Pope Francis blesses a child upon his departure from Monte Real Air Base, in Leiria, Portugal, Saturday, May 13, 2017. Pope Francis urged Catholics on Friday to

Pope nixes Medjugorje visions but says shrine has benefits

Pope Francis has effectively dismissed reports of continuing apparitions of the Virgin Mary at the Medjugorje shrine in southern Bosnia, saying the visions "don't have much value" even if the shrine itself has helped Catholics find God.

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Defense lawyer Saverio Senese meets the media outside the Court of Cassation in Rome, Friday, May 12, 2017. The Italian captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner that crashed into a reef in 2012, killing 32 people, was headed to a Rome prison after losi

Captain of shipwrecked Costa cruise liner heads to jail

The Italian captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner that crashed into a reef in 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people, was headed to a Rome prison after losing his final appeals bid Friday.

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Pope Francis arrives at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima Friday, May 12, 2017, in Fatima, Portugal. Pope Francis will canonize on Saturday two poor, illiterate shepherd children whose visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago marked one of the most impo

Pope cheered in Fatima to honor children who urged peace

"It is a big emotion because it is the first time he comes here, and we are always hopeful that something can improve," said Laurindo Pereira, a 55-year-old carpenter. "It is faith. In everything, it is about faith and it is a beautiful thing."

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Analia Pasantino smiles during an interview with The Associated Press in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Argentina's first transgender police chief on duty

Analia Pasantino served in Argentina's federal police as a man for 20 years, then she came out as a transgender woman and was forced to resign.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, is accompanied by Pak Pong Ju, right, Hwang Pyong So, second left, as he arrives for the official opening of the Ryomyong residential area, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

North Korea calls US-South Korea plot a 'declaration of war'

North Korea's U.N. Mission is calling what it says was a "terrorist" plot by the U.S. and South Korean intelligence agencies to kill leader Kim Jung Un a "declaration of war."

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In this March 7, 2017, file photo, the first of the large Boeing 737 MAX 9 models, Boeing's newest commercial airplane, sits outside its production plant in Renton, Wash.

Boeing halts test flights of new plane over engine issue

Boeing is suspending test flights of a new airliner because of a possible problem in the manufacturing of a key engine part.

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Rachel Palermo, widow of Thomas Palermo, reads a brief statement to the media after a parole hearing of Heather Cook, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in Jessup, Md.

Driving drunk: Bishop who killed cyclist is denied parole

A former Episcopal bishop who struck and killed a cyclist in Baltimore while driving drunk will remain in prison after the Maryland Parole Commission rejected her plea for early release.

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This Dec. 11, 2011 file photoshows Panama's former strongman Manuel Noriega transported in a wheelchair, pushed by a police officer inside El Renacer prison, on the outskirts of Panama City.

Judge extends house arrest for Panama ex-dictator Noriega

A judge on Tuesday extended the house arrest conditions for former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega to one year following his surgery to remove a benign brain tumor.

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FILE- In this file photo dated Thursday April 3, 1997, Tony Blair leader of the British Labour Party during the launch of the party's election manifesto in central London, before the general election on May 1.  Blair was 43-years old  when he was elected

France's Macron joins ranks of world's youngest leaders

Emmanuel Macron, who is 39 years old, will join the ranks of the world's youngest leaders when he is inaugurated as president of France on Sunday.

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French President-elect Emmanuel Macron gestures during a victory celebration outside the Louvre museum in Paris, France, Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Joy, relief and rousing Louvre party for France's Macron

Screams of joy, sighs of relief and rousing dance music.

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In this photo released by the Nigeria State House, Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, centre, meets with Chibok school girls recently freed from Nigeria Extremist captivity in Abuja, Nigeria, Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Nigeria leader meets Chibok girls, leaves for medical trip

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari expressed joy Sunday night at meeting with the 82 Chibok schoolgirls newly freed from Boko Haram extremists — then jolted the country by announcing he was leaving for London immediately for medical checkups as fears for his health continue.

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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, shakes hands with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier during a joint press conference in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 7, 2017.

German president says Israel ties solid despite recent spat

Germany's president said Sunday that despite recent disagreement the foundation of his country's relations with Israel remains solid — a reference to a recent diplomatic spat over an Israeli anti-occupation group.

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Incoming French president Emmanuel Macron prepares to speak after his victory in presidential runoff, at his campaign headquarters in Paris, Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Centrist Emmanuel Macron becomes France's youngest president

Ripping up France's political map, French voters elected centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country's youngest president ever Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and strengthening France's place as a central pillar of the European Union.

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Three defused WWII bombs sit on the bed of a truck in Hannover, northern Germany, Sunday, May 7, 2017. 50,000 people have been evacuated on Sunday.

'All clear' sounds in German city after WWII bombs defused

About 50,000 people are heading back to their homes in the northern German city of Hannover after bomb-disposal experts defused three World War II bombs discovered at a construction site.

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Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, left, and opposition leader Henrique Capriles, talk during a women's march against repression in Caracas, Venezuela

Protesters march in Venezuela, destroy Chavez statue

Women banged on pans and some stripped off their white shirts Saturday as they protested Venezuela's socialist government in an event the opposition billed as a "women's march against repression.

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President Donald Trump signs an executive order aimed at easing an IRS rule limiting political activity for religious organizations, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.

Some pastors praise Trump order, others worry over integrity

President Donald Trump's order to ease limits on political activity by religious organizations is being met with both enthusiasm and dread from religious leaders, with some rejoicing in the freedom to preach their views and endorse candidates and others fearing the change will erode the integrity of houses of worship.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Australian prime minister says Trump treated him like family

Australia's prime minister on Friday described his first meeting with President Donald Trump as "more family than formal," as the Australian ended a brief visit to New York planned to set the tone of bilateral relations with the Republican administration.

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Brown University President Christina Paxson applauds at left Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen following Yellen's speech during a conference at Brown in Providence, R.I., Friday, May 5, 2017.

Yellen says women still face challenges in workplace

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that women have made major strides in the workplace in the past 125 years, but she expressed concern about barriers that are still holding women back today.

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Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian General Staff, speaks to the media in the Defense Ministry in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 5, 2017.

Russia-backed Syrian safe zones plan goes into effect

A deal hammered out by Russia, Turkey and Iran to set up "de-escalation zones" in mostly opposition-held parts of Syria went into effect in the early hours of Saturday.

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In this image taken from video made available by the Obama Foundation, former U.S President Barack Obama relays a message showing his support for French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.

Obama endorses a French presidential candidate

Former President Barack Obama endorsed a candidate in the race for France's presidency on Thursday, taking his first dive back into international politics since leaving the White House in January.

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This Feb. 16, 2017 photo supplied by Rocket Lab, shows the Electron rocket at the launch site on the Mahia Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand. New Zealand has never had a space program but could soon be launching commercial rockets more often th

New Zealand space launch has nation reaching for the stars

New Zealand has never had a space program but could soon be launching commercial rockets more often than the United States. That's if the plans of California-based company Rocket Lab work out.

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Facebook CEO and Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg, left, is presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Vice President and Secretary of Harvard University Marc Goodheart, right, during Harvard University commencement exercises, Thursday, May 25, 20

Zuckerberg urges Harvard grads to build a world of 'purpose'

Facebook's CEO returned to Harvard Thursday, telling graduates that it is up to their generation to create a purpose for today's world, to care about others, to fight inequality and strengthen the global community.

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