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US northeast braces for severe cold snap

US northeast braces for severe cold snap

The northeastern United States on Friday faced a cold snap so severe that even world-class ski jumpers preparing for a night-time competition at Boston's Fenway Park worried about the frigid weather.

Church leaders unite after 1000 years

Church leaders unite after 1000 years

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.

Syria truce, but Assad vows to fight on

Syria truce, but Assad vows to fight on

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.

UK teen suspected of hacking CIA chief

UK teen suspected of hacking CIA chief

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 investigation.

'Cessation of hostilities' from major powers in Syria

'Cessation of hostilities' from major powers in Syria

Major powers have agreed to implement a cessation of hostilities in Syria and to expand delivery of humanitarian aid to people caught up in the conflict, officials said.

Scientists detect Einstein's gravitational waves

Scientists detect Einstein's gravitational waves

Scientists have, for the first time, detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesized by Albert Einstein a century ago.

NATO launches sea mission against migrant traffickers

NATO launches sea mission against migrant traffickers

NATO ships are on their way to the Aegean Sea to help Turkey and Greece crack down on criminal networks smuggling refugees into Europe, the alliance's top commander says.

Dozens dead in Mexico prison riot

Dozens dead in Mexico prison riot

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.

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