Canada toughens train rules after deadly disaster

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian transportation authorities banned one-man crews for trains with dangerous goods Tuesday, responding to calls for tougher regulations after an oil train derailment in Quebec killed 47 people. Transport Canada also said trains with dangerous…

Pope wants to be with people; clergy want him safe

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Security officials in Brazil say they’ve given a “positive” evaluation to how security was handled when Pope Francis’ motorcade was swarmed by faithful. That comes from an emailed statement Tuesday from the federal…

Yemen pardons journalist jailed for al-Qaida ties

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s president on Tuesday pardoned a journalist who was jailed for three years on charges of helping al-Qaida and U.S. born militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. The case of the reporter, Abdelela Shayie, received international…

2 men found guilty under Cameroon’s anti-gay law

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A court in Cameroon found two men guilty under the country’s harsh law banning gay sex on Tuesday, a lawyer said, continuing a string of recent convictions that has drawn international condemnation. Michel Togue…
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Pope visiting Brazil’s shrine to ‘black Mary’

The image of Brazil’s patron saint, the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida, emblazons bumper stickers, presides over shops and dangles from gold chains around women’s necks all over this continent-sized country.…

Baby fever caps image turnaround for UK royals

LONDON (AP) — A crowd cheered, hundreds of cameras clicked and an image of familial perfection was beamed around the world. Prince William, his wife Kate and their infant son, the Prince of Cambridge, emerged Tuesday from London’s…

Havana airport to get $10.2 million upgrade

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s main international terminal is getting a $10.2 million overhaul to improve operations at the overcrowded facility, according to state-run media. The Havana Reporter, an English-language semi-weekly newspaper that hit kiosks Tuesday, said the Terminal…

Taxi driver apologizes for killing DEA agent

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A taxi driver jailed in the stabbing death of a U.S. drug agent in Colombia has tearfully confessed in a radio interview, saying the American fought back with his hands after an attempt to…
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Iran: US, Israel not invited to inauguration

Iran’s Foreign Ministry says that the United States and Israel have not been invited to attend the Aug. 4 inauguration of the country’s president-elect.…