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The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, left, and Pope Francis talk during their meeting at the Jose Marti airport in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. This is the first-ever papal meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism within Christianity. (Adalberto Roque/Pool photo via AP)
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Pope Francis Makes History

Pope Francis met with Patriarch Kirill in the first-ever papal meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, an historic development in the 1,000-year schism that divided Christianity. But it may be more about Russia asserting itself than ecumenical progress

Mother can raise child with microcephaly completely normal, a Brazilian mother says

WHO Issues Zika Travel Advisory for Pregnant Women

The World Health Organization released updated travel advice related to Zika for pregnant women and their sexual partners, saying women who are pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their health care provider and consider delaying travel to Zika areas

Hanning, a 94-year-old former guard at Auschwitz, arrives in the courtroom before his trial in Detmold

Inside One of the Last Nazi Death Camp Trials

The first days of the trial of 94-year-old alleged Auschwitz guard Reinhold Hanning show the anger that still remains over the death camps. Hanning is charged with accessory to murder in at least 170,000 deaths

Rapper / Producer Dr. Dre attends the Kids In The Spotlight's Movies By Kids, For Kids Film Awards at Fox Studios on November 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Apple's 1st Scripted TV Show to Feature Dr. Dre

Apple is making its first original television show: a top-secret scripted series starring one of its own executives, Beats co-founder and rap legend Dr. Dre, according to a report. The six-episode series is dubbed Vital Signs

The Capitol, seat of the United States Congress, Washington DC, District of Columbia.

Congress Passes New N. Korea Nuclear Sanctions

Congress is sending President Obama legislation that aims to punish North Korea for pushing ahead with its nuclear weapons program. House Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly agreed to slap Pyongyang with more stringent sanctions

Press conference following Syria Support Group meeting in Munich, Germany

Why the Syrian Ceasefire Won't Stop Russia's Bombs

A deal reached on Syria includes a hopeful pledge for the “nationwide cessation of hostilities” within a week, but the agreement will not impede Russian bombs from hitting Syrian cities, as the U.S. and Russia disagree over how to end the war

Etch A Sketch, travel size is a mechanical drawing toy invented by French inventor Andre Cassagnes and manufactured by Ohio Art Company in 1960.

Etch A Sketch Has a New Canadian Owner

The Ohio company that has produced or owned the Etch A Sketch for more than five decades has sold the classic toy to a Toronto-based toy firm. Ohio Art Co. made a surprise move to sell the Etch A Sketch for an undisclosed price

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a campaign rally at Morningstar Fellowship Church February 11, 2016 in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

Cruz Takes Fire on South Carolina Airwaves

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz isn't the frontrunner in the Republican presidential primary, but as the No. 2 he's taking a lot of heat from rivals as the race heads to South Carolina. The onslaught of attacks is a sign that rivals perceive Cruz as a threat

air pollution deaths

Air Pollution Kills 5.5 Million People a Year

More than 5.5 million people die annually due to both outdoor and household air pollution, making it one of the leading global risk factors for disease, according to new research suggesting the number of deaths will continue to rise

Arizona School Shooting

2 Teen Girls Shot, Killed at Arizona High School

Two 15-year-old students were shot and killed at a high school in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, but the danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to await word on their children

Ikea Moebelhaus in Berlin-Spandau, Firmenlogo.

Ikea Accused of Dodging Over €1 Billion in Taxes

The Swedish furniture company has been accused of avoiding more than €1 billion in taxes over the past six years by Ministers of the European Parliament. The ministers are demanding an official probe into the companies tax practices


Europe Puts Up Walls Restricting Travel

Documents show that European Union countries are poised to enact unprecedented restrictions passport-free travel by invoking an emergency rule for two years due to the migrant crisis