The World Today: Pope elevates 6 cardinals to choose successor

Vatican City

Benedict names
six new cardinals

Pope Benedict XVI responded to criticism that the group of churchmen who will choose his successor is too Eurocentric, elevating six new cardinals from Colombia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, the Philippines, and the United States on Saturday. The College of Cardinals remains heavily European despite the new additions. (AP)

West Bank

Remains of Arafat set to be exhumed

RAMALLAH — The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed Tuesday as part of a renewed investigation into his death, a Palestinian investigator said Saturday. Arafat died in November 2004 in a French hospital, a month after suddenly falling ill. Swiss, French, and Russian experts will take samples from Arafat’s bones, said Tawfik Tirawi, who heads the Palestinian investigation. (AP)


7 killed when bomb strikes procession


ISLAMABAD — A bomb in Pakistan killed at least seven people Saturday, including four children. Militants hit a Shi’ite Muslim procession in Dera Ismail Khan. (New York Times)

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