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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to France's President Francois Hollande during their meeting in Moscow on Thursday. [Associated Press]

Hollande, on Moscow visit, calls for broad anti-ISIS coalition

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin late Thursday said he was ready to coordinate strikes against the Islamic State with the United States and its allies. After talks with French President François Hollande at the Kremlin, Putin said, "We are ready to cooperate with the coalition which is led by the United St …


White House undergoes holiday lockdown after man jumps fence (w/video)


In Africa, Pope Francis warns of 'catastrophic' outcome if interests derail climate talks


  1. Strikes on ISIS city, focus of international campaign, kill 8


    BEIRUT, Lebanon — A new wave of airstrikes targeting the Syrian city of Raqqa, the headquarters of the extremist Islamic State group and the focus of an international military campaign, killed at least eight people, including five children, Syrian opposition groups said Friday.

  2. Russia downplays down prospect of coalition with West to strike ISIS in Syria


    MOSCOW — The Kremlin on Friday played down the possibility of a grand coalition with the West to strike the Islamic State in Syria, despite personal visits by French President Francois Hollande to both Washington and Moscow after a spate of horrific terrorist attacks tied to the terrorist group.

  3. Ecuador's visa rule puts roadblock on Cubans' path to U.S.


    HAVANA — Hundreds of angry Cubans confronted police and Ecuadoran embassy officials in an unusual display of public discontent on Friday after the surprise announcement of a new visa requirement aimed at choking off this year's historic overland emigration of Cubans across more than 3,000 miles of South and …

    Cubans gather outside Ecuador's embassy in Havana on Friday, expressing frustration at a new visa rule that now requires they have a visa to visit the South American country. The lack of a visa requirement for Cubans made Ecuador a favored destination for those seeking to leave the island and make the overland route to the United States, where they can receive automatic legal residency. Some came with plane tickets, and flight itineraries, demanding reimbursement of the cost of their airline tickets with destination to Ecuador. [Associated Press]
  4. Two Palestinians killed after attacking Israeli troops (w/video)


    JERUSALEM — Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinians after they rammed their cars into soldiers in separate attacks Friday in the West Bank as the country's defense minister urged Israelis to brace themselves for more violence, saying he cannot see an end to the near-daily Palestinian attacks.

  5. Protest over Chicago teen's shooting creates havoc on Magnificent Mile


    CHICAGO — Hundreds of protesters blocked store entrances and shut down traffic in Chicago's ritziest shopping district on Black Friday to draw attention to the 2014 police killing of a black teenager who was shot 16 times by a white officer.

    People scream at Chicago police officers as they protest the shooting death of Laquan McDonald outside of a Banana Republic store on Michigan Avenue on Friday.