- Pope leads Mass celebrating Poland's deep Catholic roots
CZESTOCHOWA, Poland (AP) — Pope Francis, visiting a shrine cherished by Poles, praised native son St. John Paul II on Thursday as a "meek and powerful" herald of mercy, and honored the countless "ordinary yet remarkable people" in Poland who held firm to their Catholic faith throughout adversity in the former Communist nation.
- The Latest: Syrian official says 3 crossings open in Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments related to the Syrian war and international effort on the crisis (all times local):
- N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month.
- French ID second church attacker, warning 4 days earlier
PARIS (AP) — The second man who attacked a Normandy church during a morning Mass this week, slitting the throat of the elderly priest, is a 19-year-old Frenchman from eastern France, the prosecutor's office said Thursday.
- Zimbabwe police detain spokesman of former loyalist group
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police have detained the spokesman of the veterans association that turned on President Robert Mugabe last week and called him dictatorial, raising concerns that a crackdown on what had been the president's most loyal supporters has begun.