Russia Jet Crash; Trump Questions Romney's Faith: Saturday Wrap

  • U.S. has first combat death from Islamic State attack in Iraq
  • Telecom Italia CEO said forced out amid pressure from Vivendi

Here are highlights of Saturday’s top breaking stories from around the world:

Just as he questioned Ted Cruz’s and Barack Obama’s birthplaces, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has now wondered aloud -- in Salt Lake City, the center of Mormonism -- whether his newest antagonist, Mitt Romney, is really a Mormon. Not that the former GOP nominee needed Cruz to defend his heritage, but ....

A Boeing jetliner operated by a discount carrier based in Dubai crashed and broke up while trying to land in high winds in southern Russia, killing all 62 people on board.

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff’s administration is looking to appeal a Friday night order from the nation’s Supreme Court blocking her appointment of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as chief of staff to insulate him from potential criminal charges, deepening the nation’s leadership crisis.

Belgium and France don’t see their countries as being any safer after the capture of the sole surviving participant in the Paris terror attacks in November.

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron moved quickly to replace former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith, who quit as work and pensions secretary after protesting moves to cut payments for the disabled while reducing taxes for higher-income individuals.

The lead representative of Syria’s opposition is demanding not just the departure of President Bashar al-Assad, but also of senior security officials involved in atrocities, as well as the establishment of a parliamentary government with limited presidential powers.

Another terror bombing in Turkey, this one in Istanbul, killed four foreign tourists -- two of them American.

An Islamic State rocket offensive on a newly established U.S. base in Iraq killed a Marine, the first American combat death in an IS attack since the U.S. put forces back into Iraq to fight the extremist group. It’s the second U.S. death overall; the first was in a special operations raid to rescue hostages.

Telecom Italia SpA Chief Executive Officer Marco Patuano was expected to resign after clashing with Vivendi SA, the company’s biggest investor, ending a 2 1/2-year tenure leading Italy’s former phone monopoly.

A U.S. judge threw out most of the criminal charges against FedEx Corp. that accused the logistics giant of knowingly shipping illegal prescription drugs. He essentially ruled the statute of limitations had expired. Some charges remain.

Freedom Communications, the bankrupt publisher of the Orange County Register newspaper south of Los Angeles, said it will turn to its backup buyer after a federal judge blocked the winning bid by Los Angeles Times owner Tribune Publishing Co.

Peru may run out of candidates for president at this rate. This time the front-runner was accused by the election board of violating campaign laws by, of all things, awarding prize money in a break-dancing contest. Two others were previously disqualified.

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