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Pope Francis caps off U.S. visit with prison visit, mass

Pope FrancisPope Francis is entering the final leg of his whirlwind United States trip Sunday with a farewell mass and visits with bishops and prison inmates.

As many as a million people are expected to celebrate Mass with the pope, with some beginning to arrive before dawn for the 4 p.m. mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, outside the Philadelphia Art Museum.


IAEA chief: No further visit needed at suspect nuclear site

IAEA ChiefThe head of the UN nuclear agency said a second visit to Iran’s Parchin military facility was not necessary, after Tehran handed over environmental samples last week from the site suspected of being used for furtive nuclear activity.

Yukiya Amano, recently returned from Iran, told the Russian RIA Novosti news agency another visit to the contested site was unlikely.


China vows billions of development dollars, debt forgiveness

Xi JinpingChina's president on Saturday pledged billions in aid and said Beijing will forgive debts due this year in an effort to help the world's poorest nations, as world leaders begin to seek the trillions of dollars needed to help achieve sweeping new development goals.

President Xi Jinping spoke at a global summit that on Friday launched the goals for the next 15 years.

Xi and others spoke as the U.N. gathering began to shift focus from development to the high-powered General Assembly meeting that begins Monday with speeches by Xi, President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the first morning alone.


China To Announce Cap-And-Trade Program To Limit Emissions

Xi JinpingChina will announce Friday that it will launch a national carbon emissions trading market in 2017 as part of a joint climate change statement with the United States meant to boost prospects for a global climate pact, U.S. officials said.

The statement will be one of the few policy announcements the two countries are expected to make during Chinese President Xi Jinping's meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama Friday. The leaders will meet amid tensions over alleged Chinese cyber spying, Beijing's economic policies and China's regional territorial disputes.


Kremlin: Putin to meet Obama on Monday

PutinVladimir Putin and Barack Obama are to meet on Monday in New York, their first face-to-face encounter in nearly a year amid strongly troubled relations between the two nations.

The announcement of the meeting was made Thursday by the Russian president's spokesman Dmitry Peskov and confirmed by the White House.

Putin is to speak Monday at the United Nations General Assembly. It was not immediately clear if the meeting with the U.S. President would take place before or after the speech. Peskov said Putin also is to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday.


Saudi Arabia: Stampede at hajj kills 717 pilgrims

Saudis killed in stampede 2015A horrific stampede killed at least 717 pilgrims and injured hundreds more Thursday on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the deadliest tragedy to strike the annual hajj pilgrimage in more than two decades.

At least 863 pilgrims were injured in the crush, said the Saudi civil defense directorate, which provided the death toll. The tragedy struck as Muslims around the world marked the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday.


Israel Must Pay Church for West Bank 'Price Tag' Attack

Israel to repay church for arson[Israel] must compensate the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes for the arson attack against it in June, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has decided.

Two “hilltop youth” from the West Bank settler outposts are currently standing trial for this attack, and there are three other suspects.

The church, located in Tabgha on the shores of Lake Kinneret, had originally applied to the Israel Tax Authority for compensation. But two weeks ago, the authority rejected its request, saying the property tax law only authorizes state compensation for attacks perpetrated due to the Arab-Israeli conflict, whereas the indictment in the church arson case says the assailants were motivated by religious hostility to Christianity.


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