Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for birthday Video

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday — and 800 kilograms (1,760 pounds) of chicken meat for the poor. The Vatican said Wednesday the meat, provided by a Spanish producer, would be distributed to soup kitchens. Francis also greeted eight homeless people bearing…

UPDATE: Pakistani military: 141 dead in school attack Video

UPDATE: PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A spokesman for the Pakistani military says that 141 people, most of them children, were killed in a Taliban assault on a school. Asim Bajwa told a news conference Tuesday that 132 of the dead were children and another nine were staff members.

#IllRideWithYou: Aussies offer support to Muslims

JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press Some Australian social-media users sent a message of solidarity to Muslims as the Sydney cafe siege stretched on for almost a day, offering to accompany anyone who felt intimidated on public transit. The Twitter hashtag (Hash) IllRideWithYou had been used more than 90,000 times by early Tuesday, as tweeters tried to

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Russian bombers to patrol Gulf of Mexico

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