MUNICH | It’s tapped: Beer flows as Oktoberfest opens in Munich

MUNICH — The first keg has been tapped and the beer is flowing as the 185th Oktoberfest gets underway in Munich. Mayor Dieter Reiter inserted the tap in the first keg on Saturday with two blows of a hammer and the cry of “O’zapt is” — “it’s tapped.” As tradition demands, he handed the first … Continue reading MUNICH | It’s tapped: Beer flows as Oktoberfest opens in Munich

TEHRAN, Iran | The Latest: Iran: 24 dead, 53 wounded in parade attack

TEHRAN, Iran — The Latest on attack on Iranian military parade(all times local): 1:25 p.m. Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency says 24 people are dead and 53 wounded in an attack on a military parade in the country’s oil-rich southwest. The agency cited “knowledgeable sources” without elaborating. It said gunmen were dressed in Guard uniforms … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | The Latest: Iran: 24 dead, 53 wounded in parade attack

ROME | Vatican announces deal with China on bishop appointments

ROME — The Vatican has announced a breakthrough “provisional agreement” with China on the appointment of bishops, an issue that for decades has caused tensions between the Holy See and Beijing. Beijing’s long-held insistence that it must approve appointments of bishops in China had thwarted improved relations between the two sides. The deal, announced Saturday … Continue reading ROME | Vatican announces deal with China on bishop appointments

TEHRAN, Iran | Gunmen attack Iran military parade, killing at least 24

TEHRAN, Iran  — Gunmen attacked an annual Iranian military parade Saturday in the country’s oil-rich southwest, killing at least 24 people and wounding 53 others, local media reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assault in Ahvaz, which saw gunfire spray into a crowd of marching Guardsmen, bystanders and government officials watching from a … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Gunmen attack Iran military parade, killing at least 24

VILNIUS, Lithuania | The Latest: Pope Francis arrives in Lithuanian capital

VILNIUS, Lithuania  — The Latest on Pope Francis’ visit to the Baltic countries (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Pope Francis is urging Lithuania, which endured decades of Soviet and Nazi occupation, expulsions and executions, to be a model of solidarity in a world riven by intolerance as he began a visit to three Baltic nations. … Continue reading VILNIUS, Lithuania | The Latest: Pope Francis arrives in Lithuanian capital

KINSHASA, Congo | Congo reports Ebola death close to busy Ugandan border

KINSHASA, Congo  — Congolese authorities are announcing a confirmed Ebola death close to the Ugandan border. The vice governor of Ituri Province says the 32-year-old woman had assisted in the burials of other Ebola cases but had refused an Ebola vaccination and disappeared from the city of Beni. She died on Thursday at a hospital … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Congo reports Ebola death close to busy Ugandan border