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Pope Francis Greeting by Cheering Crowd of 150,000 in Uganda

Waniala Paul /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(KAMPALA, Uganda) -- An exuberant crowd of young people, 150,000 strong, welcomed Pope Francis on Saturday in Kampala, Uganda.They sang. They danced, some wearing colorful grass skirts, others sporting feathered headdresses. And they smiled.Their message to him: that Catholicism is more than a Sunday ritual to them. It is a tribe, an extended family and a shared sense of identity. Catholics make up nearly half the country.Francis listened intently to test

Russia Imposes Economic Sanctions Against Turkey

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(MOSCOW) --  Russia says it will impose a package of economic sanctions against Turkey, reports the BBC.The sanctions come just days after a Russian jet was shot down by Turkey near the Syrian border.The sanctions cover the work of Turkish companies in Russia, Turkish nationals working in Russia for Russian companies, imports from Turkey and an end to the chartering of flights between the two nations, says BBC News. The visa-free arrangement between Russia and Turkey

Italy to Close Unofficial Mosques

Marek Uliasz/iStock/ThinkStock(ROME, Italy) --  A lot of Muslim places of worship are about to be shut down in Italy.The Italian government says it will move to close any mosque tha tis not officially registered as a place of worship.The Interior Minister in Italy made the announcement saying it was part of Italy's strategy to help fight terrorism.There are 800 unofficial or what are called "garage mosques" where many of the one million or so Muslims living in Italy go to worship.But critic

Three Killed by Rocket Attack at UN Camp in Kidal, Mali

MarkRubens/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) --  The United Nations says a rocket attack occurred at a UN peacekeeper's base in Kidal, northern Mali resulting in the deaths of three people, reports the BBC.Two peacekeepers and one contractor for the Multidimensional Integrated United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed. The UN said 20 people were injured.It is suspected that Islamist militants were behind Saturday's attack.In a statement, the Special Representative of the

Australian Man's Fight With a Spider Ends With Police at His Door

iStock/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- Police in Australia were called to a home to investigate domestic violence, but when they arrived all they found was a man and a spider.The Harbourside Local Area Command of the New South Wales Police Force received numerous calls early Saturday morning from neighbors concerned about domestic violence at a residence in Wollstonecraft, Australia, police spokesman Dean Lindley told ABC News on Friday."We had numerous calls to our emergency number stating that a woman c

Nairobi Schoolchildren Dance for Pope Francis

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NAIROBI, Kenya) -- On any papal trip, there are long waits as crowds gather hours ahead of the scheduled event. No problem today for the crowd of young people at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.Thousands of Catholic school kids in their school uniforms filled the huge stadium awaiting an hour-long audience with Pope Francis.First they passed the time doing the wave, their cheers ricocheting around the stadium like a football match was in full swing.Then they started a Con

Russia Threatens Economic Sanctions Against Turkey

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russia is threatening retaliatory sanctions that could cost both and Turkey hundreds of millions -- if not billions -- of dollars in trade and joint projects.On Thursday, Russia announced it would be imposing economic “response measures” against Turkey. Prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said his government was developing sanctions that would hit Turkish interests across Russia’s economy, which could include a trade embargo, limiting investme

Two Men Arrested in Berlin for Alleged Terror Plot Released for Lack of Evidence

iStock/Thinkstock(BERLIN) -- The two men arrested in Berlin for allegedly plotting an attack on the German capital were released Friday after investigators didn't find evidence to keep them in custody, police said.The men, 28 and 46, were arrested Thursday in Southeast Berlin after police were informed of a potential threat, described as "preparation of a serious act of violence endangering the state."Police did not say who gave them the tip.Based on the information, police raided an Islamic cul

Debris from US Rocket Discovered Off British Coast

SpaceX(LONDON) -- A large chunk of an American space rocket -- likely from the ill-fated SpaceX Falcon 9 -- has been found off the coast of England, officials aid.Covered in barnacles and measuring 32 feet by 14 feet, the metal structure has an American flag painted on it. Martin Leslie, Coastal Area Commander, said the debris was "most likely to be the unmanned Space X Falcon 9," which blew up in June.The unmanned Space X was carrying 4,000 pounds of supplies and school science experiments to t

France Memorializes 130 Victims of Paris Terror Attacks

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images(PARIS) — France remembered the 130 victims of the terror attacks two weeks ago in a memorial ceremony in Paris Friday morning.  Addressing a small crowd at Les Invalides, a French national monument, President Francois Hollande promised mourners that France will “destroy the army of fanatics” who carried out the attacks.“The parents who will never see their children, children who will grow up without their parents, couples who’ve

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