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  • Canada's FM denounces Russia's actions in Ukraine

  • Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird walks past the gate of the World War II Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland Thursday, April 24, 2014. Between 1940-45, the German Nazis killed over 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, in Auschwitz and in neighboring Birkenau. Baird also visited an exhibition that documents the atrocities and preserves the memory of the victims. He placed white and red roses at the Executions Wall, where inmates, chiefly Polish resistance fighters, were shot. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said Thursday that the international community should not accept Russia's "aggression" in Ukraine and committed to help the country develop its democracy.

  • France to send four Rafale fighter jets on Baltic security duty

  • France will send four Rafale fighter jets to Poland next week as part of a show of NATO commitment to Central Europe and the Baltic states, which have been rattled by the escalation of tensions between Russia and Ukraine. The four warplanes will be sent to Malbork in northern Poland on April 28 on a double mission: to train the Polish air force and stand ready for air patrols over the Baltic states under NATO command, the French defense ministry said. NATO said last week it would send more ships, planes and troops to eastern Europe to reassure allies worried by Russia's annexation of Crimea and its massing of troops on the border with eastern Ukraine.
  • Martyrs, miracles and the stuff of making saints

  • Floribeth Mora, a Costa Rican woman whose inoperable brain aneurysm purportedly disappeared after she prayed to John Paul II, walks past a statue of him made by Polish artist Anna Gulak as she leaves after a press conference at the Vatican, Thursday, April 24, 2014. John Paul II will be made saint together with late Pope John XXIII during a solemn ceremony at the Vatican Sunday. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Catholic Church makes saints to give the faithful role models. The process is cloaked in secrecy and open to criticism, given that it deals with science-defying miracles and notoriously politicized choices. In Sunday's dual papal canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII, it also involves rule-breaking, fast-track procedures.

  • France warns against war in Ukraine

  • French President Francois Hollande, left, shakes hands with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk prior to meeting at the Elysee palace in Paris, Thursday, April 24, 2014 (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande is warning against military pressure in Ukraine and threatening new European sanctions if tensions don't subside.

  • Historic canonization of two popes brings joy and controversy

  • A monument of the late Pope John Paul II stands in Czestochowa, southern PolandBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Two giants of Roman Catholicism in the 20th century will become saints on Sunday at an unprecedented twin canonization that has aroused both joy and controversy in the 1.2 billion member Church. Pope John XXIII, who reigned from 1958 to 1963 and called the modernizing Second Vatican Council, and Pope John Paul II, who reigned for nearly 27 years before his death in 2005 and whose trips around the world made him the most visible pope in history, will be declared saints by Pope Francis. ...

  • Ukraine crisis persists

  • A contingent of U.S. Army paratroopers arrived in Poland on Wednesday, the first of what will be a "persistent presence" of U.S. troops as the crisis in nearby Ukraine continues to unfold.

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