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The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch  Kirill kisses Pope Francis as they meet at the Jose Marti aiport in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. This is the first-ever papal meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism within Christianity. (Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate via AP)

‘Finally:’ Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader

Friday, February 12, 2016

HAVANA — With a hug and an exclamation of “Finally!” Pope Francis met Friday with Patriarch Kirill in the first ever meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism that has divided Christianity. “We are brothers,” Francis said as he embraced Kirill in the small, wood-paneled VIP room of Havana’s airport, where the three-hour encounter took place. “Now things are easier,” Kirill agreed as he and the pope exchanged three kisses on the cheek. “This is the will of God,” the pope said. Francis was having the brief talks in Cuba before heading off … 0

Arizona school shooting deemed murder-suicide

Friday, February 12, 2016

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Two 15-year-old girls died Friday in a shooting at a suburban Phoenix high school that initially caused panic among parents who could not reach their children but later emerged as a murder-suicide. Police announced that a suicide note was found at the shooting scene near the cafeteria area of Indepen-dence … 0

Commercial flights between US, Cuba could resume as early as fall

Friday, February 12, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will allow U.S. air carriers to start regular scheduled commercial flights to and from Cuba as early as this fall for the first time in more than 50 years, U.S. officials said Friday. Air travel could resume with up to 20 daily scheduled round-trip flights to Havana, and 10 flights to nine other airports around the island nation. … 0

Supreme Court blocks Obama’s climate change rules amid legal challenge

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court dealt a surprising setback to President Barack Obama on Tuesday by putting his climate change policy on hold while coal producers and Republican-led states challenge its legality. The justices, by a 5-4 vote, issued an unusual emergency order that blocks the Environmental Protection … 0

Intelligence officials warn of IS, NKorea threats

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the Islamic State are determined to strike targets in the United States this year, senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday, telling lawmakers that a small group of violent extremists will attempt to overcome the … 0

Hopefuls sprint to NH finish, but brace for long campaign

Monday, February 8, 2016

SALEM, N.H. — Eyeing their first wins in a capricious campaign, Republican Donald Trump lashed out at his opponents Monday while Democrat Bernie Sanders sought to play it safe on the eve of the nation’s initial primary. GOP … 0

Cybersecurity among top goals of Obama’s $4.1 trillion budget

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama unveiled a budget proposal Tuesday that earmarks $19 billion for a wide range of cybersecurity projects, including $3.1 billion to replace out-of-date federal computer systems that are vulnerable to attack. The investment, a … 0

Game-changing US missiles may alter Asian geopolitics

Monday, February 8, 2016

SEOUL, South Korea — The U.S. has opened the door to parking a ballistic missile defense system on North Korea’s doorstep, a move that could reshape North Asia’s security landscape. Kim Jong Un’s weekend launch of a long-range … 0

Saudis offer to send troops against ISIS

Monday, February 8, 2016

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom’s growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for … 0

AG to visit 6 cities to highlight police work

Monday, February 8, 2016

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Loretta Lynch plans to visit six cities in the coming months to highlight police departments she sees as role models for law enforcement. The locations were chosen because they embody a particular trait of … 0

Nation and world news briefs

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

White House seeks emergency funds from Congress to fight Zika WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will ask Congress for $1.8 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus — a disease that the president says is a … 0

Heroin epidemic changes role of police in harder-hit areas

Sunday, February 7, 2016

CINCINNATI — Forehead furrowed, a woman drags on a Camel cigarette, admitting she has only vague memories of nearly dying five days earlier. Some flashes of images of being inside an ambulance. Waking up in a hospital bed. … 0

UN condemns NKorea launch, pledges significant new sanctions

Sunday, February 7, 2016

SEOUL, South Korea — The U.N. Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders denounced as a banned test of dangerous ballistic missile technology and another “intolerable provocation.” The U.N.’s … 0