WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Rand Paul said on Sunday he was preparing for a possible run for the presidency in 2016, but would not make a final decision until after the November mid-term elections.
BEIRUT (AFP) - A group of nuns kidnapped from a Syrian town in December were expected to be released, thanks to Lebanese-Qatari mediation, a monitoring group and Lebanese media reports said on Sunday.
BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraq's transport minister apologised on Sunday for a row in which a Lebanese airliner en route to Baghdad was ordered to turn back mid-flight to pick up his son.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis left the Vatican on Sunday ahead of the first anniversary of his papacy, which he will pass with the Roman Curia on a Lenten spiritual retreat held outside the city state for the first time in decades.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's Defence Ministry has authorised the military to use force to stop a North Korean-flagged tanker from loading crude oil at a rebel-held port, bypassing the Tripoli government, it said on Sunday.