Beirut braces for funeral of anti-Syrian official
BEIRUT (AP)—Lebanese forces set up road blocks and cordoned off Beirut’s central square Sunday, boosting security in the capital ahead of a public funeral for an assassinated intelligence official who was a powerful opponent of Syria.
Pope names 7 new saints, seeks to revive faith
VATICAN CITY (AP)—Pope Benedict XVI added seven more saints onto the roster of Catholic role models on Sunday, saying their example would strengthen the church it tries to rekindle the faith in places where it’s lagging.
Syria: Explosion hits Damascus, 10 killed
AMMAN, Jordan (AP)—A powerful explosion hit Damascus on Sunday, killing 10 people on a day when the U.N. peace envoy was visiting the Syrian capital for talks with President Bashar Assad on the crisis.
France 24 TV: Cairo reporter ‘savagely attacked’
PARIS (AP)—A female correspondent for France 24 TV was “savagely attacked” near Cairo’s Tahrir Square after being seized by a crowd, the network said Saturday.
Russian Forces Kill 49 Militants in Operation: State Agency
(Reuters) Russian security forces have killed 49 militants in an operation across the North Caucasus region, where rebels are fighting to carve out an Islamic state, Russia’s top anti-terrorism body said on Sunday.
Quakes, Not Iranian Missiles, Loom in New Israeli Drill
(Reuters) Israel held its first major earthquake drill on Sunday, stepping away from simulated Iranian missile salvoes though officials insisted the country remained ready for any war with its arch-foe.
British Protesters Demand End to ‘Failing’ Austerity
(Reuters) Tens of thousands of British protesters marched through London on Saturday calling for an end to public spending cuts and tax rises launched by a government they accuse of elitism and ignorance about the plight of recession-hit voters.