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From Washington, this is VOA News.   

Former Egyptian President Mubarak could soon be freed....

Pope Francis wraps up trip to Turkey.... 

I'm Ray Kouguell reporting from Washington.

The lawyer for deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak says he could soon be freed, having served two-thirds of a corruption sentence and cleared in the deaths of anti-government demonstrators in 2011. Mr. Mubarak, now 86 years old, is being held in a military hospital, serving a three-year sentence in the graft case. But his attorney says the former Egyptian leader could be released early under a new Egyptian provision that frees prisoners after they have served two-thirds of their sentences.  Egyptian authorities say two people were killed and nine injured Saturday night in protests following a court decision to drop murder charges against Mr. Mubarak in the 2011 uprising in Cairo that led to his ouster. He also was acquitted of a separate corruption charge. Hundreds of students protested on Sunday at universities throughout Egypt.

An Egyptian court designated the Islamic State as a "terrorist" group. The court said Sunday that it also considers all of the affiliates of the insurgent group to be terrorist organizations, including Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, an Egyptian jihadi group that pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State earlier this month. Meanwhile, Syrian activists say that in the last day at least 50 Islamic State militants were killed in the ongoing fight for control of Kobani, a Syrian town just south of the Turkish border.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the militants were killed in intense fighting with Kurdish forces, U.S. airstrikes and suicide bomb attacks. Eleven Kurdish forces in Kobani were killed.

This is VOA News.

Pope Francis wrapped up a three-day visit to Turkey Sunday meeting in Istanbul with the head of the Orthodox Christian Church.  Dorian Jones has details:

“On the final day of his visit to Turkey, Pope Francis celebrated Saint Andrew's Day at the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul. The pope sat opposite Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who heads the 250 million strong Orthodox Church. The two leaders signed a joint declaration to prevent Christianity from being driven out the region. The pope met with Christian refugees during his time in Istanbul.  Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew say that persecution is giving added impetus to their reunification efforts. During a homily to the Orthodox faithful, the pope said his goal is full unity, but he said such unity would not mean assimilation or a loss of their traditions.

Dorian Jones for VOA News, Istanbul.”

The jailed leader of Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party says peace can be achieved with Ankara within months if the government guarantees Kurdish rights. Abdullah Ocalan says there is a framework for negotiations that could end the three-decade rebellion for Kurdish self-rule in southeastern Turkey that has left 40-thousand dead.

The police chief of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, resigned following a string of Taliban attacks on foreign targets, including guest houses, embassy vehicles and U.S. troops. General Mohammed Zahir stepped down Sunday shortly after officials confirmed that a South African man, his two children and an Afghan man were killed in an assault Saturday on a foreign guesthouse in Kabul.

The rise in Taliban attacks in Afghanistan's capital and elsewhere in the country is raising questions about whether local security forces can protect the country after NATO ends its 13-year combat mission at the end of December.  Ayaz Gul reports:

“Taliban attacks have seen a steady rise in Afghanistan this year but within the past month, Afghan authorities say, around a dozen high-profile attacks have hit Kabul. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Seddiqi on Sunday suggested the rise in Taliban attacks is a reaction to the security agreement the new Afghan leadership has signed with the United States. He said the attacks in Kabul "have a direct link to developments like the government's decision to accept United States as a strategic partner of Afghanistan.

Ayaz Gul for VOA News, Islamabad.”

The white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in the central U.S. state of Missouri after a street confrontation, sparking protests, has resigned. A lawyer for Officer Darren Wilson says  his resignation from the Ferguson Police Department is effective immediately. Officer Wilson had been on administrative leave since he shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

I'm Ray Kouguell in Washington.

That's the latest world news from VOA.


















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