AFRICA

  • By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Protesters in Jordan demanded that the government resign on Monday for its failure to protect a Christian writer shot dead outside a court where he was to stand trial after sharing on social media a cartoon image seen as insulting Islam. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered near the Prime Minister's office after writer Nahed Hattar was shot by a former Muslim preacher on the steps of the palace of justice on Sunday. Hattar was arrested last month after sharing on social media a cartoon image of a bearded man in heaven smoking in bed with...

  • Protesters called on Monday for Jordan's government to resign over its failure to prevent the murder of Christian writer Nahed Hattar, as the killing was condemned internationally. A bearded assailant on Sunday shot dead Hattar, 56, on the steps of a court in central Amman where he was facing trial for sharing an anti-Islam cartoon on social media. Carrying his portrait, they called for the resignation of both Prime Minister Hani al-Malki and Interior Minister Salama Hammad.

  • By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian police on Monday arrested Antonio Palocci, a powerful former finance minister and presidential chief of staff in recent Workers Party (PT) governments, as a sweeping anti-corruption probe hit even harder at the left-leaning party. Prosecutors said at a news conference that Palocci acted as a liaison between the PT and Brazil's largest engineering and construction conglomerate, Odebrecht SA [ODBES.UL], from 2006 to 2013 in a kickback scheme centered on contracts at state-led oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras. "Evidence has surfaced ... that he was responsible for coordinating his political...

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  • UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Portugal's former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres kept his spot as the first choice to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general, and was the only candidate to get the minimum nine required "yes" votes in the Security Council's fifth informal poll on Monday, U.N. diplomats said.

WORLD

  • CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — More than 220,000 deaths, 8 million homeless and countless human rights violations: These are the tragic toll of South America's oldest armed conflict, which begins to wind down with the signing Monday of a historic agreement between Colombia's government and the country's largest rebel movement to end a half-century of hostilities.

  • MIAMI (AP) — Jose Fernandez's name and number showed on the video screen at Marlins Park on Monday when his teammates took the field, preparing to face the New York Mets without him.

  • NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slumped Monday, and banks took the biggest losses. Deutsche Bank plunged as investors worried about the financial health of Germany's largest bank. Pfizer pulled drugmakers down after it announced it won't break up into two companies.

  • MEXICO CITY (AP) — The families of 43 missing Mexican college students are leading a march of unions, students and other supporters through Mexico City to demand the young men be found on the second anniversary of their disappearance.

  • NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slumped Monday, and banks took the biggest losses. Deutsche Bank hit an all-time low as investors worried about the financial health of Germany's largest bank. Pfizer pulled drugmakers down after it announced it won't break up into two companies.

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