ROME (REUTERS) - Pope Francis named top laymen from the worlds of finance and economics on Saturday to a new Vatican Council for the Economy, intended to improve scrutiny of the Holy See's scandal-plagued accounts.
TRIPOLI (REUTERS) - Libya threatened on Saturday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tries to export oil from a rebel-controlled port east of Tripoli, in a major escalation of a standoff over the country's petroleum wealth.
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Pentagon on Saturday dispatched a naval destroyer and a surveillance plane to aid in the search for a Malaysia Airlines jet that has disappeared in waters off Vietnam.
VIENNA (REUTERS) - An Austrian reported to have been aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane missing off the Vietnamese coast is safe at home and his passport was stolen, a Foreign Ministry spokesman in Vienna said on Saturday.
SYRACUSE (REUTERS) - An 89-year-old US World War II veteran who was wounded when his plane crashed in occupied France in 1944 is due to be honoured on Saturday with a medal he declined 70 years ago.