Francis: Benedict showed courage in retiring

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says his predecessor, Benedict XVI, was courageously following his conscience when he decided to retire. Benedict became the first pontiff in 600 years to quit the post when he resigned in February,…

New NSA spying allegations rile European allies

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s top justice official says reports that U.S. intelligence bugged European Union offices remind her of “the methods used by enemies during the Cold War.” Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger was responding to a report by…

Mumfords close Glastonbury after Stones triumph

LONDON (AP) — The Glastonbury Festival is wrapping up, with many fans still on a high from the Rolling Stones’ first-ever gig at Britain’s leading music extravaganza. Festival founder Michael Eavis declared the concert “the high spot of…

Attack on security convoy kills 16 in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The number of dead is now at least 16 after a car bomb exploded as a convoy of paramilitary troops passed through the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar today. Authorities say more than 40…

Will EU entry boost or hamper Croatian tourism?

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia’s ravishing coast of more than 1,000 islands is a favorite destination for Europeans and travelers from further away. Croatia draws much of its income from tourism and hopes to earn more once the…

Iran confirms detention of Slovak nationals

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian semi-official news agency is reporting the country has confirmed it is detaining an unspecified number of Slovak nationals, saying they have broken the law. The Sunday report by ISNA quotes Abbas Araghchi,…

Britain turns to Canada for its new banking chief

LONDON (AP) — It’s not often that central bank governors get compared to rock stars. But for all the buzz being created about the new man taking over as governor of the venerable Bank of England, you would…

Egypt erupts with protests demanding Morsi ouster

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of Egyptians demanding the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist president are gathering at Cairo’s central Tahrir Square at the start of a day of massive, nationwide protests many fear could turn deadly. Sunday marks the…

Obama dares young Africans to seize their future

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — President Barack Obama on Sunday will announce a new initiative to double access to electric power in sub-Saharan Africa, part of his effort to build on the legacy of equality and opportunity…

Bomb attacks kill 49 people in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Police say a bomb attack on a security convoy in northwest Pakistan has killed at least 11 people. Police officer Mohammad Zahid says the blast Sunday in the main northwest city of Peshawar also…

Croatia celebrates its EU membership

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Fireworks are ready and foreign leaders are arriving as Croatia prepares to celebrate its entry into the European Union some 20 years after winning independence in a bloody civil war that shook the continent.…

Syrian official: War causes $15 billion in losses

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Syrian activists say three people have been killed in government airstrikes on the central city of Homs. President Bashar Assad’s forces have been on the offensive in Homs, reclaiming some of the territory they…

Ecuador flower growers in Snowden shock

PIFO, Ecuador (AP) — Gino Descalzi used to fret about things like aphids, mildew and the high cost of shipping millions of roses a year from Ecuador to florists in the United States. These days he’s worried about…

BC-WEA–Global Weather-Fahrenheit, WEA

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…

Move over Messi, here come the robots

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — With the score tied 1-1, it’s gone to a penalty shootout in a tense soccer match between teams from Israel and Australia. As the Australian goalkeeper in his red jersey braces for the shot,…

WHO: Treat people with HIV early to stop spread

LONDON (AP) — One HIV expert says it’s a case of “pay now or pay later,” following a new recommendation from the World Health Organization that young children and certain other people with the AIDS virus should be…

Crusaders center Fruean faces heart surgery

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Super Rugby team the Crusaders say center Robbie Fruean must undergo heart surgery and will miss the remainder of the three-nation tournament. The 24-year-old Fruean needs a valve replacement to repair…

WHO: Treat people with HIV early to stop spread

LONDON (AP) — Young children and certain other people with the AIDS virus should be started on medicines as soon as they are diagnosed, the World Health Organization says in new guidelines that also recommend earlier treatment for…

Petrocaribe summit in Nicaragua ends

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Heads of state of Petrocaribe nations have ended a summit in Nicaragua with agreements to promote a regional economic bloc to increase the flow of food and services among member nations. Nicaraguan President Daniel…