Workers go on strike for better services
SAO PAULO - Tens of thousands of workers across Brazil walked off their jobs on Thursday in a mostly peaceful nationwide strike demanding better working conditions and improved public services in Latin America's biggest nation.
Metalworkers, transportation and construction workers as well as teachers and civil servants adhered to the "Day of Struggle" organized by Brazil's biggest trade unions.
'Dead' candidate wins election in village
MEXICO CITY - Prosecutors are investigating how a man certified as dead got elected mayor of a village in southern Mexico.
Authorities say relatives of Lenin Carballido used a death certificate showing that he died of a diabetic coma in 2010 to convince police to drop an arrest warrant against him for allegedly taking part in a 2004 gang rape.
A living Carballido later ran in, and narrowly won, Sunday's election in San Agustin Amatengo in Oaxaca state. But shortly after his victory, the death certificate surfaced with his full name of Leninguer Carballido.
Fallen-away Catholics can rejoin the church
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is letting baptized Catholics join the new church structure created to receive Anglican converts.
The "ordinariate," which functions like a diocese, was initially designed to enable Anglicans upset over the liberalizing trends of their church to join the Catholic Church while retaining some of their Anglican heritage. On May 31, Francis modified the norms to allow Catholics who had been baptized - but not yet confirmed - to become members of the ordinariate and receive subsequent sacraments there.
The Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Thursday that the U.S. ordinariate had asked the Vatican for such leeway after getting requests from baptized Catholics who had fallen away from the church.
Will typewriters help Kremlin avoid leaks?
MOSCOW - Got an old typewriter in your garage? Call the Kremlin, they need some.
Russia's Federal Protective Service, a KGB successor agency in charge of protecting President Vladimir Putin and his officials, has placed an order for 20 typewriters and is ready to pay $750 each for them, according to Thursday's report in Izvestia.
The Kremlin-connected daily said the agency, known by its Russian acronym FSO, believes it's necessary to expand the use of typewriters following disclosures of sweeping U.S. National Security Agency surveillance programs by leaker Edward Snowden and earlier publication of classified documents by secret-spilling website WikiLeaks.
At least 31 killed in string of attacks
BAGHDAD - Insurgents in Iraq launched two days of bloody assaults at the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan that killed at least 31 people, most of them members of the security forces serving in restive Sunni-dominated areas, authorities said Thursday.
The killings are the latest in a wave of bloodshed that has claimed the lives of more than 2,600 people since the start of April.
The months-long eruption of violence - Iraq's worst in half a decade - is raising fears the country is again returning to the brink of a civil war pitting its Sunni and Shiite Muslim sects against each another.