After Iraq, Kerry confronts similar problems in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hoped a brief stop Saturday in Afghanistan would help promote cooperation from a would-be "unity" government that has proved largely incapable of running the country less than two years after he worked to install the leadership team.

  • Written by BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

UK leader Cameron under fire over link to offshore accounts

DUBLIN (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron faced mounting pressure Friday over his involvement in offshore investments after he finally admitted he benefited from his father's Panama-registered trust, an entity exposed by this week's massive data leak at a law firm specializing in global tax avoidance.

  • Written by SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press

Pope insists conscience, not rules, must lead faithful

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Friday that Catholics should look to their own consciences more than Vatican rules to negotiate the complexities of sex, marriage and family life, demanding the church shift its emphasis from doctrine to mercy in confronting some of the thorniest issues facing the faithful.

  • Written by NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press