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  • Vatican: Pope's private calls don't reflect policy

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — What Pope Francis may tell Catholics in private telephone conversations doesn't reflect church policy, the Vatican's spokesman said Thursday. An unusual statement from The Rev. Federico Lombardi came after days of speculation that the pope wants to change Roman...

  • Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel broke off Mideast peace talks and brought the U.S.-brokered process to the brink of collapse Thursday, protesting a reconciliation agreement between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the militant group Hamas, the Jewish state's sworn enemy. Israel's Security...

  • UN chief: Syria war threatens Lebanon's stability

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general is warning that the 3-year-old conflict in Syria poses a serious threat to the stability of neighboring Lebanon, as thousands of refugees stream into the small country and weapons and fighters are transferred out. Ban Ki-moon's latest report to...

  • Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers

    NEW YORK (AP) — The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world's eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of "flagrant violations" of...

  • Ukraine moves against insurgents in the east

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia began new military exercises near its border with Ukraine, the defense minister announced Thursday, after Ukrainian forces launched an operation to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country's tumultuous east. The Ukrainian move,...

  • Suicide attack in Iraq kills at least 11 people

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a police checkpoint south of Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 11 people, officials said, the latest episode in an uptick in violence in the run-up to next week's parliamentary elections. The attack struck during...

  • Timbuktu's storied mausoleums to rise from ruins

    TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — Roofs are torn off, mud bricks are strewn about and walls barely rise from the desert dunes where Timbuktu's storied mausoleums once stood and are now in ruins. Islamic radicals swept in and tore them apart as totems of idolatry, along with other symbols of the fabled...

  • Czech man faces fine after near miss with train

    PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) — Czech police say a man faces a fine after having a near miss with a train while walking over a level crossing. In a video provided by police, a car dropped off the unidentified man and he walked toward the crossing as the gates came down. He walked around the...

  • Panama's outgoing president touts wife's candidacy

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — She's a political novice with a scant presence on the campaign trail, but Marta Linares has one vote that matters more than most in her bid to become Panama's next vice president: that of her husband, outgoing President Ricardo Martinelli. Barred by the constitution from...

  • Activists say Syrian airstrikes in north kill 30

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government airstrikes struck a vegetable market in a northern rebel-held town Thursday, killing at least 30 people and wounding scores of others, an activist group said. The airstrikes came as another Syrian lawmaker announced his candidacy for June presidential election,...

  • Canada's FM denounces Russia's actions in Ukraine

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said Thursday that the international community should not accept Russia's "aggression" in Ukraine and committed to help the country develop its democracy. Baird noted the conflict between Moscow and Kiev was worsening as Ukraine's...

  • London school says students abused by US teacher

    LONDON (AP) — A British private school said Thursday that images of between 50 and 60 of its students were found on the computer drive of an American suspected child predator who killed himself last month. The FBI has asked for international help to find victims of William Vahey, who worked...

  • South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

    TOKYO (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States. South Korea is reeling from the ferry disaster that has left...

  • US awards $4M to help Haitians hurt by drought

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The American government has awarded $4 million to help Haitian families hurt by a drought in the Caribbean nation's northwest. The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince said Thursday that the U.S. Agency for International Development awarded the money to CARE...

  • A look at deeds and words of John Paul II

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The most-traveled pope in history, John Paul II left his mark on the Catholic Church and non-believers worldwide. Here are some milestones along his path to sainthood: BY THE NUMBERS —Elected to the papacy in 1978 as first non-Italian pope in 455 years and only Pole....



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