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Pope Francis, unlike Benedict XVI, has no plans to retire

Pope Francis says he has no intention of quitting the papacy — a possibility opened up by his predecessor Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. The pope, responding to a question from a young person at a Vatican event, said Sunday, "I never thought of quitting being pope, or of leaving because of the many...

Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido kidnapped in northern Mexico

A state official says that Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido has been kidnapped in the northern border state of Tamaulipas.  Pulido is a forward for the Greek team Olympiacos and has made several appearances for Mexico's national team, though he wasn't called up for the upcoming Copa America tournament. ...

Lawyer for Mexico drug lord demands payment from US networks

A lawyer for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman said Wednesday that he will sue television networks if they air a new series on the imprisoned Mexican drug lord's life without paying him. Netflix and Univision announced on May 17 that they will co-produce the drama series "El Chapo," set to air in 2017....

French dock workers step up protests over bill loosening labor protections

 Thousands of dock workers poured into a public square in the French port city of Le Havre on Thursday, setting off smoke bombs as part of escalating nationwide protests against a labor bill that would loosen protections for French workers. As union activists disrupted fuel supplies, trains and...

Ukrainian pilot Savchenko freed, flown to Kiev

Russia freed Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko on Wednesday after holding her for nearly two years, with President Vladimir Putin pardoning her as part of a swap for two Russian servicemen jailed in Ukraine. The Ukrainian president sent his plane to pick up Savchenko in Rostov-on-Don in southern...

Three climbers are dead and two are missing on Mount Everest

An Indian climber has died while being helped down Mount Everest, just a couple of days after a Dutch and an Australian died near the peak. Two other Indian climbers are missing, and experts say some of the tragedy may have been avoidable. Poor planning and overcrowding on the world's tallest peak...

Blasts and suicide bombings in Syria kill at least 65, state media report

Syrian state TV sayid at least 65 people were killed in a series of explosions, including suicide bombings, in the coastal cities of Tartus and Jableh, strongholds of President Bashar Assad. The TV reports said at least one suicide bomber followed by a car bomb blew up minutes apart in a packed...

Yemen suicide attacks kill at least 45

Yemeni security officials said that a pair of suicide bombers killed at least 45 people in the southern city of Aden. The officials said Monday the two bombers targeted young men seeking to join the army. One suicide car bomber targeted a line outside an army recruitment center, killing at least...

2 killed, 11 wounded as gunman fires into crowd in Austria

Police say a gunman has fired shots into a small crowd attending an open air concert in Austria's westernmost province, killing two people and wounding 11 before shooting himself to death.  Police say the overnight shooting was preceded by a loud argument between the gunman and a woman in a nearby...

Mexico OKs extradition of drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman to U.S.

Mexico's Foreign Relations Department has ruled that the extradition of convicted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States can go forward. The process can still be appealed, meaning it could be weeks or months before the Sinaloa cartel leader may be sent north. Guzman's lawyers...

U.S. military contractor arrested after Japanese woman's body found, sparking outrage on Okinawa

Japan's prime minister expressed his "strong indignation" Friday after an American working on a U.S. military base in Okinawa was arrested on suspicion of abandoning the body of a woman who disappeared last month. "I have no words to express, considering how the family feels," Prime Minister Shinzo...

Second Chibok girl rescued in Nigeria was not taken from school but from her home village

A second "Chibok girl" rescued by Nigeria's military in a forest battle with Islamic extremists was kidnapped from her home village and is not among 218 students missing from the 2014 mass abduction from the school by Boko Haram that sparked worldwide outrage. The girl is one of three daughters...

Terror of Sri Lankan landslides: 'All I could do was scream' 

Soldiers and police on Thursday struggled to find hundreds of people missing after landslides destroyed at least three central Sri Lankan villages, with fresh rains triggering smaller slides and forcing rescuers to briefly suspend their efforts. Torrents of water streamed down the hill where mountains...

EgyptAir flight disappears with 59 passengers and 10 crew members

EgyptAir says Airbus A320 Flight 804 carrying 59 passengers and 10 crew disappeared from radar early Thursday morning. The airline said Flight 804 from Paris to Cairo vanished 2:45 a.m. Egypt time, 10 miles after it entered Egyptian air space. The Times will update this article.   UPDATES: 8:48...

6.7-magnitude quake hits Ecuador, causes small damages

A powerful 6.7-magnitude earthquake has hit Ecuador near the Pacific coast area where a devastating quake hit a month ago. President Rafael Correa said on Twitter that the jolt caused only small material damages. The U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday that the quake's epicenter was 21 miles from...

Rescuers search for 200 families that might be buried by mudslides in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan Red Cross says rescuers are searching for more than 200 families feared buried by rain-triggered mudslides in three villages in central Sri Lanka. Military spokesman Brig. Jayanath Jayaweera says 16 bodies have been recovered, as well as some 150 people who survived the landslides...

Mexican president proposes legalizing same-sex marriage

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Tuesday has proposed legalizing gay marriage. Peña Nieto said he has signed initiatives that would seek to enshrine same-sex marriage in the country's constitution and the federal civil code. This story will be updated. ALSO An old nemesis returns: Smoggy...

Bombing at outdoor market in Baghdad kills 28

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for twin bombings at an outdoor market in a Shiite-dominated neighborhood of Baghdad that left at least 28 people dead. The attack in the northern Shaab neighborhood was the deadliest of three assaults that hit the Iraqi capital during the...

Israeli divers uncover trove of shipwrecked Roman treasure 

Israeli archaeologists say two divers have made the country's biggest discovery of Roman-era artifacts in three decades. The Roman-era treasures, discovered last month by divers Ran Feinstein and Ofer Raanan, were showcased for the first time Monday. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) sent...

12 killed as militants attack natural gas plant north of Baghdad

The Islamic State group launched a coordinated assault Sunday on a natural gas plant north of the capital that killed at least 12 people, according to Iraqi officials.  The attack started at dawn with a suicide car bomber hitting the main gate of the plant in the town of Taji, about 12 miles north...

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