Pope to Mexico: Have hope, use faith against evil
Pope Benedict XVI urged Mexicans to wield their faith against drug violence, poverty and other ills, celebrating Sunday Mass before a sea of hushed worshippers in a visit that has warmed many Mexicans to a pontiff they...
New Zealand police: No charge in PM recording case
New Zealand police have decided not to press charges against a freelance cameraman who Prime Minister John Key claimed illegally recorded a private conversation. On Nov. 11, in the run-up to New Zealand's general...
China expert downplays North Korea rocket launch
A Chinese government expert says North Korea's plans to launch a long-range rocket should not dominate discussions about nuclear security being held this week in the capital of rival South Korea. China Arms Control and...
Quake hits central Chile; no reports of deaths
A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck central Chile Sunday night, the strongest and longest that many people said they had felt since a huge quake devastated the area two years ago. Some people were injured by falling...
Events show power of individuals to make history
In France, a motorcycle gunman throws a presidential campaign into turmoil. In Afghanistan, one U.S. soldier's alleged slaughter of civilians shifts the narrative of the Afghan war more than any policy conceived by the...
Obama, in Seoul speech, to discuss further nuclear arms cuts
SEOUL (Reuters) - President !a class="tagLink" href="http://townhall.com/tags/barack-obama">Barack Obama!/a> will voice confidence on Monday that the United States can further reduce its nuclear weapons stockpile w
Oxfam: millions needed now to avert Niger famine
The British aid agency Oxfam says millions of dollars are needed urgently to stop a hunger crisis in Niger turning into a catastrophe. It says some 1.9 million people are at severe risk and that number could rise to...
Sources: rebels, army negotiate in northern Mali
Rebels taking advantage of a coup are negotiating with soldiers for a peaceful resolution in Mali's strategic northern garrison town of Kidal, according to representatives of the Sahara's nomadic Tuareg people. Sources...
Bahamas: Flordia-bound plane crashes; 4 killed
Four people died when their small plane crashed Sunday shortly after taking off from a tiny airport in the Bahamas en route to Florida, authorities said. Police Superintendent Paul Rolle said two women and two men were...
USGS says 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of south-central Chile. ...
Dominican agents seize drugs, arrest 3 Venezuelans
Authorities in the Dominican Republic say they have seized 1.5 tons (1.36 metric tons) of cocaine and detained three Venezuelans allegedly transporting the drugs in a speedboat. National Drug Control Agency chief...
Cuba's Ladies in White protest without incident
A Cuban dissident group known as the Ladies in White held its customary weekly protest without incident Sunday on the eve of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the island. The lack of any arrests at the march outside a...
Senegal state TV: President Abdoulaye Wade concedes defeat to Macky Sall after runoff vote. ...
Sarkozy stumps on security, but jobs matter more
A week that terrified France may be just what Nicolas Sarkozy, an underdog in the race for presidential elections in April and May, needs to win a second term. Or not. The conservative president is vaunting his...
Egypt's Islamists tighten their grip on power
Egypt's newly empowered Islamists have tightened their grip, giving themselves a majority on a 100-member panel tasked with drafting a constitution that will define the shape of the government in the post-Hosni Mubarak...
Armed Libyans hand airport to police, ready or not
The commander of a powerful Libyan militia said Sunday he has withdrawn from the country's main airport, while some of his men remained behind to give the government another chance to either hire them or take over...
Hugo Chavez begins radiation therapy in Cuba
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Sunday that he has begun radiation therapy in Cuba as part of cancer treatment one month after undergoing an operation that removed a tumor. Chavez said in a phone call broadcast...
Thousands forced from homes by floods in Ecuador
Ecuador's government says floods and mudslides have caused at least 10 deaths so far this year and forced about 4,700 people to flee their homes. Heavy rains have set off mudslides in some areas and caused rivers to...
Hamas blames fuel shortage for Gaza baby's death
A Gaza man said Sunday his 5-month-old baby died two days ago after the generator powering his respirator ran out of fuel, but the report was called into question after it emerged that the timing of the baby's death was...
Colombia protests pro-rebel event in Venezuela
Colombia's government is criticizing a public event that was held in Venezuela's capital honoring the late leader of Colombia's largest rebel group. Colombia's Foreign Ministry expressed "indignation" over the tribute...
Slovenians reject gay adoption law in referendum
Slovenians rejected in a national referendum on Sunday a new family law that included a highly contested clause that would allow same-sex couples to adopt children in some cases. The law drafted by Slovenia's former...
Merkel party wins year's 1st German state vote
Chancellor Angela Merkel's party won a state election in western Germany Sunday, making a promising start to a difficult series of regional ballots, but voters inflicted more pain on her struggling partners in the...
French gunman's brother charged, denies role
A Frenchman suspected of helping his brother plot attacks against Jewish schoolchildren and paratroopers was handed preliminary murder and terrorism charges Sunday. But Abdelkader Merah denied any role in the attacks....
Egyptian Christians await new pope, debate role
By Yasmine Saleh and Abdel Rahman Youssef CAIRO (Reuters) - Picking a new pope for Egypt's Orthodox church could take months, officials said on Sunday, allowing debate to gather pace among Christians over th
Brazil: Pollution may mar upcoming UN Earth Summit
A local newspaper is reporting that Rio de Janeiro state's iconic Guanabara Bay is heavily polluted as Brazil prepares to host the "Rio plus 20" Earth Summit in June. Rio plus 20 is scheduled for June, two decades...
Mali ministers held by junta go on hunger strike
Mali's foreign minister and 13 others being detained by the junta that took over Mali started a hunger strike Sunday, the minister's brother said. Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, the foreign minister in the government ousted...
Taliban warn Pakistan lawmakers over NATO supplies
The Taliban on Sunday threatened to attack Pakistani lawmakers and their families if they support allowing NATO to resume shipping supplies through the country to troops in neighboring Afghanistan. Pakistan closed its...
Afghans: US paid $50K per shooting spree death
The U.S. paid $50,000 in compensation for each villager killed and $11,000 for each person wounded in a shooting rampage allegedly carried out by a rogue American soldier in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said...
French judge files preliminary charges against gunman's brother, suspected of being accomplice. ...
Israeli court rejects 2015 settlement evacuation
The Israeli Supreme Court on Sunday rejected the state's request to postpone dismantling a large, unsanctioned West Bank settler enclave until late 2015, dealing a serious blow to settler hopes to keep dozens of rogue...
Tunisian Islamists step up demand for Islamic state
By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Thousands of Tunisian Islamists took to the streets on Sunday to step up their demands for the creation of an Islamic state in one of the most secular Arab nations. Ab
Blast kills 3 in Colombia's capital, police say
Colombian police say an explosion at a home in Bogota has killed three men and left one seriously injured. Gen. Luis Eduardo Martinez is Bogota's police chief and says the blast occurred on the third floor of a...
Chavez to begin radiation therapy, may meet Pope
By Daniel Wallis CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is due to begin radiation treatment on Sunday in Cuba, where he also could meet Pope Benedict in the latest high profile development as the presid
Thousands in Belarus protest against government
Several thousand people turned out for an anti-government rally in Belarus on Sunday to call for the freeing of political prisoners and for the former Soviet republic to become a European-style democracy. The protest...
Kuwait arrests 7 Iraqi sailors in its waters: KUNA
KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwaiti coastguards arrested seven Iraqi sailors on a fishing boat on Sunday, saying they had trespassed into Kuwait's northern territorial waters, state-run news agency KUNA said. The sai
Egypt military fends off Islamist critics
CAIRO (Reuters) - The ruling army council on Sunday defended its handling of Egypt's political transition against withering attacks on the army-backed government by the Islamist-dominated parliament. The Mus
Israeli charged with trafficking African migrants
An Israeli man has been charged with participation in a human trafficking ring that captured and tortured African migrants in Egypt's neighboring Sinai desert, according to an indictment released Sunday. The indictment...
Egypt arrests 15 over soccer clashes: source
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's security forces said on Sunday they had arrested 15 people after two days of clashes between angry soccer fans and military police that killed one person and injured 65 in the industrial c
Police detain protesters in Moscow, St. Petersburg
Police in St. Petersburg have detained more than 10 protesters who tried to march down the Russian city's main avenue following an opposition rally. Several hundred people took part in Sunday's rally in St. Petersburg...
Moroccan Islamists flex muscles in Rabat march
By Souhail Karam RABAT (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Moroccans staged a pro-Palestinian march in Rabat on Sunday in a show of force organized by an Islamist group seen as the main opposition to Morocco's
Iraq locks down Baghdad before Arab summit
By Serena Chaudhry BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's government has locked down Baghdad ahead of this week's Arab League Summit, throwing up a maze of security checkpoints and roadblocks as it seeks to protect the
Bamako returning to normal, Mali's north threatened
By David Lewis and Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - Life in Bamako returned slowly to normal on Sunday after most mutinous soldiers left the streets, but rebels exploiting the army coup in Mali pushed towar
Afghan gun massacre families paid compensation
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have given cash compensation to the families of Afghans killed in a shooting rampage allegedly carried out by an American soldier in Kandahar province, a family me
Medvedev: Annan's mission is Syria's last chance
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told the U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria on Sunday that his mission may be the final opportunity for Syria to avoid "a protracted bloody civil war" and promised Russia's full...
Oil shutdown pushing South Sudan to end row: Sudan
By Alexander Dziadosz and Khalid Abdelaziz KHARTOUM (Reuters) - South Sudan's shutdown of its crude production in a damaging row with Sudan over oil payments appears to have backfired and put pressure on Jub
Previously undisclosed Lockerbie files published
A Scottish newspaper on Sunday published previously undisclosed files on the 1988 Pan Am bombing that killed hundreds over Lockerbie, arguing it is in the public interest to ignore data protection laws that have kept...
Battles in Syria as Russia warns of 'last chance'
Syrian forces attacked flashpoint areas Sunday, carrying out raids and clashing with rebels as President Bashar Assad's allies in Russia said the country may be facing its last chance for peace. Syrian activists...
Egypt's military ruler to make statement: paper
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's military ruler will deliver an "important statement" on Sunday, the state newspaper Al Ahram reported in a news text message. It did not give details on what he would announce. Fiel
South Ossetia holds another presidential election
Georgia's breakaway province of South Ossetia tried again Sunday to elect a president after a disputed November election was annulled by a local court. The four candidates were all new and none was considered a clear...
Israel Supreme Court rejects agreement to delay settler outpost evacuation until November 2015. ...