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Latin America's first pope returned to Spanish-speaking South America on Sunday for the first time, beginning a nine-day tour that will take him to three of the continent's poorest countries.

Children in traditional dress greeted Pope Francis at Quito's Mariscal Sucre airport, the wind blowing off his skullcap and whipping…

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Nine days into marathon nuclear talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said the diplomatic efforts "could go either way," cutting off all potential pathways for an Iranian atomic bomb or ending without an agreement that American officials have sometimes described as the only alternative to war.

The…

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The Turkish army has called a meeting of troop commanders stationed along its fortified border with Syria to discuss a possible intervention in Syria, the Hurriyet newspaper reported on Sunday.

Turkey has boosted its military defenses on the volatile border over the past week, stationing tanks and anti-aircraft missiles there…

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Greece lurched into uncharted territory and an uncertain future in Europe's common currency Sunday after voters overwhelmingly rejected demands by international creditors for more austerity measures in exchange for a bailout of its bankrupt economy.

Results showed 61 percent voted "no," compared with 38 percent for "yes," with 93 percent…

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A Japanese fan waits for the United States and Japan to play in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, Canada, on Sunday.

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On a June morning about an hour after dawn, the sun is still low and the air cool. In Rinshi-no-Mori, a large park in eastern Tokyo, the elderly gather in their dozens. By 6:30 a.m., the starting time for "Rajio Taiso," the early morning exercise program aired each day by…

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Doctors who gave children with cystic fibrosis a replacement copy of a defective gene say it appeared to slow the expected decline of some patients' lungs, but called the results "modest" and say there must be major improvements before offering the treatment more widely.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited condition…

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Chips made out of broccoli, chickpeas and kale. Wine-spiked ice cream. Popcorn that didn't quite fulfill its destiny.

Those were some of the alternate-universe products at last week's 61st annual Fancy Food Show. Many have limited distribution and aren't easy to find, but could signal coming trends.

Buyers for places…

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The World Bank has removed a sharply critical portion from a recently released report on China's economy that called for reform of its financial system, saying the section had not been adequately reviewed and that its wording was inappropriate.

The Washington-based institution released its China Economic Update report in Beijing,…

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Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga met with Okinawan Gov Takeshi Onaga on Saturday night and apologized for remarks made on June 25 at a meeting of junior lawmakers of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

At the meeting, novelist Naoki Hyakuta — a former NHK board member and close friend…

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