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Conclave brings out cardinals' dirty laundry

Posted: 02/20/2013 - Popular pressure is mounting in the U.S. and Italy to keep California Cardinal Roger Mahony away from the conclave to elect the next pope because of his role shielding sexually abusive priests.

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Police: No inconsistencies in Pistorius account

Posted: 02/20/2013 - A police detective testified at Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing Wednesday that authorities have not found any inconsistencies in the star athlete's description of his shooting of his girlfriend — a killing Pistorius says was accidental but which prosecutors call murder.

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Testosterone and needles found in Pistorius' apartment

Posted: 02/20/2013 - South African police say they found two boxes of testosterone and needles in the bedroom of Oscar Pistorius, but his defense lawyer says it was an "herbal remedy" and not a banned substance.

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Pistorius charged with murdering girlfriend

Posted: 02/19/2013 - The magistrate ruled that Pistorius faces the harshest bail requirements available in South African law. He did not elaborate before a break was called in the session.

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US security firm alleges massive Chinese hacking

Posted: 02/19/2013 - Cyberattacks that stole information from 141 targets in the U.S. and other countries have been traced to a Chinese military unit in a drab office building in the outskirts of Shanghai, a U.S. security firm alleged Tuesday.

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Multimillion-dollar diamond heist in Brussels

Posted: 02/19/2013 - The gang used two vehicles in their daring raid Monday, grabbed the cache of stones and sped off into the darkness, said Anja Bijnens, spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutor's office.

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Chavez's return to Venezuela raises questions

Posted: 02/19/2013 - The announcement of President Hugo Chavez's return to Venezuela is raising questions about his cancer treatments, his delicate health, and the political purposes that motivated his homecoming.

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China rejects status as world's biggest trader

Posted: 02/19/2013 - Trade data from both governments indicate China passed the United States last year in total imports and exports by a margin of $3.866 trillion to $3.822 trillion.

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Afghans arrest senior Pakistani Taliban

Posted: 02/19/2013 - An Afghan security official said on Tuesday that Maulvi Faqir Mohammed was arrested over the weekend in eastern Nangarhar province near the Pakistani frontier.

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Military plane crashes in Yemen, kills at least 9

Posted: 02/19/2013 - A Yemeni military plane crashed Tuesday into a neighborhood in the country's capital, Sanaa, killing at least nine people and injuring 18, medical and security officials said.

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Pakistan orders operation after deadly bombing

Posted: 02/19/2013 - Pakistan on Tuesday ordered a security operation in response to the weekend bombing targeting minority Shiites that killed 89 people in the southwestern city of Quetta.

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UK patient dies from SARS-like coronavirus

Posted: 02/19/2013 - Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham says the coronavirus victim was an outpatient being treated for "a long-term, complex unrelated health problem" who had a compromised immune system.

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Ailing Chavez returns to Venezuela from Cuba

Posted: 02/18/2013 - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned home to Venezuela early Monday after more than two months of medical treatment in Cuba following cancer surgery.

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Militants attack office in Pakistan, 5 killed

Posted: 02/18/2013 - Militants wearing suicide vests and disguised as policemen attacked the office of a senior political official in northwestern Pakistan on Monday, killing five people, police and hospital officials said.

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NATO kills insurgent behind US soldier's death

Posted: 02/18/2013 - An Afghan soldier-turned-insurgent who was feted by the Taliban for killing an American soldier during an insider attack in eastern Afghanistan last year has been killed in a raid, the U.S.-led international coalition said

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Future races canceled in wake of Pistorius charge

Posted: 02/18/2013 - Pistorius is defending himself against allegations he murdered his model girlfriend by shooting her several times in his upscale house on Valentine's Day morning.

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Cuban dissident blogger Yoani arrives in Brazil

Posted: 02/18/2013 - Yaoni Sanchez was barred from leaving Cuba for the last decade. But she's taking advantage of the communist island's relaxation on travel restrictions.

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EU foreign ministers discuss ending war in Syria

Posted: 02/18/2013 - An EU official says Britain is lobbying for easing of the arms embargo for the rebels. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about closed-door deliberations.

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Ecuador's Correa breezes to 2nd re-election

Posted: 02/18/2013 - A landslide second re-election secured, President Rafael Correa immediately vowed to deepen the "citizen's revolution" that has lifted tens of thousands of Ecuadoreans out of poverty as he expanded the welfare state.

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