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Pope Francis leading Good Friday worship, Via Crucis ceremony

Pope Francis will recite the story of Christ's last hours in a Good Friday service at St. Peter's Basilica before heading to one of Rome's most famous landmarks, the Colosseum, to lead the Way of the Cross ceremony.

Mandela making 'steady progress,' officials say

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is in "good spirits and enjoyed a full breakfast" Friday morning, the presidential office said in a statement.

Afghanistan: 52 Taliban members killed in one day

A blitz of attacks across Afghanistan led to the deaths of 52 armed Taliban members in the past day, the Ministry of Interior said Wednesday.

English coroner to conduct inquest into Russian tycoon's death

English medical examiners will open an inquest on Thursday into the death of the expatriate Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, police announced Tuesday.

Earthquake hits Mexico's Pacific coast

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico's Pacific coast in the southern state of Oaxaca Tuesday morning, near the city of Santiago Pinotepa Nacional, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

North Korea warns that U.S. bases in Guam, Japan are within range

The North Korean military issued a fresh burst of ominous rhetoric Thursday, warning that U.S. bases in Guam and Japan are within its "striking range."

U.S. military considers its options in Syria

The Pentagon has consistently updated its options for using the U.S. military in Syria, as conditions on the ground have changed.

Conclave trivia: Why cardinals are locked in, popes' houses ransacked

Benedict XVI's shock resignation in February -- the first for almost 600 years -- sent experts inside and outside the Vatican rushing to consult church law to work out what will happen next.

5 Americans killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Five U.S. service members were killed when a helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, a U.S. official said early Tuesday.

"Green on blue" attack leaves U.S. troops dead in Afghanistan

Several NATO and Afghan service members were killed Monday when an assailant wearing an Afghan service uniform opened fire on the group, and some of the victims were Americans, NATO's International Security Force officials said.