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Buda 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.

According to ABC’s Joohee Cho, although the Pope did not mention China specifically, the Vatican spokesman said it is goodwill for dialogue with China, considering other Asian countries like North Korea, Vietnam, and Myanmar have no diplomatic ties with the Vatican.

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — They came from Serbia, the Middle East, Chicago, and New York. Fifteen young women with one dream: to meet their idol, teen activist Malala Yousafzai.

“Malala Yousafzai is a giraffe,” Chloe Schneider, 12, wrote in a school essay about how Malala “stuck her neck out” and “taught children all over to stand up and fight for what they believe.”

Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old who was shot in the head on Oct. 9, 2012, by the Taliban for advocating for girls education in Pakistan, was in New York for the publication of the young readers edition of her book, I Am Malala.

Chloe was one of more than a dozen young students, ages 7 to 17, selected to be on the set of Good Morning America when Malala was interviewed by ABC News’ Amy Robach. They were chosen because of their involvement with groups like the U.N. Foundation’s Girl Up and Girls Who Code, a non-profit devoted to reaching gender parity in the technology industry.

In the greenroom backstage before the taping, the girls were nervous and excited. They treated Malala like a celebrity. “She’s so pretty,” one girl said. “I wonder what her favorite color is?” asked another. Others whispered, “I hope she’ll sign our books.”

Asked why she believes so strongly in Malala’s cause, Gillian Schneider, 14, said she looks up to Malala because “she showed women and girls all over that they have a voice and when used, they can make a change in the world.”

Elena Avramovic, 13, said, “Malala can be anyone’s idol because everybody deserves the right to an education — girls and boys everywhere.”

All the girls had questions for Malala, including Joyce Gomez, 17, of Girls Who Code, who asked: “How are you so brave?”

“I think that bravery is when you overcome your fears and when you think that yes, you can stand up for your rights and you can speak,” Malala answered. “So I think you all are brave because you are joining these campaigns for education. You are struggling your best. … We just need to recognize the abilities we have, the talents we have and you all are brave.”

Razan Nasser, 13, who attends the UN International School, wanted to know: “What can privileged girls such as ourselves do to help your cause?”

“I think the role of every person in society is very important,” said Malala. “If there is one child that we know about who is deprived of education and who needs our help, I think we should definitely support that child. …There are artists, there are musicians, there are poets and so many other people who can motivate children all over the world through their beautiful voices– to come and continue their learning and stand up for it.”

The young girls took Malala’s words to heart.

“All my life I have had trouble standing up for myself and for other people, and [Malala] inspires me and other people like me to do this no matter the cost,” Chloe said.

Although still in high school, Malala has become an international icon for people of all ages. For the second year in a row, Malala was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and should she be awarded, she will be the youngest recipient of the award by over a decade. She also co-founded the Malala Fund.

As the girls gathered their belongings and headed home, they seemed almost awestruck. More than one was heard saying, “I wish I could be more like Malala.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(AUBURN, Wash.) — Washington police are investigating whether bloody clothes and pieces of flooring found burning along a roadside in Auburn are evidence of a homicide.

The Washington State Patrol lab confirmed that the blood found on the debris was human, according to police there.

“We can assume it’s a probably homicide. We are reasonably certain that it’s going to be homicide or a very serious assault,” Auburn Police Department Commander Mike Hirman told ABC News.

According to Hirman, the debris included clothing and parts of flooring including carpet, hardwood and linoleum all covered in blood. Hirman said police are waiting on tests to see if the blood is related to a male or female victim.

The debris was found Wednesday afternoon by a Federal Protective Service officer, who was driving through a well-trafficked road in Auburn, when he saw a small smoldering fire about 20 feet from the roadway.

The officer drove to the fire and pulled out his extinguisher to put out the fire. Before he could use the extinguisher, he spotted another man near the fire who immediately got into a nearby dark SUV and drove off.

Although the officer chased the SUV, he was unable to catch up or stop the vehicle. After firefighters were called to put out the fire, they found the items covered in blood.

Now police are asking the public for help in finding the suspect or even the victim. Hirman said if anyone in the area thinks someone is missing or if they are suspicious about any activity they can call the Auburn police investigation line at 253-288-7403 or 253-931-3080.

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ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s parents taught him about the history of feminism at a young age.

Now 33, the actor was shocked to learn that there are people who proudly declare themselves anti-feminist.

“What [feminism] means to me is that you dont let your gender define who you are — you can be who you want to be, whether you’re a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, whatever. However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that, and no category ever really describes a person because every person is unique,” the Sin City: A Dam to Kill For actor told the Daily Beast. “So yes, I’d absolutely call myself a feminist.”

Gordon-Levitt added that to him, the idea of equality for women is especially important given the history of “women suffering abuse, injustice and not having the same opportunities as men.”

“I think that’s been very detrimental to the human race as a whole,” he said. “I’m a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it’s better for everyone. It benefits society as a whole.”

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Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ohio) — Chris Buescher became the third rookie to win a Nationwide Series race this year by taking the checkered flag at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Saturday.

The 21-year-old Buescher took the lead with 22 laps to go and never lost it from there despite running low on fuel.

“We do have a fuel-pressure gauge in the car and I think it was with two (laps) to go it started flashing at me,” Buescher said. “On certain areas of the track, (the car) was just starving for fuel. I spent the last lap just kind of shaking (the car) back and forth a little bit to make sure we got all the fuel we could into the pickup. It was nerve wracking to say the least.”

The win was Buescher’s first in 30 Nationwide Series races.

Regan Smith came in second, followed by Brian Scott, Chase Elliott and Alex Tagliani.

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Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(DENVER) — Starting pitcher Homer Bailey was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Cincinnati Reds Saturday with a strained right elbow.

Bailey had an MRI that revealed he had a flexor mass injury in his elbow. He will not need surgery and is expected to return to the mound this season.

The 28-year-old Bailey has pitched 145 2/3 innings this season, compiling a 9-5 record, 3.71 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 45 walks and 124 strikeouts.

The Reds promoted pitcher Dylan Axelrod from Triple-A Louisville to take Bailey’s place.

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Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(DENVER) — Starting pitcher Homer Bailey was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Cincinnati Reds Saturday with a strained right elbow.

Bailey had an MRI that revealed he had a flexor mass injury in his elbow. He will not need surgery and is expected to return to the mound this season.

The 28-year-old Bailey has pitched 145 2/3 innings this season, compiling a 9-5 record, 3.71 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 45 walks and 124 strikeouts.

The Reds promoted pitcher Dylan Axelrod from Triple-A Louisville to take Bailey’s place.

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ThinkStock(ENDICOTT, N.Y.) — Kevin Sutherland drained 12 birdies en route to shooting the first 59 in Champions Tour history, Saturday at En-Joie Golf Club.

Sutherland had a chance on the 18th hole to shoot a 58, which would’ve made him the first player ever to do that in a PGA Tour sanctioned event, with a par. He had a six-foot putt to set the record but just missed.

The 50-year-old Sutherland started the day with seven birdies and an eagle on his first eight holes, firing a 13-under 58. He leads the tournament by one stroke over Steve Lowery.

Sutherland is looking to win his second career PGA Tour title. He won the Match Play Championship in 2002.

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Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ohio) — Chris Buescher became the third rookie to win a Nationwide Series race this year by taking the checkered flag at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Saturday.

The 21-year-old Buescher took the lead with 22 laps to go and never lost it from there despite running low on fuel.

“We do have a fuel-pressure gauge in the car and I think it was with two (laps) to go it started flashing at me,” Buescher said. “On certain areas of the track, (the car) was just starving for fuel. I spent the last lap just kind of shaking (the car) back and forth a little bit to make sure we got all the fuel we could into the pickup. It was nerve wracking to say the least.”

The win was Buescher’s first in 30 Nationwide Series races.

Regan Smith came in second, followed by Brian Scott, Chase Elliott and Alex Tagliani.

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ThinkStock(ENDICOTT, N.Y.) — Kevin Sutherland drained 12 birdies en route to shooting the first 59 in Champions Tour history, Saturday at En-Joie Golf Club.

Sutherland had a chance on the 18th hole to shoot a 58, which would’ve made him the first player ever to do that in a PGA Tour sanctioned event, with a par. He had a six-foot putt to set the record but just missed.

The 50-year-old Sutherland started the day with seven birdies and an eagle on his first eight holes, firing a 13-under 58. He leads the tournament by one stroke over Steve Lowery.

Sutherland is looking to win his second career PGA Tour title. He won the Match Play Championship in 2002.

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