POPE-FRANCIS-VATICAN

Vatican surveys find Catholics reject sex rules

New surveys commissioned by the Vatican show that the vast majority of Catholics in Germany and Switzerland reject church teaching on contraception, sexual morality, gay unions and divorce. …
Putin Sochi welcome

Putin prepares to welcome world

Stroking a Persian leopard sprawled on his lap, tough-guy President Vladimir Putin showed his softer side Tuesday as he prepared to welcome the world to his budget-busting Winter Olympics.…
Prince

Prince plays in London living room

When Prince came to London a few years ago, he played more than 20 nights at the vast O2 arena. This time, he played a suburban living room to a dozen people.…
Peru Dolphin Deaths

400 dead dolphins found on Peru beach

More than 400 dead dolphins were found last month on the Pacific Ocean beaches of northern Peru where twice that amount were encountered in 2012. …
ALEPPO STRIKES

Syrian airstrikes kill at least 18

The Syrian government extended its intense aerial campaign against rebel-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo on Monday, conducting a series of airstrikes that killed at least 18 people, including five children, activists said.…
Amanda Knox,  Raffaele Sollecito

Knox judge faces allegations of impropriety

The judge who announced the guilty verdicts against Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for murder is facing allegations of impropriety that could result in disciplinary proceedings.…
Syria

Al-Qaida breaks with Syria group in mounting feud

Al-Qaida's central leadership broke with one of its most powerful branch commanders, who in defiance of its orders spread his operations from Iraq to join the fighting in Syria and fueled bitter infighting among Islamic militant factions in Syria's civil war. …
Lebanon suicide bomber

Lebanon: Suicide blast in south Beirut wounds 6

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a passenger van in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital Monday, wounding at least six people, the state news agency said.…
Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg named UN climate envoy

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg made combating climate change a major focus of his 12 years as mayor. …
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Colombia officials capture fugitive priest

Colombian officials announced Friday the capture of a fugitive Roman Catholic priest who was convicted in absentia last year of organizing a killer far-right militia. …
John Kerry

Kerry seeks to calm German anger at NSA reports

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that relations with Germany have gone through a "rough patch" recently because of revelations about NSA spying, but insisted that the two countries can put the episode behind them.…
South Africa reptiles

Reptile consignment intercepted in South Africa

A large shipment of reptiles smuggled from Madagascar and destined for the exotic pet trade in the United States were confiscated in South Africa, said animal protection activists.…
Amanda Knox,  Raffaele Sollecito

Amanda Knox’s murder conviction upheld

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) - An appeals court in Florence on Thursday upheld the guilty verdict against U.S. student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend for the 2007 murder of……
Argentina economy

Economic turmoil hits Argentina

Inflation is at about 30 percent and there's been a 15 percent drop in the peso's value against the U.S. dollar over a few days.…
Associated Press

Bieber surrenders on assault charge

Justin Bieber turned himself in to Toronto police on an assault charge Wednesday, the second arrest in a week for the baby-faced 19-year-old pop star.…
PHILIPPINE-FLAG

Dozens of rebels killed in offensive

Philippine troops have killed at least 40 Islamic fighters and captured a rebel stronghold with a bomb-making facility in a three-day offensive against insurgents.…