More Egypt protests called after Morsi concession
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s liberal opposition has called for more protests on Sunday after the president made concessions overnight that fell short of their demands to rescind a draft constitution going to a referendum on Dec. 15. Morsi met one of the opposition’s demands overnight, rescinding his Nov. 22 decrees that gave him near unrestricted powers. But he insisted on going ahead with the referendum on a constitution adopted by his Islamist allies.
South African president visits Mandela in hospital
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans prayed Sunday for the health of former President Nelson Mandela and anxiously awaited further word about the anti-apartheid leader after he was admitted to a military hospital. President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela Sunday morning at the hospital in Pretoria and found the frail 94-year-old to be ‘‘comfortable and in good care,’’ presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement. Maharaj offered no other details about Mandela, nor what medical tests he had undergone since entering the hospital Saturday.
Pakistan: US drone kills senior al-Qaida leader
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A U.S. drone strike has killed a senior al-Qaida leader in Pakistan’s tribal region near the Afghan border, Pakistani intelligence officials said, in the latest blow to the global terrorist network. Sheik Khalid bin Abdel Rehman al-Hussainan, who was also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, was killed when missiles slammed into a house Thursday near Mir Ali, one of the main town’s in the North Waziristan tribal area, the officials said.
Hope and fear in gay marriage cases at high court
WASHINGTON (AP) — Gay marriage supporters see 41 reasons to fret over the Supreme Court’s decision to take up the case of California’s ban on same-sex unions. While nine states allow same-sex partners to marry, or will soon, 41 states do not. Of those, 30 have written gay marriage bans into their state constitutions.
Obama maintains standing with Cuban-Americans
MIAMI (AP) — The door for travel to Cuba cracked open during President Barack Obama’s first term. Cuban-Americans can now visit family on the island as often as they like. Americans can travel legally as part of an academic or religious trip.
Australian radio chair: Station reviewing policy
LONDON (AP) — British police have contacted Australian authorities about a possible investigation into a radio station’s hoax call to a U.K. hospital, they said Sunday, as the company that owns the station promised it is reviewing its broadcast practices. The prank took a dark twist Friday with the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two, three days after she unwittingly accepted the call about the health of Prince William’s pregnant wife, Kate. The death has sparked an angry backlash from those who argue the DJs who carried out the hoax should be held responsible.
Same-sex couples in WA start taking wedding vows
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Same-sex couples in Washington state began reciting wedding vows early Sunday morning, just minutes into the first day they could marry after the state’s gay marriage law took effect. Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples picked up their marriage licenses as early as 12:01 a.m. Thursday, but because of the state’s three-day waiting period, the earliest weddings could take place was just after midnight, early Sunday morning.
Pakistan's largest city rocked by wave of violence
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Bodies are piling up in Pakistan’s largest city as it suffers one of its most violent years in history, and concern is growing that the chaos is giving greater cover for the Taliban to operate and undermining the country’s economic epicenter. Karachi, a sprawling port city on the Arabian Sea, has long been beset by religious, sectarian and ethnic strife. Here armed wings of political parties battle for control of the city, Sunnis and Shiites die in tit-for-tat sectarian killings, and Taliban gunmen attack banks and kill police officers. With an election due next year, the violence could easily worsen.
Boustany trounces Landry for La congressional seat
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Congressman Charles Boustany, a veteran Republican allied with House Speaker John Boehner, has trounced freshman GOP incumbent Jeff Landry in an attack-heavy runoff race. The two incumbents were forced into the same district when Louisiana lost a congressional seat because of anemic population growth in the latest federal census. The state will have six U.S. House seats in the new term that begins in January.Continued...