AP PHOTOS: Haitians make pilgrimage, pray for better future

Arms raised to the heavens, tens of thousands of Haitians have flocked to a craggy hillside to pray and seek renewal in one of the spiritually steeped country’s biggest annual pilgrimages — one of many exuberant expressions of Good Friday devotion across the Americas.

After attacks, Egypt's Pope curbs Easter celebrations

The Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros III says he will be canceling most Easter celebrations, limiting them to a simple mass, following the recent twin attacks on churches by Islamic State militants that killed dozens of Christian worshippers.

Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US

Russia, Syria and Iran strongly warned the United States Friday against launching new strikes on Syria and called for an international probe into last week’s chemical attack there.

Taken for a ride: Crackdown on extreme Amsterdam cab fares

Dutch prosecutors have arrested eight people suspected of involvement in robbing or extorting money from tourists by forcing them to pay extreme prices for journeys from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport into the popular Dutch city.

Watch: MOAB makes impact against ISIS tunnels in Afghanistan

The “Mother of all Bombs” dropped by the US can be seen in a recently released video exploding in the air and creating immense pressure in the air that officials said flattened a cave and tunnel complex controlled by the Islamic State in Afghanistan.

Kremlin: no confirmed info on claimed Chechen gay killings

In the face of growing international concern about reported detentions and killings of homosexuals in Chechnya, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says the Kremlin does not have confirmed information about the matter.

AP Photos: The mausoleum of Turkey's founding father Ataturk

For generations, Turks have revered their nation’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who carved out modern Turkey from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire in the wake of World War I, and his mausoleum in Ankara is a place of pilgrimage for many.

China experts see low chance of Korea fighting

Chinese experts see little immediate possibility of hostilities breaking out between the U.S. and North Korea, but say Beijing will respond harshly to any further North Korean nuclear tests.

N. Korean official: US more vicious, aggressive under Trump

North Korea’s vice foreign minister on Friday blamed President Donald Trump for escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula through his tweets and expansion of military exercises, saying the U.S. was becoming “more vicious and more aggressive” under his leadership.

American woman pleads guilty in Canada mall shooting plot

An American woman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in a plot that envisioned her and two online friends pulling out their guns at a Canadian mall and carrying out a murderous Valentine’s Day rampage before killing themselves.

North Korea nuclear threat: Defiance on display in Pyongyang

Amid new reports the North might be preparing for another nuclear test or missile launch to mark the anniversary Saturday of the birth of the country’s founder Kim il Sung, the grandfather of current leader Kim Jong Un, the regime organized a mass turn-out of residents and soldiers to mark the opening of a new…

Schools caught in crossfire in violent Rio de Janeiro slums

At least 10 times in the last two months, crackling gunfire just outside the Uere special needs school has sent students and teachers diving to the floor as heavily armed gangsters warred among themselves and sometimes with police in the Rio slum of Mare.

Polish leader welcomes NATO troops, hails 'historic moment'

Polish leaders have welcomed a new multinational NATO battalion to Poland, with the president calling it “a historic moment for my country.” The near-permanent deployment of a NATO battalion under U.S. command marks the first time NATO troops have been placed so close to Russian territory, a step that Kremlin denounces as a threat to…

Germany urges Kosovo to pass border deal with Montenegro

Germany’s foreign minister urged Kosovo’s political parties on Thursday to approve the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro to end their status as the only Western Balkan country without free travel rights in Schengen zone countries.