Italian actor and director Roberto Benigni delivers a speech as Pope Francis presides over a mass for the World Children Day, in St.Peter's Square at

Pope apologizes after being quoted using vulgar term about gay men in talk about ban on gay priests

Pope Francis apologized Tuesday after he was quoted using a vulgar and derogatory term about gay men to reaffirm the Catholic Church's ban on gay priests.

Israeli strikes kill at least 37 Palestinians, most in tents, near Gaza's Rafah as offensive expands

Displaced Palestinians inspect their tents destroyed by Israel's bombardment, adjunct to an UNRWA facility west of Rafah city, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Ma
Israeli shelling and airstrikes killed at least 37 people, most of them sheltering in tents, outside the southern Gaza city of Rafah overnight and on Tuesday, according to witnesses, emergency workers and hospital officials.

Fears rise of a second landslide and disease outbreak at site of Papua New Guinea disaster

This photo released by UNDP Papua New Guinea, shows a landslide in Yambali village, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Monday, May 27, 2024. Author
Authorities fear a second landslide and a disease outbreak are looming at the scene of Papua New Guinea's mass-casualty disaster because of water streams and bodies trapped beneath the tons of debris that swept over a village. Thousands are being told to prepare to evacuate, officials said Tuesday.
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Hundreds mourn gang killings of a Haitian mission director and a young American couple

Hundreds of people packed into a sweltering church in Haiti's capital on Tuesday to mourn Judes Montis, a mission director killed by gang members who also fatally shot an American couple that worked with him.

Ukraine's Zelenskyy is expected in Normandy for commemorations of 80 years since D-Day, Macron says

French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday he will greet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy along with other world leaders in Normandy for the 80th anniversary commemorations of D-Day.

Qatar's ruler looking to invest in energy, ports and high-tech in Cyprus, official says

The emir of Qatar is looking to invest in energy and high-tech in Cyprus — projects seen as having a strong economic potential, a Cypriot official said Tuesday.

Malta's ex-leader and others plead not guilty in a hospital fraud scandal that is roiling politics

Malta's former prime minister, Joseph Muscat, and other former top officials pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday to charges in a hospital corruption scandal that is roiling the Mediterranean island nation as it prepares for European Parliament elections.

Ukraine gets more military aid from Europe but Putin warns of consequences if Russian soil is hit

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy received a second $1 billion promise of military aid in as many days Tuesday during a whirlwind tour of three European Union countries, while President Vladimir Putin warned that hitting Russian soil with Western-supplied weapons could set the war on a dangerous new path.

A look at Pope Francis' comments about LGBTQ+ people

Pope Francis' apology Tuesday for using a vulgar term to refer to gay men was the latest comment to make headlines about the Catholic Church's teachings on homosexuality.

East, Southeast Asia had record methamphetamine seizures last year. Profits remain in the billions

East and Southeast Asia are awash in record amounts of methamphetamine and other synthetic drugs, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime said in a new report Tuesday. It traced their source largely to the cross-border region known as the Golden Triangle where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet.

Hong Kong police arrest 6 people accused of violating the city's new national security law

Hong Kong police on Tuesday arrested six people, including a former organizer of the city's decades-long annual vigil that commemorated China's Tiananmen Square crackdown, for allegedly publishing seditious social media posts, in what were the first publicly known arrests under the city's new national security law.

Former intel agency chief set to become the Netherlands' next prime minister in hard right coalition

A former head of the Dutch intelligence agency and counterterrorism office emerged Tuesday as the surprise nominee to become the Netherlands' next prime minister, after he was given the backing of leaders cobbling together a four-party coalition headed by Geert Wilders' far-right Party for Freedom.

UN human rights experts ask Belarusian authorities to help a political prisoner dying of cancer

U.N. human rights experts have appealed to Belarusian authorities to help a political prisoner who has been diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer.

Recovery of Brazil's Spix's macaw, popularized in animated 'Rio' films, threatened by climate change

All Spix's macaws are majestically blue in the blazing sun of Brazil's Northeast, but each bird is distinct to Candice and Cromwell Purchase. As the parrots soar squawking past their home, the couple can readily identify bird No. 17 by its smooth feathers and can tell No. 16 from No. 22, which has two beads attached to its radio collar.

South Africa's opposition parties make a final call for historic change the day before election

South African opposition parties made a final appeal to voters Tuesday as the country faces the possibility of a landmark change in its young democracy.

Spain, Norway and Ireland formally recognize a Palestinian state as EU rift with Israel widens

Spain, Norway and Ireland formally recognized a Palestinian state on Tuesday in a coordinated effort by the three Western European nations to add international pressure on Israel to soften its response to last year's Hamas-led attack. Israel condemned the diplomatic move, which will have no immediate impact on the war in Gaza.

La Scala's French manager leaves theater financially fit as Meloni government turns to Italians

The general manager of Milan's famed Teatro alla Scala on Tuesday bade a bittersweet farewell to the theater during the presentation of 2024-25 season, saying, "I would have been happy to continue.''

Taiwan's legislature passes changes seen as favoring China, reducing president's power

Taiwan's opposition-controlled legislature passed changes on Tuesday that are seen as favoring China and diminishing the power of the island's president, sparking protests by thousands of people.

The building that collapsed on Mallorca, killing 4 people, lacked permits, authorities in Spain say

A building housing a bar and restaurant club that collapsed, killing four people on Mallorca, lacked the proper authorization, local authorities on the Spanish island said Tuesday.

A robot will soon try to remove melted nuclear fuel from Japan's destroyed Fukushima reactor

The operator of Japan's destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant demonstrated Tuesday how a remote-controlled robot would retrieve tiny bits of melted fuel debris from one of three damaged reactors later this year for the first time since the 2011 meltdown.

Poland's foreign minister says it should not exclude the possibility of sending troops to Ukraine

Poland's foreign minister says the NATO nation should not exclude the possibility of sending troops to Ukraine and should keep Russian President Vladimir Putin in suspense over whether such a decision would ever be made.

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