China installs Cabinet of party vets, technocrats
BEIJING (AP)—China’s new leaders turned Saturday to veteran technocrats with greater international experience to staff a Cabinet charged with overhauling a slowing economy and pursuing a higher global profile for the country.
Brazil’s new oil revenue law goes into effect
SAO PAULO (AP)—A new oil law that gives a greater share of royalty revenues from Brazil’s vast oil fields to non-producing states went into effect Friday and producing states filed appeals against it with the Supreme Court.
UN: 28 percent of North Korean children malnourished
UNITED NATIONS (AP)—More than a fourth of all North Korean children are stunted from chronic malnutrition, and two-thirds of the country’s 24 million people don’t know where their next meal is coming from, the United Nations said Friday.
Kenya’s Odinga Challenges Election Defeat in Top Court
(Reuters) Kenya’s defeated presidential contender Raila Odinga filed a legal challenge to his election loss on Saturday in a major test of the country’s democratic system five years after a disputed vote triggered deadly tribal clashes.
Fireworks Blast Kills at Least 13 Catholic Pilgrims in Mexico
(Reuters) At least 13 people were killed and 154 others injured on Friday when a truck containing fireworks exploded in a freak accident in the central Mexican state of Tlaxcala, casting a pall over a Catholic procession in honor of a local patron saint.
Manila Debuts as Gambling’s New VIP Venue With $1.2 Billion Casino
(Reuters) Big casino operators will be scrutinizing the Philippines’ debut as Asia’s newest top-end gambling destination this weekend to see if Manila can deliver on promises of better profit margins and lower costs than global betting capital Macau.
Venezuelans Flood Streets for Another Chavez Coffin Parade
(Reuters) Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans were on the streets again on Friday at a funeral parade for Hugo Chavez amid opposition protests that the government was exploiting his death to win the election.
U.S. Drone Strikes Violate Pakistan’s Sovereignty: U.N.
(Reuters) The United States has violated Pakistan’s sovereignty and shattered tribal structures with unmanned drone strikes in its counterterrorism operations near the Afghan border, a U.N. human rights investigator said in a statement on Friday.
U.S. to Bolster Missile Defenses to Counter North Korea Threat: Hagel
(Reuters) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced plans on Friday to bolster missile defenses in response to “irresponsible and reckless provocations” by North Korea, which threatened a preventative nuclear strike against the United States last week.
Focus on Mission, Stay True to the Cross, Pope Tells Cardinals
(Reuters) Pope Francis on Friday urged leaders of a Roman Catholic Church riven by scandal and crisis never to give in to discouragement, bitterness or pessimism but to keep focused on their mission.