LOS ANGELES (AP) — After 20 years in a Lakers uniform and a lifetime in basketball, Kobe Bryant determined that his aching body and his passion for the game had both grown weaker than his excitement about the future.
Pope Francis arrived on Monday at a mosque in a flashpoint Muslim neighbourhood in the Central African Republic capital Bangui, on the most dangerous part of his 24-hour visit to the war-torn nation. At the central Koudoukou mosque, he will meet Muslim leaders and local residents of the PK5 district, a maze of red dirt roads and flimsy shacks at the heart of recent sectarian violence. After meeting five local Muslim leaders, Francis will address the crowd in a ceremony intended to promote religious reconciliation.
World leaders launched a whirlwind day of talks in the French capital on Monday aimed at forging an elusive agreement to stave off calamitous global warming. The summit kicks off nearly a fortnight of talks intended to end two decades of international bickering with a pact that would limit emissions of the greenhouse gases blamed for climate change.