MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of believers sang, cheered and sobbed along Mexico City streets Wednesday, exploding in a flurry of yellow-and-white flags and balloons as Pope John Paul II passed by on his way to canonize the Roman Catholic Church's first Indian saint.
John Paul made the sign of the cross with his right hand, then lifted it to wave to the crowds, as he rode in his popemobile to the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the shrine in honor of the glowing woman who appeared to Juan Diego in 1531. He strained to lift his head to see the jubilant throngs.
He looked weak and haggard on arrival in Mexico on Tuesday night, his voice trembling with exhaustion and infirmity as he said it was "with deep joy" that he would enter Juan Diego into the canon of Catholic saints.
Powell, North Korean diplomat hold talks in Brunei
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell held talks with the foreign minister of North Korea Wednesday in a session that could lead to resumption of a formal dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang.
Wednesday's meeting represented the first contact between the two countries since President Bush labeled the communist nation part of an "axis of evil."
North Korea Foreign Minister Paek Nam Sun emerged from the brief session saying, "We have agreed to resume the dialogue between North Korea and the United States."
A senior U.S. official had a slightly different assessment of the meeting, saying that the message from the North Koreans was that they would welcome further discussions.
Rwanda, Congo sign deal to end war in Central Africa
Los Angeles Times
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Surrounded by Africa's top leaders, the presidents of Rwanda and Congo signed a peace deal Tuesday to end one of the continent's most brutal wars, a largely ignored conflict that has killed an estimated 2.5 million people in four years and involved the armies of seven African nations.
"It's a bright day for the African continent," declared an ebullient South African President Thabo Mbeki, who brokered the deal.
Analysts called the deal a significant step toward ending the war but warned that a 90-day deadline for the withdrawal of Rwandan troops was too ambitious.
China: Talks with U.S. planned
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) -- Washington and Beijing plan to resume discussions about human rights, one of the biggest sticking points in relations between the two powerful nations.
The plan was announced Wednesday by China's foreign minister and confirmed by U.S. officials.
China and the United States also plan to collaborate on ways to cut off terrorists' financing and reduce the drug trade in their nations, Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan said.
Tang made the announcement after a meeting with Secretary of State Colin Powell.
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