VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has created a commission to study how to safeguard what the church calls the everlasting bonds of marriage while streamlining annulment procedures.
MINSK, Belarus – Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early Saturday to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russian militants by halting their advances, pulling back heavy weapons and withdrawing foreign fighters in order to ensure a stable truce in eastern Ukraine.
Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages.

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  • Britain scrambles to reorganize after ‘no’ vote
    The decisive rejection of Scotland’s independence referendum set off an instant scramble Friday to fundamentally reorganize constitutional power in the United Kingdom, with Prime Minister David Cameron citing a chance “to change the way the British people are governed.” With Thursday’s “no” vote, Cameron avoided the eternal stigma that would have come from allowing Britain to break up on
  • Anyone can count penguins to aid science
    In Antarctica, remote cameras Friday were monitoring more than 30 colonies of penguins – populations that are in decline because of climate change.
  • 2 French students struck by gunfire on school trip
    PARIS – A mentally ill man fired his hunting rifle at a group of students on a class trip Friday, wounding two of them, one seriously, officials said.
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