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Other opposition groups are condemning the alleged abuses

Syria MapOpposition fighters who attacked Alawite villages near the Syrian city of Latakia, killing at least 190 civilians, committed "serious abuses" that may amount to crimes against humanity, rights group Human Rights Watch said Friday.

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VIDEO: In Kabul the poorest receive food for evening

Pope Francis has called for mutual respect between religions in a message addressed to Muslims as they prepare to celebrate Eid al-Fitr next week, at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.


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'Her passion for, and commitment to, social justice guided her life and her work. She taught us every day and made us better'

A Muslim Portlander, born on the Fourth of July, Ahmed-Shafi's career and community activism typified a love of country and a love of community even when the two at times seemed to be at odds with each other.


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The pope asked drivers not to avoid the throngs of supporters who want to see him

Security for Pope Francis' visit to Brazil has been raised after an incident involving his motorcade, a Brazilian federal official told CNN.

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Sunnis now are politcally marginalized as Shiites govern in post-Saddam Iraq

A bomb hidden in a Sunni mosque exploded while worshipers listened to a sermon Friday in northeastern Iraq, killing at least 18 people and injuring 56, police and health officials said.


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Lampedusa has been first point of entry for refugees trying to reach mainland Europe

LAMPEDUSA (CNN) -- On the first pastoral visit of his papacy, Pope Francis shunned protocol and politics on a visit to the tiny island of Lampedusa off the coast of Sicily to pray for refugees and migrants lost at sea.

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Pope John Paul II may soon be sainted

A key religious text co-written by Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict, who stepped down earlier this year, was released by the Vatican on Friday.

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Jury selection scheduled for August 5

Ariel Castro, the Ohio man accused of holding three women captive for about a decade, is competent to stand trial, a judge said at a hearing Wednesday.


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He enjoys opportunity to share findings with the world and inspire a new generation of scientists

(CNN) -- It was another December afternoon back in 2000, spent like hundreds of others combing the rocky hills of the Dikika region, when Ethiopian scientist Zeray Alemseged heard one of his assistants nearby calling him.


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Deal would take death penalty off table then court would decide if parole ever possible

Special operations troops at a small military outpost in Afghanistan gave alcohol and steroid-like drugs to a U.S. Army sergeant accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, the soldier's lawyer said Thursday. Attorney John Henry Browne said the special operations troops "pumped" Staff Sgt. Robert Bales with the substances.


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