Ireland secures bumper international bailout

BRUSSELS – European finance ministers agreed late Sunday to bankroll a massive bailout for Ireland, the eurozone's second emergency rescue this year.

Pressure mounts to launch rescue of New Zealand miners

GREYMOUTH, New Zealand – Pressure mounted Monday to launch a search for 29 men who remain unaccounted for in a New Zealand coal mine three days after a gas explosion.

No let-up in Haiti cholera one week from elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti's cholera epidemic showed no sign of abating Sunday as the toll rose to 1,250, stirring debate over whether to delay looming presidential elections until the outbreak is under control.

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.