Australia: Pope hails pilgrims
SYDNEY A massive Catholic youth celebration kicked off Tuesday with an Australian "G'Day" and a welcoming text message from Pope Benedict XVI to the tens of thousands of pilgrims who have traveled here from around the world.
As the clock struck midnight, a giant countdown clock ticked over to read "G'Day Pilgrims" Good Day Pilgrims drawing wild cheers from flag-waving youth who had gathered at St. Mary's Cathedral to mark the start of the six-day celebration.
Bermuda: Bertha slams island
HAMILTON White-capped storm surf thundered against beaches, and high winds knocked out power to thousands of Bermudians on Monday as Tropical Storm Bertha swept over the Atlantic tourist island before heading back out over open ocean.
The streets of the capital, Hamilton, were empty, and all ferries and flights were canceled. Bertha flooded roads and felled utility poles, leaving up to 4,000 without electricity. There were no reports of injuries.
Iraq: Suicide blast kills 20
BAGHDAD Iraqi police say a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of army recruits in the city of Baqouba, killing at least 20 people.
A police official says 55 recruits were injured in the blast today 35 miles northeast of Baghdad.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media. A doctor at the local morgue confirms the death toll.
Canada: U.S. deserter denied
VANCOUVER, British Columbia Canada's federal court ruled Monday that a U.S. Army deserter can be deported to the United States, rejecting his request for a stay to the order.
Justice Anne Mactavish said that Robin Long did not provide clear and convincing evidence that he will suffer irreparable harm if he is returned to the United States.
Long, 25, fled to Canada in 2005 to avoid serving in Iraq.
China: Migrant workers protest
BEIJING Hundreds of migrant workers attacked a police station in eastern China after one was allegedly beaten while trying to get a residence permit, highlighting enduring tensions between temporary workers and authorities.
The three days of unrest in coastal Zhejiang province began Thursday when a crowd gathered in front of the Kanmen town police station to protest the treatment of the beaten worker, with some demonstrators throwing rocks at officers, the official Xinhua News Agency said Monday.
The Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said the crowds burned police cars and motorcycles, demanding the release of the worker who was detained after complaining that police allegedly beat him over a quarrel about his application for a temporary residence permit.
Turkey: 86 charged in plot
ANKARA Prosecutors on Monday charged 86 nationalists, including former army officers and a best-selling writer, of plotting to overthrow Turkey's Islamic-oriented government, escalating a power struggle between the ruling party's supporters and secular forces.
Aykut Cengiz Engin, the chief prosecutor in Istanbul, said the suspects were charged either with forming or belonging to a terrorist organization, or of provoking an armed uprising with the aim of bringing down Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.
The suspects are believed to be part of a nationalist network called Ergenekon, which takes its name from a legendary valley in Central Asia believed to be the ancestral homeland of Turks.