Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill embraced
and kissed on Friday in a historic meeting, uniting to issue
a global appeal for the protection of Christians under
assault in the Middle East.
Major powers agreed on Friday to a pause in combat in Syria,
but Russia pressed on with its relentless bombing in support
of its ally President Bashar al-Assad, who vowed to fight on
until he regains full control of the country.
A 16-year-old boy in Britain has been arrested on criminal
charges related to the alleged hacking of email accounts used
by CIA director John Brennan and other US officials,
according to US and British sources familiar with the
A battle between the feared Zetas drug cartel and rivals at a
prison left 49 people dead in the northeastern Mexican city
of Monterrey, days ahead of a planned visit by Pope Francis
to another jail in Mexico's far north.