongoing talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically-split country, saying their united stand for peace serves as a strong example of cooperation in a region where conflict is often fueled by religion.


Central African Republic to go ahead with elections Sunday

Central African Republic's long awaited presidential runoff vote will go forward Sunday alongside a second attempt at credible legislative elections, election authorities said as the two top candidates campaigned outside the capital Wednesday.