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Theater Keeps Hope Alive in the Mud, Tears of Calais 'Jungle'

It's approaching 7pm and some among the crowd at the entrance to "the Jungle" in Calais are growing tired of the spectacle.

For three hours riot police have fired tear gas down onto them from a motorway bridge to keep them inside Europe's most notorious migrant camp on the north coast of France. Stones whizz back in response.

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'Large' Chinese Military Fleet Flies near Japan Islands

Japan scrambled jets after 11 Chinese military planes flew near southern Japanese islands during what Beijing said was a drill to improve its long-range combat abilities, reports said Saturday.

The planes -- eight bombers, two intelligence gathering planes and one early-warning aircraft -- flew near Miyako and Okinawa on Friday without violating Japan's airspace, the Japanese defense ministry said in a statement released on Friday.

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Gunman Kills Three at U.S. Family Planning Center

A gunman opened fire at a prominent family planning center in Colorado, killing three people and wounding several in a standoff that dragged on for five hours before he surrendered Friday.

An usually busy area of snow-covered Colorado Springs was placed on lockdown into the early evening, just one day after millions of Americans celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday, in the latest incident to shine a spotlight on gun violence in the United States.

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As Elections Near, Scarred Spain Wavers on France Military Support

Spain's government is stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Keen to show France support in its battle against extremism, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is also acutely aware that any concrete engagement will awaken the ghosts of Spain's devastating 2004 attacks just weeks ahead of general elections, experts say.

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Fear Haunts Besieged Muslim District of C.Africa ahead of Pope's Visit

No money, no food, no petrol. But there is fear. Plenty of it.

It is fear that haunts the dusty streets of PK5, a Muslim neighborhood in Bangui, the Central African Republic (CAR) capital that Pope Francis plans to visit on Sunday and Monday.

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Angry Cubans Protest at Ecuador Visa Rule

Hundreds of furious Cubans chanting and brandishing air tickets protested Friday outside Ecuador's embassy in Havana over new visa restrictions designed to stop Cuban migrants traveling through the region to the United States.

It comes with 3,000 Cubans languishing at Costa Rica's border with Nicaragua after that country closed its border to them, triggering a regional crisis over what to do with desperate Cubans traveling through South and Central America in the hopes of making it to the U.S.

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Italy Plans to Close Clandestine Mosques

The Italian government intends to close down clandestine mosques in the country as part of the fight against terrorism, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano announced Friday.

"In Italy, we have four mosques and over 800 places of Muslim worship," said Alfano.

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Drowned Aylan's Family to be Admitted to Canada

Some surviving relatives of drowned Kurdish toddler Aylan Kurdi, whose beached corpse became a global symbol of the Syrian refugee crisis, will be admitted to Canada, broadcaster CBC reported Friday.

The three-year-old died after his family, sheltering in Turkey from the war in Syria, decided to make a desperate bid to reach Greece in a flimsy inflatable boat.

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Several Hurt in Shooting at U.S. Family Planning Center

Several people were wounded Friday when an attacker opened fire at a Planned Parenthood family planning center in the U.S. state of Colorado, police said.

U.S. media reported that up to three police officers were hurt in the incident.

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Pope Hails Africa as 'Continent of Hope'

Pope Francis hailed Africa as "a continent of hope" on Friday as he toured Uganda on the second leg of a landmark trip that has seen him railing against corruption and poverty.

The 78-year-old pontiff was given a rapturous welcome as he flew in to the central town of Entebbe, heading straight to Uganda's presidential palace in a small hatchback car as waving crowds gathered along the roadside, four deep in some places.

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