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Paraguay Bishop-Turned-President: Celibacy Flawed

Posted: 05/24/2009 - Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo, who last month admitted fathering a son conceived while he was still a bishop, says celibacy vows taken by Roman Catholic clerics are "imperfect."

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Strong Quake Hits Macedonia Near Greek Border

Posted: 05/24/2009 - A strong earthquake struck southern Macedonia near the Greek border on Sunday night, damaging dozens of homes, an official said. No casualties were immediately reported.

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Passer-By Pushes Suicide Jumper in South China

Posted: 05/23/2009 - Chen Fuchao, a man heavily in debt, had been contemplating suicide on a bridge in southern China for hours when a passer-by came up, shook his hand - and pushed him off the ledge.

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Susan Boyle Gets New Chance to Shine

Posted: 05/23/2009 - Britain's unlikely singing sensation, Susan Boyle, has been voted into the next round of the TV show that propelled her to global fame.

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11 Dead in Brazil Plane Crash

Posted: 05/23/2009 - A twin-engine plane crashed near a private airport in a northeastern coastal Brazil resort area Friday night, killing all 11 people aboard, officials and state media said.

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Former South Korea President Kills Self

Posted: 05/23/2009 - Embattled former President Roh Moo-hyun - a reformist shamed by a corruption scandal that tarnished his image as a "clean" politician - jumped to his death while hiking in the mountains behind his rural home in southern South Korea, his lawyer said.

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UN Chief Visits Sri Lanka War Refugees

Posted: 05/22/2009 - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited a displacement camp packed with tens of thousands of Tamil civilians in northern Sri Lanka as he appealed Saturday to the triumphant government to "heal the wounds" after three decades of civil war.

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Rights Group Urges Reform Of UN Justice System

Posted: 05/21/2009 - An international women's rights organization urged the United Nations on Thursday to reform its internal complaint system to ensure that allegations of sexual harassment are properly investigated and resolved, saying it is very difficult to obtain justice.

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Mutharika Wins Malawi Presidential Vote

Updated: 11/04/2014 - Malawi's electoral commission declares incumbent president Bingu wa Mutharika the winner of Tuesday's election, with more than 90 percent of votes counted.

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Pakistan Allies Aid Refugees From Taliban Fight

Posted: 05/21/2009 - Donations to help refugees fleeing Pakistan's latest offensive against the Taliban surpassed $200 million Thursday, as the country's allies sought to ease a crisis that risks eroding public support for military action against the militants.

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Video Shows 53 Inmates Escaping Mexican Prison

Posted: 05/21/2009 - Security camera footage shows that guards at a Mexican prison nonchalantly stood by as 53 dangerous inmates walked out - and didn't rush into action with their guns drawn until well after their convoy of escape vehicles had disappeared into the inky night.

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AP Interview: Annan Urges Sri Lankans To Reconcile

Posted: 05/21/2009 - Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan had some advice Thursday for Sri Lanka's government: Reach out and reconcile with the Tamil minority and heal the wounds from the 25-year civil war.

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Scientists: Iran Could Make Nuke In 1-3 Years

Posted: 05/19/2009 - Iran could produce a simple nuclear device in one to three years and a nuclear warhead in another five years after that, a group of U.S. and Russian scientists and experts said in a report issued Tuesday.

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Gaza Father's Loss Captures Israeli Sympathy

Posted: 05/19/2009 - Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Gaza infertility specialist, is a familiar figure to Israelis - a Palestinian who crossed the lines of enmity years ago to work in Israeli hospitals and become a frequent guest on Israeli TV and radio.

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Obama Treaty Push Hinges On Global 'Listening' Net

Posted: 05/19/2009 - In high-rise offices along the Danube, scientists riveted to computer screens "listen" to sounds no one can hear, "feel" every rumble in the Earth, "sniff" global skies for exotic gases - on alert for signs of a newborn atomic bomb.

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Lebanon: 2 Suspected Spies Flee To Israel

Posted: 05/18/2009 - Two Lebanese men suspected of spying for Israel fled across the heavily fortified border to the Jewish state Monday, the second such escape since Lebanon stepped up a campaign of arrests against those thought to be working for its archenemy, said officials.

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Official: Sri Lankan War Zone Doctors Detained

Posted: 05/18/2009 - Three Sri Lankan doctors who treated hundreds of badly wounded civilians in understaffed, makeshift hospitals in the country's war zone were detained on accusations they gave false information about the casualties to the media, a health official said Monday.

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Mexico Detains Hit Gang Allegedly Run By Police

Posted: 05/18/2009 - Police in southern Mexico said Monday they arrested a gang of at least six drug cartel assassins, including two alleged hit women, who were allegedly commanded by top police officers.

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Bill Clinton To Be Named Special UN Envoy To Haiti

Posted: 05/18/2009 - Former President Bill Clinton will be named special U.N. envoy to this impoverished Caribbean nation that has been mired in political and social turmoil for decades, his spokesman said Monday.

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Panetta: Location Of All Pakistan Nukes Not Known

Posted: 05/18/2009 - Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta said Monday that the U.S. does not know the location of all of Pakistan's nuclear weapons but is confident there are "pretty secure" measures to keep them out of terrorists' hands.

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Chad Ends Air Raids in Sudan

Posted: 05/17/2009 - Chad's interim defense minister says his country has stopped its air force raids on Chadian rebel positions in Sudan.

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EU Commissioner Declares Victory in Lithuania Vote

Posted: 05/17/2009 - The European Union's budget chief has declared victory in Lithuania's presidential election after partial results show voter turnout was high enough to avoid a runoff.

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