Pope presses Mexican president on corruption and drugs

Pope Francis called on Mexico's government on Saturday to fight endemic corruption and drug trafficking and he then prayed with thousands before the icon that unites the country - the Virgin of Guadalupe.

U.S. Justice Scalia, conservative icon, dead at 79

Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential election.

Deep freeze grips U.S. northeast, triggers fatal 50-car pileup

A dangerous cold snap bringing life-threatening cold was settling in across the northeastern United States on Saturday and a snow squall triggered a pileup of dozens of vehicles on a Pennsylvania highway that left several people dead.

World has slipped into 'new Cold War': Russian PM

MUNICH - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that strains between Russia and the West have plunged the world into a ''new Cold War''.


Kristie Kenney named U.S. State Department's new counselor

WASHINGTON - Kristie Kenney, a former U.S. ambassador to Thailand, the Philippines and Ecuador, was named on Friday as the State Department's new counselor, succeeding Tom Shannon, who has been confirmed as under secretary of state for political affairs.

Pope in Mexico after historic talks with Russian patriarch

MEXICO - Mexico greeted Pope Francis on Friday with mariachi music and throngs of Catholic faithful lining the streets after he held historic talks with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Cuba.

China foreign minister urges US caution on missile system

BEIJING - The United States needs to proceed with caution on possible deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system following North Korea's recent rocket launch and not use this as an excuse to affect China's security, the Chinese foreign minister said.

Senate passes 'provocative' China bill, Cruz lifts nominee holds

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Senate on Friday backed a plan to name a plaza in front of the Chinese embassy for a pro-democracy dissident after what congressional sources called a tit-for-tat deal that led Senator Ted Cruz to stop blocking President Barack Obama's diplomatic nominations.

More than 100 dead in collapsed Taiwan building: rescue agency

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Rescuers have found the bodies of more than 100 people killed after an apartment block in Taiwan collapsed during an earthquake one week ago, emergency services said on Saturday.

Quake hits eastern Indonesia island, no casualties reported

JAKARTA - A strong earthquake near an eastern Indonesian island knocked out telephone, radio communications and roads late on Friday, but there were no reported casualties, local residents and a government official said on Saturday.