France: Pope visits grotto
LOURDES As millions of pilgrims do each year, Pope Benedict XVI drank water Saturday from the Lourdes spring famed for miraculous cures as he visited a grotto at the sanctuary he calls a "citadel of hope."
A young girl in 19th century peasant costume handed the pontiff a glass of the water from the spring that burst through the ground 150 years ago when a local girl, Bernadette Soubirous, had repeated visions of the Virgin Mary. Benedict flew to Lourdes, a town in southwest France near the Pyrenees, after saying an outdoor Mass in Paris attended by more than a quarter million Roman Catholics.
China: Death toll rises to 254
BEIJING The death toll has risen to 254 in a landslide triggered by the collapse of an illegal mining dump, which engulfed a village in northern China, a government official said Sunday.
Rescuers have identified 128 of the dead bodies recovered after Monday's accident in Shanxi province's Xiangfen county, a duty officer surnamed Zhang at the Shanxi provincial government told The Associated Press. The landslide Monday in the county was triggered when the retaining wall of a mining dump containing tons of liquid iron-ore waste collapsed.
Germany: Wax Hitler returned
BERLIN Adolf Hitler has returned to Berlin.
Madame Tussaud's said Saturday it had returned a wax figure of the Nazi dictator to its newly opened Berlin branch weeks after the statue was beheaded by a 41-year-old German. Madame Tussaud's has defended its display of the Hitler figure in Berlin as "a legitimate part of our show" because he "stands for an important part of German history."
Iraq: 18 killed in attacks
BAGHDAD Gunmen on Saturday abducted and killed four employees of an Iraqi television station who were filming a program about the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, one of a series of attacks in Iraq that left at least 18 people dead.
Israel: Teen killed in clash
BEIT JALLA, West Bank Israeli troops fatally shot a Palestinian teenager during a clash Saturday near Bethlehem, while Jewish settlers angered by a stabbing rampaged through another West Bank village and wounded six Palestinians.
The military said soldiers fired one live round and used unspecified crowd dispersal equipment when they were attacked by a violent crowd in the Palestinian village of Tekoa, but it could not say for certain what caused the youth's fatal wound.
Malaysia: One journalist freed
KUALA LUMPUR A Malaysian journalist detained in an apparent government crackdown using a tough security law was freed Saturday, but an opposition lawmaker and another journalist remained under arrest, officials said.
Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar defended the trio's seizure Friday under the Internal Security Act, which allows indefinite detention without trial. He said it was necessary to prevent racial conflicts and denied it was to thwart opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's bid to seize power by Sept. 16.
Syria: Ancient jawbone found
DAMASCUS Scientists have unearthed a camel jawbone in the Syrian desert that they think may be a previously unknown tiny species of the animal and say dates back a million years.
The jawbone was found last month near the village of Khowm in the Palmyra region, about 150 miles northeast of Damascus, said Heba al-Sakhel, the head of the Syrian National Museum.