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Why the pope's visit to Iraq is so significant

By CLARK BENTSON, ABC News(VATICAN CITY) -- When the pontiff touches down in Baghdad on Friday, it will be the culmination of a Vatican trip decades in the planning.Pope Francis will be the first pope to ever visit this area of great biblical importance -- home to ancient civilizations. His…... Read More

Duchess Meghan faces report of bullying claims ahead of highly anticipated Oprah interview

By ANGELINE JANE BERNABE, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Just days ahead of their highly anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are firing back at a report in a U.K. newspaper that claims Meghan bullied royal staffers at Kensington palace before she and Prince Harry…... Read More

Prison where Alexey Navalny was sent is 'unbearable,' lawyer, former inmates say

By PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News(MOSCOW) -- Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny has been sent to a prison known as unusually harsh and feared as place where prisoners are subjected to intense psychological pressure, according to former inmates and prisoner rights campaigners.Last month, Navalny was sentenced to serve over two and…... Read More

Judge blocks UK tabloid's appeal after Duchess Meghan wins privacy lawsuit

By ZOE MAGEE and KATIE KINDELAN, ABC NewsA U.K. judge on Tuesday denied a request by the publisher of the Mail on Sunday to appeal his ruling that the tabloid invaded the privacy of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, by publishing portions of a letter she wrote to her father.The…... Read More

Americans accused of helping Carlos Ghosn escape arrive in Japan after extradition

By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(TOKYO) -- After a nine-month battle fighting extradition, the American father and son duo accused of aiding former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn in his dramatic international escape have arrived in Japan.Former Green Beret Michael Taylor and his adult son, Peter Taylor, arrived in Tokyo Tuesday morning,…... Read More

Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls freed days after being kidnapped, official says

By MORGAN WINSOR and JAMES BWALA, ABC News (LONDON) -- Hundreds of students who were abducted from an all-girls boarding school in northwestern Nigeria last week have been released, authorities said Tuesday.Gunmen kidnapped 317 students from the Government Girls Junior Secondary School (GGSS) in the rural town of Jangebe in…... Read More

Ex-Saudi spymaster's assassination plot accusation complicates Riyadh relations following Khashoggi report: Experts

By LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- A lawsuit accusing the Saudi crown prince of overseeing an assassination attempt on a former Saudi spymaster similar to the one that sealed the gruesome fate of Jamal Khashoggi may hamper efforts to mend the already fraught U.S.-Saudi relationship, experts say.The lawsuit,…... Read More

Myanmar's ousted leader appears in court after deadliest day since coup

By KARSON YIU and MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(HONG KONG and LONDON) -- Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi was seen Monday for the first time since she was detained in a military coup one month ago, appearing in a Naypyitaw court via videoconference.The Nobel laureate, who leads the National…... Read More

Prince Harry tells Oprah Winfrey he was afraid of 'history repeating itself'

By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The world got its first look over the weekend at Prince Harry's and Meghan's sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey, which is being billed as a bombshell interview in which Harry and Meghan give more insights as to why they stepped down from their…... Read More

Dozens of Hong Kong activists, politicians charged for state subversion

By BRITT CLENNETT, ABC News (HONG KONG) -- Hong Kong is a step closer to being left without a democratic opposition camp as authorities brought charges against 47 activists for conspiracy to commit subversion under the national security law.It’s the most wide-reaching use yet of the controversial legislation which was…... Read More

Prince Philip moved to second hospital as he continues to battle infection

By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News (LONDON) -- Prince Philip has been transferred to a second hospital as he continues to receive treatment for an infection, according to Buckingham Palace. The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, was transferred Monday from King Edward VII Hospital in London, where he was admitted on Feb. 17,…... Read More