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A soldier patrols from the top of a moving vehicle as residents walk in the street in Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas state, Mexico, Sept. 5, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Arrest of Gulf Cartel chief sparks Mexico border gunfights

Associated Press

Authorities say the arrest of the man who headed the once powerful Gulf Cartel sparked the gunfights and blockades of burning vehicles that left at least three people dead near Mexico’s border with the United States.

Pope Francis talks with Italian President Sergio Mattarella during a private audience, in the pontiff's studio at the Vatican, Saturday, April 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Maurizio Brambatti, POOL)

Pope Francis asks Europe to do more for migrants flooding into Italy

Associated Press

Pope Francis on Saturday joined Italy in pressing the European Union to do more to help the country cope with rapidly mounting numbers of desperate people rescued in the Mediterranean during journeys on smugglers’ boats to flee war, persecution or poverty.

FILE - in this Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002 file photo, Iraqi Vice chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri salutes during a ceremony at the Martyrs Monument in Baghdad, Iraq. Salahuddin province Gov. Raed al-Jabouri says soldiers and allied Shiite militiamen killed al-Douri early Friday, April 17, 2015 in an operation east of the city of Tikrit. A graphic photo issued by the government purports to be of al-Douri's corpse, but DNA tests are still pending. (AP Photo/Jassim Mohammed, File)

Iraqi officials say Saddam deputy killed near Tikrit

- Associated Press

Iraqi officials say they believe government forces have killed Saddam Hussein’s former deputy who later allied himself with Islamic State militants — Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri.

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ADVANCE FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015, AT 12:30 A.M. EDT. AND THEREAFTER -  In this March 24, 2015 photo, HotFutbol President John Evans, right, poses with student soccer players, who will travel to Haiti to help support an after school soccer education program, in Pittsfield, Mass. From left are students Nico Terpak, Michael Peplowski, Jamie Rosiello, Jamie McMahon, Angela Petretta and Jackson Rich. (Jenn Smith/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

Pittsfield teens using soccer to help poor youths in Haiti

- Associated Press

For nearly all their lives a group of six friends and city youth soccer players have had the privilege of playing on a proper soccer pitch, with formal uniforms and shoes, in professionally regulated matches.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew speaks during a news conference during the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in Washington, Friday, April 17, 2015. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Finance officials see rising risks to economic recovery

- Associated Press

World finance officials said Saturday they see a number of threats on the horizon for a global economy still clawing back from the deepest recession in seven decades, and a potential Greek debt default presents the most immediate risk.

Boulder and Longmont ramp up efforts to save pets

- Associated Press

One afternoon in early March, a van rolled into the parking lot of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, carrying five dogs that had spent the previous weeks unadopted in Adams County.

G-20 finance officials confronting global weakness

- Associated Press

Finance officials from the world's major economies are searching for the right mix of policies to bolster a still-weak global recovery nearly six years after the Great Recession while confronting a range of new threats from a soaring U.S. dollar to a big drop in oil prices.

Americans with illegal Iraq War souvenirs go unprosecuted

- Associated Press

As the elected Iraqi government seeks diplomatic respect and struggles to save its ancient sites from the rampages of the Islamic State group, American military members, contractors and others caught with culturally significant artifacts they brought home from the war there are going largely unprosecuted.