Posted: 9:40 PM Pope Benedict XVI's historic departure on Thursday sets in motion a timetable of centuries-old traditions after he steps down in a resignation that is unprecedented in modern Catholic history. Here is what to expect in the coming weeks.
Posted: 4:28 PM The television broadcaster Globovision, long critical of the Venezuelan government, has been excluded from government plans to switch broadcast formats from analog to digital, Reporters Without Borders said Friday.
Posted: 4:12 PM Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez remains under treatment for "respiratory insufficiency" that arose after he underwent an operation, a government spokesman said Thursday on national television and radio.
Posted: 10:26 PM Mexico's new administration says an official count shows at least 26,121 people were reported missing during the term of former President Felipe Calderon, who launched the country's offensive against drug cartels.
Posted: 5:26 PM Jamie Neal and Garret Hand had been chronicling their trip on social media. They last posted in late January; family and friends have not been able to reach them since. Some areas they planned to visit are out of cell phone and Internet reach.
Posted: 5:08 PM Myanmar might be on the hot list of places to visit, but visitors should be wary of touching down in Yangon without a hotel reservation. The surge in visitor numbers in the last few years has vastly outstripped hotel room supply, and the city is struggling to meet demand.
Posted: 5:05 PM Conflicting reports emerge over company's safety record. A British passenger and the pilot are hospitalized. The balloon carried tourists from the UK, Hong Kong, Japan, France and Hungary. A gas explosion caused the balloon to fall about 300 meters (almost 1,000 feet).
Posted: 4:15 PM UK Prime Minister David Cameron visited the site of the infamous 1919 Amritsar massacre by British troops in India on Wednesday -- but those hoping he might apologize for the atrocity were disappointed.
Posted: 3:54 PM The last time Shinzo Abe was Japan's prime minister, from 2006 to 2007, he staked his job on a campaign to strengthen ties with the US. But as he heads to Washington for his first summit since retaking power, any expectations of American gratitude will have to be tempered by new and complex political realities.
Posted: 8:23 PM Hard-line Islamist groups like the Nusra Front are becoming more popular in Syria. They're fighting the Syrian regime while providing social services for Syrian civilians. The United States blacklisted the Nusra Front in December, labeled it terrorist.
Posted: 8:18 PM Bodies of the three girls aged 6, 9 and 11 are found at the bottom of a well. Police say initial medical reports suggest the girls were sexually assaulted. The girls' mother says police should have acted more quickly.
Posted: 10:22 PM 163 deaths from Syrian violence reported, including 48 in one aerial raid near DamascusSyrian general, Lebanese former minister accused of plotting terror, moving explosives from Syria. The government blamed "terrorists" for an attack on a sports stadium.
Posted: 7:28 PM Four suspected militants were killed and seven arrested in Pakistan in a security forces operation targeting those responsible for a devastating weekend bombing on the outskirts of the city of Quetta that left scores dead, authorities said Tuesday.
Posted: 9:48 PM The abduction of a French family, including four children, in a remote part of Cameroon has fueled fears that Western civilians living and working in parts of Africa are becoming targets of Islamist militant groups -- especially in the wake of France's military intervention in Mali.
Posted: 9:47 PM Thieves were dressed like police and threatened air crew at gunpoint, prosecutor says. Team of eight takes only three minutes to steal the rough and polished stones from a plane's cargo hold. They breached the periphery and sped off with their haul in 2 vehicles.
Posted: 6:26 PM A meteor streaked through the skies above Russia, exploding with a flash and boom that shattered glass in buildings and left about 1,000 people hurt, authorities said. Described as once-in-100-years event, the meteor released a 300-kiloton blast.