Pope Discusses His Hopes for 2015 Trip to United States

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_e91a622468.jpgALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Pope Francis said on Monday that he has been invited to travel to the United States next year and hinted that he may be interested in visiting three major American cities. The pope was questioned by journalists on a number of topics during his flight home from South Korea.

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Over 600 Metric Tons of Syrian Chemical Weapons Successfully Destroyed

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_a7ab4bf106.jpgStock photo via Digital Vision/Thinkstock (GIOIA TAURO, Italy) -- The Pentagon has announced the completion of the destruction of the most dangerous of Syria’s chemical weapons aboard the American ship MV Cape Ray. Since early July the ship has been in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea destroying 600 tons of a nerve gas precursor and 20 tons of mustard agent.

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New Zealander Reveals Private "Bucket List" Message from Robin Williams

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_f516065b7c.jpgImage Courtesy Monty Brinton/CBS (NEW YORK) -- Days after Robin Williams apparently took his own life, a New Zealander revealed his wife received a private message from the Oscar winner to try to raise her spirits. A chance to meet Williams was high on Vivian Waller's bucket list, along with getting married, seeing her daughter's first birthday, and turning 21.

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US Continues Airstrikes in Push to Retake Mosul Dam

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_d335103955.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (BAGHDAD, Iraq) -- United States warplanes continued to launch air strikes near the Mosul Dam Sunday in support of a Kurdish and Iraqi ground operation to retake Iraq's largest dam from the control of hundreds of ISIS fighters. The size of the Iraqi and Kurdish ground operation is unclear, but it would have to be sizable to counter the large number of ISIS fighters located at or near the dam.

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Pope Francis Reaches out to China

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_74799d1280.jpgBuda Mendes/Getty Images (SEOUL, South Korea) -- Pope Francis made a strong gesture to reach out to China, saying the Catholic Church is not coming in as conquerors, and the important thing is to walk together. At a meeting with about 80 of Asia's bishops on Sunday in Seoul, the Pope called for them to engage with people of different cultures empathetically.

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