Kobe Bryant says he will retire at end of season
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? After 20 years in a Lakers uniform and a lifetime in basketball, Kobe Bryant determined that his aching body and his passion for the game had both grown weaker than his excitement about the future.
Pope arrives at mosque in flashpoint neighbourhood of Bangui
Pope Francis arrived on Monday at a mosque in a flashpoint Muslim neighbourhood in the Central African Republic capital Bangui, on the most dangerous part of his 24-hour visit to the war-torn nation. At the central Koudoukou mosque, he will meet Muslim leaders and local residents of the PK5 district, a maze of red dirt roads and flimsy shacks at the heart of recent sectarian violence. After meeting five local Muslim leaders, Francis will address the crowd in a ceremony intended to promote religious reconciliation.
World leaders in Paris for climate-rescue summit
World leaders launched a whirlwind day of talks in the French capital on Monday aimed at forging an elusive agreement to stave off calamitous global warming. The summit kicks off nearly a fortnight of talks intended to end two decades of international bickering with a pact that would limit emissions of the greenhouse gases blamed for climate change.
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Analysts slam US account of MSF hospital strike
A US investigation into a strike on a charity-run Afghan hospital cited mistakes so "reckless" that observers said they left open the unsettling question of whether those involved had ripped up their own rulebook in a chaotic effort to take out the Taliban. The October 3 strike on a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz was "primarily human error... compounded by systems and procedural failures", said General John Campbell, the US commander in Afghanistan, as he announced the results of the investigation this week. The strike came after a resurgent Taliban briefly captured the northern provincial capital in their biggest military victory since they were toppled in 2001.
China smog climbs to perilous levels on eve of climate talks
Northern China choked under some of the worst smog this year on Monday, with Beijing's pollution soaring to 22 times healthy limits, triggering the city's second-highest air alert on the eve of global climate change talks. Thick haze blanketed cities across the country after President Xi Jinping arrived in Paris for the talks where China, the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, will be central to discussions. Concentration of PM2.5, tiny airborne particles which embed deeply in the lungs, reached over 560 micrograms per cubic metre in the capital, according to the US embassy -- well over the recommended maximum of 25 micrograms.
Georgia ending Richt's 15 years as coach with compliments
Niger's main opposition names Oumarou as election candidate
Niger's main opposition party chose Seyni Oumarou on Sunday as its candidate to contest an election in February against President Mahamadou Issoufou who is seeking a second five-year term, party officials said. Issoufou is a key Western ally in the fight against Islamist militants in West Africa including Boko Haram and the ruling Niger Party for Democracy and Socialism expects him to win re-election in the first round.
ICYMI in NFL's Week 12: Gronk injured; Pats lose to Broncos
There was Rob Gronkowski, the NFL's best tight end and Tom Brady's only real receiving threat remaining, getting carted to the locker room, shortly after he writhed on the snow-covered turf, his right leg in pain.
Day after players-only meeting, Redskins beat Giants 20-14
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) ? The day before hosting the New York Giants with the NFC East lead on the line, safety Dashon Goldson and some other members of the Washington Redskins spoke up at a players-only meeting.