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Updated at 10:17 AM

VATICAN CITY (AP) " Pope Francis is praying that recent U.N.-backed peace agreements for Syria and Libya will quickly end the suffering of their people while praising the generosity of those countries that have taken in their refugees.

Updated at 9:59 AM

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) " South Sudan's President Salva Kiir made a Christmas Eve decree dissolving the nation's 10 states and creating 28 new ones, a move which critics say threatens the peace deal signed in August to end the country's two-year...

Updated at 9:46 AM

MOSCOW (AP) " Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Russia and Qatar have agreed on what they could do to encourage the Syrian opposition to sit down for talks with the Syrian government.

Updated at 9:19 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) " The U.S. Department of Agriculture is embarking on a partnership with universities across the country in hopes of infusing its ranks with more diversity as it faces civil rights complaints from Latino farmers and ranchers.

Updated at 8:53 AM

TOKYO (AP) " Local authorities on Okinawa filed a lawsuit against the central government on Friday in a bid to stop the relocation of a U.S. air base on the southern Japanese island, deepening their decades-long row over the heavy American troop...

Updated at 8:47 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) " A provincial official says Afghan forces are still battling to push the Taliban out of a strategic southern district in Helmand province.

Updated at 8:39 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) " A shooting at a North Carolina mall sent shoppers fleeing into stores, some locking themselves inside, on Christmas Eve, but police say the incident was sparked by a long-running feud and was not a random act of violence.

Updated at 8:24 AM

FALKNER, Miss. (AP) " Barbara Perkins and her husband were hunkered down inside a closet when violent winds peeled the roof off their Mississippi home. The storm sucked the central air conditioning unit beside the couple straight up from the floor...

Updated at 8:12 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) " Ben Carson's name and face adorn the walls of dozens of schools in the U.S. and a medical school in Nigeria. Mayors have handed him keys to their cities. His charity, founded in 1994, created a national day in his honor each year,...

Updated at 8:07 AM

LONDON (AP) " Queen Elizabeth II will use her Christmas broadcast to emphasize that light can triumph over darkness after a difficult year.

Updated at 7:48 AM

LONDON (AP) " The British government will hold a rare Christmas Day ministerial meeting to deal with the continuing flooding in parts of the country.

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