Japan PM to Call Vote, Faces No-Confidence Motion

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso told ruling party leaders Monday he will dissolve parliament and hold general elections next month, following a crushing defeat for his party in Tokyo municipal polls considered a barometer of voter sentiment.

Red Cross Worker Held Hostage in Philippines Released

On the worst days, kidnapped Italian Red Cross worker Eugenio Vagni couldn't stop himself from picturing how he feared his monthslong jungle captivity in the southern Philippines would end: with his decapitated head in a basket.

Man Shot in Scuffle With New York City Cop on His Stoop

New York City police say a man who told an undercover officer to get off his family's stoop punched the officer and got into a struggle over the officer's gun before being shot dead.

Car Bomb Kills 4 Outside Church in Iraq

A car bomb exploded near a church as worshippers left Sunday Mass, killing at least four civilians and injuring 18 in one of several attacks on Iraq's beleaguered Christian minority.

Philly-Area Swim Club Accused of Racism to Ask Kids Ba

A private suburban swim club accused of racism after it canceled the memberships of dozens of minority children says it will seek a meeting with the kids' camps to work out an agreement for them to return.

Report: N. Korea's Kim Has Pancreatic Cancer

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has life-threatening pancreatic cancer, a news report said Monday, days after new images of him looking gaunt spurred speculation that his health might be worsening following a reported stroke last year.

2 Convicted Murderers, Rapist Escape Indiana Prison

Two convicted killers and a third man have escaped the maximum-security Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, and authorities say all three men should be considered dangerous.