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  1. Pope Francis calls for Muslim opposition to ISIS in Turkey


    ANKARA, Turkey — Pope Francis condemned the Islamic State assault on Christians and other religions minorities in Iraq and Syria, as he arrived Friday in Turkey to encourage Muslim leaders to take a stronger stand against extremists who twist religion to justify terrorism.

    Pope Francis follows Turkish soldiers as they hold a wreath at the mausoleum of the Turkish republic's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Ankara on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Pope Francis is on a three-day official visit in Turkey. [Associated Press]
  2. Photo gallery: German craftsman painstakingly creates Christmas masks

    Human Interest

    INZELL, Germany — Hansi Schwabl has carved masks out of wood for a decade, turning the craft from his native Bavarian town of Inzell into a Christmas hobby.

    Wood carver Hans Schwabl works at a traditional wooden Perchten mask in his factory in Inzell, southern Germany, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. The masks are made for the upcoming Saint Nicolas Buttnmandl and Perchten parades in November and December around the Alp regions, in southern Germany and Austria. During the Buttnmandl parades, unmarried men, known as Buttnmandl and Krampusse, are dressed in straw or skins with wooden masks or skins over their heads and large cow-bells tied around their hips to make loud noises. They follow Saint Nicholas from house to house on Dec. 5 and 6 every year to bring luck to the good ones and punish the idles. The Perchten parades take place after Christmas. [Associated Press]
  3. Omaha zoo announces birth of rare white lion cub (w/video)


    OMAHA, Neb. — Omaha zoo officials say one of its lionesses has given birth to a rare white cub.

    In this photo provided Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 by the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium a white male cub nurses at the Omaha, Neb., zoo.  Zoo officials say the cub is one of three born late last week, two boys and one girl, to Ahadi, one of the zoo's lionesses. [Associated Press]
  4. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg back at home, expected at court next week


    WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned home after undergoing an operation to implant a heart stent to clear a blocked artery. She's expected to hear oral arguments as scheduled Monday.

    A Supreme Court spokeswoman says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been released from the hospital after having a heart stent implanted to clear a blocked artery. Spokeswoman Kathy Arberg says the 81-year-old jurist was sent home Thursday and is expected to be at work when the court hears its next round of oral arguments on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. [Associated Press]
  5. Oil prices fall as OPEC leaves production quotas unchanged


    VIENNA — The oil cartel OPEC decided Thursday not to cut petroleum production despite the plunge in prices in recent months that has indicated the diminishing clout of the organization.

    Saudi Arabia’s oil minister Ali al-Naimi could only say “The power of consensus will prevail.’’