UN pleads for end to Haiti unrest

PORT-AU-PRINCE – The top UN envoy in Haiti called for an end to protests against UN peacekeepers whom Haitians blame for importing a cholera epidemic that has now claimed nearly 1,200 lives.

NATO seeks missile defense agreement with Russia

LISBON – NATO will invite Russia to take part in a US-European missile defense shield at a summit on Saturday, a move that would herald the closest cooperation between the powers since the end of the Cold War.

Searchers given clearance to launch New Zealand mine rescue

GREYMOUTH, New Zealand – Rescuers were given clearance Saturday to "immediately" enter a New Zealand coal mine where 29 men are missing a day after a gas explosion, a senior official was reported saying.

Idaho scientists find new seismic fault in Rockies

SALMON, Idaho – Scientists at Idaho State University have mapped a previously unknown and active seismic fault in the northern Rockies capable of unleashing an earthquake with a magnitude as high as 7.5.

Anti-UN cholera riots spread to Haiti capital

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Rioting has spread to the Haitian capital where hundreds of people clashed with UN troops they blamed for a worsening cholera epidemic.

Road spanning South America to open after delays

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru - The long-awaited Inter-Oceanic Highway spanning South America is due to be completed next month, after several fitful years of construction and despite early opposition from environmental groups.

Nearly 1,000 dead fetuses found at Thai temple: police

BANGKOK, Thailand - Thai police found the remains of almost 1,000 illegally aborted foetuses hidden at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok Friday, with more grisly discoveries expected.

World's cardinals meet for sex abuse talks

VATICAN CITY - Cardinals from around the world met Friday for unprecedented talks on paedophile clergy, as activists called on the Church to end "symbolic gestures" and release files on the abuses.

China says no sign of bird flu after HK case

SHANGHAI, China - Health authorities in eastern China said they had so far detected no human cases of bird flu after a woman in Hong Kong who had visited the region contracted the potentially fatal disease.

U.S. sanctions two North Korean entities

WASHINGTON - The United States sanctioned on Thursday two North Korean companies linked to a group it accuses of drug smuggling and other "illicit" activities to support the nation's secretive leadership.