NZ mine rescue planning for possible loss of life: police

GREYMOUTH, New Zealand - Rescuers at a New Zealand mine where 29 men are missing after an explosion last week were preparing for "possible loss of life," police said Monday for the first time.

Woman fighting sex slavery named CNN Hero of the Year

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- A woman whose group has rescued more than 12,000 women and girls from sex slavery has been named the 2010 CNN Hero of the Year.

Trapped China miners all alive, being rescued

BEIJING, China (UPDATE) - All 29 people trapped in a flooded coal mine in southwestern China were pulled to safety on Monday, state media reported, in a rare bit of good news for the country's accident-prone mining sector.

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.