UN Security Council chides North Korea

UNITED NATIONS - A week after North Korea's rocket launch, the U.N. Security Council on Monday condemned the action, demanded an end to missile tests and said it will expand sanctions against the reclusive communist nation.

The council's statement, agreed on by all 15 members and read at a formal meeting of the United Nations' most powerful body, said the launch violated a council resolution adopted after the North Koreans conducted a nuclear test explosion in 2006 that banned any missile tests by the country.

The statement was a weaker response than a U.N. resolution, which was sought by Japan and the United States but was opposed by China and Russia. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice insisted the statement is legally binding, just like a resolution, but other diplomats and officials disagreed.

Elderly French man opens fire on three people

PARIS - A 65-year-old man who opened fire Monday on three people apparently at random, killing two, has surrendered, a police official said.

The man, who had holed up in a house in the town of Douchy-les-Mines after the shootings, surrendered calmly, witnesses said.

The three victims were walking on a street when the man opened fire, the official said. Two of the victims were killed, said the official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity in accordance with French police regulations.

The condition of the third victim was not immediately clear.

Obama eases restrictions on travel to Cuba

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is allowing Americans to make unlimited trips and money transfers to family in Cuba and easing other restrictions Monday to usher in a new era of openness toward the island nation ruled by communists for 50 years.

The White House made the formal announcement during presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs' daily briefing with reporters - in both English and Spanish.

'The president would like to see greater freedom for the Cuban people. There are actions that he can and has taken today to open up the flow of information to provide some important steps to help that,' Gibbs said.