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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....

5 decisions that made the Nobel Prizes look bad
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Nobel Prizes cannot be revoked, so the judges must put a lot of thought into their selections for the six awards, which will be announced in the next two weeks....

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....

South African universities say academic year is in peril
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African protesters lob rocks at security guards at one of the continent's leading universities. Police fire rubber bullets at students on another campus. Vice chancellors warn that students might not be able to finish the academic year if a national dispute over financing higher education is not resolved soon....

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....

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....

Black-clad Poles protest proposal to completely ban abortion
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Thousands of Poles, many dressed in black, rallied Saturday in front of parliament in Warsaw to protest a proposed bill that would impose a complete ban on abortion....

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South African universities say academic year is in peril

Afghan military kill 6 security forces in air strike mistake

Turkey renews OK for military operations in Syria, Iraq

Latin America/Caribbean
Powerful Hurricane Matthew soaks Colombia, heads for Jamaica

Middle East
Suspected militants kill 6 police in Egypt's restless Sinai