France president says Lebanon, Syria will open embassies
PARIS - France's president says Syria and Lebanon will open embassies in each other's countries.
The nations have not had full-fledged embassies in each other's countries since Lebanon became independent in 1943 and Syria in 1945.
Syrian President Bashar Assad said last month that establishing diplomatic ties with Lebanon would be possible if a national unity Cabinet was formed in Beirut.
Such a government, including members of Syria's ally Hezbollah, was formed Friday after weeks of haggling.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is hosting a summit among leaders of 43 nations from Europe and the Mediterranean rim.
Police: Gunmen kill 2 policemen in Iraqi city
BAGHDAD - Iraqi police say gunmen have killed two policemen and injured another in the northern city of Mosul.
A provincial security official says the drive-by shooting happened on Saturday in the western part of the city. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.
In another attack, a bomb killed the driver of a civilian vehicle in the eastern part of Mosul.
The city is believed to have become a new base of operations for Sunni extremists who were escaping intense military pressure in Baghdad and other areas where they used to have strongholds.
Police: Clash kills 3 insurgents, 6 forces in Pakistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A militant ambush and subsequent shootout Saturday killed at least six security forces and three insurgents in Pakistan's northwest, police said.
Saturday's clash also came as Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Pakistan on a surprise, one-day trip. U.S. Embassy officials confirmed the visit but said they had no details on Mullen's itinerary.
Pope Benedict starts pilgrimage to Australia
ROME - Pope Benedict XVI has left Rome on a flight to Australia for a 10-day pilgrimage.
A special Alitalia flight with Benedict, Vatican officials and journalists aboard departed from Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport Saturday about 10:30 a.m.
The 20-hour flight and the public events during the pilgrimage to Sydney will test the elderly pope's stamina.
The trip is the longest of Benedict's three-year-old papacy.
His journey centers around the Catholic Church's World Youth Day events, which include a vigil service with a crowd of young people and an outdoor Mass. Benedict returns to Italy on July 21.
Korea agrees in talks to disable nuclear reactor
BEIJING - North Korea agreed to disable its main reactor by the end of October and allow international inspections to verify its nuclear disarmament in a deal reached Saturday at the end of six-nation talks.
In exchange, the United States, China, and three other countries promised to complete deliveries of fuel oil and other economic aid to Pyongyang.
The agreement, reached after three days of talks, opens the final phase of long and tortuous efforts to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons.
'The parties reach an important consensus,' said China's envoy, Wu Dawei, as he read out the group's press communique at the end of the meeting.
The envoys from the six nations - which also included South Korea, Japan, and Russia - agreed that a verification procedure would include a team of experts who will visit North Korean nuclear facilities, review documents and interview technical experts.
5 injured in bull run at festival
PAMPLONA, Spain - A packed running of the bulls left one daredevil gored and four others injured Saturday at Pamplona's annual San Fermin festival, officials said.
Six massive fighting bulls slipped on morning dew-dampened cobblestones and tossed people aside as they ran with them on the half-mile course through the narrow city streets to the bull ring.
The Navarra government said a 26-year-old Colombian man was taken to Virgen del Camino hospital with a gored right buttock, and a 33-year-old man suffered a broken jaw.