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Raul Castro meets pope, says he might return to the Church

By Philip Pullella, Reuters on May 10, 2015, at 3:08 p.m.
VATICAN CITY — Cuban President Raul Castro thanked Pope Francis Sunday for brokering the thaw between Havana and Washington and said the pope so impressed him that he might return to the Catholic Church, despite being a communist. The 83-year-old younger brother of Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel spoke with the …

Houthi rebels accept 5-day truce in Yemen proposed by Saudis

By Mohammed Ghobari and Mohammed Mukhashaf, Reuters on May 10, 2015, at 3:07 p.m.
ADEN, Yemen — Yemen’s dominant Houthi group accepted on Sunday a five-day humanitarian ceasefire proposed by its adversary Saudi Arabia but said it would respond to any violations of the pause. Neighboring Saudi Arabia had said Friday that the ceasefire could begin Tuesday if the Iranian-allied militia agreed to the …

Former Turkish President Evren, symbol of military era, dies at 97

By Nick Tattersall, Reuters on May 10, 2015, at 2:54 p.m.
ISTANBUL, Turkey — Turkey’s former army chief and president, Kenan Evren, who led a 1980 coup and came to symbolize the military’s decades-long dominance over politics, has died at 97, the state-run Anadolu news agency said Saturday. Evren, who had been receiving treatment at a military hospital in Ankara, suffered …

Syrian army steps up bid to regain town, rescue besieged troops

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Laila Bassam, Reuters on May 10, 2015, at 2:46 p.m.
BEIRUT — Syrian troops backed by heavy airstrikes have edged closer to a hospital in northwestern Syria where dozens of Syrian soldiers and loyalist fighters have been holed up for the past two weeks, the army said Sunday. An army source told Reuters that its troops were now a few …

NSA sought German help to spy on Siemens

By Reuters on May 10, 2015, at 2:45 p.m.
BERLIN — The U.S. National Security Agency tried to spy on industrial group Siemens with the help of German intelligence, Bild am Sonntag reported, in another potentially embarrassing development for Chancellor Angela Merkel. Allegations that the domestic BND intelligence agency helped the NSA spy on European officials and firms have …

Quebec judge OKs suit in Lac-Megantic train disaster

By The Canadian Press on May 09, 2015, at 6:34 p.m.
SHERBROOKE, Quebec -– A class-action lawsuit has been approved almost two years after a train derailment and explosion killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, reports The Canadian Press. Justice Martin Bureau has given the plaintiffs permission to go after only two companies – World Fuel Services and Canadian Pacific Railway. …

Liberia declared Ebola-free, but outbreak continues over border

By Alphonso Toweh and James Harding Giahyue, Reuters on May 09, 2015, at 12:50 p.m.
MONROVIA — Liberia was declared free from Ebola by the government and the World Health Organization on Saturday after 42 days without a new case of the virus, which killed more than 4,700 people there during a year-long epidemic. However, celebrations were muted by thoughts for the dead and medical …
Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak waves to his supporters outside the area where he is hospitalized during his birthday at Maadi military hospital on the outskirts of Cairo in this May 4, 2015, file photo.

Mubarak, sons to 3 years in jail for corruption

By Michael Georgy, Reuters on May 09, 2015, at 12:42 p.m.
CAIRO — An Egyptian court sentenced former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to three years in jail without parole Saturday in the retrial of a corruption case, though the trio is unlikely to go to jail again. Mubarak, who ruled Egypt with an iron fist for 30 years, …

George Mitchell talks about his favorite teacher, Middle East peace

By Bill Trotter on May 09, 2015, at 5:52 a.m.
Given the career of former Sen. George J. Mitchell, and the title of his new book, it would be easy to assume that it is a somber read, full of weighty recollections of his career as a politician and globe-trotting mediator. That assumption is correct, in part. But there is …

Swine flu, monkey pox? Think again on disease names, WHO says

By Reuters on May 08, 2015, at 11:47 a.m.
If you’re a scientist and have just identified a dangerous new disease in Peru originating from pigs, then please don’t call it paralytic Peruvian pig pox. Disease names such as swine flu or Rift Valley fever risk stigmatizing communities and damaging economies, the World Health Organization warned Friday as it …

China hikes cigarette tax in anti-smoking drive

By Megha Rajagopalan, Reuters on May 08, 2015, at 11:39 a.m.
BEIJING — China is set to raise the wholesale tax rate for cigarettes to 11 percent from 5 percent, the Ministry of Finance said Friday, in a move to deter smokers in the world’s biggest maker and consumer of tobacco. China has accelerated a campaign against smoking over the past …

G20: Food wastage an ‘enormous’ global concern

By Reuters on May 08, 2015, at 11:34 a.m.
ISTANBUL — Food wasted by consumers is an enormous economic problem, and nations should ensure excess food is given to the hungry instead of being thrown away, agriculture ministers from the Group of 20 leading countries said Friday. The two-day meeting in Istanbul has focused on problems of food security …

Senate passes bill to let Congress review Iran nuclear deal

By Patricia Zengerle, Reuters on May 08, 2015, at 7:45 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to pass a bill giving Congress the right to review, and potentially reject, an international agreement with Iran aimed at keeping it from developing nuclear weapons. The 98-1 vote sent the measure to the House, which could consider it as soon as next …

US, allies conduct 18 airstrikes against Islamic State militants

By Reuters on May 07, 2015, at 4:49 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S.-led military coalition launched 14 airstrikes in Iraq and four in Syria against Islamic State militants since early on Wednesday, the Combined Joint Task Force said Thursday. The military statement said airstrikes in Syria near Al Hasakah involved attack and fighter aircraft. It said the strikes in …

Pope tells elderly and sick he, too, is old and ailing

By Steve Scherer, Reuters on May 04, 2015, at 4:13 p.m.
ROME — Pope Francis on Sunday asked a group of elderly and sick members of Rome’s seaside parish to pray for him because he, too, had grown old and was ailing. “Pray for me, too, eh,” Francis told the parishioners in a private meeting that was later broadcast by Catholic …
Russian legendary ballet star Maya Plisetskaya greets the audience after performing a dance from the Swan Lake ballet during a gala concert in the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in this November 28, 1995 file photo.

Maya Plisetskaya, famed Russian prima ballerina, dies at 89

By Martin Weil, The Washington Post on May 04, 2015, at 7:21 a.m.
Maya Plisetskaya, one of the foremost ballerinas of the 20st century, who was identified with the Bolshoi Ballet of her native Russia, but whose theatrical fire, magnetic presence and physical virtuosity communicated wordlessly with audiences around the world, died May 2 in Munich. She was 89. Her death was confirmed …

Gangnam style: South Korea to demolish slum in shadows of ritzy neighborhood

By Ju-min Park, Reuters on May 03, 2015, at 5:27 p.m.
SEOUL — Close by the luxury high-rises of Seoul’s most expensive neighborhood, 80-year-old Kim Ok-nyo burns charcoal to heat her two-room shack in Guryong, a shantytown of 2,000 residents. Demolition of Guryong, the last slum in Seoul’s glitzy Gangnam district, is expected to start this summer after redevelopment plans were …

Freed Nigerian women tell of horror of Boko Haram captivity

By Isaac Abrak and Emma Ande, Reuters on May 03, 2015, at 2:26 p.m.
YOLA, Nigeria — Boko Haram fighters killed older boys and men in front of their families before taking women and children into the forest where many died of hunger and disease, freed captives said on Sunday after they were brought to a government refugee camp. The Nigerian army rescued hundreds …
A local villager walks amid debris at a devastated area following Saturday's earthquake, at Paslang village in Gorkha, Nepal, on April 28. Eight days after the earthquake devastated the region, rescuers pulled three people from beneath rubble. As rescuers continue to search for survivors and aftershocks rattle the country, the death toll continues to climb and as of Sunday more than 7,000 people have died as a result of the quake.

3 rescued 8 days after Nepal quake as death toll passes 7,000

By Gopal Sharma, Reuters on May 03, 2015, at 2:16 p.m.
KATHMANDU, Nepal — Three people were pulled alive from the rubble of their home eight days after Nepal’s devastating earthquake, as a supply logjam threatened to hamper disaster relief efforts bolstered by the arrival of U.S. aircraft and troops. The small-scale rescue, announced on Sunday by a home ministry official, …

Merkel: Germans can never forget ‘unfathomable horrors’ of death camps

By Ayhan Uyanik, Reuters on May 03, 2015, at 11:59 a.m.
DACHAU, Germany — Germans will never forget the “unfathomable horrors” that the Nazis inflicted at the death camps, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp near Munich. In a moving speech to 120 elderly survivors from 20 …
 
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