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Powerful Hurricane Matthew soaks Colombia, heads for Jamaica
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history weakened a little on Saturday as it drenched coastal Colombia and roared across the Caribbean on a course that still puts Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba in the path of potentially devastating winds and rain....

Leader pledges to rid Nigeria of hunger, omits worst crisis
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's president promised Saturday to drive hunger out of Africa's most populous nation but made no mention of a conflict-driven famine threatening to kill tens of thousands of children in northeast Nigeria....

Children of Syria's Aleppo bear brunt of violent onslaught
BEIRUT (AP) -- The 6-year-old girl was found trapped under the rubble of her home, destroyed by an airstrike in Syria's rebel-held city of Aleppo. "Dust!" she wailed as rescue workers pried away the stones and debris on top of her, finally freeing her and placing her on a stretcher as she screamed for her father....

Orthodox delegation stays away from pope's Mass
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) -- Pope Francis' efforts to improve relations with the Georgian Orthodox Church suffered a public setback Saturday after the patriarchate decided not to send an official delegation to his Mass and repeated that Orthodox faithful cannot participate in Catholic services....

Peres, remembered for tireless peace efforts, laid to rest
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Shimon Peres was laid to rest Friday by dozens of world leaders who praised Israel's former president and prime minister for pursuing peace with an indefatigable spirit and optimism, even though his vision of a "new Middle East" was never fulfilled....

Duterte 'happy to slaughter' drug suspects; mentions Hitler
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raised the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level Friday, comparing it to Hitler and the Holocaust and saying he would be "happy to slaughter" 3 million addicts....

Russia warns against US attack on Syrian forces
BEIRUT (AP) -- Russia warned the United States Saturday against carrying out any attacks on Syrian government forces, saying it would have repercussions across the Middle East as government forces captured a hill on the edge of the northern city of Aleppo under the cover of airstrikes....

March planned in memory of man shot by police in California
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) -- Alfred Olango, the unarmed black man shot and killed by police in a suburb of San Diego, will be remembered in a demonstration Saturday organized by clergy members and supporters of Olango's family....

Jewish-American ex-sailor, 90, recalls Cyprus internment
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Seventy years later, Murray Greenfield can still remember the anger he felt when he was locked up with hundreds of Jewish Holocaust survivors in a British detention camp on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus....

Spain's divided Socialists to vote in leadership battle
MADRID (AP) -- Rent by internal divisions, members of Spain's Socialist Party are voting Saturday to decide if they will keep or oust leader Pedro Sanchez, who has been blocking acting conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy from building a minority government....

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Africa
Leader pledges to rid Nigeria of hunger, omits worst crisis

Asia
Afghan military kill 6 security forces in air strike mistake

Europe
Jewish-American ex-sailor, 90, recalls Cyprus internment

Latin America/Caribbean
Angry Brazilian voters looking to upend political order

Middle East
Russia warns against US attack on Syrian forces