VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in a major step to heal the 1000-year-old schism that divided Christianity between East and West.
The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, announced the meeting with Patriarch Kirill, saying it will take place in Cuba on Feb. 12.
Francis is due to travel to Mexico Feb. 12-18. He will stop in Cuba on the way and meet...
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has vowed not to negotiate peace with Kurdish rebels until the group lays down its arms.
Davutoglu was speaking on Friday in the southeastern city of Mardin, where he revealed a government "master plan" to rebuild the country's mainly Kurdish region after the security forces' operations against militants linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, end.
AMSTERDAM (AP) — NATO's chief is meeting European Union defense ministers to discuss boosting cooperation between the military alliance and the 28-nation bloc to tackle looming threats to the region.
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says he will use Friday's meeting in Amsterdam to talk about "how we can work more closely on challenges like hybrid threats, like working together to stabilize our neighborhood in the South."
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African miners' union says about 87 people are trapped after a building collapsed at a gold mine in the country's eastern Mpumalanga province.
A spokesman for the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, Manzini Zungu, said 52 people were trapped when an office building collapsed above ground on Friday, trapping an additional 35 miners below ground. Zungu said 80 miners have been rescued so far.