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Congo bishops say pope’s Canada trip a good sign for future

ROME (AP) — Congo's Catholic bishops, coping with disappointment over a scrubbed visit by Pope Francis, said Saturday that his decision to go ahead with a trip to Canada was an "encouraging sign" that his knee treatment was working, as they held out hope for a rescheduled date. In the ...

Defiant Johnson says he won’t change despite election woes

LONDON (AP) — A defiant British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in a stubborn standoff with his frustrated Conservative Party on Saturday, after two thumping special election defeats renewed calls for a major change of government direction. Johnson dismissed the defeats as predictable ...

Deadly quake a new blow to Afghans reeling from poverty

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's deadly earthquake this week struck one of the poorest corners of a country that has been hollowed out by increasing poverty. Even as more aid arrived Saturday, many residents have no idea how they will rebuild the thousands of homes destroyed in ...

European mayors duped into calls with fake Kyiv mayor

BERLIN (AP) — The mayor of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv warned Saturday that an imposter is posing as him and communicating with other officials, including three European mayors who were duped into believing they were having a video call with the real Vitali Klitschko. "Several mayors in ...

Xi taking part in Hong Kong anniversary but no word on visit

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping will participate in next week's celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to China, the government said Saturday, but it left unclear whether he will visit the former British colony for the highly symbolic event after a crackdown on a ...

Norway shaken by attack that kills 2 during Pride festival

OSLO, Norway (AP) — A gunman opened fire in Oslo's nightlife district early Saturday, killing two people and leaving more than 20 wounded in what the Norwegian security service called an "Islamist terror act" during the capital's annual LGBTQ Pride festival. Investigators said the suspect, ...

Danish queen opens new museum telling the story of refugees

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's Queen Margrethe opened a new museum Saturday that tells the story of the generations of refugees who have shaped Danish society, starting with Germans who fled the Soviet advance during World War II. Flugt — Refugee Museum of Denmark was created on the ...

Pope hails families, blasts ‘culture of waste’ after Roe

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated families Saturday and urged them to shun "selfish" decisions that are indifferent to life as he closed out a big Vatican rally a day after the U.S. Supreme Court ended constitutional protections for abortion. Francis didn't refer to the ruling or ...

Guatemala court blocks anti-corruption agreement

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan court has tossed out an agreement that made it easier to prosecute bribery involving the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht — a ruling that favors a former cabinet official accused of corruption. The decision announced late Friday adds to a series of ...

With war, Kyiv pride parade becomes a peace march in Warsaw

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Ukraine's largest LGBTQ rights event, KyivPride, went ahead Saturday, although not on its native streets or as a celebration. Due to Russia's war in Ukraine, the event normally held in Kyiv took place in conjunction with Warsaw's yearly Equality Parade, the largest gay ...