Chinese military officers use a piece of rope to line up honor guards as they prepare for a welcome ceremony for Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. He arrived at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday



4 hackers sentenced in cyberattacks

LONDON - Four hackers who pleaded guilty to a series of high-profile cyberattacks on computers in the U.S. and Britain, including those of the CIA and Sony Pictures, were sentenced Thursday to up to 32 months in prison.

The four men, all Britons, were members of the hacking group LulzSec, which flaunted its ability to break into the high-security computer networks of such targets as the U.S. Senate.

In 2011, the group claimed responsibility for hacking into the systems of PBS, media baron Rupert Murdoch's News International and the U.S. Air Force, among other targets. The attacks caused websites to crash and also resulted in the online publication of people's credit-card numbers.


President faces 11th day of protests

LA PAZ - Hundreds of miners, teachers and other workers have marched in Bolivia's capital on the 11th day of protests called by the country's largest union to demand higher old-age pensions.

Miners exploded dynamite and protesters tried to occupy the plaza where Bolivia's seats of government are located. Police forced protesters back with tear gas.

Protesters are demanding that President Evo Morales' government double pensions, which currently range from $21 to $28 a month. The government is offering an 81 percent hike.


Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest military draft

JERUSALEM - Thousands of young ultra-Orthodox men protested Thursday night against a government proposal to, for the first time, draft them into the military.

More than 20,000 protesters gathered at an Israel Defense Forces recruiting office in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem. Some threw stones at police and set garbage cans on fire, according to a police spokesman.

Most ultra-Orthodox avoid military service, but the law that in effective exempted them from the army was voided last year by Israel's Supreme Court, which said it was unfair to other young Israelis who are required to serve.


Cellphone service cut in restive northeast

MAIDUGURI - Mobilephone service was cut off Thursday in areas of northeast Nigeria as jet fighters streaked through the sky and more soldiers were deployed to fight Islamic extremists waging a brutal insurgency.

Witnesses saw low-flying Nigerian jet fighters over Yola, the capital of Adamawa state, which President Goodluck Jonathan placed under emergency rule on Tuesday along with Borno and Yobe states. However, soldiers have met no resistance yet from extremists who have taken over villages and small towns in this region approaching the Sahara Desert.

Nigeria's military and security forces have tracked fighters by their mobile- phone signals in the past as well, prompting extremists from the radical Islamic network known as Boko Haram to attack mobile- phone towers in the region.


Pope condemns 'cult of money'

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has denounced the global financial system, blasting the "cult of money" that he says is tyrannizing the poor and turning humans into expendable consumer goods.

In his first major speech on the subject, Francis demanded Thursday that financial and political leaders reform the global financial system to make it more ethical and concerned for the common good. He said: "Money has to serve, not to rule!"

It's a message Francis delivered on many occasions when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, and it's one that was frequently stressed by retired Pope Benedict XVI.

Wire reports