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Dutch lesbians raising Turkish boy go into hiding

March 15, 2013

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch lesbian couple have gone into hiding with their foster son after the boy’s biological parents said on television in Turkey that they object to the pair taking care of their child.

3 students set fire to themselves in Senegal

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Three students set themselves on fire on the campus of Senegal’s largest university on Friday to protest changes in the way credits are being counted in the college’s geography department, witnesses said. All three survived after their friends threw sand on them, and only one was admitted to the hospital with Read More

Top Nepal judge becomes head of interim government

March 14, 2013

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal’s chief judge was named head of an interim government Thursday in an attempt by the Himalayan country’s main political parties to cure the paralysis and infighting that have blocked elections for months. Supreme Court Chief Justice Khilraj Regmi was sworn in by President Ram Baran Yadav. He nominated former bureaucrats Read More

Pope Francis’ humility: stops by hotel to get luggage

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day as pontiff Thursday, stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and praying like a pilgrim before a beloved shrine in a decidedly different style for the papacy usually ensconced inside the frescoed halls of the Vatican.The former archbishop Read More

Argentine Jorge Bergoglio elected Pope Francis

March 13, 2013

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis. After announcing “Habemus Papum” — “We have a pope!” — a cardinal standing on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on Read More

Media watching for results of papal conclave

March 12, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — White smoke or black smoke? Maybe it’s easier just to wait for a text message that a new pope has been elected.A Catholic organization has set up a website, www.popealarm.com, that lets people register to receive a text or email notification when a pope has been selected.

Cardinals count down to conclave with final talks

March 11, 2013

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals gathered for their final day of talks Monday before the conclave to elect the next pope, amid debate over whether the Catholic Church needs more of a manager pope to clean up the Vatican or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful at a time of crisis. There were Read More

Nigeria: Video shows bodies of foreign hostages

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A video posted online appears to show the corpses of some of the seven foreign hostages abducted by Islamic extremists in northern Nigeria and later killed, a gruesome warning of the growing dangers in the region. The video, viewed by The Associated Press on Monday, matched still images released earlier by Read More

Candidates to register for Venezuelan vot

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The two men who will face off in an election to replace late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez were formally registering for the April 14 vote on Monday, though the virulent broadsides between them began days ago and are likely to only increase as campaigning gets into full swing. Chavez’s hand-picked successor Read More

Cardinals set Tuesday as start date for conclave

March 9, 2013

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals have set Tuesday as the start date for the conclave to elect the next pope, a milestone in this unusual papal transition and an indication that even without an obvious front-runner, the cardinals have a fairly good idea of who best among them can lead the Catholic Church and tackle Read More

Less fuss this time over NYC terror trial

NEW YORK (AP) — The first court appearance for Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and onetime propagandist unfolded at a Manhattan courthouse Friday without the fuss over security that the Obama administration encountered three years ago over its plan to hold a civilian trial for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. There were no signs of unusual Read More

Venezuela expels 2 US officials as Chavez worsens

March 5, 2013

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s vice president called in the nation’s top leaders Tuesday hours after ailing President Hugo Chavez apparently took a turn for the worse, and announced on national television that a U.S. Embassy attache was being expelled for meeting with military officers and planning to destabilize the country. Foreign Minister Elias Jaua Read More

U.S., China propose tough sanctions against NKorea

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world moved closer to punishing North Korea for its latest nuclear test Tuesday as the United States introduced a draft resolution, backed by China, with new sanctions aimed at reining in Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and preventing their export to other countries. In response, Pyongyang threatened to cancel Read More

Greek farmers drive to Athens to protest austerity measures

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Farmers from across Greece travelled to central Athens on Tuesday, waving black flags to protest austerity cuts that the country’s rescue lenders say must be completed quickly. About 2,000 farmers gathered outside the Agriculture Ministry, travelling from as far as the island of Crete to attend the demonstration against new tax Read More

Benedict 1st pope in 600 years to resign

March 1, 2013

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI left the Catholic Church in unprecedented limbo Thursday as he became the first pope in 600 years to resign, capping a tearful day of farewells that included an extraordinary pledge of obedience to his successor. As bells tolled, two Swiss Guards standing at attention at the papal Read More

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