• Pope Francis, left, embraces Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill after signing a joint declaration on religious unity at the Jose Marti International airport in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. The two religious leaders met for the first-ever papal meeting, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism within Christianity. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)

    Pope heads for historic meeting with Russian Orthodox leader

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — With an exclamation of “Finally,” Pope Francis embraced Patriarch Kirill on Friday in the first meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a brief but historic encounter held during a stopover in Cuba before the pope flew on to Mexico.

    Updated: 9:24 pm

  • Supporters of Presidential candidate Faustin Archange Touadera rally during a sand storm in the streets of  Bangui, Central African Republic, Friday Feb. 12, 2016. Two former prime ministers, Touadera and  Anicet Georges Dologuele, are running neck-and-neck in the second round of presidential elections Sunday Feb. 14  to end years of violence pitting Muslims against Christians in the Central African Republic. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Candidates promise unity in Central African Republic vote

    BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — For more than two years, even going to the cemetery to bury a loved one could get a mourner killed in Central African Republic. The threat of attacks from Christian militia fighters was once so high that Muslims here began burying their dead at home.