New York

One dead after Brooklyn explosion

One person was killed and three others were injured when an explosion ripped through a three-story building in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, emergency officials said. Two injured people were taken to the hospital. The Fire Department said the cause of the blast had not been determined, although a gas leak was strongly suspected.


Mormons name new leaders, all from Utah

The Mormon church chose three new members for a top governing body that sets policy and runs the faith's business operations — all from Utah. The new members of the religion's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are: Ronald A. Rasband, Gary E. Stevenson and Dale G. Renlund. The selections proved wrong scholars who speculated that one of the selections would be a person from outside North America.


Dalai Lama says he's in excellent health

The Dalai Lama assured followers that he is in good health upon his return to the Tibetan government's headquarters in northern India. Hundreds lined the streets of Dharamsala to celebrate the Tibetan spiritual leader's return. The Dalai Lama, 80, said that he had a thorough checkup at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and was in "excellent condition."


Boko Haram suspected in deadly bombings

Several bombs in two locations of the Nigerian capital, Abuja, killed at least 15 people. The explosions were in Nyanya and Kuje, suburbs of Abuja. At least 41 people were wounded. No group has claimed responsibility, but the attack was similar to others by Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group.

Vatican City

Priest who came out as gay fired

The Vatican fired a priest who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world's bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees and more traditional Catholic families. Krzysztof Charamsa, a mid-level official in its doctrine office, came out in newspaper interviews in Italy and Poland saying he was happy and proud to be a gay priest, and that he was in love with a man whom he identified as his boyfriend.


Another foreigner gunned down

Masked assailants riding a motorbike shot and killed a Japanese man in northern Bangladesh, police said. He was the second foreigner in a week to be gunned down in the South Asian country. The incident took place in Mahiganj. Police detained four people for questioning.


Palestinian accused in fatal stabbings

A Palestinian teenager fatally stabbed two Orthodox Jewish men inside Jerusalem's Old City, Israeli police said. A woman was also wounded. The police shot and killed the attacker. The attack came as the army announced that it had arrested Palestinian suspects in connection with the shooting Thursday of an Israeli couple in the West Bank.

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