VATICAN CITY

Pope: Gays deserve apology

Pope Francis says gays — and all the other people the church has marginalized — deserve an apology. In response to a question, Francis said Sunday some politicized behaviors of the homosexual community can be condemned for being “a bit offensive for others.” But he said: “Someone who has this condition, who has good will and is searching for God, who are we to judge?” He added, “I think the church must not only apologize … to a gay person it offended, but we must apologize to the poor, to women who have been exploited, to children forced into labor, apologize for having blessed so many weapons” and for having failed to accompany families who faced divorces or experienced other problems.

PANAMA

Expanded canal opens

Fireworks exploded as a huge container ship made an inaugural passage through the newly expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, formally launching the nation’s $5.25 billion bet on a bright economic future despite tough times for global shipping. The Chinese-owned Cosco Shipping Panama passed through the Atlantic locks at Agua Clara in the early morning and in the afternoon completed the 50-mile journey to the Pacific at the Cocoli locks.

SPAIN

Vote leaves future murky

Spain’s repeat election Sunday failed to clarify the nation’s political future. The conservative Popular Party, which has ruled for the past four years, again collected the most votes in the election but still fell shy of the majority of 176 seats it needs in the 350-seat Parliament to form a government on its own. With 99.9 percent of the votes counted late Sunday, incumbent prime minister Mariano Rajoy’s party had picked up 137 seats in Parliament. That is better than the 123 it won in December but still means it will need allies if it wants to govern. Its earlier efforts to find support from rival parties after December proved fruitless.

Scotland

Roller coaster riders injured

Police say a roller coaster derailed and crashed at a theme park, injuring eight children and two adults. The accident took place Sunday afternoon at the M?&?D’s theme park at Strathclyde Country Park in Motherwell. Police Scotland Chief Inspector David Bruce told reporters that five gondolas on the Tsunami roller coaster ride detached from the rails as they rounded a bend, struck the superstructure and fell about 20 feet to the ground.

Compiled from wire reports.