Austrian flap over bell dedicated to Hitler

VIENNA (AP) — Like many others in Austria’s countryside, a tower bell above the red-tiled rooftops of Wolfpassing village marks the passing of each hour with an unspectacular “bong.” But this bell is unique: It is embossed with…

Morsi backers defiant in face of Egypt govt threat

CAIRO (AP) — A Health Ministry official says the death toll in weekend clashes in Cairo between supporters of Egypt’s ousted president and security forces backed by armed civilians has risen to 72. Khaled el-Khateeb, head of the…

Bomb attacks kill 12 people in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — A police official says a suicide car bomber has rammed his vehicle into a Kurdish security patrol in northern Iraq, killing eight. Col. Hussein Ali Rasheed, who is police chief of Tuz Khormato, says the…

Kuwait’s conservative tribes make election gains

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait (AP) — Results from Kuwait’s parliamentary elections show conservative candidates from the country’s traditional tribes making gains. The vote comes amid escalating political showdowns in the oil-rich Gulf nation. The tribal bloc, which took at…

Report: Member of Iran minority sets self on fire

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian semi-official news agency is reporting that a member of a small religious minority set himself on fire next to the country’s parliament building. ISNA’s late Saturday report says the man, a member…

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NEW YORK (AP) — Minimum and maximum temperatures in Fahrenheit, precipitation in inches and weather conditions as recorded for the previous day and forecast for the current and following day in each city as of 0700 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

Manila to move air force, navy near disputed sea

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines plans to relocate major air force and navy camps to a former U.S. naval base north of Manila to gain faster access to waters being contested by China in the South China…

Pope draws 3M to Mass as Brazil trip closes

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pilgrims staked out spots on the sand of Copacabana beach for an all-night slumber party ahead of the final Mass of Pope Francis’ stay in Brazil, a trip that has drawn rapturous crowds…

Cuban ballet co-founder Fernando Alonso dies at 98

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban state media say that Fernando Alonso, co-founder of Cuba’s National Ballet, has died. He was 98. Alonso was the ex-husband of world-renowned ballerina and fellow National Ballet co-founder Alicia Alonso. State TV announced his…

Pope draws 3M for vigil after chastising ‘exodus’

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis is heading into the final hours of his first international trip riding a remarkable wave of popularity: The pontiff drew a reported 3 million flag-waving, rosary-toting faithful to Rio’s Copacabana beach…

Pope to Rio youth: Jesus better than World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis spoke the language of Brazil’s soccer-mad youth Saturday, telling them that being a good Catholic is like training to play soccer. Only he added a seemingly blasphemous twist, telling them Jesus…

AP Photos: Pilgrims greet energized Pope Francis

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It was perfect beach weather Saturday on Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, and the white sands were jammed full of people. But instead of beach balls and bikinis, the nearly 2 million people…
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15 arrests in Peru anti-govt protests

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian riot police wielding tear gas and batons have halted a march on Congress by several thousand protesters upset with President Ollanta Humala and a political class they consider inept and corrupt. Lima police…
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Women with bitter past run for Chile’s presidency

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Their history is the history of Chile. Michelle Bachelet and Evelyn Matthei, childhood friends whose fathers became top generals, were thrust onto opposite sides of the country’s deep political divide. Bachelet’s father served socialist…
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Catholics hear pope’s call to shake up church

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In the thick of his historic visit to Brazil this week, Pope Francis urged young Catholics to make a “mess” in their dioceses and break out of their spiritual cages. Francis’ exhortation during…

Pope speaks out on Amazon during Brazil trip

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis is backing the defense of the environment and the church’s work to protect the Amazon region. During his ongoing trip to Brazil, Francis said Saturday that the Catholic Church must build…

Vote in Mali’s north may decide country’s future

KIDAL, Mali (AP) — This desert town and the surrounding region house just 0.5 percent of the people who registered to vote in Mali’s presidential election, a number likely to have little impact on the race’s outcome. Yet…

Pope dons Indian headdress after Brazil speech

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis has delighted a crowd in Rio de Janeiro by donning a colorful Indian headdress handed to him by a member of a Brazilian tribe. It came after the pontiff spoke Saturday…