March 13, 2013 |
Minutes after Pope Francis began his first address to the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, world leaders took to Twitter and other websites to congratulate the 266th leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Roman Catholic cardinals selected Argentine Jesuit Jorge Mario Bergoglio after five rounds of voting in the Sistine Chapel. "I would like to thank you for your embrace," Francis said in his address from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. "My brother cardinals have chosen one who is from far away, but here I am. " FULL COVERAGE: Pope Francis elected Many online congratulations were from the Spanish-speaking world.
August 14, 2013 |
World leaders Wednesday denounced the violence unleashed by Egyptian security forces to disperse Islamist protesters in Cairo. But Muslim Brotherhood allies of the demonstrators applauded their defiance as important in the quest for Muslim power throughout the region. The bloody predawn sweep of two sit-in demonstrations in the Egyptian capital sparked angry reactions throughout the country, which is deeply divided over the role of Islam in government after the July 3 ouster of elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
September 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - By providing a way to avert a U.S. military strike, Russia's proposal that Syria surrender its chemical weapons has offered a host of world leaders an exit from an increasingly damaging political crisis. The plan, which is expected to be hashed out in the United Nations over the next week or longer, has quickly gained supporters in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. Congress. Despite numerous complications and likely setbacks ahead, the idea has gained momentum because it offers major advantages for each of those parties.
September 2, 2011 |
World leaders and delegations from more than 60 nations gathered Thursday in Paris to build international support for Libya's transition to democracy after the fall of Moammar Kadafi. French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who hosted the event at the Elysee Palace, praised the progress made by the gathering, which included Germany, Algeria, Russia and China, countries that did not support North Atlantic Treaty Organization airstrikes that proved crucial to the anti-Kadafi insurgency Russia recognized the legitimacy of the Libyan rebel leadership earlier in the day. Photos: The Libyan conflict "We want this to be the beginning of a policy that puts military force at the service of protecting populations who risk being martyred" by their own leaders, Sarkozy said.
March 26, 2011 |
Despite lingering questions about the rebels in Libya, the coalition of countries battling Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi is increasingly treating them as the country's legitimate rulers. Coalition officials have invited senior members of a rebel leadership group to London next week to meet world leaders at a two-day conference to bolster international support for the Libyan operation, officials said Friday. The invitation was issued even though the coalition countries are in a delicate position regarding the rebels.
March 5, 2013 |
News of the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the leftist leader who had been battling cancer, reverberated Tuesday around Latin America and the world. In La Paz, Bolivia, a teary-eyed Bolivian President Evo Morales said he was devastated, his voice breaking as he spoke, the national news agency reported. He heralded Chavez as a revolutionary and a brother who “gave his whole life for the liberation of the Venezuelan people, of the Latin American people.” Ecuador, another ally of Venezuela, issued a statement lamenting Chavez's death, saying the legacy he left would continue strengthening their relations.