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Pope Francis meets with young people at the Kololo airstrip in Kampala, Uganda, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Pope Francis is in Africa for a six-day visit that is taking him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic.  (Giuseppe Cacace/ Pool Photo via AP)

Pope Francis honors Ugandan Christian martyrs as example of faith

- Associated Press

Pope Francis on Saturday honored Uganda’s 19th century Christian martyrs and encouraged its 21st century Christian youths during a day that saw nearly a half-million Ugandans turn out to see the pontiff before he heads to Central African Republic for the final leg of his African journey.

In this Nov. 16, 2015 photo, Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks at a news conference in Henderson, Nev. Carson is making a post-Thanksgiving trip to visit Syrian refugees in Jordan this weekend. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Ben Carson after camp tour: Absorb Syrian refugees in Mideast

- Associated Press

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Saturday, after visiting a camp for Syrian refugees, that the displaced should be absorbed by Middle Eastern countries, with the international community sending aid and “encouragement” to the host nations.

Pope Francis meets with Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at the State House, in Entebbe, Uganda, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Pope Francis is in Africa for a six-day visit that is taking him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope praises Kenyans’ traditional family values

- Catholic News Agency

Pope Francis Thursday praised Kenya’s traditional family values, particularly their respect for children and the elderly. He also made an appeal for the youth to use these values as a guide to ending discrimination and injustice in the future.

Far-right party leader Marine Le Pen is gaining traction in France post-attacks. (Associated Press)

France’s far-right party surges on immigration, terror fears

The terror attacks in Paris earlier this month left the nation reeling and the government struggling to respond, but it has also offered a political windfall to Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front, France’s far-right political party.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at an Organization of Islamic Cooperation economy meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Erdogan says his country does not wish to escalate tensions with Russia over the downing of its plane. Turkey said the Russian warplane was shot down on Tuesday after it ignored repeated warnings and crossed into its airspace from Syria.(AP Photo/Murat Cetinmuhurdar, Presidential Press Service, Pool )

Turkey releases recording of warnings to Russian plane

- Associated Press

Turkey has released audio recordings of what it says are the Turkish military’s repeated warnings to the pilot of the Russian plane before it was shot down at the border with Syria — audio that grows increasingly more agitated.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and chief of his staff Sergei Ivanov, left, take part in a meeting in Nizhny Tagil in the Ural mountains, Russia, on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Putin on Wednesday ordered long-range air defense missile systems to be deployed at a Russian air base in Syria following the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin confirms Russian pilot rescued by Syrian commando unit

- Associated Press

A Russian military pilot whose plane was shot down by Turkey and crashed in Syria arrived on Wednesday at an air base in Latakia province after being rescued by a Syrian army commando unit, Syrian and Russian officials said.

A woman holds a poster reading "Turkey to account!" as others wave Russian and Syrian national flags during a picket at the Turkish Embassy in Moscow on Tuesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin called Turkey's decision to down a Russian jet near the Syria border a "stab in the back." (Associated Press)

Russian jet shot down by Turkey ramps up Syria tension

- The Washington Times

The downing of a Russian fighter jet by Turkey raised the complex tensions around Syria's multisided civil war to new heights Tuesday, putting more pressure on the Obama administration to take a more aggressive leadership role in the conflict to head off a further escalation between Moscow and Ankara.

Texas' Abbott will be next US governor to visit Cuba

- Associated Press

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he will travel to Cuba after the Thanksgiving holiday, becoming the latest U.S. governor to pursue economic development possibilities with the island nation amid easing trade restrictions.

Republican presidential candidate, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, left, speaks as Donald Trump looks on during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Correction: GOP 2016-Fact Check story

- Associated Press

In a Sept. 17 story fact-checking a Republican presidential candidates' debate, The Associated Press reported erroneously that doctors must pay a $200 fee to register with New Jersey's medical marijuana program. Patients and caregivers must pay the fee, but not doctors.

In this photo taken Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, young members of the congregation sing and pray during a service at the St. Peter's Catholic Church in Garissa, Kenya. This Kenyan town in which Islamic extremists killed nearly 150 at a college of mostly Christian students in April offers a snapshot of what France and Lebanon, both targeted in recent attacks, and other countries face - the challenge of harmonizing Christian-Muslim relations at a time of danger from extremists - an issue that Pope Francis is expected to address during his trip Nov. 25-30 to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Amid terror fears, pope presses ahead with Africa trip

When Pope Francis begins his first journey to Africa as pontiff Wednesday, he will face a long laundry list of requests, many of them having nominally little to do with his role as spiritual head of the Roman Catholic Church.

A Belgian police officer guards the building of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Brussels is keeping its terror alert at the highest level. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Paris attacks: Suspect quizzed, Brussels still in lockdown

- Associated Press

French authorities on Tuesday questioned a top suspect linked to attackers who terrorized Paris, while Belgium's capital remained locked down under threat of a possible similar attack.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (Atef Safadi/Pool Photo via AP)

Violence flares as John Kerry meets Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel

- Associated Press

A Palestinian motorist rammed his vehicle into a group of Israeli soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint on Tuesday, wounding three, Israel's military said, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited for the first time in over a year, hoping to calm two months of deadly violence.