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Pope Recalls ‘Joy’ Of Papacy, And Difficulties
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI has recalled moments of “joy and light” during his papacy but also times of great difficulty in an emotional, final general audience in St. Peter’s Square before retiring. Benedict thanked his cardinals, colleagues and ordinary faithf…
Hot Air Balloon Explodes in Mid-Air Over Egypt, Killing 18
A hot air balloon carrying a group of tourists near Luxor, Egypt, exploded in mid-air Tuesday, killing 18 people in the deadliest accident ever of its kind. Twenty-one passengers were onboard at the time; the pilot and two other survivors were taken to the hospital. The explosion, probably caused by…
What We Know About Pope Benedict’s Resignation
In stunning news, Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday morning from the Vatican that he will resign his position as head of the Catholic Church, effective on February 28. This has already set off a flurry of speculation, largely because no pope has voluntarily done so since the year 1415. The news is …
UN: World Food Prices Drop
ROME (AP) — A United Nations agency says prices of basic foods fell by 1.5 percent last month, with the international prices of all commodities except dairy products dropping. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization said Thursday that the decline puts the value of its November index …
UN Says World Has 6 Billion Cell Phone Subscribers
GENEVA (AP) — The world now has nearly as many cell phone subscriptions as inhabitants. The U.N. telecom agency says there were about 6 billion subscriptions by the end of 2011 — roughly one for 86 of every 100 people. In a report Thursday, the International Telecommunication Union sai…
Obama Condemns Violence Tied To Anti-Muslim Film
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama is condemning an anti-Muslim film and the violence in the Middle East that has followed its release, saying there is “no speech that justifies mindless violence.” Obama says in a speech Tuesday before the U.N. General Assembly that &#…
President Obama To Address UN Today
  NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday will challenge the world to confront the root causes of rage exploding across the Muslim world, calling it a defining choice “between the forces that would drive us apart and the hopes we hold in common.” Obama will step b…
UN General Assembly Has Full Plate This Week
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon predicts that this week’s session of the U.N. General Assembly and its sideline events will be among the busiest ever, reflecting “the tumultuous time in which we live. President Barack Obama and more than 120 other presid…
Iran Urges West To Take Action On Anti-Islam Film
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s top leader is urging the West to show it respects Muslims by blocking a film that mocks the Prophet Muhammad and has touched off rage across the Islamic world. State TV quotes Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying Western leaders must prove they are not “ac…

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