President seeking doctor's canonization

VATICAN CITY - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has asked Pope Francis to canonize a doctor who tended to the poor in Caracas and is considered a saint already by many Venezuelans.

Maduro gave Francis a statue of Jose Gregorio Hernandez, who lived from 1864-1919, during his 20-minute audience Monday. Maduro told the pope: "We are hoping for his canonization. He's a saint of the people."

Francis is the first pope from Latin America. Before the meeting, Venezuelan Cardinal Jorge Urosa urged Francis to pressure Maduro to stop verbally attacking his critics.


Supercomputer tops all others for speed

BEIJING - China has built the world's fastest supercomputer, almost twice as fast as the previous U.S. holder and underlining the country's rise as a science and technology powerhouse.

The semiannual TOP500 official listing of the world's fastest supercomputers released Monday says the Tianhe-2 developed by the National University of Defense Technology in central China's Changsha city is capable of sustained computing of 33.86 petaflops per second. That's the equivalent of 33,860 trillion calculations per second.

The Tianhe-2, which means Milky Way-2, knocks the U.S. Department of Energy's Titan machine off the No. 1 spot. It achieved 17.59 petaflops per second.


Throat grab of chef draws police scrutiny

LONDON - British police are investigating newspaper photos that show art collector Charles Saatchi grasping the throat of his wife, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson.

The pictures drew widespread condemnation after they were published by the Sunday People tabloid. The paper said the images were taken during an argument at a London restaurant on June 9. London police said Monday they hadn't received a criminal complaint about the incident, and "inquiries are in hand to establish the facts" in order to assess whether a formal investigation is warranted.

Saatchi told the London Evening Standard newspaper that the photos misrepresented a "playful tiff."

Prince Philip leaves hospital after surgery

LONDON - Britain's Prince Philip was discharged from a London hospital on Monday, 10 days after undergoing exploratory surgery on his abdomen.

Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, smiled and shook hands with medical staff as he walked steadily from the London Clinic, clutching a thick hardback book. Buckingham Palace said Philip was "in good condition and good spirits."

The husband of Queen Elizabeth II, who turned 92 on June 10, had an operation under general anesthesia on June 7.


Mothers hold public breast-feeding protest

COPENHAGEN - Hundreds of Danish mothers have held a breast-feeding protest outside Copenhagen's City Hall after customers at a cafe told a woman suckling her baby in public that it was disgusting.

Monday's protest was organized to promote public breast-feeding by mother Trine Maria Larsen, who says she was approached by customers at the cafe. She told the Politiken daily that some had likened public breast-feeding to "going to the toilet while eating."

Public breast-feeding in Nordic countries is common, but Larsen, a Danish blogger, says there have been growing complaints about breast-feeding at restaurants and cafes, and she organized the event to urge them not to ban it on their premises.

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