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VATICAN CITY | Pope gives those in square a gift, jokes: ‘don’t pay for it’

VATICAN CITY  — Pope Francis had a surprise for the 35,000 people in St. Peter’s Square — tiny crucifixes. Speaking to pilgrims, tourists and Romans on Sunday, Francis quipped that that because it’s a gift, “if someone says you must pay for it, he’s being shrewd” and there’s nothing to pay. Employing a familiar Italian … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope gives those in square a gift, jokes: ‘don’t pay for it’

WASHINGTON | Obama, Bush _ not Trump _ give McCain presidential farewell

WASHINGTON  — John McCain is getting a presidential farewell, but not from the actual sitting president. At his request, former Presidents Barack Obama, a Democrat, and George W. Bush, a Republican, are speaking about the six-term senator at his final Washington event at the majestic Washington National Cathedral. President Donald Trump was told to stay … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Obama, Bush _ not Trump _ give McCain presidential farewell

NICOSIA, Cyprus | Cyprus’ top bank says 2.7 bln bad loan sale ‘biggest ever’

NICOSIA, Cyprus  — Cyprus’ biggest lender, the Bank of Cyprus, says it had sold 2.7 billion euros ($3.1 billion) worth of bad loans to New York-based Apollo Global Management, the largest such deal in the east Mediterranean island-nation’s history. Speaking to The Associated Press, CEO John Patrick Hourican called the sale “the biggest transaction in … Continue reading NICOSIA, Cyprus | Cyprus’ top bank says 2.7 bln bad loan sale ‘biggest ever’

MOSCOW | Putin says latest US sanctions senseless

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin has said that economic sanctions imposed against his country by the U.S. are senseless, voicing hope that Washington will eventually agree to a constructive dialogue. Putin, speaking after Wednesday’s talks with Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto, described last month’s Helsinki summit with U.S. President Donald Trump as positive, but blamed Trump’s … Continue reading MOSCOW | Putin says latest US sanctions senseless

CANBERRA, Australia | Dutton planning 2nd challenge to Australian prime minister

CANBERRA, Australia  — A government lawmaker said on Wednesday he was planning a second challenge against Australia’s prime minister after losing a leadership ballot. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on his government to unite behind him after lawmakers in the ruling conservative Liberal Party chose to keep him as their leader 48 votes to 35 … Continue reading CANBERRA, Australia | Dutton planning 2nd challenge to Australian prime minister

WASHINGTON | Brennan gets offers for legal action on clearance revocation

WASHINGTON — Former CIA Director John Brennan said Sunday that he is considering taking legal action to try to prevent President Donald Trump from stripping other current and former officials’ security clearances. Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Brennan said he’s been contacted by a number of lawyers about the possibility of an injunction in … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Brennan gets offers for legal action on clearance revocation

MOSCOW | The Latest: Hummels could miss Sweden match with neck injury

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 5:59 p.m. Germany could be without starting central defender Mats Hummels for Saturday’s match against Sweden due to a neck injury suffered in training. Coach Joachim Loew said Friday that Hummels aggravated a vertebra in his neck during Thursday’s training and … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Hummels could miss Sweden match with neck injury

MOSCOW | The Latest: OPEC agrees to increase oil production

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 4:38 p.m. Referee Bjorn Kuipers has reversed a decision to award a penalty to Brazil for an apparent foul on Neymar in the 78th minute. Costa Rica’s Giancarlo Gonzalez put his hand across Neymar on the left of the penalty area … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: OPEC agrees to increase oil production