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Pope Francis delivers his message during an open-air mass in front of the Italy’s largest war memorial, in Fogliano Redipuglia, northern Italy, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Pope Francis has urged the world to shed its apathy in the face of what he sees as a third world war, intoning "war is madness" during a homily at the foot of a Fascist-era World War I monument near the Slovene border. (AP Photo/Paolo Giovannini)

Pope: Global chaos looks like ‘piecemeal’ World War III

- Associated Press

Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning “war is madness” at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers killed in World War I.

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2014 file photo, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a joint press conference with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak after a meeting in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The Australian government on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 elevated its terrorism threat level to the second-highest warning in response to the domestic threat posed by Islamic State movement supporters. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, File)

Australian terrorism threat level raised to ‘high’

- Associated Press

The Australian government on Friday raised its terrorism threat level to the second-highest warning in response to the domestic threat posed by Islamic State movement supporters.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leaves his office at city hall in Toronto to take part in a vote on July 9, 2014. City official says on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, Ford is withdrawing from mayor's race. Health officials Wednesday say Ford has been admitted to a hospital and is believed to have a tumor. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, file)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is withdrawing from mayor’s race

- Associated Press

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdrew his re-election bid Friday as he seeks treatment for a tumor in his abdomen, ending a campaign he had pursued despite persistent calls for him to quit amid drug and alcohol scandals.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, as Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov listens Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Putin takes part in the two-day summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which brings together Russia, China and four former Soviet republics in Central Asia. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Mikhail Klementyev, Presidential Press Service)

EU sanctions hit Russian oil companies, lawmakers

- Associated Press

New European Union sanctions against Russia announced Friday toughen financial penalties on the country’s banks, arms makers and its biggest oil company, to punish Moscow for what the West sees as efforts to destabilize Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the Lifegiving Trinity Church in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia will develop an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons to counter recent moves by the U.S. and NATO. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

Obama slaps Putin with more sanctions

- The Washington Times

The Obama administration slapped more sanctions Friday against the Russian financial, energy and defense industries as punishment for Moscow’s continued military aggression in eastern Ukraine.

Oscar Pistorius, right, arrives at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Presiding Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to announce her verdict in Pistorius' murder trail after scrutinizing evidence Thursday and Friday given by 37 witnesses in a court transcript running to thousands of pages in a drama that has played out over six months. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Oscar Pistorius could get 15 years for culpable homicide

- Associated Press

A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but declared him not guilty of murder.

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Secretary of State John F. Kerry is trying to broker a power-sharing deal between Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah (left) and Ashraf Ghani (right). The U.S. is spending billions of dollars to rebuild Afghanistan, which is considered one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Additional U.S. dollars could be wasted through poor planning and the influence of drug trafficking. (Associated Press)

U.S. on long-term track to waste billions of dollars in Afghanistan

- The Washington Times 56 minutes ago

On the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Obama used the occasion last week to remind Americans that "our combat mission in Afghanistan will come to an end" in three months. But the cost to U.S. taxpayers for reconstruction in Afghanistan will continue.

Russian trucks, carrying humanitarian aid for eastern Ukraine, are driven to a border check point in the town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, early Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.  The second convoy of Russian trucks that entered rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine earlier Saturday, is reportedly filled with almost 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid. (AP Photo)

Ukraine government repels rebel attack on airport

- Associated Press

Despite the cease-fire agreement, renewed fighting flared up Saturday in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian rebels and government forces, while Moscow sent a second convoy of trucks into Ukraine without Kiev's consent.

Records: Last 9 nominees to drop out cited clause

Associated Press

State records show that a Democratic U.S. Senate nominee seeking to get his name off the ballot is the only candidate since 2010 to fail to use wording that Secretary of State Kris Kobach says is required.

Egypt seeks broader alliance with US over Libya

- Associated Press

As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought Egyptian support on Saturday for an international coalition to combat jihadi groups, Egypt pressed for broader international efforts to fight militants in its troubled neighbor, Libya.

FILE - In this March 4, 2014 file photo, a monument to Ukrainian poet and writer Taras Shevchenko is silhouetted against an apartment building with a sign advertising Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom, in Moscow, Russia. Unsatisfied with a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine, the United States and the European Union levied new sanctions Friday against major Russian banks and defense companies, as well as penalties aimed at curtailing Russia's ability to develop oil and gas projects. But the restrictions on Russia's energy sector were carefully crafted to avoid impacting the country's current production of oil and gas, a move that would raise global energy prices at time of weak economic growth. Russia is the largest oil exporter outside of OPEC and the most important supplier of natural gas to Europe. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)

US, EU levy sanctions on Russia despite cease-fire

- Associated Press

Unsatisfied with a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine, the United States and the European Union levied new sanctions Friday against major Russian banks and defense companies, as well as penalties aimed at curtailing Russia's ability to develop oil and gas projects.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hand with Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu upon his arrival at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Kerry is in the region to speak with leaders about strategies to address the threat from the Islamic State, a militant extremist group. John Kerry said that the US would provide an additional $500 million in humanitarian aid to victims of the war in Syria, bringing total American assistance to $2.9 billion since the start of the conflict in 2011. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Kerry says no to Iran's help against Islamic group

- Associated Press

Even as it discouraged Iran from joining diplomatic talks on how to defeat the Islamic State militant group, the United States could not outline Friday what other nations have volunteered to contribute to a worldwide effort against the insurgency that has overtaken a third of Iraq and Syria and threatens to upend the Mideast.

Obama's war plan rattles Dem, GOP Senate nominees

- Associated Press

In a nation weary of war, yet alarmed by the prospect of an emerging threat, President Barack Obama's plan to strike Islamic State militants is ruffling the usual left-right politics in several races that will decide control of the Senate.

Pro-Russian rebels drive multiple rocket launchers "Grad" (means "hail") in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Two volleys of rocket fire rang out in Ukraine's eastern, rebel-held city of Donetsk, underscoring the difficulties of enforcing a cease-fire almost a week after it was signed. The city council of Donetsk confirmed in a statement Thursday there had been multiple explosions during the morning, but reported no casualties. ( AP Photo)

Ukraine will delay implementation of EU deal

- Associated Press

European leaders said Friday that they would allow Ukraine to delay putting a landmark trade deal into effect, a major concession to Russia which has repeatedly threatened retaliation if Kiev implements the measure.