More than 2 million Muslims gather in Mecca as hajj pilgrimage begins

MECCA, Saudi Arabia — More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage at first light on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca that Islam’s faithful face five times each day during their prayers. The…

After 2 days of silence, Vatican condemns priest sex abuse as 'morally reprehensible'

Jorge L. Ortiz USA TODAY Published 10:07 p.m. UTC Aug 16, 2018 After two days of deafening silence, the Vatican on Thursday condemned newly revealed sex abuses that raged for decades in six dioceses in Pennsylvania as “criminal and morally reprehensible.” “Those acts were…

The Latest: Afghan police say 2 shooters dead in Kabul siege

The Latest on developments in Afghanistan after a deadly suicide bombing in a Shiite area of Kabul (all times local): 5 p.m. Amnesty International says they suicide attack on Shiites in Kabul the day before that killed 34 students is…

Venezuela arrests 2 military officers over 'assassination attempt' against Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela — Two top military officials were arrested Tuesday in Caracas as part of an investigation into what the government called an “assassination attempt” against President Nicolás Maduro earlier this month. Col. Pedro Zambrano and Gen. Alejandro Pérez appeared…

2 Koreas' Leaders Will Hold New Summit In Pyongyang Next Month

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2 Canadian police officers among 4 dead in shooting; 1 suspect in custody

Two police officers were among the four people shot and killed Friday morning in the Canadian city of Fredericton, New Brunswick, police said.  (Fredericton Police Department) Two police officers were among the four people shot and killed Friday morning in…

Canadian Police Charge Suspect in Shooting That Left 2 Police Officers and 2 Civilians Dead

(TORONTO) — Canadian police charged a man Saturday for the deaths of two police officers and two civilians in a shooting that struck a nerve in a country that has been roiled in recent months by several instances of mass…

New Brunswick shooting: Man charged in killings of 4, including 2 officers

He is Matthew Vincent Raymond of Fredericton, the capital of the Canadian province. He was charged Saturday with four counts of first-degree murder in connection with Friday’s shootings. Raymond is in custody and faces a court appearance on August 27….

2 cops, musician among those killed in shooting in Canada

Three of the four people killed in Friday’s shooting in the Canadian city of Fredericton, New Brunswick, have been identified as two police officers and a local musician. The Fredericton Police Department identified the two slain offices as Sara Mae…

Violence erupts amid Gaza cease-fire; 2 Palestinians killed

JERUSALEM — Violence erupted at the Gaza border Friday after the territory’s militant Islamic Hamas rulers and Israel appeared to be honoring a cease-fire that ended two days of intense violence amid efforts by neighboring Egypt to negotiate between the…