Shinde said air force helicopters were dropping food and drinking water to those stranded in inaccessible areas. - AP
Morsi foes seeking allies
CAIRO - Egypt's largest opposition bloc on Saturday reached out to former members of the deposed president's party, ahead of mass protests on June 30 demanding the ouster of his successor.
The move came a day after about 100,000 supporters of President Mohammed Morsi, an Islamist and the country's first elected leader, packed a main square in Cairo to support him and challenge the largely liberal opposition that demands he step down.
Morsi won a four-year term as president with 52 percent of the vote in a June run-off against Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister of now-ousted Hosni Mubarak. Shafiq is now contesting the election results.
Mohamed ElBaradei, a leader of the opposition National Salvation Front, said the invitation did not extend to Mubarak supporters who had been convicted of crimes. - AP
Ireland marks JFK's '63 visit
DUBLIN - The Irish government and the Kennedy clan celebrated the 50th anniversary of one of Ireland's most fondly recalled moments, the visit of President John F. Kennedy.
"JFK 50: The Homecoming" celebrations Saturday focused on the town of New Ross, from which Patrick Kennedy departed in 1848 at the height of the potato famine to resettle in Boston. In June 1963, his great-grandson John returned to the town as the first Irish Catholic U.S. president.
Prime Minister Enda Kenny joined JFK's sister, Jean Kennedy Smith, and daughter, Caroline Kennedy, to hold three torches together that light a flame encased within an iron globe that had been brought from JFK's plot in Arlington Cemetery. - AP
Law enforcement agents forcibly evicted the head of one of Russia's leading human-rights groups from his Moscow office Saturday, in the latest attack on a Russian nongovernmental organization. Lev Ponomaryov, 72, who heads For Human Rights, said he was beaten all over his body when security forces stormed the building around 2 a.m. and dragged him out.