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Pope appoints new secretary of state

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Pope appoints new secretary of state

Pope Francis on Saturday announced the appointment of a longtime Vatican diplomat, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, as secretary of state, replacing Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, a powerful and divisive figure in the hierarchy.

Parolin, 58, is the Vatican envoy to Venezuela and served as the deputy foreign minister from 2002 to 2009. He has led various delegations in thorny geopolitical negotiations, including talks to improve relations with Vietnam, and has been a prominent voice at conferences on human trafficking, the climate and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Cuba

Nyad again tries Cuba-Florida swim

The Florida Strait has stubbornly resisted Diana Nyad's repeated attempts to conquer it.

But the Florida-raised endurance athlete is back in the water again for her fourth try to become the first to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective shark cage.

Amid shouts of "Onward, onward!" she jumped into the warm waters off Havana on Saturday to begin what she says is her last attempt at the crossing.

She expects to take about 80 hours to arrive somewhere between Key West and Marathon, 110 miles from Havana.

Elsewhere

Yemen: Gunmen opened fire on the motorcade of Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Bassindwa on Saturday but he escaped unharmed, an aide said.

Tunisia: Thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital Tunis on Saturday, calling for the Islamist-led government to resign as the nation's political crisis deepens.

Pakistan: A drone suspected of being American killed at least four militants Saturday near the border with Afghanistan, a Pakistani security official and local residents said.

Times wires

Pope appoints new secretary of state 08/31/13 [Last modified: Saturday, August 31, 2013 11:04pm]
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