Saudi king to seek medical treatment in US

JEDDAH – Saudi Arabia's elderly King Abdullah will leave for the United States Monday for medical checks for a back ailment, and Crown Prince Sultan is returning from holiday abroad, state media said Sunday.

Britons want William for next king, not Charles: polls

LONDON - Britons want Prince William and his new fiancee Kate Middleton to be their next king and queen, instead of the current heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, three polls showed Sunday.

US envoy heading for talks on North Korea

WASHINGTON - The top US envoy for North Korea was to arrive in Asia Sunday for talks with regional leaders on issues involving Pyongyang, the State Department said.

Countries agree on tobacco controls at WHO health summit

PUNTA DEL ESTE - Representatives of 172 countries on Saturday agreed at a World Health Organization meeting on guidelines to control the use and sale of tobacco products.

US soldier wins stay over Afghan killings amid photos row

SEATTLE - One of five soldiers accused of killing Afghans for sport and taking grisly trophies from the victims has won a temporary reprieve from murder charge legal action, his lawyer said Saturday.

Broom-wielding quidditch players sweep New York

NEW YORK - Running around in a cape after a ball with a broomstick between your legs may sound silly. But try telling that to the hundreds who invaded New York last weekend to reenact Harry Potter's magical game of quidditch.

Mexico marks revolution centennial amid new struggles

MEXICO CITY - Mexico on Saturday marked the centenary of its revolution -- the first major social revolution of the 20th century -- with its goal of greater justice in mind as the country battles poverty and violent crime.

NATO agrees Afghan withdrawal plan, woos Russia

LISBON - The Western allies agreed Saturday to call an end to their troops' combat mission in Afghanistan by 2014 and convinced a cautious Russia to endorse a plan for a European anti-missile shield.

Cycle bomb kills 3 civilians in Afghanistan

JALALABAD - Three civilians were killed and another 25 were wounded when a bomb fixed to a bicycle exploded on Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, the governor said.

Hong Kong says no sign bird flu spreading among humans

HONG KONG - Hong Kong health authorities said Saturday there was no sign of bird flu spreading among humans after the densely-populated city recorded its first case of the virus in seven years.