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Thursday, March 13

  • Japan's Stocks Dive on Weak Dollar / Japanese Stocks   AP / 4:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's main stock index plunged to its lowest close in 2 1/2 years Thursday, as market anxieties were stirred by the dollar's dive against the yen and by persistent concerns about the U.S. economy.
  • Thursday, January 17

  • Japanese Stocks Drop in Morning Trading / Japanese Stocks   AP / 10:11PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- The benchmark for Japanese share prices dropped 2.8 percent in Friday morning trading on growing fears about a U.S. recession that could set off a global slowdown.
  • Friday, January 4

  • Japan Stocks Fall to 1 1/2 Year Low / Japanese Stocks   AP / 1:36AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese stock prices plunged Friday to their lowest finish since July 2006, losing ground after jittery trading on Wall Street amid concerns about the U.S. economy and rising oil prices.
  • Thursday, November 1

  • Japan's Nikkei Plunges in Early Trading / Japanese Stocks   AP / 9:20PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's Nikkei 225 index plunged more than 300 points in early trading Friday, following large losses in New York because of concerns about an end to interest rate cuts and a slowing U.S. economy.
  • Friday, October 19

  • Nikkei Sheds 1.7 Percent on Stronger Yen / Japanese Stocks   AP / 6:16AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese stocks dropped Friday, with the yen's rise against the dollar sending exporters such as Canon and Sony sharply lower, and record oil prices driving selling in shipping stocks.
  • Thursday, October 11

  • Nikkei Soars 1.6 Percent in Tokyo / Japanese Stocks   AP / 6:10AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese stocks jumped to their highest in 2 1/2 months Thursday, driven by marine transport shares like Kawasaki Kisen and Moody's Investors Service upgrade on Japan's local debt rating.
  • Wednesday, September 12

  • Japanese Stocks Fall on Abe Resignation / Japanese Stocks   AP / 5:15AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese stocks fell Wednesday after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced he would resign after a string of damaging scandals and a humiliating electoral defeat.
  • Saturday, September 8

  • APEC Forge Deal on Climate Change   AP / 11:51PM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Pacific Rim leaders agreed Saturday to curb global warming by improving energy use and expanding forests, laying out a plan they hope will influence future climate change talks but that critics dismissed as too timid.
  • Friday, September 7

  • Countries Reach Deal on Climate Change   AP / 8:20PM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Pacific Rim nations reached tentative agreement on the need "to slow, stop and then reverse" climate change, setting nonbinding goals to improve energy use, according to a draft statement Saturday.
  • Countries Reach Deal on Climate Change   AP / 7:50PM
    SYDNEY, Australia - Pacific Rim nations reached tentative agreement on the need "to slow, stop and then reverse" climate change, setting nonbinding goals to improve energy use, according to a draft statement Saturday.
  • S. Korea Rebuffs Bush; North Makes Nice   AP / 4:20PM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- In an unexpected twist of events, President Bush's bout of diplomacy in Asia hit a snag in dealings with longtime ally South Korea and drew a conciliatory gesture from "Axis of Evil" member North Korea.
  • Bush, Roh Have Testy Exchange at Summit   AP / 8:30AM
    SYDNEY, Australia - President Bush's talks with South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun ended on a sour note Friday not over the war in Iraq, but rather the Korean conflict that ended with a truce more than five decades ago.
  • Riot Police, Protesters Scuffle at APEC   AP / 7:25AM
    SYDNEY, Australia - Developing countries won a big concession from Australia and the United States on global warming, an official said Friday, as scuffles broke out between riot police and protesters near a hotel hosting delegates to the annual Pacific Rim meeting.
  • Bush, SKorea Leader Spar Over Korean War   AP / 6:00AM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- In a testy public exchange Friday with South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, President Bush said the United States would formally end the Korean War only when North Korea halts its nuclear weapons program.
  • Fiji Leader Imposes State of Emergency   AP / 12:40AM
    SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- Fiji's military-led government imposed a monthlong state of emergency Thursday, accusing the prime minister who was ousted in a coup last year of seeking to "destabilize" the South Pacific nation.
  • Thursday, September 6

  • Japanese Stocks Climb 0.6 Percent / Japanese Stocks   AP / 4:20AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese stocks rose Thursday after three-straight days of decline, with short-covering and bargain-hunting in oil shares outpacing drops in the real estate sector.
  • Tuesday, September 4

  • U.S. General: Next Few Months Crucial   AP / 9:00PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq said Tuesday that the next three to four months will be crucial in determining whether the United States can start to withdraw troops from Iraq without sacrificing security gains since the troop buildup began early this year.
  • Sunday, September 2

  • Iraqi PM: Criticism 'Signals' Militants   AP / 2:50PM
    BAGHDAD - Iraq's embattled prime minister defended his government Sunday against American critics, saying they underestimate the problems facing this country and fail to appreciate his achievements "such as stopping the civil and sectarian war."
  • Senior Officials Begin APEC Meeting   AP / 1:10AM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Police tightened security Sunday as senior officials from Pacific Rim nations began meetings to prepare for a summit of regional leaders that will tackle trade and global warming.
  • Friday, August 31

  • Japanese Stocks Climb; Dollar Up vs. Yen / Japanese Stocks   AP / 3:24AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese stocks rose Friday as exporters rallied on the yen's weakness against the dollar and banks climbed on news that the U.S. government was working on a policy to ease subprime woes.
  • 10 Killed by Land Mine in Northern Mali   AP / 1:20AM
    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A transport vehicle hit a land mine in tense northern Mali on Thursday, killing 10 people, a government statement said. Others were injured, but the statement did not say how many.
  • Wednesday, August 29

  • Iraqi Cleric: Militia in `freeze'   AP / 6:14PM
    BAGHDAD - Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr took his Mahdi Army out of action for up to six months Wednesday to overhaul the feared Shiite militia - a stunning move that underscores the growing struggles against breakaway factions with suspected ties to Iran.
  • Tuesday, August 28

  • Former Islamist Wins Turkish Presidency   AP / 6:30PM
    ISTANBUL, Turkey - A devout Muslim won Turkey's presidency Tuesday after months of confrontation with the secular establishment, promising to be impartial and praising the idea that Islam and the state should be separate.
  • Monday, August 27

  • Sunni Politicians Raise Doubts Over Deal   AP / 5:10PM
    BAGHDAD - Sunni politicians applauded goals set down in an agreement hammered out by the country's top leaders under intense American pressure but expressed doubt Monday that the U.S.-backed prime minister would actually see them through.
  • Turkey Military: Secularism Under Attack   AP / 12:20PM
    ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's staunchly secular military said Monday that the strict line between Islam and the state was under attack by "centers of evil" -- a strong warning ahead of the expected election of a president with a background in political Islam.
  • Sunday, August 26

  • Iraqi Leader Lashes Out at U.S. Critics   AP / 7:10PM
    BAGHDAD - Iraq's embattled prime minister lashed out at American critics Sunday, saying Sen. Hillary Clinton and other Democrats who have called for his ouster should "come to their senses" and stop treating Iraq like "one of their villages."
  • Thursday, August 23

  • Japanese Stocks Surge to 2.61 Percent / Japanese Stocks   AP / 3:50AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese stocks jumped Thursday as traders bought exporter issues on a stronger dollar following an overnight rally on Wall Street.
  • Wednesday, August 22

  • 14 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Chopper Crash   AP / 9:30PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Fourteen U.S. soldiers were killed Wednesday when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a nighttime mission in northern Iraq, but the military said it appeared the aircraft was lost by mechanical problems and not from hostile fire.
  • 14 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Chopper Crash   AP / 6:10PM
    BAGHDAD - Fourteen U.S. soldiers were killed Wednesday when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a nighttime mission in northern Iraq, but the military said it appeared the aircraft was lost by mechanical problems and not from hostile fire.
  • Tuesday, August 21

  • Bush Says Iraqi Government Must Do More   AP / 9:50PM
    MONTEBELLO, Quebec - President Bush offered a tepid endorsement of the Iraqi government on Tuesday, yet brushed off a Democratic senator's call for the ouster of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
  • Monday, August 20

  • Bomb Kills Provincial Chief in Iraq   AP / 4:50PM
    BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb killed a governor in southern Iraq on Monday, the second provincial boss assassinated in nine days and a likely prelude to an even more brutal contest among rival Shiite militias battling for control of some of Iraq's main oil regions.
  • Roadside Bomb Kills Iraqi Governor   AP / 5:50AM
    BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb killed the governor of the southern Muthanna province on Monday, police said, the second assassination of a top provincial official in just over a week.
  • France Offers U.S. Symbol With Iraq Trip   AP / 3:10AM
    BAGHDAD - France's foreign minister paid an unannounced and highly symbolic visit to Baghdad on Sunday - the first by a senior French official since the war started and a gesture to the American effort in Iraq after years of icy relations over the U.S.-led invasion. Bernard Kouchner said Paris wanted to "turn the page" and look to the future.
  • Sunday, August 19

  • France Offers U.S. Symbol With Iraq Trip   AP / 5:44PM
    BAGHDAD - France's foreign minister paid an unannounced and highly symbolic visit to Baghdad on Sunday - the first by a senior French official since the war started and a gesture to the American effort in Iraq after years of icy relations over the U.S.-led invasion. Bernard Kouchner said Paris wanted to "turn the page" and look to the future.
  • Thursday, August 16

  • Iraqi Leader Announces New Alliance   AP / 10:30AM
    BAGHDAD - The Iraqi prime minister and president announced a new alliance of moderate Shiites and Kurds in a push to save the crumbing government Thursday, saying a key Sunni bloc refused to join but the door remained open to them.
  • Wednesday, August 15

  • Death Toll in Iraq Blasts Rises to 250   AP / 8:50PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Rescuers used bare hands and shovels Wednesday to claw through clay houses shattered by an onslaught of suicide bombings that killed at least 250 and possibly as many as 500 members of an ancient religious sect in the deadliest attack of the Iraq war.
  • Death Toll in Iraq Blasts Rises to 250   AP / 6:40PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Rescuers used bare hands and shovels Wednesday to claw through clay houses shattered by an onslaught of suicide bombings that killed at least 250 and possibly as many as 500 members of an ancient religious sect in the deadliest attack of the Iraq war.
  • Iraq Bomb Attack Rises to at Least 250   AP / 5:31PM
    BAGHDAD - Rescuers used bare hands and shovels Wednesday to claw through clay houses shattered by an onslaught of suicide bombings that killed at least 250 and possibly as many as 500 members of an ancient religious sect in the deadliest attack of the Iraq war.
  • At Least 200 Dead After Iraq Blasts   AP / 12:10PM
    BAGHDAD - Rescuers dug through the muddy wreckage of collapsed clay houses in northwest Iraq on Wednesday, uncovering at least 200 victims of suicide truck bombings that the U.S. military blamed on al-Qaida.
  • Tuesday, August 14

  • Four Suicide Bombings Kill 175 in Iraq   AP / 11:10PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Four suicide bombers struck nearly simultaneously at communities of a small Kurdish sect in northwestern Iraq late Tuesday, killing at least 175 people and wounding 200 more, Iraqi military and local officials said.
  • Four Suicide Bombings Kill 175 in Iraq   AP / 7:10PM
    BAGHDAD - Four suicide bombers struck at communities of a small Kurdish sect in northwestern Iraq with nearly simultaneous attacks Tuesday, killing at least 175 people and wounding 200 more, Iraqi military and local officials said.
  • Suicide Bombers Strike Iraqi Sect   AP / 5:10PM
    BAGHDAD - Three suicide truck bombers hit enclaves of a small religious sect Tuesday, killing at least 20 people as extremists across Iraq staged other bold attacks: leveling a key bridge and abducting five officials from an Oil Ministry compound in a raid using gunmen dressed as security forces.
  • Iraqi Deputy Oil Minister Kidnapped   AP / 2:11PM
    BAGHDAD - Dozens of uniformed gunmen in 17 official vehicles stormed an Oil Ministry compound in Baghdad and abducted a deputy oil minister and three other officials, a ministry spokesman and police said. Outside the capital, two suicide truck bombers separately struck a strategic bridge and a complex housing a small religious minority, killing at least 19 people, police said.
  • Bomber Strikes Bridge in Iraq; 10 Dead   AP / 12:30PM
    BAGHDAD - A suicide truck bomber struck a strategic bridge outside Baghdad on Tuesday, sending cars plunging into the river and killing at least 10 people in the second attack on the span in three months, police said.
  • Monday, August 13

  • Iraq Political Crisis Summit Set   AP / 6:30PM
    BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister appeared to clear the way Monday - with a last-minute push from the U.S. ambassador - for a crisis council that seeks to save his crumbling government. The U.S. military, meanwhile, announced a third major operation since additional U.S. troops arrived and said it would target al-Qaida in Iraq and Iranian-allied Shiite militia fighters nationwide. The military gave few other details.
  • Iraq Plans Government Crisis Conference   AP / 4:50PM
    BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister called a crisis conference in a bid to open a dialogue Tuesday among Iraq's divided factions, shore up his shaky government and unstick the stalled political process. The U.S. military, meanwhile, pressed its crackdown on violence, announcing a new offensive against extremists on both sides of the sectarian divide - an operation called Phantom Strike to build on the successes during recent offensives in Baghdad and surrounding areas.
  • Iraqi Sunni Claims 'Genocide Campaign'   AP / 4:20AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's most senior Sunni politician issued a desperate appeal Sunday for Arab nations to help stop what he called an "unprecedented genocide campaign" by Shiite militias armed, trained and controlled by Iran. The U.S. military reported five American soldiers were killed, apparently lured into an al-Qaida trap.
  • Sunday, August 12

  • Iraqi Sunni Claims 'Genocide Campaign'   AP / 5:30PM
    BAGHDAD - Iraq's most senior Sunni politician issued a desperate appeal Sunday for Arab nations to help stop what he called an "unprecedented genocide campaign" by Shiite militias armed, trained and controlled by Iran. The U.S. military reported five American soldiers were killed, apparently lured into an al-Qaida trap.
  • 5 U.S. Soldiers Killed South of Baghdad   AP / 1:10PM
    BAGHDAD - A sniper shot and killed a U.S. soldier, then lured his comrades to a booby-trapped house where four more troops were killed in a complex attack believed to have been the work of al-Qaida in Iraq, a U.S. general said Sunday.
  • Friday, August 10

  • U.S. Helicopter Forced Down in Iraq   AP / 7:12AM
    BAGHDAD - A car bomb struck a market in a Kurdish area in the northern city of Kirkuk on Friday, killing at least eight people and wounding dozens, police said. South of Baghdad, the U.S. military said a helicopter was forced down, leaving two soldiers injured.
  • U.S. Helicopter Forced Down Near Baghdad   AP / 3:30AM
    BAGHDAD - A U.S. helicopter was forced down south of Baghdad on Friday, and two soldiers were injured, the military said.
  • Thursday, August 9

  • Japanese Stocks Rise; Dollar Up vs. Yen / Japanese Stocks   AP / 4:50AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese stocks advanced Thursday for a third straight day on strong earnings figures, a weaker yen against the dollar and Wall Street's overnight gains.
  • Tuesday, August 7

  • U.S. Troop Deaths Up After Drop in July   AP / 4:50PM
    BAGHDAD - Four more U.S. troops and a British soldier have died in attacks, military officials said Tuesday, in a possible sign that extremists are regrouping after a drop in American deaths last month.
  • 4 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraqi Capital   AP / 10:10AM
    BAGHDAD - Four more U.S. soldiers were killed in roadside bombings in the Baghdad area, including three in a single strike, the military said Tuesday, raising to at least 19 the number of American troop deaths in the first week of August.
  • Monday, August 6

  • Suicide Truck Bomb Kills 28 in Iraq   AP / 7:10AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide bomber slammed his truck into a densely populated residential area in the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar on Monday, killing at least 28 people, including 19 children, local authorities said.
  • Sunday, August 5

  • U.S. Blames Shiite Militia for Attacks   AP / 9:30PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Rogue Shiite militiamen with Iranian weapons and training launched three-quarters of the attacks that killed or wounded American forces last month in Baghdad, stepping into the void left as Sunni insurgents have been dislodged, a top U.S commander said Sunday.
  • U.S. Blames Shiite Militia for Attacks   AP / 5:30PM
    BAGHDAD - Rogue Shiite militiamen with Iranian weapons and training launched three-quarters of the attacks that killed or wounded American forces last month in Baghdad, stepping into the void left as Sunni insurgents have been dislodged, a top U.S commander said Sunday.
  • Iraqi Power Grid Nearing Collapse   AP / 2:10AM
    BAGHDAD - Iraq's power grid is on the brink of collapse because of insurgent sabotage, rising demand, fuel shortages and provinces that are unplugging local power stations from the national grid, officials said Saturday.
  • Thursday, August 2

  • Water Taps Run Dry in Baghdad   AP / 4:50PM
    BAGHDAD - Much of the Iraqi capital was without running water Thursday and had been for at least 24 hours, compounding the urban misery in a war zone and the blistering heat at the height of the Baghdad summer.
  • Sunnis Asked to Reconsider Quiting Gov't   AP / 6:50AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi prime minister's party asked the country's largest Sunni Arab bloc Thursday to reconsider its withdrawal from government, in a last-ditch effort to restore Iraq's national unity government.
  • Japanese Stocks Climb; Dollar Up vs. Yen / Japanese Stocks   AP / 4:14AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese stocks rose modestly Thursday, bouncing back from a 4 1/2-month low, led by real estate shares such as Mitsubishi Estate.
  • Wednesday, August 1

  • Saudis Back U.S. Mideast Plans   AP / 11:10AM
    JERUSALEM - Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it would seriously consider attending a Middle East peace conference proposed by the Bush administration for later this year, as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice began laying the ground work for the regional meeting.
  • Tuesday, July 31

  • UN Approves Darfur Peacekeeping Force   AP / 11:10PM
    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a 26,000-strong peacekeeping force for Darfur on Tuesday to try to help end four years of fighting that has killed more than 200,000 people in the vast Sudanese region.
  • Film Director Antonioni Dies at 94   AP / 3:00PM
    ROME (AP) -- In Michelangelo Antonioni's movies, dialogue was sparse, shots lengthy and action minimal. This abstract style and a ruthless exploration of the malaise of modern man made the Italian director a darling of avant-garde cinema and a celebrated filmmaker across the world.
  • U.S. Toll in Iraq Lowest in 8 Months   AP / 12:10PM
    BAGHDAD - The U.S. military said Tuesday that a Marine was killed in fighting west of the capital, pushing the American death toll for July to at least 73, the lowest in eight months.
  • Taliban Issues Another Hostage Deadline   AP / 7:10AM
    GHAZNI, Afghanistan - Police discovered the body of a second South Korean hostage in central Afghanistan, and the Taliban threatened Tuesday to kill more captives if their demands were not met by a new deadline.
  • Indian Actor Dutt Sentenced to 6 Years   AP / 6:40AM
    MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison for illegally possessing guns that he received from key plotters behind the 1993 bombings in Mumbai.
  • Italian Director Antonioni Dies at 94   AP / 6:10AM
    ROME - Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni, best known for his movies "Blow-Up" and "L'Avventura," has died, officials and news reports said Tuesday. He was 94.
  • British PM to Address United Nations   AP / 3:50AM
    NEW YORK - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown planned to use a speech Tuesday at the United Nations to press countries, businesses and individuals to back ambitious plans to revive a stalled global development plan.
  • Japan's Jobless Rate Falls to 9-Year Low   AP / 3:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's jobless rate fell to its lowest in more than nine years and household spending inched up in June, the government said Tuesday, a pair of numbers that could help the Bank of Japan make the case for raising interest rates next month.
  • Iraqi Parliament Adjourns for August   AP / 2:50AM
    BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament on Monday shrugged off U.S. criticism and adjourned for a month, as key lawmakers declared there was no point waiting any longer for the prime minister to deliver Washington-demanded benchmark legislation for their vote.
  • Police Find Body of 2nd Slain SKorean   AP / 2:30AM
    GHAZNI, Afghanistan - Police at daybreak Tuesday discovered the body of a second South Korean hostage slain by the Taliban, officials said. A purported Taliban spokesman had said the man was killed because the Afghan government failed to release imprisoned insurgents.
  • Monday, July 30

  • Philippine Volcano Spews Ash   AP / 11:50PM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A volcano in the central Philippines spewed ash early Tuesday, blanketing fields and villages as far as three miles away, but there was no immediate sign of a major eruption, scientists said.
  • Taliban Claim to Kill 2nd Korean Hostage   AP / 11:30PM
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- A purported Taliban spokesman claimed the hardline militia killed a second South Korean hostage Monday because the Afghan government failed to release imprisoned insurgents. Afghan officials said they hadn't recovered a body and couldn't confirm the claim.
  • UN Team Says Received NKorea Cooperation   AP / 10:50PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- North Korea has cooperated fully with a team U.N. nuclear experts who were monitoring the shutdown and sealing of the country's sole plutonium-producing reactor, the leader of the team said Tuesday.
  • UN Darfur Proposal Moves Closer to Vote   AP / 9:40PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Britain and France have stripped more harsh language from a U.N. Security Council draft resolution that would authorize a 26,000-strong peacekeeping force for Darfur in an attempt to win passage for the proposal this week.
  • UN: Ethiopia, Eritrea Still a Concern   AP / 7:40PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council said Monday the lack of progress on resolving the divisive border issue between Ethiopia and Eritrea remained a cause of "deep concern" and called on both countries to immediately withdraw their troops from the frontier.
  • Low U.S. Profile at ASEAN Meeting   AP / 7:00PM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Asia's largest security meeting has a notable absentee: Condoleezza Rice.
  • 2,000 Evacuated in Canary Islands Fire   AP / 7:00PM
    SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Canary Islands (AP) -- A raging forest fire has destroyed thousands of acres of woodland on Spain's Gran Canaria island and forced the evacuation Monday of more than 2,000 people, authorities said.
  • Tunnels Are Conduit for Weapons to Gaza   AP / 6:41PM
    RAFAH, Egypt (AP) -- Hidden inside a bedroom closet just feet from a crib and a bed, an Egyptian army officer lifted floor tiles to reveal a hole: the entrance to a tunnel for smuggling weapons extending hundreds of yards across the border into the Gaza Strip.
  • China Military Marks 80th Anniversary   AP / 3:31PM
    BEIJING - China's military is celebrating its 80th birthday Wednesday with snazzy new uniforms, lavish exhibitions and a degree of transparency for a force long swathed in secrecy.
  • Hamas Shows Gaza to Foreign Reporters   AP / 2:50PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Never mind the international isolation, growing poverty and reports of violent retribution against its defeated Fatah rivals. In Hamas' own eyes, its takeover of Gaza has made the coastal strip "safe, clean and green."
  • Schwarzenegger's Birthday Is Celebrated   AP / 2:10PM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Austrians threw a party for one of their most famous sons, Arnold Schwarzenegger, celebrating his 60th birthday Monday with strudels, schnitzels and a gift -- the original street number from the house where he was born.
  • Iraqi Parliament Adjourns for August   AP / 1:43PM
    BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament adjourned Monday for an August recess without receiving from the government a series of U.S.-backed draft laws designed to promote national unity and stem support for the Sunni-led insurgency.
  • Film Great Ingmar Bergman Dies at 89   AP / 1:43PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, one of the greatest artists in cinema history, died Monday at his home on an island off the coast of Sweden. He was 89.
  • UN Expert: Rape Rampant in Congo   AP / 12:30PM
    GENEVA (AP) -- Sexual atrocities in Congo's volatile province of South Kivu extend "far beyond rape" and include sexual slavery, forced incest and cannibalism, a U.N. human rights expert said Monday.
  • Dengue on Rise in Asia   AP / 12:20PM
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Dengue fever is raging across Asia, prompting the World Health Organization to warn that the region could face the worst outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus in nearly a decade.
  • 69 Trapped Chinese Miners Alive   AP / 11:10AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Nearly 70 miners trapped for more than 24 hours in a flooded coal mine in central China were still alive Monday, and rescuers were trying to send them supplies through a long ventilation pipe, state media said.
  • China Tightens Credit to Cool Economy   AP / 10:30AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China tightened credit Monday in a new effort to cool its sizzling economy, ordering banks to shrink the pool of money for lending by increasing their reserves for a sixth time this year.
  • UN Experts Visit Iranian Nuclear Reactor   AP / 10:30AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- U.N. inspectors visited a nuclear reactor Monday being built in central Iran, a facility that has been off-limits since April, state media reported.
  • Russia: Abbas True Palestinian Leader   AP / 10:20AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia considers President Mahmoud Abbas the legitimate leader of the Palestinian people, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday in Moscow's strongest statement backing Abbas since Hamas militants seized the Gaza Strip last month.
  • China's Alibaba Moving Toward IPO   AP / 9:50AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group said Monday it is moving toward a long-anticipated initial public offering, with plans to sell shares of its business-to-business unit in Hong Kong.
  • Rain, Flooding Kills 652 in China   AP / 9:40AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Floods, landslides and mud flows triggered by torrential rains have killed 652 people in China so far this year, with more heavy rains in the forecast, state media reported Monday.
  • Chinese Automakers Announce Partnership   AP / 9:10AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Two of China's biggest domestic car companies have formed a partnership to develop new models amid Chinese efforts to create producers able to compete with global automakers.
  • Iran Criticizes U.S.-Saudi Deal   AP / 8:10AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's foreign ministry spokesman on Monday criticized a U.S. plan to sell state-of-the-art weapons to Saudi Arabia, saying it would undermine security in the Middle East, the state broadcasting company reported.
  • Sanyo Swings to Profit in Latest Quarter   AP / 6:20AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Scandal-plagued Sanyo said Monday it swung back to a profit in the April-June quarter, reversing losses from a year ago as improved sales in digital cameras and rechargeable batteries helped offset a decline in mobile handsets and refrigerators.
  • NGOs Report Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq   AP / 6:10AM
    LONDON - About 8 million Iraqis - nearly a third of the population - need immediate emergency aid because of the humanitarian crisis caused by the war, relief agencies said Monday.
  • Militants Seize Shrine in Pakistan   AP / 6:10AM
    MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan (AP) -- Pro-Taliban militants seized control of a shrine in northwestern Pakistan and renamed it after Islamabad's Red Mosque, while three troops and four civilians died in the latest violence near the Afghan border, officials said Monday.
  • Calls for Unity in Iraq After Soccer Win   AP / 5:50AM
    BAGHDAD - Hundreds of pages have been ripped from the calendar since Iraqis last showed the unity and happiness that flowed across the land on Sunday.
  • French Actor Michel Serrault Dies   AP / 5:00AM
    PARIS (AP) -- French actor Michel Serrault, whose performance as a transvestite in the film and screen versions of "La cage aux folles" (The Birdcage) catapulted him to international stardom, has died, his priest said Monday. He was 79.
  • Sunday, July 29

  • Iraqis Bask in Rare Joy After Soccer Win   AP / 11:20PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Iraqis from the Shiite south to the Kurdish-dominated north poured into the usually treacherous streets Sunday to celebrate a rare moment of joy and unity when the national team won Asia's most prestigious soccer tournament.
  • Abe Vows to Stay After Election Defeat   AP / 10:03PM
    TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe led his scandal-stained ruling coalition to an unexpectedly severe defeat in parliamentary elections Sunday, a stunning reversal of fortune for a party that has controlled Japan virtually uninterrupted since 1955. Despite the humiliating setback, Abe vowed to stay in office.
  • Chavez Accuses Former Oil Officials   AP / 8:00PM
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Hugo Chavez on Sunday accused former Venezuelan officials of allowing foreign oil companies to "rob" Venezuela's immense petroleum wealth, saying they should be charged with crimes.
  • Thousands Blame Brazil Gov't for Crash   AP / 6:40PM
    SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- More than 5,000 teary-eyed Brazilians marched Sunday to the site of a plane crash that killed 199 people, blaming the government for the nation's deadliest aviation disaster.
  • Mayor Tries to Transform Mexico City   AP / 6:40PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The mayor of crime-ridden, smog-choked Mexico City is trying to do what some might consider impossible: transform his megalopolis into a place that's more healthy, livable and even fun.
  • Brown to Open New Chapter in UK-US Ties   AP / 6:03PM
    WASHINGTON - Prime Minister Gordon Brown traveled to the United States on Sunday, saying he planned to use the official visit to strengthen what Britain already considers its "most important bilateral relationship."
  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Visits China   AP / 3:10PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- For months, U.S. lawmakers have warned Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson that patience was wearing thin as his economic dialogue with China failed to produce breakthroughs on currency and other disputes.
  • Reports: Amro to Drop Endorsement   AP / 3:10PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- ABN Amro Holding NV has decided to drop its endorsement of an agreement to be acquired by Barclays PLC following a higher bid from a consortium of banks led by Royal Bank of Scotland PLC, newspapers reported Sunday.
  • Berlin District Opposes New McDonald's   AP / 3:00PM
    BERLIN (AP) -- Berlin's funky Kreuzberg neighborhood teems with diverse places to eat. It has Chinese and Thai, a laid-back cafe with old sofas and dark German beer, and an Italian coffee bar with artisan-roasted beans and organic provolone.
  • Hybrid Train Debuts in Japan   AP / 1:10PM
    SAKU, Japan (AP) -- Winding past rice paddies and lazily blowing its whistle along bubbly creeks, this two-car train in rural northern Japan is the latest entrant in the battle against global warming.
  • Russian Flight Safety Said to Nosedive   AP / 12:40PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- The storm was too massive to fly around, but rather than turn back, Captain Ivan Korogodin decided to risk flying over the towering clouds.
  • Gunfire Erupts After Iraq Soccer Win   AP / 12:30PM
    BAGHDAD - Defying orders from authorities, revelers fired celebratory gunshots and poured into the streets after Iraq beat Saudi Arabia to clinch its first Asian Cup soccer championship on Sunday.
  • Polls Show Loss for Japan Ruling Party   AP / 10:23AM
    TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party suffered humiliating losses in parliamentary elections Sunday after a string of political scandals, exit polls showed, but Abe said he did not plan to resign.
  • Poland Not Yet Decided on Iraq Extension   AP / 9:20AM
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland has not yet decided whether to extend its military mission in Iraq beyond the end of the year, the president said Sunday.
  • Russian Cargo Plane Crash Kills 7   AP / 6:20AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- A 43-year-old Russian cargo plane crashed Sunday minutes after taking off from a Moscow airport, killing all seven crew on board, officials said.
  • Ruling Party Tested in Key Japan Ballot   AP / 6:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- One of Japan's most heated elections in years got under way Sunday, with the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party in the unusual position of playing underdog amid a surge of support for a conservative opposition group.
  • N. Korea Reaffirms Nuclear Commitment   AP / 4:50AM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- North Korea's new foreign minister reaffirmed his country's commitment to ending its nuclear weapons program, an official said Sunday.
  • Tropical Storm Usagi Forms in Pacific   AP / 4:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A tropical storm formed about 620 miles southeast of Tokyo on Sunday and approached a remote Japanese island chain, Japan's Meteorological Agency reported.
  • Indian Police Kill 8 Protesters   AP / 3:30AM
    HYDERABAD, India (AP) -- Police opened fire on stone-throwing communist protesters in southern India, killing at least eight, officials said Sunday.
  • New British Prime Minister to Meet Bush   AP / 12:10AM
    LONDON - On the eve of his first visit to Washington as British prime minister, Gordon Brown said relations between the two allies would always be strong. But his government has signaled that it may not have as cozy a relationship with the U.S. as that of predecessor Tony Blair.
  • Saturday, July 28

  • Odd Candidates Spruce Up Japan Elections   AP / 10:40PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- There's Peru's former dictator, Albert Fujimori; and Yuko Tojo, whose grandfather ordered Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor; and the inventor who calls himself Dr. Nakamats and claims he knows how to turn North Korean missiles around in midair.
  • New British Prime Minister to Meet Bush   AP / 7:30PM
    LONDON - When Prime Minister Gordon Brown stepped into Tony Blair's shoes a month ago, his government signaled that the relationship with the Bush administration would be different - notably by appointing an outspoken critic of the Iraq war to his Cabinet.
  • New Elders Join Talks on Korean Hostages   AP / 6:10PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - Several Afghan elders and a former member of the Taliban joined the negotiations Saturday with the hardline militia over the fate of 22 South Korean hostages.
  • Lebanese Troops Kill 8 Islamic Militants   AP / 5:10PM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -- Lebanese troops stormed an Islamic militant hideout in a Palestinian refugee camp on Saturday, killing eight fighters, state-run media reported. A Lebanese army commander said the final assault to crush the remaining Fatah Islam fighters there was "imminent."
  • Musharraf and Bhutto Talk Power-Sharing   AP / 4:50PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - President Gen. Pervez Musharraf held secret talks with opposition leader and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, a government minister said Saturday. Media widely reported that the once-bitter rivals discussed a power-sharing deal.
  • SA Publishers Cancel 'Racist' Comic Book   AP / 4:50PM
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The South African publisher of "Tintin in the Congo" said it would not release an Afrikaans translation of the comic following complaints of racism, local media reported Saturday.
  • Iraqi Security Tighter Ahead of Asia Cup   AP / 3:51PM
    BAGHDAD - Authorities planned stepped-up patrols in Baghdad Sunday as they intensified security to prevent a repeat of car bombings that killed dozens of revelers celebrating Iraq's progress to the finals of Asia's top soccer tournament last week.
  • Hamas Will Pay Civil Servants in Gaza   AP / 3:51PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip will begin paying thousands of civil servants cut from the payroll of its moderate rival Fatah, officials said Saturday, further entrenching the divisions between the two Palestinian territories.
  • Mugabe Says He Will Print More Money   AP / 2:10PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe - President Robert Mugabe has promised to print more money to fund municipal projects, a government newspaper reported Saturday. The pledge came despite hyperinflation that has created severe shortages of cornmeal, meat, milk and other staples.
  • Saudi Turns His Back on Jihad   AP / 12:50PM
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- The last time Ahmed al-Shayea was in the news, he was in the hospital at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, being treated for severe burns from the truck bomb he had driven into the Iraqi capital on Christmas Day, 2004.
  • Finding Nonsectarian Military Leaders   AP / 9:30AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The biggest obstacle to building Iraqi security forces is finding leaders who are experienced and not bound by sectarian loyalties, a senior U.S. general told The Associated Press on Saturday.
  • Southeast Asia to Set Up Nuclear Monitor   AP / 6:30AM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Southeast Asian countries will set up a safety watchdog to ensure that nuclear power plants in the region are not used to produce weapons or aid terrorists and other criminal groups, an official said Saturday.
  • Indian Doctor Can Leave Australia   AP / 5:20AM
    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- An Indian doctor will be allowed to leave Australia after prosecutors dropped a charge linking him to the recent failed terrorist bombings in Britain, an official said Saturday.
  • China Oil Thieves Sentenced to Death   AP / 5:10AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Two men were sentenced to death for masterminding a plan to steal oil from an underwater pipeline, a botched plot that caused tens of millions of dollars in damages, China's state news agency reported Saturday.
  • Japan Ag Minister in New Scandal   AP / 4:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's agriculture minister apologized for double booking expense claims, news reports said Saturday, marking the latest embarrassment for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government ahead of an expected tight upper house election race.
  • Shambo Saga Underlines British Tensions   AP / 3:40AM
    LONDON (AP) -- A Hindu monastery in a quiet corner of Wales seems an unlikely locale for dissent. But the seizure of Shambo the bull from Skanda Vale and his subsequent slaughter underlined the difficulties Britain faces in accommodating its wide array of religions.
  • Bombing, Mosque Riot Rock Islamabad   AP / 1:40AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- A suspected suicide bomber killed at least 13 people at a hotel Friday after hundreds of stone-throwing protesters clashed with police as the capital's Red Mosque reopened for the first time since a bloody army raid ousted pro-Taliban militants holed up there.
  • Friday, July 27

  • Taiwan Strives to Conserve Rare Turtles   AP / 11:50PM
    PENGHU, Taiwan (AP) -- People once thought nothing of killing the green turtles on these islands for their meat and eggs, decimating the rare species' ranks along the way. But local efforts to save the creatures -- through a nesting reserve, a veterinary clinic and even a beach patrol -- still aren't guaranteed to revive the species' numbers, authorities say.
  • Political Tensions Heighten in Poland   AP / 11:10PM
    WARSAW, Poland - Poland's prime minister on Friday fired two officials from junior parties in his coalition, intensifying government tensions and raising the possibility of early elections.
  • Court: UK Downplays Animal Pain in Labs   AP / 11:10PM
    LONDON - Britain's government has overlooked the extent of the pain inflicted on animals in some scientific labs, the High Court ruled Friday.
  • Taiwan Strives to Conserve Rare Turtles   AP / 10:50PM
    PENGHU, Taiwan (AP) -- People once thought nothing of killing the green turtles on these islands for their meat and eggs, decimating the rare species' ranks along the way.
  • Japan's Minicars Selling Big   AP / 7:30PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese carmakers are once more proving that small sells big.
  • 9 Killed by Gunman in Eastern Serbia   AP / 7:00PM
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- A gunman opened fire in a village in eastern Serbia on Friday, killing at least nine people and wounding two, according to officials and media reports.
  • Everest Highway Plans on Hold   AP / 7:00PM
    LHASA, China (AP) -- Tibet has put on hold plans to build a highway on the side of Mount Everest aimed at easing the Olympic torch's journey to its peak, a government official said Friday.
  • Charges Files Against Former French PM   AP / 6:10PM
    PARIS - Political leader Dominique de Villepin, the impassioned voice of French opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq, was formally accused Friday of complicity in a tawdry campaign to smear his rival Nicolas Sarkozy's reputation and presidential aspirations.
  • Bombing, Mosque Riot Rock Islamabad   AP / 5:30PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A suspected suicide bomber killed at least 13 people at a hotel Friday after hundreds of stone-throwing protesters clashed with police as the capital's Red Mosque reopened for the first time since a bloody army raid ousted pro-Taliban militants holed up there.
  • Russia Seeks to Claim Arctic Seabed   AP / 2:40PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian scientists hope to plunge to the seabed beneath the North Pole in the next few days in a miniature sub and plant a titanium capsule containing the Russian flag, symbolically claiming much of the Arctic Ocean floor for Moscow.
  • Gorbachev: US Makes Strategic Mistakes   AP / 12:20PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Friday laid the blame for the current low in Russia's relations with the West squarely on Washington, accusing the United States of making major mistakes that had thrown the world into a period of "global disarray."
  • Volkswagen Profit Soars Amid Sales Rise   AP / 11:20AM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Volkswagen AG, Europe's biggest automaker by sales, said Friday that its profit in the second quarter and first six months of 2007 soared on better-than-expected sales in Europe and China.
  • World Markets Fall After U.S. Slide   AP / 10:14AM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Stock markets around the world slid on Friday, echoing a plunge a day earlier in the United States as fears about a widening crisis in the U.S. economy proved contagious from Tokyo to London.
  • Ex-French PM Charged in Smear Campaign   AP / 9:00AM
    PARIS (AP) -- Judges filed preliminary charges Friday against former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin for his suspected role in a smear campaign that targeted Nicolas Sarkozy before he became France's president, an attorney said.
  • EU Charges Intel With Monopoly Abuse   AP / 7:34AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- EU regulators said Friday they have charged Intel Corp. with monopoly abuse for blocking rival computer chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s access to customers.
  • Report Warns Against Many Internet Rules   AP / 7:20AM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Kazakhstan and Georgia are among countries imposing excessive restrictions on how people use the Internet, a new report says, warning that regulations are having a chilling effect on freedom of expression.
  • Students Protest at Pakistan Mosque   AP / 6:10AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Hundreds of religious students protested Friday at Islamabad's Red Mosque and blocked a government-appointed cleric from leading prayers at its planned reopening, more than two weeks after a bloody army siege that left over 100 people dead.
  • IAEA Team En Route to N. Korea   AP / 5:50AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A second team of U.N. nuclear experts arrived in Beijing Friday on their way to North Korea to monitor the shutdown and sealing of the country's sole plutonium-producing reactor.
  • Toshiba Quarterly Profit Jumps Fivefold   AP / 5:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Profit at Toshiba Corp. jumped fivefold in the April-June quarter on brisk sales of personal computers and semiconductors, the company said Friday.
  • UK Terror Charges Dropped Against Doctor   AP / 5:24AM
    BRISBANE, Australia - An Indian doctor was freed from custody after Australia's chief prosecutor said Friday that a charge linking him to failed terrorist bombings in Britain was a mistake.
  • Japan Ruling Party Limps to Elections   AP / 4:50AM
    NARASHINO, Japan (AP) -- Japan's ruling party is fighting to keep control over the upper house of parliament in elections this weekend that could weaken the scandal-hit government and potentially force Prime Minister Shinzo Abe from power.
  • Robots Clear Waterways of Deadly Mines   AP / 4:50AM
    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- As it slowly moves in the shallow water along a beach, the robot splashes its fins like a small child playing in the surf.
  • Official Backs Taiwan Referendum   AP / 4:00AM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Brushing off threats from rival China, Taiwan's foreign minister said Friday a planned referendum on membership in the United Nations will go ahead because it reflects the "overwhelming sentiment" of the island's people.
  • Asian Markets Down After Dow Plunges   AP / 3:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Asian markets tumbled Friday in the wake of one of Wall Street's biggest losses of the year. Japan's main stock index, the Nikkei 225, fell as much as 2.55 percent before ending the morning session at 17,291.23, down 410.86 points or 2.32 percent. A stronger yen and uncertainty over weekend elections also took a toll on Japanese stocks.
  • Kia Motors Profit Up 36 Percent in 2Q   AP / 1:50AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Kia Motors Corp., South Korea's second-biggest automaker, on Friday reported a 36 percent rise in net profit for the second quarter on cost-cutting and strong domestic sales of the large-size Opirus sedan.
  • Thursday, July 26

  • Widow of London Bomber Feels Ashamed   AP / 10:11PM
    LONDON - The widow of the leader of the 2005 London subway bombings said she was ashamed of her husband, and could understand if some people never forgave him.
  • French-Libyan Nuke Deal Criticized   AP / 10:00PM
    PARIS (AP) -- Environmentalists and France's leftist opposition on Thursday criticized a preliminary deal to provide civilian nuclear technology to Libya, with some claiming France used it as a bargaining chip to help free a group of medics held by Libya.
  • Porsche Looks to Hybrid Technology   AP / 7:20PM
    WEISSACH, Germany (AP) -- Porsche AG's first hybrid vehicle will be ready within three years, the head of the luxury automaker's new hybrid program announced Thursday, saying it showed progress by a company derided by some environmental groups as a climate destroyer.
  • De Klerk Denies Apartheid Crimes   AP / 5:50PM
    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- F.W. De Klerk, South Africa's last white president and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, insisted Thursday that he knew nothing about any atrocities committed during his leadership.
  • Dell Expands Retail Presence to Japan   AP / 5:30PM
    DALLAS (AP) -- Dell Inc. is expanding its retail presence to Japan, where it will sell a variety of computers at Bic Camera stores.
  • Wagner Scion `relieved' After Premiere   AP / 5:30PM
    BAYREUTH, Germany (AP) -- With Katharina Wagner in the bidding as the next possible leader of the Bayreuth festival, her production of "Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg" is being debated with a zeal unusual even for the venue -- the world's showcase for her great-grandfather Richard Wagner's works.
  • Flood-Hit Britain Begins Recovery   AP / 5:10PM
    OXFORD, England - River levels stabilized Thursday across England, allowing residents of flooded areas to survey the damage and begin the cleanup, as hundreds of thousands of people remained without clean water.
  • Hungary Officials Raid Microsoft Office   AP / 4:50PM
    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungary's state Competition Authority raided the offices of Microsoft Corp.'s local subsidiary as part of a probe into the company's relationship with large software distributors.
  • Raul Castro Says Cuba Avoided Collapse   AP / 4:30PM
    CAMAGUEY, Cuba - Raul Castro said Thursday that Cuba has avoided the collapse the U.S. predicted when his brother Fidel fell ill a year ago, and signaled he was willing to talk with a new American administration after President Bush leaves power.
  • Venice Film Fest Lineup Is Unveiled   AP / 4:30PM
    ROME - American and British films dominate this year's Venice film festival, including Brian De Palma's "Redacted" and Wes Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited."
  • Abbas Wants Israel Peace Deal in a Year   AP / 4:30PM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he hopes to reach a full peace deal with Israel within a year, after Israel's prime minister floated the idea of starting with a joint declaration on the contours of a Palestinian state.
  • Canada Allows Sikhs to Keep Last Names   AP / 4:30PM
    TORONTO (AP) -- The Canadian government has reversed a decade-old policy that forced Indian Sikhs with the common last names Singh or Kaur to change their surname before they could immigrate.
  • Researchers Find Evidence of Hidden City   AP / 4:00PM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Alexander the Great founded Alexandria to immortalize his name amid his quest to conquer the world -- but his was apparently not the first city on the famed site on Egypt's Mediterranean coast.
  • Tour De France Faces an Uphill Climb   AP / 4:00PM
    PARIS (AP) -- An optimist -- and there aren't many left in cycling -- would say that the only advantage for the scandal-mired sport is that things can't get much worse.
  • Berlin Zoo Introduces Children's Book   AP / 3:40PM
    BERLIN (AP) -- The Berlin Zoo introduced its first authorized children's book about Knut, their famous and lucrative polar bear cub.
  • Evidence of City Beneath Alexandria   AP / 3:10PM
    CAIRO, Egypt - Alexander the Great founded Alexandria to immortalize his name amid his quest to conquer the world - but his was apparently not the first city on the famed site on Egypt's Mediterranean coast.
  • U.N.: Eritrea Has Armed Islamic Fighters   AP / 2:30PM
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Islamic insurgents have enough surface-to-air missiles, suicide vests and explosives to sustain their war against the internationally backed Somali government, largely due to secret shipments from Eritrea, a U.N. monitoring panel said in a report.
  • Giant Prehistoric Tusks Found in Greece   AP / 2:20PM
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Researchers in northern Greece have uncovered two massive tusks of a prehistoric mastodon that roamed Europe more than 2 million years ago -- tusks that could be the largest of their kind ever found.
  • Abbas Hopes for Agreement With Israel   AP / 1:10PM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he hopes to reach a peace deal with Israel within a year, after reportedly receiving a promise from President Bush to push hard to conclude a Mideast agreement before the end of his term in 2008.
  • SKorean Envoy Heads to Afghanistan   AP / 12:10PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - A top South Korean official headed to Afghanistan on Thursday on a mission to secure the release of 22 Christian volunteers held captive by Taliban kidnappers after the militants killed a hostage.
  • U.S. Envoy: Troops Holding Down Violence   AP / 11:12AM
    BAGHDAD - Washington's top diplomat in Iraq said Thursday that increased U.S. troop strength had brought down violence, but it was impossible to rush political reconciliation or to predict when conditions would allow the United States to begin reducing its involvement.
  • Raul, Not Fidel, Marks Revolution Day   AP / 10:10AM
    CAMAGUEY, Cuba - Interim leader Raul Castro led tens of thousands of loyalists in celebrations marking the launch of Cuba's revolution Thursday, filling in for his ailing brother, Fidel, as his provisional government took on further airs of permanence.
  • Jordan Complains of Iraqi Refugees   AP / 9:10AM
    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan pleaded for international help Thursday to deal with hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have fled here to avoid the violence at home, saying they cost the kingdom $1 billion a year in basic services.
  • Monks Pray for Doomed Bull Shambo   AP / 7:10AM
    LONDON - Hindu monks at a rural monastery chanted and prayed for a miracle on Thursday as veterinary officials planned to slaughter a sacred bull infected with tuberculosis.
  • 60 Taliban Killed in Afghan Battles   AP / 7:10AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S.-led coalition forces and Afghan troops fought two separate battles with militants in southern Afghanistan, killing more than 60 suspected Taliban insurgents, officials said Thursday.
  • Japan Nuke Reactor Restart Date Unclear   AP / 7:10AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- The company that runs the nuclear power plant severely damaged by a magnitude 6.8 earthquake in northwestern Japan said Thursday it is still estimating damages 10 days after the temblor and does not know when it can reopen.
  • Chinese Stocks Rise to New Record High   AP / 6:20AM
    SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- China's roller-coaster stock markets surged to a new high Thursday, boosted by expectations of stronger corporate profits despite government efforts to cool the sizzling economy.
  • US: Attackers in Iraq Have Improved Aim   AP / 6:10AM
    BAGHDAD - The U.S. military has noted a "significant improvement" in the aim of attackers firing rockets and mortars into the heavily fortified Green Zone in the past three months that it has linked to training in Iran, a top commander said Thursday.
  • Sony Quarterly Profit More Than Doubled   AP / 6:10AM
    TOKYO - Sony said Thursday its April-June net profit more than doubled to 66.46 billion yen ($551.5 million) from a year ago on solid sales of flat-panel TVs, digital cameras and video camcorders.
  • Powerful Quake Rocks Eastern Indonesia   AP / 5:50AM
    MANADO, Indonesia - A powerful earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia on Thursday, sending residents fleeing from swaying homes and hospitals, authorities and witnesses said. There were no immediate reports of damage.
  • Syria Explosion Kills 15 Soldiers   AP / 5:20AM
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- An explosion at an ordnance depot in northern Syria killed at least 15 soldiers Thursday and wounded 50 others, the state news agency said.
  • Pakistan Tests Nuclear-Capable Missile   AP / 4:50AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan said it successfully test-fired a cruise missile Thursday capable of delivering nuclear warheads deep into India.
  • Rampaging Elephants Kill 8 in India   AP / 4:50AM
    GAUHATI, India (AP) -- Two domesticated elephants went on a rampage through several villages in northeastern India, killing eight people and wounding five before being shot dead by police, officials said Thursday.
  • Hyundai Motor Profits Jump 52 Pct. in 2Q   AP / 4:44AM
    SEOUL (AP) -- South Korea's biggest automaker Hyundai Motor Co. said Thursday its second quarter net profit rose 52 percent from a year earlier on robust domestic demand and cost-cutting efforts.
  • Japanese Stocks Down; Dollar Unchanged / Japanese Stocks   AP / 4:34AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese stocks fell for a second day Thursday as investors remained cautious ahead of the upper house elections Sunday and amid a flurry of corporate earnings reports.
  • Military Talks Between Koreas Break Down   AP / 2:24AM
    PANMUNJOM, Korea - North Korea walked out of military talks with South Korea, ending three days of high-level negotiations Thursday with no agreement amid a lingering dispute over their shared sea border.
  • U.S. Sponsors of Tour de France Hang On   AP / 12:50AM
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Despite extreme doping scandals and waning interest at home in the Tour de France, U.S. sponsors are more hesitant than their European counterparts to drop ties to the world's largest cycling event.
  • Teacher Rebuked for Fish Pond Punishment   AP / 12:30AM
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A teacher who forced nearly 140 teenage girls to squat in a fish pond as a punishment for throwing sanitary pads into toilet bowls has been reprimanded but will keep her job, an official said Thursday.
  • Wednesday, July 25

  • Colombia's Rebels Blamed for Land Mines   AP / 11:40PM
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Human Rights Watch said Wednesday the escalating use of land mines by Colombian rebels is killing and mutilating hundreds annually, making this nation the world leader in mine victims.
  • UN Mideast Envoy Warns of Gaza Collapse   AP / 9:20PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Mideast envoy warned Wednesday of impending economic collapse in the Gaza Strip unless Israel reopens the Hamas-led territory's main commercial crossing to the outside world to ease international isolation.
  • Berlin Western Wall Replica   AP / 7:50PM
    BERLIN (AP) -- The German capital's new $8.2 million Jewish community center will feature a replica of Jerusalem's Western Wall -- accurate down to the plants sprouting from its cracks, the center's leaders said.
  • U.N. Agency Rules for 'Simpsons Movie'   AP / 6:11PM
    GENEVA - Woo-hoo! "The Simpsons Movie" has won its
  • Europe Swelters in 2nd Heat Wave   AP / 4:30PM
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Southern Europe sweltered under the summer's second major heat wave Wednesday as firefighters battled blazes raging in Greece, Italy and Macedonia.
  • Consumers Go to Court in China   AP / 4:20PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Liu Chang no longer has full use of her left hand, and the headaches get more piercing each year. But the egg-sized lump in her cheek is the most unbearable reminder of how an injection that was supposed to make her prettier destroyed her life instead.
  • Putin Orders Boost in Military, Spying   AP / 3:40PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin vowed Wednesday to strengthen Russia's military capability and step up spying abroad in response to U.S. plans to build missile defense sites and deploy troops in Eastern Europe.
  • Sunnis Suspend Government Membership   AP / 2:10PM
    BAGHDAD - Iraq's largest Sunni Arab bloc said Wednesday it had suspended membership in Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's coalition government, a fresh setback to the Shiite leader's faltering efforts at national reconciliation.
  • Arab League Delegation Visits Israel   AP / 1:50PM
    JERUSALEM - Arab League envoys paid a historic visit to Israel on Wednesday to present a plan calling for a comprehensive regional settlement, saying they were extending "a hand of peace" on behalf of the Arab world.
  • Bombings Strike Soccer Fans in Baghdad   AP / 1:50PM
    BAGHDAD - Two suicide car bombings struck soccer fans in Baghdad as they were celebrating Iraq's victory in the Asian Cup semifinal on Wednesday, killing at least 27 people and wounding more than 100, officials said.
  • EU to Free Up Spectrum for 3G Services   AP / 11:50AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The European Union is making more radio spectrum available for accessing Internet services over mobile phones, saying the use of lower frequencies would cut operators' costs and let them reach customers over a wider area.
  • Siemens Sells One Unit, Buys Another   AP / 11:20AM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Siemens AG said Wednesday it will sell its VDO auto parts unit to Continental AG for about $15.67 billion and buy the U.S-based diagnostics company Dade Behring for $7 billion.
  • Pardon Outrages Families of HIV Children   AP / 11:10AM
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- The families of the children infected with the AIDS virus in a Libyan hospital voiced outrage Wednesday at the pardon and release of six medics who were flown home to Bulgaria a day earlier.
  • Matsushita, Sharp Post Upbeat Earnings   AP / 10:50AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Two major Japanese electronics companies, Matsushita Electric and Sharp Corp., issued upbeat earnings Wednesday on robust demand for consumer electronics, though Matsushita, the maker of Panasonic-brand products, said plasma TV sales dipped on sliding prices.
  • Toshiba, Fujitsu, NEC Talk Chip Tie-Up   AP / 10:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday it is considering an alliance with other Japanese semiconductor makers, including NEC and Fujitsu, to develop and produce next-generation, ultra-small consumer electronics chips.
  • Siemens to Sell VDO Unit to Tire Maker   AP / 9:10AM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Siemens AG said Wednesday it will sell its VDO auto parts unit to Germany's Continental AG in an euro11.4 billion (US$15.67 billion) deal, ending speculation that it was going to spin off the unit independently.
  • Glaxo 2nd-Quarter Profit Up 1.4 Percent   AP / 8:30AM
    LONDON (AP) -- GlaxoSmithKline PLC, whose shares have been weighed down by a negative report on its blockbuster diabetes drug Avandia, reported Wednesday that net profit rose 1.4 percent in the second quarter, even as revenue fell.
  • Brown Bids to Toughen Terror Laws   AP / 8:20AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Wednesday called for extending the time limits for detaining terrorist suspects before they have to be charged beyond the current 28 days, but he did not make a specific proposal.
  • First Indian Female President Sworn In   AP / 6:30AM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- India inaugurated its first female president Wednesday, a move that has been touted as a boost for women in a country where they often face rampant discrimination.
  • Libya Hopes for Breakthrough With West   AP / 5:30AM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- The release of six foreign medics raised expectations in Libya for a breakthrough in relations with the West after the European Union promised stepped up economic and political cooperation with Moammar Gadhafi's regime.
  • India Approves Nuclear Deal With US   AP / 5:30AM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's Cabinet has signed off on the technical details of a civilian nuclear cooperation deal with the United States, moving a step closer to finalizing a pact touted as the cornerstone of an emerging partnership, officials said Wednesday.
  • Nintendo Profit Jumps Fivefold   AP / 5:15AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Surging sales of Nintendo's Wii and DS video games lifted the company's quarterly profit fivefold, prompting the Japanese game maker to raise its annual earnings forecast 40 percent.
  • Rockets Kill 10 in Northwest Pakistan   AP / 5:05AM
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Suspected militants fired four rockets into a city in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing 10 people as they slammed into houses and a mosque, police said.
  • Iran: Ready for More Iraq Talks With US   AP / 4:50AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran is ready to consider high-level talks with the United States regarding security in Iraq, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported Wednesday.
  • Toyota Develops Plug-In Hybrid Car   AP / 1:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it has developed a plug-in hybrid vehicle for public road tests in Japan and plans tests for the United States and Europe.
  • Tuesday, July 24

  • Serbia Warns U.S., EU on Kosovo   AP / 9:10PM
    BELGRADE, Serbia - Serbia warned the United States and the European Union on Wednesday not to recognize Kosovo's independence without United Nations consent, saying that would prompt an immediate response from Serbian authorities and could destabilize the region.
  • U.N. Darfur Resolution Drops Threats   AP / 7:30PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Britain and France dropped a threat of sanctions against Sudan in a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution that would authorize an expanded peacekeeping force in Darfur, according to a revised draft circulated Tuesday.
  • Alleged Drug Trafficker Jailed in U.S.   AP / 5:40PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Chinese-Mexican businessman, tied to what U.S. officials say was the world's largest seizure of drug cash, is facing criminal charges in two countries that he trafficked in massive amounts of amphetamines destined for the United States.
  • Barcelona Struggles on Day 2 of Blackout   AP / 5:20PM
    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Shops operated with gas-powered lamps, traffic lights remained blank and courthouses turned to battery power Tuesday as Spain's most cosmopolitan city faced Day Two of a major power outage.
  • Playwright George Tabori Dies in Berlin   AP / 4:40PM
    BERLIN (AP) -- Hungarian-born playwright and director George Tabori, a legend in Germany's postwar theater world whose avant-garde works confronted anti-Semitism, has died, the Berliner Ensemble said Tuesday. He was 93.
  • U.S., Iranian Envoys Meet in Baghdad   AP / 4:30PM
    BAGHDAD - The American ambassador scolded his Iranian counterpart in a groundbreaking meeting Tuesday for Tehran's alleged arming and training of Shiite militias. But he agreed to set up a subcommittee with Iran and Iraq to work on stabilizing the country.
  • China, FBI Bust Software Counterfeiters   AP / 4:10PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Chinese police have busted up two criminal organizations and seized pirated software worth half a billion dollars, the culmination of two years of work with the FBI, officials from both countries said Tuesday.
  • U.S., Iraq, Iran Plan Security Committee   AP / 2:20PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The United States, Iran and Iraq have agreed to set up a security subcommittee to carry forward talks on restoring stability in Iraq, the U.S. envoy said Tuesday at the end of a second round of groundbreaking talks with his Iranian counterpart.
  • Cuba: a Year Without Fidel   AP / 1:30PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- When Fidel Castro last appeared in public one year ago Thursday, he enthusiastically led about 100,000 Communist Party faithful in celebrating the audacious attack on an army barracks that launched his revolution.
  • Afghanistan's Last King Laid to Rest   AP / 1:10PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - An honor guard lowered the body of Afghanistan's last king into a bullet-riddled hillside tomb Tuesday, as dignitaries, lawmakers and relatives said goodbye to the man they call the "Father of the Nation."
  • China, FBI Bust Pirate Software Gangs   AP / 10:30AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- The FBI and Chinese police busted two software piracy gangs and seized programs worth an estimated $500 million, officials said Tuesday.
  • Medics Jailed in Libya Arrive Home   AP / 10:11AM
    SOFIA, Bulgaria - Six medics sentenced to life in prison in Libya for allegedly infecting children with HIV came home to Bulgaria on Tuesday and were greeted with tears and hugs - and a presidential pardon that allowed them to walk free after 8 1/2 years behind bars.
  • Pakistan Militant Leader Kills Himself   AP / 9:20AM
    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- A former Guantanamo Bay inmate who led pro-Taliban militants in Pakistan after his release died Tuesday when he blew himself up with a grenade to avoid arrest, police said.
  • Malaysian Bookstores End Potter Boycott   AP / 9:00AM
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's biggest book chains ended a Harry Potter book sales boycott Tuesday that aimed to highlight how their business is threatened by grocery megastores that slash book prices.
  • BP Net Profit Gains 1.5 Percent   AP / 8:20AM
    LONDON (AP) -- BP PLC said Tuesday that second-quarter profit rose on the sale of the Coryton refinery in Britain and the West Texas pipeline in the United States to Occidental Petroleum Corp.
  • Westinghouse to Build China Nuke Plants   AP / 8:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Westinghouse Electric Co. closed deals Tuesday to build four nuclear power plants in China amid rapid growth in the country's commercial nuclear energy.
  • IAEA Inspectors to Visit Iran Reactor   AP / 7:10AM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Tuesday it will send a team of inspectors early next week to a disputed Iranian heavy water reactor -- a key step in efforts to allay concerns over the country's nuclear program.
  • Nissan Reports 16 Percent Drop in Profit   AP / 6:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese automaker Nissan said Tuesday its April-June quarter profit fell 16 percent because of higher material costs and a shift among consumers away from trucks and other vehicles that deliver heftier profits.
  • 20 Militants Killed in Pakistan Fighting   AP / 1:40AM
    MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan (AP) -- Clashes between suspected militants and security forces Monday near Pakistan's northwestern border with Afghanistan left at least 20 insurgents and two soldiers dead, an army spokesman said.
  • Hezbollah: Rockets Can Reach All Israel   AP / 1:24AM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said Monday his group possesses an arsenal of rockets that can reach all of Israel, including Tel Aviv.
  • UN Rejects Taiwan's Membership Bid   AP / 12:40AM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- The United Nations rejected Taiwan's application to become a member of the world body Monday, citing U.N. adherence to the "one China" policy and its recognition of the Chinese government in Beijing.
  • Monday, July 23

  • EU Ministers Launch Talks Over Treaty   AP / 11:20PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- European Union foreign ministers set mid-October as the deadline to complete negotiations on the final draft of a treaty aimed at replacing the aborted EU constitution.
  • US: Darfur Plan Has Force Timeline   AP / 11:00PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Monday that Security Council members were finalizing a new draft resolution on Darfur that he hopes will speed up the deployment of a U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force to the troubled region.
  • Floods Strike Britain; Thames Rising   AP / 9:10PM
    TEWKESBURY, England (AP) -- Emergency workers rescued hundreds of trapped people Monday as water swallowed swaths of central England in the worst flooding to hit the country for 60 years. Officials said some rivers were still rising, with the western section of the rain-swollen River Thames on the verge of bursting its banks.
  • Lopez, Anthony Arrive in Puerto Rico   AP / 9:00PM
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez arrived in Puerto Rico Monday to attend the opening of "El Cantante," a film biography of salsa pioneer Hector Lavoe.
  • TomTom Bids About $2.8B for Tele Atlas   AP / 8:00PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- TomTom NV, Europe's largest maker of car navigation systems, said Monday it would buy digital mapping company Tele Atlas NV for about $2.8 billion to form a bulwark against larger competitors and help it map the best possible routes as users need them.
  • Barclays Raises Bid for ABN Amro   AP / 7:10PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Barclays will raise its offer for ABN Amro to $93.1 billion, with help from two Asian financial partners, in the face of a rival bid led by the Royal Bank of Scotland, the British bank said Monday.
  • U.N. Asks Netherlands to Host Tribunal   AP / 7:10PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent a letter to the Netherlands on Monday asking the country to host a tribunal to prosecute suspects in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Ban's office said.
  • Floods Strike Britain; Thames Rising   AP / 6:50PM
    TEWKESBURY, England - Emergency workers rescued hundreds of trapped people Monday as water swallowed swaths of central England in the worst flooding to hit the country for 60 years. Officials said some rivers were still rising, with the western section of the rain-swollen River Thames on the verge of bursting its banks.
  • Blair on First Trip As Mideast Envoy   AP / 4:50PM
    JERUSALEM - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair opened his mission Monday to help Palestinians build solid foundations for their future state, offering ideas to Israeli leaders designed to stabilize the shaky government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
  • Last King of Afghanistan Dies   AP / 3:23PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's last king, a symbol of unity who oversaw four decades of peace before a 1973 palace coup ousted him and war shattered his country, died Monday. He was 92.
  • China Sees Activists As Olympic Threat   AP / 2:40PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China's intelligence services are gearing up for next year's Beijing Olympics, gathering information on foreigners who might mount protests and spoil the nation's moment in the spotlight.
  • Levine Cancels Verbier Appearances   AP / 2:30PM
    VERBIER, Switzerland (AP) -- Conductor James Levine canceled his weekend appearances at the Verbier Festival, citing health.
  • Car Bombs in Iraqi Capital Kill 12   AP / 2:10PM
    BAGHDAD - Three parked cars exploded within 30 minutes in a predominantly Shiite area of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 12 people, police said, the deadliest in a series of bombings and shooting attacks nationwide.
  • U.N.: 10,000 Somalis Flee Capital   AP / 1:50PM
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- About 10,000 people fled the Somali capital in the last week alone, and the exodus sparked by fighting continues, the United Nations said Monday.
  • Red Mosque to Reopen for Friday Prayers   AP / 1:40PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Islamabad's Red Mosque, where more than 100 people died in fighting between Islamic militants and security forces earlier this month, plans to reopen in time for Friday prayer this week.
  • Blair on First Trip As Mideast Envoy   AP / 12:50PM
    JERUSALEM - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday kicked off his first visit to the Middle East as the international community's new envoy to the region, hoping to add new momentum to fledgling peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians.
  • Taliban Extends Deadline on Koreans   AP / 12:30PM
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A purported Taliban spokesman said Monday the hard-line militia has extended its deadline on the fate of 23 South Korean hostages who were seized last week.
  • Small Plane Crashes in Switzerland   AP / 11:40AM
    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) -- A veteran pilot trying to break a speed record was killed Monday when his small, experimental plane crashed into an apartment building and playground. Six people on the ground were slightly injured, authorities said.
  • 39 Killed in Indonesian Floods   AP / 10:13AM
    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Flash floods and landslides in central Indonesia inundated villages, destroyed bridges and roads, and sent thousands fleeing their homes, officials said Monday. At least 39 people were killed.
  • Small Plane Trying to Set Record Crashes   AP / 10:10AM
    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) -- An attempt to break an aviation speed record went horribly wrong Monday when a small "experimental" plane crashed through an apartment building in the Swiss city of Basel, killing the pilot and injuring at least three other people, authorities said.
  • Brown Won't Rule Out Action Vs. Iran   AP / 10:00AM
    LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Monday that tougher sanctions are likely against Iran over its contested nuclear program and declined to reject outright the prospect of future military action.
  • Toyota, Mazda, Honda Set to Resume Output   AP / 8:50AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Carmakers Mazda and Honda and more than half of Toyota's shuttered assembly lines will restart at least some production over the next two days because a key parts supplier damaged by a major earthquake resumed operations Monday.
  • Turkey PM Vows to Preserve Secularism   AP / 6:50AM
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's prime minister pledged to work toward national unity and fight terrorism after the Islamic-rooted ruling party won parliamentary elections by a wide margin.
  • 3 Car Bombs Kill 12, Injure 19 in Iraq   AP / 5:30AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Three parked cars exploded in a predominantly Shiite area in Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 12 people and wounding 19, police said.
  • Blair Has Limits As Mideast Envoy   AP / 4:30AM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank - Tony Blair couldn't ask for a better starting point as the new Mideast peace envoy.
  • Deadline Extended for 23 Korean Hostages   AP / 1:50AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - A purported Taliban spokesman said Sunday that the hard-line militia had extended by 24 hours the deadline for the Afghan government to trade captured militants for 23 South Korean hostages.
  • Turkey's Ruling Party Wins Election   AP / 12:33AM
    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's Islamic-rooted ruling party won parliamentary elections by a wide margin Sunday, and the prime minister pledged to safeguard the country's secular traditions and do whatever the government deems necessary to fight separatist Kurdish rebels.
  • Iran, U.S. to Discuss Iraq This Week   AP / 12:33AM
    BAGHDAD - The United States and Iran have set a date for ambassador-level talks in Baghdad on the deteriorating security situation in Iraq - the first such meeting since late May, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Sunday.
  • Sunday, July 22

  • Safety of Top Iraq Cleric Questioned   AP / 11:20PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The safety of Iraq's pre-eminent Shiite cleric is in question after one of his close aides was stabbed to death in the Muslim leader's compound in the holy city of Najaf, a place beset by unsolved murders and believed to be infiltrated by insurgents.
  • French First Lady in Libya for AIDS Case   AP / 10:20PM
    PARIS (AP) -- France's first lady visited Libya Sunday and met its leader Moammar Gadhafi to press for the repatriation of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor imprisoned for allegedly infecting Libyan children with the AIDS virus, French media and Libyan officials said.
  • Israeli Textbook Offers Palestinian View   AP / 10:03PM
    JERUSALEM - Israel's Education Ministry said Sunday it was offering a new textbook for Arab third-graders acknowledging for the first time that the creation of the Jewish state was a tragedy for Palestinians.
  • U.N. Warns Moroccans on Sex Abuse   AP / 8:00PM
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) -- The United Nations is investigating Moroccan peacekeepers suspected of sexually abusing girls under age 18 in Ivory Coast and possibly leaving some of them pregnant, a U.N. spokeswoman said Sunday.
  • Deadline Extended for 23 Korean Hostages   AP / 6:31PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - A purported Taliban spokesman said Sunday that the hard-line militia had extended by 24 hours the deadline for the Afghan government to trade captured militants for 23 South Korean hostages.
  • 26 Dead, 14 Injured in France Bus Crash   AP / 6:10PM
    GRENOBLE, France - A bus carrying Polish Catholic pilgrims from a holy site in the French Alps plunged off a steep mountain road, crashed into a river bank and burst into flames Sunday, killing 26 people, authorities said.
  • Iraq Minister: New U.S.-Iran Talks Set   AP / 5:10PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- A new round of U.S.-Iran talks focusing on the deteriorating security situation in Iraq will be held Tuesday in Baghdad, the Iraqi foreign minister said.
  • Police Slay Top Indian Bandit   AP / 4:30PM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian police killed one of the country's most notorious bandits Sunday -- a man who ruled the ravines and forests of central India through a mixture of fear and love for three decades, with many hailing him as a modern-day Robin Hood.
  • Scion's 'Meistersinger' Eagerly Awaited   AP / 4:00PM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- A real-life drama of succession as riveting as any Richard Wagner opera is casting a shadow over this year's Bayreuth Festival, raising the anticipation level among devotees of the German master even before the first curtain rises Wednesday at the musical shrine he inaugurated 131 years ago.
  • Iraq: U.S./Iran to Talk Again Tuesday   AP / 3:50PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- A new round of U.S.-Iran talks focusing on the deteriorating security situation in Iraq will be held Tuesday in Baghdad, the Iraqi foreign minister said.
  • Global Market Affects German Auto Worker   AP / 3:30PM
    BERLIN (AP) -- When Thomas Haebich started working on the assembly line at Daimler-Benz AG two decades ago, he thought he had a job for life. But he no longer feels he can count on it.
  • Kung Fu Fighters Replace Hobbits in N.Z.   AP / 3:30PM
    HONG KONG (AP) -- The Hobbits defeated savage Orcs to protect Middle-earth from the evil Sauron. Now kung fu fighters and samurai warriors have taken their place.
  • Japan Autoworker Offers Skilled Labor   AP / 3:20PM
    KAMINOKAWA-MACHI, Japan (AP) -- Masakazu Kanazawa takes pride in his work as a 31-year veteran at a Nissan plant, fighting seconds to ever so perfectly and delicately put in axle parts.
  • Mob Wars Hits New Heights in Israel   AP / 2:00PM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- When an explosion goes off on a busy Israeli street these days, it seems as likely to be a mob hit as a Palestinian attack.
  • Soggy Amsterdam's Test: Digging a Subway   AP / 12:50PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Seventeenth-century masons built Amsterdam on a foundation of wooden poles planted in soggy, sandy ground, leaving behind a beautiful architectural museum -- but one with walls prone to sinking or crumbling without warning. So how do you dig a subway under it?
  • General Seeks Troop Cut in Northern Iraq   AP / 11:30AM
    BAGHDAD - In a move that could portend a strategy change, the commander of U.S. forces in northern Iraq said Sunday he has proposed reducing his troop levels and shifting next year to missions focused less on direct combat.
  • IAEA Sought for Japan Nuke Plant   AP / 11:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- U.N. nuclear experts should be invited to inspect a Japanese nuclear power station damaged in this week's earthquake to help restore public confidence, a top local official said Sunday.
  • Body of German Recovered in Afghanistan   AP / 10:33AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan officials recovered the body of a German aid worker kidnapped in southern Afghanistan earlier this week, a provincial police chief said Sunday.
  • 24 Pilgrims Die in Bus Crash in France   AP / 10:30AM
    GRENOBLE, France (AP) -- A bus carrying Polish pilgrims from a holy site in the French Alps plunged off a steep mountain road, crashed into a river bed and burst into flames Sunday, killing 24 people, authorities said.
  • China Quake Displaces More Than 8,000   AP / 10:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities relocated 8,250 people after a strong earthquake damaged and destroyed thousands of mud brick houses in the far western Xinjiang region, state media said Sunday.
  • 24 Pilgrims Killed in Crash in France   AP / 9:10AM
    GRENOBLE, France (AP) -- A bus carrying Polish pilgrims from a holy site in the French Alps plunged off a steep mountain road, crashed into a river bed and burst into flames Sunday, killing 24 people, authorities said.
  • Park to Be Named After Crocodile Hunter   AP / 7:50AM
    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- The late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, killed in a stingray attack last year, will be honored with a new wildlife reserve in Outback Australia, the government announced Sunday.
  • Iran: No Arms Deal With Syria   AP / 6:30AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's foreign ministry spokesman on Sunday dismissed as a "media game" recent reports of a secret arms deal with Syria allegedly made in return for an agreement that Damascus would not hold peace talks with Israel.
  • Call for Access to AIDS Drugs   AP / 5:50AM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- The world will not be able to celebrate advances in HIV diagnosis and treatment until the United Nations' goal of universal access to drugs is reached, leading international AIDS researchers said at a conference Sunday.
  • Record Storms Kill 152 in China   AP / 4:30AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Record rainfall this week triggered floods, landslides and mud flows that killed 152 people in China and forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands, state media reported Sunday.
  • Lawyer Slams Report on UK Terror Suspect   AP / 3:20AM
    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- Lawyers for an Indian doctor held in connection with the failed terrorist plots in Britain on Sunday accused police of leaking damaging allegations to make his client look guilty.
  • Brazil Suffers New Air Safety Problems   AP / 1:10AM
    SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- A radar failure over the Amazon forced Brazil to turn back or ground a string of international flights Saturday, deepening a national aviation crisis just hours after the president unveiled safety measures prompted by the country's deadliest air disaster.
  • UK Report: Errors Made in Sailors Kidnap   AP / 12:13AM
    LONDON - British diplomats were too slow to contact a key official who helped broker the eventual release of 15 sailors and marines held hostage in March by Iran, a report by lawmakers said Sunday.
  • US Teen Killed in Abandoned Mexican Mine   AP / 12:00AM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A 16-year-old U.S. tourist fell 1,000 feet to his death at an abandoned mine in central Mexico, and rescue workers were trying to recover his body on Saturday.
  • Saturday, July 21

  • Revolutionary Guards Die in Iran Clashes   AP / 11:20PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An armed group killed 11 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard in clashes in the country's lawless southeast, state-run television reported Saturday.
  • Fate of Taliban Hostages in Dispute   AP / 10:40PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A purported Taliban spokesman said Saturday that the Islamic militia had killed two German hostages, a claim disputed by both Afghanistan and Germany. He also offered to trade 23 captive South Koreans for imprisoned Taliban fighters.
  • Builder: Dubai Building World's Tallest   AP / 7:30PM
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Developers of a 1,680-foot skyscraper still under construction in oil-rich Dubai claimed Saturday that it has become the world's tallest building, surpassing Taiwan's Taipei 101 which has dominated the global skyline at 1,667 feet since 2004.
  • Russia, West May Face More Conflict   AP / 6:40PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- The diplomatic struggle over Russia's refusal to extradite the man suspected in the poisoning death of a former KGB agent in London could hamper progress on an array of issues critical to the West.
  • Sudan President Makes Rare Darfur Visit   AP / 5:40PM
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, implicated by many in the international community in Darfur's genocide, visited the troubled region Saturday for the first time in the four-year conflict there.
  • Voters Consider Challenges Facing Turkey   AP / 5:20PM
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's election campaign ended on Saturday as people prepared to vote for a new Parliament that will face a host of challenges: a presidential election, violence by Kurdish rebels and a growing divide over the role of Islam in society.
  • Iraqi PM: Parliament Should Cancel Break   AP / 4:12PM
    BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister urged parliament on Saturday to cancel or shorten its summer vacation to pass laws Washington considers crucial to Iraq's stability and the debate on how long U.S. forces should remain.
  • 2nd Guilty Plea in Iraq Cargo Fraud Case   AP / 3:10PM
    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) -- A former executive of a company that shipped military cargo to Iraq has pleaded guilty to lying about a fraud scheme that bilked the government out of more than a million dollars.
  • India Names Its First Female President   AP / 2:31PM
    NEW DELHI - India chose its first female president Saturday in an election hailed as a victory for women in a country where gender discrimination is deep-rooted and widespread.
  • Iraq Pullout Would Face Many Unknowns   AP / 1:50PM
    From crating up the bombs and bullets, to shrink-wrapping the helicopters, to counting up the endless tiers of port-a-potties, the pullout of U.S. combat forces from Iraq, when it inevitably comes, will rank as the longest-planned withdrawal ever.
  • In Africa, School Still a Dream for Many   AP / 1:00PM
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- School was the last thing on Pascal Mwanchoka's mind when he and his younger brother boarded a bus that would take them hundreds of miles away from their mother and her alcohol-fueled rages.
  • Iraqi Sects in Desperate Fight for Power   AP / 12:20PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- At an intersection in the Sadiyah section of the capital, near the tip of the thumb formed by a sharp bend in the Tigris River, stands a stark example of what underlies Iraq's sectarian war and why any peaceful outcome will not be determined by U.S. combat power.
  • India Names First Female President   AP / 11:30AM
    NEW DELHI - India elected Pratibha Patil as the country's first female president Saturday in a vote seen as a victory for the hundreds of millions of Indian women who contend with widespread discrimination.
  • Spain Ends Search for Missing Migrants   AP / 9:00AM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Spain has called off the two-day search for some 50 African migrants whose crowded boat capsized in rough seas off the Canary Islands, officials said Saturday.
  • Hamas Replacing Defunct Gaza Courts   AP / 7:30AM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas is replacing Gaza's defunct courts with a legal committee consisting of an Islamic law expert, a military court lawyer and the head of the main prison, a spokesman for the Hamas force policing Gaza said Saturday.
  • Islamic Rebels Attack Hindus in Kashmir   AP / 7:10AM
    SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Suspected Islamic rebels attacked Hindu pilgrims with hand grenades for the second time in a week in India's portion of Kashmir, wounding 11 people, police said Saturday.
  • Italy: Group Used Mosque As Terror Camp   AP / 6:50AM
    ROME (AP) -- Italian police arrested three Moroccans -- an imam and two of his aids -- they accuse of being part of a militant cell that allegedly used a mosque in a central Italian city as a terror training camp.
  • 1 Dead in Attack on Protesters   AP / 6:40AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Attackers dressed in dark clothes and wielding metal pipes raided a camp of environmental protesters in Siberia early Saturday, leaving one dead and several injured, a spokeswoman for the local administration said.
  • Olmert: Direct Syria Talks   AP / 5:30AM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel and Syria must conduct direct peace talks, without a mediator, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was quoted as saying, in response to Syrian President Bashar Assad who proposed third-party involvement.
  • Radar Outage Halts S. America Flights   AP / 5:00AM
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- An unexplained two-hour outage at a radar facility in the Amazon forced at least four American Airlines flights from the U.S. heading to Brazil to return to Miami International airport early Saturday.
  • Head Scarves Issues in Turkey Election   AP / 4:10AM
    ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) -- A general election on Sunday in this mostly Muslim nation might help answer a divisive question: whether women should be allowed to wear head scarves in official settings and state institutions.
  • Lawyer Says Chinese Dissident Tortured   AP / 2:10AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese dissident on trial for subversion and running an illegal business confessed under torture, his lawyer said.
  • Generals: Troops Need to Stay in Iraq   AP / 1:50AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. military commanders said Friday the troop buildup in Iraq must be maintained until at least next summer and they may need as long as two years to ensure parts of the country are stable.
  • Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Stay Defiant   AP / 12:00AM
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- Twice a day at the U.S. military prison here, Abdul Rahman Shalabi and Zaid Salim Zuhair Ahmed are strapped down in padded restraint chairs and flexible yellow tubes are inserted through their noses and throats. Milky nutritional supplements, mixed with water and olive oil to add calories and ease constipation, pour into their stomachs.
  • Friday, July 20

  • 9 Dead in Eastern Congo Clashes   AP / 11:40PM
    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Clashes between rival militia groups in eastern Congo have killed nine fighters and reduced dozens of houses to smoldering ruins, aid officials said Friday.
  • Liberia Charges 2 in Alleged Coup Plot   AP / 11:30PM
    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia's former House speaker and an ex-military commander have been charged with treason for their involvement in an alleged coup plot, officials said Friday.
  • 18 Children Attacked in China School   AP / 11:30PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A mentally ill man wielding a wrench attacked a kindergarten in southern China, injuring 18 children and a teacher before fleeing on a motorcycle and trying to stab himself to death, state media said Saturday.
  • SKorea to Pull Troops From Afghanistan   AP / 10:51PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea said Saturday it plans to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year as scheduled. The announcement came shortly after Taliban militants threatened to kill a group of kidnapped South Korean Christians unless Seoul pulled its soldiers out.
  • Fisherman Finds Skull of Missing Friend   AP / 10:10PM
    LONDON - A fisherman found part of a skull belonging to a
  • Iraq Warns Against Early U.S. Pullout   AP / 9:20PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iraq's deputy prime minister on Friday defended his government's progress in establishing security and ending political infighting, and warned that an early U.S. troop pullout would be disastrous for his country.
  • Military Goes High-Tech to Stay Cool   AP / 9:20PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Humvee's air conditioner conked out right after four U.S. soldiers clambered aboard for a run through some of Baghdad's most dangerous streets. The temperature was 115 -- and without AC, it would quickly rise to 150 or higher inside the vehicle.
  • Spain Magazine Pulled for Royal Cartoon   AP / 9:10PM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- A judge ordered copies of a satirical magazine confiscated Friday for publishing a front-cover cartoon of Spain's Crown Prince Felipe in an intimate bedroom scene with his wife, Princess Letizia, court officials said.
  • Generals Plead for Time to Secure Iraq   AP / 7:10PM
    BAGHDAD - U.S. military commanders said Friday the troop buildup in Iraq must be maintained until at least next summer and they may need as long as two years to ensure parts of the country are stable.
  • UN: al-Qaida, Taliban Sanctions Outdated   AP / 5:50PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations has not kept an up-to-date list of al-Qaida and Taliban leaders targeted by international sanctions, harming both the fight against terrorism and efforts to stabilize Afghanistan, a key U.N. counterterror official said Friday.
  • AP IMPACT: Force-Feeding at Guantanamo   AP / 4:00PM
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- Twice a day at the U.S. military prison here, Abdul Rahman Shalabi and Zaid Salim Zuhair Ahmed are strapped down in padded restraint chairs and flexible yellow tubes are inserted through their noses and throats. Milky nutritional supplements, mixed with water and olive oil to add calories and ease constipation, pour into their stomachs.
  • China Not Only Worry on Imported Food   AP / 3:30PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican cantaloupe irrigated with water from sewage-tainted rivers. Candy laced with lead. Chinese toothpaste is not the only concern for U.S. consumers wary of the health risks posed by imported goods.
  • Harry Potter Translator Beats Cancer   AP / 2:10PM
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Translator Listiani Srisanti brought J.K. Rowling's magical tales about Harry Potter to life for millions of Indonesians -- even after doctors diagnosed her with cancer and told her she had only a few months to live.
  • Storm Kills at Least 50 in Pakistan   AP / 1:50PM
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Lightning and heavy rain caused landslides that destroyed homes in two villages in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 50 people, officials said.
  • Acer Files Suit Against Hewlett-Packard   AP / 12:50PM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwan's Acer Inc. said Friday it has filed a counterclaim in a U.S. court against a patent infringement lawsuit by Hewlett-Packard Co.
  • 18 South Koreans Abducted in Afghanistan   AP / 9:10AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - Taliban gunmen abducted 18 members of a South Korean church group, and a purported spokesman for the Islamic militia said Friday that it will question the 15 women and three men about their activities in Afghanistan before deciding their fate.
  • Ethiopia Pardons 38 Opposition Members   AP / 8:30AM
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Ethiopia pardoned and freed 38 opposition politicians and activists Friday following international condemnation of their imprisonment and days after U.S. lawmakers took steps to criticize the country's human rights record.
  • China Bans Firms From Exporting Goods   AP / 5:30AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China said Friday it had shut down several firms at the heart of food and drug safety scares, its latest move to clean up those industries and salvage its reputation as a reliable exporter.
  • Japanese Stocks Climb; Dollar Up vs. Yen / Japanese Stocks   AP / 5:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese stocks rose a second straight day Friday, lifted by steel companies with strong earnings expectations.
  • China Closes Firms Over Tainted Products   AP / 4:10AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China said Friday it had shut down several firms at the heart of food and drug safety scares, its latest move to clean up those industries and salvage its reputation as a reliable exporter.
  • Philippine Rebels Free Italian Priest   AP / 1:40AM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- An Italian priest held hostage for over a month in the southern Philippines said Friday he lost 15 pounds on a meager diet during his ordeal but was not threatened by the Muslim militants who kidnapped him.
  • Nicaragua Sandinistas Recall Revolution   AP / 12:30AM
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Nicaragua's Sandinistas marked the 28th anniversary of their 1979 revolution on Thursday and this year's celebrations were particularly sweet -- the leftist party is back in power and surrounded by allies.
  • Peru Teachers Agree to End 15-Day Strike   AP / 12:20AM
    LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peru's public school teachers on Thursday ended a 15-day strike against a new law requiring them to take competency tests after government officials agreed to talks on their demand for better training.
  • GM Tops Toyota in 2Q Global Sales   AP / 12:20AM
    DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors Corp. pulled ahead of Toyota Motor Corp. in global sales for the second quarter of 2007 but remained No. 2 for the first half of the year, according to preliminary figures released by the rival automakers.
  • A German City's Long Focus on the Sun   AP / 12:20AM
    FREIBURG, Germany (AP) -- Rolf Disch has harnessed the sun in his city of Freiburg, starting with his own house.
  • Del Toro to Play 'Che' in New Film   AP / 12:10AM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Benicio del Toro will play Argentine revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara in a film directed by Steve Soderbergh, the film's production company said Thursday.
  • Thursday, July 19

  • Roman Bath Complex Uncovered   AP / 10:30PM
    ROME (AP) -- A large 2nd-century bath complex believed to be part of a wealthy Roman's luxurious residence has been partially dug up, archaeologists said Thursday.
  • EU OKs German Online Search-Engine Grant   AP / 9:51PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The European Union on Thursday authorized Germany to give $165 million for research on Internet search-engine technologies that could someday challenge U.S. search giant Google Inc.
  • Sunnis Return to Iraqi Parliament   AP / 5:14PM
    BAGHDAD - Sunni legislators returned to Iraq's parliament Thursday after a five-week boycott, raising hopes the assembly can make progress on power-sharing bills demanded by Washington before the lawmakers take a month's break.
  • Filming Begins on Tom Cruise Movie   AP / 5:14PM
    BERLIN - Shooting began Thursday in a forest outside Berlin on a movie starring Tom Cruise as Germany's most famous anti-Hitler plotter.
  • La Scala to Mark Callas Anniversary   AP / 4:40PM
    MILAN, Italy (AP) -- La Scala opera house is marking the 30th anniversary of the death of Maria Callas with a book, exhibits and daylong screening of a film on her life.
  • Brazil Prosecutors Move to Close Airport   AP / 2:10PM
    SAO PAULO, Brazil - A TAM jet pulled out of an attempted landing Thursday at Sao Paulo's Congonhas airport, and federal prosecutors sought a court order to shut down the entire airport - Brazil's busiest - until the investigation into this week's crash that killed at least 189 people was completed.
  • Beijing's Cardboard-Stuffed Buns a Hoax   AP / 1:00PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A freelance reporter for a Beijing television station has been detained for faking a hidden camera report about street vendors who used chemical-soaked cardboard to fill meat buns, local media said.
  • Reports: Man Charged With Terror Offense   AP / 12:30PM
    LONDON (AP) -- A Jordanian doctor has been charged in connection with foiled car bomb plots in London and Glasgow, police said Thursday.
  • US: Some Progress in Iraq   AP / 12:24PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top U.S. diplomat in Iraq said Thursday that Baghdad is making some political progress but faces considerable difficulty in the months to come to try to heal a nation long gripped by violence.
  • Afghan Mission for Harry's Regiment   AP / 11:40AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Troops from Prince Harry's army regiment will be deployed to Afghanistan in October, the defense minister said Thursday, without confirming whether the youngest son of Princess Diana will be among them.
  • Texas May Divest From Iran-Friendly Cos.   AP / 9:20AM
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants state pension funds to divest from companies doing business in Iran, similar to a move the funds are taking with companies tied to Sudan.
  • Actor Jude Law Promotes U.N.'s Peace Day   AP / 9:10AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Jude Law traveled and filmed in treacherous areas of eastern Afghanistan to help promote the United Nations' annual day of worldwide cease-fire and nonviolence in September.
  • 26 Killed in Mumbai Building Collapse   AP / 6:50AM
    MUMBAI, India - At least 26 people were killed and 15 others injured when a seven-story building collapsed in Mumbai, officials said Thursday as rescue workers pulled survivors and bodies out of the rubble.
  • Japan Quake Hurt Automakers, Power Co.   AP / 6:24AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- The mammoth earthquake that ravaged northern Japan this week did more than take lives and trigger radioactive leaks. It nailed some of the most important industries undergirding growth in the world's second-biggest economy.
  • Chinese Economy Grew 11.9 Percent in 2Q   AP / 6:14AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China's sizzling economy grew faster in the second quarter despite official efforts to apply the brakes, expanding by 11.9 percent over a year earlier, the government reported Thursday. It said it would take new steps to cool the boom.
  • At Least 2 Killed in Gunfight in Somalia   AP / 5:00AM
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A 30-minute gunbattle rocked the capital in the hours before a long-awaited Somali peace conference was set to begin Thursday. At least two people were killed, officials said.
  • Blair Briefing Middle East Peace Quartet   AP / 3:40AM
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair makes his first appearance as Mideast envoy Thursday, with international diplomats gathering to discuss ways to breath life into long-stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
  • GOP Torpedoes Iraq Troop Pullout Plan   AP / 3:00AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republicans torpedoed legislation Wednesday to force the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq, bowing to President Bush's adamant refusal to consider any change in war strategy before September.
  • US Says al-Qaida Leader Arrested in Iraq   AP / 1:50AM
    BAGHDAD - The U.S. command announced on Wednesday the arrest of an al-Qaida leader it said served as the link between the organization's command in Iraq and Osama bin Laden's inner circle, enabling it to wield considerable influence over the Iraqi group.
  • Wednesday, July 18

  • Japanese Court Sentences Fund Manager   AP / 11:00PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese court sentenced a high-profile fund manager to two years in prison Thursday for insider trading, in a case grabbing intense attention in a nation struggling to regulate takeovers and startups.
  • Prosecutors Submit Khmer Rouge Cases   AP / 9:30PM
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Prosecutors for the international tribunal examining the 1970s Cambodian genocide submitted a list Wednesday of Khmer Rouge leaders they recommend stand trial.
  • Bulgaria Pushes Libya on Medic Transfers   AP / 9:20PM
    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Bulgaria pressed Wednesday for the repatriation of five of its nurses and a Palestinian doctor jailed in Libya after their death sentences on charges of infecting children with HIV were commuted to life in prison.
  • Nelson Mandela Marks His 89th Birthday   AP / 8:10PM
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) -- Nelson Mandela celebrated his 89th birthday Wednesday by joining with other Nobel peace laureates, politicians and development experts to form a "council of elders" dedicated to fostering peace and resolving global crises.
  • Marine Convicted of Conspiracy   AP / 7:21PM
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) -- A military jury on Wednesday convicted a Marine of conspiring to murder an Iraqi man in a bungled attempt to abduct and kill a suspected insurgent in Hamdania.
  • Brazil Plane Crash May Haunt Government   AP / 6:31PM
    SAO PAULO, Brazil - Brazil's deadliest jetliner crash was an accident foretold. For months, air safety concerns have been aired in congressional hearings, and pilots and traffic controllers have worried for years about the short, slippery runways at Brazil's busiest airport.
  • US Says al-Qaida Leader Arrested in Iraq   AP / 5:50PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.S. command announced on Wednesday the arrest of an al-Qaida leader it said served as the link between the organization's command in Iraq and Osama bin Laden's inner circle, enabling it to wield considerable influence over the Iraqi group.
  • U.S. Announces Major al-Qaida Arrest   AP / 4:50PM
    BAGHDAD - The U.S. command announced on Wednesday the arrest of an al-Qaida leader it said served as the link between the organization's command in Iraq and Osama bin Laden's inner circle, enabling it to wield considerable influence over the Iraqi group.
  • US Targets Chinese Music Download Rules   AP / 4:00PM
    GENEVA (AP) -- The United States is seeking consultations with China over rules on music downloading and cinema rights that appear to discriminate against foreign sound recordings and films, a U.S. trade official said Wednesday.
  • Bomb in Southern Russia Wounds 10   AP / 4:00PM
    NAZRAN, Russia (AP) -- An explosion tore through a crowd of mourners at a cemetery in violence-plagued southern Russia on Wednesday, wounding at least 10 people, including four police officers, authorities said.
  • Iranian TV Shows 2 Iranian-Americans   AP / 4:00PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian state television broadcast video of two detained Iranian-Americans on its nationwide channel Wednesday night, purporting to show them making incriminating statements about plotting subversion in Iran.
  • EU Endorses Cell-Phone TV Standard   AP / 3:50PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The European Commission on Wednesday endorsed a Nokia-backed mobile TV standard called DVB-H, saying Europe needed to pick one technology over others and promising to look at ways to mandate its use.
  • EU File Sharers Protected in Civil Cases   AP / 3:30PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Copyright groups may not be able to demand that telecom companies hand over the names and addresses of people suspected of swapping music illegally online, a senior legal adviser to the EU's highest court said.
  • Quake Halts Japan Auto Production   AP / 3:20PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- An earthquake that killed at least 10 people and ravaged a nuclear plant also caused damage at one of Japan's major auto parts suppliers, forcing the country's top car makers to halt production for the next few days.
  • Turkey Bombards Northern Iraq, Iraq Says   AP / 3:20PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi government said Turkish artillery and warplanes bombarded areas of northern Iraq on Wednesday and called on Turkey to stop military operations and resort to dialogue.
  • Gold-Plated Phone Planned for Olympics   AP / 3:20PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co. will make a special 18-carat gold-plated mobile phone in China to mark next year's Olympics in Beijing.
  • The BBC Suspends Phone-In Contests   AP / 1:50PM
    LONDON (AP) -- The British Broadcasting Corp. said Wednesday it was suspending all phone-in contests and interactive quizzes after an investigation exposed several rigged competitions.
  • McKellen Says Lear Role Is Nerve-Racking   AP / 1:40PM
    SINGAPORE (AP) -- Ian McKellen says playing the title character in William Shakespeare's "King Lear" is more nerve-racking than his recent Hollywood film roles.
  • Tony Blair Debuts As Middle East Envoy   AP / 1:30PM
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Tony Blair once infamously told President Bush in a not-meant-to-be-heard moment that he was the perfect person to undertake a peace mission to the Middle East -- because he would not be expected to get results.
  • Swedish Woman, 75, Gets Superfast Net   AP / 1:30PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- She is a latecomer to the information superhighway, but 75-year-old Sigbritt Lothberg is now cruising the Internet with a dizzying speed.
  • French Govt. Buys Poussin Masterpiece   AP / 1:10PM
    PARIS - The French government has agreed to buy the 17th-century masterpiece "The Flight Into Egypt" by French painter Nicolas Poussin.
  • Shake-Up in Russia's Security Council   AP / 12:40PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday accepted the resignation of the secretary of his Security Council, an advisory post that in the past has served as a political springboard.
  • US: Top al-Qaida in Iraq Figure Captured   AP / 11:40AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The highest-ranking Iraqi leader of al-Qaida in Iraq has been arrested and told interrogators that Osama bin Laden's inner circle wields considerable influence over the Iraqi group, the U.S. command said Wednesday.
  • Quake Forces Toyota to Halt Production   AP / 10:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese automakers, including Toyota Motor Corp., called production halts Wednesday at factories in Japan because of quake damage at a major parts supplier.
  • 9 Afghan Police Killed in 2 Attacks   AP / 7:10AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Suspected Taliban militants ambushed a convoy of Afghan police officers driving through a dangerous section of the country's major highway Wednesday, killing six, an official said.
  • Hamas Rejects Bush Peace Talks Proposal   AP / 4:00AM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Hamas rejected President Bush's proposal for a Mideast peace conference, denouncing it Tuesday as nothing but lies, while Syria said it fears the offer is "just words."
  • Honda to Boost North American Production   AP / 3:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Honda Motor Co. is increasing production capacity in North America and elsewhere to keep up with growing demand for its fuel-efficient cars and to maintain the momentum for global growth, the company's president said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, July 17

  • 176 Feared Dead in Brazil Plane Crash   AP / 11:50PM
    SAO PAULO, Brazil - A passenger jet crashed and burst into flames after skidding off a runway at Brazil's busiest airport Tuesday and barreling across a busy highway, officials said. All 176 people on board were feared killed in what would be Brazil's deadliest air disaster.
  • RIM Unveils New BlackBerry Model   AP / 9:50PM
    TORONTO (AP) -- Research In Motion announced a new BlackBerry model Tuesday that will provide wireless voice and data access over both cellular and Wi-Fi networks.
  • Row in Israel Over Potter Sabbath Launch   AP / 8:50PM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- The figure responsible for Israel's latest religious row is a bespectacled British teenager who is gifted with magical powers, world famous and entirely fictional.
  • U.N. Urges Fewer Afghan Civilian Deaths   AP / 8:20PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council called Tuesday on forces in Afghanistan to take all possible precautions to avoid civilians deaths and urged foreign troops to enhance their understanding of local culture by cooperating with Afghan authorities.
  • Brazilian Plane Crashes Into Gas Station   AP / 7:30PM
    SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- A plane carrying at least 150 people crashed into a gas station and burst into flames after landing at Sao Paulo's airport Tuesday, Brazil's airport authority said.
  • China Limits Teenage Internet Gaming   AP / 3:40PM
    HONG KONG (AP) -- The Chinese government has launched a campaign to limit the number of hours teenagers spend online playing games.
  • U.S.: Afghanistan to Break Opium Record   AP / 12:40PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's heroin-producing poppy crop set another record this season, despite intensified eradication efforts, the American ambassador said Tuesday.
  • Asda's Harry Potter Order Axed   AP / 11:50AM
    LONDON (AP) -- The publisher of the new Harry Potter book said it canceled shipments to one of Britain's largest supermarket chains, owned by Wal-Mart, in a dispute over unpaid bills.
  • Cuba Says U.S. Issuing Visas Too Slowly   AP / 11:30AM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba chided the United States on Tuesday for being too slow to issue visas to Cubans wanting off the island.
  • Sienna Miller Urges Energy Conservation   AP / 11:20AM
    MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Sienna Miller teamed up with Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan on Tuesday to urge Indians to do more to slow global warming.
  • Sydney Urges Residents to Make 'Go Bags'   AP / 11:20AM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Residents of Australia's largest city are being urged to create survival bags to prepare for terrorist attacks and other emergencies under a campaign launched by city council Tuesday.
  • Bull-Runner Can't Visit 10-Year-Old Son   AP / 10:50AM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- A Spanish judge has revoked the parental visitation rights of a man who took his 10-year-old son running with the bulls in Pamplona.
  • 20 Sickened by Derailed Train in Ukraine   AP / 9:30AM
    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A freight train carrying yellow phosphorus derailed and burst into flames in western Ukraine, releasing a giant poisonous cloud and contaminating the area around 14 villages, emergency officials said Tuesday.
  • Turkey to Elect New Government   AP / 7:12AM
    ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkey's ruling party is likely to win a majority of seats in parliamentary elections Sunday that will highlight the deepening divide between the Islamic-oriented government and opponents who fear religion is encroaching on secular traditions.
  • US, N.Korea Nuclear Envoys Meet in China   AP / 6:40AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- The chief U.S. nuclear envoy met Tuesday with his North Korean counterpart ahead of the first six-nation talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program since the communist nation shut down its sole operating nuclear reactor.
  • Monday, July 16

  • Report: DEA Arrests Haitian Ex-Rebel   AP / 11:20PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested a former rebel leader and presidential candidate with alleged ties to drug traffickers, Haitian radio reported.
  • China Honors 'Traitor' As Military Hero   AP / 11:10PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A former defense minister whose name was stricken from history books after he was accused of plotting to assassinate Communist leader Mao Zedong has been included in a museum exhibit honoring a group of China's military luminaries, state media reported Monday.
  • Japan Quake Causes 9 Deaths, Nuke Leak   AP / 9:50PM
    KASHIWAZAKI, Japan - A strong earthquake shook Japan's northwest coast Monday, setting off a fire at the world's most powerful nuclear power plant and causing a reactor to spill radioactive water into the sea - an accident not reported to the public for hours.
  • Argentine Economy Minister Resigns   AP / 9:30PM
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- President Nestor Kirchner's economy minister resigned Monday after a prosecutor ordered her to testify about $64,000 in cash that was found in a bag in her office, the government said.
  • Libya Council Delays Decision on Medics   AP / 9:24PM
    TRIPOLI, Libya - Libya's highest judicial authority on Monday postponed a decision in the case of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor facing death sentences on charges of infecting hundreds of children with the AIDS virus.
  • U.S. Borders Bookstores Shelve `Tintin'   AP / 9:24PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- "Tintin in the Congo," an illustrated work removed from the children's section of Borders Group, Inc., stores in Britain because of allegations of racism, will get the same treatment by the superstore chain in the United States.
  • Police, Protesters Clash in Oaxaca   AP / 9:10PM
    OAXACA, Mexico (AP) -- Police fired tear gas Monday to prevent hundreds of leftist protesters from reaching the venue of an international folk festival in Oaxaca, in the worst outbreak of violence in the troubled Mexican city since November.
  • Chavez: Catholic Church Losing Backing   AP / 7:50PM
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Hugo Chavez criticized Venezuela's Roman Catholic leaders on Monday for condemning his plans to rewrite the constitution, saying the church is losing support in this politically divided nation because priests are meddling in politics.
  • Afghan Governor Fired After Comments   AP / 7:40PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's government fired a provincial governor days after he said Afghans are distancing themselves from President Hamid Karzai and that a "vacuum of authority" is allowing the Taliban, al-Qaida and other groups to gain power.
  • Strong Currency Spurs Canadian Tourists   AP / 7:25PM
    OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine - Hotels here fly Canadian flags alongside the Stars and Stripes. Desk workers speak French, in addition to English. Fries are served up Canadian-style, topped with vinegar, or gravy and cheese.
  • Viking Ship Towed Across North Sea   AP / 6:40PM
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- The crew of a replica Viking longship dropped plans to sail across the North Sea on Monday because of unfavorable winds and was to be towed to a group of islands north of the Scottish mainland.
  • TV Company Accepts Blame on Queen Video   AP / 5:30PM
    LONDON (AP) -- A British TV production company on Monday accepted blame for wrongly implying Queen Elizabeth II walked out of a portrait sitting with photographer Annie Leibovitz.
  • Vodafone Denies Report on Verizon Bid   AP / 4:31PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Vodafone Group PLC on Monday denied a newspaper report it is considering making a $160 billion bid for its U.S. partner in the wireless phone business, Verizon Communications Inc.
  • 'Apartheid Minister' to Stand Trial   AP / 4:30PM
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) -- A former police minister whose name is synonymous with the brutal repression of apartheid's political opponents is to stand trial for the poisoning of a high-ranking government official, prosecutors said Monday.
  • Bombings Kill More Than 80 in Iraq   AP / 3:50PM
    BAGHDAD - A triple bombing, including a massive suicide truck blast, killed more than 80 people Monday in Kirkuk, the deadliest attack yet in the oil-rich northern city. The bloodshed reinforced concern that extremists are heading north as U.S.-led forces step up pressure around Baghdad.
  • Britain to Expel 4 Russian Diplomats   AP / 3:30PM
    LONDON - Prime Minister Gordon Brown's new government ordered the expulsion of four Russian diplomats Monday over the Kremlin's refusal to extradite the key suspect in the fatal poisoning of a former KGB spy - Britain's first use of the sanction in more than 10 years.
  • Ethiopian Opposition Activists Sentenced   AP / 3:30PM
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- A court sentenced 35 opposition politicians and activists to life in prison on Monday and denied them the right to vote or run for public office for inciting violence in an attempt to overthrow the government.
  • India Tata Consultancy Profit Up 37 Pct   AP / 2:50PM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's top software company, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., said Monday profit in the April-June quarter rose 37 percent from a year ago, as new outsourcing contracts helped offset the impact of a stronger rupee and higher salaries.
  • Zanzibar Fisherman Make Rare Catch   AP / 1:20PM
    ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) -- Fishermen have caught a rare and endangered fish, the coelacanth, off the coast of the Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar, a researcher said on Monday.
  • Philips 2Q Profit Up Sharply   AP / 11:00AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Royal Philips Electronics NV, a maker of medical and lighting equipment, said Monday net profit for the second quarter rose on the sale of its stake in a Taiwanese semiconductor company, but that exchange rates hurt sales.
  • Gallois to Be EADS CEO   AP / 10:50AM
    TOULOUSE, France (AP) -- The parent company of troubled planemaker Airbus abandoned its twin-chief executive structure held jointly by Germany and France, with France's Louis Gallois taking control, the company said Monday.
  • Pace: Another Troop Build Up Possible   AP / 10:40AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.S. military's top general said Monday that the Joint Chiefs of Staff is weighing a range of possible new directions in Iraq, including, if President Bush deems it necessary, an even bigger troop build up.
  • Samsung Names Memory Chip Unit Chief   AP / 9:10AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest memory chip manufacturer, has named a new official to take charge of the memory chip division of its semiconductor business.
  • Holocaust Survivors' Children File Suit   AP / 8:10AM
    JERUSALEM - A group representing thousands of children of Holocaust survivors filed a class-action lawsuit against the German government Monday, demanding that Germany pay for their psychiatric care.
  • Iran TV Shows Detained Iranian-Americans   AP / 7:10AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian state-run television showed the first footage of two detained Iranian-Americans on Monday, promising more images in the coming days.
  • Bomb Hits U.N. Vehicle in Lebanon   AP / 5:20AM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon AP) -- A bomb hit a U.N. peacekeeping force patrol on a coastal road in southern Lebanon on Monday, a Lebanese security official said, the second such attack targeting the force in less than a month.
  • Explosion Damages UK Embassy in Chile   AP / 5:10AM
    LONDON (AP) -- A small explosion outside the British Embassy in Santiago, Chile caused minor damage but no casualties, the Foreign Office said Monday.
  • Pressure Mounts for Speedy Iraq Results   AP / 4:23AM
    BAQOUBA, Iraq - U.S. commanders say they've learned from past mistakes and are trying to lay the foundation for stability as they clear insurgents from this battleground city. But it's a slow process at a time when Congress and the U.S. public are demanding speedy results.
  • 73 Dead in Northwest Pakistan Attacks   AP / 4:23AM
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Authorities on Monday probed suspected links between radicals from the captured Red Mosque and militants in Pakistan's northwest frontier, where 73 people died in weekend suicide attacks and bombings.
  • 3 Killed, Over 400 Hurt in Japan Quake   AP / 4:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A 6.7-magnitude earthquake jolted northwestern Japan on Monday morning, killing at least three people and injuring more than 400 others. The quake flattened dozens of wooden houses and triggered a fire at a nuclear power plant.
  • Strong Quake Rocks Northwestern Japan   AP / 3:20AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A 6.7-magnitude earthquake jolted northwestern Japan on Monday morning, killing at least three people and injuring more than 400 others. The quake flattened dozens of wooden houses and triggered a fire at a nuclear power plant.
  • Truce Over, Pakistan Militants Kill 70   AP / 2:30AM
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Militants in northwest Pakistan disavowed a peace pact with the government and launched two days of suicide attacks and bombings that killed at least 70 people, dramatically escalating the violence in the al-Qaida infiltrated region.
  • Palestinian Poet Blasts Infighting   AP / 2:00AM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The world's most recognized Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, delivered a stinging tirade against Palestinian infighting on Sunday in his first public appearance in decades in the Israeli city of Haifa.
  • Aide: Iraqi PM's Comments Misconstrued   AP / 1:30AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's prime minister was misunderstood when he said the Americans could leave "any time they want" an aide said Sunday, as politicians moved to end a pair of boycotts that are holding up work on crucial political reforms sought by Washington.
  • Sunday, July 15

  • Strong Quake Jolts Northwestern Japan   AP / 11:11PM
    TOKYO - A strong earthquake jolted northwestern Japan on Monday morning and caused buildings in the capital Tokyo to sway. The Meteorological Agency said small tsunamis as high as 20 inches were believed to have hit coasts in the area.
  • Buchenwald Marks 70th Anniversary   AP / 5:23PM
    WEIMAR, Germany - Holocaust survivors on Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of the Buchenwald concentration camp's founding by honoring more than 38,000 victims whose identities had previously been unknown.
  • Aristide Supporters March in Haiti   AP / 5:20PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Supporters of exiled former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide marched through Haiti's capital on Sunday, demanding the ousted leader's return and accusing President Rene Preval of turning his back on his one-time ally.
  • Milan Hosting Versace Tribute   AP / 4:40PM
    MILAN, Italy (AP) -- Milan is paying tribute to Gianni Versace on the 10th anniversary of his murder, hosting a star-studded ballet performance at La Scala on Sunday night.
  • Robot Air Attack Squadron Bound for Iraq   AP / 4:33PM
    The Reaper is loaded, but there's no one on board. Its pilot, as it bombs targets in Iraq, will sit at a video console 7,000 miles away in Nevada.
  • Truce Over, Pakistan Militants Kill 70   AP / 2:23PM
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Militants in northwest Pakistan disavowed a peace pact with the government and launched two days of suicide attacks and bombings that killed at least 70 people, dramatically escalating the violence in the al-Qaida infiltrated region.
  • Afghanistan Frees Teen Trained As Bomber   AP / 2:23PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - Fourteen-year-old Rafiqullah said the men at the Pakistani madrassa showed him and two classmates videos of suicide attackers. They taught the boys to drive a car and let them ride motorcycles. Then the militants gave Rafiqullah his mission: kill an Afghan governor.
  • U.S. Envoy to Zimbabwe Leaves Country   AP / 2:23PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Outgoing U.S. Ambassador Christopher Dell ended his three-year term in Zimbabwe with a message for the citizens of the troubled southern African country: "Keep the faith. Things will change soon."
  • Barn Owls Unite Israelis, Jordanians   AP / 2:23PM
    SHEIK HUSSEIN VILLAGE, Jordan - For years, Ibrahim Alayyan watched in frustration as rats devoured the date palms at his lush family farm.
  • U.S. F-16 Crashes in Iraq; Pilot Unhurt   AP / 1:10PM
    BAGHDAD - A U.S. F-16 warplane crashed during takeoff at a base north of Baghdad on Sunday, but the pilot was uninjured, the military said.
  • Bin Laden Son Confirms Second Marriage   AP / 1:10PM
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - A son of Osama bin Laden confirmed Sunday that he had married a British woman he met in Egypt, and he voiced outrage at the publicity the wedding attracted.
  • Car Bomb in Baghdad Square Kills 10   AP / 10:33AM
    BAGHDAD - A car bomb packed with explosives detonated Sunday in a central Baghdad square, killing 10 people and wounding 25, the deadliest attack on a violent day that claimed the lives of at least 18 others.
  • Spanish Police Make Child Porn Raids   AP / 8:10AM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Spanish police investigating a child pornography ring have arrested 66 people and seized computer hard drives containing 48 million photographs and video images, officials said Sunday.
  • Bin Laden Praises Martyrdom in New Video   AP / 7:40AM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- A new al-Qaida videotape posted Sunday on a militant Web site featured a short, undated clip of a weary-looking Osama bin Laden praising martyrdom.
  • Iran Hopes to Avoid More U.N. Sanctions   AP / 7:13AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Tehran will remain steady in pursuing its disputed nuclear program and hopes the U.N. Security Council won't approve further sanctions, Iran's foreign ministry said Sunday.
  • Typhoon Misses Tokyo, Loses Strength   AP / 6:43AM
    TOKYO - A typhoon expected to hit Tokyo missed the capital and moved toward northeastern Japan on Sunday after leaving five people dead and forcing tens of thousands to evacuate.
  • Darfur Rebels to Unite for Peace Talks   AP / 6:40AM
    ASMARA, Eritrea (AP) -- Five Darfur rebel groups have agreed to join forces ahead of a meeting Sunday in Libya to push for a solution to the four-year conflict in the western region of Sudan.
  • 2 Days, 2 Deadly Bombings in Pakistan   AP / 5:00AM
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Two suicide attackers and a roadside bomb struck a military convoy Sunday, killing 11 soldiers and three civilians in an intensifying campaign of violence against the government in the restive border region, the army spokesman said.
  • Dozens Fall Ill at Bangladesh School   AP / 4:50AM
    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Health officials were investigating after dozens of students and teachers lost consciousness at a school near the capital, officials said Sunday.
  • Tourist Dies After Yemen Terror Attack   AP / 4:30AM
    SAN'A, Yemen (AP) -- A Spanish woman who was wounded in a suicide bombing that killed seven Spanish tourists and two Yemenis earlier this month has died, a hospital official said Sunday.
  • Housing Pygmies at Zoo Sparks Uproar   AP / 12:40AM
    BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) -- A group of Pygmy musicians performing at an annual festival were temporarily put up in a zoo by Congolese officials, attracting tourists and prompting a protest from a human rights group.
  • Egypt Says 35 Terror Suspects Arrested   AP / 12:10AM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Authorities have arrested 35 men suspected of membership in an al-Qaida- inspired group that planned to carry out attacks in Egypt, a police official said Saturday.
  • Saturday, July 14

  • Iraq PM: Country Can Manage Without U.S.   AP / 11:40PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki shrugged off U.S. doubts of his government's military and political progress on Saturday, saying Iraqi forces are capable and American troops can leave "any time they want."
  • Bin Laden Appears in New al-Qaida Video   AP / 10:43PM
    CAIRO, Egypt - A new al-Qaida videotape posted Sunday on a militant Web site featured a short, undated clip of a weary-looking Osama bin Laden praising martyrdom.
  • U.S.: N. Korea Claims Reactor Shut Down   AP / 8:00PM
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea told the United States it shut down its nuclear reactor, the State Department said Saturday, hours after a ship cruised into port loaded with oil promised in return for the country's pledge to disarm.
  • Islamists Threaten Somali Peace Talks   AP / 6:30PM
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Troops stepped up security across the Somali capital Saturday after Islamists threatened to disrupt a peace conference, saying anyone who takes part "is sentenced to death."
  • U.S.: N. Korea Claims Reactor Shutdown   AP / 3:40PM
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea told the United States it shut down its nuclear reactor, the State Department said Saturday, hours after a ship cruised into port loaded with oil promised in return for the country's pledge to disarm.
  • Abbas Installs Government of Moderates   AP / 3:00PM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- President Mahmoud Abbas consolidated his control of the West Bank on Saturday, installing an interim government of moderates to lead indefinitely.
  • Air Force Quietly Building Iraq Presence   AP / 3:00PM
    BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) -- Away from the headlines and debate over the "surge" in U.S. ground troops, the Air Force has quietly built up its hardware inside Iraq, sharply stepped up bombing and laid a foundation for a sustained air campaign in support of American and Iraqi forces.
  • Russia Suspends Participation in Treaty   AP / 2:30PM
    MOSCOW - Russia suspended participation in a key European arms control treaty Saturday, saying it will halt NATO inspections of its military sites and no longer limit the numbers of its tanks and other heavy conventional weapons.
  • 'Hot Corner' Tests Free Speech in Cuba   AP / 2:20PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Miguel is in mid-sentence when his face darkens and his eyes dart to the ground. His mouth is still open, but no words come out.
  • Iraqi Translator for Reuters Killed   AP / 2:20PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- An Iraqi translator for Reuters was shot to death in Baghdad, an apparent victim of sectarian death squads, the third employee of the news agency killed in the Iraqi capital this week, Reuters reported on Saturday.
  • U.S.: NKorea Claims Reactor Shutdown   AP / 2:00PM
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea told the United States it shut down its nuclear reactor, the State Department said Saturday, hours after a ship cruised into port loaded with oil promised in return for the country's pledge to disarm.
  • 24 Troops Die in Pakistan Suicide Attack   AP / 1:33PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Islamic militants launched a deadly suicide attack, detonated a roadside bomb and fired rockets on Saturday as thousands of Pakistani troops deployed to the northwestern frontier to thwart the launch of a holy war, officials said.
  • Saudi Beheadings on the Rise Again   AP / 1:30PM
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Rizana Nafeek, a 19-year housemaid from Sri Lanka, is on death row because the baby in her care died while she was bottle-feeding him. If her appeal is turned down, she will taken to a public square to be publicly beheaded.
  • India Seeks Register to Curb Abortions   AP / 1:10PM
    NEW DELHI - Indian women would be required to register their pregnancies and seek government permission for abortions under a proposal intended to curb abortions of female fetuses in the country, where boys are traditionally preferred.
  • Britain, U.S. Won't Be 'Joined at Hip'   AP / 12:50PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Britain's "special relationship" with the United States could be cooling, as a senior government official said that new Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President Bush would not be "joined at the hip."
  • China Fights Back, Goes After U.S. Meat   AP / 8:50AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China has suspended imports from several major U.S. meat processors, including the world's largest, in the latest indication the government may be retaliating as its products are turned back from overseas because of safety concerns.
  • Lebanese Factions Meet in France   AP / 7:10AM
    PARIS - Lebanon's rival parties are meeting Saturday for unusual, long-awaited talks as their nation remains in political deadlock and faces violence in both the north and south.
  • Enforcers at Kilns Beat 'Lazy' Workers   AP / 7:10AM
    BEIJING - Six men who worked as enforcers in brick kilns said they were ordered to beat "lazy" workers, who were forced to labor for as long as 18 hours a day, state media reported.
  • Palestinian Democracy Harmed by Conflict   AP / 7:10AM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- President Mahmoud Abbas rules the West Bank by decree, Hamas controls Gaza with guns and parliament is paralyzed.
  • 8 Pakistani Soldiers Killed in Attack   AP / 5:30AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Thousands of troops were deployed to Pakistan's northwestern frontier to try to dissuade outlawed Islamic militants from launching a holy war against the government for its bloody attack on a radical mosque, military officials said Saturday.
  • Abbas Consolidates West Bank Leadership   AP / 2:20AM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad resigned as head of an emergency government and was immediately appointed Saturday to lead an interim Cabinet, after a state of emergency imposed after Hamas' Gaza takeover expired.
  • Starbucks Closes Chinese Palace Outlet   AP / 2:00AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Starbucks has closed a coffeehouse in China's former imperial palace, the company said Saturday, ending a presence that sparked protests by Chinese critics who said it damaged a key historical site.
  • Friday, July 13

  • U.S. Envoy Blasts Sudan for Attacks   AP / 10:10PM
    KHARTOUM, Sudan - The U.S. envoy to Sudan accused the country's government on Friday of resuming bombing civilian positions in its troubled Darfur region, and warned of a "disturbing" trend of Arab groups resettling in the area.
  • NKorea Set to Shut Down Nuclear Reactor   AP / 9:50PM
    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea was poised to take its first step in nearly five years toward scaling back its nuclear weapons program with U.N. inspectors en route to the North Friday to monitor the shutdown of its sole operating atomic reactor.
  • U.N. Opens Congo Gold-Trafficking Probe   AP / 9:50PM
    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- The investigative arm of the U.N. mission in Congo has opened an inquiry into allegations that Indian peacekeepers serving in this central African nation are illicitly trafficking in gold, a spokesman said Friday.
  • French Policeman Commits Murder-Suicide   AP / 9:50PM
    MALAKOFF, France (AP) -- A police officer killed his 11-year-old twins and a fellow officer Friday before turning his gun on himself at his Paris home, officials said.
  • Study Praises China's Paper Recycling   AP / 9:50PM
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- China's booming recycling industry is helping to slow the destruction of forests worldwide, providing a strong market for wastepaper that mostly comes from the United States and Europe, according to a study released Friday.
  • French Cabinet Star Hits Speed Bumps   AP / 9:40PM
    PARIS (AP) -- Rachida Dati, a self-made daughter of immigrants, triumphantly joined the Cabinet as the star symbol for the president's bid to make France value its diversity. But the hard-charging justice minister has lately hit some speed bumps.
  • Art Restorer Claims Caravaggio Find   AP / 9:10PM
    ROME (AP) -- An Italian art restorer said she has identified a painting long thought to be a copy of a Caravaggio masterpiece, "St. Jerome Writing," as an authentic work of the Baroque master.
  • Stranded Palestinians Demand Food, Tents   AP / 7:10PM
    RAFAH, Egypt - Sleeping in the sand and running out of money, thousands of Palestinians have been stranded in Egypt's desert for more than a month since the border with Hamas-controlled Gaza has been closed.
  • Iran Makes Major Nuclear Concessions   AP / 6:30PM
    VIENNA, Austria - In major concessions to international demands, Iran has agreed to answer lingering questions about its nuclear experiments and will let U.N. inspectors return to a plutonium-producing reactor it is building, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday.
  • UK Straps Cameras to Bobbies' Helmets   AP / 4:40PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Britain is taking its surveillance to a new level, strapping video cameras to the helmets of its famed bobbies -- a move the government says will cut down on paperwork and help prosecute criminals.
  • U.S. Troops Battle Iraqi Police   AP / 4:14PM
    BAGHDAD - U.S. troops battled Iraqi police suspected of links to Iranian-backed Shiite militiamen, killing six in a rare firefight between American soldiers and their Iraqi partners. Friday's clash underscored the deep infiltration of militants in the country's security forces.
  • Dollar Recovers From All-Time Low   AP / 4:14PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The dollar clawed back from an all-time low against the euro Friday after a dismal showing this week amid worries about the strength of the U.S. economy.
  • Lebanon Bombards Refugee Camp Militants   AP / 3:44PM
    TRIPOLI, Lebanon - Under constant artillery fire from the Lebanese army, Islamic militants holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp in north Lebanon shot back with rockets on Friday.
  • Scant Info on Missing From Mosque Siege   AP / 2:30PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Knots of anxious parents crowded Friday around a large green board where officials said they would post information on the missing from the deadly siege of the Red Mosque.
  • Nigerian Chief's Toddler Son Released   AP / 2:30PM
    PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (AP) -- A Nigerian toddler abducted on his way to nursery school in oil-rich southern Nigeria returned safely home on Friday to cheers and singing, the fourth child seized and released unharmed in two months.
  • ABN Amro Sells US Arm, Awaits Takeover   AP / 2:00PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- The Dutch Supreme Court burst the logjam in the takeover battle for ABN Amro, the biggest in the history of the banking industry, with a ruling Friday that allowed the bank to sell its U.S. arm and cleared the way for ABN itself to be acquired.
  • Tamil Rebels Demonstrate Military Might   AP / 1:30PM
    INSIDE REBEL TERRITORY, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Tamil Tiger guerrillas in green-striped camouflage assaulted a mock government fort with gunfire, rockets and explosives Friday at a secret training base in separatist-held territory in northern Sri Lanka.
  • Samsung Profit Dips, but Shares Surge   AP / 12:00PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday that second-quarter net profit fell 5 percent from a year ago on price declines for its mainstay computer memory chips, but expressed confidence a rebound in the market would bolster earnings.
  • Ex-Spy Chief Says More UK Attacks Likely   AP / 11:10AM
    LONDON (AP) -- A former British intelligence chief has warned that terrorists will mount another successful attack on Britain, despite their failure to carry out recent car bombings in London and Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Saab Says 2Q Profit Rose 48 Percent   AP / 10:20AM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Swedish aerospace and defense company Saab AB's profit rose 48 percent in the second quarter, driven by solid results from its defense and security solutions, and systems and product divisions, the company said Friday.
  • Court: ABN Amro Can Sell US Arm to BofA   AP / 10:04AM
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- ABN Amro's sale of its U.S. arm LaSalle Bank to Bank of America was lawful, the Dutch Supreme Court ruled Friday -- overturning a lower court's move blocking the proposed $21 billion sale.
  • IAEA: Iran Agrees to Nuclear Concessions   AP / 9:34AM
    VIENNA, Austria - Iran has lifted its ban on visits to a nuclear facility by U.N. experts and now will allow them to inspect the site, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday.
  • U.S. Forces Kill 6 Iraqi Police   AP / 7:30AM
    BAGHDAD - U.S. forces battled Iraqi police and gunmen Friday, killing six policemen, after an American raid to capture an Iraqi police lieutenant accused of leading a cell of Shiite militiamen, the military said. Seven gunmen also died in the fight.
  • Stock Tip Blogger Detained in China   AP / 7:30AM
    SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- A blogger who sold stock picks to thousands of subscribers has been detained in northern China, as regulators try to reign in freelance operators amid a booming stock market.
  • NKorea Military Wants Talks With U.S.   AP / 7:24AM
    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea's military proposed Friday holding direct talks with U.S. forces, an unusual plea amid recent progress on the nuclear standoff between the two countries.
  • Samsung Electronics 2Q Profit Declines   AP / 5:50AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday that second-quarter net profit fell 5 percent from a year ago on price declines for its mainstay computer memory chips, but expressed confidence of a rebound in the market.
  • Bishop in Paraguay Runs for President   AP / 4:20AM
    ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) -- A charismatic leader dubbed the "Bishop of the Poor" is an early favorite to make history as the first man to serve as a Roman Catholic bishop, then be elected president of his country.
  • Police End Request to Hold Suspect   AP / 4:00AM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Australian police on Friday withdrew an application to extend the detention of a suspect in the failed British terrorism attacks, but the 27-year-old doctor still could be charged was not likely to be released immediately.
  • Powerful Typhoon Hits Southern Japan   AP / 2:50AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A powerful typhoon pounded Japan's southern Okinawa island chain Friday, cutting power to tens of thousands of households and grounding hundreds of flights.
  • Dutch Supreme Court to Rule on ABN   AP / 1:00AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- A court ruling Friday is expected to break a stalemate between rival bidders for ABN Amro Holding NV, paving the way for a resolution to the largest takeover battle in the history of the financial industry.
  • Thursday, July 12

  • Tamil Rebels Vow Retaliation   AP / 7:30PM
    KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Separatist rebels vowed Thursday to hit military and economic targets across the country in retaliation for the army's capture of eastern Sri Lanka, even as government leaders planned a party to celebrate that victory.
  • Rio Tinto Bids $38B for Alcan   AP / 5:11PM
    SYDNEY, Australia - Mining giant Rio Tinto has offered to buy Canadian aluminum company Alcan Inc. for $38.1 billion in cash, the companies said Thursday, in a friendly takeover that tops a hostile bid by U.S.-based Alcoa.
  • Olmert Says Lebanon War Was a Success   AP / 3:50PM
    KIRYAT SHEMONA, Israel (AP) -- Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Thursday during a tour of Israel's northern border that he was willing to start peace talks with Syria, declaring that "we don't have any interest" in going to war.
  • Greek Statues Chained, Padded for Move   AP / 3:30PM
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Many of Greece's most valued ancient statues are wearing chains and padded vests, ready for a rare outing.
  • Iraqis Criticize Focus on Benchmarks   AP / 3:20PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's shaky government will be hard-pressed to meet the 18 benchmarks even by the end of the year, and many Iraqis believe focusing on U.S.-mandated yardsticks has in effect set them up for failure.
  • Half a Million Chinese Flee Flood Zone   AP / 3:10PM
    BEIJING - Nearly a half-million people fled a flood zone surrounding central China's swollen Huai River, while high waters in the south unleashed a plague of an estimated 2 billion field mice that were ravaging crops, state media reported Thursday.
  • Amsterdam Cracks Down on Red Light Area   AP / 3:00PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Authorities announced a major crackdown on organized crime in Amsterdam's Red Light District on Thursday, for the first time bringing national police investigators and tax authorities to bear on what had long been seen as a local problem.
  • Red Mosque Complex Battered After Battle   AP / 2:30PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Chunks of concrete are missing from the mosque's minarets. The walls of a religious school painted with Islamic verses are peppered with bullet holes. Black flies swarm over a makeshift bunker, blasted apart under a stairwell.
  • U.S. Afghan Fighter Sues News Agency   AP / 1:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A U.S. citizen once convicted of running a private jail in Afghanistan for terror suspects and torturing them has sued The Associated Press, alleging it engaged in defamation, libel and slander.
  • Beijing Steamed Buns Include Cardboard   AP / 9:50AM
    BEIJING - Chopped cardboard, softened with an industrial chemical and flavored with fatty pork and powdered seasoning, is a main ingredient in batches of steamed buns sold in one Beijing neighborhood, state television said.
  • Olmert Claims Lebanon War Was a Success   AP / 8:50AM
    KIRYAT SHEMONA, Israel (AP) -- Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared Thursday during a tour of Israel's northern border that the war he launched against Hezbollah guerrillas a year ago was a success that made Israel safer.
  • Sony Ericsson Profit Rises 54 Percent   AP / 8:30AM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Sony Ericsson, the world's fourth-largest mobile phone maker, saw growing profits and market share in the second quarter but said the average selling price of its handsets continued to fall.
  • Rosneft Pays $229M for Yukos' Licenses   AP / 8:10AM
    MOSCOW - State-controlled Russian oil company Rosneft said Thursday it acquired licenses formerly held by Yukos to develop a number of eastern Siberian oil fields.
  • Sony Ericsson 2Q Profit Rises 54 Percent   AP / 8:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Sony Ericsson, the world's fourth-largest mobile phone maker, said Thursday its net profit rose 54 percent in the quarter ended June 30, as it expanded its market share with low and mid-range phones.
  • Gazprom Picks Total As Shtokman Partner   AP / 7:40AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- OAO Gazprom of Russia will partner with France's Total SA to develop the Shtokman gas field in the Barents Sea, the oil giant said Thursday, a decision that should accelerate development one of the world's biggest and most challenging natural gas deposits.
  • China Falls Short on Energy-Saving Goals   AP / 7:40AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China is falling short of its goals in a campaign to boost energy efficiency in its fuel-guzzling economy -- the world's No. 2 oil consumer -- but is starting to make progress, the government said Thursday.
  • BOJ Leaves Interest Rate Unchanged   AP / 7:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's central bank left its key interest rate unchanged at 0.5 percent Thursday, saying it wanted to wait until after this month's elections to reassess the economy.
  • S. Korea Sends Oil Aid to N. Korea   AP / 7:00AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A shipment of oil headed Thursday to North Korea in exchange for the expected shutdown soon of the communist nation's only working nuclear reactor, which would be the first step by Pyongyang to stop making atomic bombs in nearly five years.
  • 7 Gored at Running of the Bulls in Spain   AP / 6:10AM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Charging bulls gored seven people and seriously injured several others Thursday as this year's San Fermin festival in Pamplona served up its longest and most dangerous run yet.
  • French Parliament Encourages Overtime   AP / 5:30AM
    PARIS (AP) -- French legislators approved a measure championed by President Nicolas Sarkozy that would encourage people to work beyond the 35-hour workweek by cutting taxes on overtime pay.
  • U.S. Tempts Japan With New F-22   AP / 4:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- For thousands of workers in Georgia, Texas and California, the question of what aircraft Japan chooses to replace its aging fighter jet fleet could mean their jobs.
  • Singer Gloria Trevi Sues Promoter   AP / 12:40AM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican pop diva Gloria Trevi has filed a lawsuit for libel against a promoter who allegedly said she was an accomplice in her daughter's death, Trevi's lawyer said Wednesday.
  • Panama Ratifies Free Trade Deal With US   AP / 12:30AM
    PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) -- Panama's legislature ratified a free trade agreement with the United States on Wednesday amid protests by hundreds of leftists and farmers opposed to the deal.
  • Jewel Thieves Make Off With Huge Haul   AP / 12:10AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Two thieves showed up at a London jeweler in a flashy car and made off with an even flashier haul, stealing about $20 million worth of diamonds and gems, the jeweler said Wednesday.
  • Mexico Won't Rule Soon on Reforms   AP / 12:10AM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A government official has ruled out the immediate approval of constitutional reforms that would allow Mexico's Roman Catholic Church to get involved in politics.
  • Wednesday, July 11

  • Philippine Vessel Sinks, 18 Missing   AP / 11:40PM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Philippine ferry sank early Thursday southeast of Manila, leaving four passengers dead and 18 missing, the coast guard said.
  • China Muzzles Nonprofit Newsletter   AP / 8:30PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Communist authorities have shut down a newsletter that monitored non-government groups working to improve China's record on environmental and labor issues, the publication's British founder said Wednesday.
  • U.N. Resolution on Kosovo Talks Revised   AP / 7:20PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- In a bid for Russian support, Western nations revised a U.N. resolution to call for intensive negotiations between Kosovo's ethnic Albanians and Serbs without a promise of independence if talks fail, according to a text obtained Wednesday.
  • Life Term for Frenchman Who Murdered 3   AP / 7:20PM
    STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- A man with a history of crime and psychiatric troubles was convicted Wednesday of viciously murdering two girls and a woman and sentenced to life in prison for the series of macabre slayings that shocked France three years ago.
  • 26,000-Member Force Proposed for Darfur   AP / 7:20PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Britain and Ghana circulated a draft resolution Wednesday authorizing a 26,000-strong U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force for Sudan's Darfur region. The measure also threatened to take steps against those obstructing peace efforts.
  • Mosque Crisis May Boost Musharraf's Hand   AP / 5:10PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- President Pervez Musharraf's decision to have the army storm the Red Mosque may strengthen the U.S.-allied leader's hand among Pakistanis dismayed at how Islamic militants used the holy site as a fortress.
  • Man Sentenced for Lying in Hamas Case   AP / 3:50PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- A Chicago medical van driver accused by federal prosecutors of funneling money to Mideast terrorists was sentenced Wednesday to 21 months in federal prison for lying in a civil lawsuit.
  • New Questions About Jim Morrison's Death   AP / 2:50PM
    PARIS (AP) -- The official story goes like this: On the last night of Jim Morrison's life, the rocker went to a movie in Paris, listened to records, fell ill and died of heart failure in his bathtub at the age of 27.
  • A Year After War, Israelis Resilient   AP / 2:20PM
    NAHARIYA, Israel (AP) -- In the year since Israel's war with Hezbollah guerrillas began, two contradictory currents have emerged: a grim mood of apprehension and disillusionment with the country's leadership, alongside a booming economy unfazed by the fighting or concerns about Israel's security.
  • Spector Defense Expert Leaves for China   AP / 1:40PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Henry Lee, the famous forensic expert who became the center of a controversy in Phil Spector's murder trial, says he may not testify after all.
  • Suicide Bombing Kills 10 in Algeria   AP / 1:10PM
    ALGIERS, Algeria - A suicide bomber blew up a refrigerated truck packed with explosives inside a military encampment southeast of the Algerian capital Wednesday, killing 10 soldiers and wounding up to 35, a security official said.
  • Scores Flee Refugee Camp in Lebanon   AP / 12:10PM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - At least 150 Palestinians fled a northern refugee camp Wednesday in anticipation of an assault by the Lebanese army battling Islamic militants holed up inside.
  • China Boosts 2006 Growth Figure   AP / 12:10PM
    BEIJING - China's sizzling economy grew even faster in 2006 than previously reported, bringing it closer to overtaking Germany as the world's third-biggest, and its export-fueled foreign reserves have risen to a new high of $1.33 trillion, according to official figures released Wednesday.
  • Online Video Created for Mercedes-Benz   AP / 11:50AM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- DaimlerChrysler AG, the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, is set to launch Internet-based video channels with the latest on new products and details on the company's history.
  • Citigroup to List Shares in Japan   AP / 10:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- U.S. financial giant Citigroup Inc. is taking steps to list its shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange as part of its efforts to expand in the world's second-largest economy, the company said Wednesday.
  • Report: Pavarotti Doing Well   AP / 10:10AM
    ROME (AP) -- Luciano Pavarotti is "fighting like a lion" against his pancreatic cancer and is reacting well to radiotherapy, his wife told an Italian newspaper.
  • Watchdog: SARS Doctor Can't Leave China   AP / 8:00AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese military surgeon who broke government secrecy to reveal the true scale of Beijing's SARS outbreak in 2003 has been banned from leaving China to accept a human rights award, a rights watchdog said Wednesday.
  • British Divorcee Weds Bin Laden Son   AP / 8:00AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Omar bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader's fourth son, has married a British woman he met in Egypt last fall, British media and colleagues of the bride said Wednesday.
  • U.N. Nuke Delegation Arrives in Iran   AP / 6:20AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that the West should not expect his country to suspend uranium enrichment activities, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
  • Death Sentence Upheld in Libya Case   AP / 5:40AM
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Libya's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentences of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor convicted of infecting more than 400 children with the AIDS virus. But the verdict may not be the final word in the case.
  • Philippine Army Recovers Beheaded Bodies   AP / 4:00AM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine troops recovered the bodies of 14 marines, some of them beheaded, after clashing with Muslim insurgents while searching for a kidnapped Italian priest, a marine spokesman said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, July 10

  • Nearly 50 Die in India Gunbattle   AP / 11:30PM
    NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- Maoist rebels using mortars and machine guns battled police in eastern India in an hours-long fight that killed 24 policemen and 25 rebels, a police official said Wednesday.
  • Top Roman Catholic Leaders Meet in Cuba   AP / 7:50PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Top leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America gathered for the first time in Cuba on Tuesday, discussing the future of their faith in a globalized world against the backdrop of a closed Communist society.
  • Britain Focuses on Missed Intelligence   AP / 6:40PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Long before Muktar Said Ibrahim tried to blow up a London bus two years ago, British security services filmed him at a suspected terrorist training camp, arrested him distributing extremist pamphlets and knew he looked to a radical Islamic preacher for guidance.
  • Deal Struck in Case of HIV-Infected Kids   AP / 5:10PM
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- A settlement has been reached with families of HIV-infected children in the case of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, the spokesman for Libya's Gadhafi foundation said Tuesday.
  • Attackers Kill German Tourist in Namibia   AP / 5:10PM
    WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) -- Two gunmen attacked a German couple photographing wildlife in this normally peaceful country, killing the man in front of his wife and taking her on a high-speed chase.
  • Al-Qaida Threatens UK Over Rushdie Honor   AP / 4:51PM
    CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida's No. 2 issued a new audiotape on Tuesday threatening to retaliate against Britain for honoring the novelist Salman Rushdie, a U.S.-based monitoring group said.
  • Guerrilla Group Said Behind Gas Blasts   AP / 4:10PM
    MEXICO CITY - A communique in the name of a small, leftist rebel group claimed responsibility Tuesday for explosions at Mexican gas pipelines, saying the guerrillas had planted explosives.
  • EU Investigating Fate of Darfur Funds   AP / 4:10PM
    STRASBOURG, France - European funds designated for the African Union mission in Darfur have not reached the undermanned and underequipped military force for months, leaving soldiers there without pay, officials said Tuesday.
  • 3 Killed in Attack on Green Zone   AP / 4:10PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- A thunderous barrage of mortars or rockets killed at least three people and wounded 18 in the Green Zone on Tuesday, the U.S. Embassy said. One of the dead was an American service member.
  • Iranian Automaker Pushes Duel-Fuel Cars   AP / 3:40PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Fuel rationing has forced Iran's largest car maker to scale down the manufacture of gasoline powered engines and increase production of dual-fuel cars that can also run on natural gas, the company's manager said Tuesday.
  • China's Trade Surplus Hits New High   AP / 3:11PM
    BEIJING - A flurry of safety warnings about Chinese goods ranging from toothpaste to tires failed to dent the world's voracious appetite for China's exports in June.
  • Report: Fake Drinking Water Hits Beijing   AP / 3:11PM
    BEIJING - China's food safety monitor promised Tuesday to investigate a report that more than half of the water coolers in Beijing use counterfeit branded water.
  • Italy Threatens Sanctions Against Museum   AP / 3:00PM
    ROME (AP) -- Italy's culture minister said Tuesday that he has sent the J. Paul Getty Museum a proposal to resolve a dispute over allegedly looted antiquities, and threatened the Los Angeles museum with sanctions if a deal is not reached by the end of this month.
  • EU Backs Strauss-Kahn to Head IMF   AP / 2:24PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The European Union chose Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Tuesday as its candidate to head the International Monetary Fund, putting the former French finance minister in line to take the job in October.
  • Polygamist's Son Headed to Jail in Utah   AP / 2:20PM
    WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) -- A judge sentenced the son of an imprisoned Utah polygamist to 180 days in jail Tuesday for having sex with a 13-year-old girl he met on the Internet site MySpace.
  • Beatles Monument to Go Up in Hamburg   AP / 11:30AM
    BERLIN (AP) -- A monument to the Beatles will be constructed in Hamburg, where the Fab Four launched their international career 45 years ago.
  • Convicted Adulterer Stoned to Death   AP / 11:20AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A man convicted of adultery was stoned to death last week in a village in northern Iran, a judiciary spokesman said Tuesday, the first time in years that the country has confirmed such an execution.
  • Canada Hikes Interest Rates   AP / 10:40AM
    OTTAWA (AP) -- The Bank of Canada raised its key overnight rate by one-quarter of a percentage point to 4.5 percent Tuesday, a move that will likely keep the Canadian dollar flying high and help cool the country's hot economy.
  • Tony Blair's Top Aide Publishes Diaries   AP / 10:20AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister Tony Blair's government colleagues had serious doubts about the invasion of Iraq, a former top aide said in diaries published this week.
  • Pope: Other Christians Not True Churches   AP / 9:40AM
    LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI has reasserted the universal primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document released Tuesday that says Orthodox churches were defective and that other Christian denominations were not true churches.
  • Mel Gibson Meets With Costa Rican Leader   AP / 8:50AM
    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- Mel Gibson has met with the president of Costa Rica to discuss making a financial donation to help the country's native Indians.
  • NYC's Jamaica Bay Wetlands Fading Away   AP / 8:30AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The scene from Dan Mundy's living room window is worlds away from the normal urban views of New York City.
  • Thai Court to Hear Thaksin Graft Case   AP / 4:50AM
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Thailand's Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a corruption case against ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife in a multimillion-dollar land deal, and ordered the couple to appear before the panel next month.
  • Iraqis Grapple With High Unemployment   AP / 3:30AM
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Ali Ahmed is living "the garden life," as a new bit of Iraqi slang puts it. Two years after earning his engineering degree, the 27-year-old is among Iraq's teeming numbers of jobless with nothing to do but hang out in Baghdad's parks.
  • Monday, July 9

  • Wal-Mart De Mexico: 2Q Net Profits Up   AP / 8:30PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Wal-Mart de Mexico SA, the country's largest retailer, reported a 7 percent increase in second-quarter net profit after inflation, even as sales at its established stores grew less than 1 percent due in part to a slowdown in consumption.
  • UK Press Chafes Against Media Laws   AP / 7:50PM
    LONDON (AP) -- British police repeatedly asked media not to broadcast or publish amateur photographs of Scottish police wrestling with a nearly nude and badly burned man, the most dramatic images from a botched attempt to car bomb a Scottish airport.
  • Polish Prime Minister Fires His Deputy   AP / 7:50PM
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski fired his deputy over corruption allegations Monday, throwing the future of Poland's conservative governing coalition into doubt and raising the possibility of early elections.
  • Buenos Aires Gets First Snow Since 1918   AP / 7:40PM
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Thousands of Argentines cheered and threw snowballs in the streets of Buenos Aires on Monday as the capital's first major snowfall since 1918 spread a thin white mantle across the region.
  • Giant Sinkhole Opens in Mexico City   AP / 6:40PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A giant sinkhole swallowed a stretch of street on Mexico City's east side, with one man feared dead and 30 families evacuated, authorities said Monday.
  • Brazil President Defends Ethanol Boom   AP / 6:20PM
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil's president said Monday that his nation's booming ethanol business won't hurt the Amazon rain forest, dismissing criticism that increased production of the alternate fuel could lead to deforestation.
  • Crow Sends Best Wishes to Pavarotti   AP / 6:10PM
    ROME - Sheryl Crow, who had breast cancer surgery last year, has wished Luciano Pavarotti well in his own battle against cancer.
  • Thailand to Freeze Assets of Ex-PM   AP / 5:00PM
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- The government will freeze another $60.9 million in assets believed to be controlled by ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, bringing to $2.3 billion the total frozen on suspicion it was obtained through corruption, an official said Monday.
  • Colombia Rebels Offer Handover of Bodies   AP / 4:40PM
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- The Red Cross said Monday that Colombian rebels are offering to hand over the bodies of 11 state lawmakers killed last month in disputed circumstances.
  • Canada Ups Military in Disputed Arctic   AP / 4:30PM
    TORONTO (AP) -- Canada announced plans Monday to increase its Arctic military presence in an effort to assert sovereignty over the Northwest Passage -- a potentially oil-rich region the United States says is international territory.
  • Pope to Write New Book While on Vacation   AP / 4:30PM
    LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI said Monday he plans to use his nearly three-week-long vacation in the Italian mountains to write a new book and said he was also preparing a new encyclical.
  • Neglect, Tourism Besiege Great Wall   AP / 4:30PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese are proud a global poll has named the Great Wall a wonder of the world, but some worry that tourism and neglect are destroying the crumbling fortification designed to defend against foreign invaders.
  • Dutch Cycling Is High in Low Country   AP / 4:30PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Whether it's over the stone bridges and through the hectic traffic of Amsterdam, or across the windmill-dotted pastures of the countryside, the Dutch cycle everywhere.
  • Danone Bids $16.8B for Royal Numico   AP / 4:00PM
    PARIS (AP) -- Groupe Danone SA, the maker of Dannon yogurt and Evian waters, is strengthening its baby food business with a bid Monday to buy Royal Numico NV for $16.8 billion.
  • Iraqi FM: Turkey Massing 140,000 Troops   AP / 3:50PM
    BAGHDAD - Turkey has massed 140,000 soldiers on its border with northern Iraq, Iraq's foreign minister said Monday, calling the neighboring country's fears of Kurdish rebels based there "legitimate" but better resolved through negotiation.
  • U.N. Halts Construction in Gaza   AP / 3:10PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The United Nations suspended construction of homes, schools and an emergency sewage system in the Gaza Strip on Monday, blaming a shortage of building materials resulting from Israel's closure.
  • Hamas Force Returns Lion Stolen in Gaza   AP / 2:30PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Even animals with sharp teeth and claws do not fare well in the volatile Gaza Strip.
  • Pouty Paris Makes Nice for Tourists   AP / 2:10PM
    PARIS (AP) -- Their city is the world's No. 1 tourist destination, yet Parisians sometimes seem downright grumpy about it.
  • Afghan Girls Traded, Sold to Settle Debt   AP / 2:10PM
    JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) -- Unable to scrounge together the $165 he needed to repay a loan to buy sheep, Nazir Ahmad made good on his debt by selling his 16-year-old daughter to marry the lender's son.
  • Diana Inquest: Queen Cannot Be Called   AP / 2:10PM
    LONDON (AP) -- A judge directing the inquest into the deaths of Princess Diana and her boyfriend refused Monday to include Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, as potential witnesses.
  • Gunmen Target Oil Companies in Nigeria   AP / 2:00PM
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Gunmen attacked two oil installations in southern Nigeria, kidnapping two senior Nigerian employees of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and two foreigners, security officials and colleagues said Monday.
  • 4 Convicted in Failed U.K. Transit Plot   AP / 12:30PM
    LONDON - Four men were found guilty Monday of plotting to bomb London's public transport system on July 21, 2005, two weeks after a coordinated suicide bombing attack on the network killed 52 commuters.
  • 3 Convicted in Failed U.K. Transit Plot   AP / 11:50AM
    LONDON - Three men were found guilty Monday of plotting to bomb London's public transport system on July 21, 2005, two weeks after a coordinated suicide bombing attack on the network killed 52 commuters. The jury was still deliberating on three co-defendants.
  • U.N. Atomic Chief: Iran Progress Slowing   AP / 11:00AM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Iran has significantly slowed work on its uranium enrichment program, the head of the U.N. atomic agency said Monday, interpreting the move as a signal that the country could be willing to resolve the standoff over its nuclear defiance.
  • Samsung, Ericsson Agree to Cross Patents   AP / 10:20AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday that it has concluded a cross-licensing agreement on patents with Sweden's LM Ericsson in wireless communications technology.
  • 2 More Foreigners Kidnapped in Nigeria   AP / 6:53AM
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Gunmen attacked an oil facility in restive southern Nigeria overnight and took two foreigners hostage, private security contractors said Monday.
  • Bosnian Muslim's War Crimes Trial Starts   AP / 6:20AM
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Prosecutors awaited a last-minute ruling Monday on their request to move the war crimes trial of a former Bosnian army officer accused of allowing Muslim fighters to commit atrocities against Serbs and Croats.
  • Monsoon Rains Kill 177 in India   AP / 5:20AM
    JAIPUR, India (AP) -- At least four people drowned or were electrocuted over the weekend in the northwestern desert state of Rajasthan, bringing India's overall monsoon death toll to 177, officials said Monday.
  • Japan War Orphans to Accept Aid Proposal   AP / 5:10AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Thousands of Japanese who were abandoned in China following Tokyo's defeat in World War II will receive more aid from the government after dropping their compensation lawsuits, an official said Monday.
  • Microsoft: No Price Drop for Xbox 360   AP / 5:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Microsoft has no plans to cut the Japanese prices of its Xbox 360 video game console, the head of the U.S. software maker's Japan subsidiary said Monday -- even as rival Sony cut the U.S. price of its PlayStation 3 by $100.
  • Arab League Plans First Israel Mission   AP / 3:30AM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- For the first time in its history, the 22-nation Arab League will send a delegation to Israel this week, with the mission of discussing a sweeping peace initiative as well as the threat posed by Hamas and other Islamic extremists.
  • U.S. Wants Russian Cooperation on Kosovo   AP / 3:10AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- A senior U.S. diplomat called for Russia's cooperation in U.N. Security Council efforts to resolve Kosovo's status, but Russia's foreign minister said Monday that any resolution that is unacceptable to Serbia will not pass, Russian news agencies reported.
  • Prosecutors File Lawsuit Against Suharto   AP / 2:40AM
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Prosecutors filed a lawsuit Monday against former dictator Suharto, seeking the recovery of $420 million he allegedly stole from the state during his 32 years in power.
  • Toni Collette Announces She's Pregnant   AP / 1:10AM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Toni Collette had been leaning toward motherhood roles, and now she thinks she knows why: The Oscar-nominated actress confirmed Monday that she's pregnant.
  • Sunday, July 8

  • Iraq al-Qaida Group Threatens Iran   AP / 9:40PM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- The leader of an al-Qaida umbrella group in Iraq threatened to wage war against Iran unless it stops supporting Shiites in Iraq within two months, according to an audiotape released Sunday.
  • Domingo, Meier Shine at Wagner Gala   AP / 9:00PM
    MUNICH, Germany (AP) -- No costumes. No scenery. Just pure music.
  • Violent Weekend in Iraq Kills Over 220   AP / 6:50PM
    BAGHDAD - Prominent Shiite and Sunni politicians called on Iraqi civilians to take up arms to defend themselves after a weekend of violence that claimed more than 220 lives, including 60 who died Sunday in a surge of bombings and shootings around Baghdad.
  • Girl Released by Captors in Nigeria   AP / 5:50PM
    PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian gunmen have released a British toddler who was kidnapped in the country's oil-rich south, a regional official said Sunday.
  • French President Stops Mass Pardons   AP / 5:50PM
    PARIS (AP) -- President Nicolas Sarkozy said he will not offer mass pardons to France's prisoners on Bastille Day, keeping up his law-and-order reputation and breaking with tradition.
  • Indian Muslim Seminary Bars Coeducation   AP / 5:40PM
    LUCKNOW, India (AP) -- One of South Asia's most influential Sunni Muslim seminaries has issued a religious edict against teaching girls and boys at the same schools past age 10, claiming it is against Islamic law, an official said Sunday.
  • Sarkozy Wants Business-Friendly France   AP / 4:11PM
    PARIS - Mesdames, Messieurs, France is now open for business. Nicolas Sarkozy won the French presidency on pledges to open up the economy, and his government is selling one message: Things have changed.
  • A Militant Pakistan Remains Unlikely   AP / 4:11PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - President Gen. Pervez Musharraf is fighting to maintain control of Pakistan in the face of rising Islamic militancy and a secular pro-democracy movement.
  • Violent Weekend in Iraq Kills Over 220   AP / 3:31PM
    BAGHDAD - Prominent Shiite and Sunni politicians called on Iraqi civilians to take up arms to defend themselves after a weekend of violence that claimed more than 220 lives, including 60 who died Sunday in a surge of bombings and shootings around Baghdad.
  • Scottish Muslims Fear Revenge Attacks   AP / 3:20PM
    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- In the entire row of stores, the only one that was targeted -- the one that still smells of smoke -- is owned by a man of Pakistani descent.
  • Toll in Iraq Bombings Could Surpass 150   AP / 12:20PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- A flurry of bombings in Baghdad killed 26 people Sunday, and officials said the death toll from a giant suicide truck blast that devastated the market of a Shiite town north of the capital a day earlier could be more than 130.
  • Rome Gala Marks Valentino Anniversary   AP / 11:50AM
    ROME (AP) -- It was a Midsummer Night's Dream that even Shakespeare would have a hard time matching.
  • Volcanic Fumes Kill 6 Teens in Indonesia   AP / 10:10AM
    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Poisonous fumes from an Indonesian volcano killed six teenagers who were camping on the mountain, a doctor said Sunday.
  • Business Leaders Arrested in Zimbabwe   AP / 6:30AM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Police arrested 16 more business leaders in a crackdown on those suspected of violating the government's order to slash prices by 50 percent, the official media reported Sunday.
  • Tiananmen Protester Released From Jail   AP / 6:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A protester jailed after the 1989 Tiananmen protests has been released while another activist who was jailed and freed years ago for his role in the pro-democracy uprising has been detained again, a human rights watchdog said Sunday.
  • Australia Spies, Immigration Share Info   AP / 4:20AM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- The government has accelerated plans to let spies share information with immigration officials, a week after a foreign doctor was arrested in connection with the failed British terror attacks, the prime minister said Sunday.
  • 2 Planes Collide in Philippines; 3 Dead   AP / 4:10AM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Two small planes collided in the air and crash landed in a rice field north of the Philippine capital on Sunday, killing three people on board, police said.
  • China Links Promotions to Unrest Control   AP / 3:40AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Local Chinese leaders will have a better chance of winning job promotions if they can limit social unrest in rural areas, state media on Sunday quoted a ruling Communist Party official as saying.
  • 26 Dead, 17 Missing in China Floods   AP / 2:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 26 people and left 17 missing in southwest China's Sichuan province in the last week, state media reported Sunday.
  • Fatah Islam Blamed for Gemayel's Death   AP / 12:50AM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -- Police suspect that an al-Qaida-inspired militant group battling army troops in northern Lebanon was behind the assassination of a Christian Cabinet minister last year, a security official said Saturday.
  • Iran Officials Visit Detainees in Iraq   AP / 12:50AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iranian diplomats said they made their first visit Saturday to five Iranians that U.S. authorities are holding in Iraq on suspicion that they were training militants there.
  • Saturday, July 7

  • Zimbabwe Announces Price Cut Law   AP / 11:10PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's government announced a new law Saturday making it an offense to defy steep price cuts ordered in an effort to control runaway inflation and a growing economic crisis.
  • Suicide Bomb Kills Over 100 in Iraq   AP / 11:10PM
    TUZ KHORMATO, Iraq (AP) -- A suicide truck bomber blasted a Shiite town north of Baghdad on Saturday, killing more than 100 people, police said, in a sign Sunni insurgents are pulling away from a U.S. offensive around the capital to attack where security is thinner.
  • 1st Man in Court Over Failed U.K. Blasts   AP / 11:10PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Impassive and staring straight ahead, an Iraqi doctor was led into court by plainclothes security officers Saturday, the first suspect to appear on charges of plotting to bomb London's entertainment district and Scotland's busiest airport.
  • Suicide Bomb Kills Over 100 in Iraq   AP / 6:30PM
    TUZ KHORMATO, Iraq - A suicide truck bomber blasted a Shiite town north of Baghdad on Saturday, killing more than 100 people, police said, in a sign Sunni insurgents are pulling away from a U.S. offensive around the capital to attack where security is thinner.
  • BBC Reporter Home After Gaza Captivity   AP / 6:10PM
    LOCHGOILHEAD, Scotland (AP) -- BBC reporter Alan Johnston was reunited with his family Saturday after four months as a hostage in the Gaza Strip and said one of the hardest parts about his ordeal was imagining his parents' anguish.
  • Top Commander Expects Big Iraq Strikes   AP / 3:30PM
    BAQOUBA, Iraq (AP) -- Sunni extremists may try a series of high-profile attacks ahead of a September report to Congress on progress in Iraq, the top U.S. commander said Saturday, recalling the Tet offensive that torpedoed support for the Vietnam War.
  • Italy's Aged Turn to Foreigners for Care   AP / 3:30PM
    ROME (AP) -- As a police officer, Luigi Marzano was used to being in command. He still walks ramrod straight, but at 97 and deep into retirement, his memory is weakening and he has turned over command of his household to a virtual stranger half his age.
  • Spain's Bull Run Begins With Few Injured   AP / 1:43PM
    PAMPLONA, Spain - Six massive bulls charged down the packed streets of Pamplona on Saturday during the first run of the San Fermin Festival, which combines the half-ton animals with damp cobblestones and revelers steeped in adrenaline and alcohol.
  • Attacks Kill 50 Iraqis, 8 U.S. Troops   AP / 10:23AM
    TUZ KHORMATO, Iraq - Suicide bombings killed nearly 50 people and wounded dozens in two Shiite villages north of Baghdad, including a large truck explosion Saturday that ripped through an outdoor market and buried victims in rubble, officials said.
  • Protests Shadow Nepal King's Birthday   AP / 7:20AM
    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal's king celebrated his 60th birthday Saturday with a lavish ceremony at his palace that set off protests in the streets of Katmandu.
  • Thousands Protest in Indian Kashmir   AP / 5:30AM
    SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Protests erupted in this city in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday as anger mounted over the death of a teenager killed when police fired on a crowd protesting alleged human rights violations, officials said.
  • Bus Crash Kills 14 in Indonesia   AP / 4:10AM
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A speeding bus carrying a group of junior high school students and their teachers plunged into a 30-foot ravine on Indonesia's main island of Java Saturday, killing 14 people, police said.
  • Ex-Worker Seeks Whistleblower Protection   AP / 3:30AM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The former operations officer for the U.N. anti-poverty agency in North Korea is seeking whistleblower protection from the United Nations, saying he lost his job for raising serious allegations about its financial transactions in the reclusive communist nation.
  • Taiwan Considers Foreign Debt Write-Offs   AP / 2:00AM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwan is considering writing off or reducing the debts it is owed by some of its most impoverished diplomatic allies, an official said Saturday, as the island seeks to strengthen its diplomatic position in Africa and Latin America.
  • 11 Die in South Nepal Tractor Accident   AP / 1:40AM
    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nine children and two adults died when a tractor pulling a trailer carrying guests in a wedding procession skidded off a road and into a canal in rural southern Nepal, an official said Saturday.
  • Live Earth Series Starts in Sydney   AP / 1:33AM
    SYDNEY, Australia - Live Earth got a traditional Aboriginal welcome in Australia and a high-tech virtual one in Japan, as the 24-hour global concert series to raise awareness about climate change kicked off Saturday.
  • Civilian to Head Canada's Mounties   AP / 12:30AM
    OTTAWA (AP) -- Canada named a former government security adviser Friday to head the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the first time a civilian has held the post.
  • Military: 6 U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq   AP / 12:00AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.S. military Saturday announced the deaths of six more American service members in combat operations in Iraq, most of them in the Baghdad area.
  • Friday, July 6

  • 6 More U.S. Troops Killed in Irag   AP / 11:40PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.S. military Saturday announced the deaths of six more American service members in combat operations in Iraq, most of them in the Baghdad area.
  • Ex-Chilean Presidential Candidate Fined   AP / 11:33PM
    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chile's securities regulator fined a former presidential candidate US$680,000 (euro500,000) for insider trading of LAN Chile stock. The regulator said Sebastian Pinera bought airline stock a few days before LAN Airlines SA issued an earnings report that triggered a 4 percent jump in its share price. Pinera, who now owns about 28 percent of LAN Chile, was on the company's board and had advance knowledge that the earnings report would be favorable when he bought 3 million local shares in July 2006, which was equivalent to about 1 percent of the company's float, according to the regulator. Two other stockholders in the airline also were fined. Pinera, who lost a January 2006 runoff vote to President Michelle Bachelet and remains a leading right-wing politician, denied any wrongdoing. He said the fine was politically motivated because he is "a person with political expectations, with an important political situation." Finance Minister Andres Velasco rejected that defense, saying the fine was "based on professional and technical considerations." Pinera said he will not appeal because the court process could take five years and he has "different motivations," a reference to his intention to run again for president in 2010.
  • Lima Restaurant Shut for Discrimination   AP / 11:30PM
    LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Human rights activists cheered a rare decision by a Peruvian consumer protection agency Friday to close a popular restaurant and impose a stiff fine for repeatedly turning away dark-skinned people.
  • U.N. Chief Urges Talks on Divided Cyprus   AP / 9:10PM
    UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders on Friday to show "imagination and political courage" and start serious negotiations to unite the divided Mediterranean island.
  • Live Earth Keeps Spinning -- Adds 9th Gig   AP / 7:50PM
    SYDNEY, Australia - Like the planet, Live Earth keeps changing.
  • Suicide Blast Kills 26 in Iraqi Village   AP / 7:50PM
    BAGHDAD - A suicide car bomber struck outside a cafe in a tiny Kurdish village near the Iranian border Friday, killing 26 people in a remote part of a province where U.S. forces are waging an offensive against Sunni insurgents, police said.
  • 2 UK Bomb Suspects Looked Into U.S. Jobs   AP / 6:10PM
    LONDON - The FBI said Friday that two suspects in the failed car bombings in Britain had made inquiries about working in the United States, and an Iraqi doctor arrested at the attack on Glasgow airport became the first person charged in the terror plot.
  • US Coal Firm Linked to Colombia Militias   AP / 5:40PM
    LA LOMA, Colombia (AP) -- The bus had just left Drummond Co. Inc.'s coal mine carrying about 50 workers when gunmen halted it and forced two union leaders off. They shot one on the spot, pumping four bullets into his head, and dragged the other one off to be tortured and killed.
  • Man Executed for Role in 2003 Iraq Blast   AP / 5:23PM
    BAGHDAD - An alleged al-Qaida militant was hanged for his role in one of the first major bombings in Iraq - a 2003 blast that killed a Shiite leader and 84 other people and foreshadowed the four-year insurgency that followed, a Justice Ministry official said Friday.
  • Food Crisis Begins at Mom-And-Pop Level   AP / 4:50PM
    XIAMEN, China (AP) -- Perched on stools, four workers stuff freshly made noodles into plastic bags on the ground floor of the two-story Lin family home. A black-and-white mutt wanders lazily around their feet. Flies circle and land at will.
  • N.Korean Leader's Health Draws Attention   AP / 2:30PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- How ill is Kim Jong Il?
  • AK-47 Inventor: I Don't Lose Sleep   AP / 1:50PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Sixty years after the AK-47 went into production, Mikhail Kalashnikov says he does not stay awake at night worrying about the bloodshed wrought by the world's most popular assault rifle.
  • Sony: Sorry About Cathedral Appearance   AP / 1:21PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Sony issued a public apology Friday for a violent video game that features a bloody shootout inside an Anglican cathedral, but it did not address the Church of England's demands that the company withdraw the game.
  • New CEO Says UBS Strategy Unchanged   AP / 1:21PM
    ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- Swiss bank UBS said Friday that its course would remain largely unchanged, a day after the ouster of its chief executive.
  • Panda Gives Birth to Twins in China   AP / 1:10PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A panda gave birth to twins in southwest China, surprising researchers who were only expecting a single cub.
  • `ER' Star Visnjic Faces Paternity Suit   AP / 12:40PM
    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- A Croatian woman is suing "ER" star Goran Visnjic, claiming he's the father of her 4-month-old daughter and demanding a paternity test.
  • U.K. Terror Suspects Made U.S. Inquiry   AP / 11:30AM
    LONDON - Two suspects in the failed car bombings in Britain had contacted a clearinghouse for foreign doctors about working in the United States, the FBI said Friday, and British officials probed links between the attacks and al-Qaida in Iraq.
  • Hostage Takers Threaten British Girl   AP / 11:30AM
    PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (AP) -- The kidnappers of a British girl in Nigeria are threatening to kill the 3-year-old and then come after the parents if their demands were not met, the girl's sobbing mother said Friday.
  • Pamplona Bull-Running Festival Starts   AP / 10:10AM
    PAMPLONA, Spain - Thousands of revelers sprayed each other with sparkling wine and the mayor of this northeastern city launched a skyrocket at noon Friday to start Spain's most famous festival, the San Fermin running of the bulls.
  • Shoppers Concerned About Chinese Goods   AP / 10:00AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- First it was pet food that sickened dogs and cats. Then came warnings about toothpaste, toy trains, car tires and several types of fish.
  • Pakistani Leader Escapes Attempt on Life   AP / 9:50AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Unknown gunners fired after President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's plane took off from a military base on Friday in what one official described as a failed assassination attempt.
  • EU Clears Sale of KB Home Division   AP / 8:00AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- KB Home can sell its French homebuilding division Kaufman & Broad to private equity fund PAI Partners, European Union regulators ruled Friday.
  • Police Arrest 2 Suspects of Terror Group   AP / 7:10AM
    ROME - Police announced the arrests Friday of two alleged members of a radical leftist group similar to the Red Brigades.
  • Panel Backs Thailand's Draft Charter   AP / 6:50AM
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- A panel appointed by Thailand's coup leaders to draw up a new constitution agreed on a final draft Friday and scheduled a referendum in August, setting up the possibility of elections later this year.
  • British Look for Links in Failed Plot   AP / 4:43AM
    GLASGOW, Scotland - When two doctors crashed a Jeep Cherokee into Glasgow's Airport and then set it on fire in a desperate attempt to ignite crude bombs it was clear to a policeman on the scene that they were on a suicide mission.
  • Gunshots Heard Near Pakistan Air Base   AP / 4:20AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Gunshots were heard Friday not far from a military air base while Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's plane was in the air, officials said.
  • Philippines: 9 Men Bolt Jail, 3 Killed   AP / 3:40AM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Nine inmates fled a southern Philippine jail after attacking guards, and pursuing police officers fatally shot three of the escaped convicts and recaptured four others, officials said Friday.
  • More Australia Raids in British Plot   AP / 3:00AM
    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- Police launched fresh raids Friday in connection with the failed terrorist plot in Britain, seizing computer files and other material from two hospitals in western Australia, the federal police chief said.
  • East Timor May Be Becoming Failed State   AP / 1:40AM
    DILI, East Timor (AP) -- East Timor's people have turned out in high numbers for three rounds of elections, but the show of democracy cannot mask mounting challenges facing Asia's newest nation five years after independence.
  • Chinese Official Sentenced to Death   AP / 1:10AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- The assistant to China's former top drug regulator was sentenced to death Friday on charges of bribery, his lawyer said, the latest development in a scandal that uncovered corruption in the country's drug approval system.
  • Peru Teachers Strike to Protest Testing   AP / 1:00AM
    LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peruvian public school teachers walked off the job Thursday to protest an education reform proposal that would require them to pass periodic competency exams.
  • Thursday, July 5

  • 26 Bodies Found After Mexico Landslide   AP / 9:30PM
    ELOXOCHITLAN, Mexico (AP) -- Soldiers and rescue workers on Thursday recovered 26 bodies from a bus buried in a landslide but held out little hope of finding survivors.
  • Ex-Police Chaplain on Trial in Argentina   AP / 6:30PM
    LA PLATA, Argentina (AP) -- A former police chaplain went on trial Thursday, the first Roman Catholic cleric to be prosecuted on charges of complicity in deaths and disappearances during Argentina's 1976-83 military dictatorship.
  • Rio Live Earth Concert Gets Judge's OK   AP / 5:14PM
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - A Brazilian judge ruled Thursday that South America's Live Earth concert could go ahead as planned after organizers convinced her there would be adequate security at the Copacabana Beach event.
  • Microsoft Plans Canada Software Center   AP / 4:40PM
    TORONTO (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. plans to open a software development center in Canada this fall to attract talent and avoid U.S. immigration issues.
  • Colombians March to Protest Kidnappings   AP / 3:40PM
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of people marched through Colombia's major cities Thursday and drivers honked horns in unison in a mass protest to demand the immediate liberation of the country's kidnap victims.
  • New 7 Wonders to Be Unveiled   AP / 3:30PM
    GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) -- The Great Wall of China, the Colosseum in Rome and Peru's Machu Picchu are leading contenders to be among the new seven wonders of the world, as a massive poll draws to a close with votes already cast by more than 90 million people, organizers say.
  • Olympics Highlight Human Rights in China   AP / 2:50PM
    Child labor. Forced abortions. Religious persecution. Jailed dissidents. Cultural cleansing in Tibet and ethnic cleansing in Africa.
  • Children Rescued After Squall Hits Boats   AP / 2:30PM
    DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) -- The Irish coast guard rescued some 110 children from the sea Thursday after a sudden squall hit their sailboats, Irish officials said.
  • Tele Atlas Mapping Van Comes to Asia   AP / 2:20PM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Digital cartographer Tele Atlas NV has brought its first orange mapping van to Asia as a part of its effort to collect global data for portable, Internet, in-car and wireless navigation systems.
  • Wasserstein Sells American Lawyer Unit   AP / 2:01PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Incisive Media, a British business news provider, said Thursday it will pay about $630 million to buy the publisher of The American Lawyer and other titles as it seeks to boost its product range and strengthen its foothold in North America.
  • Report: UK House Used As Bomb Factory   AP / 1:10PM
    LONDON - Police searched for evidence Thursday in a Scottish house that may have been used to produce the makeshift bombs that failed to explode in three attempted terror attacks on London and the Glasgow airport, officials and news reports said.
  • Report: UK House Used As Bomb Factory   AP / 12:10PM
    LONDON - Police searched for evidence Thursday in a Scottish house that may have been used to produce the makeshift bombs that failed to explode in three attempted terror attacks on London and the Glasgow airport, officials and news reports said.
  • UK Raises Interest Rates, ECB Holds Firm   AP / 11:40AM
    LONDON (AP) -- The Bank of England raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 5.75 percent on Thursday, the fifth increase in less than a year as it attempts to put a lid on persistent inflation.
  • Dell Sees Growth in Asia   AP / 10:30AM
    SINGAPORE (AP) -- Dell Inc. expects shipments of personal computers, notebooks and servers in Asia excluding China, Japan and South Korea to grow almost 20 percent in 2007, a company executive said Thursday.
  • Russia Refuses to Extradite Spy Suspect   AP / 9:40AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian prosecutors said Thursday they have officially refused Britain's request to extradite a businessman accused in last year's fatal poisoning of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko.
  • Report: UK House Used As Bomb Factory   AP / 9:11AM
    LONDON - A Scottish house had been used as a makeshift bomb factory to carry out the terror attacks in London and Scotland, British media reported Thursday.
  • ECB Keeps Benchmark Interest Rate Steady   AP / 8:10AM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The European Central Bank held its benchmark interest rate steady at 4 percent Thursday, as unemployment is dropping and inflation appears to be under control in the 13-nation region that shares the euro.
  • India's DLF Ltd. Has Strong Debut   AP / 8:10AM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- Shares of India's top real estate company, DLF Ltd., made a strong debut Thursday, rising nearly 9 percent in the country's biggest-ever initial public offering.
  • Judge Cancels Rio Live Earth Concert   AP / 8:10AM
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- A Brazilian judge has canceled Saturday's Live Earth concert in Rio because police said they do not have enough officers to guarantee crowd safety.
  • ECB Likely to Hold Key Rate Steady   AP / 8:00AM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The European Central Bank is likely to keep interest rates unchanged Thursday as unemployment is dropping and inflation appears to be under control in the 13-nation region that shares the euro.
  • British Jazz Singer George Melly Dies   AP / 8:00AM
    LONDON (AP) -- George Melly, a flamboyant, gravel-voiced jazz singer, critic and raconteur, died Thursday, his wife said. He was 80 years old.
  • EU Approves Takeover of Spain's Endesa   AP / 7:40AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- European regulators on Thursday approved the takeover of Spain's largest utility Endesa by Acciona and Italian utility Enel.
  • 3-Year-Old Girl Kidnapped in Nigeria   AP / 7:30AM
    PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (AP) -- Kidnappers snatched the 3-year-old daughter of a British worker as she was being taken to school Thursday in Nigeria's lawless southern oil region, police said.
  • French Fire Under Control   AP / 7:20AM
    NICE, France (AP) -- Firefighters brought a wildfire in the French Riviera under control Thursday after it ripped through 2,500 acres of brush and trees, destroyed a home and forced the evacuation of campsites.
  • Mogadishu Mayor Survives Attempt on Life   AP / 6:33AM
    MOGADISHU, Somalia - A roadside bomb exploded Thursday near a convoy carrying Mogadishu's mayor, the second attempt on his life in two months, his spokesman said.
  • China Shares Plunge on Worries Over IPOs   AP / 5:23AM
    SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- Chinese stocks tumbled Thursday on waning confidence in the bull market amid worries about government steps to cool the market and that a slew of new share listings might drive prices lower.
  • Chinese Judge: Death Sentencing Uneven   AP / 4:10AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China's top court will ensure the death penalty is applied uniformly across the nation by the end of the year, state media said Thursday.
  • PM Denies Aussies in Iraq for Oil   AP / 3:50AM
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Prime Minister John Howard insisted oil had nothing to do with Australia's involvement in the Iraq war, contradicting his defense minister who said Thursday that protecting Iraq's oil supplies is one of his country's motivations for keeping troops there.
  • Japan to Hold Missile Interceptor Test   AP / 3:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan will conduct its first test launch of the U.S.-developed SM-3 missile interceptor from a destroyer later this year, a Defense Ministry official said Thursday.
  • Blast at Karaoke Bar Kills 25 in China   AP / 2:50AM
    BEIJING - A blast in a karaoke parlor in northeast China
  • Police Question U.S. Sailor for Stabbing   AP / 2:50AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese police were questioning an American sailor Thursday after two women were stabbed near a naval base south of Tokyo, officials and news reports said.
  • 4 Palestinians Killed in Israeli Clash   AP / 2:20AM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Four Palestinian militants were killed in fighting with Israeli troops Thursday in the Gaza Strip, Israel and Hamas officials said.
  • Judge Cancels Rio Live Earth Concert   AP / 2:20AM
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- A Brazilian judge has canceled Saturday's Live Earth concert in Rio because police said they do not have enough officers to guarantee crowd safety.
  • US Envoy Laments Lack of Chavez Dialogue   AP / 1:20AM
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- After three rocky years as Washington's top envoy to Venezuela, Ambassador William Brownfield ended his term Wednesday saying he regrets he was unable to establish a productive dialogue with President Hugo Chavez's government.
  • Venezuelan TV Station May Air on Cable   AP / 1:00AM
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- An opposition-aligned TV station forced off the air by President Hugo Chavez is considering taking its programming to cable, the channel's top executive said.
  • Group Blasts Police Abuses in Indonesia   AP / 12:30AM
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian security forces killed and beat unarmed civilians and on two occasions raped women during recent operations against separatists in Papua province, Human Rights Watch alleged in a report released Thursday.
  • Freed BBC Reporter Recounts Long Ordeal   AP / 12:20AM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- The first night after he was snatched in Gaza nearly four months ago, BBC reporter Alan Johnston feared he was about to die. The kidnappers' masked leader appeared in the doorway, and moments later the prisoner was handcuffed, hooded and taken outside.
  • Wednesday, July 4

  • French Gov't OKs Plan on Labor Strikes   AP / 11:50PM
    PARIS (AP) -- The French Cabinet on Wednesday sent a bill to parliament calling for guaranteed minimum service in public transport during labor walkouts, despite opposition from the nation's unions.
  • Thousands Flee Spanish Forest Fires   AP / 11:20PM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- A forest fire near the Mediterranean coastline in northeastern Spain forced the evacuation of thousands of people, officials said Wednesday.
  • East Timor Ruling Party Wins Election   AP / 8:20PM
    DILI, East Timor (AP) -- The ruling Fretilin movement emerged as the top party Wednesday night in vote counting from East Timor's weekend parliamentary elections, but it was far short of a legislative majority and will have to try to form an alliance with other blocs.
  • Cleric: Cryptic Threat Preceded Attacks   AP / 7:23PM
    LONDON - "Those who cure you are going to kill you."
  • Freed BBC Reporter Recounts Long Ordeal   AP / 6:33PM
    JERUSALEM - The first night after he was snatched in Gaza nearly four months ago, BBC reporter Alan Johnston feared he was about to die. The kidnappers' masked leader appeared in the doorway, and moments later the prisoner was handcuffed, hooded and taken outside.
  • EU Wants Wine Industry Overhaul   AP / 6:00PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- An attempt to make European wines more competitive worldwide is pitting the EU's top farm bureaucrat against winemakers who claim the reforms will stain the soul of their centuries-old craft.
  • New al-Qaida Calls for Jihad   AP / 5:50PM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Al-Qaida's No. 2 has issued a new video tape calling on Muslims to unite in jihad, or holy war, and support the Islamist movement in Iraq, a U.S.-based intelligence monitoring group said Wednesday.
  • RIM Gets OK to Sell BlackBerry in China   AP / 5:40PM
    TORONTO (AP) -- Research in Motion has received clearance to sell its popular BlackBerry device in China after eight years of trying. The Canadian-based company says it's finalizing the delivery of its products there.
  • Olmert Completes Cabinet Reshuffle   AP / 3:40PM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's parliament on Wednesday approved Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's new Cabinet appointments to fill vacancies created by a series of official scandals.
  • FARC Video Shows Kidnapped Soldiers   AP / 3:11PM
    BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombian rebels released a video showing seven kidnapped police officers and soldiers - some of whom have spent nearly a decade in captivity - pleading for the government and rebels to negotiate their freedom.
  • Yemen Employs New Terror Approach   AP / 2:10PM
    SANA'A, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen is pioneering a novel approach for dealing with convicted al-Qaida operatives: Let them roam free as long as they promise to be law-abiding.
  • US Troops in Iraq Mark July 4 Holiday   AP / 12:00PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Hundreds of U.S. troops marked the Fourth of July by re-enlisting in the military Wednesday while others took their oaths of American citizenship in ceremonies at the main U.S. headquarters in Iraq.
  • Bodies of Spanish Bomb Victims Returned   AP / 11:30AM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Five bandaged survivors of a suicide bombing at a Yemeni temple returned home Wednesday -- one carried on a stretcher -- along with the bodies of seven fellow tourists who died in the attack.
  • Palestinians Receive Gov't Salaries   AP / 11:30AM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Palestinian government employees loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday stood in long lines outside banks in Hamas-ruled Gaza to collect their first full salaries in 15 months.
  • German Believed Kidnapped in Afghanistan   AP / 10:10AM
    BERLIN - A German citizen is believed to have been kidnapped
  • Moroccan, Israeli Foreign Ministers Meet   AP / 10:10AM
    PARIS - The foreign ministers of Israel and Morocco held their first publicly disclosed talks in years Wednesday, with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the heart of the discussion.
  • Rights Group Chides Ethiopia on Rebels   AP / 10:10AM
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- A human rights group accused the Ethiopian army on Wednesday of burning homes and displacing thousands of civilians in a crackdown on rebels in the volatile east.
  • Mercedes Car Group Sales Down 1.3 Pct.   AP / 10:00AM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- A drop in sales of the Smart fortwo offset a slight gain in sales of Mercedes-Benz branded-cars, automaker DaimlerChrysler AG said Wednesday, as sales last month fell 1.5 percent from a year ago.
  • Chrysler Signs China Manufacturing Deal   AP / 8:50AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Chrysler Group signed a deal Wednesday with China's biggest automaker, Chery, to produce cars for export to the United States and elsewhere in the first attempt by a U.S. automaker to use China as a manufacturing base for world markets.
  • Pfizer Asks Nigeria Court to Dismiss Case   AP / 8:40AM
    KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- Pfizer Inc. asked a court Wednesday to dismiss a state-level civil case seeking US$2 billion in damages over allegations the company conducted a drug experiment that led to deaths and disabilities among children more than a decade ago.
  • Putin Predicts Progress in US Relations   AP / 7:30AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin, in a statement on Wednesday marking the Fourth of July, said he was certain relations between Russia and the United States would progress despite disagreements.
  • UK Police Hunting More Plot Suspects   AP / 7:10AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Investigators worked Wednesday to untangle the ties between the eight suspects arrested in connection to the failed car bombing attacks in Britain and were hunting down others believed involved on the periphery of the plot.
  • Chrysler, Chery Sign Vehicle Export Deal   AP / 6:30AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Chrysler Group signed a deal Wednesday with China's biggest automaker, Chery, to produce cars for export to the United States and elsewhere in the first attempt by a U.S. automaker to use China as a manufacturing base for world markets.
  • Honda Upgrades Car Navigation System   AP / 5:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Honda's car navigation system already maps the quickest route to a destination, avoiding traffic jams. Now, drivers will get information about earthquakes and warnings of heavy rainfall ahead on roads.
  • US Seeks Pacific-Wide Free Trade Zone   AP / 5:30AM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- The United States plans to use this week's meeting of Asia-Pacific trade ministers in Australia to push for the long-term goal of a Pacific-wide free trade zone that would encompass roughly half of world trade, the top U.S. trade official said Wednesday.
  • Botswana Gets the Hollywood Treatment   AP / 5:30AM
    GABORONE, Botswana (AP) -- Botswana welcomed a crew making a film of a popular series of detective novels set in this southern African country, with officials saying the movie would generate good publicity for Africa.
  • Suicide Attack Kills 10 in Pakistan   AP / 5:30AM
    MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan (AP) -- A suicide car bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a Pakistan army convoy near the Afghan border on Wednesday, killing five soldiers and five civilians, officials said.
  • Tornado Kills 14, Hurts 146 in China   AP / 4:50AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A tornado ripped through two provinces in eastern China, killing 14 people, state media reported Wednesday.
  • Napoleon Letter Sells at Auction   AP / 4:30AM
    LONDON (AP) -- A love letter from Napoleon to his mistress Josephine sold for $557,000, more than five times its estimate, at a London auction that attracted spirited bidding for several rare items.
  • Tuesday, July 3

  • Diverse Group Allegedly in British Plot   AP / 11:30PM
    LONDON (AP) -- They had diverse backgrounds, coming from countries around the globe, but all shared youth and worked in medicine. They also had a common goal, authorities suspect: to bring havoc and death to the heart of Britain.
  • U.S. Seeks to Improve Gitmo Conditions   AP / 11:10PM
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- The U.S. military is seeking to improve conditions for many Guantanamo Bay detainees by offering more recreation and activities, including a weekly movie night for the best-behaved, the commander of the detention center said Tuesday.
  • Brazil Raid Frees Ethanol Plant Slaves   AP / 9:30PM
    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Brazilian authorities said they raided an Amazon plantation where more than 1,000 laborers were found working 13-hour days, in horrendous conditions, cutting sugar cane for ethanol production.
  • Hamas TV: Kidnapped BBC Reporter Freed   AP / 9:21PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Kidnapped British reporter Alan Johnston has been released after nearly four months in captivity, Hamas said Wednesday.
  • Hamas: Kidnapped British Reporter Freed   AP / 9:20PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas TV said early Wednesday that kidnapped British reporter Alan Johnston has been released after nearly four months in captivity.
  • Death Penalty Sought in Iraqi Slayings   AP / 7:30PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors filed notice Tuesday that they will seek the death penalty if former soldier Steven D. Green is convicted of killing an Iraqi family and raping a 14-year-old girl.
  • China Urges Diplomacy on Iran Standoff   AP / 7:30PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- China called Tuesday for stepped up diplomacy rather than new sanctions to try to persuade Iran to suspend uranium enrichment and rein in its nuclear program.
  • 9 Killed in Pakistani Mosque Battle   AP / 7:12PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Tensions brewing around a radical mosque in Pakistan's capital burst into street battles Tuesday between security forces and masked militants who have challenged the government by mounting a vigilante anti-vice campaign.
  • Afghan Army Executes First Big Operation   AP / 7:12PM
    ANDAR DISTRICT, Afghanistan - Two Black Hawk helicopters swooped down into the makeshift base in the middle of a Taliban hotbed, and U.S. soldiers snapped salutes to the mission's top general - an Afghan, not an American.
  • Hamas Pressures Reporter's Kidnappers   AP / 6:32PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas gunmen on Tuesday took up positions around the stronghold of the shadowy group holding a kidnapped British Broadcasting Corp. correspondent, stepping up the pressure to secure his release.
  • Steamy YouTube Clip Riles EU Lawmakers   AP / 6:00PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The European Commission has posted a montage of sex scenes from European films on a new video-sharing Web site, drawing criticism from some lawmakers who described it as "soft porn."
  • Detroit 3 Have Lackluster June   AP / 5:54PM
    DETROIT - A declining U.S. auto market, big sales last year and large incentives on Toyota pickup trucks all contributed to a lackluster June for Detroit's three automakers and especially for General Motors Corp.
  • Russian Music Site Down, Sister Site Up   AP / 4:50PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- A music download site that was the poster child for U.S. anti-piracy crusaders and an obstacle to Russia's bid to join the World Trade Organization has been shut down by Russian authorities, according to the U.S. government.
  • Record Cocaine Haul Spills Off Ireland   AP / 4:30PM
    DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) -- Bales of a record haul of cocaine spilled from a smuggling boat that capsized off the coast of Ireland are washing up on the shores of County Cork, officials said Tuesday.
  • Iraqi Oil Bill Heads to Parliament   AP / 4:10PM
    BAGHDAD - The Iraqi Cabinet signed off Tuesday on a revised bill to regulate the country's oil industry and sent it to parliament - a major step in reaching a long-delayed benchmark sought by the U.S. to promote reconciliation between Iraq's Sunnis and Shiites.
  • Pavarotti Working on New Recording   AP / 3:50PM
    ROME (AP) -- Luciano Pavarotti, who is battling pancreatic cancer, is working on a recording of sacred songs.
  • Steamy EUTube Clip Stirs Controversy   AP / 3:10PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The European Commission has its own channel on YouTube to spread messages about topics such as climate change and human rights. But the most viewed video clip features nudity, dim lighting and some heavy breathing.
  • Spike Lee to Focus on Black Soldiers   AP / 2:10PM
    ROME - Spike Lee announced plans Tuesday to make a movie about the struggle against Nazi occupiers in Italy during World War II that he hopes will highlight the contribution of black American soldiers who fought and died to liberate Europe.
  • SAP: Unit Made 'Inappropriate Downloads'   AP / 1:10PM
    FRANKFURT, Germany - Software company SAP AG acknowledged Tuesday that one of its units made "inappropriate downloads" of Oracle Corp. computer code for fixes and support documents, responding to a lawsuit filed by its rival.
  • Benazir Bhutto Vows Return to Pakistan   AP / 1:10PM
    LONDON (AP) -- If Benazir Bhutto were to return to politics in Pakistan, she would stand up to militants, shut down religious schools where extremists recruit children, and work to boost the economy, the former Pakistani prime minister said Tuesday.
  • EU Asks Studios About Rival DVD Formats   AP / 12:40PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The European Commission said Tuesday it has asked several Hollywood studios to explain why they have chosen either the Blue-ray disc or HD DVD format for movie discs to see if they are breaking EU rules that bar companies from shutting out rivals.
  • Spike Lee to Focus on Black Soldiers   AP / 12:10PM
    ROME - Spike Lee announced plans Tuesday to make a movie about the struggle against Nazi occupiers in Italy during World War II that he hopes will highlight the contribution of black American soldiers who fought and died to liberate Europe.
  • Clove Marlboro Launched in Indonesia   AP / 11:50AM
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Philip Morris International launched a Marlboro cigarette flavored with cloves in Indonesia on Tuesday, seeking to boost sales in one of the world's largest tobacco markets as smokers in Europe and the United States give up the habit.
  • Estonia Reburies Soviet Soldiers   AP / 11:10AM
    TALLINN, Estonia (AP) -- Estonia on Tuesday reburied the remains of eight Soviet soldiers whose exhumation from a war grave had sparked deadly riots and infuriated neighboring Russia.
  • Shooting at Mosque in Pakistani Capital   AP / 10:10AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Security forces clashed with militants Tuesday outside a radical mosque where students have carried out a string of kidnappings of police officers and alleged prostitutes, killing five people, officials said.
  • China Limits Transplants for Foreigners   AP / 9:30AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China issued guidelines Tuesday restricting organ transplants for foreigners, giving priority to Chinese patients in the government's latest effort to regulate procedures that have been criticized as profit-driven and unethical.
  • Report: China Had Pollution Deaths Nixed   AP / 7:50AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Beijing persuaded the World Bank to cut from a report findings that pollution has caused about 750,000 premature deaths in China each year, the Financial Times reported.
  • Nokia Siemens Networks Lands India Deal   AP / 7:40AM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- Nokia Siemens Networks won a $900 million contract from India's largest mobile phone operator, Bharti Airtel Ltd., to help expand its communications network, both companies said Tuesday.
  • Kraft Offers $7.2B for Biscuit Division   AP / 5:30AM
    PARIS (AP) -- Kraft Foods Inc. announced Tuesday that it has offered 5.3 billion euros ($7.2 billion) in cash to acquire the biscuit division of French food company Groupe Danone SA.
  • German Strikes Cause Big Disruptions   AP / 5:20AM
    BERLIN (AP) -- Striking train drivers brought parts of Germany's rail network to a standstill on Tuesday, backing their demands for a large pay increase with a walkout that affected tens of thousands of commuters.
  • Report: Torture Used in Kurdish Region   AP / 5:00AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq routinely torture detainees with methods including electric shock and hold them in overcrowded facilities without formal charges or access to legal aid, a human rights group said Tuesday.
  • Chinese Study Identifies 'Comfort Women'   AP / 4:40AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Japanese soldiers forced girls as young as 12 into sexual slavery during and after World War II, according to a report by two Chinese legal groups.
  • Copter Shot Down in Iraq; Pilots Rescued   AP / 4:40AM
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Insurgents shot down a U.S. military helicopter south of Baghdad, and the two pilots were rescued with minor injuries, the military said Tuesday. The OH-58D Kiowa Attack helicopter was brougt down by ground fire on Monday. After an Apache helicopter rescued the two pilots, a U.S. warplane dropped two 500-pound, laser-guided bombs on the downed craft to destroy it, the military said in a statement.
  • China Finds Kids' Snacks Substandard   AP / 4:40AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese inspectors found dozens of children's snacks that failed food standards and seized hundreds of bottles of fake human blood protein from hospitals, officials said Tuesday.
  • Taylor Attends Trial Hearing   AP / 4:40AM
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Former Liberian president Charles Taylor appeared in court Tuesday for the first time since the start of his trial for atrocities committed during Sierra Leone's bloody 10-year civil war.
  • Monday, July 2

  • U.S. Implicates Iran in January Attack   AP / 9:50PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.S. military accused Iran on Monday of a direct role in a sophisticated militant attack that killed five American troops in Iraq, portraying Tehran as waging a proxy war through Shiite extremists.
  • U.N. Report Backpedals on Western Sahara   AP / 9:40PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- In a rare acknowledgment the U.N. officials may have overstepped, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reissued a report Monday on the Western Sahara that eliminated controversial recommendations on the future of the disputed region.
  • British Police ID 2 Suspects As Doctors   AP / 8:50PM
    LONDON - At least two doctors working at British hospitals were identified Monday among suspects arrested in Britain's failed car bomb attacks, and authorities announced three new arrests - including one in Australia - as the investigation spread overseas.
  • Woody Allen to Begin Work on New Movie   AP / 7:20PM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Woody Allen says he hopes to create a portrait of the northeastern Spanish city of Barcelona on a par with his 1979 film, "Manhattan."
  • Widows Suffer in Afghan Village   AP / 7:10PM
    BUNYAT, Afghanistan - Fatama's husband left home one night to smuggle drugs from their mud-thatch border village into Iran. The next morning, her brother-in-law gave her the news: Her husband had been killed.
  • U.S. Diplomat Found Dead in Rural Cyprus   AP / 7:10PM
    NICOSIA, Cyprus - The U.S. defense attache in Cyprus was found dead in a remote rural area of the Mediterranean island Monday, four days after he disappeared with his diplomatic car. An official indicated that he committed suicide.
  • The Girl From Sao Paulo Is CeU   AP / 7:10PM
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Maybe it's time for The Girl from Ipanema to step aside and make way for the girl from Sao Paulo. She goes by the name of CeU, which means both sky and heaven in Portuguese, though lately American listeners have been tilting toward the latter translation, lapping up her heavenly new CD at Starbucks, where her sound goes down as smooth as Brazilian coffee.
  • Attacks Lacked Skill, but Spread Chaos   AP / 6:12PM
    LONDON - The attempted attacks in London and Glasgow bore the hallmarks of an al-Qaida operation, but they lacked a key ingredient: professional execution.
  • Hindu Shrine's Icy Stalagmite Melts   AP / 6:00PM
    SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- A naturally formed stalagmite in a Kashmiri mountain shrine has melted away, officials said Monday, blaming body heat from the hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims who visit each year.
  • Bidding for Bell Canada May Not Be Over   AP / 5:10PM
    TORONTO - The bidding may not be over for the parent of Bell Canada, which over the weekend agreed to a buyout offer of $35.1 billion from a consortium led by the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board in the biggest Canadian takeover ever.
  • Barclays Gets OK to Delay Offer for ABN   AP / 4:21PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Barclays PLC, which is competing with Royal Bank of Scotland PLC to buy ABN Amro Holding NV in the largest takeover fight in the financial industry's history, said Monday it received approval from Dutch regulators to delay its proposed takeover.
  • Somali Elders Search for Peace   AP / 4:10PM
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Almost every day, Somalia's government comes under attack -- suicide bombings, roadside explosions, ambushes. Security forces have tried mass arrests and curfews, but to no avail.
  • For Sale: `Dracula's Castle' in Romania   AP / 3:41PM
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- An heir of Romania's former royal family put "Dracula's Castle" in Transylvania up for sale Monday, hoping to secure a buyer who will respect "the property and its history," a U.S.-based investment company said.
  • Gandhi Letter Pulled From UK Auction   AP / 3:30PM
    LONDON (AP) -- One of the last letters written by Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi has been pulled from a London auction so it can be acquired by the government of India, Christie's auction house said Monday.
  • Yemeni Temple Bombing Kills 7 Spaniards   AP / 2:54PM
    SAN'A, Yemen - An al-Qaida suicide bomber drove into a convoy of Spanish tourists visiting an ancient Yemeni temple, officials said, killing seven Spaniards and two Yemenis less than two weeks after a U.S. terror warning about the area.
  • Nintendo Wii Outsells Sony PS3   AP / 2:10PM
    TOKYO - Nintendo's Wii video game console outsold Sony's PlayStation 3 six to one in June in Japan, a Japanese publishing company said Monday.
  • Hamas Makes Arrest in Reporter's Case   AP / 12:20PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas on Monday arrested the spokesman of a shadowy group holding a British Broadcasting Corp. reporter, gaining what could be a valuable bargaining chip in the monthslong effort to secure the correspondent's release.
  • Chadian President's Son Found Dead   AP / 10:40AM
    PARIS (AP) -- The son of Chad's president was found dead with a head wound Monday in the basement of his apartment building in a Paris suburb, and authorities were treating the case as a murder investigation, judicial officials said.
  • China's Surplus Forecast Over $100B   AP / 10:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A senior government economist says China's trade surplus for the first half of this year is expected to top $100 billion, a state news agency said Monday, amid calls by U.S. lawmakers for punitive action against Beijing.
  • Nestle Completes Novartis Unit Takeover   AP / 10:20AM
    VEVEY, Switzerland (AP) -- Nestle SA completed its $2.5 billion takeover of Novartis Medical Nutrition, the food and drinks giant said Monday.
  • U.S.: Iran Helped in Deadly Iraq Strike   AP / 9:50AM
    BAGHDAD - Iranian forces helped plan one of the most sophisticated militant assaults of the Iraq war - a January raid in which gunmen posed as an American security team and launched an attack that killed five U.S. soldiers, an American general said Monday.
  • 7 Afghan Police Killed by Roadside Bomb   AP / 9:40AM
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- A roadside bomb destroyed a police vehicle patrolling in a dangerous area of southern Afghanistan on Monday, killing all seven policemen on board, an official said.
  • 2 More Men Arrested in Glasgow Probe   AP / 8:30AM
    GLASGOW, Scotland - Police said Monday they had arrested two more men as suspects in the car bomb attack on Glasgow airport as details emerged that authorities had been close on the trail of the suspects, one of whom may have been a local doctor.
  • Police Arrest 2 Men in Glasgow Probe   AP / 7:43AM
    GLASGOW, Scotland - Police in Glasgow said Monday that two men, aged 25 and 28, have been arrested in the investigation of a fiery attack on the city's airport. Meanwhile, details emerged that authorities had been close on the trail of the airport bombers, one of whom may have been a local doctor.
  • Japan Stocks Up for 3rd Straight Session / Japanese Stocks   AP / 6:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese stocks inched up Monday, gaining for a third straight session, as gains in machinery and trading company sectors offset declines in real estate companies.
  • Nissan Stepping Up Response to Defects   AP / 6:30AM
    ATSUGI, Japan (AP) -- Defects aren't something automakers usually like to spotlight. But Nissan's new facility, shown to reporters Monday, does just that.
  • Australia's Wesfarmers Bids for Coles   AP / 6:20AM
    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers Ltd. on Monday offered 21.9 billion Australian dollars, or $18.6 billion, for retailer Coles Group Ltd. -- the largest takeover bid in Australian corporate history.
  • Major Japanese Companies Remain Upbeat   AP / 6:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Confidence at major Japanese companies remained the same as three months ago, a closely watched Bank of Japan survey showed Monday, possibly reinforcing expectations that the central bank will raise interest rates in August.
  • GM Inaugurates New Engine Plant in China   AP / 5:30AM
    SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- General Motors Corp. inaugurated a new engine plant at its minicar factory SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co. in southern China on Monday.
  • Decade After Asian Recovery, Faces Risks   AP / 5:30AM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Asia faces risks of new financial shocks despite its remarkable recovery from the 1997-98 financial crisis, and regional cooperation is vital to keep the region strong, Asian Development Bank officials said Monday.
  • Pakistan Eases Curbs on A.Q. Khan   AP / 4:30AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Authorities have eased the virtual house arrest imposed on A.Q. Khan, the scientist who sold Pakistan's nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya, officials said Monday.
  • Afghan Justice Conference Meets in Rome   AP / 4:20AM
    ROME (AP) -- The U.N. chief, the Afghan president and other top officials gather in Rome this week to discuss how to strengthen Afghanistan's frail justice system amid the country's violence.
  • Death Penalty Sought in Reporter's Death   AP / 3:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- The family of a reporter killed while investigating China's coal industry says the life sentence given to the mine boss convicted of ordering thugs to attack the journalist is too lenient, and appealed Monday for the death penalty.
  • S. Korean Tycoon Gets Prison for Beating   AP / 2:00AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A court sentenced South Korean tycoon Kim Seung-youn to 18 months in prison Monday over a sensational beating attack earlier this year against bar workers who had scuffled with his son.
  • Concert Celebrates Diana's 46th Birthday   AP / 1:10AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Waving their arms in the air and dancing with 70,000 fans at London's Wembley Stadium, princes William and Harry celebrated the life of their mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 46th birthday Sunday at a concert they organized.
  • Japan's PM Angry Over A-Bomb Comment   AP / 12:51AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's prime minister sternly reprimanded the nation's defense minister for saying the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were an inevitable way of ending World War II, and asked him Monday to refrain from making similar remarks.
  • China's CNPC OKs Deal on Sudan Oil Block   AP / 12:00AM
    SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- China's No. 1 oil company, CNPC, and Indonesia's PT Pertamina have agreed to co-develop a Sudanese offshore oil block, ignoring international efforts to isolate Sudan over the crisis in its Darfur region, a report said Monday.
  • Sunday, July 1

  • Mexico Denies Drug Suspect's Allegations   AP / 11:30PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Mexican government said Sunday it received a letter from a drug suspect alleging that millions of dollars seized at his house in March -- the largest drug-related cash seizure in history -- were in fact illegal ruling-party campaign funds.
  • UK Officials Widen Hunt in Terror Attack   AP / 10:50PM
    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- British officials intensified the hunt Sunday for what they called an al-Qaida-linked network behind three attempted terrorist attacks, announcing a fifth arrest and conducting pinpoint raids across a country on its highest level of alert.
  • Civilian Deaths in Iraq Down 36 Percent   AP / 10:50PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi civilian deaths dropped to their lowest level since the start of the Baghdad security operation, government figures showed Sunday, suggesting signs of progress in tamping down violence in the capital.
  • Argentine Pres. Taps Wife for Nomination   AP / 9:50PM
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- President Nestor Kirchner has tapped his wife take his place as the ruling coalition candidate in October presidential elections, the official government news agency said late Sunday.
  • AU Summit Opens in Ghana   AP / 9:20PM
    ACCRA, Ghana (AP) -- Plans to deploy a joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force to Sudan's violence-plagued Darfur region could still be derailed by a dearth in funding and political will, the chairman of the African Union warned Sunday.
  • British Police Arrest 5th Terror Suspect   AP / 7:30PM
    GLASGOW, Scotland - British officials intensified the hunt Sunday for what they called an al-Qaida-linked network behind three attempted terrorist attacks, announcing a fifth arrest and conducting pinpoint raids across a country on its highest level of alert.
  • British Princes Honor Diana With Concert   AP / 6:52PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Waving their arms in the air and dancing with 70,000 fans at London's Wembley Stadium, princes William and Harry celebrated the life of their mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 46th birthday Sunday at a concert they organized.
  • Bush Lauds U.K. Response to Terror   AP / 6:42PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush said Sunday he appreciates the new British government's "strong response" to terrorist threats in London and Scotland that prompted the United States to tighten airport security and add air marshals to overseas flights.
  • Iraqi Civilian Death Toll at Low Point   AP / 5:11PM
    BAGHDAD - Iraqi civilian deaths dropped to their lowest level since the start of the Baghdad security operation, government figures showed Sunday, suggesting signs of progress in tamping down violence in the capital.
  • Saudi Religious Police Faces Backlash   AP / 3:50PM
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- As the car stopped outside a Riyadh amusement park, two bearded men dragged the driver from the wheel and took the three women on a wild ride of more than an hour, bouncing over sidewalks and finally abandoning them on a darkened street.
  • Belgian Designer Makes Debut at Dior   AP / 2:31PM
    PARIS (AP) -- Young blood ruled at the Paris menswear shows on Sunday as Belgian designer Kris Van Assche made his hotly anticipated debut at Christian Dior, while other new faces prepared to revamp Cerruti and Francesco Smalto.
  • Iraq: Provincial Vote Will Take Place   AP / 2:10PM
    BAGHDAD - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Sunday that provincial elections will be held before the end of the year - a key demand from the United States, which hopes to give Sunnis another chance to take part.
  • Levee Work Might Imperil French Quarter   AP / 2:00PM
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The government's repairs to New Orleans' hurricane-damaged levees may put the French Quarter in greater danger than it was before Hurricane Katrina, a weakness planners said couldn't be helped, at least for now.
  • U.K. Police Make 5th Terror Arrest   AP / 1:50PM
    GLASGOW, Scotland - British police raided buildings near Glasgow and in central England and made a fifth arrest on Sunday, as the hunt intensified for suspects in the fiery attack on the Scottish city's airport and foiled car bombings in London.
  • Nasser's Son-In-Law Buried Amid Mystery   AP / 1:50PM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- The son-in-law of Egypt's late president was laid to rest Sunday amid lingering mystery over his strange death and alleged role as a double agent who tricked Israel into complacency over the 1973 Yom Kippur war.
  • Stars Come Out to Honor Princess Diana   AP / 12:50PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Princes William and Harry took to the stage at London's Wembley Stadium on Sunday at a star-studded pop concert they planned themselves in honor of their mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 46th birthday.
  • U.S. Raids Baghdad Slum; 26 Iraqis Die   AP / 6:40AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki condemned a U.S. raid Saturday in Baghdad's Shiite Sadr City slum -- a politically sensitive district for him -- in which American troops searching for Iranian-linked militants sparked a firefight the U.S. said left 26 Iraqis dead.
  • Report Criticizes Israel, Palestinians   AP / 6:10AM
    JERUSALEM - Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli towns and Israeli artillery strikes near populated areas in northern Gaza constitute serious violations of the laws of war, a leading human rights group said in a report released Sunday.
  • Concert to Honor Princess Diana   AP / 6:00AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Rockers and royals, including Rod Stewart, Elton John and Princes William and Harry, were taking the stage at London's Wembley Stadium on Sunday to remember Princess Diana almost 10 years after her death in a Paris car crash.
  • Hong Kong Marks Hand-Over Anniversary   AP / 1:23AM
    HONG KONG - Hong Kong's red flag was raised into a cloudy blue sky Sunday as the former British colony marked the 10th anniversary of its hand-over to China and bid farewell to a rocky decade of financial woes, disease outbreaks and economic recovery.
  • Cyber Attacks Engulf Kremlin's Critics   AP / 12:30AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- A political battle is raging in Russian cyberspace. Opposition parties and independent media say murky forces have committed vast resources to hacking and crippling their Web sites in attacks similar to those that hit tech-savvy Estonia as the Baltic nation sparred with Russia over a Soviet war memorial.
  • Ivorian Prince Killed in Iraq Is Buried   AP / 12:30AM
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) -- A U.S. soldier killed in Iraq who was the son of a king in this African country was buried here Saturday in a princely ceremony.
  • Iranian Leaders Defend Fuel Rationing   AP / 12:20AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's top leaders defended a new fuel rationing plan Saturday that sparked violence earlier this week, saying it will free up funding for development projects and make the country "invincible," state-run television reported.
  • Saturday, June 30

  • Devlish Details Emerge in Paris Fashions   AP / 11:10PM
    PARIS - The difference between one suit and another is often as subtle as the placing of a button - a fact highlighted at the Paris menswear shows on Saturday, where the focus was on precision cut and luxurious fabrics.
  • Glasgow Attack Seen Tied to London Bombs   AP / 10:20PM
    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- A Jeep Cherokee trailing a cascade of flames rammed into Glasgow's airport on Saturday, shattering glass doors just yards from passengers at the check-in counters. Police said they believed the attack was linked to two car bombs found in London the day before.
  • Feisty Hong Kong Lawmaker Provokes China   AP / 6:12PM
    HONG KONG - Leung Kwok-hung regularly disrupts legislative sessions with pro-democracy outbursts. He has shown up to voting centers in a pig mask and Chinese emperor's jacket. Most recently, he burned photos of the Chinese president during the leader's visit to Hong Kong.
  • U.K. Crash Seen Linked to London Bombs   AP / 5:32PM
    GLASGOW, Scotland - A Jeep Cherokee trailing a cascade of flames rammed into Glasgow airport on Saturday, shattering glass doors just yards from passengers lined up at the check-in counters. Police said they believed the attack was linked to two car bombs found in London the day before.
  • Flaming SUV Rams U.K. Airport; 2 Arrests   AP / 5:10PM
    GLASGOW, Scotland - A Jeep Cherokee trailing a cascade of flames rammed into Glasgow airport on Saturday, shattering glass doors just yards from passengers lined up at the check-in counters. Police linked the crash to two terror plots in London.
  • Pope Urges Chinese Catholics to Unite   AP / 5:10PM
    VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI made his most significant attempt to unite China's 12 million Catholics Saturday, urging the underground faithful and followers of the state-run church to overcome decades of animosity and distrust.
  • Canadian Pension Plan Wins Telecom Bid   AP / 4:50PM
    TORONTO - Bell Canada agreed Saturday to be bought by a private partnership led by the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan in a deal valued at C$51.7 billion (US$48.5 billion) that would be the largest leveraged buyout ever.
  • Flaming SUV Rams U.K. Airport; 2 Arrests   AP / 4:24PM
    GLASGOW, Scotland - Two men rammed a flaming Jeep Cherokee into the main terminal of Glasgow airport Saturday, crashing into the glass doors at the entrance in what appeared to be the third attempted terror attack on Britain in two days, witnesses said.
  • Iraq: 2 U.S. Troops Charged With Murder   AP / 3:10PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Two American soldiers have been charged with premeditated murder for allegedly killing three Iraqis and then planting weapons on their bodies to portray them as combatants, the U.S. military said Saturday.
  • Afghan Civilians Said Killed in Clash   AP / 1:10PM
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - U.S.-led airstrikes targeting Taliban militants who had attacked NATO forces slammed into civilian homes in southern Afghanistan, killing both civilians and insurgents, Afghan and Western officials said Saturday.
  • UK Police Hunt Suspect Who Fled Bomb Car   AP / 10:30AM
    LONDON - Detectives hunted Saturday for suspects who abandoned two explosives-packed cars in the heart of London's nightlife district, reviewing closed circuit television footage and scouring the vehicles for clues.
  • Package Detonated at Spanish Airport   AP / 10:10AM
    MADRID, Spain - Spanish police acting on a telephoned bomb threat evacuated Ibiza airport in the Balearic islands on Saturday, and later used a controlled explosion to detonate a suspicious package, airport officials and press reports said.
  • Turkmen Leader Gives Himself Award   AP / 7:20AM
    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) -- Turkmenistan's president awarded himself with a massive gold and diamond pendant and issued coins with his portrait to celebrate his 50th birthday, state media reported Saturday, in an echo of lavish honors bestowed upon his autocratic predecessor.
  • Car Rams Crowd in France; 17 Injured   AP / 5:10AM
    COLMAR, France (AP) -- A car rammed into a crowd of people leaving a village festival in eastern France early Saturday, injuring 17, police said.
  • Hookah Cafe Fans Worry About Smoking Ban   AP / 4:10AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Shrouded in a sweet-smelling haze, clusters of men and women unwind as they inhale fragrant tobacco from water pipes in the myriad cafes that line London's Arab quarter.
  • Police Hunt Suspect Who Fled Bomb Car   AP / 3:40AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Police mounted increased patrols in a jittery London Saturday as detectives conducted an intense hunt for a man seen running from an explosives-packed car in the heart of the city's entertainment district.
  • Indian Commuter Killed Over Breezy Spot   AP / 3:20AM
    MUMBAI (AP) -- A street vendor was killed on a crowded Indian train in a fight over a coveted breezy spot near the compartment's door, news reports said Saturday.
  • Kyuma: Atomic Bombs Ended World War II   AP / 1:11AM
    TOKYO - Japan's defense minister said the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan during World War II "couldn't be helped," a news report said Saturday.
  • Oil Boom, Politics Shape Africa's Future   AP / 12:30AM
    PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (AP) -- Europe's great powers once scrambled for dominance across vast, underdeveloped African lands rich in raw resources, including the scarlet palm oil used to grease the first cogs of the industrial revolution.
  • U.N. Chief Worried About Arms Smuggling   AP / 12:20AM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Syria and Iran on Friday to do more to prevent arms smuggling to Lebanon, citing "disturbing reports" from the Lebanese and Israeli governments of alleged violations of the U.N. arms embargo.
  • Friday, June 29

  • Cuba Hits Newly Released CIA Documents   AP / 10:40PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Communist Cuba's parliament said Friday that a 47-year-old plot to assassinate Fidel Castro still reflects U.S. policy toward the island.
  • Paris Designers Turn to Formal Dress   AP / 10:30PM
    PARIS (AP) -- Paris menswear designers showed an array of retro-flavored outfits on Friday, delivering a message that dressing up is cool again.
  • Egypt Bans Female Circumcision   AP / 10:00PM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- The death of a 12-year-old Egyptian girl at the hands of a doctor performing female circumcision has sparked a public outcry and prompted health and religious authorities to ban the practice.
  • Canada Indians Protest Delays Travelers   AP / 9:30PM
    TORONTO (AP) -- Protests by Canadian Indians against conditions on reservations forced the suspension Friday of some rail service and the closure of a busy highway, delaying several thousand travelers, officials said.
  • Avoiding 'Made in China' Labels Not Easy   AP / 7:10PM
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Poisoned pet food. Seafood laced with potentially dangerous antibiotics. Toothpaste tainted with an ingredient in antifreeze. Tires missing a key safety component. U.S. shoppers may be forgiven if they are becoming leery of Chinese-made goods and are trying to fill their shopping carts with products free of ingredients from that country. The trouble is, that may be almost impossible.
  • Montmartre Cable Car Reopens   AP / 6:40PM
    PARIS (AP) -- A popular cable car that scales the landmark Paris peak Montmarte is reopening after a months-long shutdown, authorities said Friday.
  • London Police Foil Major Terror Plot   AP / 6:32PM
    LONDON - Police thwarted a devastating terrorist plot on Friday, discovering two Mercedes loaded with nails packed around canisters of propane and gasoline set to detonate and kill possibly hundreds in London's crowded theater and nightclub district.
  • Laura Bush Visits Mali As Part of Tour   AP / 6:30PM
    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Laura Bush wrapped up a tour of Africa on Friday by visiting a school and sitting in on a math class in Mali, saying she was "touched" by education efforts in the country.
  • Mexicans Chide U.S. Over Immigration   AP / 5:20PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Opinion makers and migrant advocates in Mexico said Friday that the collapse of U.S. immigration reform plans hurts Mexican workers, U.S. employers and anti-terrorism efforts.
  • Londoners Face New Bomb Threat   AP / 5:10PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Londoners were on edge Friday after two explosives-packed cars were found in the city's theater district just days before the second anniversary of a bombing onslaught that killed 52 commuters, and the thwarted plot revived painful memories.
  • Venezuela Calls for Belarus Partnership   AP / 5:10PM
    MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called for a strategic partnership with Belarus Friday, calling his Belarusian counterpart a "brother-in-arms" and lamenting the pressure he said the United States was putting on Minsk and Caracas.
  • Germany, Denmark to Build Baltic Bridge   AP / 5:10PM
    BERLIN (AP) -- Germany and Denmark agreed Friday to build an 11-mile bridge spanning the waters between the two nations and cut travel times between Scandinavia and central Europe.
  • Harry Potter Gets His First Kiss   AP / 4:54PM
    TOKYO - First kisses can be tricky. Even for Harry Potter. Daniel Radcliffe, the star of the Harry Potter series, said Friday while in Tokyo for the premiere of the latest installment that it took a few takes to get over the nerves of getting the young wizard through his first on-screen kiss.
  • Exhibit Honoring Diana Opens in London   AP / 4:20PM
    LONDON (AP) -- An exhibit of photographs, film footage and other memorabilia from the life of Diana, Princess of Wales will go on display Saturday at the palace where she lived.
  • 2 Killed, 29 Wounded in Lebanon Clash   AP / 3:50PM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -- Government soldiers shot at angry Palestinian demonstrators trying to march home to their besieged camp in northern Lebanon on Friday, and two people were reported killed and 29 wounded.
  • Iranians Angered by Fuel Rationing   AP / 3:40PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad swept to power promising to bring oil revenues to every family but he now faces growing domestic discontent over newly imposed fuel rationing and skyrocketing prices.
  • Hamas TV Kills Off Mickey Mouse Double   AP / 3:11PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A Mickey Mouse lookalike who preached Islamic domination on a Hamas-affiliated children's television program was beaten to death in the show's final episode Friday.
  • 2 Die Dismantling Rolling Stones' Stage   AP / 2:30PM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Two workers dismantling a Rolling Stones' stage at a stadium in Madrid fell to their deaths from a metal scaffold on Friday, officials said.
  • U.N. Closes Down Saddam Weapons Monitors   AP / 2:10PM
    UNITED NATIONS - The Security Council voted Friday to immediately down the U.N. bodies key to monitoring Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs under Saddam Hussein - a decision an Iraqi diplomat said would close "an appalling chapter" in his country's history.
  • Chinese Leader Visits Hong Kong   AP / 1:40PM
    HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese leader Hu Jintao played pingpong, did a Mongolian dance and became the target of a pro-democracy protest Friday, kicking off a three-day visit to mark the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China.
  • Explosives-Packed Car Defused in London   AP / 1:30PM
    LONDON - Police in London's bustling nightclub and theater district on Friday defused a bomb that could have killed hundreds after an ambulance crew spotted smoke coming from a Mercedes filled with a lethal mix of gasoline, propane and nails, authorities said.
  • China Approves New Labor Law   AP / 12:50PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China enacted a law Friday meant to improve workers' rights after the communist government took the unprecedented step of seeking input from foreign companies and the Chinese public.
  • China Taps Another Noncommunist Minister   AP / 12:20PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A French-educated scientist was named China's health minister Friday, becoming only the second noncommunist appointed to the Cabinet since the 1970s.
  • EU Backs Passenger Data Deal With US   AP / 12:10PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - A new airline passenger information sharing agreement between the EU and the United States aimed at thwarting terrorism will likely go into effect by July following concessions from both sides this week.
  • Designer to Host Online Anti-Fur Protest   AP / 12:00PM
    PARIS (AP) -- Stella McCartney will co-host a virtual anti-fur protest next month in the online fantasy world known as Second Life.
  • 5 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Attack   AP / 10:30AM
    BAGHDAD - Insurgents launched a deadly coordinated attack on an American combat patrol, detonating a roadside bomb, then firing guns and rocket-propelled grenades at the soldiers, the U.S. military said Friday. Five troops were killed.
  • Britain Calls on Iran for Nuclear Freeze   AP / 8:20AM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- The United States and its allies are reviewing a proposal that would commit the U.N. Security Council to hold off on new sanctions on Iran if the country stops further development of its uranium enrichment program, diplomats said Friday.
  • U.K. Postal Workers Stage 24-Hour Strike   AP / 8:00AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Postal workers across Britain went on strike Friday, in the first industrial action at Royal Mail for a decade.
  • India, Pakistan, Iran Near Gas Deal   AP / 7:40AM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- India, Pakistan and Iran are close to signing an agreement on transporting natural gas from Iran to the two South Asian countries via a land pipeline by 2011, Indian officials said Friday.
  • Motorola Selling Razr2 Phone in S.Korea   AP / 5:30AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Motorola Inc. started selling the next generation model of its popular, ultra-slim Razr cell phone in South Korea Friday, ahead of a global launch scheduled for July.
  • Report: China Raises Minimum Wages   AP / 2:50AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China's government has ordered minimum wages raised to help the poor cope with soaring food costs, a state news agency reported Friday.
  • Nigeria Leader Reveals Personal Wealth   AP / 12:10AM
    ABUJA, Nigeria - President Umaru Yar'Adua revealed personal wealth of $5 million on Thursday, saying public financial disclosures should be standard practice as Nigeria battles official corruption.
  • Protests Affect Canada Rail Service   AP / 12:10AM
    TORONTO (AP) -- Scattered Indian protests began Thursday night ahead of a planned day of demonstrations against poverty and a lack of services on Canadian reservations. The country's passenger rail system suspended on two key routes amid a threatened rail blockade.
  • Thursday, June 28

  • Bombing Kills 22 at Baghdad Bus Station   AP / 10:20PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- A car bomb exploded Thursday at a bus station in a mostly Shiite west Baghdad neighborhood, killing 22 people. Officials received word that 20 decapitated bodies had been found near the capital but were unable to confirm the report because of fighting.
  • Parker Says Wedding Cake Will Be French   AP / 8:21PM
    PARIS (AP) -- For Tony Parker, only French-made wedding cakes will do.
  • Somali Leader Wants U.N. to Send Troops   AP / 8:20PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Declaring that Somalia is at "a critical crossroads," Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi on Thursday urged U.N. peacekeepers to take over from a small African Union force in the country's capital to help restore security and deal with terrorism.
  • Olmert Blasts Soldier's Captors' Demands   AP / 8:10PM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Thursday that Israel would not free the number of Palestinian militants demanded by the captors of an Israeli soldier abducted a year ago.
  • Barbra Streisand Receives French Medal   AP / 7:41PM
    PARIS (AP) -- Barbra Streisand performed her first-ever concert in France this week -- and was rewarded with a medal of the Legion of Honor.
  • Putin, Chavez Meet for Talks   AP / 7:40PM
    NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin welcomed firebrand Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez for talks at the Russian presidential retreat outside Moscow on Thursday, saying economic affairs and military-technical cooperation were on the agenda.
  • Fujimori Plays Politics in 2 Nations   AP / 6:20PM
    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Alberto Fujimori speaks of returning to the presidency in Peru and he's running for Senate in Japan. But his hopes of staying out of prison depend on a court in Chile.
  • 2 Die in Greece Forest Fires   AP / 5:40PM
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Wildfires swept through Greece on Thursday, killing two people and destroying homes after days of record temperatures of more than 100 degrees that led to at least nine heatstroke deaths and extensive power cuts.
  • US: Chinese Seafood Detained for Safety   AP / 5:10PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Farmed seafood has now joined tires, toothpaste and toy trains on the list of tainted and defective products from China that could be hazardous to a person's health.
  • 5 Dead in Angolan Plane Crash   AP / 5:00PM
    LUANDA, Angola (AP) -- An Angolan Airlines plane crashed on landing at an airport in northern Angola on Thursday, killing five people on the same day the European Union said it was blacklisting the airline due to safety concerns.
  • American Held in Bolivia Tied to Embassy   AP / 5:00PM
    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- An American woman with ties to the U.S. Embassy was detained at the La Paz airport for attempting to enter Bolivia with 500 rounds of .45-caliber ammunition, officials said Thursday. Donna Thi, 20, was taken into custody by Bolivian immigration officials Wednesday night.
  • Mexico Overhauls Police Chiefs' Training   AP / 5:00PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico announced it would overhaul training of all state and federal police chiefs Thursday as the government seeks international help to fight organized crime.
  • Bombing Kills 22 at Baghdad Bus Station   AP / 3:51PM
    BAGHDAD - A car bomb exploded Thursday at a bus station in a mostly Shiite west Baghdad neighborhood, killing 22 people. Officials received word that 20 decapitated bodies had been found near the capital but were unable to confirm the report because of fighting.
  • Microsoft Offers $500 Vista PC in India   AP / 2:40PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. will sell "affordable" Windows computers aimed at students in India, but the $500 price tag is more than what U.S. consumers might pay for a basic laptop.
  • Italian Linked to Missing Girl Arrested   AP / 1:40PM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Spanish police arrested an Italian man Thursday with possible links to Madeleine McCann, the 4-year-old British girl who vanished nearly two months ago during a vacation in Portugal, news reports said.
  • `Transformers' Opens in South Korea   AP / 1:40PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Steven Spielberg's "Transformers" premiered Thursday in theaters in South Korea, after notching up the country's highest online ticket bookings of any movie this year.
  • U.S.: Iran, NKorea Missile Threat Rising   AP / 1:20PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The top U.S. missile defense official warned Thursday that the ballistic threat from Iran and North Korea was rapidly growing and defended Washington's plans to base parts of its anti-missile shield program in Central Europe.
  • Russia Holds Successful Missile Test   AP / 1:10PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia successfully tested a new sea-based ballistic missile Thursday after several previous failures, a naval spokesman said.
  • Bomb Kills 22 at Baghdad Bus Station   AP / 12:30PM
    BAGHDAD - A car bomb killed 22 people Thursday in a bus station in western Baghdad, and police said 20 beheaded bodies had been discovered on the banks of the Tigris River southeast the capital. Government security officials raised doubts about the decapitation report.
  • `Harry Potter' Movie Premieres in Japan   AP / 12:20PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan rolled out the red carpet Thursday for the world premiere of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the fifth movie from J.K. Rowling's megahit fantasy series.
  • Top Judge Warns of High Terror Threat   AP / 12:10PM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- The threat of terrorism in Europe remains very high due to anger over the Iraqi war and the growing influence of North African groups linked to al-Qaida, a leading anti-terrorism judge warned Thursday.
  • HMV Full-Year Profits Drop Sharply   AP / 9:00AM
    LONDON (AP) -- HMV Group PLC reported Thursday that full-year profits fell 71 percent amid intense competition, and the British music and books company said it was in talks about selling its unit in Japan.
  • Britain's New Leader Names Cabinet Team   AP / 8:25AM
    LONDON - Britain's new leader chose his senior circle of ministers on Thursday, picking David Miliband, the youngest foreign secretary in decades and a rising star who voiced doubts over the Iraq war.
  • Appeal Recommended for Lockerbie Bomber   AP / 8:20AM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- A former Libyan intelligence agent may have been wrongly convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, a judicial panel said Thursday, recommending that he be granted a new appeal.
  • Mine boss convicted in reporter's death   AP / 6:40AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese mine boss has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison in the beating death of a reporter, a court official said Thursday, a high-profile case that prompted an unusual intervention by President Hu Jintao.
  • Plea Bargain Announced in Katsav Case   AP / 6:30AM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- President Moshe Katsav signed a plea bargain Thursday that will force him to resign but included no rape charges and entailed no jail time, Attorney General Meni Mazuz said.
  • EU Bans Flights by Indonesian Airlines   AP / 6:20AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- All Indonesian airlines and several from Russia, Ukraine and Angola will be banned from flying to the European Union due to safety concerns, the European Commission said Thursday.
  • Report: FARC Says 11 Hostages Killed   AP / 6:10AM
    BOGOTA, Colombia - Eleven kidnapped state lawmakers held hostage for five years were killed after a military attack on the jungle camp where they were being kept, according to a statement Thursday on a Web site sympathetic to the country's largest rebel group.
  • S.Korean Workers Strike Against FTA   AP / 5:20AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's largest labor union escalated a strike Thursday against the country's free trade agreement with the U.S. as the two governments tried to make last-minute changes to the deal before its scheduled signing later this week.
  • UN Inspectors Head to Key NKorea Reactor   AP / 5:10AM
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- U.N. inspectors headed to North Korea's key nuclear reactor Thursday to discuss a long-delayed shutdown of the facility, as the country came under increasing international criticism for launching missile tests this week.
  • Japanese Stocks Rally After 4-Day Slide / Japanese Stocks   AP / 5:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese stocks rebounded after a four-day slide Thursday, helped by Wall Street's rally overnight. Exporters like Toyota, retailers and rubber product makers led the advance.
  • S.Korea to Inspect Beef Facilities in US   AP / 3:30AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea said Thursday it will conduct on-site inspections of beef industry facilities in the United States this weekend ahead of talks about further easing Seoul's restrictions on imports of American beef.
  • Australia Court Tosses Citigroup Charges   AP / 3:20AM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Global financial company Citigroup was cleared Thursday of insider trading and conflict of interest charges in Australia, in a case that challenged measures investment banks around the world use to separate their share trading and adviser roles.
  • Misconduct Found at 3 Big Chinese Banks   AP / 3:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Auditors have found misconduct affecting 15.5 billion yuan, or $2 billion, at three of China's biggest banks, the country's auditor general reported.
  • Car Bomb Kills 20 at Baghdad Bus Station   AP / 2:50AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- A parked car bomb exploded at rush hour Thursday in a busy bus station in southwest Baghdad, killing at least 20 people, a day after America's No. 2 diplomat in Iraq predicted progress by fall on bringing together Iraq's feuding factions.
  • UNESCO Committee Renames Auschwitz   AP / 2:30AM
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- UNESCO officially renamed the Auschwitz death camp in Poland Thursday to reflect the German Nazi role, and added seven new sites to its world heritage registry, including ancient ruins in Iraq.
  • Car Bomb Kills at Least 20 in Baghdad   AP / 2:25AM
    BAGHDAD - A parked car bomb exploded at rush hour Thursday in a busy bus station in southwest Baghdad, killing at least 20 people, a day after America's No. 2 diplomat in Iraq predicted progress by fall on bringing together Iraq's feuding factions.
  • Suicide Bomber Hits NATO Convoy in Kabul   AP / 2:15AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide car bomber hit a NATO convoy in the Afghan capital Thursday, killing two foreigners and wounding three others, a police officer said.
  • Fujimori to Run for Japanese Parliament   AP / 1:10AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Disgraced Peruvian ex-President Alberto Fujimori will run in the July election for Japan's parliament despite being under house arrest in Chile, he said Thursday via telephone with the head of his Japanese political party.
  • Myanmar Frees Dozens of Dissidents   AP / 1:10AM
    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's military regime has released dozens of activists detained last month after marching in processions to pray for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition confirmed Thursday.
  • Charges Dropped in Kidman Spy Case   AP / 1:10AM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Prosecutors on Thursday withdrew charges against a celebrity photographer accused of planting a listening device outside Nicole Kidman's mansion.
  • Wednesday, June 27

  • EU, U.S. Reach Deal on Passenger Data   AP / 9:00PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- European negotiators reached a provisional deal with the United States on Wednesday, ending a year of wrangling over how to share information about trans-Atlantic air passengers that Washington says is needed to fight terrorism.
  • Grenada Releases 3 Leaders of Coup   AP / 9:00PM
    ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada (AP) -- Three participants in a 1983 palace coup walked out of prison Wednesday after nearly a quarter century behind bars for an attack that led to a U.S. invasion of Grenada.
  • Egypt Says Mummy of Queen Discovered   AP / 8:20PM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- A single tooth led archaeologists to identify the long-overlooked mummy of an obese woman as Egypt's most powerful female pharoah -- what could be the most significant find since King Tutankhamun's tomb was uncovered in 1922, experts said Wednesday.
  • 18 Killed by Police in Rio Slum   AP / 6:10PM
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Police killed at least 18 suspected drug traffickers in a massive operation Wednesday to serve arrest warrants and seize drugs and arms in a vast Rio de Janeiro shantytown, a state security official said.
  • Polish Church Reports Secret Police Ties   AP / 4:20PM
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Documents in secret police files showed about a dozen bishops still alive had ties to Poland's communist-era secret services, a Roman Catholic Church commission said Wednesday.
  • China's Product Safety Woes Continue   AP / 4:20PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China's shoddy product safety record took another hit Wednesday after Japanese importers recalled toothpaste containing a chemical used in antifreeze, a move that came on the heels of accusations by a U.S. company that its Chinese partner was supplying faulty tires.
  • Cruise's Scientology Stirs Ire in Berlin   AP / 3:11PM
    BERLIN - Two hot-button issues in Germany - the Nazi era and Scientology - are being pushed simultaneously by a new film in which Tom Cruise plays the country's most-famous anti-Hitler plotter, sparking controversy in Berlin.
  • Israeli Troops Kill 11 Gaza Palestinians   AP / 3:11PM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli army incursions into the Gaza Strip killed at least 11 Palestinians on Wednesday, including eight gunmen and a 12-year-old boy, in the bloodiest fighting Gaza has seen since Hamas took control there two weeks ago.
  • Germans Nix Cruise Movie Over Scientology   AP / 3:10PM
    BERLIN, Germany (AP) -- Germany has prohibited shooting of the Tom Cruise World War II thriller "Valkyrie" because of the actor's ties to Scientology.
  • Fla. Sheriff Targets Illegals   AP / 2:50PM
    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The sheriff's department has developed a remarkably effective -- and controversial -- way of catching illegal immigrants: Deputies in patrol cars pull up to a construction site in force, and watch and see who runs.
  • Iran's Gas Rationing Sets Off Violence   AP / 2:31PM
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iranians smashed shop windows and set fire to a dozen gas stations in the capital Wednesday, angered by the sudden start of a fuel rationing system that threatens to further increase the unpopularity of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
  • EU Blocks Ryanair Bid for Aer Lingus   AP / 2:20PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- EU regulators blocked a hostile takeover bid by low-fare carrier Ryanair for Ireland's Aer Lingus on Wednesday, saying it would limit consumer choice and likely boost ticket prices.
  • Israeli Writer Oz Wins Spanish Prize   AP / 2:20PM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Israeli intellectual Amos Oz was awarded the annual Prince of Asturias prize for literature Wednesday in recognition of his works denouncing extremism and advocating Israeli-Palestinian peace.
  • Egypt Unveils Mummy Discovery   AP / 2:00PM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- The mummy of an obese woman, who likely suffered from diabetes and liver cancer, has been identified as that of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt's most powerful female pharaoh, Egyptian archaeologists said Wednesday.
  • Corruption Feeds Russian Health Crisis   AP / 2:00PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- When Karen Papiyants lost his leg in a road accident last year, his medical nightmare was only beginning.
  • UN: Half the World Soon to Be in Cities   AP / 1:10PM
    LONDON - Most of humanity will be living in cities by next year, raising the threat of increased poverty and religious extremism unless the needs of growing urban populations are met, the U.N. said Wednesday.
  • Clooney: Cast Raises Millions for Darfur   AP / 1:10PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- "Ocean's Thirteen" stars have donated $5.5 million to humanitarian efforts in Sudan's Darfur region, according to actor George Clooney.
  • Israeli Troops Kill 10 Palestinians   AP / 11:10AM
    JERUSALEM - Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday killed 10 Palestinians, including a 12-year-old boy, Palestinians said, the bloodiest fighting in the area since the Hamas militant group violently seized control two weeks ago.
  • Nissan Sees Future in Electric Cars   AP / 9:14AM
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said Wednesday his company is working hard to develop the next generation of smaller, lighter auto batteries -- a technology that holds promise for electric cars as well as for hybrids.
  • 8 Palestinians Killed in Gaza   AP / 7:10AM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday killed eight Palestinians, including a 12-year-old boy, Palestinians said, the bloodiest fighting in the area since the Hamas militant group violently seized control two weeks ago.
  • Iran: New Conditions for U.S. Talks   AP / 7:10AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran will "review with a positive point of view" an Iraqi request for a new round of Iranian-American talks, but only after the United States responds to the invitation, the Islamic republic's foreign minister said Wednesday.
  • HP Makes Gains on Computing List   AP / 6:50AM
    DRESDEN, Germany (AP) -- Hewlett-Packard Co. improved its standing on the latest list of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers, released Wednesday at a conference in Dresden.
  • Gordon Brown Set to Take Over in Britain   AP / 5:50AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Tony Blair's decade in power ends Wednesday after facing questions in Parliament and having a last lunch at No. 10 Downing St. before Gordon Brown takes command of government.
  • CIA Plot to Kill Castro Detailed   AP / 4:35AM
    HAVANA - The CIA recruited a former FBI agent to approach two of America's most-wanted mobsters and gave them poison pills meant for Fidel Castro during his first year in power, according to newly declassified papers released Tuesday.
  • Jordan Struggles With Palestinians   AP / 4:30AM
    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- This key U.S. ally must walk a delicate path to appease its own large group of Palestinian refugees, as the bloody conflict between Hamas and Fatah erupts across the Middle East.
  • Gas Rationing Sparks Anger in Iran   AP / 2:20AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Angry Iranians attacked several gas stations in protest after the government suddenly began long-threatened fuel rationing, while many others rushed to fill their tanks.
  • China Food Crackdown Shuts 180 Factories   AP / 1:40AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China has closed 180 food factories after inspectors found industrial chemicals being used in products from candy to seafood, state media said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, June 26

  • UN: Security on Lebanon-Syria Border Lax   AP / 8:30PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Security along the Lebanon-Syria border is too lax to prevent arms smuggling and Lebanon should quickly establish a mobile force to intercept any weapons, a U.N.-appointed team said in a report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.
  • Southeast Europe Sizzles; 38 Die   AP / 7:40PM
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Sizzling temperatures in Greece, Italy and Romania brought power cuts and brush fires in a heat wave that has led to at least 38 deaths in southeast Europe in recent days.
  • Exxon, ConocoPhillips Say No to Chavez   AP / 7:00PM
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips refused to sign deals Tuesday to keep pumping heavy oil under tougher terms in Venezuela's Orinoco River basin, signaling their departure from one of the world's largest oil deposits.
  • Brazil Offers Morning-After Pill to Poor   AP / 6:11PM
    SAO PAULO, Brazil - Brazil's government has added "morning after" pills to its newly expanded birth control program in hopes of helping poor people reduce unwanted pregnancies and dangerous illegal abortions.
  • Blair Takes on Hard Job As Mideast Envoy   AP / 5:51PM
    JERUSALEM - In his new job as Mideast envoy, Tony Blair will take on a task that has bedeviled many before him - a role complicated by Hamas' takeover of Gaza, the weakness of Palestinian and Israeli leaders, and animosity deepened on both sides by six years of conflict.
  • Sarkozy Postpones University Reform Bill   AP / 5:10PM
    PARIS - President Nicolas Sarkozy has postponed introducing a bill that could allow French universities to eventually charge substantial tuition fees, apparently fearing the kind of student protests that plagued his predecessors.
  • Cuba Examines Food Production Problems   AP / 5:10PM
    HAVANA - Hundreds of trucks overflowing with plantains, sweet potatoes and onions converge on the Plaza of the Revolution each month as farmers sell produce to tens of thousands of people.
  • Zimbabwe Government Orders Price Cuts   AP / 5:10PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's government announced sweeping price cuts in a bid to curb inflation Tuesday and said it set up a unit drawn from all its security agencies to enforce the cuts.
  • Spain's National Anthem to Get Words   AP / 5:10PM
    MADRID, Spain - Spaniards never have to worry about forgetting the words to their national anthem. It has none.
  • US Chiefs: Iraq Not Ready to Hold Ground   AP / 4:50PM
    BAGHDAD - American military commanders now seriously doubt that Iraqi security forces will be able to hold the ground that U.S. troops are fighting to clear - gloomy predictions that strike at the heart of Washington's key strategy to turn the tide in Iraq.
  • Rice: Syria Must Keep Lebanon Jury Safe   AP / 3:31PM
    PARIS (AP) -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice issued a veiled warning to Syria on Tuesday, saying a Lebanon tribunal must be safe while it handles the murder of a Lebanese leader who was a prominent critic of Syrian influence in his country.
  • Istanbul Won't Hold Live Earth Concert   AP / 3:30PM
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Istanbul will not be among the cities set to hold a Live Earth concert next month.
  • Women Attacked or Killed in Afghanistan   The Associated Press / 3:20PM
    -- June 26, 2007: Farida Nekzad, editor of Afghanistan's independent news agency Pajhwok, receives death threats on her cell phone during the funeral of a fellow female journalist, Zakia Zaki, who was slain by gunmen earlier in the month.
  • Convent Damage Unsettles Gaza Christians   AP / 3:20PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Broken crucifixes and shards from a statue of Jesus have been swept up, but Gaza's tiny Christian community says the violent warning sent by Islamic militants cannot be erased.
  • Kremlin Powers May Be Split After Putin   AP / 1:20PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Two top Kremlin officials have shown up on state-controlled television regularly for months, appearing decisive and statesmanlike, inspiring speculation that they are competing for the job of President Vladimir Putin.
  • Reactor at Center of NKorean Dispute   AP / 1:20PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- It boils down to one small nuclear reactor, an outdated complex that seems harmless enough, yet has provoked consternation around the world.
  • U.S. Official: Blair to Be Mideast Envoy   AP / 12:50PM
    JERUSALEM - Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be named on Wednesday as special envoy for the international diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East with a portfolio focused on Palestinian economic and political reform, a senior U.S. official said.
  • Conoco Said to Refuse Venezuela Oil Pact   AP / 11:54AM
    HOUSTON (AP) -- ConocoPhillips will not sign an agreement with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for minority stakes in state-run joint ventures to keep pumping heavy crude oil, a company official familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday.
  • Prince Charles Becomes Carbon Neutral   AP / 11:40AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Fewer chartered planes, more train trips and a royal Jaguar that runs on cooking oil have helped Prince Charles achieve a carbon-neutral household, an annual review of the prince's accounts said Tuesday.
  • Crocodiles Scare Tiger Poachers in India   AP / 10:10AM
    CALCUTTA, India - Poachers seeking to bag a Royal Bengal tiger in the Sunderbans reserve are encountering a unique new security measure to keep them away: hundreds of crocodiles that have been released in the mangrove forest.
  • French Retail Giant Carrefour Is Fined   AP / 9:50AM
    PARIS (AP) -- French retail giant Carrefour said Tuesday it was fined euro2 million (US$2.69 million) by a French regional court for false advertising, selling items below cost and collusion with suppliers at its hypermarket chain in France.
  • Sale of Amro Unit Is Called Legal   AP / 8:20AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- ABN Amro does not need shareholder approval to sell its U.S. arm, a top Dutch government lawyer said Tuesday in an advisory opinion that increases the chances that the bank will ultimately be bought by Barclays.
  • Asian Bank Endorses Clean Energy   AP / 8:14AM
    BANGKOK, Thailand - Asian governments must promote clean energy such as wind and solar power to maintain their booming economies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in coming decades, the Asian Development Bank said Tuesday.
  • Cyclone on Pakistan's Coast Kills 10   AP / 8:10AM
    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- A tropical cyclone lashed Pakistan's coastline with heavy rains and strong winds, killing at least 10 people and forcing thousands to flee to higher ground, their possessions loaded onto camels and cars.
  • U.S. Troops Target Bomb Networks   AP / 6:34AM
    JISR DIYALA, Iraq - Newly arrived U.S. troops southeast of Baghdad are destroying boats on the Tigris River and targeting networks believed to be bringing powerful roadside bombs from Iran as the military cracks down on extremists from all directions, military officials said.
  • China Launches $1B Africa Fund   AP / 6:30AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China launched a $1 billion fund Tuesday to finance trade and investment by Chinese companies in Africa as part of efforts to nurture commercial ties with the resource-rich continent.
  • UK Flooding Kills 3 in North   AP / 5:10AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Residents across England were mopping up Tuesday after flash floods killed three people and forced hundreds from their homes. Rainstorms that had battered the country eased, but authorities warned of more damage amid fears a leaking reservoir could burst.
  • Study: 'BRICs' Overtake U.S. in Energy   AP / 12:50AM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The main challengers to U.S. economic power -- Brazil, Russia, India and China -- have overtaken the United States in dominating the global energy industry, according to a new study by Goldman Sachs.
  • Monday, June 25

  • US: NKorea Could Disable Reactor Quickly   AP / 11:30PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top U.S. negotiator at North Korean nuclear talks said Monday that the North's plutonium-producing reactor could be disabled by the end of the year.
  • Puerto Rican Governor Target of Probe   AP / 11:10PM
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- After months of denials, Puerto Rico's governor acknowledged Monday he is the target of a U.S. grand jury investigation into campaign finances -- a revelation further jeopardizing his bid for re-election.
  • Mexican Drug Cartels Seek Peace Pact   AP / 11:00PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's two main drug cartels are reaching out to each other in an attempt to end a recent round of bloody turf battles, Mexican and U.S. officials confirmed Monday.
  • Thailand to Freeze More Ex-PM Assets   AP / 11:00PM
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- The Thai government will freeze an additional $147 million in assets believed to be controlled by ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, officials said Monday.
  • Iraq War Divides U.S. Mayors   AP / 10:20PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The U.S. Conference of Mayors narrowly endorsed a resolution Monday calling for the Bush administration to begin planning for the swift withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
  • First Lady Begins Africa Tour on AIDS   AP / 9:24PM
    DAKAR, Senegal - First Lady Laura Bush started a four-nation Africa tour Monday that is expected to focus on how the U.S. can help fight AIDS on a continent where many countries struggle to even provide basic health care.
  • U.N.: Afghan Opium Production Up   AP / 7:50PM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Afghanistan produced dramatically more opium in 2006, increasing its yield by nearly 50 percent from a year earlier and pushing global opium production to a new record high, a U.N. report said Tuesday.
  • Mexico Puts Top Cops to Corruption Test   AP / 6:40PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico temporarily removed all 284 of its top federal police officers from their jobs and is forcing them to undergo psychological reviews to prove they will not be corrupted in the fight against drug trafficking, the government said Monday.
  • Pic on WWII Horror Stirs Debate in China   AP / 6:40PM
    HONG KONG (AP) -- An American movie about Japan's mass slaughter of Chinese citizens in the World War II era will be released in China next week amid renewed friction between the countries over the atrocity's actual death toll.
  • Italian Accused of Murder Dies on Stand   AP / 6:40PM
    ROME (AP) -- An Italian charged with killing his American girlfriend after he kidnapped their daughter suffered a heart attack and died on the stand Monday as he testified in court, his lawyer said.
  • Suicide Bomber Kills 13 at Baghdad Hotel   AP / 5:40PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- A stealthy suicide bomber slipped into a busy Baghdad hotel Monday and blew himself up in the midst of a gathering of U.S.-allied tribal sheiks, undermining efforts to forge a front against the extremists of al-Qaida in Iraq. Four of the tribal chiefs were among the 13 victims, police said.
  • GLG Sells Itself in Reverse Takeover   AP / 4:41PM
    LONDON (AP) -- GLG Partners LP, one of Europe's largest hedge funds, said Monday it is selling itself in a $3.4 billion reverse takeover that will give it access to the U.S. stock market.
  • al-Qaida Looming Large in Gaza   AP / 4:10PM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank - Al-Qaida was looming increasingly large in Hamas-ruled Gaza on Monday: The al-Qaida-inspired kidnappers of a BBC journalist released their captive's anguished plea, while the terror network's deputy chief urged Muslims everywhere to back Hamas with weapons, money and attacks on Israeli and U.S. targets.
  • British Troops Leave NIreland Borderland   AP / 4:10PM
    DUBLIN, Ireland - The final British troops withdrew Monday from the Northern Ireland borderland long known as "bandit country," ending a 37-year mission to keep watch over the Irish Republican Army's most dangerous power base.
  • Rice: Keep Sanctions Threat Vs. Sudan   AP / 4:10PM
    PARIS - The world must be ready to impose sanctions on Sudan if it reneges on its pledge to let more peacekeeping forces into ravaged Darfur, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday.
  • Swiss Diplomat, U.N. Envoy Brunner Dies   AP / 4:10PM
    BERN, Switzerland - Edouard Brunner, a former U.N. mediator in the Middle East and Georgia-Abkhazia conflicts who labeled British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as "vindictive" over the Falklands, has died, officials said Monday. He was 75.
  • Taliban Puts Afghan Boy in Suicide Vest   AP / 4:10PM
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE THUNDER, Afghanistan (AP) -- The story of a 6-year-old Afghan boy who says he thwarted an effort by Taliban militants to trick him into being a suicide bomber provoked tears and anger at a meeting of tribal leaders.
  • Men Ready to Dress Up Again   AP / 3:30PM
    MILAN, Italy (AP) -- Italian designers seem to be on a mission to get guys to dress up again.
  • Zoellick OK'd As Next World Bank Chief   AP / 2:20PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Robert Zoellick, a seasoned player in international financial and diplomatic circles, won the unanimous approval of the World Bank's board on Monday to become the poverty-fighting institution's next president.
  • India's Border Fence Encloses Bangladesh   AP / 2:20PM
    SUJATPUR, Bangladesh (AP) -- Everyone knew it was out there somewhere, an invisible line that cut through a cow pasture and, at least in theory, divided one nation from another.
  • Iraq Bomber Strikes U.S.-Allied Sheiks   AP / 1:50PM
    BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber apparently targeting a meeting of U.S.-allied Sunni sheiks penetrated layers of security and blew himself up in a hotel lobby on Monday, killing four tribal leaders and at least eight others, police reported.
  • Teen Surgeon's Parents Arrested in India   AP / 1:30PM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian police arrested the physician parents of a 15-year-old boy who allegedly carried out a Caesarean section under their supervision in an attempt to set a world record, an official said Monday.
  • Castro Says Bush 'Authorized' His Death   AP / 1:30PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Fidel Castro on Monday accused President Bush of "authorizing and ordering" an attempt on his life, although his rambling essay on the subject provided no details.
  • 22 Feared Dead in Cambodian Plane Crash   AP / 1:20PM
    PREY PEAY, Cambodia (AP) -- A chartered plane carrying 22 people between two popular tourist destinations in Cambodia crashed Monday in a remote, mountainous jungle, aviation officials said.
  • Zoellick Okayed As Next World Bank Chief   AP / 1:11PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Robert Zoellick, a seasoned player in international circles, won the unanimous approval of the World Bank's board on Monday to become the poverty-fighting institution's next president.
  • al-Qaida Leader Urges Support for Hamas   AP / 12:51PM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Al-Qaida's deputy leader called on Muslims worldwide to back Hamas with weapons, money and attacks on U.S. and Israeli interests, urging the Palestinian militant group on Monday to unite with al-Qaida after its takeover of Gaza.
  • Hamas Releases Audio of Captured Israeli   AP / 12:10PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas militants posted an audio message on Monday from an Israeli soldier captured a year ago at an army base near the Gaza Strip, the first sign of life from the young serviceman since he was seized.
  • Meeting Seeks to Find Plan for Darfur   AP / 11:10AM
    PARIS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged swift international action Monday toward speeding up deployment of troops in Darfur, as key world players met to try to consolidate efforts and resources for the ravaged Sudanese region.
  • Christina Aguilera Is Reading Scripts   AP / 9:40AM
    SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- Christina Aguilera says she's reading scripts in search of the right role to launch an acting career.
  • Egyptian Gets Life on Israel Spy Charge   AP / 5:30AM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- A state security court sentenced an Egyptian nuclear engineer to life in prison Monday after convicting him of spying for Israel, a court official said.
  • Charles Taylor Boycotts Trial Again   AP / 5:10AM
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Former Liberian president Charles Taylor boycotted the resumption of his war crimes trial Monday, again blocking efforts to try him on charges of arming Sierra Leone rebels and orchestrating a murderous terror campaign during that country's 10-year civil war.
  • Israel Releases Palestinian Funds   AP / 3:41AM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel agreed to release desperately needed funds to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a day before the moderate leader planned to meet the heads of Egypt, Israel and Jordan in a summit meant to bolster him in his struggle with Hamas.
  • U.S. Questions Strength of Iraqi Forces   AP / 2:50AM
    BAQOUBA, Iraq - The U.S. commander of a new offensive north of Baghdad, reclaiming insurgent territory day by day, said Sunday his Iraqi partners may be too weak to hold onto the gains.
  • Sunday, June 24

  • Chavez Predicts Resistance War With U.S.   AP / 11:10PM
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Hugo Chavez urged soldiers on Sunday to prepare for a guerrilla-style war against the United States, saying that Washington is using psychological and economic warfare as part of an unconventional campaign aimed at derailing his government.
  • Scarifications Fade in Modern Nigeria   AP / 11:10PM
    IBADAN, Nigeria (AP) -- The wail of 6-week-old Quari Babaola cut through the air like the blade that had just sliced through his chin.
  • Palm Island Residents Enjoy Pricey Digs   AP / 11:00PM
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Four years ago there was nothing here but unbroken sea. Now there's Andrew Dukes and his luxury mansion -- sitting on a palm-shaped, manmade island -- the first of about 100 houses to open here.
  • Video Shows Captured BBC Reporter   AP / 9:20PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A video recording released Monday shows kidnapped British journalist Alan Johnston wearing an apparent explosives belt of the type suicide bombers use and warning it will be detonated if an attempt is made to free him by force.
  • General: Iraqi Forces May Be Too Weak   AP / 7:00PM
    BAQOUBA, Iraq (AP) -- The U.S. commander of a new offensive north of Baghdad, reclaiming insurgent territory day by day, said Sunday his Iraqi partners may be too weak to hold onto the gains. The Iraqi military does not even have enough ammunition, said Brig. Gen. Mick Bednarek: "They're not quite up to the job yet."
  • Japan's Abe Sees Trouble in Elections   AP / 3:00PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's prime minister came to office last September with plenty in his favor -- political pedigree, the blessing of a popular and powerful predecessor, and name recognition as a fighter for Japanese kidnapped by North Korea.
  • U.S., NATO See Surge in Afghan Deaths   AP / 2:50PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - Taliban fighters attack U.S. or NATO forces in populated areas, then retreat to civilian homes. Western forces respond with massive firepower or an airstrike.
  • Arab Militants Join Fight in Afghanistan   AP / 2:50PM
    JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) -- Arab Islamic radicals who fled Afghanistan in the U.S.-led invasion are coming back, eager to support suicide bombers in their increasingly frequent and effective attacks on Western and Afghan forces.
  • Peru Celebrates Potato Diversity   AP / 2:40PM
    AYMARA, Peru (AP) -- The humble potato puts on a dazzling display at 13,000 feet above sea level.
  • U.S. Generals Doubt Iraqi Force Strength   AP / 2:30PM
    BAQOUBA, Iraq - The U.S. commander of a new offensive north of Baghdad, reclaiming insurgent territory day by day, said Sunday his Iraqi partners may be too weak to hold onto the gains.
  • US Apple Growers Brace for China Rivals   AP / 1:50PM
    GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Farmers have been growing apples here since before the Civil War, and as times have changed, they have changed with them, planting smaller trees to speed up harvests and growing popular new varieties to satisfy changing tastes.
  • Museum to Show Poland's Jewish History   AP / 1:30PM
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- An empty lawn in the heart of what was once the Warsaw Ghetto will soon become a place not only of mourning, but of celebrating the Jewish life that flourished in Poland before it was destroyed in the Holocaust.
  • Beachwear Out, Formal in for Summer 2008   AP / 12:40PM
    MILAN, Italy (AP) -- Judging by the collections debuting over the weekend during men's fashion week, the summer 2008 look is short of beachwear and long on formal attire, with a dash of the militaristic.
  • Castro: if Youth Fail, Everything Will   AP / 12:20PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Fidel Castro reached out to Cuba's youth on Sunday, writing that "If the young people fail, everything will fail" in a public acknowledgement of the Communist Party's struggle to motivate a new generation.
  • Brown Succeeds Blair As Labour Chief   AP / 11:30AM
    MANCHESTER, England - Treasury chief Gordon Brown, replacing Tony Blair as leader of Britain's Labour Party, vowed Sunday that the country's foreign policy will recognize that defeating terrorism "involves more than military force."
  • Heavy Rains Kill 228 in Pakistan's South   AP / 10:30AM
    KARACHI, Pakistan - Collapsed houses and severed electrical cables killed at least 228 people after heavy rains and thunderstorms lashed Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi, an official said Sunday.
  • Prince William, Girlfriend Reunited?   AP / 7:43AM
    LONDON - Prince William and former girlfriend Kate Middleton have resumed their relationship, British newspapers reported Sunday.
  • Brown to Succeed Blair As Labour Chief   AP / 7:20AM
    MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Treasury chief Gordon Brown replaces Tony Blair as leader of the governing Labour Party Sunday, days before he takes over as British prime minister after a decade in waiting.
  • 'Chemical Ali' Sentenced to Hang   AP / 7:00AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Two decades after Iraq's military laid waste to Kurdish villages, the Iraqi High Tribunal on Sunday sentenced Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali," and two others to death for their roles in the bloody campaign against the restive ethnic minority.
  • 2 Kurds Die in Failed Suicide Attack   AP / 6:50AM
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Two separatist Kurdish rebels were killed when a fuel tanker they were planning to ram into a military outpost in a suicide attack was fired upon and exploded before they could approach, officials said Sunday.
  • Iraq's 'Chemical Ali' Sentenced to Hang   AP / 5:04AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- An Iraqi court on Sunday sentenced Saddam Hussein's cousin known as "Chemical Ali" and two other former regime officials to death by hanging for their roles in a 1980s scorched-earth campaign that led to the deaths of 180,000 Kurds.
  • Roadside Bombs Kill 7 US Troops in Iraq   AP / 3:44AM
    BAGHDAD - Roadside bombers killed seven U.S. troops in one day, four of them in a single blast near Baghdad, and three other soldiers died of other causes - raising to at least 30 the number of American soldiers killed this week.
  • Iran Warns Against Nuclear Sanctions   AP / 12:40AM
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- A senior Iranian official warned Saturday that further U.N. sanctions over Tehran's contentious nuclear program could derail ongoing negotiations toward a settlement.
  • Saturday, June 23

  • Former Austrian President Buried   AP / 11:40PM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Former President Kurt Waldheim was buried Saturday in the presence of Austrian dignitaries who declared he was unjustly smeared by allegations linking him to the Nazis.
  • Iran Warns Against More Sanctions   AP / 8:20PM
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- A senior Iranian official warned Saturday that further U.N. sanctions over Tehran's contentious nuclear program could derail ongoing negotiations toward a settlement.
  • Hamas: BBC Reporter's Kidnappers Scared   AP / 8:00PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The kidnappers of British reporter Alan Johnston fear they will be harmed if they release him now that Hamas is in control of Gaza, despite assurances otherwise, a senior Hamas official said Saturday.
  • Roadside Bombs in Iraq Kill 7 US Troops   AP / 5:44PM
    BAGHDAD - Roadside bombers killed seven U.S. troops Saturday, four of them in a single blast near Baghdad, and an eighth soldier died of a non-combat cause - raising to 25 the number of American soldiers killed this week.
  • U.S. Makes Imporbable Ally in Iraq   AP / 5:00PM
    BAQOUBA, Iraq (AP) -- Two months ago, a dozen Sunni insurgents -- haggard, hungry and in handcuffs -- stepped tentatively into a U.S.-Iraqi combat outpost near Baqouba and asked to speak to the commander: "We're out of ammunition, but we want to help you fight al-Qaida."
  • Yemeni Guard Fires on Foreign Oil Staff   AP / 4:30PM
    SAN'A, Yemen (AP) -- A Yemeni guard opened fire Saturday on a group of foreign oil workers shortly after they landed at a company airstrip, killing one and wounding five -- including an American, officials said.
  • Iraqi Kurds Await Chemical Ali Verdict   AP / 3:00PM
    SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- Kurds bought sheep to slaughter in celebration and stockpiled generator fuel to keep televisions working for Sunday's verdict against Saddam Hussein's cousin, known as Chemical Ali, and others accused in a 1980s crackdown against them.
  • Wracked by Crises, Lebanon Endures   AP / 2:20PM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -- Tiny Lebanon is enduring, despite snowballing violence and a persistent political crisis.
  • Torture Charges Mar Western Sahara Talks   AP / 2:20PM
    LAAYOUNE, Western Sahara (AP) -- With each question she refused to answer, Zahra Bassiri said, Moroccan police grabbed her hair, yanked her head back and slammed her face against the wall.
  • Hong Kong Marks Decade of Chinese Rule   AP / 1:10PM
    HONG KONG - Many were gloomy about Hong Kong's future 10 years ago when the British colony of dazzling skyscrapers and gung-ho capitalists returned to the communist Chinese motherland.
  • Rays of Hope for Africa's AIDS Children   AP / 1:10PM
    CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Little Natasha is a giggling, wriggling bundle of mischief. She adores Barney the Dinosaur, claps along to her favorite songs, and throws a typical 3-year-old's temper tantrums.
  • Saudi Religious Police Trial Postponed   AP / 12:50PM
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - A judge on Saturday postponed the trial of three members of Saudi Arabia's religious police for their alleged involvement in the death of a man arrested after being seen with a woman who was not his relative.
  • Fight Over Gov't Seat Threatens Bolivia   AP / 12:30PM
    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- National maps give them both a star, but for more than a century, the seat of Bolivia's government has been in high-altitude La Paz. Now Sucre, a provincial lowland city where the highest courts are based, wants the executive and legislative branches as well.
  • Buenos Aires May Go Right in Mayor Race   AP / 9:40AM
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Perhaps Argentines aren't so leftist after all.
  • Karzai Blasts NATO for Civilian Deaths   AP / 7:10AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday accused NATO and U.S.-led forces of carelessly killing civilians in recent operations, and suggested the international community considered Afghan lives to be "cheap."
  • Mubarak: Hamas' Takeover a 'Coup'   AP / 7:00AM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday described Hamas' takeover of the Gaza Strip as a "coup" and warned that the militant group's conflict with the moderate Fatah movement could lead to the creation of two Palestinian entities.
  • 31 Dead As Boats Sink in North India   AP / 6:30AM
    LUCKNOW, India (AP) -- Twelve members of a wedding party were among 31 feared drowned overnight in two separate boat accidents in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, officials said on Saturday.
  • Islamists Kidnap 9 From Pakistan Brothel   AP / 6:20AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Radical Islamic students kidnapped nine people, including three Chinese women, from an alleged brothel in the Pakistani capital Saturday.
  • Chirac Refuses Questions in French Case   AP / 5:50AM
    PARIS (AP) -- Former French President Jacques Chirac refused to be questioned in an investigation that includes allegations of a smear campaign aimed at the nation's new leader, Nicolas Sarkozy.
  • Senior Hamas Activist Arrested   AP / 5:40AM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Israeli troops on Saturday arrested a senior Hamas activist in the West Bank, the Islamic militant group said.
  • Niger Rebel Attack on Army Base Kills 13   AP / 5:30AM
    NIAMEY, Niger (AP) -- Rebels attacked an army base in Niger on Friday, killing 13 and wounding 30 soldiers, and taking at least 47 prisoners, according to a government statement.
  • Heavy Rains in South India Kill 35   AP / 3:10AM
    HYDERABAD, India (AP) -- Heavy rains and flooding killed at least 35 people in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and left nearly 100 children stranded on the roof of their school, a top government official said Saturday.
  • Cuba Mourns Revolution's 'First Lady'   AP / 12:20AM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Vilma Espin, the former guerrilla fighter who was communist Cuba's most politically powerful woman, was laid to rest with full military honors Friday.
  • Peru Congress Cuts Age of Consent to 14   AP / 12:10AM
    LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peru's Congress has voted overwhelmingly to lower the age to 14 for participating in consensual sex, a move some activists said could expose children to sexual abuse.
  • Friday, June 22

  • Diaz's Bag With Maoist Slogan Raises Ire   AP / 11:30PM
    AGUAS CALIENTES, Peru - Actress Cameron Diaz appears to have committed a major fashion faux pas in Peru. The voice of Princess Fiona in the animated "Shrek" films may have inadvertently offended Peruvians who suffered decades of violence from a Maoist guerrilla insurgency by touring here Friday with a bag emblazoned with one of Mao Zedong's favorite political slogans.
  • Army Officer Says Gitmo Panels Flawed   AP / 11:30PM
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - An Army officer who played a key role in the "enemy combatant" hearings at Guantanamo Bay says tribunal members relied on vague and incomplete intelligence while being pressured to rule against detainees, often without any specific evidence.
  • Niger Rebel Attack Leaves 13 Dead   AP / 11:10PM
    NIAMEY, Niger - Rebels attacked an army base in Niger on Friday, killing 13 and wounding 30 soldiers, and taking at least 47 prisoners, according to a government statement.
  • Heat Wave Blamed for Deaths in Europe   AP / 10:20PM
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Southeastern Europe baked under soaring temperatures Friday, with nearly 30 deaths across the region blamed on the year's first major heat wave. Electricity supplies, particularly in Greece and Albania, were strained as air conditioning use spiked.
  • NATO: 60 Insurgents Killed Near Pakistan   AP / 8:10PM
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE THUNDER, Afghanistan (AP) -- NATO and U.S.-led coalition forces killed about 60 insurgents along the border with Pakistan in what was described as the largest insurgent formation crossing the border region in six months, NATO said Saturday.
  • Blind Chinese Activist Beaten, Wife Says   AP / 6:20PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A blind Chinese activist jailed after he documented cases of forced abortions was beaten by other prisoners, who also held him down and shaved his head, his wife said Friday.
  • Army Officer Says Gitmo Panels Flawed   AP / 6:10PM
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - An Army officer with a key role in the U.S. military hearings at Guantanamo Bay says they relied on vague and incomplete intelligence and were pressured to declare detainees "enemy combatants," often without any specific evidence.
  • U.S. Troops Sweep Into Areas of Baqouba   AP / 5:10PM
    BAQOUBA, Iraq - Hundreds of U.S. and Iraqi troops, under cover of F-16s, fought their way into three neighborhoods of besieged Baqouba on Friday to help clear Diyala province of entrenched insurgents. To the north of the city, American helicopters killed 17 al-Qaida gunmen trying to sneak past a checkpoint.
  • Toyota Sees No U.S. Wage Cuts Ahead   AP / 4:50PM
    NAGOYA, Japan (AP) -- At a time when Detroit's Big Three are pushing to slash labor costs, Toyota sees no need to rein in wages and benefits.
  • French Immigration Ministry Draws Fire   AP / 4:20PM
    PARIS (AP) -- France's new and powerful Ministry of Immigration and National Identity is a danger to democracy and its powers should be curtailed, said a petition published Friday by 188 historians, artists and academics.
  • WTO Logjam Leaves Trade Talks in Limbo   AP / 3:40PM
    GENEVA (AP) -- The World Trade Organization is running out of last chances.
  • In Italy, Is Garlic in or Out?   AP / 3:30PM
    ROME (AP) -- Look around the kitchen of Filippo La Mantia's hip restaurant in downtown Rome and you'll see oranges, fresh basil, olive oil. But no garlic.
  • Abbas Signals Shutdown of Hamas Groups   AP / 3:11PM
    JERUSALEM - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas authorized a review of all private organizations in the Palestinian areas on Friday, signaling he may shut down Hamas-affiliated groups to counter the Islamic movement after it took over the Gaza Strip.
  • Opera Software Reshuffles After Struggle   AP / 3:10PM
    OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Key shareholders in Opera Software ASA have reshuffled the board of directors after a reported power struggle between board members and the company's chief executive and founder, Jon S. von Tetzchner.
  • Envoy: Iran Open to Nuclear Compromise   AP / 3:01PM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Iran is ready to provide answers on past suspicious nuclear activities to the International Atomic Energy Agency within the next few months, the agency's head said Friday after meeting with the country's top nuclear negotiator.
  • PLO Fighters Reduced to Gatekeepers   AP / 2:30PM
    EIN EL-HILWEH CAMP, Lebanon (AP) -- In the 1970s, Yasser Arafat's PLO reigned supreme in Lebanon. Today, the guerrillas are confined to a dozen Palestinian refugee camps across the country.
  • Bird Flu Resurfaces in Vietnam   AP / 2:20PM
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Bird flu has resurfaced with a vengeance in Vietnam -- with five people falling ill in as many weeks -- after no human cases had been reported for a year and a half.
  • British Court Hears Chastity Ring Case   AP / 1:40PM
    LONDON (AP) -- A teenage girl banned from wearing a chastity ring in class took her case to Britain's High Court on Friday, arguing that her school had violated her religious freedom.
  • Testy Passengers Storm Brazil Airports   AP / 1:40PM
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- Authorities beefed up security at airports across Brazil on Thursday to protect airline workers from fist-waving passengers angered by flight delays, the latest problem to hit the country's aviation system.
  • Borsa Italiana Said to OK Deal With LSE   AP / 1:20PM
    MILAN, Italy (AP) -- The board of Italian stock exchange Borsa Italiana approved plans Friday to merge with the London Stock Exchange, a person close to the discussions said. The deal, details of which were not immediately known, was expected to help the much sought-after LSE fend off suitors that have included the Nasdaq Stock Market Inc.
  • U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq Kill 17 Fighters   AP / 12:50PM
    BAQOUBA, Iraq - American attack helicopters fired on al-Qaida militants trying to slip past an Iraqi checkpoint on Friday, killing 17 of them in the fourth day of an offensive to oust the fighters entrenched in this city an hour's drive north of Baghdad.
  • IMF Predicts US Economy to Pick Up Pace   AP / 12:30PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. economic activity should pick up for the rest of this year and into 2008 as the drag from a decline in the housing market dissipates, the International Monetary Fund said Friday.
  • Australian TV Show Apologizes to Mexico   AP / 12:20PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- An Australian production company has apologized to Mexico for a segment of a "Big Brother" reality program that showed people throwing water balloons at the Mexican flag.
  • BP Sells Russian Assets to Gazprom   AP / 12:20PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- BP PLC said Friday it has agreed to sell its stake in a giant Siberian gas field project to state-controlled gas monopoly OAO Gazprom -- a widely expected move that comes as the Kremlin tightens its hold on the world's biggest oil and gas industry.
  • Guatemalan Trafficking Suspect Arrested   AP / 11:50AM
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A man accused of turning Guatemala into a corridor for U.S.-bound cocaine was arrested in Bogota, two years after escaping from a Mexican prison.
  • Germany: Terror Threat Is on the Rise   AP / 11:10AM
    BERLIN (AP) -- The threat of a terrorist attack against Germans in Afghanistan -- or even suicide bombings in Germany itself -- appears to be on the rise in recent days, officials said Friday.
  • Clooney Joins Protest Over Italy Project   AP / 9:14AM
    ROME (AP) -- George Clooney has joined a protest to stop construction of parking lots and a promenade in the northern Italian lakeside town where he owns a villa because he fears his presence is turning the quiet town into a tourist attraction.
  • RBS Plans Formal Bid for ABN in Mid-July   AP / 9:10AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- A consortium of banks led by Royal Bank of Scotland PLC will formally submit its planned $95.5 billion rival bid for the Netherlands' ABN Amro Holding NV in mid-July, the group said Friday.
  • ArcelorMittal to Cut 3Q Output in Europe   AP / 9:10AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The world's largest steelmaker, ArcelorMittal, will slightly cut European production in the third quarter and keep prices steady to help contain a market bloated with Chinese imports, the company said Friday.
  • Talks on Global Broadcast Treaty Fail   AP / 8:40AM
    GENEVA (AP) -- Talks on an international treaty updating broadcast rights to accommodate the Internet failed Friday because countries were unable to agree how much legal and technological protection to afford broadcasters, a U.S. official said.
  • Kashmir Shuts Down Against Rushdie   AP / 8:30AM
    SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Most shops, offices and schools were closed Friday in India's Muslim-majority Kashmir region to protest Britain awarding a knighthood to author Salman Rushdie, who has been accused of insulting Islam.
  • Russia Probes Berezovsky Over Spy Death   AP / 7:40AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian investigators are looking into allegations that Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky could have been involved in the poisoning death in London of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, a top law-enforcement official said Friday.
  • 17 Killed in Kenya Violence   AP / 6:40AM
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A surge in violence killed at least 17 people in and around the Kenyan capital, including two people found beheaded and 14 killed in gunbattles, police said Friday.
  • Hitachi: Move the Train With Your Brain   AP / 6:20AM
    HATOYAMA, Japan (AP) -- Forget the clicker: A new technology in Japan could let you control electronic devices without lifting a finger simply by reading brain activity.
  • U.S. Searching for Iwo Jima Marine   AP / 5:50AM
    TOKYO - A U.S. search team on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima is zeroing in on a cave where a Marine combat photographer who filmed the iconic flag-raising 62 years ago is believed to have been killed in battle nine days later, officials told The Associated Press Friday.
  • Nissan Triumphs Over UAW in Senate Bill   AP / 5:50AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A behind-the-scenes tussle between nonunion Nissan Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers threatened to derail the Senate's energy bill.
  • Iraq: U.S. Soldiers Detain 18   AP / 5:30AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. soldiers detained 18 suspected militants in raids targeting roadside bomb networks in the Baghdad area, a day after 14 more American troops were reported killed, most in powerful explosions that struck their armored vehicles.
  • Jim Press Gets OK to Join Toyota's Board   AP / 5:04AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Jim Press, the top man of Toyota's North American operations, got the go-ahead from shareholders Friday to become the first non-Japanese member of the automaker's board of directors.
  • Musharraf's Political Future in Doubt   AP / 4:24AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - From the dusty streets of Punjab to the privileged ranks of the ruling parliamentary party, the mood in Pakistan is turning against its military leader.
  • Haiti Studies Creation of Security Force   AP / 12:30AM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Haiti is considering the creation of a security force to one day replace U.N. peacekeepers sent three years ago to stabilize the troubled country.
  • Thursday, June 21

  • Abbas Mulls Early Palestinian Elections   AP / 11:20PM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- In his bitter wrangling with Hamas over legitimacy, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is considering calling presidential and legislative elections to strengthen his position, a top aide said Thursday.
  • Deadly Day for U.S. Military; 14 Killed   AP / 9:00PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.S. command announced Thursday the deaths of 14 more American troops, most killed in powerful roadside bombs in Baghdad. Thick, black smoke rose from the heavily fortified Green Zone after a mortar barrage as militants struck back despite a massive military offensive.
  • Ex-Mexico Governor Re-Arrested for Drugs   AP / 7:30PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A former Mexican governor freed after six years behind bars was immediately re-arrested Thursday on a U.S. extradition request in which he is accused of helping smuggle 200 tons of cocaine into the United States, federal prosecutors said.
  • EU Probe to Look at All Search Engines   AP / 7:20PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- A European Union probe triggered by concerns over how long Google Inc. stores user information has widened to include all Internet search engines.
  • Putin: Vietnam Worse Than Stalin Purges   AP / 7:20PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin said Thursday no one should try to make Russia feel guilty about the Great Purge of 1937, saying it may have been one of the most notorious episodes of the Stalin era but "in other countries even worse things happened."
  • Jagger Apologizes -- in Catalan Language   AP / 7:10PM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Mick Jagger used the Catalan language to apologize to fans for last year's cancellation of several shows in Barcelona and three other Spanish cities.
  • U.S. Lawmakers Criticize Viet President   AP / 6:40PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vietnam's president heard a barrage of criticism Thursday during his historic visit to Washington, with angry U.S. lawmakers saying ties between the former enemies will stagnate until Vietnam's dismal human rights record improves.
  • Iraqi Orphans Moved to Better Facilities   AP / 6:10PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The 24 boys found severely malnourished in a Baghdad orphanage have been moved to a different building in the same facility and are being properly cared for, Iraqi officials said Thursday.
  • Gates: Longer Iraq Deployments Unlikely   AP / 5:30PM
    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday he does not anticipate extending U.S. troop deployments in Iraq beyond 15 months, calling the idea a "worst-case scenario."
  • Chinese Diplomat Defends Darfur Efforts   AP / 5:30PM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- China's special envoy on Darfur said Thursday his country will seriously consider sending troops for a peacekeeping mission in the war-torn Sudanese region and insisted Beijing is doing its best to help solve the conflict.
  • Somalia Violence Kills 6; Curfew Imposed   AP / 5:30PM
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A masked man hurled a grenade into a busy market Thursday in Somalia's capital, setting off an explosion and gunbattle that killed four people, witnesses said.
  • Report: Images Show New Pakistan Reactor   AP / 5:30PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Satellite images show that Pakistan is building a new nuclear reactor that can produce weapons-grade plutonium, an American watchdog group said Thursday, warning that it could contribute to an atomic arms race with archrival India.
  • Egypt Calls Summit to Isolate Hamas   AP / 5:00PM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Egypt moved forcefully Thursday to isolate Hamas, calling a regional summit next week including the Israelis and Palestinians -- and shunning contacts with the militant group after its takeover of Gaza.
  • Darfur War Worsening Environment Damage   AP / 4:50PM
    DAMRAT SURMI, Sudan (AP) -- Decades of drought helped trigger Darfur's violence as rival groups fought over scarce water and arable land.
  • Pamela Anderson Fights Finland Fur Farms   AP / 3:10PM
    HELSINKI, Finland - Free the Finnish fur foxes, Pamela Anderson says. After arriving Thursday to host a music festival west of Helsinki, Anderson told Finnish President Tarja Halonen in a letter that her nation should emulate other countries that have banned fur farms.
  • Vietnam Wants More US Investment   AP / 2:40PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vietnam's president on Thursday called for more U.S. business investment in his fast-growing country ahead of meetings with U.S. lawmakers expected to focus on complaints of widespread human rights abuse.
  • U.S. Nuclear Envoy Goes to North Korea   AP / 1:50PM
    SEOUL, South Korea - International efforts to shut down North Korea's nuclear program took a surprise turn Thursday when the United States altered course, sending a key American official to Pyongyang for direct talks with the communist country.
  • WTO Talks in Germany Collapse   AP / 12:30PM
    POTSDAM, Germany (AP) -- A crucial meeting of the World Trade Organization's four most powerful members has failed, officials said Thursday, dealing a major setback to efforts at reaching a new global commerce pact.
  • Blair Chairs His Last Cabinet Meeting   AP / 11:40AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair pledged "unswerving support" for his successor at an emotional last meeting of his Cabinet on Thursday, and he said he was leaving at the right time. The session ended with a standing ovation.
  • Japan Kicks Off Coastal Whaling Season   AP / 11:40AM
    WADA, Japan (AP) -- With knives sharpened and school kids watching, one of Japan's coastal whaling towns butchered its first catch of the season Thursday -- and defended the practice against international criticism.
  • Trade Talks Fail Over Farm Subsidies   AP / 10:30AM
    POTSDAM, Germany (AP) -- Trade talks among the World Trade Organization's four most powerful members have failed because of their inability to agree on farm subsidy cuts, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said Thursday.
  • EU Clears Launch of Internet Broadcaster   AP / 9:00AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- EU regulators on Thursday cleared media companies NBC Universal and News Corp. to launch an Internet broadcaster that aims to rival Google Inc.'s YouTube.
  • Gunmen Driven From Nigerian Oil Facility   AP / 7:30AM
    YENAGOA, Nigeria (AP) -- Troops attacked and overran a Nigerian oil-transfer facility Thursday where gunmen were holding some two dozen workers and soldiers hostage, leaving a dozen of the gunmen dead, the military said.
  • U.S. Nuclear Envoy Visits North Korea   AP / 7:20AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The chief U.S. nuclear envoy made a rare trip to North Korea on Thursday in a surprise bid to accelerate international efforts to press the communist government to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
  • Pakistanis Protest Suspension of Judge   AP / 6:50AM
    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) -- Thousands rallied in support of Pakistan's suspended chief justice Thursday, accusing President Gen. Pervez Musharraf of attacking the judiciary and burning a U.S. flag to protest Washington's backing for the general's continued rule.
  • Australia to Ban Alcohol for Aborigines   AP / 6:20AM
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister announced plans Thursday to ban pornography and alcohol for Aborigines in northern areas and tighten control over their welfare benefits to fight child sex abuse among them.
  • US Gen: Militia Kidnapped 5 Britons   AP / 6:10AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Five Britons who were kidnapped in Baghdad last month are being held by a secret cell of the Mahdi Army militia that was armed, trained and funded by Iran, the top U.S. commander in Iraq was quoted Thursday as saying.
  • Man Slashes Students in China; 4 Hurt   AP / 4:50AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A knife-wielding man slashed four students, wounding one seriously, state media reported Thursday, in the latest in a string of violent acts at Chinese schools.
  • Japanese Stocks Close at New 7-Year High / Japanese Stocks   AP / 4:10AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese stocks rose to a seven-year high Thursday amid recent yen weakness, which helps the nation's key exporters, and optimism over the nation's economic outlook.
  • Explosions Strike Baghdad's Green Zone   AP / 3:50AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of mortars or rockets slammed into the U.S.-controlled Green Zone on Thursday, and an official said at least one round struck a parking lot used by the Iraqi prime minister and his security detail.
  • KFC Ransacked in Pakistan Riots   AP / 3:20AM
    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- Hundreds of residents angered over a 16-hour power outage rioted in the southern Pakistan city of Karachi overnight, ransacking a KFC restaurant and two banks, police said Thursday.
  • 10 Die in Nursing Home Fire in Russia   AP / 3:00AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- A fire swept through a nursing home Thursday and killed at least 10 people, the latest in a series of deadly fires, many of them caused by rampant neglect of safety rules.
  • Swiss Internet Terror Trial Opens   AP / 1:20AM
    BELLINZONA, Switzerland (AP) -- A North African man and his wife went on trial Wednesday on charges they ran Web sites that supported al-Qaida-linked groups with videos of people killed by terrorists and information on how to make bombs.
  • Iraqi Poet Nazik al-Malaika Dies at 85   AP / 1:14AM
    CAIRO, Egypt - Renowned Iraqi poet Nazek al-Malaika, who was famous as the first to write Arabic poetry in free verse rather than classical rhyme, died Wednesday. She was 85.
  • World Refugees on Rise After 5 Years   AP / 12:40AM
    GENEVA (AP) -- The number of people driven from their homes by violence, natural disasters and poverty increased last year for the first time since 2002 and is almost certain to rise further due to deepening conflicts across the world, the U.N. refugee chief said.
  • Wednesday, June 20

  • Fidel Castro Honors Late Sister-In-Law   AP / 11:14PM
    HAVANA - Fidel Castro paid tribute on Wednesday to his late sister-in-law, leftist guerrilla and women's rights pioneer Vilma Espin Guillois, writing that she "never backed down from any danger" and that her example is "more necessary than ever."
  • UN Envoy Calls for Palestinian Unity   AP / 10:30PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The new U.N. Mideast envoy called Wednesday for the restoration of the Palestinian Authority's unity, conceding it won't be easy after the "appalling violence" in Gaza between Hamas and Fatah.
  • EU Summit to Consider New Treaty   AP / 10:30PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on the leaders of the European Union's 27 nations to resolve deep divisions over the future of the expanding bloc as they gathered Thursday for a summit to discuss an EU constitution.
  • Canada: 100 Held in Web Pedophile Case   AP / 7:20PM
    TORONTO (AP) -- More than 100 people have been arrested so far in a global investigation that arose two years ago in Canada when police began monitoring an Internet chat room used by pedophiles to stream live videos of children being raped, authorities said Wednesday.
  • Report: News Corp. in Yahoo Talks   AP / 5:40PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. is discussing swapping social networking Web site MySpace for a 25 percent stake in Yahoo Inc., The Times newspaper reported Wednesday.
  • 4 Jailed Journalists Released in Sudan   AP / 5:10PM
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) -- Officials on Wednesday released four journalists arrested last week while they were reporting on a protest of a dam project in northern Sudan, one of the detainees said.
  • China Overtakes U.S. As Top CO2 Emitter   AP / 5:10PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China has overtaken the United States as the world's top producer of carbon dioxide emissions -- the biggest man-made contributor to global warming -- based on the latest widely accepted energy consumption data, a Dutch research group says.
  • Cuba Cheers End to U.N. Abuse Monitoring   AP / 5:00PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba on Wednesday cheered the new U.N. human rights watchdog's agreement to stop monitoring alleged abuses on the island, with Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque saying the decision left the United States "hanging and we yanked away the ladder."
  • Colombia's Right Derails Gay Rights Bill   AP / 5:00PM
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A landmark gay rights bill was derailed at the last minute by a bloc of conservative senators, but supporters vowed Wednesday to revive the legislation.
  • Solstice Revelers Heading for Stonehenge   AP / 5:00PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Thousands of modern-day druids, pagans and partygoers converged on Stonehenge late Wednesday as people across the northern hemisphere prepared to welcome the summer solstice -- the longest day of the year.
  • France Warns Officials on BlackBerry Use   AP / 4:00PM
    PARIS (AP) -- BlackBerry handhelds have been called addictive, invasive, wonderful -- and now, a threat to French state secrets.
  • Kazakh President Dissolves Parliament   AP / 4:00PM
    ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) -- President Nursultan Nazarbayev dissolved the lower house of parliament Wednesday and called early general elections in what the opposition called a maneuver to secure his grip on power in Kazakhstan.
  • Amnesty Offered to Tajikistan Militants   AP / 4:00PM
    DUSHANBE, Tajikistan (AP) -- Parliament on Wednesday approved a presidential amnesty for hundreds of imprisoned Islamic militants who fought against the government during Tajikistan's 1992-97 civil war.
  • Shootout in Chechnya Kills at Least 3   AP / 3:20PM
    GROZNY, Russia (AP) -- A gunbattle broke out Wednesday between traffic police and a Defense Ministry unit in the Chechen capital, leaving at least three people dead and five wounded, prosecutors and police witnesses said.
  • Global Investment in Renewable Energy Up   AP / 3:10PM
    PARIS (AP) -- Renewable energy has moved out of the fringe and into the mainstream, with investors worldwide pouring $71 billion of new capital into the sector in 2006, up 43 percent from the previous year, and more is expected, a U.N. report said Wednesday.
  • Frozen Man Found in Fish Shop   AP / 2:10PM
    DUBLIN, Ireland - Pathologists inspected the thawed remains Wednesday of a missing Dublin criminal whose body was found, frozen rock solid, in the Mermaid Fish Shop.
  • 2 Sunni Mosques Attacked in Iraq   AP / 1:11PM
    BAGHDAD - Militants blew up two Sunni mosques south of Baghdad on Wednesday - apparently revenge strikes for a suicide truck bombing a day before that killed at least 87 people and badly damaged an important Shiite mosque in the capital.
  • Mariachi Singer Antonio Aguilar Dies   AP / 12:50PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican mariachi singer and actor Antonio Aguilar, who recorded more than 150 albums and began his acting career during Mexico's "Golden Era" of cinema, has died in Mexico City. He was 88.
  • Ireland Bans 'Gross' Video Game   AP / 12:20PM
    DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) -- Ireland imposed its first ban Wednesday on a video game, citing what it called "gross, unrelenting and gratuitous violence" in the latest offering from Rockstar Games.
  • Asia's Recovery From Crisis Is Uneven   AP / 12:20PM
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Ten years ago, a plunge in the Thai baht sparked a wave of recessions across Asia's high-flying economies, bankrupting entire nations, putting millions out of work and shaking markets around the world. Some feared that decade of growth would be lost.
  • 10 Years Past, Asian Money Crisis Haunts   AP / 12:20PM
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- He was a typical, spoiled child of the so-called Asian economic miracle, a dynamic Thai entrepreneur who dined at fancy restaurants, drove flashy cars and sent his children abroad to summer schools. Sirivat Voravetvuthikun was so deft at picking the right stocks that traders called him "the Phantom."
  • 'Candide' Back on La Scala Program   AP / 12:20PM
    MILAN, Italy (AP) -- La Scala opera house has lifted its cancellation of a production of "Candide" that included a scene in which actors depicting President Bush and other world leaders danced in their underwear.
  • Japan Changes Name of Iwo Jima   AP / 11:10AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan has changed the name of the Pacific island of Iwo Jima, site of the famous World War II battle, to its original name of Iwo To after residents there were prodded into action by two recent Clint Eastwood movies.
  • US Forces Expand Push Against Insurgents   AP / 11:00AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. forces expanded their push against insurgent strongholds outside Baghdad on Wednesday as Iraqi units joined the offensive and took control of several districts in the key city of Baqouba, the military said.
  • Beijing Prodded on Currency Issue   AP / 10:30AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- For the sake of the global economy, China needs to accelerate the pace of currency reform and overhaul its economy to be less dependent on exports, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Wednesday.
  • 1924 Everest Mystery Still Unanswered   AP / 9:00AM
    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- An expedition retracing the 1924 Mount Everest expedition by George Mallory and Andrew Irvine returned from the mountain Wednesday unable to say whether the men were the first to scale the world's highest peak.
  • Floods Kill 36 in Southwest China   AP / 9:00AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain have killed 36 people and left 13 missing in southwest and central China, state media reported Wednesday.
  • S. Korean Farmers Denounce FTA With U.S.   AP / 7:00AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Thousands of South Korean farmers rallied Wednesday to denounce a free trade agreement with the United States, as officials from the two sides prepared to discuss amending the hard fought deal ahead of its expected signing later this month.
  • China Vows to Improve Food Safety   AP / 5:50AM
    BEIJING - China's regulatory standards chief pledged Wednesday to update and boost enforcement of food safety rules as the country faces intense international pressure for exporting unsafe products from toothpaste to pet food ingredients.
  • Nissan Chief: Board to Forego Bonus Pay   AP / 4:30AM
    YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn told shareholders Wednesday that the Japanese automaker's board members will forego their bonus pay to take responsibility for poor performance.
  • Sri Lankan Troops Kill Up to 44 Rebels   AP / 4:20AM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lankan troops killed up to 44 Tamil rebels in clashes in the country's north and east while destroying three small camps in the insurgents' last eastern stronghold, the military said Wednesday.
  • Philippines Recalls Wyeth Baby Formula   AP / 2:50AM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine government has ordered the recall of millions of cans of infant milk products made by U.S.-based company Wyeth because they may have been contaminated at a warehouse during a storm, officials said Wednesday.
  • U.N. Report Urges Universal Pensions   AP / 12:34AM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Universal pensions of just $1 a day in developing countries would significantly reduce old age poverty, a United Nations report said Tuesday.
  • Tuesday, June 19

  • Cuba Mourns Revolution's First Lady   AP / 8:20PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Acting President Raul Castro blinked back tears Tuesday as he placed a red rose before a portrait of his late wife, Vilma Espin Guillois, a guerrilla warrior and women's rights pioneer who was the first lady of the Cuban revolution.
  • Thai Ex-PM Charged With Hiding Assets   AP / 8:20PM
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was ordered Tuesday to return from exile to face charges that he concealed his ownership of a company from the Thai stock exchange.
  • 78 Killed by Bombing at Baghdad Mosque   AP / 6:44PM
    BAGHDAD - A truck bomber attacked a revered Shiite shrine in the heart of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 78 people and wounding more than 200 in a resumption of Iraq's relentless sectarian slaughter. The mosque's turquoise dome survived, but the blast buried some worshippers and badly burned others.
  • Deadliest Attacks on Mosques in Iraq   The Associated Press / 5:40PM
    Some of the deadliest attacks against mosques in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003:
  • Best Buy 1st-Quarter Profit Falls   AP / 4:40PM
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Best Buy Co., the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer, lowered its 2008 profit estimate on Tuesday, blaming a softening economy that's steering shoppers away from high-margin items like flat-screen TVs.
  • Rock Musician Richard Bell Dead at 61   AP / 4:30PM
    TORONTO (AP) -- Keyboardist and songwriter Richard Bell, who played with Janis Joplin, has died of cancer in a Toronto hospital. He was 61.
  • A War on Rewind, in a Bleaker Baghdad   AP / 4:20PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- In Iraq, after four years and three months of war, the echoes have begun to echo themselves.
  • 20 Militants Killed Near Afghan Border   AP / 4:11PM
    MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan - A suspected missile attack Tuesday on a militant hide-out in a remote area of northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border killed more than 20 insurgents, security officials said.
  • Diversity Push for French Cabinet   AP / 4:11PM
    PARIS - President Nicolas Sarkozy sent a strong signal to France's disaffected minorities Tuesday by appointing an outspoken advocate of Muslim women and a woman of Senegalese origin Tuesday to his government - among the country's most diverse ever.
  • Cadbury to Cut About 7,500 Jobs   AP / 3:31PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Cadbury Schweppes PLC said Tuesday it plans to close 15 percent of its candy factories by 2011, cutting about 7,500 jobs, and will likely sell the U.S. unit that makes 7-Up, Dr Pepper and Snapple soft drinks.
  • No Single Error Seen in Sailors' Capture   AP / 3:00PM
    LONDON (AP) -- No single error led to the capture of 15 sailors and marines by Iran in March, Britain's defense chief said Tuesday, but he acknowledged the ministry was wrong to let them sell their stories to the media after their release.
  • Breast-Feeding Debate in Philippines   AP / 3:00PM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A debate over breast-feeding vs. bottle feeding went to the top Philippine court Tuesday, with health officials arguing that aggressive advertising by U.S. and British companies has some women believing formula is better than their own milk.
  • Shicoff Pulls Out of Salzburg Festival   AP / 1:44PM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- American tenor Neil Shicoff, who was overlooked for the position of director of Vienna's State Opera, has pulled out of Austria's renowned Salzburg Festival.
  • Saturday Talks on Iran Nuclear Program   AP / 12:30PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's top nuclear negotiator and the European Union's foreign policy chief will meet Saturday in Portugal for a new round of talks over Tehran's disputed nuclear program, state television reported.
  • Taliban Fighters Seize South Afghan Area   AP / 10:50AM
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Days of fierce fighting with NATO and Afghan forces left Taliban militants in control of one southern Afghan district and battling to take over another Tuesday, officials said.
  • Father of Sony PlayStation Steps Down   AP / 10:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- The chief architect of Sony's PlayStation game console stepped down Tuesday as the Japanese company struggles to defend its dominance in the video game industry and revive its reputation as an electronics pioneer.
  • China to Cut Export Rebates   AP / 10:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China announced Tuesday it will cut tax rebates on exports of clothes, shoes and other goods in an effort to slow the growth of its huge trade surplus amid rising threats of punitive action by U.S. lawmakers.
  • Toshiba: Recalled Battery Sparked Fire   AP / 9:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A Toshiba Corp. laptop with a recalled Sony battery pack that hadn't been replaced burst into flames last month in Great Britain.
  • SKorean Official: NKorea Fires Missile   AP / 7:20AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea fired a short-range missile toward waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, a South Korean intelligence official said Tuesday, amid signs of progress in ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
  • U.S., Iraqi Forces Kill 22 Insurgents   AP / 6:20AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- About 10,000 U.S. soldiers using heavily armored Stryker and Bradley fighting vehicles fought their way into an al-Qaida sanctuary northeast of Baghdad early Tuesday. American and Iraqi forces, under cover of attack helicopters, killed at least 22 insurgents, the military said.
  • Boiler in Tokyo Spa Explodes; 2 Dead   AP / 6:10AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A boiler in a women's spa exploded Tuesday, killing two people and injuring at least three others, officials said. Another person was later rescued from the debris but the person's condition was unknown.
  • 6-Year Sentence Sought for Hyundai Chief   AP / 5:30AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Prosecutors demanded a six-year prison term for Hyundai Motor Co. Chairman Chung Mong-koo on Tuesday in his appeal trial against a three-year sentence handed down in February for embezzlement.
  • Wife of Cuba's Acting Leader Dies at 77   AP / 5:04AM
    HAVANA - Vilma Espin Guillois, the wife of acting President Raul Castro and a former rebel fighter who served for decades as first lady of the Cuban revolution, was mourned across the island Tuesday.
  • Monday, June 18

  • Official: Suspects Within Serbia's Grasp   AP / 11:10PM
    UNITED NATIONS - The chief U.N. war crimes prosecutor said Monday the remaining fugitive leaders from the Bosnian war are within Serbia's reach and the failure to apprehend them is "a permanent stain" on the tribunal.
  • Iran Protests Israel's Threats   AP / 11:10PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iran's U.N. ambassador complained in a letter circulated Monday that the Security Council has done nothing to stop Israel's "unlawful and dangerous threats" against his country.
  • Police Smash Global Pedophile Ring   AP / 10:24PM
    LONDON - A team of international investigators infiltrated an Internet chat room used by pedophiles who streamed live videos of children being raped, rescuing 31 children and identifying more than 700 suspects worldwide.
  • Greek Police Abuse Caught on Tape   AP / 10:00PM
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A video has aired on Greek television apparently showing a policeman slapping, kicking and beating two Albanian immigrants, prompting an outcry from Albania and calls for Greece's public order minister to resign.
  • China Plans Highway on Mount Everest   AP / 10:00PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China will build a $20 million blacktop highway on Mount Everest as part of the route for the Olympic torch relay, state media reported Tuesday.
  • Chinese Villagers Protest Student Death   AP / 10:00PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- More than a thousand villagers in southwest China carried the body of a student to a police station and fought with officers they claimed had protected a man accused in the death, a human rights group said Monday.
  • Police Smash Global Pedophile Ring   AP / 6:10PM
    LONDON - A team of international investigators infiltrated an Internet chat room used by pedophiles who streamed live videos of children being raped, rescuing 31 children and identifying more than 700 suspects worldwide.
  • Airbus Rakes in Orders at Paris Air Show   AP / 6:10PM
    LE BOURGET, France (AP) -- Airbus stole the spotlight from U.S. rival Boeing Co. on the opening day of the world's largest air show Monday, announcing deals worth around $43 billion.
  • Over 100 Reportedly Die in Afghanistan   AP / 5:50PM
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - More than 100 people, including militants, civilians and police, have been killed in three days of fierce clashes between NATO and the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Monday.
  • U.S. Honors Andrzej Wajda for Films   AP / 5:20PM
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Andrzej Wajda was honored Monday by the United States for films that chronicled the development of the Solidarity freedom movement.
  • Grenada Coup Leaders Ask for Leniency   AP / 4:40PM
    ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada (AP) -- Lawyers for 13 leaders of a coup that prompted the U.S. invasion of Grenada pleaded for leniency at a resentencing hearing on Monday, saying their clients have experienced a "spiritual transformation" in prison.
  • Expanding Deserts Thwart China Ambitions   AP / 4:30PM
    ZHENGXIN, China (AP) -- Half a century after Mao Zedong's "Great Leap Forward" brought irrigation to the arid grasslands in this remote corner of northwest China, the government is giving up on its attempt to make a breadbasket out of what has increasingly become a stretch of scrub and sand dunes.
  • Officials Hope Colombian Rebel Aids Swap   AP / 4:20PM
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A recently freed rebel leader traveled to Cuba on Monday, a trip officials hope will advance efforts to release 60 hostages, including three U.S. military contractors.
  • $1.5 Million Fine in Cruise Ship Sinking   AP / 4:20PM
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The owners, operator and captain of a cruise ship that hit the rocks off the island Santorini and sank were fined a total of $1.57 million Monday for polluting the Aegean Sea.
  • At Least 1 Killed in Border Shooting   AP / 4:11PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gunmen and Israeli soldiers exchanged fire Monday at the Erez crossing between Israel and Gaza, killing at least one Palestinian and wounding 15, the Israeli rescue service and Palestinian hospital officials said.
  • Brazil Indians, Google to Fight Logging   AP / 3:50PM
    SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- A Brazilian Indian tribe is linking up with Google Earth to try to capture vivid images that could help stop loggers and miners from deforesting the jungle and digging for gold on its vast Amazon reservation.
  • Afghans: Over 100 Dead in Southern Fight   AP / 2:11PM
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - More than 100 people, including militants, civilians and police, have died in three days of fierce clashes between NATO forces and Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Monday.
  • IMF Adopts New Currency Rules   AP / 12:10PM
    WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund announced Monday it had adopted new guidelines for how countries should conduct their foreign currency policies. The Bush administration had sought the change as a way of applying more pressure to China to reform its currency system.
  • Airstrike Kills 7 Afghan Children   AP / 11:50AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S.-led coalition jets bombed a compound suspected of housing al-Qaida militants in eastern Afghanistan, killing seven boys and several insurgents, officials said Monday.
  • Indian Schools to Students: No Touching   AP / 11:40AM
    MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Two high schools in Mumbai have banned pupils from holding hands, kissing or touching on campus, warning that they will face disciplinary action if caught, officials said Monday.
  • ICI Spurns Akzo Nobel's Takeover Bid   AP / 11:30AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Imperial Chemical Industries PLC rejected an informal 7.2 billion pound ($14.2 billion) takeover bid by Akzo Nobel NV, the company said Monday.
  • Rolls-Royce Wins $6.06 Billion in Orders   AP / 11:30AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Rolls-Royce PLC, the world's second-largest aircraft engine maker, said Monday that it won orders worth a total of $6.32 billion, including a record $5.6 billion contract to supply engines to Qatar Airways.
  • Venice Film Festival to Honor Bertolucci   AP / 11:30AM
    VENICE, Italy (AP) -- Bernardo Bertolucci will receive an honorary Golden Lion award at this year's Venice Film Festival.
  • Pakistan Condemns Rushdie Honor   AP / 11:00AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan on Monday condemned Britain's award of a knighthood to author Salman Rushdie as an affront to Muslim sentiments, and a Cabinet minister said the honor provided a justification for suicide attacks.
  • Nigerian Unions Call Strike Over Fuel   AP / 10:20AM
    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Labor unions in Nigeria called Monday for a general nationwide strike to protest a government price hike on automobile fuel.
  • Abbas to Bush: Resume Peace Talks Now   AP / 10:10AM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told President Bush in a telephone call Monday that now is the time to resume Mideast peace talks, a spokesman said.
  • Italian Judge Suspends CIA Trial   AP / 7:10AM
    MILAN, Italy - An Italian judge on Monday suspended the first trial involving the CIA's extraordinary rendition program until the country's highest court can rule on the case.
  • Microsoft Buy Stake in Chinese TV Maker   AP / 6:13AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. and a major Chinese TV set maker announced Monday they will jointly develop entertainment products linking television and the Internet, joining a race to profit from the Web's growing status as a channel to distribute movies and other programs.
  • Airstrike Kills 7 Afghan Children   AP / 4:10AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Seven children were killed in a U.S.-led coalition airstrike targeting suspected al-Qaida militants in eastern Afghanistan, a coalition statement said Monday. The strike came hours after the deadliest insurgent attack since the Taliban fell in 2001.
  • New Textbook Details Khmer Rouge Horrors   AP / 4:10AM
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Cambodia offers plenty of Khmer Rouge "killing fields" attractions. There is a grisly genocide museum complete with torture instruments and former mass graves that draw camera-toting tourists.
  • Mongolia Helicopter Crash Kills 14   AP / 2:13AM
    ULAN BATOR, Mongolia - A helicopter carrying firefighters and equipment crashed into a mountain last week, killing 14 of 22 aboard, a government official said Monday.
  • Mom Says Disabled Son Illegally Deported   AP / 2:00AM
    TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) -- Clutching a photo of her son, Maria Carvajal walks Tijuana's sweltering streets searching for the mentally disabled man she says was deported more than a month ago despite being a U.S. citizen and then disappeared in this chaotic border city.
  • Sarkozy Party Wins, but Not in Landslide   AP / 1:20AM
    PARIS (AP) -- President Nicolas Sarkozy's party won a clear parliamentary majority Sunday in elections seen as crucial to his vision for opening up France's economy, although the opposition thwarted a landslide victory by capitalizing on voter fears of giving Sarkozy too much power.
  • Sunday, June 17

  • French Conservatives Win Election   AP / 9:50PM
    PARIS - President Nicolas Sarkozy's party won a clear parliamentary majority Sunday in elections seen as crucial to his vision for opening up France's economy, although the opposition thwarted a landslide victory by capitalizing on voter fears of giving Sarkozy too much power.
  • Abbas Swears in Emergency Cabinet   AP / 8:30PM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank - Ignoring Hamas' vehement protests, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday swore in a new government without his political rivals, outlawed Hamas militias and said he'll push hard for a restoration of foreign aid to the Palestinians after a punishing 15-month boycott.
  • Italian Designer Gianfranco Ferre Dies   AP / 7:51PM
    MILAN, Italy - Gianfranco Ferre, the Italian designer known as the "architect of fashion" for his structured, sculpted shapes and for his groundbreaking tenure at Christian Dior, died Sunday, a hospital said. He was 62.
  • Mom Says Disabled Son Illegally Deported   AP / 7:51PM
    TIJUANA, Mexico - Clutching a photo of her son, Maria Carvajal walks Tijuana's sweltering streets searching for the mentally disabled man she says was deported more than a month ago despite being a U.S. citizen and then disappeared in this chaotic border city.
  • Iran Condemns Knighthood for Rushdie   AP / 7:30PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran on Sunday condemned Britain's decision to knight Salman Rushdie, the author who was forced into hiding for a decade after the leader of the Iranian revolution ordered his assassination.
  • Residents Emerge After Baghdad Lockdown   AP / 6:10PM
    BAGHDAD - Residents emerged from their homes Sunday at the end of a four-day lockdown and found themselves caught in traffic spawned by hundreds of new police and army checkpoints.
  • Group Holding BBC Reporter Makes Threat   AP / 5:10PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A shadowy group holding a British Broadcasting Corp. correspondent for three months threatened on Sunday to kill him, in a video broadcast by the Al-Jazeera satellite TV channel.
  • Video Links Colombia Militia Boss, Uribe   AP / 5:10PM
    BARRANCABERMEJA, Colombia - In his five years as president, Alvaro Uribe has repeatedly denied accusations that he's been cozy with Colombia's murderous right-wing militias, whose thousands of victims include suspected rebel sympathizers and union activists.
  • Spanish Matador Back in the Ring   AP / 5:00PM
    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- A daring young matador made a triumphant return five years after quitting at the peak of his career, enduring a terrifying near-goring Sunday to win standing ovations, a rain of flowers and three trophies -- ears from bulls he had just slain.
  • U.S. Diplomat Offers Support for Abbas   AP / 4:40PM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- The top American diplomat in Jerusalem said Sunday United States will fully support the new government of moderate Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas while at the same time work to avoid a humanitarian disaster in the Gaza Strip following Hamas' violent takeover there.
  • Soldiers Revisit Iraq in Virtual Reality   AP / 3:51PM
    ATLANTA - Scientists hope a high-tech virtual experience that mimics the battlegrounds of Iraq can be used to help veterans recover from the trauma of war.
  • Swedes Revolt Against Online Snooping   AP / 2:40PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Want to know how much your boss earns? Or whether your daughter's fiance is in debt?
  • 35 Killed in Kabul Suicide Bomb Attack   AP / 2:30PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - The deadliest insurgent attack since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 destroyed a bus full of police instructors at Kabul's busiest transportation hub on Sunday, killing 35 people and wounding 52, officials said.
  • Missing Iraqi Editor's Body Discovered   AP / 1:50PM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Samira al-Shibli's dream of becoming a journalist came true when Saddam Hussein's regime collapsed in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. But as Iraq descended into chaos, and she began getting death threats, she found herself forced to abandon her career and her country.
  • 2 Rockets Fired at Israel From Lebanon   AP / 1:10PM
    JERUSALEM - Two Katyusha rockets fell on northern Israel Sunday, the first fired from Lebanon since last summer's inconclusive war with Hezbollah guerrillas. No one was hurt, but there was some damage, police and the military said.
  • U.S. Helicopters Kill 4 Suspects in Iraq   AP / 11:10AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. attack helicopters killed four suspects and wounded three in operations south of Baghdad, the military said Sunday.
  • Palestinian PM Abbas Swears in Cabinet   AP / 9:13AM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in an emergency Cabinet on Sunday and outlawed the militia forces of the Islamic Hamas movement, deepening the violent rupture in Palestinian society.
  • Serb War Crimes Suspect Arrested   AP / 7:50AM
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Authorities in Montenegro on Sunday arrested a former Serbian police general wanted for murder and persecution of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, a spokesman for the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal announced.
  • 35 Killed in Kabul Bus Bomb Attack   AP / 7:30AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - An enormous bomb ripped through a police academy bus at Kabul's busiest transportation hub Sunday, killing at least 35 people in the deadliest insurgent attack in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
  • U.S. Attack Helicopters Kill 4 in Iraq   AP / 6:40AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. attack helicopters killed four suspects and wounded three in operations south of Baghdad, the military said Sunday.
  • Report: Church of England Is Racist   AP / 6:20AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Black and Asian clergy members are unlikely to reach high office in the Church of England and minorities are sometimes marginalized in parish churches, an internal review will show, a newspaper reported Sunday.
  • Japan Rejects China WWII Slavery Suit   AP / 6:10AM
    TOKYO - Japan's Supreme Court has rejected appeals by dozens of Chinese seeking compensation for being forced into slave labor during World War II, their lawyer said Saturday.
  • Iran: Putin Pulls Plans on Radar   AP / 6:10AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran said Sunday it had received indications from Russia's president that he would not follow through with an offer to allow the U.S. to use a radar station in neighboring Azerbaijan for missile defense against Tehran.
  • Hamas: BBC Reporter to Be Free Soon   AP / 5:13AM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A Hamas official said Sunday that kidnapped BBC journalist Alan Johnston, who has been held by Gaza militants since March, would be freed soon, but others played down hopes of an imminent release.
  • Iraq: U.S. Raid Kills 4 Suspects   AP / 4:40AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. attack helicopters killed four suspects and wounded three in operations south of Baghdad, the military said Sunday.
  • US Plans End to Palestinian Embargo   AP / 4:20AM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Mahmoud Abbas got a major boost in his increasingly bellicose showdown with Hamas on Saturday, with a U.S. diplomat saying he expects a crippling embargo to be lifted once the Palestinian president appoints a government without the Islamic militants. But the money is unlikely to reach Gaza, now controlled by Hamas and cut off from the world.
  • Pope Benedict Visits Assisi   AP / 4:20AM
    ASSISI, Italy (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI began a pilgrimage to this hill town Sunday to mark the 800th anniversary of the conversion of St. Francis from the life of a medieval playboy into a man who stripped away his worldly wealth to serve God.
  • French Voting in Parliamentary Elections   AP / 4:10AM
    PARIS (AP) -- President Nicolas Sarkozy, aiming to push through his reform-driven renaissance of a morose France, looked set to win a powerful majority as the French voted in Sunday's runoff elections for parliament.
  • Kabul Bomb Attack Kills 35   AP / 2:50AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A bomb ripped through a police bus in a crowded civilian area in Kabul on Sunday, killing more than 35 people, officials said, in what appears to be the deadliest attack in the capital since the fall of the Taliban.
  • US: 60 Pct. of Baghdad Not Controlled   AP / 2:30AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Security forces in Baghdad have full control in only 40 percent of the city five months into the pacification campaign, a top American general said Saturday as U.S. troops began an offensive against two al-Qaida strongholds on the capital's southern outskirts.
  • Saturday, June 16

  • Zoellick: Venezuela Economy in Trouble   AP / 11:50PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Robert Zoellick, the U.S. choice to head the World Bank, warned Saturday that Venezuela's economic and political troubles were growing under President Hugo Chavez's leftist government.
  • Ortega Latest Leader to Meet With Castro   AP / 11:20PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega met with Fidel Castro for four hours Saturday, the third leftist head of state to visit Cuba's ailing "Maximum Leader" in little over a week.
  • Reports: Italian Designer Hospitalized   AP / 9:10PM
    ROME (AP) -- Fashion designer Gianfranco Ferre has been hospitalized in Milan, Italian news reports said Saturday. He was in serious condition.
  • Colombian Rebel Demands Guerilla Release   AP / 7:30PM
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Three kidnapped U.S. defense contractors and dozens of other hostages held by Colombian guerrillas must be swapped for all the guerrillas held in U.S. and Colombian jails, a senior rebel said on Saturday.
  • %xhl(Israel PM Says New Palestinian Government Creates "Opportunity" for Peace Moves%xhl)   AP / 6:30PM
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday said the formation of a new Palestinian government creates an "opportunity" for renewed peace moves.
  • Tainted Foods Are Daily Problem in Asia   AP / 5:50PM
    HANOI, Vietnam - As Nguyen Van Ninh needles his chopsticks through a steaming bowl of Vietnam's famous noodle soup, he knows it could be spiked with formaldehyde. But the thought of slurping up the same chemical used to preserve corpses isn't enough to deter him.
  • Truce Reached in Yemen Shiite Rebellion   AP / 5:10PM
    SAN'A, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's government and Shiite rebels have reached a cease-fire in a three-year fight that has claimed 4,000 lives this year, representatives of both sides said Saturday.
  • Reports: Rod Stewart Weds Model in Italy   AP / 4:40PM
    ROME (AP) -- British rocker Rod Stewart married model Penny Lancaster in a private ceremony Saturday on the Italian Riviera, gathering with a few friends and family in a 17th-century villa, according to Italian news reports.
  • British Pomp Marks Queen's Birthday   AP / 4:00PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Soldiers in scarlet tunics and bearskin hats marched in formation Saturday -- a showcase of Britain's best pomp and pageantry -- to celebrate the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • NATO Image Problem: Civilian Deaths   AP / 2:11PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - NATO has an image problem in Afghanistan - and a U.S. soldier who fired a Humvee's machine gun into a crowd of civilians after a deadly suicide bombing Saturday shows why.
  • U.S. Study Program in Iran Sees Struggle   AP / 1:20PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The American Studies program at the University of Tehran is a bold experiment in a nation locked in bitter confrontation with the United States -- at a school where chants of "Death to America!" still punctuate Friday prayers.
  • Laos Plot Evokes Memories Among Hmong   AP / 1:20PM
    HUAY NAM KHAO, Thailand (AP) -- For many in the bamboo huts of this squalid settlement, the name Gen. Vang Pao evokes a time when the Hmong people fought encroaching communism in Laos as favored allies of the United States during the Vietnam War.
  • Suicide Bomber Kills 4 in Afghan Capital   AP / 10:32AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide car bomber attacked a convoy of American contract workers and military personnel in the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing at least four civilians, officials said. A U.S. soldier opened fire afterward, killing one civilian and sparking an angry protest.
  • Irate Malaysian Fans Tear Up Cinemas   AP / 7:40AM
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Ethnic Indian fans wrecked cinemas in several Malaysian cities after a nationwide premiere of a long-awaited Tamil film was delayed or canceled due to technical glitches, news reports and a theater employee said Saturday.
  • Vietnam Releases Political Dissident   AP / 7:20AM
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam released a political dissident on Saturday, the second the communist nation has freed ahead of President Nguyen Minh Triet's historic trip to the United States, state media reported.
  • 3 U.S. Officials Meet With Musharraf   AP / 5:30AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- President Gen. Pervez Musharraf held talks with two senior U.S. diplomats and a top military official Saturday amid a growing political crisis, as the embattled leader received indications that Washington would accept him remaining as president and army chief.
  • Cockpit Recorder Found in Cameroon   AP / 4:50AM
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A search team has found the cockpit voice recorder of a Kenya Airways plane that crashed in Cameroon last month, killing 114 people, the airline's chief executive officer said.
  • Iraq: Kidnapped Athletes Found Dead   AP / 3:50AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The remains of 13 members of an Iraqi tae kwon do team kidnapped last year have been found in western Iraq, police and hospital officials said Saturday.
  • Chirac Set to Lose Presidential Immunity   AP / 3:40AM
    PARIS (AP) -- For Jacques Chirac, the legal clock is ticking: At midnight Saturday, the former French leader officially loses his presidential immunity, and could face investigators' questions -- or worse.
  • Political Battle Looms in Lebanon   AP / 3:40AM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -- After yet another assassination, Lebanon's anti-Syrian politicians accuse Damascus of trying to end their rule by killing members of the parliamentary majority one by one.
  • Problems Deepen for Iraqi Prime Minister   AP / 3:30AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- For Iraq's embattled prime minister, the Askariya shrine bombing could not have come at a worse time and could end up bringing down Nouri al-Maliki's unpopular government.
  • Bombs on Buses Kill 8 in Philippines   AP / 3:10AM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Bombs went off on buses just a few minutes apart in the southern Philippines on Friday, killing eight people and wounding at least 14 others, police said.
  • Suicide Bomber Kills 4 in Kabul   AP / 3:00AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A suicide car bomber attacked a NATO convoy in the capital Saturday and killed four civilians, Afghan officials said, a day after 10 were killed when another suicide car bomber targeted a NATO convoy in southern Afghanistan.
  • Abductee Escapes NKorea After 30 Years   AP / 12:20AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A South Korean man kidnapped by North Korea more than 30 years ago has escaped the communist country, an activist said Saturday.
  • Friday, June 15

  • Eritrea Dismisses Ethiopia Border Stance   AP / 11:50PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Eritrea dismissed Ethiopia's announcement that it has accepted a U.N. commission's ruling over a disputed town, saying Friday that Ethiopia attached conditions that undermined the spirit of the decision.
  • Hamas Gives Amnesty, Killings Persist   AP / 11:40PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Cheering Hamas supporters wearing green headbands and waving flags surged through Gaza's streets Friday as Islamic militants in black masks took over one of President Mahmoud Abbas' offices and rifled through his bedroom.
  • Group: China Demolishes Tibetan Statue   AP / 11:30PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities have demolished a statue of a Buddhist master at Tibet's oldest monastery, an activist group said Friday, the latest act in what critics say is an effort by Beijing to dilute Tibet's unique Buddhist culture.
  • Hamas Gives Amnesty, Killings Persist   AP / 7:10PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Cheering Hamas supporters wearing green headbands and waving flags surged through Gaza's streets Friday as Islamic militants in black masks took over one of President Mahmoud Abbas' offices and rifled through his bedroom.
  • Colombia to Recognize Rights of Gays   AP / 7:00PM
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia is set to become the first Latin American country to give established gay couples full rights to health insurance, inheritance and social security under a bill passed by its Congress.
  • Hamas Gives Amnesty, Killings Persist   AP / 6:30PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Cheering Hamas supporters wearing green headbands and waving flags surged through Gaza's streets Friday as Islamic militants in black masks took over one of President Mahmoud Abbas' offices and rifled through his bedroom.
  • Russia Fails in Arms Treaty Overhaul   AP / 4:00PM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Russia said Friday it could not rule out freezing its participation in a treaty limiting non-nuclear heavy weaponry around Europe after its attempt to overhaul the accord was rebuffed in what a diplomat called "fine, polite, elegant lip service."
  • Documents Show U.S. Pressure on Taiwan   AP / 4:00PM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- As Washington struggles to end nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea, startling details have emerged from declassified U.S. government documents regarding its success in halting Taiwan's budding nuclear project in the 1970s.
  • Family Takes Climate Change Personally   AP / 4:00PM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- From the street, Alicia Campbell's house looks no different from the others in her suburban cul-de-sac. But it has a secret: It's green -- very green.
  • Once-Banned Shostakovich Ballet Triumphs   AP / 3:50PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- It was supposed to be a ballet fit for a party boss: Winsome maids from the local collective farm prance around the stage carrying 5-foot long potatoes, while happy Soviet farmers celebrate yet another bountiful harvest.
  • Bulgaria's Last 3 Dancing Bears Freed   AP / 2:30PM
    SOFIA, Bulgaria - After a lifetime of brutal treatment, including walking on burning embers, Bulgaria's last three dancing bears will get to rest their paws at a mountain sanctuary, in an apparent end to the centuries-old performance tradition in the Balkans.
  • Looting, Revenge Deaths Persist in Gaza   AP / 2:10PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - On Hamas' first day of full rule in Gaza, crowds looted strongholds of the rival Fatah on Friday - stripping the home of one of the party's strongmen down to the flower pots - and militants sent a man plunging to his death from a rooftop.
  • Top Spanish Bullfighter to Return   AP / 2:10PM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- A bullfighter who mesmerized aficionados with an icy, death-defying style -- only to vanish from the ring in 2002 at the peak of his career without saying why -- is making a comeback.
  • Milan to Mark Gianni Versace's Death   AP / 2:00PM
    MILAN, Italy (AP) -- The city of Milan will commemorate Gianni Versace on the 10th anniversary of his murder with a series of events in his memory.
  • 5 Foreigners Kidnapped in Nigeria   AP / 12:10PM
    WARRI, Nigeria (AP) -- Gunmen abducted five foreigners Friday in Nigeria's restive southern oil heartland, with at least three of them seized and spirited away in a speedboat, officials said.
  • Car Bomb Kills NATO Soldier, 5 Children   AP / 11:40AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A suicide car bomber targeting a NATO convoy Friday in southern Afghanistan killed 10 people, including five children and a Dutch soldier, amid a fresh wave of violence that also left more than 24 militants dead, officials said.
  • 2 Terror Leaders Arrested in Indonesia   AP / 11:10AM
    JAKARTA, Indonesia - The head of the Southeast Asian militant network Jemaah Islamiyah has been arrested along with his military commander - a double blow to the group blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings and other attacks in the world's most populous Muslim nation, police said Friday.
  • Swiss Open World's Longest Land Tunnel   AP / 11:10AM
    IN THE LOETSCHBERG BASE TUNNEL, Switzerland - With a ceremony that went off like a classic Swiss timepiece, officials Friday inaugurated the world's longest overland tunnel, a 21-mile-long rail link under the Alps meant to ease highway traffic jams in the mountainous country.
  • NKorea Warns Against U.S. Missile Plan   AP / 9:40AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea on Friday warned it may strengthen its "self-defense deterrent," a term it usually uses to refer to its nuclear program, despite news that millions in frozen funds the country had sought as a condition to disarm was en route to its accounts.
  • 5 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Violence   AP / 9:10AM
    BAGHDAD - Five American soldiers died in Iraq, the U.S. military announced Friday, a day after extremists fired shells into Baghdad's Green Zone during a visit by the State Department's No. 2 official.
  • New Nintendo Game Gives Beauty Tips   AP / 8:20AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese women may soon be tapping on the hit Nintendo DS handheld game machine for beauty tips, such as taking extra fluids and monitoring skin tones.
  • Russia Takes Up Claims of British Spying   AP / 8:20AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's security agency on Friday announced an espionage investigation based on statements by the suspect in Andrei Litvinenko's radiation poisoning, a move apparently targeting a Kremlin foe in Britain.
  • Cadbury Pleads Guilty to Contamination   AP / 7:50AM
    BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- Cadbury Schweppes PLC pleaded guilty Friday to three violations of food and hygiene regulations after some of its chocolates were found to be contaminated with salmonella.
  • BOJ Chief: Rate Is Hike Not Imminent   AP / 5:50AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- The Bank of Japan decided Friday to keep a benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0.5 percent and the central bank's governor hinted that a rate hike may come later than July, quashing speculation for an imminent move.
  • Iran Forcibly Deports 100,000 Afghans   AP / 4:20AM
    AFGHANISTAN-IRAN BORDER (AP) -- Dumped at this frontier outpost alongside hundreds of weary Afghan laborers, Khalil Jalil stepped out of Iran and back into Afghanistan only days after he said Iranian authorities beat him, threw him in the trunk of a car and locked him in a detention center.
  • Chow's "Pirates" Scenes Cut in China   AP / 3:50AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Censors have cut scenes of Chow Yun-Fat as a bald, scarred pirate in the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie, saying they insult China's people, the main state news agency said Friday.
  • China, U.S. Step Up Anti-Piracy Alliance   AP / 1:40AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China has promised to pursue product pirates identified by U.S. authorities in a new effort to stamp out its thriving counterfeit industry, the head of the U.S. customs agency said Friday.
  • Swede Investigated for Prank on PM   AP / 12:30AM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- A mock reporter for a TV comedy show who squirted water in the Swedish prime minister's face could face criminal charges, news reports said.
  • Bomb Kills 7 Soldiers in Thailand   AP / 12:20AM
    PATTANI, Thailand (AP) -- A roadside bomb killed seven Thai soldiers Friday in one of the deadliest attacks against security forces this year in the country's restive south.
  • Thousands March in Mexico City of Oaxaca   AP / 12:20AM
    OAXACA, Mexico (AP) -- Thousands of educators and leftist activists marched through Mexico's southern city of Oaxaca on Thursday to mark the first anniversary of a clash between police and striking teachers that set off months of political unrest.
  • Fiji Says Diplomats in Mutiny Plot   AP / 12:00AM
    SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- Fiji's military regime accused Australian and New Zealand envoys Friday of being linked to a mutiny plot against the armed forces chief, before he seized power in a coup last year. New Zealand's leader rejected the charges as "nonsense."
  • Thursday, June 14

  • 10 Ex-Argentine Security Agents Detained   AP / 11:50PM
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- A federal court in northern Argentina has detained 10 former state security agents -- including four army colonels -- for prosecution in connection with a 1976 massacre, the government news agency said.
  • U.N.: Ex-Liberia Leader May Have Assets   AP / 11:00PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is believed to have substantial financial assets despite his demand that the court prosecuting him for war crimes cover his legal costs because he is indigent, U.N. investigators said in a report obtained Thursday.
  • Developments in Palestinian Fighting   The Associated Press / 9:50PM
    Key developments in Palestinian factional fighting on Thursday:
  • Military Officers Criticized on Hill   AP / 9:40PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid caused a stir Thursday when he said Gen. Peter Pace failed in his job of providing Congress a candid assessment on the Iraq war and that he was concerned Gen. David Petraeus might be guilty of the same.
  • Romania Defends 'Dracula Castle' Return   AP / 9:10PM
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania's government on Thursday defended its decision to return "Dracula's Castle" to members of the former royal family, denying allegations that the decision was illegal.
  • Abbas Dissolves Palestinian Government   AP / 8:30PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A beleaguered Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared a state of emergency and disbanded the Hamas-led unity government after the Islamic militant group vanquished its Fatah rivals and effectively took control of the Gaza Strip on Thursday.
  • China Welcomes Darfur Agreement   AP / 8:00PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China, one of Sudan's biggest backers, has welcomed its acceptance of a joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force for the country's troubled Darfur region.
  • India Set to Elect 1st Female President   AP / 8:00PM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's governing coalition chose a woman as its presidential candidate Thursday, setting the stage for her to become the country's first female president.
  • U.N.: Ex-Liberia Leader May Have Assets   AP / 8:00PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is believed to have substantial financial assets despite his demand that the court prosecuting him for war crimes cover his legal costs because he is indigent, U.N. investigators said in a report obtained Thursday.
  • Radiotherapy Error Could Affect Hundreds   AP / 7:50PM
    PARIS (AP) -- Hundreds of brain cancer patients in France and perhaps others in the United States may be contacted about their radiation treatments from malfunctioning machines, which were ordered shut down by the French government after a manufacturer's warning.
  • Agent Orange Still Haunts Vietnam, US   AP / 6:30PM
    DANANG, Vietnam - More than 30 years after the Vietnam War ended, the poisonous legacy of Agent Orange has emerged anew with a scientific study that has found extraordinarily high levels of health-threatening contamination at the former U.S. air base at Danang.
  • Teen Convicted in Tongan Royals Crash   AP / 6:00PM
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Jurors convicted a teenage driver Thursday of misdemeanor manslaughter for causing a freeway crash that killed two members of Tonga's royal family and their driver. She was acquitted of more serious charges.
  • China Rescues Brick Kiln Slave Workers   AP / 5:00PM
    SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- Police in central China have rescued 217 people, including 29 children, who had been forced to work as slaves at brick kilns, official media reported Thursday.
  • Britain, Argentina Recall Falklands War   AP / 5:00PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Britain and Argentina remembered the 25th anniversary of the end of the Falkland Islands conflict in starkly different ways Thursday, with British leaders attending a memorial service and Argentina's president calling Britain's triumph an unacceptable "colonial victory."
  • American Bus Crash Victims Visit Shrine   AP / 4:30PM
    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Bruised but in good spirits, a group of Wisconsin pilgrims who were injured in a bus accident this week continued their trip to a Catholic shrine Thursday, praying for two passengers who remain hospitalized.
  • EU Trade Chief Urges Unity on Biotech   AP / 3:30PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- European Union governments should work together in deciding rules for using biotech foods, rather than forge their own policies and risk inviting legal action against the 27-member bloc, the EU trade chief said Thursday.
  • Former U.N. Chief Kurt Waldheim Dies   AP / 2:30PM
    VIENNA, Austria - Former U.N. chief Kurt Waldheim, who was barred from the United States for two decades after revelations he belonged to a German army unit that committed World War II atrocities, died Thursday. He was 88.
  • U.S. Army Officer Charged in Iraq   AP / 1:40PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- A U.S. lieutenant colonel has been referred to a court-martial on charges he "aided the enemy" by allowing detainees at an Iraqi prison to use his cell phone to make unmonitored calls, the military said Thursday. The offense could carry the death penalty.
  • Missing Girl's Parents Angry at Media   AP / 12:20PM
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- The parents of missing 4-year-old Madeleine McCann rebuked the media Thursday for publishing details of an anonymous tip about what might have happened to their daughter.
  • N. Korean Funds Transferred From Bank   AP / 11:25AM
    MACAU - More than $20 million in disputed North Korean funds was transferred from a blacklisted Macau bank Thursday, an official said, signaling a breakthrough in a dispute that has held up the North's pledge to shut down its nuclear reactor.
  • Strauss Heirs Must Share Opera Royalties   AP / 10:20AM
    MUNICH, Germany (AP) -- A court has ordered descendants of composer Richard Strauss to share royalties with the heirs of librettist Hugo von Hoffmansthal for nine collaborations, including the popular operas "Der Rosenkavalier" and "Elektra."
  • Several Sunni Mosques in Iraq Attacked   AP / 10:10AM
    BAGHDAD - A handful of Sunni mosques were attacked or burned Thursday, but curfews and increased troop levels kept Iraq in relative calm a day after suspected al-Qaida bombers toppled the towering minarets of a prized Shiite shrine.
  • Van Mieris Painting Stolen in Australia   AP / 9:20AM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- A 17th century Dutch painting valued at more than $1 million was stolen from an Australian state gallery during viewing hours over the weekend, and police suspect an inside job, officials said Thursday.
  • Sanofi Shares Down After FDA Rejection   AP / 8:20AM
    PARIS (AP) -- Investors wiped some 6 billion euros ($7.97 billion) off the market value of French pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis Thursday after U.S. federal health advisers rejected its Accomplia weight-loss drug.
  • Acer Trims 2007 Computer Sales Forecast   AP / 8:10AM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan personal computer vendor Acer Inc. expects its computer shipments to increase 30 percent to 40 percent this year, a reduction from previous sales forecasts.
  • European 1Q Labor Costs Rise 2.2 Pct   AP / 7:50AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Labor costs in the 13 nations that use the euro rose 2.2 percent in the first three months of 2007 compared with a year ago, the European Union's statistics agency said Thursday.
  • Switzerland to Sell 250 Tons of Gold   AP / 7:50AM
    BERN, Switzerland (AP) -- The Swiss National Bank said Thursday it will sell 276 US tons of gold reserves over the next two years.
  • Banking Patriarch Guy De Rothschild Dies   AP / 6:50AM
    PARIS (AP) -- Baron Guy de Rothschild, who managed his family's French banking empire and saw it taken over first during the Nazi occupation and then by a Socialist government 40 years later, has died. He was 98.
  • NATO Explores U.S. Missile Plans   AP / 6:30AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- NATO ministers on Thursday explored U.S. missile defense plans for Europe and considered Russia's surprise offer to include a radar base in Azerbaijan in the missile shield.
  • Day of Mourning in Lebanon After Bombing   AP / 5:30AM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Crowds marched behind a somber funeral procession Thursday after a powerful car bombing killed a prominent anti-Syrian legislator and nine other people, dealing a new blow to the stability of this conflict-torn nation.
  • Japanese Stocks Climb; Dollar Up vs. Yen / Japanese Stocks   AP / 4:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese stocks rose Thursday after two days of declines as investors bought steel, auto and trading company shares.
  • U.N. Supports U.S Troops Staying in Iraq   AP / 2:44AM
    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council agreed Wednesday to an Iraqi request to extend the mandate of the U.S.-led multinational force after the country's foreign minister said the troops were "vitally necessary."
  • Report: NKorea Funds to Move Thursday   AP / 2:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A financial dispute that has held up North Korea's pledge to shut down its nuclear reactor could be nearing a breakthrough amid a news report that the long-awaited transfer of frozen North Korean funds will start Thursday.
  • Wednesday, June 13

  • Peru Dedicates More Land to Coca Farming   AP / 11:50PM
    LIMA, Peru (AP) -- The amount of land dedicated to cultivating coca, the raw material in cocaine, increased 7 percent last year in Peru, the world's second biggest producer of the crop, the United Nations said Wednesday.
  • Fiji Expels Top New Zealand Diplomat   AP / 11:50PM
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Fiji is expelling New Zealand's top diplomat amid tensions over the South Pacific island nation's military coup in December, New Zealand officials said Thursday.
  • China Denounces Anti-Communism Memorial   AP / 11:40PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China criticized the United States' "Cold War" thinking Wednesday after President Bush attended the opening of a Washington memorial for those killed in communist regimes.
  • Mexico City Considers Legal Prostitution   AP / 10:20PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The leftist party that has already legalized gay unions and abortion in Mexico City said Wednesday it wants to make prostitution legal in the capital of this overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country.
  • Iraq Bombers Topple Samarra Minarets   AP / 10:00PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Suspected al-Qaida bombers toppled the towering minarets of Samarra's revered Shiite shrine on Wednesday, dealing a bold blow to Iraqi hopes for peace and reopening old wounds a year after the mosque's Golden Dome was destroyed.
  • Iran Parliament Backs Porn Death Penalty   AP / 10:00PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's parliament on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill that could lead to the death penalty for persons convicted of working in the production of pornographic movies.
  • Top UK Court Rules on Iraqi Deaths   AP / 10:00PM
    LONDON (AP) -- The House of Lords on Wednesday rejected claims by families of people killed in Iraq that European human rights law applied to the conduct of British troops throughout the country.
  • Greens Vote to Join Irish Government   AP / 10:00PM
    DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) -- The environmentalist Green Party, perennial outsiders in Irish politics, voted Wednesday to join the next government and extend Prime Minister Bertie Ahern's 10-year run in power.
  • 2 Women Sue `Girls Gone Wild' Creator   AP / 9:30PM
    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) -- Two Florida women have sued "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis and his film company, alleging a sexually explicit video was released without their consent.
  • Strong Earthquake Rocks Guatemala   AP / 7:30PM
    GUATEMALA CITY - A powerful earthquake shook Guatemala and parts of neighboring nations Wednesday, sending some residents in El Salvador's capital rushing into the streets for safety. Officials said there were no immediate reports of casualties or serious damage.
  • Government Won't Cite China on Currency   AP / 7:00PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration on Wednesday declined to cite China for manipulating its currency to gain unfair trade advantages and declined lawmakers' request to pursue a trade case on the issue.
  • Iraq Bombers Topple Samarra Minarets   AP / 6:10PM
    BAGHDAD - Suspected al-Qaida bombers toppled the towering minarets of Samarra's revered Shiite shrine on Wednesday, dealing a bold blow to Iraqi hopes for peace and reopening old wounds a year after the mosque's Golden Dome was destroyed.
  • Banks Charged in Parmalat Failure   AP / 6:00PM
    MILAN, Italy (AP) -- The indictment on Wednesday of four international banks on criminal charges related to the 2003 failure of the Parmalat dairy empire could help bondholders recoup millions in losses and potentially exposes the banks to a ban from operating in Italy.
  • Church Asks Japan to Join Sony Campaign   AP / 5:20PM
    LONDON (AP) -- The Church of England on Wednesday urged the people of Japan to join its campaign against a violent Sony Corp. computer game that allegedly uses a British cathedral as a backdrop.
  • U.N. Official Hails Deal on Darfur Force   AP / 4:50PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. peacekeeping chief on Wednesday called Sudan's acceptance of a joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force for Darfur "a significant step forward," although he cautioned "it's not the end of the road."
  • Puerto Rico Lays Traps for Monkeys   AP / 4:40PM
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Authorities in Puerto Rico are using cages and mangos to try to trap hundreds of marauding monkeys -- descendants of escaped research animals -- and hope to send them off to sanctuaries or labs, or to kill them.
  • NATO Awaiting Details of Moscow Offer   AP / 4:10PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- NATO ministers are expected Thursday to consider how to integrate planned U.S. anti-missile bases into the alliance's defenses and seek clarification of Russia's suggested use of a radar base in Azerbaijan as part of the missile shield.
  • Ukraine Grave Site Recalls Holocaust   AP / 4:10PM
    GVOZDAVKA-1, Ukraine (AP) -- As children watched in the hot sunshine, a dozen rabbis scoured a Ukrainian village meadow for bones -- the fragmented remains of Jews systematically murdered here in the Holocaust.
  • S.Korea to Give N.Korea Food Aid Via UN   AP / 4:10PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea plans to provide North Korea with 50,000 tons of corn via a U.N. food agency, an official said Wednesday, despite Seoul's decision to delay official food aid until after Pyongyang starts dismantling its nuclear program.
  • Imelda Marcos Acquitted of Tax Evasion   AP / 4:10PM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A court Wednesday acquitted the flamboyant widow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos of five counts of tax evasion, court officials and her lawyer said.
  • Indonesia Arrests Leading Terror Suspect   AP / 2:10PM
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's most-wanted terrorist was being interrogated Wednesday following his weekend arrest on suspicion of involvement in the 2002 Bali bombings and several other deadly strikes, police said.
  • Gates: Taliban Getting Weapons From Iran   AP / 1:40PM
    RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) -- Sizable shipments of Iranian weapons are being supplied to Taliban militants in Afghanistan, suggesting the government in Tehran is aware of them, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday.
  • Kirch Seeks Damages From Deutsche Bank   AP / 12:55PM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Former media tycoon Leo Kirch has sued Deutsche Bank AG and its former CEO, seeking about $1.6 billion in damages over comments about the creditworthiness of his now-defunct media group.
  • Bob Dylan Wins Arts Award in Spain   AP / 12:30PM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Bob Dylan was awarded Spain's Prince of Asturias arts award, one of the country's most prestigious honors, Wednesday.
  • Chinese Teacher Gets Death for 18 Rapes   AP / 12:10PM
    BEIJING - A teacher in northwestern China has been sentenced to death for raping 18 primary school girls, the second such case in the same area, state media reported Wednesday.
  • Dalai Lama Visits Irwin Zoo   AP / 11:50AM
    BEERWAH, Australia (AP) -- The Dalai Lama toured the zoo of late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin on Wednesday, where he thanked Irwin's family for its dedication to wildlife.
  • The White Stripes Play for British Vets   AP / 11:20AM
    LONDON (AP) -- The White Stripes won some new fans during an intimate and unusual gig at a home for elderly British military veterans.
  • EU Official Welcomes Google Privacy Move   AP / 11:10AM
    LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- A European Union official on Wednesday applauded Google Inc.'s offer to cut by a quarter the time it retains data on its users' searches.
  • Japan: No Problems at US Meat Facilities   AP / 10:20AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan will no longer check every American beef shipment after finding no safety problems at dozens of U.S. meatpacking facilities it inspected last month, the government said Wednesday.
  • Peres Wins Israeli Presidency   AP / 10:10AM
    JERUSALEM - Elder statesman Shimon Peres was elected Israel's ninth president Wednesday, capping a campaign to extend his six-decade political career in a race marred by rape allegations against the sitting president, the parliament speaker said.
  • Sony in Talks With Church of England   AP / 10:10AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Sony has begun talks with the Church of England over complaints that violent action sequences in a shooting game for the new PlayStation 3 console take place in what appears to be Manchester Cathedral.
  • Ex-Nazi Officer Leaves House Arrest   AP / 9:30AM
    ROME (AP) -- An Italian military court has allowed a former Nazi officer convicted for his role in a 1944 massacre to leave house arrest to work -- a ruling that sparked outrage among the families of those murdered, politicians and Jewish groups.
  • Navies Urged to Fight Somali Pirates   AP / 9:30AM
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Global shipping officials warned Wednesday that pirate attacks off Somalia's coast have spiraled to terrifying levels, with U.S. and international navies failing to protect seafarers from being kidnapped.
  • EU Welcomes Google Offer on Privacy   AP / 9:00AM
    LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- EU justice chief Franco Frattini said Wednesday that Internet search leader Google Inc. had offered to cut the time it retains data on user searches from the current 24 months to 18 months amid growing concerns it could be violating EU privacy rules.
  • Novartis Gets EU OK for New Flu Vaccine   AP / 9:00AM
    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) -- Novartis AG has received European Union approval for flu vaccine Optaflu, the Swiss drugmaker said Wednesday.
  • US Prisoner Leaves Afghanistan   AP / 9:00AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An American imprisoned in Afghanistan for running a private jail for terror suspects has left the Afghan prison where he was held for almost three years and departed the country, the warden said Wednesday.
  • Renault Reports Worldwide Sales Decline   AP / 8:30AM
    PARIS (AP) -- French automaker Renault said vehicle sales slipped 4.2 percent in May from a year earlier to 214,358 amid competition from Asian brands and an older product lineup.
  • China Says Foreign Investment Jumps   AP / 8:30AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Foreign investment in China rose 9.9 percent in the first five months of this year to $25.3 billion from the same period a year ago, a state news agency reported Wednesday.
  • Number of Workers Jumps in Euro Nations   AP / 8:30AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- More than half a million people found work in the 13 nations that use the euro during the first three months of the year, the European Union's statistical agency said Wednesday.
  • Famous Shiite Shrine in Samarra Attacked   AP / 7:50AM
    BAGHDAD - Suspected al-Qaida insurgents on Wednesday destroyed the two minarets of the Askariya Shiite shrine in Samarra, authorities reported, in a repeat of a 2006 bombing that shattered its famous Golden Dome and unleashed a wave of retaliatory sectarian violence that still bloodies Iraq.
  • Famous Shitte Shrine in Samarra Attacked   AP / 6:00AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Suspected al-Qaida insurgents on Wednesday destroyed the two minarets of the Askariya Shiite shrine in Samarra, authorities reported, in a repeat of a 2006 bombing that shattered its famous Golden Dome and unleashed a wave of retaliatory sectarian violence that still bloodies Iraq.
  • Israeli President to Be Chosen   AP / 4:00AM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- The race for the Israeli presidency has taken on a high-profile buzz, driven by rape allegations against the sitting president and elder statesman Shimon Peres' campaign to cap his six-decade government career with a term in the president's mansion.
  • Castro Key Influence for Chavez   AP / 3:50AM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned to Cuba to visit his convalescing friend and ally Fidel Castro, spending six hours with the 80-year-old leader he considers a guiding light for the Latin American left.
  • Tuesday, June 12

  • Diana's Sons Still Dwell on Her Death   AP / 11:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The sons of England's Princess Diana said in a television interview that they still think about their mother's death all the time.
  • Canada Proposes Speeding Up Land Claims   AP / 8:00PM
    TORONTO (AP) -- Canada proposed new legislation on Tuesday to speed up the legal process to resolve claims by the country's native population to land taken by the government, just weeks before a planned national day of protest by aboriginals.
  • Officials: Barak Wins Israeli Party Race   AP / 7:50PM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- A former prime minister won the Labor Party primary over a relative political newcomer, party officials said early Wednesday, in a race between two ex-military officers who both called on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to step down.
  • Ford Reviewing Jaguar-Land Rover Options   AP / 7:30PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it was reviewing its position on Jaguar and Land Rover, fueling speculation that the Dearborn-based company is getting closer to selling them.
  • Officials: Barak Wins Labor Party Vote   AP / 5:00PM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak won the Labor Party primary over relative political newcomer Ami Ayalon, party officials from both sides said late Tuesday.
  • Ford Confirms Jaguar-Land Rover Review   AP / 4:50PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it was reviewing its position on Jaguar and Land Rover, fueling speculation that the Dearborn-based company is getting closer to selling them.
  • Cubans Go to Street to Augment Rations   AP / 4:20PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Cubans may not have McDonald's or Jack in the Box, but they do have pizza in a basket.
  • Poland's Solidarity Embraces Former Foes   AP / 4:20PM
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- This should be a time for Solidarity veterans to savor.
  • Putin Celebrates Russia Day With Honors   AP / 4:20PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin underscored the importance of moral values and military might Tuesday, honoring Russians from a frail-looking Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who documented the Soviet Union's brutality, to men who designed its nuclear-armed submarines.
  • Iran to Decide Fate of 4 Americans Soon   AP / 4:10PM
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's judiciary said Tuesday it will decide within days whether to indict or free four Iranian-Americans charged with endangering national security in a case that has heightened bitterness between the rival nations.
  • Pakistani City Transformed by Militants   AP / 3:40PM
    TANK, Pakistan (AP) -- Pro-Taliban militants have transformed a once-bustling community in northwestern Pakistan into a desolate city under siege.
  • U.S. Probing Apparent Gitmo Suicide   AP / 3:10PM
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The U.S. military is probing how guards failed to prevent the death of a Guantanamo Bay detainee last month, an apparent suicide in the closely monitored detention camp for suspected al-Qaida and Taliban members, a top commander said Tuesday.
  • U.S.: Iran Sending Weapons to Taliban   AP / 2:11PM
    PARIS - A senior U.S. diplomat accused Iran on Tuesday of transferring weapons to Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan - the most direct comments yet on the issue by a ranking American official.
  • Kibbutz Is Haven for Fleeing Sudanese   AP / 2:11PM
    KIBBUTZ YAD HANNAH, Israel - Five years after he fled his razed Darfur village, and after jail spells in three countries, Ibrahim has found refuge in an unlikely place: a kibbutz in Israel.
  • EU Court Upholds Budweiser Trademarks   AP / 12:40PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- A European Union high court upheld several Anheuser-Busch trademarks and dismissed a challenge from Czech brewing rival Budvar on Tuesday, the latest ruling in a century of disputes relating to the name "Budweiser."
  • Italian Police Recover Ancient Temple   AP / 12:40PM
    ROME (AP) -- Italian police have recovered an ancient Greek temple dug up in southern Italy by a construction crew who had dumped or looted the prized artifacts and begun to pour cement over the ruins, authorities said Tuesday.
  • Police: Woolmer Died of Natural Causes   AP / 12:24PM
    KINGSTON, Jamaica - Pakistan World Cup cricket coach Bob Woolmer died from natural causes and was not strangled as earlier claimed, Jamaica's police commissioner said Tuesday, rejecting reports that the coach had been drugged or poisoned.
  • EU Approves Visa Data System   AP / 11:10AM
    LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- The European Union on Tuesday approved a European visa data system which will store biometric information like fingerprints and photos on 70 million visa-holders who pass through the EU's borderless travel zone each year.
  • Thai King's Archives to Go Online   AP / 10:30AM
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Chronicles and pronouncements of Thailand's king -- the world's longest-serving monarch and a godlike figure to many -- will soon be trumpeted online.
  • Holocaust Survivor: Learn From Past   AP / 10:20AM
    BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- A Jewish Holocaust survivor made a plea for tolerance Tuesday at a conference in the world's most populous Muslim nation that also brought together religious leaders and victims of attacks by Islamic extremists.
  • Italy's Airline Narrows Losses   AP / 10:10AM
    MILAN, Italy (AP) -- The struggling Italian national carrier Alitalia reported narrower first-quarter losses Tuesday as the airline reaches the final stages of a tender bid to go private.
  • `Ugly Betty' Star Weds in Puerto Rico   AP / 9:20AM
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Ana Ortiz, who plays the older sister of the title character in ABC's "Ugly Betty," married musician Noah Lebenzon in a weekend ceremony.
  • U.S. Mistakenly Kills 7 Afghan Police   AP / 9:11AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan police mistook U.S. troops on a nighttime mission for Taliban fighters and opened fire on them early Tuesday, prompting U.S. forces to return fire and call in attack aircraft. Seven Afghan police were killed.
  • Toshiba to Hike Flash Memory Chip Output   AP / 9:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's Toshiba Corp. will more than double its monthly production of NAND flash memory chips to increase market share and recoup losses from falling prices.
  • Iranian Judge Mulls American Detentions   AP / 8:40AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A judge will decide within the next few days whether to indict or free four Iranian-Americans charged with endangering national security, Iran's judiciary spokesman said Tuesday.
  • Croat Serb Convicted of Atrocities   AP / 5:50AM
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal convicted a wartime leader of Croatia's rebel Serbs of murder, torture and persecution Tuesday and sentenced him to 35 years in prison for a brutal ethnic cleansing campaign of non-Serbs in Croatia.
  • Soaring Pork Prices Lift China Inflation   AP / 5:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese inflation rose to its highest level in more than two years in May, driven by soaring prices for pork and other food, according to government figures released Tuesday.
  • Willis in Action for New 'Die Hard' Film   AP / 4:30AM
    TOKYO - Actor Bruce Willis says he is glad to be back doing action films, but, at 52, admitted that surviving "Die Hard 4.0" was no easy task.
  • China Inflation Rate Up 3.4 Percent   AP / 1:40AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese inflation rose to its highest level in more than two years in May, driven by soaring prices for pork and other food, according to government figures released Tuesday.
  • Monday, June 11

  • Nigeria Hostage Takers Free 13 Captives   AP / 9:10PM
    YENAGOA, Nigeria (AP) -- Hostage takers in Nigeria's restive oil heartland released 13 captives Monday, including three Americans, officials said.
  • Nokia Countersues Qualcomm   AP / 8:24PM
    HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- Nokia Corp., the world's largest mobile phone maker, said Monday it filed a patent infringement countersuit against Qualcomm in an ongoing multinational legal battle over wireless technology.
  • Lebanon Faces Another Bad Summer Season   AP / 8:00PM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -- Last summer it was Israeli airstrikes and Hezbollah rockets. This year, it's al-Qaida-inspired militants and explosions keeping tourists away. This small, trouble-plagued country is once again set to lose millions of much-needed tourism dollars because of unrest.
  • Al-Qaida Targets Iraqi Infrastructure   AP / 7:10PM
    BAGHDAD - Suspected al-Qaida bombers stepped up attacks on key transportation arteries, striking a bridge north of the capital Monday a day after shutting the superhighway south of Baghdad with a huge explosion that collapsed an overpass and killed three U.S. soldiers.
  • IBM Bids $745 Million for Telelogic   AP / 4:40PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- International Business Machines Corp. said Monday it agreed to buy software provider Telelogic AB for $745 million in cash, bolstering IBM's portfolio for the defense, telecommunications and automotive industries.
  • China Investigates Fake Blood Protein   AP / 4:20PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China said Monday it was investigating the sale of fake blood protein, a potentially dangerous and widespread practice that underscores the country's problems with product safety.
  • Ex-Strongman's Daughter in Korean Race   AP / 4:20PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The daughter of a former South Korean military ruler formally declared her presidential candidacy Monday, apologizing for those who suffered under her father's rule while promising to resolve the North Korea nuclear standoff.
  • North Korea Gives Glimpse of Rural Life   AP / 4:20PM
    INNER DIAMOND MOUNTAIN, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea is peeling back its self-imposed veil of isolation, allowing tourists a rare glimpse of the hardscrabble rural life en route to a new hiking trail that opened this month at the South Korean-run Diamond Mountain resort.
  • Moore Attorney Claims Discrimination   AP / 4:20PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michael Moore's attorney said Monday that the filmmaker's criticism of the Bush administration may have prompted a federal investigation into his trip to Cuba for the upcoming health-care documentary, "Sicko."
  • Judge Denies Bail in Alleged JFK Plot   AP / 3:30PM
    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) -- A judge denied bail Monday for three suspects accused of plotting to bomb New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, ordering them to remain in jail until a hearing on a U.S. request for their extradition.
  • Ancient Rome Is Rebuilt Digitally   AP / 3:30PM
    ROME (AP) -- Computer experts on Monday unveiled a digital reproduction of ancient Rome as it appeared at the peak of its power in A.D. 320 -- what they called the largest and most complete simulation of a historic city ever created.
  • Father Found Guilty in Honor Killing   AP / 3:10PM
    LONDON (AP) -- A father who ordered his daughter brutally slain for falling in love with the wrong man in a so-called "honor killing" was found guilty of murder on Monday.
  • General: Iran Aids Karzai, Maybe Taliban   AP / 3:00PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Iran gives political and material support to President Hamid Karzai's Western-backed government, but it also may be aiding the Taliban as a way of hedging its bets in neighboring Afghanistan, NATO's top general here said Monday.
  • Barclays Rises on Fund Stake Reports   AP / 2:50PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Shares in Barclays PLC rose Monday following reports that a U.S. hedge fund had bought a stake in the bank and was opposing Barclays' bid to take over ABN Amro Holding NV.
  • Miss Universe Hoping for `Heroes' Role   AP / 2:50PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Less than a month after being crowned Miss Universe, Riyo Mori is hoping to land another job -- a role on the NBC sci-fi series "Heroes."
  • Rexam Buying Unit From Owens-Illinois   AP / 2:30PM
    LONDON (AP) -- British packaging company Rexam PLC said Monday it has agreed to acquire the plastic packaging unit of Owens-Illinois Inc. for nearly $1.83 billion in cash.
  • China's Trade Surplus Surges 73 Percent   AP / 2:11PM
    BEIJING - Just last month, China announced plans to buy $4.3 billion of U.S. technology as a way to show how serious it is about reducing the ballooning trade gap with the U.S.
  • Deputy CEO of Airbus Parent Is Leaving   AP / 1:51PM
    PARIS (AP) -- EADS Deputy Chief Executive Jean-Paul Gut, tasked with overseeing the plans and strategies of Airbus' parent, is quitting following "a divergence in views," the company said Monday.
  • 3 U.S. Troops Dead in Iraq Bridge Strike   AP / 11:10AM
    BAGHDAD - The suicide explosion that destroyed a vital bridge outside the Iraqi capital killed three American soldiers guarding the span over a main highway, the U.S. military said Monday, as bulldozers worked to clear the shattered concrete.
  • Mourners Protest Government in Turkey   AP / 11:00AM
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Funerals for three soldiers killed in a roadside bombing by Kurdish rebels turned into anti-government protests Monday as thousands of mourners called on Turkey's leaders to resign over their failure to rein in the violence.
  • Yahoo Weighs in on Free Speech in China   AP / 9:20AM
    HONG KONG (AP) -- China should not punish people for expressing their political views on the Internet, Yahoo Inc. said Monday, a day after the mother of a Chinese reporter announced she was suing the U.S. company for helping officials imprison her son.
  • OPEC Has No Plans to Increase Supplies   AP / 8:30AM
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- OPEC has no plans to release more oil into the market ahead of its next policy meeting in September, Iran's oil minister said Monday.
  • Report: China Biggest Asia Arms Spender   AP / 8:10AM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- The United States remained the world's biggest military spender last year, devoting about $528 billion to arms, while China overtook Japan as Asia's top arms spender, a Swedish research institute said Monday.
  • China May Cancel Olympic Contracts   AP / 8:10AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Red-faced organizers of the Beijing Olympics threatened Monday to cancel the contracts of companies using child labor and violating minimum-wage rules to make Olympic-licensed products.
  • American Leads Mt. Everest Climb   AP / 8:10AM
    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- An American climber is leading an expedition up Mount Everest to resolve the debate about who was the first to scale the world's highest peak.
  • Mudslides Kill at Least 62 in Bangladesh   AP / 7:31AM
    CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh - At least 62 people were killed and many others were injured Monday in mudslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in a hilly port city in southeastern Bangladesh, rescue officials and witnesses said.
  • Egypt's Elections Turn Violent   AP / 6:20AM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Elections for Egypt's upper chamber of parliament turned violent Monday as one man was killed in clashes between ruling party supporters and independents outside a polling station in the northern Nile Delta region, police said.
  • Explosion in Downtown Nairobi Kills 1   AP / 4:10AM
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- An explosion shook downtown Nairobi on Monday morning, killing one person and injuring at least 31 others, officials said.
  • Sunday, June 10

  • GIs Trapped After Iraq Bridge Bombing   AP / 10:50PM
    MAHMOUDIYA, Iraq - With a thunderous rumble and cloud of dust and smoke, an apparent suicide vehicle bomb brought down a section of highway bridge south of Baghdad on Sunday, wounding several U.S. soldiers guarding the crossing and blocking traffic on Iraq's main north-south artery.
  • Father of Senegalese Cinema Dead at 84   AP / 9:40PM
    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Sembene Ousmane, the father of Senegalese cinema and one of the pioneers of the art in Africa, died at his home over the weekend after a long illness. He was 84.
  • Belgian Leader Concedes Defeat in Vote   AP / 9:40PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Belgium's prime minister conceded defeat Sunday on behalf of his coalition of Liberals and Socialists in general elections that saw the Christian Democrats end eight years in opposition with major gains.
  • AP INTERVIEW: Chavez Connects With Poor   AP / 9:31PM
    MANTECAL, Venezuela - The Toyota 4Runner pulled to a stop on the country road and a tinted window rolled down. Passers-by gawked, then broke into a run, screaming "president!" when they realized Hugo Chavez was at the wheel. "I love you!" cried a middle-aged woman with tears in her eyes, thrusting a fistful of flowers into the car.
  • Cocaine Flows Over Brazil-Bolivia Border   AP / 9:23PM
    PUERTO SUAREZ, Bolivia - The view into Brazil from this Bolivian border city is of an Amazon jungle paradise: an endless green horizon broken only by a patch of urban skyline reflected in a shimmering lagoon.
  • Shots Fired at Palestinian PM's House   AP / 8:33PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gunmen opened fire early Monday on the house of Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, security officials said. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
  • Report: Child Labor Making Olympics Gear   AP / 8:20PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Backpacks, caps and other licensed products for the 2008 Beijing Olympics are being made in Chinese factories that use child labor and force employees to work long hours for less than minimum wage, a report released Sunday said.
  • Bush Receives Hero's Welcome in Albania   AP / 8:00PM
    TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- President Bush, enthusiastically welcomed as the first U.S. president in this former communist nation, served notice Sunday he is running out of patience with Russia's objections to independence for neighboring Kosovo.
  • Brazil's Gay Pride Parade Draws Millions   AP / 6:50PM
    SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- Millions of people packed the streets of Sao Paulo for what organizers said was the world's largest gay pride parade, dancing and waving rainbow flags in a carnival-like atmosphere to condemn homophobia, racism and sexism.
  • Palestinians Blasted for Media Disguise   AP / 2:23PM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Journalists on Sunday condemned Palestinian militants for using a television truck to disguise their assault on an Israeli military position, saying the new tactic would make their jobs significantly more dangerous.
  • Russia's Putin Calls for WTO Alternative   AP / 2:13PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday criticized international economic institutions for protecting the interests of a select few developed countries and called for a new global economic order that would give rapidly growing developing economies a bigger role.
  • Fischer Popular As Isreal's Bank Chief   AP / 1:50PM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's central bank chief, Stanley Fischer, was standing in a Cyprus airport when an Israeli recognized him. The traveler wanted to pick Fischer's brain on a pressing economic issue.
  • Bush Urges Independence for Kosovo   AP / 1:11PM
    TIRANA, Albania - President Bush, enthusiastically welcomed as the first U.S. president in this former communist nation, served notice Sunday he is running out of patience with Russia's objections to independence for neighboring Kosovo.
  • A Struggle for Young Palestinian Minds   AP / 12:30PM
    KUFR NAMEH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian children spend more of their school day studying Islam. Critical jobs in public education are filled by Islamic stalwarts. A once-banned social studies reader, crammed with hard-line rhetoric, is now in classrooms.
  • Verdict Approaches for 'Chemical Ali'   AP / 12:30PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi court trying Saddam Hussein's cousin -- known as "Chemical Ali" -- and other former regime officials for their roles in a 1980s military campaign against the Kurds said Sunday it would issue a verdict in two weeks.
  • Bomber Kills 10 in Hit on Iraqi Police   AP / 11:31AM
    BAGHDAD - A suicide truck bomber struck an Iraqi police agency in northern Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 10 people, police said. A U.S. helicopter fired flares on a crowd on a square in eastern Baghdad, hours after clashes between American troops and Shiite militia that left at least five people dead, but the military said it was part of an automatic self-defense system.
  • Explosion in Istanbul Street Injures 14   AP / 10:40AM
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A small bomb exploded outside a clothing shop in Istanbul on Sunday, injuring 14 people and shattering nearby windows, police and news reports said, amid heightened tensions over attacks by separatist Kurdish rebels.
  • Bomber Kills 7, Wounds 50 in Tikrit   AP / 9:10AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide truck bomber struck an Iraqi police agency in northern Iraq on Sunday, killing at least seven people and wounding 50, police said, while overnight clashes between U.S. troops and Shiite militiamen reportedly left at least five people dead and 19 wounded.
  • Australian Muslim Leader Steps Down   AP / 7:30AM
    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Australia's top Islamic cleric, who came under fire last year when he likened women without head scarves to "uncovered meat," stepped down Sunday. Muslim leaders appointed a new mufti.
  • Iran Confirms Detention of 4th American   AP / 7:20AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran officially confirmed Sunday that it is holding an Iranian-American peace activist, the fourth dual citizen the country has detained in recent months.
  • Israel Hits Militant Targets   AP / 6:40AM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli aircraft fired on militant targets in Gaza City in predawn airstrikes Sunday, hours after Palestinian gunmen breached Israel's heavily fortified Gaza border and tried to capture an Israeli soldier.
  • Pakistan Joins Fight on Nuke Terror   AP / 6:40AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan will join an international initiative aimed at keeping nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
  • Rockets Fired at Afghan President   AP / 5:30AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - Taliban militants fired up to six rockets near a gathering where President Hamid Karzai was giving a speech on Sunday in central Afghanistan, but no one was hurt, officials said.
  • Iran: New Doubts on Talks With U.S.   AP / 5:10AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry cast doubt Sunday on whether a second round of U.S.-Iran talks on the situation in Iraq would take place this month, saying no decision had been taken on a second meeting.
  • Iran Confirms 4th Detained American   AP / 5:00AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran officially confirmed Sunday that it is holding an Iranian-American peace activist, the fourth dual citizen the country has detained in recent months.
  • Philippine Ferry Catches Fire   AP / 4:50AM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Philippine passenger ferry with 237 people on board caught fire south of Manila Sunday, killing at least two people, coast guard officials said.
  • Iran Condemns G-8 Stance on Nuke Program   AP / 4:30AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has condemned a G-8 warning that it could face more sanctions over its controversial nuclear program, the country's official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
  • Iran Condemns G-8 on Nuclear Program   AP / 3:10AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has condemned a G-8 warning that it could face more sanctions over its controversial nuclear program, the country's official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
  • China May Halt Coal-To-Oil Projects   AP / 2:30AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China is considering halting efforts to make oil from coal due to concerns about the expense and energy demands, a state news agency on Sunday quoted an official as saying.
  • Thais Protest Military Rule   AP / 1:20AM
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Several thousand opponents of Thailand's military-installed government marched through Bangkok's streets Saturday, staging their most defiant protest yet against the regime that came to power in last year's coup.
  • Vietnam Releases 'Cyber' Dissident   AP / 12:30AM
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam has released one of its best-known dissidents from prison, two weeks before its president is to make a historic visit to the United States, an official said Sunday.
  • Saturday, June 9

  • Jordanian Police Clash With Gunmen   AP / 11:50PM
    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordanian police exchanged gunfire with a small group of armed men suspected of stealing electricity and water in a town near the Israeli border, the official Petra news agency reported. One of the gunmen was killed and several were arrested.
  • Attackers Stone Romania Gay Rights March   AP / 11:30PM
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Police used tear gas against protesters who hurled stones at the annual gay rights parade in the Romanian capital Saturday, officials said.
  • Flooding Kills 14 in Southern China   AP / 11:20PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rains killed at least 14 people in southern China and forced 20,000 from their homes, a state news agency reported Sunday.
  • Bush Meets Pope, Promotes U.S. AIDS Work   AP / 10:50PM
    ROME (AP) -- President Bush, denounced by tens of thousands of anti-American protesters on the streets of Rome, defended his humanitarian record on Saturday to Pope Benedict XVI, who expressed concern about "the worrisome situation in Iraq."
  • Suicide Bomber Kills 14 Iraqi Soldiers   AP / 10:30PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suspected al-Qaida suicide bomber rammed a speeding gasoline truck into an Iraqi army checkpoint outside the capital on Saturday, killing at least 14 soldiers as militants hammered the country's shaky security forces.
  • French Leader's Mandate at Stake in Vote   AP / 10:20PM
    PARIS (AP) -- President Nicolas Sarkozy will seek to bolster his mandate for pervasive reforms to energize France's sluggish economy in legislative elections starting Sunday.
  • Zimbabwe Weighs Constitutional Changes   AP / 10:00PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe's government has proposed constitutional amendments on electoral policy and the creation of a human rights commission, steps critics say are designed to mask abuses and strengthen President Robert Mugabe's hold on power.
  • U.S. Photographer Hurt in South Africa   AP / 8:30PM
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) -- A U.S. photographer for National Geographic was fighting for his life on Saturday after a chunk of concrete smashed through the windshield of his car and hit him in the head near a poor South African township, local newspapers reported.
  • Russia Opposition Protests Against Putin   AP / 5:20PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Russia's most vocal opposition movement, headed by former chess champion Garry Kasparov, demonstrated in a major city on Saturday without police violence or interference for the first time in months of protests.
  • Thailand Deports 163 Hmong Back to Laos   AP / 5:20PM
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Thailand deported 163 ethnic Hmong asylum-seekers to Laos on Saturday who authorities said had entered the country illegally in recent years trying to reach a large refugee camp.
  • Porter's Birthplace Reopens As Museum   AP / 3:40PM
    PERU, Ind. (AP) -- Fans of Cole Porter have transformed the composer's childhood home into a museum and a bed and breakfast.
  • Palestinian Gunmen Storm Israeli Border   AP / 3:00PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Palestinian gunmen broke through Israel's heavily fortified Gaza border and battled troops inside Israel for about two hours Saturday in a failed attempt to abduct an Israeli soldier. One of the raiders was killed.
  • Bush Visits Friendly Countries in Europe   AP / 2:40PM
    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Bulgaria has lost 13 soldiers in Iraq, but says it is committed to the U.S.-led coalition at least until next spring, and Albania professes such an affinity for America that it has issued three stamps featuring President Bush's likeness and the Statue of Liberty.
  • Boeing, Aeroflot Sign Dreamliner Deal   AP / 8:50AM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Boeing and Aeroflot signed a deal Saturday for the Russian carrier to acquire 22 Dreamliner jets from the American plane maker.
  • Church of England Calls Sony Game 'Sick'   AP / 7:54AM
    LONDON - The Church of England accused Sony Corp. on Saturday of using an English cathedral as the backdrop to a violent computer game and said it should be withdrawn from shop shelves.
  • Report: Putin Not Ruling Out 2012 Run   AP / 7:40AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin, who is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term next year, left the door open for a return to the Kremlin in 2012, a Russian newspaper reported Saturday.
  • Military Option on Table Concerning Iran   AP / 6:40AM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Military action is one of the options in dealing with Iran's nuclear program, Israel's deputy prime minister said Saturday, after discussing the issue with senior U.S. officials.
  • Russia Holds Economic Forum   AP / 6:20AM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- A top official seen as a potential Kremlin favorite to succeed President Vladimir Putin next year pledged Saturday that Russia would transform itself into a high-technology and industrial powerhouse and enter the top five world economies by 2020.
  • Israeli Official Confirms Syria Messages   AP / 5:30AM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has put out secret feelers to Syria, but has not received a response, Israel's deputy prime minister confirmed Saturday.
  • YouTube's Chen: Better Content Needed   AP / 5:20AM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- YouTube co-founder Steve Chen said on Saturday consumers in many parts of the world will have access to the popular video-sharing Web site on their mobile phones by next year.
  • al-Qaida Declares Holy War on India   AP / 4:30AM
    SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- A group claiming to represent the al-Qaida terror network declared a holy war on India over its partial control of the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir, Indian officials said Saturday.
  • Envoy: Numbers Complicate Darfur Talks   AP / 3:30AM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. envoy trying to promote a political solution to the four-year conflict in Darfur said the road to negotiations has become even more complicated because of the increasing number of rebel groups.
  • Hawaiian Canoe Crosses Pacific   AP / 2:10AM
    YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- The Hawaiian canoe Hokulea sailed into the Japanese port of Yokohama on Saturday, completing a five-month journey of more than 8,500 miles across the Pacific.
  • Ex-Taiwan Leader: We're Independent   AP / 1:10AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui reiterated that the island is independent of China and slammed Beijing about its criticism of his visit to a Tokyo war shrine as he wrapped up a visit to Japan on Saturday.
  • Friday, June 8

  • Haniyeh Wants Hamas Militia Recognized   AP / 10:13PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh insisted Friday that Hamas' 6,000-strong militia be recognized as a branch of the Palestinian security forces, a point of dispute that has provoked bloody clashes with the rival Fatah movement in the past.
  • U.N. Says It Has Immunity in Bosnia Suit   AP / 9:10PM
    UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations said Friday it has immunity from a lawsuit by survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia but remains committed to assisting those affected and bringing the perpetrators to justice.
  • OK Near on Return of Afghan Refugees   AP / 9:10PM
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Afghanistan and Pakistan are nearing agreement on the return of the more than 2 million refugees who fled to Pakistan a quarter century ago, a U.N. refugee agency official said Friday.
  • Security Council Refuses to Condemn Iran   AP / 8:50PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council refused to approve a statement Friday that would condemn remarks about Israel's impending destruction attributed to Iran's hard-line president because of objections from Indonesia, council diplomats said.
  • Bold Attack on Iraqi Police Chief's Home   AP / 5:30PM
    BAGHDAD - Dozens of gunmen swooped into a police chief's home Friday, killing his wife and two brothers and kidnapping three of his grown children. The senior officer wasn't there, but the bold attack provided a grisly example of the dangers facing Iraqi forces as they try to take over the country's security so American forces can leave.
  • Syrian Arms Dealer Indicted in NYC   AP / 5:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A wealthy international arms dealer who once "considered himself untouchable" sought to supply millions of dollars in weapons to Colombian rebels to attack American forces there, U.S. officials said Friday.
  • Hebron House Latest Flashpoint in City   AP / 5:00PM
    HEBRON, West Bank (AP) -- When 14 Jewish families moved into a Palestinian house in Hebron -- a sacred West Bank city and traditional burial site of biblical patriarch Abraham -- Israel vowed to kick them out.
  • US Freezes Assets of 4 Iranian Companies   AP / 3:40PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration moved Friday to financially clamp down on four Iranian companies suspected of connections to Tehran's nuclear program.
  • Investigator: CIA Ran Secret Prisons   AP / 3:12PM
    PARIS - The CIA ran secret prisons in Poland and Romania from 2003 to 2005 to interrogate al-Qaida suspects, a European investigator said Friday, detailing harsh treatment that included months of solitary confinement, shackling and sleep deprivation. A CIA spokesman called the report "biased and distorted."
  • G-8 Approves Aid for Africa, Warns Iran   AP / 3:12PM
    HEILIGENDAMM, Germany - Leaders of the Group of Eight agreed Friday on a $60 billion package to fight AIDS, TB and malaria in Africa and warned Iran over its disputed nuclear program, closing out a summit of the world's richer nations.
  • Putin Suggests Iraq for Missile Shield   AP / 3:12PM
    HEILIGENDAMM, Germany - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that U.S. missile defense interceptors could be located in Turkey, or even Iraq or on sea platforms, offering yet another alternative to an American plan for a missile shield in eastern Europe.
  • College Exam Impacts All of China   AP / 2:30PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Ma Long stood across from the school, flanked by his parents, nervously clutching a cold bottle of green tea and waiting to finish a test that would determine his future -- one of 9.5 million students across China taking the college entrance exam.
  • Monuments Threatened by Global Warming   AP / 2:20PM
    ROME (AP) -- For centuries, Europe's monuments have withstood earthquakes, fire and plundering. Now cultural treasures from the Colosseum to Westminster Abbey could face new threats from climate change, a study says.
  • World Markets Fall Following U.S. Drop   AP / 1:11PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Most Asian and European markets fell Friday following on a tumble in the U.S. a day earlier amid growing speculation a U.S. interest rate cut was unlikely. Declines in Europe were muted, however, and Chinese stocks bucked the trend and rose for a fourth straight session.
  • Film Producer Says More Shreks to Come   AP / 12:50PM
    BERLIN (AP) -- Galvanized by the success of "Shrek the Third," Jeffrey Katzenberg says the tale of the green ogre who married a princess will continue.
  • Iran Says It Is Holding 4th Dual Citizen   AP / 12:10PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran confirmed Friday for the first time that it is holding an Iranian-American peace activist, the fourth dual citizen it has detained in recent months, according to a semiofficial news agency.
  • South Korea Opens to US Beef Imports   AP / 10:50AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea lifted a de facto ban on American beef imports Friday, after the U.S. confirmed that only two shipments meant for domestic consumption were exported mistakenly, officials said.
  • Global Warming Threatens Antarctic Base   AP / 10:30AM
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- The Antarctic base occupied by British explorer Robert Falcon Scott on his ill-fated expedition to the South Pole on foot early last century has been included on a list of the world's 100 most endangered sites.
  • Norilsk Nickel Profits More Than Double   AP / 8:30AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian mining giant OAO Norilsk Nickel said Friday that its 2006 net profit more than doubled with help from higher nickel prices, as Canadian miner LionOre expressed support for Norilsk's $6.36 billion takeover bid.
  • Basque Separatist Leader Sent to Jail   AP / 7:50AM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Spanish police arrested the Basque separatist movement's most prominent politician on a court order for him to start serving a 15-month sentence for defending terrorism, a court official said.
  • Azerbaijan: Let's Talk on Missile System   AP / 5:30AM
    BAKU, Azerbaijan - Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said Friday that Azerbaijan is ready to consider proposed joint U.S.-Russian use of a radar facility in the country as part of a missile defense system.
  • G-8 Approves $60B Africa Aid   AP / 4:54AM
    KUEHLUNGSBORN, Germany (AP) -- Members of the Group of Eight have agreed on a program worth more than $60 billion to combat the spread of HIV/AIDs in Africa, Germany's development minister said Friday.
  • S.Korea: Missile Test Was Routine   AP / 4:30AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea's latest test-firing of short-range missiles was a routine drill and will not heighten tensions as the region struggles to deal with the communist nation's nuclear weapons ambitions, a top South Korean official said Friday.
  • Trial Opens Against CIA Agents   AP / 4:20AM
    MILAN, Italy (AP) -- The first trial involving the CIA's extraordinary rendition program opened in Italy Friday in the absence of all 26 American defendants accused of kidnapping an Egyptian terrorist suspect.
  • Spain Arrests Syrian Arms Dealer   AP / 4:00AM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Spanish police arrested a Syrian arms dealer wanted by the United States on terrorism and other charges, the Interior Ministry said Friday.
  • Report: Less Capital Punishment in China   AP / 2:30AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- The number of death sentences meted out by Chinese courts has dropped since legislation was introduced requiring the approval of the country's highest court before anyone is executed, state media said Friday.
  • Report: Olmert Signals on Golan Heights   AP / 2:15AM
    JERUSALEM - A recent flurry of secret messages from Israel to Syria signaled Israel's willingness to give up the disputed Golan Heights in return for a peace agreement, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.
  • Freighter Runs Aground Off Australia   AP / 1:40AM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Stormy seas pushed a coal freighter carrying at least 21 Filipino crew members onto a sand bank off Australia's east coast Friday, prompting a major rescue operation and fears of an oil leak.
  • Burger King Back in Japan After 6 Years   AP / 12:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Burger King and its famous Whopper burger returned to Japan Friday after a six-year hiatus, and customers who lined up for hours at the first new branch needed no translation to understand "whopper" means "outlandishly huge."
  • Thursday, June 7

  • Reports: Saudi Prince Got Cash for Arms   AP / 9:10PM
    LONDON (AP) -- A British company allegedly paid a Saudi prince more than $2 billion as part of an $85 billion arms deal between Saudi Arabia and Britain in 1985, a newspaper reported Thursday.
  • JFK Plot Suspect Once in Drug Mixup   AP / 9:10PM
    GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) -- The alleged mastermind of a terror plot against John F. Kennedy International Airport briefly gained attention in his native Guyana four years ago when he said he unwittingly carried cocaine in his baggage on a trip to New York.
  • NKorea Launches Missiles Off Its Coast   AP / 7:11PM
    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea fired missiles into waters off its coast in an apparent test launch Thursday, drawing a rebuke from the United States amid a stalemate in international talks on the communist country's nuclear weapons.
  • Bolivian President Morales Visits Cuba   AP / 7:00PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Bolivian President Evo Morales met Thursday with Cuba's interim leader Raul Castro and other top officials in an unannounced visit. It was unclear if Morales would meet with Fidel Castro, still sidelined by serious illness.
  • Police Detain Man After Pope Ceremony   AP / 5:10PM
    ROME - Pope Benedict XVI knelt in the back of a flower-bedecked flatbed truck that slowly drove down a Rome boulevard in a religious procession Thursday, a day after a security scare in which a man tried to jump on his jeep in St. Peter's Square.
  • Blast in Christian Area North of Beirut   AP / 4:10PM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - A bomb went off Thursday night near a Christian town north of Beirut, the latest in a string of explosions that have shaken Lebanon since fighting began between army troops and Islamic militants in a northern refugee camp three weeks ago.
  • Costa Rica Criticizes Taiwan As Stingy   AP / 4:10PM
    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - Costa Rica's president criticized Taiwan on Thursday for being stingy with aid to its handful of allies, while other Latin American nations struggled with whether to remain loyal to the democratic island or strengthen ties with Taiwan's diplomatic rival, China.
  • Chernobyl Area Becomes Wildlife Haven   AP / 4:10PM
    PARISHEV, Ukraine - Two decades after an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant sent clouds of radioactive particles drifting over the fields near her home, Maria Urupa says the wilderness is encroaching.
  • China's Woes Vindicate Whistle-Blower   AP / 4:10PM
    WUXI, China - Wu Lihong warned for years that pollution was strangling his beloved Lake Tai.
  • Faked Deaths Show Ills of India's Police   AP / 4:10PM
    AMRITSAR, India - As far as nearly everyone knew, Gurnam Singh Bandala was gunned down in a shootout with police 13 years ago during the waning days of an uprising by Sikh separatists.
  • UK Considers Extending Detention Periods   AP / 2:30PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Britain's government Thursday called for discussions in Parliament about extending the time for detaining terrorist suspects without charge.
  • Contestant Kicked Off UK's `Big Brother'   AP / 2:12PM
    LONDON - A contestant on the British reality TV show "Big Brother" was kicked off the show after allegedly using a racist slur.
  • Merkel: G-8 Agreement on Climate Change   AP / 2:12PM
    HEILIGENDAMM, Germany - Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that the Group of Eight has agreed on a plan calling for "substantial cuts" in the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.
  • Navy Works to Keep Lines Open to Iran   AP / 1:30PM
    ABOARD THE USS NIMITZ IN THE GULF (AP) -- Even as Iran and the U.S. face off bitterly, Navy commanders in the Persian Gulf are working quietly to keep communications open with Iran's military, hoping the contact will avert an accidental stumble into armed confrontation.
  • Astronaut: EU Lag Could Put China Ahead   AP / 12:10PM
    LUXEMBOURG - As European Union ministers consider how to get the problem-plagued Galileo satellite navigation system into orbit, one man who has been there had some simple advice - do it fast, or the Chinese will steal the show.
  • EU Governments OK Lower Roaming Fees   AP / 12:10PM
    LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- Consumers claimed a victory Thursday as EU governments agreed to cut the cost of using mobile phones abroad, paving the way for a cap on roaming fees to be introduced later this summer.
  • Toyota's Global Hybrid Sales Top 1M   AP / 10:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A decade after the first Prius went on sale, Toyota's global sales of hybrid vehicles have hit a landmark 1 million, underlining the Japanese automaker's lead in "green" technology that has changed the face of the auto industry.
  • PepsiCo, Bottler Buying Sandora Stake   AP / 10:10AM
    MINNEAPOLIS - PepsiCo Inc., the nation's second biggest soft drink company, and an affiliated Midwest-based beverage bottler are paying $542 million for an 80 percent stake in a Ukraine-based juice company.
  • Saudi Authorities Say 11 Arrested   AP / 9:20AM
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Police have arrested 11 suspected militants, including one allegedly involved in last year's foiled suicide attack on the world's largest oil processing facility, the Saudi Interior Ministry said Thursday.
  • Bush Meets Anti-Poverty Rocker Bono   AP / 9:10AM
    HEILIGENDAMM, Germany (AP) -- President Bush is a celebrity in his own right, but he took time Wednesday to gaze at some stars.
  • Nissan Recalls Over 92,000 Vehicles   AP / 8:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Nissan Motor Co. is recalling over 92,000 vehicles for faulty clutch and seat covering problems, the company and the Transport Ministry said Thursday.
  • Cemex Buys Controlling Stake in Rinker   AP / 8:40AM
    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Mexican cement giant Cemex SA declared its $14.25 billion takeover offer for Rinker Group Ltd. was unconditional Thursday after it gained 50.3 percent of Australia's largest building materials maker.
  • Taiwan Tries to Hold Onto Allies   AP / 8:34AM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's foreign minister ordered "extreme precautions" be taken Thursday to hold on to the island's allies in Latin America after Costa Rica switched diplomatic relations to political rival China, further isolating the Taipei government.
  • Tsunami Siren Damaged After False Alarm   AP / 8:00AM
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Angry villagers stoned a tsunami warning siren in Aceh province after it accidentally went off, triggering panic in the region hardest hit by the 2004 killer waves, an official said Thursday.
  • Defendants Acquitted in Swissair Trial   AP / 7:50AM
    BUELACH, Switzerland (AP) -- All 19 executives and consultants charged in the collapse of Switzerland's former national carrier Swissair were acquitted Thursday and will receive compensation totaling more than 3 million Swiss francs ($2.5 million), a judge in the case said.
  • NKorea Fires Short-Range Missiles   AP / 7:20AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea launched short-range missiles off its western coast Thursday, South Korea's Defense Ministry said, but it was still unclear how many had been fired.
  • Newspaper Congress Upbeat About Future   AP / 6:40AM
    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- Television network news will lose significantly online in the next five years, while newspapers will see moderate to significant losses, according to a study presented at the World Association of Newspapers and the World Editors Forum.
  • Ex-Taiwanese President Visits War Shrine   AP / 5:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui visited a Tokyo war shrine Thursday to pay respects to his late brother, drawing a quick rebuke from China and complicating already delicate relations between Beijing and Tokyo.
  • Crime Syndicates Smuggling Wildlife   AP / 5:30AM
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- It could be ivory concealed in a container, cans of caviar in a suitcase or baby chimpanzees in a crate. The smuggling of wildlife goods is a low-risk, high-profit enterprise proving increasingly attractive to crime syndicates.
  • LG Electronics Signs Pact With Microsoft   AP / 4:50AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's LG Electronics Inc. has signed a patent cross-licensing agreement with Microsoft Corp. covering a variety of hardware and software products, the companies said Thursday.
  • Tokyo Stocks Climb 0.07 Percent / Japanese Stocks   AP / 4:44AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese stocks inched up Thursday, led by shipbuilding and trading company shares, reversing an early decline.
  • Koreas Debate Mineral Exploration Rights   AP / 4:44AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North and South Korea opened working-level talks Thursday to work out a deal swapping raw materials for mineral exploration rights, the South's Unification Ministry said.
  • Report: 39 Secretly Held by U.S.   AP / 3:40AM
    LONDON (AP) -- A coalition of human rights groups has drawn up a list of 39 terror suspects it believes are being secretly imprisoned by U.S. authorities and published their names in a report released Thursday.
  • NEC Releases Pink Hello Kitty Laptop   AP / 2:54AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's cutest cat in glittering crystal decorates NEC Corp.'s new pink laptop in the Japanese electronics maker's latest effort to woo working women.
  • Sony's U.S. Video-Game Unit Cuts Jobs   AP / 2:20AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's U.S. video-game unit is cutting jobs to become more competitive, the company said Thursday, as the PlayStation 3 machine struggles against rival offerings from Microsoft and Nintendo.
  • Fatah Man Killed by Hamas Militants   AP / 1:34AM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A battle between gunmen from Hamas and Fatah in the Gaza Strip left one Fatah man dead before daybreak Thursday, Palestinian officials said, the first fatality in Palestinian infighting since a truce between the rival factions took hold more than two weeks ago.
  • U.S. Gives $10M Reward to Informants   AP / 12:30AM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The U.S. ambassador to the Philippines handed over a $10 million reward Thursday to four Filipino informants whose tip led to the killing of the country's two top terror suspects, the U.S. Embassy said.
  • Family Receives Taliban Commander's Body   AP / 12:00AM
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- The body of a slain top Taliban commander was retrieved by his family Thursday, and in exchange militants will release four kidnapped Afghan medical workers, a purported Taliban spokesman said.
  • Wednesday, June 6

  • Terror Plot Suspect Linked to Radicals   AP / 10:40PM
    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) -- A Trinidadian suspect in an alleged plot to ignite a fuel pipeline feeding New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport once belonged to a radical Islamist group here, a spokesman for the group said.
  • Colombia Facing Threat to Cut U.S. Aid   AP / 10:20PM
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- President Alvaro Uribe flew to Washington on Wednesday hoping to revive Colombia's trade accord with the U.S., but he could also face a move in Congress to slash anti-drug aid for the world's largest producer of cocaine.
  • U.N., AU Agree on Darfur Force Command   AP / 10:20PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. and African Union chief executives on Wednesday resolved a dispute over command of a proposed joint military force to help end bloodshed in Darfur, but the deal still must be approved by their organizations' security councils and Sudan's government.
  • Costa Rica Breaks Relations With Taiwan   AP / 9:10PM
    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - President Oscar Arias announced Wednesday that Costa Rica has broken diplomatic ties with Taiwan and established relations with China, delivering a blow to Taiwan's fragile international standing.
  • Plea Deal Ends China Tech Export Case   AP / 8:30PM
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- The last defendant in an extended family charged with conspiring to export U.S. defense technology to China has admitted being a foreign agent, bringing the case to an abrupt end, authorities said Wednesday.
  • Turkish Officials Say Troops Enter Iraq   AP / 6:50PM
    ANKARA, Turkey - Hundreds of Turkish soldiers crossed into northern Iraq on Wednesday pursuing Kurdish guerrillas who stage attacks on Turkey from hideouts there, Turkish security officials and an Iraqi Kurd official said.
  • Cyclone Hammers Oman; Veers Toward Iran   AP / 4:50PM
    MUSCAT, Oman - Cyclone Gonu battered Oman's coast Wednesday with fierce winds and torrential rains, forcing thousands from their homes and shutting down oil installations before heading toward the world's most important crude oil tanker route.
  • Young Nigerian Wins British Book Award   AP / 4:40PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Nigeria's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie won Britain's Orange Prize for fiction by women, becoming the first African to take the award in its 12-year history, organizers said Wednesday.
  • Malaysian Leader to Remarry   AP / 4:20PM
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's prime minister said Wednesday he is in love again and will remarry this week, although his affection for his late wife remains strong.
  • EU Parliament Home Gets High-Speed Train   AP / 4:10PM
    STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Traveling by train to this city that is home to the European Parliament takes so long that even the boss of France's national rail company prefers flying.
  • Winfrey Attends Opening of `Lion King'   AP / 4:00PM
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) -- "The Lion King" came home Wednesday, showered by celebrities, music and dance.
  • Fla. School Board Asks to Pull Cuba Book   AP / 4:00PM
    MIAMI (AP) -- Civil-liberties lawyers Wednesday defended a book about Cuba that omits references to Fidel Castro's communist government, as a judge asked them to compare the work to a hypothetical book about Adolf Hitler that didn't mention the Holocaust.
  • U.S. Ship Fires at Pirates   AP / 3:20PM
    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- U.S. military officials said Wednesday that a Navy ship recently fired on pirates who overtook a Danish vessel off Somalia's coast.
  • Elephant Meat: Popular, and a Threat   AP / 3:20PM
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The markets in the Central African Republic offer all of the jungle's delicacies, including monkey, chimpanzee, antelope and, if you have the cash, even elephant.
  • Gay Mexican Pop Star Praises Fan Support   AP / 2:20PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Christian Chavez, a member of the wildly popular Mexican band RBD, says he's lived the life he always wanted since coming out of the closet three months ago.
  • Italian Jury Acquits 5 in Calvi Murder   AP / 1:11PM
    ROME - A jury Wednesday acquitted all five defendants charged with murder in the 1982 death of Italian financier Roberto Calvi, who was called "God's banker" for his close ties to the Vatican.
  • Model Gisele Bundchen Opposes Condom Ban   AP / 1:00PM
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- Gisele Bundchen is the biggest international star on the runway during Rio's Fashion Week, but she's also making headlines for criticizing the Roman Catholic church's opposition to condom use and abortion.
  • ECB Lifts Key Interest Rate to 4 Percent   AP / 12:20PM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The European Central Bank raised its key interest rate to the highest level in nearly six years on Wednesday amid steady growth and left the door open to further increases -- though it appeared in no hurry to move again.
  • Dominique Meyer to Head Vienna Opera   AP / 12:10PM
    VIENNA, Austria - Dominique Meyer has been chosen as the new director of Vienna's renowned State Opera, the government said Wednesday.
  • Poll: Europeans Want GPS Rival to U.S.   AP / 10:40AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- GPS is a handy technology, but in Europe it's become a political football. That explains why a new poll found that while only 20 percent of Europeans use satellite navigation devices, 80 percent want the EU to set up an independent service to rival the U.S.-run Global Positioning System -- and use taxpayer money to complete it.
  • China Calls for More Testing of Exports   AP / 10:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China has released food and drug safety goals for the next five years, promising stronger surveillance and export controls that officials say will help improve China's international image and relations.
  • Stones Fans Stuck in 30-Mile Traffic Jam   AP / 8:10AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - The kickoff of the Rolling Stones' European tour opened to rave reviews, a big crowd and a massive traffic jam.
  • Protesters Block Roads at G-8 Summit   AP / 7:30AM
    KUEHLUNGSBORN, Germany (AP) -- Police used water cannon on scattered stone-throwing demonstrators Wednesday as several hundred protesters swarmed a seven-mile fence surrounding the G-8 summit where President Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were to meet.
  • 2 NATO Troops Killed in Afghan Fighting   AP / 7:24AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - Two NATO soldiers died battling militants in southern Afghanistan Wednesday, while U.S.-led and Afghan troops backed by airstrikes killed two militants and detained nine others, officials said.
  • 2 Simultaneous Blasts Kill 7 in Baghdad   AP / 5:50AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Two simultaneous car-bomb explosions Wednesday rocked the neighborhood of the capital's holiest Shiite Muslim shrine, killing at least seven people and wounding 27 others, police reported.
  • Bombs Strike Shiite Shrine Neighborhood   AP / 4:20AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Two simultaneous car-bomb explosions Wednesday rocked the neighborhood of the capital's holiest Shiite Muslim shrine, killing at least seven people and wounding 27 others, police reported.
  • Venezuela TV Channel Keeps Cameras Going   AP / 1:50AM
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Inside the studios of Radio Caracas Television, actors are still filming soap operas and news anchors are still going on-camera more than a week after President Hugo Chavez forced the station off the air.
  • ECB Expected to Raise Key Rates 4 Pct.   AP / 1:50AM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The European Central Bank is expected to raise its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 4 percent when it meets Wednesday, but economists will be looking for signals on further potential increases.
  • Cyclone Gonu's Winds Blast Oman Coast   AP / 1:35AM
    MUSCAT, Oman - A powerful cyclone hit Oman's central coast with strong winds and rain early Wednesday, after thousands of residents fled to higher ground. Forecasters said the Arabian Peninsula's strongest storm in 60 years was on a course for southern Iran and the oil-rich Persian Gulf.
  • Tuesday, June 5

  • Spanish Court Orders Search of Ships   AP / 10:10PM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- A Spanish court has ordered police to capture and search two vessels belonging to a Florida firm that recently announced it had found a shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean laden with an estimated $500 million worth of Colonial-era treasure, news reports said Tuesday.
  • Rights Group Denounces French Expulsions   AP / 10:10PM
    PARIS (AP) -- A Human Rights Watch report released Wednesday chastised France for using expulsions to counter terrorism, saying when individuals are sent to countries where they risk torture, it seriously violates France's obligations under international law.
  • Castro Looks Healthier in TV Interview   AP / 8:30PM
    HAVANA - Speaking slowly and focusing on past memories rather than his recovery and future, a healthier looking Fidel Castro appeared on Cuban television Tuesday, giving the world its first long look at him since he fell ill and gave up power last summer.
  • Honda to Discontinue Hybrid Accord Sedan   AP / 7:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- With gas prices reaching record high levels and increasing public interest in environmentally friendly technologies, you would think that any car labeled as a hybrid would sell easily.
  • Brazil President's Brother Accused   AP / 7:30PM
    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil police have formally accused a brother of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of influence peddling after a nationwide crackdown on illegal gambling, the government news agency said Tuesday.
  • Honda to Discontinue Hybrid Accord Sedan   AP / 7:10PM
    NEW YORK - With gas prices reaching record high levels and increasing public interest in environmentally friendly technologies, you would think that any car labeled as a hybrid would sell easily.
  • Cyclone Gonu's Winds Blast Oman Coast   AP / 6:50PM
    MUSCAT, Oman - Thousands of people fled low-lying areas as the strongest cyclone to threaten the Arabian Peninsula in 60 years blasted Oman's eastern coast early Wednesday with strong winds and waves, Civil Defense officials said. Southern Iran and the oil-rich Persian Gulf were next in its path.
  • China Expects Pollution to Improve Soon   AP / 6:20PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China should see a "turning point" this year in its fight against pollution and will likely meet its clean air and water goals in coming years, an environmental official said Tuesday in an unusually optimistic assessment.
  • Spears Is Subject of Unflattering Photos   AP / 5:40PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Britney Spears is showing up yet again in unflattering photos splashed across newspapers and Internet Web sites.
  • UK Channel to Show Diana Crash Photos   AP / 4:30PM
    LONDON - Defying royal wishes, a British television channel said Tuesday it will show photographs taken immediately after the car crash that killed Princess Diana nearly 10 years ago.
  • Algae Outbreak in Lake Prompts Crackdown   AP / 4:20PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China's environmental watchdog ordered factories polluting a scenic lake to stop production Tuesday, following an algae bloom that contaminated the drinking water supply for 2 million people.
  • 11 Die in Train Crash in Australia   AP / 4:10PM
    MELBOURNE, Australia - A truck collided with a passenger train at a crossing in southern Australia on Tuesday, killing at least 11 people as the force of the crash peeled open the sides of two rail cars, police said.
  • U.S. Doubles Air Attacks in Iraq   AP / 4:00PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Four years into the war that opened with "shock and awe," U.S. warplanes have again stepped up attacks in Iraq, dropping bombs at more than twice the rate of a year ago.
  • Group: China Olympics Evict 1.5 Million   AP / 4:00PM
    GENEVA (AP) -- Some 1.5 million Chinese have been forced from their homes during preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, a rights group said Tuesday.
  • Kenya Police Kill 20 Sect Suspects   AP / 4:00PM
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Police stormed a Nairobi slum in search of members of a shadowy religious sect accused in a string of beheadings -- killing 22 suspects and arresting 100 during overnight gunbattles, officials said Tuesday.
  • Mass Grave Found of Jews Killed by Nazis   AP / 3:50PM
    KIEV, Ukraine - Pipeline diggers unearthed a mass grave believed to contain thousands of Jews slaughtered in Ukraine during World War II, a Jewish community spokesman said Tuesday, a grim finding in a nation that one Holocaust expert described as "an enormous killing field."
  • Palestinians Mark 40 Years of Occupation   AP / 2:50PM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinians marked 40 years of Israeli military occupation Tuesday with rare calls for soul-searching and a warning from their leader that months of bloody internal fighting have pushed them to the brink of civil war.
  • EBay Bans Cross-Border Ivory Sales   AP / 2:50PM
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The online auction house eBay Inc. said Tuesday it will ban cross-border trade of ivory products, following a study by a wildlife group that found nine out of 10 of the items sold on the Internet is probably illegal.
  • Industry Wants Ban on Bulb in Europe   AP / 12:14PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - European light-bulb makers said Tuesday they want to phase out the standard incandescent light bulb in eight years, replacing it with more eco-friendly, energy-efficient lamps.
  • Abbas: Palestinians Nearing Civil War   AP / 11:20AM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Marking 40 years of Israeli occupation, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday warned that his people are on the verge of civil war and said infighting is worse than living under Israeli military rule.
  • Joost Names Mike Volpi As CEO   AP / 11:14AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Joost appointed Cisco veteran Mike Volpi as chief executive officer, the Internet-based TV service said Tuesday.
  • Honda's Hybrid Accords Are Out   AP / 10:54AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Honda will discontinue the hybrid version of its Accord sedans, the company said Tuesday, ceding Toyota's dominance of the market with its Prius hybrid.
  • Hannah Visits Polluted Site in Ecuadaor   AP / 10:30AM
    LAGO AGRIO, Ecuador (AP) -- Daryl Hannah said she planned to meet with Ecuador's president Tuesday to discuss a lawsuit by Indians and settlers against Chevron Corp., a day after she trudged through the jungle to visit the polluted site.
  • Irish Airline Ryanair Posts Record Profit   AP / 8:30AM
    DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) -- Ryanair Holdings PLC posted a record full-year 2006 profit Tuesday amid higher fuel prices and strong competition, but offered a cautious forecast for 2007.
  • Gates Gives Gentle Prod to Iraq   AP / 8:10AM
    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates gave the Iraqi government a gentle prod Tuesday to move faster toward political reconciliation during the American troop buildup in Baghdad.
  • Abbas: 'On Verge of Civil War'   AP / 7:41AM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Marking 40 years of Israeli occupation, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned Tuesday that his people are on the verge of civil war. He said the infighting is perhaps worse than living under Israeli military rule.
  • Abbas: Palestinians on Verge of Civil War   AP / 7:10AM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank - Marking 40 years of Israeli occupation, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned Tuesday that his people are on the verge of civil war and said the infighting is perhaps worse than living under Israeli military rule.
  • ETA Calls Off Year-Old Cease-Fire   AP / 5:50AM
    MADRID, Spain - The Basque separatist group ETA called off its cease-fire on Tuesday, saying the government was not committed to ending the nearly 40-year conflict.
  • 8 Dead in Australia Train-Truck Crash   AP / 5:20AM
    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- A passenger train and truck collided at a rail crossing in southern Australia Tuesday, killing at least eight people and injuring up to 50, police said.
  • Judges at Guantanamo Throw Out 2 Cases   AP / 4:44AM
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - With one word - "unlawful" - the only two war-crimes trials against Guantanamo detainees fell apart in a single day, marking a stunning setback to Washington's attempts to try dozens of detainees in military court.
  • Monday, June 4

  • Al-Qaida: Captured U.S. Troops Killed   AP / 10:00PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Insurgents linked to al-Qaida issued a video Monday claiming they killed all three U.S. soldiers captured in an ambush last month. "They were alive and then dead," a voice said during a sequence of images that included the military IDs of two Americans still missing.
  • 19 Mexican Soldiers Jailed in Deaths   AP / 9:50PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Nineteen Mexican soldiers were sent to a military prison Monday after troops allegedly killed two women and three children whose vehicle failed to stop at an army checkpoint, the Defense Department said.
  • Britain to Fund Muslim Studies Programs   AP / 9:50PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister Tony Blair announced Monday $2 million in funding to back Islamic studies at British universities as he urged the public to listen to the religion's moderate scholars rather than to its radicals.
  • Latest Castro Clip Promotes Interview   AP / 9:10PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- The latest video clip of Fidel Castro was shown Monday on state television to promote an interview of the convalescing leader to air Tuesday, his first formal interview since taking ill 10 months ago.
  • Crowe, LaPaglia May Build Sports Stadium   AP / 7:50PM
    SYDNEY, Australia - Anthony LaPaglia and Russell Crowe are in preliminary talks about building a new sports stadium in Sydney. LaPaglia, star of CBS' "Without a Trace," is a director and shareholder in Sydney FC, a soccer team in the domestic A-League.
  • al-Qaida: Captured U.S. Troops Killed   AP / 6:30PM
    BAGHDAD - Insurgents linked to al-Qaida issued a video Monday claiming they killed all three U.S. soldiers captured in an ambush last month. "They were alive and then dead," a voice said during a sequence of images that included the military IDs of two Americans still missing.
  • Chile: U.N. Probes Must Be Independent   AP / 6:10PM
    GENEVA (AP) -- Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who was imprisoned and tortured during the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, urged the top U.N. human rights monitoring agency to preserve the independence of its investigators in a key upcoming vote.
  • Guantanamo Judge Dismisses Terror Case   AP / 5:50PM
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - A military judge dismissed terrorism-related charges Monday against a prisoner charged with killing an American soldier in Afghanistan, delivering a blow to the Bush administration's attempt to try Guantanamo detainees in military courts.
  • Landslide Damages Famed Valley in Russia   AP / 5:40PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- A severe landslide has nearly obliterated one of Russia's most noted natural wonders, the Valley of Geysers, officials and environmental activists said Monday.
  • China Rejects Caps for Greenhouse Gases   AP / 5:40PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China on Monday rejected international pressure to adopt mandatory caps on greenhouse gas production as it unveiled its first national program to help combat global warming.
  • France Sets Quotas for Immigrant Arrests   AP / 5:40PM
    PARIS (AP) -- France set tough new quotas for the number of illegal immigrants authorities should arrest and expel each month, the new immigration minister said Monday.
  • Mike Tyson Wants to Do Bollywood Movies   AP / 4:50PM
    MUMBAI, India - Mike Tyson wants to try something new - acting in Bollywood movies. Tyson said the energy on the sets of a music video he recently shot for a new comedy got him thinking about trying to do more Bollywood work, The Times of India reported Monday.
  • Spoleto Festival to Honor Menotti   AP / 4:50PM
    ROME (AP) -- The Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a tribute to its late founder, Gian Carlo Menotti, featuring concerts and an opera written by the Italian composer.
  • Trinidad Muslim Leader Denies Terror Tie   AP / 4:50PM
    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) -- The leader of a radical Trinidadian Muslim group denied Monday that his organization had any connection to four men accused of planning to attack New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
  • Nigeria Files New Suit Against Pfizer   AP / 4:00PM
    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- The Nigerian government filed a lawsuit Monday against Pfizer Inc., asking for $7 billion in damages over allegations the pharmaceutical company conducted a drug experiment that led to deaths and disabilities among children more than a decade ago, court papers showed.
  • Putin: I Am World's Only 'Pure Democrat'   AP / 4:00PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin called himself the world's only "absolute and pure democrat" in an interview published Monday, and launched scathing attacks on the U.S. and Europe ahead of this week's Group of Eight summit.
  • Polish Girl's Holocaust Diary Unveiled   AP / 3:50PM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- The diary of a 14-year-old Jewish girl, dubbed the "Polish Anne Frank," was unveiled Monday by Israel's Holocaust museum more than 60 years after the teenager vividly described the world crumbling around her as she came of age in a Jewish ghetto.
  • Tiananmen Square Survivors Seek Reform   AP / 3:40PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- For the first time in 18 years, Ding Zilin marked the anniversary of her son's death with a visit to the place where he was shot amid a violent government crackdown on protests at Tiananmen Square.
  • Some Say U.S. Sanctions on Sudan Weak   AP / 3:20PM
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) -- Business leaders here are predicting that new U.S. sanctions imposed because of violence in Sudan's Darfur region will have little effect on the country's booming oil-driven economy, mostly because the measures avoid targeting key Chinese interests.
  • Chinese Stocks Take Big Fall   AP / 1:40PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China's loss appears to be other Asian stock markets' gain.
  • Low Caste in India Wants to Be Lower   AP / 12:50PM
    GURGAON, India (AP) -- For a week, angry throngs from one of India's lower castes blocked roads with burning barricades, stoned police and clashed with rival castes to make a single, simple point: They want to be even lower.
  • Srebrenica Survivors Sue U.N., Dutch   AP / 12:10PM
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Survivors of Europe's worst massacre since World War II filed a lawsuit Monday against the United Nations and the Dutch government, saying they failed to protect civilians in Srebrenica when Bosnian Serb forces overran it in 1995 and slaughtered 8,000 men.
  • Radio Bra Contest Fined in Singapore   AP / 11:20AM
    SINGAPORE (AP) -- A radio contest that asked female studio guests to remove their bras from under their clothes and pose for a video Web cast prompted a fine by Singapore media regulators, who called the competition exploitative and inappropriate.
  • China: No More New Net Cafes in 2007   AP / 10:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China will license no new Internet cafes this year while regulators carry out an industry-wide inspection, the government says, amid official concern that online material is harming young people.
  • Web Site to Show Video of Missing Troops   AP / 9:30AM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- An Islamic militant Web site said Monday it would soon release video clips showing the capture of three American soldiers who disappeared following an ambush in Iraq in mid-May. The body of one soldier was later found, but the other two remain missing.
  • 2 Guantanamo Detainees Face Tribunal   AP / 8:50AM
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- A Canadian who was 15 when he was captured in Afghanistan and a Yemeni accused of chauffeuring Osama bin Laden confront terrorism charges Monday under a reconfigured military tribunal system that critics say remains unconstitutional.
  • Report: U.S. Drive in Baghdad Falters   AP / 8:43AM
    BAGHDAD - U.S.-led forces have control of fewer than one-third of Baghdad's neighborhoods despite thousands of extra troops nearly four months into a security crackdown, a newspaper reported Monday - an assessment that came as the U.S. casualty toll soared.
  • Liberia's Charles Taylor Boycotts Trial   AP / 6:10AM
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor boycotted the opening of his war crimes trial, and his assigned lawyer walked out of the courtroom in a dramatic opening to the landmark first international tribunal of a former African leader.
  • Former Liberian Leader Faces Trial   AP / 4:00AM
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, accused of orchestrating unspeakable atrocities during neighboring Sierra Leone's bloody civil war, goes on trial Monday -- the first African leader to face justice at an international tribunal.
  • Afghans Push for Independent Army   AP / 3:50AM
    CAMP MOREHEAD, Afghanistan (AP) -- The head of the Afghan National Army said Monday his country is pushing the United States to accelerate training and equipping his army so the Afghans can fight the Taliban on their own.
  • Sunday, June 3

  • Amnesty: Watchdog Needed for Israel   AP / 11:20PM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Amnesty International marked 40 years since the outbreak of the 1967 Middle East war with a call for Israel to dismantle West Bank settlements and roadblocks, for the Palestinians to end attacks on Israeli civilians and for the international community to monitor both sides.
  • Crash in Sierra Leone Kills at Least 20   AP / 8:20PM
    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- A helicopter ferrying passengers to Sierra Leone's main airport crashed late Sunday, bursting into flames and killing at least 20 people, local radio stations and a witness at the airport said.
  • Trinidad Islamic Group Under Scrutiny   AP / 7:50PM
    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) -- A radical Islamic group known for launching a bloody 1990 coup attempt in Trinidad faced growing scrutiny at home and abroad well before an alleged U.S. terrorist plot focused new attention on it.
  • Thousands of Venezuelans Protest Chavez   AP / 4:30PM
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Thousands of government opponents waving Venezuelan flags marched through the capital on Sunday to protest a decision by President Hugo Chavez to pull the plug on an opposition-aligned TV station.
  • Bomber Strikes Near Somali Leader's Home   AP / 3:50PM
    MOGADISHU, Somalia - A suicide car bomber drove through a roadblock guarding the home of the Somali prime minister on Sunday and rammed the vehicle into a wall. Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi was whisked to safety, officials said, but at least five people were killed in the explosion.
  • Colombia Fights U.S. Diver for Treasure   AP / 3:10PM
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- The Spanish galleon San Jose was trying to outrun a fleet of British warships off Colombia's coast on June 8, 1708, when a mysterious explosion sent it to the bottom of the sea with gold, silver and emeralds now valued at more than $2 billion.
  • Man Wakes From 19-Year Coma in Poland   AP / 2:50PM
    WARSAW, Poland - A railway worker who emerged from a 19-year coma woke to a radically altered Poland and thinks "the world is prettier now" than it was under communism, his wife said Sunday.
  • Bangladesh Confronts Epidemic Corruption   AP / 1:20PM
    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- The jails of this crowded, sweltering city are getting crowded, and not with your typical prisoners.
  • Liberians Divided Over Warlord's Legacy   AP / 1:10PM
    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Former President Charles Taylor's men were known for eating the hearts of their slain enemies. They decorated checkpoints with human entrails. They sliced open the stomachs of pregnant women, taking bets on the sex of the unborn child.
  • Putin Warns Russia Could Target Europe   AP / 12:12PM
    ROME - Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that U.S. plans to build a missile defense system in Eastern Europe would force Moscow to target its weapons against Europe.
  • Pakistani Media Decry Government Limits   AP / 11:30AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has touted Pakistan's independent media as a major accomplishment of his years in power, but journalists say recent restrictions on coverage of a political crisis are a sign that government tolerance has its limits.
  • 2,000 Gather for Amsterdam Nude Photo   AP / 10:13AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Dozens of women posed naked on their bicycles on a bridge over one of Amsterdam's historic canals Sunday -- a unique sight even in a city famed for its relaxed attitude toward nudity and sex.
  • Ahmadinejad: Israel Soon Destroyed   AP / 7:40AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday said the world would witness the destruction of Israel soon, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
  • Report: Bangladeshi Leader Faints   AP / 7:33AM
    DHAKA, Bangladesh - Bangladesh's interim leader Fakhruddin Ahmed fainted Sunday while giving a speech at a function near the capital as midday temperatures soared to 95 degrees, a television station reported.
  • Gordon Brown Plans New Anti-Terror Laws   AP / 7:30AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Britain's incoming leader Gordon Brown will unveil a raft of new hardline anti-terrorism measures when he replaces Prime Minister Tony Blair later this month, British newspapers reported Sunday.
  • Castro Meets Vietnamese Official   AP / 7:30AM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Convalescing leader Fidel Castro received visiting Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nong Duc Manh, Cuban television reported Saturday.
  • Hamas Attack Wounds 4 Israeli Soldiers   AP / 6:10AM
    JERUSALEM - Hamas militants wounded four soldiers in a mortar attack on a base near the Gaza Strip on Sunday, shortly after Israel's prime minister vowed to press ahead with military operations against Palestinian gunmen.
  • Iran Blasts Demand on Detainees   AP / 5:40AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran on Sunday accused President Bush of intervening in the Islamic Republic's internal affairs days after the American leader demanded that Tehran release four Iranian-Americans detained for alleged espionage.
  • Mortar Attack Wounds 4 Israeli Soldiers   AP / 5:20AM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Palestinian militants attacked an Israeli army base in southern Israel with mortar fire early Sunday, wounding four soldiers, the army said. The Hamas militant group claimed responsibility.
  • Pakistan School Shut, Blasphemy Alleged   AP / 1:40AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- A nursing school was shut down and its Christian principal and four Christian students suspended after Muslim pupils accused unknown people of desecrating verses from the Qu'ran, officials said Saturday.
  • Saturday, June 2

  • Gates Warns Turkey About Iraq   AP / 11:40PM
    SINGAPORE (AP) -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Sunday cautioned Turkey against sending troops into northern Iraq, as it has threatened, to hunt down Kurdish rebels it accuses of carrying out terrorist raids inside Turkey.
  • Earthquake in Southwest China Kills 2   AP / 11:40PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A strong earthquake shook southwest China's Yunnan province early Sunday, killing two, injuring hundreds and triggering numerous aftershocks, state media reported.
  • Trinidad Holds 2 in Alleged Terror Plot   AP / 11:10PM
    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad - Two men allegedly involved in a plot to attack New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport were in custody in Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday and the police commissioner said authorities were scouring the Caribbean country for a third suspect still at large.
  • Russian Spy's Widow Denies British Ties   AP / 11:10PM
    LONDON - The widow of poisoned former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko denies that he was working for British intelligence as the man charged with killing him has claimed.
  • New Leader Keeps Cuban Life on Track   AP / 11:10PM
    HAVANA - If Fidel Castro is larger than life, his brother seems almost smaller than it.
  • South and North, Iraqi Kurds Squeezed   AP / 10:03PM
    BAGHDAD - From south and north, Iraq's Kurdish region felt pressure from two sides Saturday, as saboteurs bombed a vital bridge link to Baghdad, and Turkish troops across the border massed for a possible strike.
  • Iran Official Backs Temporary Marriage   AP / 9:30PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's hard-line interior minister is encouraging temporary marriages as a way to avoid extramarital sex, a stance many in this conservative country fear would instead encourage prostitution.
  • New Leader Keeps Cuban Life on Track   AP / 8:50PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- If Fidel Castro is larger than life, his brother seems almost smaller than it.
  • G-8 Protesters Clash With German Police   AP / 4:10PM
    ROSTOCK, Germany - Protesters with black hoods and bandanas covering their faces showered police with rocks and beer bottles Saturday, before the heavily armored officers drove them back with water cannon and tear gas during a rally against an upcoming Group of Eight summit.
  • U.S. Warship Bombards Somalia Militants   AP / 3:30PM
    MOGADISHU, Somalia - A U.S. warship pounded Somalia's remote coastal northeast, targeting Islamic militants hours after a gunbattle with Somali government forces that left eight insurgents dead, officials said Saturday.
  • Iraq-Style Bomb Found in Afghanistan   AP / 3:10PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A powerful and sophisticated type of roadside bomb prevalent in Iraq but not seen before in Afghanistan was discovered near a university in Kabul last week, prompting a rare countrywide warning to NATO and Afghan troops.
  • Talks End Over U.S.-India Nuclear Deal   AP / 12:24PM
    NEW DELHI - India and the United States failed to resolve differences over an American offer to share nuclear know-how and fuel, ending three days of negotiations Saturday that were intended to seal a deal seen as the cornerstone of an emerging partnership.
  • Austria Considers Kazakh's Extradition   AP / 12:10PM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- The son-in-law of Kazakhstan's autocratic president has appealed to Austrian authorities not to extradite him to his homeland to face kidnapping charges, a magazine reported Saturday.
  • Israeli Army Damages Nablus Shops, Homes   AP / 7:02AM
    NABLUS, West Bank (AP) -- Dozens of Palestinian shops and homes were damaged, and water, sewage and electrical lines were cut in the West Bank town of Nablus on Saturday when the Israeli army blasted concrete barriers blocking entrances to the crowded Old City, officials at City Hall said.
  • Muslim Brotherhood Blogger Released   AP / 6:40AM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- A Muslim Brotherhood blogger was released Saturday after a 45-day detention, but the crackdown against the group continued, with 51 Brotherhood members arrested in recent days, police said.
  • Taliban Vows to 'Liberate' Afghanistan   AP / 6:30AM
    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- A man described as the Taliban's new top field commander has vowed to liberate Afghanistan from "American slavery," a pro-Taliban cleric said Saturday.
  • U.S. Helicopter Forced to Land in Iraq   AP / 6:00AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- A U.S. helicopter was forced to make a precautionary landing north of Baghdad on Saturday, but nobody was injured, a military spokeswoman said.
  • Gates Won't Say Who's Winning Terror War   AP / 5:50AM
    SINGAPORE (AP) -- Declining to say whether the U.S. and its partners are winning the war on terror, Defense Secretary Robert Gates called Saturday for more focus on combating poverty and other underlying causes of extremism.
  • Questions Arise Over Darfur Peace Force   AP / 4:40AM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The African Union has objected to a proposal for a 23,000-strong AU-U.N. force to help end the bloodshed in Sudan's troubled Darfur region because it would give the United Nations command and control, U.N. diplomats said.
  • Hot War Seen From Cool `crow's Nest'   AP / 3:40AM
    A U.S. AIR BASE, Southwest Asia (AP) -- "We have a downed helo."
  • Pakistan Bans Demonstrations in Capital   AP / 3:00AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- The government banned demonstrations in Pakistan's capital Friday, the latest effort to quell mounting political turmoil over President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's decision to suspend the chief justice.
  • Man Kills 10 With a Knife in Philippines   AP / 2:50AM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A man armed with a 21-inch-long knife killed 10 people, including seven children, and wounded 14 others in a rampage early Saturday in a central Philippine province, police said.
  • Friday, June 1

  • Gates Urges More Help for Afghanistan   AP / 11:30PM
    SINGAPORE - Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Saturday urged Asian nations to do more to defeat a global terrorist threat and to ensure that Afghanistan not be allowed to slip back into chaos.
  • Ukraine Lawmakers Pass Election Bills   AP / 11:24PM
    KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian lawmakers on Friday finished passing a series of bills needed to hold early parliamentary elections, a significant step toward resolving the country's political crisis that some had feared would spill over into violence.
  • French Ship Finds 18 Bodies in Sea   AP / 11:14PM
    PARIS - A French naval frigate conducting a surveillance mission off Malta discovered the bodies of 18 people floating in the Mediterranean Friday, a navy spokesman said.
  • Indian Tribe Found in Brazil's Amazon   AP / 11:00PM
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- An Indian tribe that has had very limited contact with the outside world has been located in a remote Amazon region, federal authorities said Friday.
  • U.S. Pilots Indicted in Brazil Crash   AP / 7:50PM
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- A federal judge indicted two U.S. pilots and four Brazilian air traffic controllers on manslaughter-related charges Friday in Brazil's worst air disaster, court officials said.
  • Chinese Vice Premier Huang Ju Dies   AP / 7:40PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Vice Premier Huang Ju, a key ally of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin who climbed the ranks of Shanghai politics to join the Communist Party's inner sanctum of power, died early Saturday, the official Xinhua News Agency said. He was 68.
  • Auditors: U.N. Agencies Violated Rules   AP / 7:10PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. agencies paid North Korean staff and suppliers in hard currency without approval and hired only government-approved staff in violation of U.N. procedures, U.N. auditors said Friday.
  • Transplant TV Show Is a Hoax   AP / 5:50PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - A television show in which a woman would donate a kidney to a contestants was revealed as a hoax Friday, with presenters saying they were trying to pressure the government into reforming organ donation laws.
  • Cannes Winner Praises Romania's Films   AP / 4:30PM
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Cristian Mungiu, the first Romanian to win the Cannes Film Festival's top prize, says his country's recent movie output helped him win the award.
  • Lebanese Army Battles Militants in Camp   AP / 4:10PM
    TRIPOLI, Lebanon - Lebanese tanks and armored vehicles battled their way into the outer neighborhoods of a Palestinian refugee camp Friday in some of the heaviest fighting since violence broke out between the military and al-Qaida-inspired militants nearly two weeks ago.
  • Swiss Extends Freeze on Duvalier Funds   AP / 4:10PM
    BERN, Switzerland - The Swiss government has extended a freeze on $6.2 million in bank accounts linked to the former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, an official said Friday.
  • Abducted BBC Reporter Appears in Video   AP / 4:00PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Kidnapped British journalist Alan Johnston appeared Friday in a videotape posted on an Islamic Web, the first time he has been seen since he was abducted nearly three months ago.
  • Whole Foods Aims for British Food Market   AP / 4:00PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Tasting stands, organic apples stacked ceiling high, yoga and an organic pub -- supermarket shopping in Britain is about to become a lot less mundane.
  • Israeli Troops Kill 2 Palestinian Teens   AP / 3:00PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli troops shot and killed two 13-year-old Palestinians near the Gaza-Israel border fence Friday, saying they were crawling toward the barrier in a "suspicious manner." The boys had told their families they were going to the beach.
  • Regulators Delay Ruling on BP Gas Field   AP / 2:50PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Regulators postponed a decision Friday on revoking the license of BP PLC's Russian joint venture for a giant gas field, days before President Vladimir Putin heads into a Group of Eight summit amid grumbles about the Kremlin using energy as a political weapon.
  • Firms Race to Update E. Africa Telecom   AP / 2:20PM
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Plans to lay an undersea fiber-optic cable off eastern Africa could be the beginning of the end of crackling long-distance calls, slow dial-up Internet connections and universities without e-mail.
  • Company to Create Chinese Virtual World   AP / 1:52PM
    HONG KONG (AP) -- Swedish software company MindArk, which operates the online game "Entropia Universe," has authorized a Beijing company to create a version of its online game for the Chinese market.
  • al-Qaida Raises Tempo of Video Releases   AP / 1:30PM
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Al-Qaida's latest offensive appears to be taking place on computer and television screens, and uses techniques associated more with Madison Avenue than Fallujah.
  • Tropical Storm Barbara Regains Strength   AP / 12:40PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The second named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season grew back to tropical storm force on Friday and it was expected to hit the coast of Mexico or Guatemala over the weekend.
  • Sweden Cracks Down on Web Credit Checks   AP / 11:50AM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Swedes will no longer be able to snoop through each other's finances anonymously after a popular Web site agreed to tighten the rules on its credit information services, officials said Friday.
  • Euro-Area Growth Slows to 3 Percent   AP / 10:40AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Economic growth in the euro area slowed to 3 percent while the EU as a whole expanded by a slower 3.2 percent in the first three months of the year as household spending barely moved, the European Union said Friday.
  • Bob Geldof Puts Africa on Front Page   AP / 10:20AM
    BERLIN (AP) -- Bob Geldof took over for a day as the editor of Germany's biggest-selling newspaper, which appeared Friday with an impassioned front-page plea for the country's leaders to "end the misery" in Africa.
  • Woman Faces Deportation, Losing Children   AP / 9:30AM
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- For two years, American-born Khadijah Heather Jones has fought a custody battle in Oman. Now, with the custody hearing in the Middle Eastern country less than a week away, she faces deportation before she can make her case.
  • Eiffel Tower Offers Free Scuba Lessons   AP / 9:30AM
    PARIS (AP) -- The Red Sea, Belize and the Cayman Islands are all scuba-diving hotspots, but what about Paris?
  • 6 Jailed on Terror Charges in Spain   AP / 7:50AM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- A Spanish judge ordered six people held in jail on provisional charges of belonging to a terrorist group, while freeing six others, the National Court said Friday.
  • Iran Promises to Discuss Nuke Activities   AP / 7:30AM
    MADRID, Spain - Iran has pledged to end years of stonewalling and provide answers on past suspicious activities to the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency probing its atomic program, an official said Friday, in a move being seen as an attempt to evade new U.N. sanctions.
  • Darfur Refugees Make 125-Mile Trek   AP / 7:30AM
    GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. refugee agency rushed aid to hundreds of Darfur women and children who survived a 125-mile journey to safety after their town was attacked by planes and helicopters, a spokeswoman said Friday.
  • KFC Japan Finds Glass, Pulls Cabbage   AP / 7:20AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan pulled four cabbage products from 228 stores in Tokyo and neighboring areas after two customers damaged their teeth on glass found in their cole slaw, the company said Friday.
  • NATO, Afghan Troops Kill 26 Taliban   AP / 7:10AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - A battle pitting NATO and Afghan troops against Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan killed 20 militants, while police repelled a Taliban attack in eastern Afghanistan, killing six of the insurgents, officials said Friday.
  • Group Warns Russia Nuclear Dump Unstable   AP / 7:10AM
    OSLO, Norway (AP) -- A nuclear waste dump in the Russia Arctic may be in danger of exploding because of corrosion caused by salt water in enormous storage tanks, the Norwegian environmental group Bellona warned Friday.
  • Kashmir Attacks Kill 3 Indian Soldiers   AP / 7:10AM
    SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Suspected Islamic militants attacked a paramilitary camp, a police post and an army vehicle in Indian-controlled Kashmir in an upsurge in violence on Friday, killing three government soldiers and wounding another 22, police said.
  • U.S. Terror Expert Says Nuclear Risk Low   AP / 6:30AM
    SINGAPORE (AP) -- Terrorists have little chance of obtaining enough fissile material to make a nuclear bomb, but governments must remain on guard against the possibility, a top U.S. expert said Friday.
  • Iran: New Promises on Nuclear Activities   AP / 6:10AM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Seeking to evade new U.N. sanctions, Iran has pledged to end years of stonewalling and provide answers on past suspicious activities to the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency probing its atomic program, an official said Friday.
  • UK Profs Reject Plan to Spy on Students   AP / 6:10AM
    LONDON (AP) -- A union of British academics voted unanimously to reject a government plan to tackle Islamic extremism in universities, likening the initiative to "witch hunts" that would single out Muslim students.
  • Violence in Thailand Leaves 18 Dead   AP / 4:20AM
    PATTANI, Thailand (AP) -- Suspected insurgents sprayed gunfire into a mosque, killing seven worshippers, and a roadside bomb killed 11 paramilitary troops almost simultaneously in some of the worst recent violence in southern Thailand, the army said Friday.
  • U.S., Indians Talk on Nuclear Deal   AP / 4:20AM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian and U.S. delegates met for a second day Friday to seal a much-touted civilian nuclear deal between the two countries, officials said.
  • UK Academics Reject Spying on Students   AP / 3:10AM
    LONDON (AP) -- A union of British academics voted unanimously to reject a government plan to tackle Islamic extremism in universities, likening the initiative to "witch hunts" that would single out Muslim students.
  • Afghan Fighting Kills 16 Police   AP / 2:40AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A wave of fighting in Afghanistan's south and west killed 16 police and dozens of suspected militants, Afghan officials said Thursday.
  • Kenya: 2,464 Sect Suspects Arrested   AP / 2:40AM
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Police have arrested 2,464 suspected followers of an outlawed religious sect whose members are believed to have beheaded several people in recent months, the government spokesman said Thursday.
  • Argentina Cold Snap Causes Energy Woes   AP / 1:25AM
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - A cold snap in Argentina led to electricity and natural gas shortages this week, idling factories and taxis and causing sporadic blackouts in the capital.
  • Moscow Hit by Record Heat Wave   AP / 12:11AM
    MOSCOW - The five hottest days in the city's recorded history could be summed up by a single image: an ice-cream truck stuck in melted asphalt on a Moscow street.
  • Thursday, May 31

  • 4 Police Arrested in Haiti Cocaine Bust   AP / 11:50PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Authorities arrested 10 people, including four police officers, who were allegedly transporting 925 pounds of cocaine in two vehicles with government license plates.
  • Sunnis Revolt Against al-Qaida in Iraq   AP / 9:50PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. troops battled al-Qaida in west Baghdad on Thursday after Sunni Arab residents challenged the militants and called for American help to end furious gunfire that kept students from final exams and forced people in the neighborhood to huddle indoors.
  • Key Serb War Crimes Fugitive Arrested   AP / 9:40PM
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- A former Bosnian Serb general who is considered the third most wanted war crimes fugitive in the Balkans was arrested on the Bosnia-Serbia border Thursday, police said.
  • Former Rebels Attack AU Forces in Darfur   AP / 9:40PM
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) -- Former rebels who signed a peace deal with the Sudanese government opened fire on a convoy of African Union peacekeepers after a road accident in Darfur, wounding three soldiers, officials said Thursday.
  • Russia Rejects U.N. Resolution on Kosovo   AP / 9:40PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States and European nations introduced a revised U.N. resolution Thursday supporting independence for Kosovo under international supervision, but it was immediately rejected by Russia -- who hinted it would veto the measure.
  • Man Says He's Got a New Loch Ness Video   AP / 9:30PM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- The Loch Ness monster is back -- and there's video. A man has captured what Nessie watchers say is possible footage of the supposed mythical creature beneath Scotland's most mysterious lake.
  • Spain Files Claim Over Treasure Ship   AP / 7:20PM
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Spanish government has filed claims in U.S. federal court over a shipwreck that a Florida firm found laden with Colonial-era treasure, an attorney said Thursday.
  • Sunnis Revolt Against al-Qaida   AP / 6:30PM
    BAGHDAD - U.S. troops battled al-Qaida in west Baghdad on Thursday after Sunni residents challenged the militants and called for American help to end furious gunfire that kept students from final exams and forced people in the neighborhood to huddle indoors.
  • Fast-Growing Algae Smothers Chinese Lake   AP / 5:30PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Fast-spreading, foul-smelling blue-green algae smothered a lake in eastern China, contaminating the drinking water for millions of people and sparking panic-buying of bottled water, state media said Thursday.
  • A Month on Cuban Food Rations   AP / 4:10PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- The ration book that determines most Cuban diets -- and that will briefly rule mine -- fits in my palm. Thick brown pages list amounts of foodstuffs to be checked, signed and stamped at "la bodega," the local government distribution center.
  • Japan Moves to Clear Scandal Before Vote   AP / 3:40PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's beleaguered government overcame opposition hurdles early Friday and pushed through legislation aimed at cleaning up a major political scandal that culminated earlier this week with the suicide of the agriculture minister.
  • Mexican TV Network to Expand in China   AP / 3:40PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's Televisa network, known around the world for its soap operas, said Thursday it plans to expand in China, following the lead of taco chains and other Mexican businesses looking for a slice of the Asian nation's market.
  • Police Guilty of Polish Miners' Killings   AP / 3:40PM
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A court Thursday convicted 15 police officers of shooting to death nine miners who protesting a Communist crackdown on the Solidarity movement in Poland in 1981.
  • Tropical Storm Barbara Weakens in Mexico   AP / 3:24PM
    MEXICO CITY - Tropical Storm Barbara weakened off the southwestern Pacific coast of Mexico on Thursday and forecasters said the storm was unlikely to become a hurricane.
  • Lawmakers Move on Presidential Vote   AP / 3:00PM
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Parliament on Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favor of a constitutional amendment that would allow a direct popular election of the president.
  • FDA Declines to Fast-Track Glaxo Vaccine   AP / 2:30PM
    LONDON (AP) -- GlaxoSmithKline PLC revealed Thursday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has declined to grant a priority review to its experimental cancer vaccine Cervarix, adding to pressure on the drug maker after controversy surrounding its diabetes drug Avandia.
  • Cuba, Spain Hold Talks on Human Rights   AP / 2:10PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Spain said Thursday it held "frank and cordial" discussions about human rights, the death penalty and treatment of prisoners in Cuba, despite U.S. complaints it has been too friendly with the communist island.
  • Japanese Robot Dances to IPod Music   AP / 1:50PM
    TOKYO - A Japanese robot twists and rolls to music from an iPod in an intricate dance based on complex mathematics, a technology developers say will enable robots to move about spontaneously instead of following preprogrammed motions.
  • Blair: G-8 Must Keep Pledges to Africa   AP / 11:50AM
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) -- Nelson Mandela hailed Tony Blair on Thursday as "very good friend" to Africa for the priority he has given the continent, while the outgoing British prime minister called on rich countries to fulfill aid pledges to the region.
  • Putin: Missile Tests Are Response to US   AP / 11:20AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that tests of new Russian missiles were a response to the planned deployment of U.S. missile defense installations and other forces in Europe, suggesting Washington has triggered a new arms race.
  • U.N. Tribunal Condemned by Syria, Others   AP / 9:00AM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -- Both Syria and the Lebanese opposition that it supports criticized the United Nations on Thursday for its decision to establish a tribunal to prosecute the killers of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
  • Rice Holds Line on Iran Nuclear Program   AP / 9:00AM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held the hard U.S. line against concessions to Iran over its nuclear program Thursday and renewed a conditional offer to talk to the clerical regime on any subject.
  • Turkish General: Ready for PKK Strike   AP / 8:40AM
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's top general said Thursday the military was ready to stage a cross-border offensive to fight Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq and that he already had sought government approval to mount military action.
  • SKorean Leader: Offer to Help Unheeded   AP / 7:00AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press that a Seoul offer to help resolve a banking impasse blocking North Korea's nuclear disarmament went unheeded by Washington and Pyongyang.
  • Maxis Unveils Cell Phone Money Transfer   AP / 5:10AM
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Thousands of Filipino workers in Malaysia can now remit money to their families back home under a new mobile phone money transfer service unveiled by Malaysia's top mobile phone operator Maxis.
  • Lugovoi: British Involved in Spy Killing   AP / 4:50AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian businessman whom Britain has named as a suspect in the killing of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko said Thursday that he has evidence of British special services' involvement in the poisoning death.
  • 1M Text Messages Protest China Plant   AP / 3:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese city has halted construction of a chemical plant after residents sent more than 1 million mobile phone text messages protesting possible pollution dangers, news reports said Thursday.
  • 13 Killed in Home Attack in Pakistan   AP / 3:11AM
    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - About 100 suspected pro-Taliban militants attacked the house of a government official in northwestern Pakistan before dawn Thursday, killing 13 people, police said.
  • AP CEO Urges Media to Adapt to the Web   AP / 2:20AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The Internet is bringing numerous changes to the media industry, but the fundamentals of newsgathering remain the same, Associated Press President and CEO Tom Curley said Thursday.
  • Tropical Storm Barbara Forms Off Mexico   AP / 12:30AM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Tropical Storm Barbara formed off the southwestern coast of Mexico on Wednesday and could strengthen to a hurricane over the next several days, forecasters predicted.
  • Ban on Selling Wildlife May Fuel Trade   AP / 12:10AM
    BANGKOK, Thailand - Banning the trade in endangered wildlife can actually result in increased trade in the animals and their parts, a report published Thursday said.
  • Wednesday, May 30

  • 5 Americans, 2 More Die in Afghan Crash   AP / 11:50PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - Five Americans and two other soldiers died when a Chinook helicopter was apparently shot down Wednesday evening in Afghanistan's most volatile province, a U.S. military official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
  • Gitmo Detainee Apparently Kills Himself   AP / 10:30PM
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A Saudi Arabian detainee died Wednesday at Guantanamo Bay prison and the U.S. military said he apparently committed suicide. Critics of the detention center said the death showed the level of desperation among prisoners.
  • Bolivian Police Find Big Cocaine Factory   AP / 10:30PM
    PUERTO SUAREZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Police found a cocaine laboratory in the southern Bolivian jungle capable of producing 245 pounds of the drug daily, one of the largest drug labs ever discovered in the Andean country.
  • Koreas to Hold Military Talks   AP / 10:20PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The two Koreas will hold working-level military talks next week in the border village of Panmunjom, a South Korean Defense Ministry official said Thursday, amid fresh warnings from Pyongyang over disputed coastal waters.
  • Cuba to Buy $118 Million in U.S. Food   AP / 10:10PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba agreed Wednesday to buy $118 million in U.S. food products ranging from pork and corn to soybeans and Spam, and said it was negotiating deals that could bring the total to nearly $150 million.
  • Guantanamo Detainee an Apparent Suicide   AP / 8:10PM
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A Saudi Arabian detainee at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay apparently committed suicide Wednesday, the U.S. military said.
  • Chinese Shares Plunge on Tax   AP / 7:10PM
    BEIJING - China's move to raise a tax on share trades, aimed at slowing a boom that could lead to a possible market bubble, seems to have worked, at least for now.
  • UN Security Council OKs Lebanon Tribunal   AP / 6:30PM
    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council narrowly approved a resolution Wednesday to unilaterally establish an international tribunal to prosecute suspects in the assassination of Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri but major powers Russia and China abstained.
  • 5 GIs Killed in Afghan Chopper Downing   AP / 6:30PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - Five U.S. soldiers were killed when their Chinook helicopter was apparently shot down in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, a U.S. military official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
  • 4 American Hostages Released in Nigeria   AP / 5:50PM
    WARRI, Nigeria (AP) -- Four American hostages seized weeks ago in Nigeria's restive southern oil heartland were publicly handed over to authorities on Wednesday.
  • Thai Court Disbands Ousted PM's Party   AP / 4:10PM
    BANGKOK, Thailand - A court Wednesday disbanded the political party of Thailand's ousted prime minister, finding it guilty of legal violations during elections canceled last year in a crisis that led to a military coup.
  • Storm Anxiety Swirling in Caribbean   AP / 4:10PM
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Caribbean islanders still get night sweats recalling the dark hours in 2005 when Hurricane Wilma's shrieking gales and drenching rain unearthed caskets from cemeteries, tossing corpses onto porches and roofs in the Bahamas.
  • Diplomats: Iran Hinted at Suspension   AP / 3:20PM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Iran recently hinted at willingness to discuss a partial suspension of uranium enrichment, but the West stuck to its demand for a full halt and Tehran withdrew its idea for getting talks going in the dispute over its nuclear program, diplomats said Wednesday
  • Qatar Airways Orders New Airbus Craft   AP / 3:14PM
    PARIS (AP) -- Ailing Airbus got a reprieve Wednesday in its battle with Boeing Co. for the market in long-range, mid-sized aircraft, when Qatar Airways ordered another 20 of the European plane maker's planned A350 jets.
  • Italians Trace Flights of Man With TB   AP / 2:50PM
    ROME (AP) -- Italian officials said Wednesday they were tracing the movements of an American man infected with a rare and dangerous form of tuberculosis who honeymooned in Rome for two days despite being told to turn himself in to health authorities.
  • Iranian Forces Kill 10 Militants   AP / 2:40PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian troops Wednesday killed 10 militants in ongoing clashes in the country's northwest, near the border with Turkey, Iran's official news agency reported.
  • A Crisis Over Pork in China   AP / 2:40PM
    SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- Crisis has been in the air in China the past week -- over pork.
  • NBC's `Today' Show Is Going to Cuba   AP / 2:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Matt Lauer and NBC's "Today" show will broadcast live from Cuba next Tuesday to report on the political and economic climate there.
  • Russia Resists Missile Defense Plan   AP / 1:10PM
    POTSDAM, Germany - Russia's top diplomat accused the United States of launching a new arms race as the two nations traded barbs Wednesday over U.S. plans to erect a missile defense system in countries formally under Moscow's influence.
  • Forces Search for 5 Kidnapped Britons   AP / 12:50PM
    BAGHDAD - Hundreds of Iraqi and U.S. troops cordoned off sections of Baghdad's Sadr City slum Wednesday and conducted raids in an apparent effort to find five British citizens whom Iraqi officials believed were abducted by the Shiite Mahdi Army militia.
  • Woman on Oxygen Dies After Power Cut   AP / 11:10AM
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A 44-year-old woman who needed an electric oxygen pump to breathe died after an energy company cut the power to her home because of a $122 unpaid bill, her family claimed Wednesday.
  • Turkey Builds Up Forces on Iraqi Border   AP / 11:10AM
    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey has sent large contingents of reinforcement soldiers, tanks and armored personnel carriers to its border with Iraq as debate heated up over whether to stage a cross-border offensive to hit Kurdish rebel bases.
  • Iran Envoy Rejects Enrichment Suspension   AP / 11:00AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- On the eve of talks with the European Union's foreign policy chief, Iran's nuclear negotiator Wednesday rejected the possibility of Iran suspending its uranium enrichment program.
  • Cannes Best Actress Turned Down Role   AP / 10:40AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon said Wednesday she initially turned down the role that earned her the best actress award at this year's Cannes Film Festival because she couldn't understand the character's motivation.
  • Malaysia to Form Canine Anti-Piracy Unit   AP / 8:50AM
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia hopes to obtain special dogs trained in Ireland to sniff out bootlegged DVDs as part of growing efforts to combat movie piracy in a country accused of being among the world's top producers of illegal discs, officials said Wednesday.
  • Iranian Rejects Enrichment Suspension   AP / 8:20AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- On the eve of talks with the European Union's foreign policy chief, Iran's nuclear negotiator Wednesday rejected the possibility of Iran suspending its uranium enrichment program.
  • al-Qaida Escapee in Online Video   AP / 8:10AM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- An al-Qaida militant who escaped from a U.S. prison in Afghanistan turned up in an online video posted Wednesday, assailing the Saudi royal family for its alliance with the United States.
  • Peres Announces Bid for Israel President   AP / 7:10AM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Vice Premier Shimon Peres announced his candidacy Wednesday for president of Israel, an office tarnished by rape and other sexual misconduct charges against its current occupant, Moshe Katsav.
  • Malaysia Court Rules in Religion Case   AP / 6:34AM
    PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - Malaysia's top civil court on Wednesday rejected a woman's appeal to be recognized as a Christian, in a landmark case that tested the limits of religious freedom in this moderate Islamic country.
  • U.S. Senators Defend Missile Proposal   AP / 6:20AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Sen. Trent Lott said Wednesday he would try to convince Russian lawmakers that a planned missile defense system for Europe poses no threat to their country and that concerns about the project were "a relic of Cold War thinking."
  • Taiwan's Former President Visits Japan   AP / 6:20AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui arrived in Japan on Wednesday as China expressed concerns that his trip may be politically motivated.
  • al-Qaida Video Threatens Attacks on U.S.   AP / 6:00AM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- An American member of al-Qaida warned President Bush on Tuesday to end U.S. involvement in all Muslim lands or face an attack worse than the Sept. 11 suicide assault, according to a new videotape.
  • Castro Lambasts Bush on G-8 Agenda Item   AP / 5:50AM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Convalescing Fidel Castro lambasted President Bush on Tuesday for opposing the European Union's goal for an agreement on carbon emissions at next week's Group of Eight summit.
  • U.N. Votes on Tribunal in Hariri Murder   AP / 5:40AM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Russia warned that the Security Council resolution authorizing an international tribunal to try those suspected of killing Lebanon's former prime minister Rafik Hariri could have serious repercussions.
  • Thai Political Parties Await Ruling   AP / 5:40AM
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Thailand's roller-coaster politics of the past year and a half, which saw a popular civilian government toppled by a military coup, heads for another treacherous turn Wednesday, when a court considers whether to disband the country's two largest parties.
  • 5 Britons Kidnapped; 10 GIs Die in Iraq   AP / 4:04AM
    BAGHDAD - Gunmen in police uniforms and driving vehicles used by security forces kidnapped five Britons from an Iraqi Finance Ministry office Tuesday, and a senior Iraqi official said the radical Shiite Mahdi Army militia was suspected.
  • Russia Says New ICBM Can Beat Any System   AP / 12:50AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia tested new missiles Tuesday that a Kremlin official boasted could penetrate any defense system, and President Vladimir Putin warned that U.S. plans for an anti-missile shield in Europe would turn the region into a "powder keg."
  • Tuesday, May 29

  • Google Committed to Presence in S.Korea   AP / 10:50PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Google Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt said Wednesday his company is committed to expanding its presence in South Korea, a market that has proven a challenge for the world's No. 1 search engine.
  • Suicide Adds to Japan Leader's Woes   AP / 7:30PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- An executive allegedly involved in a bid-rigging scam that has been linked to the suicide of Japan's agriculture minister leaped to his death Tuesday, officials said. The deaths have added to the pressure on a government struggling against a series of scandals.
  • Australian Gay Bar Can Bar Heterosexuals   AP / 7:10PM
    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- A gay bar has won the right to turn away heterosexuals and even lesbians to provide a non-threatening atmosphere for the men partying inside.
  • 5 Britons Kidnapped; 10 GIs Killed   AP / 6:10PM
    BAGHDAD - Gunmen in police uniforms and driving vehicles used by security forces kidnapped five Britons from an Iraqi Finance Ministry office Tuesday, and a senior Iraqi official said the radical Shiite Mahdi Army militia was suspected.
  • Russia Says New ICBM Can Beat Any System   AP / 5:30PM
    MOSCOW - Russia tested new missiles Tuesday that a Kremlin official boasted could penetrate any defense system, and President Vladimir Putin warned that U.S. plans for an anti-missile shield in Europe would turn the region into a "powder keg."
  • Moroccans Cut Off From YouTube   AP / 4:30PM
    RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Internet users in Morocco unable to access the video-sharing Web site YouTube since last week expressed fears Tuesday that the government has stepped up its campaign to restrict independent media.
  • Mexicans Boo Miss USA, Showing Discord   AP / 3:50PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Many here south of the border reveled in her disastrous evening: First Miss USA Rachel Smith slipped and fell on her bottom during the Miss Universe evening gown competition. Then she was booed by hundreds in the Mexican audience.
  • 3 Iranian-Americans Charged With Spying   AP / 3:10PM
    TEHRAN, Iran - U.S. academic Haleh Esfandiari and two other Iranian-Americans have been charged with endangering national security and espionage, Iran's judiciary spokesman said Tuesday.
  • Syrian President Easily Wins Referendum   AP / 3:10PM
    DAMASCUS, Syria - President Bashar Assad won another seven years in office, getting 97 percent of the vote in a referendum on his leadership in which he was the only candidate, according to results announced Tuesday.
  • Some Guatemalans Loaf in U.S. Cash Flow   AP / 2:50PM
    SALCAJA, Guatemala (AP) -- Working and going to school have become optional in this highland Guatemalan town, thanks to a flood of U.S. dollars sent home by migrants living in the United States.
  • RBS Launches Hostile Bid for ABN   AP / 2:20PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- ABN Amro received an industry record takeover bid of 71.1 billion euros ($95.5 billion) Tuesday from a group led by Royal Bank of Scotland PLC, but its shares fell as the Dutch bank's earlier decision to sell its U.S. arm to Bank of America still clouded prospects for a quick deal.
  • U.S.: 10 Memorial Day Deaths in Iraq   AP / 2:10PM
    BAGHDAD - Ten American soldiers died in roadside bombings and a helicopter crash on Memorial Day, the military reported Tuesday, making May the deadliest month of the year for U.S. troops in Iraq.
  • Watchdog Backs Off 'Teletubbies' Comment   AP / 1:00PM
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's watchdog for children's rights was quoted as saying she would ask psychologists to investigate whether the TV "Teletubbies" character Tinky Winky is gay. On Tuesday, she backed away from the comments.
  • Tenor Alagna Cancels Madrid Appearance   AP / 11:20AM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- The French tenor Roberto Alagna has canceled plans to perform in "Il Trovatore" in Madrid because he must undergo minor surgery on his nose, Madrid's opera house and the singer's manager said Tuesday.
  • Arabs Fear U.S-Iran Talks Cut Them Out   AP / 11:20AM
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Arab officials and commentators said Tuesday they feared the budding dialogue between Washington and Iran could cut them out of the debate over the future of Iraq, one of the region's most important countries.
  • Magnitude 6.0 Quake Rattles Indonesia   AP / 11:10AM
    JAKARTA, Indonesia - A powerful undersea earthquake and a series of aftershocks rattled eastern Indonesia on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, damaging buildings in one town and causing panicked residents to flee their homes.
  • Pelosi Urges Effort to 'Preserve Planet'   AP / 11:10AM
    BERLIN - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged international cooperation in tackling climate change at a meeting Tuesday with Chancellor Angela Merkel, who plans to push President Bush at next week's Group of Eight summit for action to fight global warming.
  • Brazil Company Buying Swift & Co.   AP / 11:10AM
    SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- JBS SA, the company that controls Brazil's leading beef exporter Friboi, will buy U.S.-based Swift & Co. in a $225 million cash deal, that also comes with $1.2 billion in debt, JBS announced Tuesday.
  • Vodafone Narrows Full-Year Loss   AP / 10:20AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Mobile phone company Vodafone Group PLC posted a narrower full-year loss on Tuesday and forecast strong growth in emerging markets, pushing its shares to five-year highs.
  • Mock Assembly Lines Work Out Glitches   AP / 10:20AM
    ZAMA, Japan (AP) -- Like any auto plant, robots are whirring, swinging huge mechanical arms. Yet the assembly lines at Nissan's new Global Production Engineering Center are there for testing purposes only.
  • Google, South Korean Co Mull Wider Deal   AP / 9:50AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The top executives of Google Inc. and Daum Communications Corp., South Korea's No. 2 Internet search engine, met Tuesday to discuss broadening their partnership, Daum said.
  • Misery Doubles in Lebanon Refugee Camp   AP / 9:20AM
    BEDDAWI REFUGEE CAMP, Lebanon (AP) -- The fear of lice spreading through this crowded Palestinian refugee camp, where taking a shower has become a luxury, sent 250 boys and men scurrying to get their hair cut.
  • Ex-China Drug Regulator to Be Executed   AP / 8:10AM
    BEIJING - China's former top drug regulator was sentenced to death Tuesday in an unusually harsh punishment for taking bribes to approve substandard medicines, including an antibiotic blamed for at least 10 deaths.
  • 8 U.S. Troops Said Killed Memorial Day   AP / 8:10AM
    BAGHDAD - Eight American soldiers were killed in roadside bombings and a helicopter crash in a restive province north of Baghdad, the military reported Tuesday, making May the deadliest month of the year for U.S. troops in Iraq.
  • 22 Killed in Baghdad Explosion   AP / 7:00AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- A parked minibus packed with explosives blew up Tuesday afternoon in a busy section of central Baghdad, killing 22 people and injuring 58 others, police said.
  • Yar'Adua Sworn in As Nigerian President   AP / 6:50AM
    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- A reclusive former governor hand-picked by departing President Olusegun Obasanjo was sworn in as Nigeria's new leader Tuesday in the first transfer of power from one elected government to another in Africa's most populous country.
  • American Remains in Afghan Jail   AP / 4:44AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - An American citizen imprisoned in Afghanistan for running a private jail for terror suspects has a new passport. His dog has been vaccinated for overseas travel. But two months after being freed by presidential decree, Jack Keith Idema remains in his Afghan cell.
  • NKoreans Arrive for Talks With South   AP / 4:00AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A high-level North Korean delegation arrived in South Korea for reconciliation talks Tuesday despite looming rifts over the North's nuclear program and South Korean rice shipments.
  • China Ex-Regulator Gets Death Penalty   AP / 3:40AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China's former top drug regulator was sentenced to death Tuesday for taking bribes to approve untested medicines, as the country's main quality control agency announced its first recall system for unsafe food products.
  • Miss Japan Crowned Miss Universe 2007   AP / 2:34AM
    MEXICO CITY - A 20-year-old dancer from Japan was crowned Miss Universe 2007 on Monday night, marking only the second time her country has won the world beauty title.
  • Monday, May 28

  • Car Bomb Kills at Least 21 in Baghdad   AP / 10:20PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide car bomber struck a busy Baghdad commercial district Monday, killing at least 21 people, setting vehicles on fire and damaging a nearby Sunni shrine, police and hospital officials said.
  • Miss Universe to Crown World Beauty   AP / 9:50PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Miss Universe pageant will hand a diamond- and pearl-studded crown to its 2007 beauty queen on Monday, choosing from 77 contestants including the competition's first Rastafarian.
  • U.S., Iran End 27-Year Diplomatic Freeze   AP / 9:10PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The United States and Iran broke a 27-year diplomatic freeze Monday with a four-hour meeting about Iraqi security. The American envoy said there was broad policy agreement, but that Iran must stop arming and financing militants who are attacking U.S. and Iraqi forces.
  • Frist Withdraws Name From World Bank   AP / 8:50PM
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has withdrawn his name from consideration for World Bank president, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Monday.
  • Sarkozy Holds Off on Role in Industry   AP / 5:40PM
    PARIS (AP) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy is keeping his country's business elite waiting.
  • Siberian Court Throws Out BP Lawsuit   AP / 5:40PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- A Siberian court on Monday threw out a lawsuit filed by the BP PLC's local subsidiary over the amount of gas it produces, opening the way for regulators to pull the license to the company's giant Kovykta gas field.
  • Report: Rio Tinto May Bid for Alcan   AP / 5:40PM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Anglo-Australian mining company Rio Tinto PLC may be considering a $27 billion-plus bid for Canada's Alcan Inc., an Australian newspaper reported, but analysts on Monday played down the benefits of a linkup between the two global companies.
  • Indian Papers Are Well Read   AP / 5:30PM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- Obituaries for newspapers are already being written in the United States and much of Europe, with the rise of the Internet and shrinking attention spans listed as the causes of death.
  • Iranian Gas Price Hike Shows Weaknesses   AP / 5:20PM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Iran's decision to raise gasoline prices has thrown new light on one of its most entrenched problems -- the danger a vulnerable, subsidized economy poses for a country under international pressure over its nuclear program.
  • Graphic Princess Diana Film Criticized   AP / 5:10PM
    LONDON (AP) -- A British broadcaster on Monday defended a documentary featuring graphic images of the Paris car crash that killed Princess Diana, including one showing a French doctor giving her oxygen through a mask, after critics demanded the program not be aired.
  • U.S., Iran End 27-Year Diplomatic Freeze   AP / 4:30PM
    BAGHDAD - The United States and Iran broke a 27-year diplomatic freeze Monday with a four-hour meeting about Iraqi security. The American envoy said there was broad policy agreement, but that Iran must stop arming and financing militants who are attacking U.S. and Iraqi forces.
  • Israel Political Race Too Close to Call   AP / 3:43PM
    JERUSALEM - A divided Labor Party voted Monday for a leader in a contest that could send Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's ruling coalition veering to the hawkish right, or threaten his political survival.
  • Car Bomb Kills at Least 21 in Baghdad   AP / 3:33PM
    BAGHDAD - A suicide car bomber struck a busy Baghdad commercial district Monday, killing at least 21 people, setting vehicles on fire and damaging a nearby Sunni shrine, police and hospital officials said.
  • Obasanjo Leaves Nigeria Uncertain Future   AP / 3:00PM
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- When Olusegun Obasanjo was elected Nigeria's president in 1999, Nigerians hoped long years of military misrule were behind them and stable democracy was ahead.
  • Detainee Appeals for Reporter's Release   AP / 2:00PM
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A TV cameraman jailed at Guantanamo Bay appealed for the release of a BBC journalist kidnapped in Gaza, saying his own detention by the U.S. military "is not a lesson that Muslims should copy."
  • Mafia Driver's Death Unnoticed in Cuba   AP / 2:00PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- The man who was Meyer Lansky's driver and bodyguard during the Mafia's heyday in pre-Revolutionary Cuba died earlier this year, a curious footnote in a communist-run country whose past as a gambling Mecca for vacationing Americans is all but forgotten.
  • Radio Offers New Voice on Darfur Border   AP / 1:50PM
    GOZ BEIDA, Chad (AP) -- Men driving donkey carts to the market and refugees crouching in the shade finally have something to break the boredom of life in this arid Darfur border village -- news, hip-hop and Arabic music coming in on cranky transistor radios.
  • U.S., Iran Reach Iraq Policy Consensus   AP / 11:43AM
    BAGHDAD - The United States ambassador in Baghdad said he and his Iranian counterpart agreed broadly on policy toward Iraq during four-hour groundbreaking talks on Monday, but insisted that Iran end its support for militants.
  • U.S. General Defends Afghan Airstrikes   AP / 11:40AM
    A U.S. AIR BASE, Southwest Asia (AP) -- The regional U.S. air commander stands by initial reports that American airstrikes killed scores of Taliban in two western Afghan villages in recent weeks -- not 72 or more civilians, as Afghan officials and other witnesses say.
  • U.S., Iran Reach Iraq Policy Consensus   AP / 11:23AM
    BAGHDAD - The United States ambassador in Baghdad said he and his Iranian counterpart agreed broadly on policy toward Iraq during four-hour groundbreaking talks on Monday, but insisted that Iran end its support for militants. The Iranian ambassador later said the two sides would meet again in less than a month.
  • Russia Calls for Arms Control Conference   AP / 10:40AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia on Monday called for an emergency conference next month on a key Soviet-era arms control treaty that has been a source of increasing friction between Moscow and the NATO alliance.
  • Cops: Japanese Minister Commits Suicide   AP / 10:03AM
    TOKYO - Japan's agriculture minister died Monday after hanging himself just hours before he was to face questioning in a political scandal, officials said, dealing a powerful blow to the increasingly beleaguered government ahead of July elections.
  • 2 Toddlers Rescued From Australian Wilds   AP / 9:00AM
    PERTH, Australia (AP) -- A pair of 2-year-olds who wandered out of a vacation home and into the Australian wilderness were found Monday -- scratched and dirty but unhurt -- after spending more than 24 hours outdoors.
  • Ohio Mom Wants Iraq Contractors Honored   AP / 8:13AM
    BRATENAHL, Ohio (AP) -- As the nation pauses on Memorial Day to honor its war dead, one woman is working to keep alive the memory of her son, who was killed in Iraq while serving as a civilian contractor.
  • Car Bomb Kills at Least 19 in Baghdad   AP / 7:33AM
    BAGHDAD - A car bomb exploded in central Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 19 people and wounding 46, police and hospital officials said.
  • Sanyo Trims Losses for the Fiscal Year   AP / 7:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Scandal-plagued electronics maker Sanyo said Monday it trimmed its losses for the fiscal year and forecast a return to profit for the current year as it cut costs.
  • Japanese Stocks Rise After 2-Day Retreat / Japanese Stocks   AP / 7:20AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese stocks rebounded from a two-day loss Monday as high copper and other commodities futures in New York on Friday boosted materials producers such as Sumitomo Metal Mining.
  • Wolfowitz Blames Media for Resignation   AP / 6:30AM
    LONDON - Departing World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz in a radio interview broadcast Monday blamed an overheated atmosphere at the bank and in the media for forcing him to resign.
  • U.S. Jets Cross Into Turkish Airspace   AP / 6:13AM
    ANKARA, Turkey - Two U.S. jets appear to have crossed into Turkish airspace over the border with Iraq inadvertently, a U.S. Embassy official said Monday, adding that the incursion was under investigation.
  • Israeli Labor Party Race Takes Off   AP / 5:40AM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Labor Party members cast ballots Monday for their leader, a contest that could have serious implications for the makeup of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's governing coalition and his own political survival.
  • Talks Between U.S. and Iran Begin   AP / 5:13AM
    BAGHDAD - Iran and the United States resumed public diplomacy Monday for the first time in more than a quarter century. The meeting in Baghdad between ambassadors on security in Iraq could produce a chapter in world history for its success or a footnote for its failure.
  • Streisand Cancels Rome Concert   AP / 5:00AM
    ROME (AP) -- Barbra Streisand canceled her concert in Rome next month -- a move that followed protests by Italian consumer groups angered by what they said were excessively high ticket prices.
  • Spanish Police Arrest 14 in Crackdown   AP / 5:00AM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Police arrested 14 people Monday on charges of recruiting volunteers for terror training in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • Pakistan Court Jails Same-Sex Couple   AP / 4:40AM
    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) -- A court sentenced a same-sex couple Monday to three years in jail on perjury charges, prompting the defendants to ask the president for help.
  • S. Korea, U.S. to Talk on Beef   AP / 2:40AM
    GWACHEON, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea said Monday it will hold talks with the United States about further easing its restrictions on imports of American beef, in an attempt to resolve a thorny trade dispute.
  • Designer Tang Pushes Fashion in China   AP / 1:10AM
    HONG KONG (AP) -- David Tang is famous for founding the Shanghai Tang label that put Mandarin-collared shirts, cheongsam dresses and other Chinese-style fashion on boutique shelves from New York to Paris.
  • Darfur Women Describe Gang-Rape Horror   AP / 12:50AM
    KALMA, Sudan (AP) -- The seven women pooled money to rent a donkey and cart, then ventured out of the refugee camp to gather firewood, hoping to sell it for cash to feed their families. Instead, they say, in a wooded area just a few hours walk away, they were gang-raped, beaten and robbed.
  • Top US War Boss: We Can't Ignore Iran   AP / 12:40AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The top U.S. commander in the Middle East said Sunday that Iran is a major player in the region that cannot be ignored but that the United States has no intention of leaving, as Iran would like to see happen.
  • U.S. Frees 42 Iraqi Captives in Raid   AP / 12:30AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- American forces freed 42 kidnapped Iraqis -- some of whom had been hung from ceilings and tortured for months -- in a raid Sunday on an al-Qaida hideout north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.
  • Romanian Abortion Film Wins Cannes Prize   AP / 12:30AM
    CANNES, France (AP) -- A harrowing film about illegal abortion in Communist-era Romania beat 21 movies by well-known directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Ethan and Joel Coen, and Wong Kar-wai to win the Cannes Film Festival's top prize Sunday.
  • Sunday, May 27

  • Designer Tang Pushes Fashion in China   AP / 7:30PM
    HONG KONG (AP) -- David Tang is famous for founding the Shanghai Tang label that put Mandarin-collared shirts, cheongsam dresses and other Chinese-style fashion on boutique shelves from New York to Paris.
  • EU-Asia Talks to Focus on Trade, Climate   AP / 6:40PM
    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) -- Climate change, energy, closer trade ties and North Korea's nuclear weapon's program will be high on the agenda at talks starting Monday among European Union and Asian foreign ministers.
  • Russian Police Detain Gay Activists   AP / 6:30PM
    MOSCOW - Police detained gay rights activists, among them European lawmakers, as they tried to present a letter to Moscow's mayor Sunday in a demonstration that also attracted a hostile crowd of people who punched and threw eggs at the activists.
  • Viking Longship to Sail Across North Sea   AP / 6:20PM
    ROSKILDE, Denmark (AP) -- On the skipper's command, deckhands haul in tarred ropes to lower the flax sail. Oars splash into the water. The crew, grimacing with strain, pull with steady strokes sending the sleek Viking longship gliding through the fjord.
  • Rwandan Rebels Kill 17 in Congo Village   AP / 6:10PM
    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Rwandan rebels attacked villagers in neighboring eastern Congo with machetes, spears and hammers on Sunday, killing 17, wounding 28 and taking up to a dozen hostages, a local rights worker said, citing survivors' accounts.
  • Prolific British Writer Behr Dies at 81   AP / 6:00PM
    PARIS (AP) -- Edward Behr, a noted British foreign correspondent and writer who penned books on history, good eating and his career as a journalist, has died in Paris, his family said Sunday. He was 81.
  • Darfur Women Describe Gang-Rape Horror   AP / 5:10PM
    KALMA, Sudan (AP) -- The seven women pooled money to rent a donkey and cart, then ventured out of the refugee camp to gather firewood, hoping to sell it for cash to feed their families. Instead, they say, in a wooded area just a few hours walk away, they were gang-raped, beaten and robbed.
  • 'Master Pip' Wins Commonwealth Prize   AP / 5:10PM
    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- New Zealand's Lloyd Jones won the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for "Mister Pip," a novel about a teacher who uses literature to help children endure chaos on a war-torn Pacific island.
  • Climber Rescued From Everest Grateful   AP / 4:40PM
    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- A Nepalese woman who escaped Mount Everest's "death zone" with little more than frostbite said Sunday her rescuers saved her life after finding her sick and unconscious on the world's highest mountain.
  • U.S. Frees 42 al-Qaida Captives in Raid   AP / 2:30PM
    BAGHDAD - U.S. forces raided an al-Qaida hide-out northeast of Baghdad on Sunday and freed 42 Iraqis imprisoned inside, including some who had been tortured and suffered broken bones, a senior U.S. military official said Sunday.
  • US Rescues Iraqis From al-Qaida Hide-Out   AP / 11:30AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. forces rescued 41 Iraqi civilians Sunday from an al-Qaida hide-out northeast of Baghdad, including some who showed signs of torture and broken bones, a senior U.S. official said.
  • Iran: No Detail on Missing American   AP / 10:10AM
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran said Sunday it had "no exact report" about an Iranian-American employee of a U.S. foundation promoting democracy missing after a visit to his homeland - one of several people believed detained in Iran amid rising tensions with the United States.
  • Restaurant Fire Kills 11 in China   AP / 10:10AM
    BEIJING - A fire that started in the kitchen and raged through a popular restaurant in northeast China killed 11 staff and diners and injured 16 others, state media said Sunday.
  • Flash Flood Kills 5 Hikers in Greece   AP / 10:10AM
    ATHENS, Greece - A flash flood swept away a group of hikers alongside a river in southern Greece, killing at least five people, police said Sunday. Three others were missing.
  • Cannes Closes on Light Note With Comedy   AP / 9:20AM
    CANNES, France (AP) -- After a 12-day lineup of weighty films, the Cannes Film Festival came to a close Sunday with a movie called "Days of Darkness" -- despite its title, a comedy. French-Canadian filmmaker Denys Arcand, who won best foreign language Oscar in 2004 for his funny, moving, "The Barbarian Invasions," has a thing for over-the-top titles.
  • Syrians Begin Voting in Referendum   AP / 8:11AM
    DAMASCUS, Syria - Syrian President Bashar Assad cast his vote at a polling station Sunday as part of a one-day public referendum to endorse him for a second term and bolster his autocratic rule.
  • Taliban Launches New Operation   AP / 5:00AM
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Taliban has launched a new operation targeting government and foreign forces in Afghanistan, a spokesman said Sunday, as two policemen died in an ambush in the volatile south.
  • Australia Marks Referendum Anniversary   AP / 4:11AM
    SYDNEY, Australia - Australia on Sunday marked 40 years since a historic referendum granted Aborigines citizenship, but celebrations were muted by stark reminders of the hardships facing the continent's original inhabitants.
  • China: U.S. Exaggerating Military Threat   AP / 3:50AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China lashed out at the United States on Sunday, rejecting a Pentagon report about Beijing's defense buildup as exaggerated and misleading, and saying that such rhetoric threatened attempts to improve military and trade links.
  • Opposition Leader Banned From Karachi   AP / 3:30AM
    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) -- A prominent opposition lawmaker and staunch critic of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf was banned from traveling to Karachi on Sunday because of his "provocative" statements about deadly violence in the southern port city, officials said.
  • Taliban: 3 Afghan Aid Workers Released   AP / 3:11AM
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The Taliban on Sunday released three Afghan aid workers who had been kidnapped along with their two French colleagues nearly two months ago, a spokesman for the group said. The report could not immediately be verified.
  • 22 Films Compete for Top Prize at Cannes   AP / 3:00AM
    CANNES, France (AP) -- Which movie will win the Cannes Film Festival's top prize Sunday? Critical favorites include a small, socially conscious Romanian film about an illegal abortion and the Coen brothers' tale of a ruthless killer in Texas.
  • Protesters Call for Suu Kyi's Release   AP / 1:30AM
    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Pro-democracy advocates called Sunday for Myanmar's junta to honor the 1990 election results, the last democratic vote in a country that has seen nearly two decades of military rule.
  • Remains of 13 Found in Peru Plane Crash   AP / 1:20AM
    LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peruvian police have recovered the remains of 13 people who were killed in a plane crash in the country's northeastern jungle, a regional official said Saturday.
  • Saturday, May 26

  • Ukraine's Leaders Resolve Crisis   AP / 11:10PM
    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's feuding president and prime minister agreed early Sunday to hold an early parliamentary election on Sept. 30, defusing a crisis that threatened to escalate into violence when the president sent troops streaming toward the capital.
  • U.S. Deaths Near Grim Memorial Day Mark   AP / 10:40PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Americans have opened nearly 1,000 new graves to bury U.S. troops killed in Iraq since Memorial Day a year ago. The figure is telling -- and expected to rise in coming months.
  • Book Offers Glimpse Into Turkmenistan   AP / 10:20PM
    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) -- Children are required to study it every day. Mosques are adorned with its words. Quotations are inscribed on fountains, monuments and government buildings.
  • Recruiters Corrupt Guestworker Program   AP / 10:00PM
    MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) -- Standing in the baking sun outside the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, hundreds of Mexicans wait anxiously for temporary work visas. But even before they were fingerprinted and interviewed for the permit, many had already paid recruiters thousands of dollars in hopes of easing the way.
  • More Power for British Police Under Bill   AP / 9:10PM
    LONDON - The British government is drafting new anti-terrorism legislation that would allow police to stop and question individuals without suspecting a crime has taken place, the Home Office said Saturday.
  • U.S. Man Killed in Brazil Bar Fight   AP / 9:10PM
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - A Massachusetts man was shot to death in a bar fight with a Brazilian policeman, police said Saturday.
  • Iran: Western Spy Networks Discovered   AP / 8:50PM
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran said Saturday it has uncovered spy rings organized by the United States and its Western allies, claiming on state-run television that the espionage networks were made up of "infiltrating elements from the Iraqi occupiers."
  • Recruiters Corrupt Guestworker Program   AP / 7:50PM
    MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) -- Standing in the baking sun outside the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, hundreds of Mexicans wait anxiously for temporary work visas. But even before they were fingerprinted and interviewed for the permit, many had already paid recruiters thousands of dollars in hopes of easing the way.
  • Critics Say Change Slow in Assad's Syria   AP / 6:40PM
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- On the surface, Syria looks starkly different than it did a few years ago: Cafes and restaurants, private universities and banks have sprung up, with large construction sites signaling even more development to come.
  • U.S. Deaths Near Grim Memorial Day Mark   AP / 6:11PM
    BAGHDAD - Americans have opened nearly 1,000 new graves to bury U.S. troops killed in Iraq since Memorial Day a year ago. The figure is telling - and expected to rise in coming months.
  • Venezuelans Protest Chavez's TV Move   AP / 5:40PM
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets Saturday chanting "Freedom, Freedom!" to protest President Hugo Chavez's decision not to renew the broadcast license of the country's most-watched TV station, an outlet for the opposition.
  • Warner Bros. Donates for Tasmanian Devil   AP / 4:30PM
    HOBART, Australia (AP) -- Warner Bros. will donate money from the sale of DVDs featuring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck to help efforts to save the Tasmanian Devil from extinction, an Australian official said Saturday.
  • Joaquin Phoenix Doesn't Watch Himself   AP / 4:10PM
    CANNES, France (AP) -- Joaquin Phoenix slipped out of the theater the moment the lights dimmed at the Cannes premiere of his gritty crime drama "We Own the Night." He can't stand seeing himself on screen.
  • U.S. Officials, Iraqi Leader Visit Anbar   AP / 2:50PM
    Al-ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's prime minister, the U.S. commander and the American ambassador flew to the blistering western Iraqi desert Saturday in a rare joint outing to highlight progress in the fight against insurgents in the Sunni-dominated Anbar province.
  • Mass Grave, Memories Feed Fear in Darfur   AP / 2:30PM
    MUKJAR, Sudan - Uncovered by a restless wind, skulls and bones poke above the thin dirt in this corner of Darfur, lying surrounded by half-buried, rotting clothes.
  • Zimbabwe Police Raid Opposition Office   AP / 2:00PM
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) -- Riot police in Zimbabwe raided the headquarters of the main opposition party on Saturday and arrested dozens of supporters, a spokesman said.
  • U.N. Peacekeeper in Darfur Fatally Shot   AP / 12:52PM
    KHARTOUM, Sudan - A United Nations peacekeeper who was among a small group of reinforcements sent to Darfur was shot to death at his residence - the world body's first casualty since its long-negotiated arrival in the troubled region, officials said Saturday.
  • U.N. Peacekeeper Killed in Darfur   AP / 11:40AM
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) -- The African Union and United Nations say gunmen in Darfur have killed a U.N. peacekeeper there.
  • Racial Brawl in Russia's South Kills 1   AP / 11:10AM
    ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) -- A brawl between hundreds of Caucasus migrants and local Russians -- all armed with metal rods, baseball bats and knives -- killed an ethnic Chechen in southern Russia, officials said Saturday.
  • 8 Killed in Market Explosion in India   AP / 10:50AM
    GAUHATI, India - A bomb exploded in a busy market in India's restive northeast Saturday, killing eight people and injuring 19, and authorities said they discovered and defused a large bomb hidden on a crowded passenger train headed for the area.
  • Violence Plagues Philippine Elections   AP / 7:30AM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Unidentified gunmen opened fire on soldiers guarding polling precincts during special elections Saturday in 13 Philippine towns where voting was postponed last week over fears of violence.
  • Turks Rally Against Pro-Islamic Leaders   AP / 6:10AM
    ANKARA, Turkey - Thousands of flag-waving protesters filled streets in yet another city in Turkey on Saturday, accusing the government of trying to impose Islamic values on the country's Western way of life.
  • Dutch Asylum-Seekers Will Get to Stay   AP / 6:10AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Some 25,000 asylum-seekers whose applications for refuge were rejected will be allowed to stay, the newly installed Dutch government said Saturday, reversing the previous administration's hardline immigration policy.
  • Pentagon Warns China on Taiwan   AP / 4:30AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon is warning China in blunt language that despite Beijing's massive military buildup, it lacks the power for a successful attack against rival Taiwan.
  • Troops Arrest Hamas Cabinet Minister   AP / 3:40AM
    JENIN, West Bank (AP) -- Israeli troops arrested a Hamas cabinet minister early Saturday as part of a widening offensive against the group.
  • Costa Rica Seizes Tainted Toothpaste   AP / 12:40AM
    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- Health officials said Friday they have seized more than 350 tubes of Chinese-made toothpaste tainted with a deadly chemical reportedly found in tubes sold elsewhere in the world.
  • 12 Killed in Mudslide in China   AP / 12:30AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A mudslide triggered by heavy rains killed 12 people and wrecked scores of houses in China's mountainous west, a news report said Saturday.
  • Bomb Kills 2 Pakistani Soldiers   AP / 12:20AM
    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) -- A roadside bomb exploded near a military convoy in troubled northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least two soldiers and wounding seven others, officials said.
  • Turkish President Vetoes Amendment   AP / 12:10AM
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's president on Friday vetoed a newly passed constitutional amendment that would have allowed the people -- and not Parliament -- to elect the new president.
  • Friday, May 25

  • Britain Deports Jailed Muslim Cleric   AP / 11:40PM
    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- A Muslim cleric named by the British government as a key influence on one of four men who carried out the deadly London transport bombings in 2005 was deported to Jamaica Friday after being released from prison.
  • Castro Blasts Bush About Iraq War Funds   AP / 11:30PM
    HAVANA - Cuban leader Fidel Castro lashed out at President Bush Friday, hours after the American leader approved legislation paying for military operations in Iraq without setting a timetable for troop withdrawal.
  • Puppy Helps Tie Family to Slain Soldier   AP / 11:30PM
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The family of Army Spc. Justin Rollins feels a little better thanks to a puppy, fresh from a nearly 6,000-mile journey from Iraq, that connects them to one of the soldier's last happy moments.
  • Castro Blasts Bush As 'Apocalyptic'   AP / 10:51PM
    HAVANA - Fidel Castro called George W. Bush "an apocalyptic person" on Friday, hours after the U.S. president signed a bill that will pay for military operations in Iraq without setting a timetable for troop withdrawal.
  • Iranian, Europeans Meet on Nuclear Issue   AP / 7:30PM
    VIENNA, Austria - With the threat of new U.N. sanctions looming, senior European officials met Friday with a ranking envoy from Iran in what officials described as an attempt to defuse the crisis over the Islamic republic's refusal to scrap uranium enrichment.
  • Al-Sadr Calls for U.S. Pullout From Iraq   AP / 6:50PM
    BAGHDAD - Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr resurfaced Friday after nearly four months in hiding and demanded U.S. troops leave Iraq, a development likely to complicate U.S. efforts to crack down on violence and broker political compromise in the country.
  • Mexico's Hairless Breed Star of Dog Show   AP / 6:30PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The star of the World Dog Show is not the soulful Labrador, the bulldog with attitude or even the manic Chihuahua.
  • Cameron Diaz Opens New `Shrek' in Taiwan   AP / 5:20PM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Fiona, the even-tempered ogre princess in the animated blockbuster "Shrek the Third," is a modern update of the classic fairy tale princess, says Cameron Diaz, who voiced the character.
  • China Film Focuses on 1937 Massacre   AP / 5:20PM
    HONG KONG (AP) -- For decades, Chinese filmmakers haven't made a major feature film about one of their country's biggest wartime atrocities: the Nanjing massacre of 1937. Now at least two directors are preparing to make a movie set against the Japanese military's brutal killings in the former Chinese capital.
  • High-Speed Trains Link France, Germany   AP / 4:30PM
    PARIS - Sleek and swift, two trains zoomed out of Germany on Friday toward a milestone in the long held dream of a Europe-wide high-speed rail network - and pulled into Paris 35 minutes late.
  • Gunmen Seize Foreign Workers in Nigeria   AP / 4:30PM
    LAGOS, Nigeria - Gunmen on Friday seized a boatload of foreign oil workers, including three Americans, four Britons and a South African, in the latest violence to hit Nigeria's southern petroleum-producing region, officials said.
  • EU Data-Privacy Officials Probing Google   AP / 3:30PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - An independent European Union panel is investigating whether Google Inc.'s Internet search engine abides by European privacy rules, which tend to be stricter than those in the United States.
  • Koreas Flex Naval Muscles in Tense Asia   AP / 3:30PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea fired a salvo of test missiles into its coastal waters Friday, flexing naval muscles as South Korea launched its most advanced destroyer ever, armed with a high-tech U.S. air defense system.
  • Russia, Britain Spar Over Poisoned Spy   AP / 3:10PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's top prosecutor said Friday that Russia could prosecute the chief suspect in the fatal poisoning of a former KGB agent if Britain presents enough evidence, but his counterpart in London demanded that the suspect face trial in a British court.
  • Myanmar Extends Suu Kyi's House Arrest   AP / 2:50PM
    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's military government on Friday extended the house arrest of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for another year, defying an outpouring of international appeals for the Nobel Peace Prize winner's freedom.
  • Nasdaq in $3.7B Deal for Nordic Bourse   AP / 2:00PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Nasdaq Stock Market Inc., which lost its battle to cross the Atlantic with a failed bid for the London Stock Exchange, agreed Friday to buy Nordic stock exchange operator OMX AB for $3.67 billion.
  • Sony Develops Film-Thin, Bending Display   AP / 1:30PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- In the race for ever-thinner displays for TVs, cell phones and other gadgets, Sony may have developed one to beat them all -- a razor-thin display that bends like paper while showing full-color video.
  • Pressure Grows for Zimbabwe Crisis Talks   AP / 1:20PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Momentum is building to start South African-brokered talks to resolve to resolve the political and economic turmoil that has left Zimbabwe impoverished and shunned by the West, opposition officials say.
  • Plane Crashes in Peru Jungle, 5 Survive   AP / 1:12PM
    LIMA, Peru - A government flight that linked Peru's isolated jungle communities crashed in a storm, officials said, and at least five survivors among the 20 people on board were rescued Friday after helicopters spotted a fire they had set.
  • Parents of Missing Girl Feel Guilt   AP / 1:00PM
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- The parents of a 4-year-old British girl who vanished during a vacation in Portugal three weeks ago said Friday that the guilt they feel over leaving her alone in a hotel room will haunt them forever.
  • U.N. Cancels Bulgaria Telecom Conference   AP / 12:40PM
    GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. telecoms agency said Friday it has canceled a major European conference because organizers were running behind schedule.
  • Tensions Rise in Ukraine Over Troops   AP / 12:20PM
    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- President Viktor Yushchenko said Friday he was taking command of Ukraine's Interior Ministry troops, but a ministry spokesman rejected the order in a move of defiance that dramatically escalated the country's political turmoil.
  • Woman Who Became Ill on Everest Now Safe   AP / 11:50AM
    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- A woman who became seriously ill while in Mount Everest's so-called "death zone" and was helped down by fellow climbers has safely reached base camp, Nepalese mountaineering officials said Friday.
  • Fiery Anti-U.S. Cleric Reappears in Iraq   AP / 10:50AM
    BAGHDAD - Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr appeared in public for the first time in months on Friday, delivering a fiery anti-American sermon to thousands of followers and demanding U.S. troops leave Iraq.
  • China Presses U.S. on Food Regulations   AP / 10:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China appeared to go on the defensive Friday in response to rising concern about the safety of its food and drug exports, asking the United States to clarify its regulations on the use of antibiotics that turned up in Chinese catfish in three southern states.
  • S. Africa Public Workers Stage Protest   AP / 9:30AM
    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- Tens of thousands of nurses, teachers and other public service workers took to the streets throughout South Africa on Friday to press their demands for a 12 percent pay increase.
  • Croc Hunter's Daughter Launches TV Show   AP / 9:30AM
    BEERWAH, Australia (AP) -- Bindi Irwin wants her new TV show to continue the educational and conservation work of her father, the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin.
  • Iraq Aims for Membership in WTO   AP / 9:30AM
    GENEVA (AP) -- Iraqi membership in the World Trade Organization would send a powerful message that the country has emerged from decades of international exclusion under Saddam Hussein and is on the path to economic development, its trade minister said Friday.
  • Report: NKorea Fires Missiles   AP / 5:32AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea fired several short-range missiles toward the Sea of Japan on Friday, Japanese media reported. Japanese Defense and Foreign Ministry officials said they could not immediately confirm the reports.
  • Ahern Favored in Ireland Parliament Vote   AP / 5:32AM
    DUBLIN, Ireland - The Fianna Fail party of Prime Minister Bertie Ahern took most of the vote in Ireland's parliamentary election, but it was unclear whether that was enough to keep one of Europe's longest-serving leaders in power, an exit poll indicated Friday.
  • 6 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Fighting   AP / 5:32AM
    BAGHDAD - Six U.S. soldiers were killed in roadside bombings and gunbattles across Iraq, the U.S. military announced Friday.
  • Suspect Detained in Mosque Bombing   AP / 4:12AM
    HYDERABAD, India - Police detained a man Friday suspected of supplying the explosives used in last week's deadly blast at a mosque in southern India, authorities said.
  • 26 Killed at Funeral Procession in Iraq   AP / 3:12AM
    BAGHDAD - A bomb hidden in a parked car struck the funeral procession of a Sunni tribal leader who was gunned down earlier Thursday, killing at least 26 mourners as al-Qaida appeared to turn up its campaign of frightening its growing opposition into submission.
  • Japan Consumer Prices Down 0.1 Percent   AP / 2:50AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's most-watched consumer price index fell for a third month in April, edging down 0.1 percent, the government said Friday, raising doubts that deflation was really a thing of the past.
  • Thursday, May 24

  • 21 Dead in China Flooding   AP / 11:20PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Heavy rainstorms in southwest China triggered flash floods and mudslides that killed 21 people and left 11 missing, state media said Friday.
  • Colombia Plans to Honor Bill Clinton   AP / 10:50PM
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia will honor former U.S. President Bill Clinton for his efforts to reverse the country's image for violence and drugs at a gala event next month in New York City.
  • British Court Upholds Large Divorce Pact   AP / 10:30PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Court of Appeal upheld a $95 million award to the ex-wife of an insurance tycoon on Thursday, the largest judgment ever in a contested divorce in England and Wales.
  • Qaida Tape Proposes Prisoner Exchanges   AP / 9:40PM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- A purported al-Qaida in Afghanistan commander claimed in an audiotape released early Friday that the terror group was willing to swap prisoners with the U.S., Britain and other countries.
  • UN and AU Agree on Joint Darfur Force   AP / 9:40PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations and the African Union agreed Thursday on a highly mobile, robust joint force to help protect civilians and restore security to the Darfur region -- but Sudan still holds the key to its deployment.
  • Shanghai Communists Convene Congress   AP / 7:10PM
    SHANGHAI, China - Communist Party officials in Shanghai convened a congress Thursday to install a new generation of leaders following a corruption scandal that toppled the city's top leader.
  • Funeral Procession Bombed in Iraq   AP / 6:30PM
    BAGHDAD - A bomb hidden in a parked car struck the funeral procession of a Sunni tribal leader who was gunned down earlier Thursday, killing at least 26 mourners as al-Qaida appeared to turn up its campaign of frightening its growing opposition into submission.
  • Israel Grabs Hamas Leaders in West Bank   AP / 6:30PM
    NABLUS, West Bank (AP) -- Israel rounded up a Palestinian Cabinet minister and 32 other Hamas leaders in the West Bank before dawn Thursday, trying a new tactic in its campaign to pressure the Islamic militant group into halting rocket barrages from the Gaza Strip.
  • Lebanon Leader Vows to Uproot Militants   AP / 6:10PM
    TRIPOLI, Lebanon - Lebanon's prime minister vowed Thursday to wipe out an Islamic militant group barricaded in a Palestinian refugee camp, raising the prospect that the army will either storm the camp, in what would likely be a bloody battle, or dig in for a long siege to force its surrender.
  • Iran: No Halt to Nuclear Program   AP / 4:10PM
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ruled out even a brief halt in Iran's nuclear program, saying Thursday it would hand a victory to the country's enemies and undercut the Islamic state's goal of becoming a world power.
  • Afghan Civilian Deaths Stir NATO Unease   AP / 4:10PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - Recent U.S. special forces operations that killed 90 Afghan civilians have caused friction with America's NATO partners, who are concerned that such deaths hurt the standing of Western troops fighting the Taliban insurgency.
  • Naples' Garbage Crisis Worsens   AP / 4:10PM
    NAPLES, Italy - Naples' garbage crisis may worsen with the planned weekend closure of the only working dump in the area and piles of trash growing higher, officials said Thursday.
  • The Sorbonne: a Reform Target   AP / 4:10PM
    PARIS - The Sorbonne has no cafeteria, no student newspaper, no varsity sports, no desk-side electric plugs for laptops. France's most renowned university also costs next-to-nothing to attend, and admission is open to every high school graduate.
  • Nigerian Oil Unions Begin Strike   AP / 4:10PM
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's powerful oil unions began a strike Thursday at its state-owned oil company and threatened to target exports in hopes of reversing the sale of government refineries.
  • Chinese Baby Dies of Viral Disease   AP / 4:00PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- An 11-month-old boy has died of hand, foot and mouth disease in eastern China, the third fatality linked to an outbreak of the viral infection since April, state media said Thursday.
  • Iran to Israel: Don't Attack Lebanon   AP / 3:20PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's hard-line president warned Israel on Thursday that nations in the region would take action against the Jewish state if it attacked Lebanon in the summer.
  • Japan Tries 'Cell Phone Diet'   AP / 1:20PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Wondering how much of a diet-buster that big bowl of noodles is?
  • UK Spy Photos of Hitler Published   AP / 12:20PM
    LONDON (AP) -- New photographs of Adolf Hitler taken before World War II show the Nazi leader arriving at a concert dressed in tails, receiving flowers from two blond girls at a music festival and getting out of a black convertible.
  • IAEA: Iran 3-8 Years From Atomic Weapons   AP / 11:10AM
    LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- The head of the U.N. nuclear agency said Thursday he agreed with CIA estimates that Iran was three to eight years from being able to make nuclear weapons and he urged the U.S. and other powers to pursue talks with the Islamic country.
  • Pakistani Protesters Back on the Streets   AP / 11:10AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Thousands of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's opponents demonstrated in several Pakistani cities Thursday, the first street protests since a burst of political violence deepened a crisis clouding his plans to stay in power.
  • New Opera to Be Based on Von Trier Film   AP / 11:00AM
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Denmark's Royal Theater has commissioned a new opera based on Lars von Trier's 2000 film, "Dancer in the Dark."
  • Israelis Arrest Hamas Leaders   AP / 10:10AM
    NABLUS, West Bank - Israeli troops in the West Bank arrested more than 30 senior Hamas members early Thursday, including a Cabinet minister, legislators and mayors - pressing forward with an offensive against the Islamic militant group.
  • Nokia, Qualcomm in Patent Tussle   AP / 9:40AM
    HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- Nokia Corp., the world's largest mobile phone maker, said Thursday it has filed a countersuit against Qualcomm Inc. in a patent infringement fight.
  • Japan Proposes Halving Emissions by 2050   AP / 9:10AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's prime minister proposed cutting world greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050 on Thursday as part of a new global warming pact for all countries, including top polluters United States and China.
  • Review: Third `Pirates' Big, Messy Fun   AP / 8:50AM
    It's way too long and massively convoluted and ultimately just plain silly. But still, "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" is a lot of fun a lot of the time.
  • Kurdish Rebels Deny Role in Bombing   AP / 7:30AM
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's prime minister said he would back the country's generals if they decide to retaliate for a suicide bombing in the capital by striking Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq.
  • World Powers Weigh Options Against Iran   AP / 7:10AM
    UNITED NATIONS - Experts from the United States and five other powers leading efforts to rein in Iran's nuclear program plan to meet within the week following a U.N. report that Tehran has expanded its uranium enrichment program.
  • Methane Blast at Siberian Mine Kills 28   AP / 7:00AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- A methane explosion tore through a coal mine in southern Siberia, killing 28 people and prompting a search for 11 missing miners, emergency officials said.
  • Israelis Arrest Hamas Leaders   AP / 2:11AM
    NABLUS, West Bank (AP) -- Israeli troops in the West Bank arrested more than 30 senior Hamas members early Thursday, the army said, including a Cabinet minister, legislators and mayors. The roundup came hours after Israeli planes struck what the military said were money changing offices and other businesses in Gaza which were channeling funds to Hamas.
  • Body Found in River That of US Soldier   AP / 12:11AM
    BAGHDAD - A body pulled from the Euphrates River south of Baghad Wednesday was identified as one of three American soldiers abducted two weeks ago in an ambush claimed by al-Qaida, a relative said.
  • Castro Says He's Better, Weight Stable   AP / 12:11AM
    HAVANA - A statement signed by Fidel Castro sought to reassure Cubans Wednesday that the 80-year-old Cuban leader was recovering well from several operations, saying his weight was stable and he was eating solid foods after "many months" of intravenous feeding.
  • Wednesday, May 23

  • Nissan: Cell Phones Can Alter the I-Key   AP / 7:00PM
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Cell phones rub some of Nissan's "intelligent keys" the wrong way, the automaker is warning car owners. Complaints about some cell phones erasing Nissan's I-keys for the 2007 Altima sedan and 2007 Infiniti G35 have the automaker advising customers to keep cell phones and the plastic fobs containing the starters "at least 1 inch apart at all times."
  • Lebanon Issues Ultimatum to Militants   AP / 6:41PM
    NAHR EL-BARED REFUGEE CAMP, Lebanon (AP) -- Lebanon's defense minister issued an ultimatum Wednesday to Islamic militants barricaded in this Palestinian refugee camp to surrender or face a military onslaught.
  • China Will Stay Out of Myanmar's Affairs   AP / 6:30PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China said Wednesday that the detention of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is an internal matter for the Southeast Asian country's government, declining to join other nations urging her release.
  • 'New' Prince Charles Waxes Eco-Friendly   AP / 5:40PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Madame Tussauds unveiled a new environmentally friendly wax figure of Prince Charles on Wednesday to reflect his efforts to combat climate change.
  • Nuclear Agency: Iran Still Defying U.N.   AP / 4:30PM
    VIENNA, Austria - The U.N. nuclear monitor reported notable advances in Iran's uranium enrichment program Wednesday while warning for the first time that its knowledge of the country's nuclear activities was shrinking.
  • BBC: U.N. Force Traded in Gold, Weapons   AP / 4:30PM
    LONDON - Pakistani U.N. peacekeepers charged with disarming Congolese militia instead engaged in gold and weapons trafficking with militia members, the BBC reported Wednesday.
  • 28 Detained in South China Protests   AP / 4:30PM
    BEIJING - Authorities detained 28 people after thousands of farmers rioted to protest fines levied on those who had more children than allowed under China's family planning policy, state media said Wednesday.
  • Crash Injures Children of NATO Troops   AP / 4:30PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - A truck collided with a school bus Wednesday in the southern Netherlands, injuring 15 children whose parents are NATO troops, Dutch media reported.
  • Navy Launches Show of Force Near Iran   AP / 2:50PM
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Ships packed with 17,000 sailors and Marines moved into the Persian Gulf on Wednesday as the U.S. Navy staged another show of force off Iran's coast just days before U.S.-Iran talks in Baghdad.
  • Finnair to Provide Messaging on Flights   AP / 2:40PM
    HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- Finnair will enable passengers to send mobile text messages and e-mails on flights to the Far East starting next month.
  • Gibson Attends Confirmation in Mexico   AP / 2:30PM
    HERMOSILLO, Mexico (AP) -- Mel Gibson was back in Mexico, the country where he filmed the Mayan epic "Apocalypto," to attend a Roman Catholic confirmation ceremony.
  • Truce Holds in Lebanon Refugee Camp   AP / 2:20PM
    TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) -- Hundreds of Palestinian civilians carrying their belongings in plastic bags trickled out of a besieged refugee camp Wednesday, taking advantage of a truce in fighting that mostly held overnight.
  • Formica Corp. Bought by New Zealand Firm   AP / 11:30AM
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Building materials maker Fletcher Building Ltd. will buy Cincinnati-based surfacing products manufacturer Formica Corp. for $700 million.
  • Lenovo Group Profits Soar   AP / 10:40AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Lenovo Group Ltd., the world's No. 4 personal computer maker, said Wednesday its profits grew nearly sevenfold in its latest fiscal year as it boosted sales and restructured following its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s PC unit.
  • Alcan Talking With BHP Billiton   AP / 10:40AM
    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Canadian aluminum maker Alcan Inc. is in talks with Australia's BHP Billiton Ltd. to try to fend off a hostile $27 billion takeover bid by U.S. rival Alcoa Inc., according to an article published Wednesday in Canada.
  • Market a Real Gamble for Some Chinese   AP / 10:40AM
    SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- As Chinese stocks soar to records and new buyers pile into the market, a survey suggests a troubling reality: Few investors say they understand how stock markets work.
  • IAEA: Iran Continues to Defy U.N.   AP / 10:40AM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Iran continues to defy U.N. Security Council demands to scrap its uranium enrichment program and has instead expanded its activities, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday in a finding that sets the stage for new council sanctions.
  • EU OKs Cap on Cell Phone Roaming Charges   AP / 10:13AM
    STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- For years, Europeans have enjoyed low-cost flights that have revolutionized travel across the continent. Now they will be able to make a cheap mobile phone call home to say they made it.
  • 1998 Tape Shows Russian Ex-Spy Fearful   AP / 9:40AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Late one night in April 1998, three government security agents met at a guest house outside Moscow to make an extraordinary video in which they claimed their bosses had ordered them to kill, kidnap and frame prominent Russians.
  • Chinese Rules Would Keep Blog Registry   AP / 9:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- New rules by a Chinese government-backed Internet group maintain strict controls over the country's bloggers, requiring them to register with their real names and identification cards.
  • EU Endorses Deal to Cap Roaming Fees   AP / 7:03AM
    STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Mobile phone users in the European Union could enjoy cheaper rates for calls made and received abroad as early as August, after EU lawmakers endorsed a deal Wednesday to cap mobile phone roaming fees in the 27-nation bloc.
  • Toyota Shows Ethanol, Gas Cars in Brazil   AP / 7:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota is introducing cars that run on ethanol and gasoline in Brazil at a time when such flexible-fuel vehicles are growing in popularity there.
  • New Zealand Firm Buys Formica for $700M   AP / 7:00AM
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Building materials maker Fletcher Building Ltd. is buying U.S.-based surfacing products manufacturer Formica Corp. for $700 million.
  • Amnesty Blasts U.S. on Terror   AP / 7:00AM
    LONDON (AP) -- The United States is treating the globe like one giant battlefield for its war on terror, eroding rights worldwide, a leading human rights group said Wednesday.
  • Japan: No Plans to Relax U.S. Beef Rules   AP / 6:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan has no immediate plans to relax its strict conditions on imports of U.S. beef, despite a decision by an international body saying some restrictions were not necessary, the government said Wednesday.
  • Report: Most Iraq Fighters From Gulf   AP / 6:30AM
    KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Seventy percent of insurgents fighting in Iraq come from Gulf countries via Syria where they are provided with forged passports, an Iraqi intelligence officer alleged in a published report Wednesday.
  • 12 Convicted in Serbian PM Killing   AP / 6:20AM
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Slobodan Milosevic's paramilitary commander and 11 other people were convicted Wednesday of assassinating Serbia's first democratically elected prime minister, Zoran Djindjic.
  • Iraq: Body Found in U.S. Uniform   AP / 5:40AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi police found the body of a man who was wearing what appeared to be a U.S. military uniform and had a tattoo on his left hand floating in the Euphrates River south of Baghdad on Wednesday morning, and one Iraqi official said it was one of three missing American soldiers.
  • Europeans May Get Cheaper Roaming Rates   AP / 5:40AM
    STRASBROUG, France (AP) -- Mobile phone users in Europe could enjoy cheaper calls made and received abroad as early as this summer, EU officials said Wednesday, as the European Parliament was set to vote in favor of capping mobile phone roaming charges.
  • Kenya Arrest 7 for Beheadings   AP / 5:40AM
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Seven people have been arrested in connection with six beheadings that are believed to be the work of a banned religious sect in Kenya, police said Wednesday.
  • Japanese Stocks Climb; Dollar Up vs. Yen / Japanese Stocks   AP / 5:03AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese stocks rose slightly Wednesday for a third straight session, led by bank shares.
  • S.Korea: Banking Dispute Progressing   AP / 4:40AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A banking dispute that has long blocked international efforts to halt North Korea's production of nuclear weapons will be resolved satisfactorily, but not quickly, South Korea said Wednesday.
  • Study: Climate Change May Harm Crops   AP / 4:33AM
    ROME - Climate change could drive many wild relatives of plants such as the potato and the peanut into extinction, threatening a valuable source of genes necessary to help these food crops fight pests and drought, an international research group reported.
  • Oldest U.S. Carrier on Last Voyage   AP / 4:20AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- The USS Kitty Hawk, the U.S. Navy's oldest ship in full active service, embarked on its last major maneuvers Wednesday before being decommissioned next year.
  • Suicide Bombing in Iraq Kills 15   AP / 4:00AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt blew himself up inside a coffee shop east of Baghdad on Wednesday morning, killing 15 people and wounding 20 others, police and medical sources said.
  • Musharraf Coy on Army Post   AP / 4:00AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- President Gen. Pervez Musharraf suggested that he was reluctant to accede to growing demands that he give up his army post as he seeks a new term as head of state, describing his uniform as "part of my skin."
  • Depp: Captain Jack May Be Back   AP / 3:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Three journeys as Captain Jack Sparrow in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" may not be enough to quench the thirst of actor Johnny Depp.
  • TSE Chief Considers Overseas Alliances   AP / 2:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- The Tokyo Stock Exchange's chief executive is considering various capital alliances with overseas exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange, to gain more listings, profits and status.
  • Japan OKs Bill on U.S. Military   AP / 1:50AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan passed a law Wednesday to fund the reorganization of U.S. forces in Japan and help move thousands of Marines from the country's south to the U.S. territory of Guam.
  • 9 Kidnapped Pakistani Officials Freed   AP / 1:40AM
    MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan (AP) -- Nine Pakistani government officials kidnapped by suspected militants last week as they inspected sites for development projects in a restive tribal region were freed Wednesday, one of the officials said.
  • Brazil Mines and Energy Minister Resigns   AP / 1:00AM
    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil's mines and energy minister resigned Tuesday amid accusations he was bribed by a construction company that obtained contracts to provide electricity to poor rural areas in a program championed by the nation's first working class president.
  • Gibson's Grandkids Confirmed in Mexico   AP / 1:00AM
    HERMOSILLO, Mexico (AP) -- A prominent Mexican cleric confirmed two grandchildren of Mel Gibson in a brief ceremony Tuesday attended by the director of "The Passion of The Christ."
  • Guatemala Ratifies Adoption Treaty   AP / 12:00AM
    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Guatemala has ratified an international adoption treaty, committing to bring adoptions under government regulation and make sure babies are not bought or stolen.
  • Tuesday, May 22

  • Ex-KGB Agent Accused in Litvinenko Death   AP / 11:20PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Britain made a bold extradition request Tuesday for a former KGB bodyguard in the poisoning death of an ex-Soviet spy turned Kremlin critic. Russia immediately refused the request, creating a standoff with Europe's leading energy supplier and threatening to plunge relations to a post-Cold War low.
  • Colombian Rebels Want Peace Talks   AP / 10:30PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Colombia's second-largest rebel group is calling for peace talks with the government to include a cease-fire and a freeze in efforts to reach a free trade deal with the United States.
  • Haiti Strongman to Be Tried in NYC Case   AP / 9:32PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A judge rejected a plea deal Tuesday for a Haitian paramilitary leader in a Brooklyn fraud case, saying he was disturbed by murder and torture charges facing the man in his homeland.
  • Cuba to Modernize Its Ethanol Production   AP / 9:12PM
    HAVANA - Cuba is quietly modernizing its ethanol-producing facilities, despite Fidel Castro's repeated assertions that making more of the biofuel could starve the world's poor.
  • US Hears Blunt Trade Warning From China   AP / 7:02PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration pushed for concrete results in high-level trade talks with China that began Tuesday, but the head of the Chinese delegation bluntly warned against confrontation.
  • US Commander: Guantanamo More Controlled   AP / 6:11PM
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Guantanamo Bay has become a more tightly controlled prison holding a core group of terrorists and committed jihadists, while many detainees no longer seen as a threat have been released or transferred, the detention center's outgoing commander said.
  • Baghdad Market Bomb Kills 25, Hurts 60   AP / 5:50PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- A car bomb exploded Tuesday at an outdoor market in a Shiite area of Baghdad, killing 25 people and wounding at least 60 -- the deadliest in a string of attacks that stoked sectarian tension in and around the capital.
  • EU Clears Universal, BMG Music Deal   AP / 5:31PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- EU regulators gave Universal Music Group clearance Tuesday to buy BMG Music Publishing for about $2.09 billion in a deal that will create the world's largest music publishing company.
  • Gay Bishop Kept Out of Anglican Meeting   AP / 5:10PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The first openly gay Episcopal bishop will not be invited to a once-a-decade meeting of world Anglican leaders next year, as the fellowship tries to avert a schism over homosexuality. A breakaway conservative U.S. bishop also was snubbed.
  • China Investigating Tainted Toothpaste   AP / 4:00PM
    SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- The maker of a Chinese toothpaste found to contain a potentially deadly chemical said Tuesday that he is under investigation, but claimed his product was safe.
  • UN Criticizes Japan on Sex Slaves   AP / 4:00PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A United Nations committee accused Japan of trying to whitewash its past practice of forcing women to become sex slaves for Japanese Imperial army soldiers, and urged Tokyo to help surviving victims.
  • Dream of Inter-Korean Rail Link Far Off   AP / 4:00PM
    KAESONG, North Korea (AP) -- A historic test run of trains between the divided Koreas has raised hopes of making impoverished North Korea a land transport link between South Korea and markets in China, Russia and Western Europe.
  • 5 Killed by Bomb in Turkish Capital   AP / 2:50PM
    ANKARA, Turkey - A powerful bomb explosion in the Turkish capital Tuesday killed five people and injured 60, the prime minister said.
  • Court Probes Central African Republic   AP / 2:10PM
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The International Criminal Court is investigating allegations of mass rape and other war crimes in the Central African Republic, the prosecutor for the U.N. panel of judges said Tuesday.
  • Hezbollah Backs Lebanon Army in Standoff   AP / 1:10PM
    The Shiite Muslim militant group Hezbollah has so far backed Lebanon's army in its confrontation with a Sunni militant group -- despite the fact that Hezbollah has been pushing to topple the Lebanese government.
  • 2 Bishops Not Invited to Anglican Parley   AP / 1:00PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Two bishops at the heart of the U.S. Episcopal Church's divisions over sexuality and scripture will not be invited to next year's global gathering of Anglican prelates, the archbishop of Canterbury's office said Tuesday.
  • Harry Potter Film to Premiere in Tokyo   AP / 9:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- The world premiere of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the fifth movie based on the best-selling books about the boy wizard, will be held June 28 in Tokyo.
  • Halliburton Shifts Focus Toward Mideast   AP / 8:50AM
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Halliburton Co., the Houston, Texas-based oil services company, is shifting the company's focus and capital investments away from North America and toward the oil and gas-rich Middle East, its chief executive Dave Lesar said here Tuesday.
  • Chinese Stocks Hit Record High   AP / 7:00AM
    SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- Chinese stocks rose to a fresh record high for the second day in a row on Tuesday, as property developers jumped on expectations for a stronger yuan and robust housing demand.
  • UK Statement Coming on Poisoned Spy   AP / 5:20AM
    LONDON (AP) -- British prosecutors said they would make a statement Tuesday on the investigation into the death of a former Soviet agent who was killed by a radioactive substance.
  • Pakistani Raid Kills 3 Militants   AP / 4:30AM
    MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani security forces backed by helicopter gunships attacked a militant training camp near the Afghan border on Tuesday, killing at least three suspected militants, security officials said.
  • UN Urges Attention to Somalia   AP / 4:00AM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. humanitarian chief John Holmes urged the international community to not to turn its back on Somalia at a time of desperate need, saying the government appears to be seriously underestimating the humanitarian suffering in the country.
  • Universal Studios Plans S. Korea Park   AP / 3:12AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Universal Parks & Resorts and a local partner signed an agreement Tuesday aimed at establishing a Universal Studios theme park in South Korea that they want to see up and running in 2012.
  • Urban Greeted With Alcohol in Australia   AP / 2:30AM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Country music singer and recovering alcoholic Keith Urban knew he was back in Australia when a Qantas flight attendant welcomed him with a bottle of wine.
  • Biden: U.S. UN Funds Progressing   AP / 1:20AM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Senator Joseph Biden said Monday he expects the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which he chairs, to adopt a resolution this week calling for full funding of the United Nations and payment of U.S. arrears.
  • Monday, May 21

  • Japan Lacks Votes to End Whaling Ban   AP / 10:30PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- The fate of the 21-year-old moratorium on commercial whaling is a numbers' game played at the annual International Whaling Commission meeting -- and this year Japan is still short of votes in its drive to overturn the ban.
  • Israel Hints It May Target Hamas Leaders   AP / 8:52PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli-Palestinian violence escalated dangerously Monday when Israel killed five militants in airstrikes and hinted Hamas political leaders could be their next target. A rocket fired from Gaza killed an Israeli woman, inviting a harsh response.
  • Protesters Decry Loss of Venezuela TV   AP / 7:52PM
    10&9;CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Thousands of protesters carried a blocks-long "SOS" banner through Venezuela's capital on Monday, condemning threats to freedom of expression days before the country is set to lose one of its few remaining opposition-aligned TV stations.
  • France: No Mass Legalizing of Immigrants   AP / 7:50PM
    PARIS (AP) -- France's new immigration minister ruled out the possibility of legalizing undocumented immigrants on masse, saying Monday that government policy would be firm and pragmatic.
  • Rollins, Reich Receive Polar Music Prize   AP / 5:21PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins and composer Steve Reich received the prestigious Polar Music Prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony Monday at the Stockholm Concert Hall.
  • Fire Damages Historic Clipper Ship   AP / 3:43PM
    GREENWICH, England - Technology, rot and now fire have caught up with the Cutty Sark, the graceful clipper ship built in the 19th century to speed fresh tea from China to Britain's tables.
  • Disney Explains Reaction to Hamas Show   AP / 3:40PM
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Walt Disney Co. didn't speak out when Hamas militants used a Mickey Mouse look-alike to preach Islamic domination because the company felt it would be ineffective, Disney's chief executive said Monday.
  • Iran Charges Iranian-American Academic   AP / 3:33PM
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran on Monday charged a detained Iranian-American academic with seeking to topple the ruling Islamic establishment, state-run television reported.
  • U.S., NATO Stepping Up War on Drugs   AP / 3:33PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - Profits from Afghanistan's thriving poppy fields are increasingly flowing to Taliban fighters, leading U.S. and NATO officials to conclude that the counterinsurgency mission must now include stepped-up anti-drug efforts.
  • Iraq Draws Up Plans if U.S. Forces Leave   AP / 2:30PM
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's military is drawing up plans on how to cope if U.S.-led forces leave the country quickly, the defense minister said Monday.
  • Britain's EMI Accepts Private Equity Bid   AP / 2:20PM
    LONDON (AP) -- EMI Group PLC, home to the Beatles and Coldplay, agreed to a 2.4 billion pound ($4.7 billion) takeover by a private equity group on Monday, but the deal raised speculation of an all-out bidding war for the struggling music company.
  • Lebanese Army Shells Refugee Camp   AP / 1:30PM
    TRIPOLI, Lebanon - Lebanese troops pounded a Palestinian refugee camp with artillery and tank fire for a second day Monday, raising huge columns of smoke as they battled a militant group suspected of ties to al-Qaida in the worst violence since the end of the 1975-90 civil war.
  • Lernout & Hauspie Fraud Trial Opens   AP / 11:50AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Ten years after Jo Lernout and Pol Hauspie were feted as the local heroes of the high-technology boom, they drew the crowds again Monday. This time, though, they had to face hundreds of disgruntled investors who lined up for the opening of the nation's biggest fraud trial, seeking to get their money back.
  • 7 Killed on Bus in Iraq; Parliament Hit   AP / 11:10AM
    BAGHDAD - Gunmen in two cars attacked a minibus heading to Baghdad from a Shiite town north of the capital Monday, killing seven passengers, including a child, police said.
  • China Expects More Minority Stakes   AP / 10:30AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese state fund that is buying a $3 billion stake in U.S. private equity firm Blackstone Group LP wants to avoid political backlashes when it makes other investments abroad, an official involved in the deal said Monday.
  • Dead Whales Displayed in Berlin   AP / 8:30AM
    BERLIN (AP) -- Greenpeace activists laid the carcasses of 17 small whales and dolphins in front of the landmark Brandenburg Gate on Monday in a dramatic protest to urge countries to resist increasing pressure for a resumption of commercial whaling.
  • Chinese Official Slams Dalai Lama   AP / 8:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A senior Chinese official has accused the Dalai Lama of conspiring with a host of perceived enemies, from Islamic separatists to the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement, to weaken Beijing's hold over his homeland in Tibet, state media reported Monday.
  • Iran's President Visits Belarus   AP / 7:20AM
    MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Iran's president held talks Monday with Belarus' authoritarian leader, who has been courting other vehement opponents of the United States.
  • Microsoft CEO Visits Vietnam   AP / 5:40AM
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer witnessed the signing of an agreement Monday requiring all of Vietnam's government offices to use licensed computer software in a step to curb rampant piracy.
  • Israeli Airstrike Kills 8   AP / 5:03AM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Palestinian rockets slammed into southern Israel on Monday morning after an Israeli airstrike hit a Hamas lawmaker's house and killed eight people in the deadliest attack of a renewed Israeli campaign against incessant rocket fire.
  • Sunday, May 20

  • Road Wreck Kills 20 Chinese Farmers   AP / 11:30PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Twenty Chinese women were killed and four injured when a three-wheeled tractor overturned on a mountain road in the north of the country, state media said Monday.
  • Hmong Refugees Fear Returning to Laos   AP / 11:00PM
    HUAY NAM KHAO, Thailand (AP) -- When Lao Teng and his wife, members of Laos' ethnic Hmong minority, fled their homeland last June, they had hoped that they could leave their fear of persecution behind.
  • Iran: Arabs Should Back Nuclear Program   AP / 10:52PM
    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Iran urged Arab countries on Sunday to support its nuclear program but received a cool reception at the World Economic Forum, particularly from U.S. allies worried about Iran's growing regional influence.
  • Peasants Dig Gold From 'Killing Fields'   AP / 9:30PM
    SRE LIEV, Cambodia (AP) -- Pheng Chea says the ghost came to him in a dream.
  • Stallone Fined for Importing Drugs   AP / 9:10PM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Actor Sylvester Stallone was formally convicted Monday of importing restricted muscle-building hormones into Australia and ordered to pay more than $9,870 in fines and court costs.
  • Militant Behind Karbala Attack Killed   AP / 7:40PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. forces on a raid in northern Baghdad killed a Shiite militant believed to have masterminded a brazen January attack in Karbala that led to the capture and killing of four U.S. soldiers, the military said Sunday.
  • China to Invest $3 Billion in Blackstone   AP / 7:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The Chinese government has agreed to acquire a $3 billion stake in U.S. private equity firm Blackstone Group LP in a deal that marks China's long-anticipated move to diversify how it invests its massive foreign exchange reserve.
  • Bombings Kill 7 U.S. Soldiers in Iraq   AP / 6:50PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Bombings killed seven U.S. soldiers in Baghdad and a southern city, the U.S. military said Sunday, and the country's Sunni vice president spoke out against a proposed oil law, clouding the future of a key benchmark for assuring continued U.S. support for the government.
  • Pakistani Husband Accused of Being Woman   AP / 6:10PM
    LAHORE, Pakistan - Police on Sunday arrested a couple who are accused of lying to a Pakistani court about the gender of the husband, who was born female and had sex reassignment surgery 16 years ago.
  • Military: 7 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq   AP / 4:31PM
    BAGHDAD - Bombings killed seven U.S. soldiers in Baghdad and a southern city, the U.S. military said Sunday, and the country's Sunni vice president spoke out against a proposed oil law, clouding the future of a key benchmark for assuring continued U.S. support for the government.
  • Colombian Woman Escapes Captors Alone   AP / 4:10PM
    BOGOTA, Colombia - A Colombian woman kidnapped this week along with her Swedish husband escaped following a gunbattle between her captors and police, and was said to be in good health on Sunday.
  • Ala., Germany Have Mercedes, Rocket Ties   AP / 4:10PM
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A partnership with roots in luxury automobiles and moon rockets is thriving between Alabama and Germany, with ThyssenKrupp AG only the latest German company to locate in the state.
  • Pakistani Cleric Threatens Violence   AP / 3:30PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- The chief cleric of a radical Islamic mosque and seminary Sunday threatened holy war against the government if authorities use force to free two police officers being held captive by students.
  • 7 U.S. Soldiers Die in Iraq Attacks   AP / 2:30PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Seven American soldiers and a translator were killed in separate attacks in Baghdad and a city south of the capital, the U.S. military said Sunday.
  • Iraqi Shiite Leader Has Lung Cancer   AP / 12:30PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The leader of Iraq's largest Shiite party has been diagnosed with lung cancer and has gone to Iran to seek immediate treatment, officials close to him said Sunday.
  • AP: Files Show Postwar Woes of Victims   AP / 12:20PM
    BAD AROLSEN, Germany (AP) -- Looking back at the first weeks after World War II, a French lieutenant named Henri Francois-Poncet despaired at ever fulfilling his mission to establish the fate of French inmates of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
  • Israel to Offer New Peace Initiative   AP / 12:10PM
    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Israeli Vice Premier Shimon Peres said Sunday his government would offer a counterproposal to an Arab peace initiative to resolve the conflict with Palestinians.
  • Bombed Downtown Jerusalem Thrives Anew   AP / 11:40AM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- When Jacky Ben Sheetrit opened a gourmet Belgian chocolate shop in downtown Jerusalem, he gave little thought to the suicide bombings down the block a few years earlier that had threatened to turn the area into a ghost town.
  • Dubai Ruler Starts $10 Billion Fund   AP / 9:30AM
    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- The ruler of Dubai launched a $10 billion foundation Saturday to provide scholarships and promote research in the Middle East, saying the region has neglected education despite its oil wealth.
  • 2 Iraqi Police Die in Suicide Bombing   AP / 8:20AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide bomber exploded a tanker truck near a police checkpoint outside a market west of Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least two police officers and injuring nine others, police said.
  • Report: 600 Killed in Sri Lanka Battles   AP / 8:10AM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Nearly 600 combatants have been killed in military operations against separatist Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka's restive north in the past four months, the military said Sunday.
  • Official: Iran Progressing on Nukes   AP / 8:10AM
    TEHRAN, Iran - The head of Iran's nuclear effort said Sunday that the Islamic republic's nuclear program was moving ahead as scheduled and reiterated that Tehran would not suspend uranium enrichment, the country's official news agency IRNA reported.
  • Polls: Half of French OK Cabinet   AP / 8:10AM
    PARIS (AP) -- At least half of French respondents in two polls published Sunday said they approve of conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy's new Cabinet.
  • Spain: 'Suspicious' of Treasure Find   AP / 7:00AM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- The Spanish government is investigating if a crime was committed by a U.S. company that said it had found $500 million worth of coins in an Atlantic Ocean shipwreck, according to Sunday news reports.
  • Iraq President Heads to U.S.   AP / 6:40AM
    SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- President Jalal Talabani left Iraq on Sunday for a nearly three-week trip to the United States that was expected to include a medical checkup.
  • Arrests in Anne Frank Vandalism   AP / 6:10AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Police arrested two teens early Sunday for spraying graffiti tags on the Anne Frank House and several other houses, a spokesman said. The graffiti was not race related.
  • Thousands of Secular Turks Rally   AP / 5:40AM
    SAMSUN, Turkey (AP) -- Thousands of Turks demonstrated in this Black Sea port city on Sunday against the Islamic-rooted government, which they fear is undermining Turkey's secular system.
  • N. Korean Ship Arrives in South   AP / 3:30AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A North Korean cargo ship arrived in South Korean waters for the first time in more than 50 years on Sunday, as commercial shipping services began to open up between the divided countries, officials said.
  • Algerian Arrests in Bombings Case   AP / 2:40AM
    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algerian security forces dismantled a suspected support network linked to twin terror bombings last month in the capital that killed 30 people, the official news agency reported Saturday.
  • Search Widens for Missing Troops in Iraq   AP / 1:20AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. forces broadened their hunt Saturday for three missing comrades beyond the rural area south of Baghdad where they disappeared, and their top commander expressed optimism that at least two of them were still alive a week after their isolated outpost was ambushed.
  • Australian Detainee Back From Guantanamo   AP / 12:52AM
    SYDNEY, Australia - Confessed Australian al-Qaida supporter David Hicks was transferred to a maximum security prison in his hometown on Sunday after spending more than five years at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Lebanese Troops Battle Militants   AP / 12:30AM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -- Lebanese troops fought Palestinian militants with alleged links to al-Qaida in a Palestinian refugee camp in the northern city of Tripoli early Sunday, causing casualties on both sides, security officials and witnesses said.
  • Nobel Laureate Is Timor's 2nd President   AP / 12:10AM
    DILI, East Timor (AP) -- Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta was sworn in as East Timor's second president on Sunday, vowing to unite the desperately poor nation just over a year after violence brought down its first government.
  • Saturday, May 19

  • Al-Qaida Supporter Returned to Australia   AP / 11:10PM
    SYDNEY, Australia - Convicted al-Qaida supporter David Hicks returned to his hometown Sunday to carry out the remainder of his sentence after more than five years at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay.
  • Currency Dispute Hampers US, Chinese   AP / 9:20PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Shi Xianbin has watched with alarm as China's currency has risen against the U.S. dollar, driving his small textile company to slash prices to stay competitive abroad.
  • Musharraf: Islamic Militancy Rising   AP / 8:31PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- President Gen. Pervez Musharraf acknowledged that Islamic militancy was increasing across Pakistan and said tough measures were needed to counter it, as religious students from a pro-Taliban mosque abducted four police officers.
  • Romanians Vote Against Ousting President   AP / 8:10PM
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania's president easily survived a referendum on his impeachment Saturday, according to exit polls showing a victory that he said reflected the popularity of his fight against corruption.
  • G-8 Leaders Stress Support for Africa   AP / 7:40PM
    WERDER-HAVEL, Germany (AP) -- The Group of Eight called Saturday for more aid, increased debt relief and responsible lending to Africa, vowing the world's wealthy nations would not forget their pledges to the poverty-stricken continent.
  • Harsh Words for Iran at Mideast Forum   AP / 7:11PM
    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Washington's Arab allies harshly criticized Iran's growing influence in the Middle East, telling the country's top diplomat at a high-level conference Saturday that it must stay out of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and be more open about its nuclear ambitions.
  • Mexican Families Face Difficult Choice   AP / 6:51PM
    For now, these American children are trying to ignore the wrenching decision they have to make by the end of summer: Stay with their parents in this bone-dry village where they bathe in a canal and use an outhouse, or return alone to some of America's best schools in Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Russian Reporters Resign in Protest   AP / 6:50PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Eight correspondents have resigned from a Russian broadcast news agency to protest the pro-Kremlin management's decision to withhold stories in line with a new policy that half its coverage must portray the government in a "positive" light, journalists said.
  • Victims of Haitian Boat Disaster Buried   AP / 5:00PM
    CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (AP) -- The remains of dozens of Haitian migrants who died when their boat capsized off the Turks and Caicos Islands were returned to their homeland Saturday and buried in a common grave, angering relatives who were not given a chance to identify their loved ones.
  • G-8 Calls to Support Africa   AP / 4:40PM
    WERDER-HAVEL, Germany (AP) -- The Group of Eight called Saturday for more aid, increased debt relief and responsible lending to Africa, vowing the world's wealthy nations would not forget their pledges to the poverty-stricken continent.
  • Iraq Parliament Falling Into Disarray   AP / 4:20PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's parliament has been making headlines -- for all the wrong reasons.
  • Border Agents Recruited for Iraq Duty   AP / 3:50PM
    PHOENIX (AP) -- A military contractor is recruiting current and former agents with the U.S. Border Patrol to teach Iraqis how to secure their national borders.
  • Commander: 2 Missing U.S. Soldiers Alive   AP / 3:30PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. forces broadened their hunt Saturday for three missing comrades beyond the rural area south of Baghdad where they disappeared, and their top commander expressed optimism that at least two of them were still alive a week after their isolated outpost was ambushed.
  • Iraqi Shiite Leader in U.S. for Tests   AP / 2:50PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The leader of the most powerful Shiite party in Iraq has flown to the United States for further tests to determine if he is suffering from lung cancer, members of his staff said Saturday.
  • Blair's Farewell Tour Makes Stop in Iraq   AP / 12:31PM
    BAGHDAD - British Prime Minister Tony Blair, on his last visit to Iraq before stepping down in June, urged Iraq's leaders to speed up reconciliation efforts to end the violence in the country Saturday - after three blasts rocked the compound where he met with Iraq's leaders.
  • Israel Launches New Airstrikes on Hamas   AP / 12:23PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli airstrikes targeted Hamas for a fifth straight day Saturday, hitting a rocket squad and two workshops in Gaza, and the defense minister warned militants who attack Israel they should be "very afraid."
  • Viral Disease Sickens Hundreds in China   AP / 11:10AM
    BEIJING - An outbreak of a viral disease common in children has sickened almost 900 people in eastern China but the outbreak has been contained, state media said Saturday.
  • Afghanistan Suicide Attack Kills 10   AP / 10:11AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide attacker detonated himself next to German soldiers shopping in a crowded market in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing 10 people and wounding 16, officials said.
  • Gunmen Kill 15 in Iraqi Village   AP / 9:40AM
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms entered a village west of Baghdad early Saturday, rousted families from their homes and opened fire on the men, killing 15 of them, an Iraqi general and a Kurdish political party said.
  • 3 Swedes Detained in Ethiopia Released   AP / 8:50AM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Three Swedish terror suspects jailed in Ethiopian for five months have been released, Sweden's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.
  • New Concerns on Russia Media Freedom   AP / 8:14AM
    MOSCOW - More than a half-dozen journalists with the Russian News Service, which produces reports that reach millions of radio listeners, resigned to protest the new pro-Kremlin management's policy that at least 50 percent of coverage must be positive, according to former correspondents.
  • Windstorm Kills 3 in Kashmir   AP / 7:10AM
    SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- A severe windstorm uprooted trees and electric poles in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, killing three people and injuring 13, officials said Saturday.
  • Carter Condemns Blair's Support for Bush   AP / 6:40AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Britain's support for the war in Iraq was a "major tragedy" for the world, former President Jimmy Carter said Saturday as he criticized Tony Blair's unwavering support for President Bush.
  • 'Sicko' Stars Thank Moore for Cuba Trip   AP / 5:50AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- It could have been a college reunion: hugs, tears, laughter, photos, and a big friendly guy in shorts and sneakers organizing it all. But the guy in shorts was Michael Moore, whose new documentary, "Sicko," takes aim at the U.S. health care industry with the same fury -- laced with humor, of course, and plenty of statistics -- that he directed at the Bush administration in his hit "Fahrenheit 9/11."
  • Gunmen Kidnap 3 Indians in Nigeria   AP / 5:40AM
    PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (AP) -- Gunmen dynamited the front gate of a residential compound in southern Nigeria on Saturday and kidnapped three Indians in an attack that left one Nigerian dead, the military said.
  • Police Raid Japanese Naval Academy   AP / 5:10AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's state and navy police raided a Japanese naval academy Saturday over an alleged leak of sensitive warship technology data shared between Japan and the United States, officials said.
  • Blasts Hit Green Zone During Blair Visit   AP / 4:43AM
    BAGHDAD - Three mortar rounds or rockets exploded Saturday in the Green Zone, wounding one person, a U.S. official said. The blasts occurred after British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived there for talks with Iraqi leaders.
  • Escaped Colombian Hostage Speaks Out   AP / 4:00AM
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Three American military contractors held hostage by leftist rebels for more than four years could be killed if government troops attempt to rescue them, an escaped Colombian hostage said during a television interview.
  • Protests on Renaming of Taiwan Monument   AP / 3:30AM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwan's president renamed a landmark Taipei memorial honoring the late dictator Chiang Kai-shek on Saturday, less than an hour after pro-and anti-government demonstrators fought running battles in an adjacent boulevard.
  • Michael Moore Screens New Film   AP / 3:00AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- It could have been a college reunion: hugs, tears, laughter, photos, and a big friendly guy in shorts and sneakers organizing it all.
  • 8 Gov't Officials Kidnapped in Pakistan   AP / 12:40AM
    MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan (AP) -- Dozens of gunmen in a troubled northwestern tribal region of Pakistan ambushed a vehicle carrying eight government officials and kidnapped them, officials said Saturday.
  • Friday, May 18

  • Venezuela Court Dismisses TV Challenge   AP / 11:10PM
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge by an opposition-aligned television station seeking to remain on the air despite the government's decision not to renew its license.
  • Israel Hits Hamas During Gaza Fighting   AP / 7:51PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli warplanes pummeled Hamas targets Friday in a stepped-up campaign against militants firing rockets into southern Israel, while Palestinian factions battled with automatic weapons and grenades at a Gaza university.
  • Gorilla Escapes at Dutch Zoo, Injures 4   AP / 6:40PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- A 400-pound gorilla escaped from his enclosure and ran amok in a Rotterdam zoo Friday, biting one woman, dragging her around, and causing panic among dozens of visitors before he was finally subdued, officials and a witness said.
  • Putin, EU Leaders Trade Barbs at Summit   AP / 4:50PM
    VOLZHSKY UTYOS, Russia (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin, emboldened by Russia's vast oil and gas wealth, bluntly rejected European criticism of his crackdown on political foes, saying Friday that "like it or not" Russia's Western neighbors would have to accept it as a partner.
  • Gorilla Injures 4 in Zoo in Brief Escape   AP / 4:30PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- A 400-pound gorilla escaped from his enclosure and ran amok in a Rotterdam zoo Friday, biting one woman, dragging her around, and causing panic among dozens of visitors before he was finally subdued, officials and a witness said.
  • U.S. Forces Kill 6 Insurgents in Iraq   AP / 4:10PM
    BAGHDAD - About 50 suspected insurgents attacked a U.S. base in the center of a city north of Baghdad on Friday, sparking a battle with U.S. soldiers and helicopters that left at least six militants dead, the Iraqi army said.
  • Outbreak of Violent Crime Unnerves Japan   AP / 3:50PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A mother beheaded by her son. A baby who suffocated after being stuffed by his parents in the baggage compartment of a motorbike while they went gambling. A murderous shooting spree during a hostage standoff.
  • Family: Betancourt Chained, Tried to Run   AP / 3:50PM
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt is forced to sleep chained by her neck as punishment for having tried to escape from her rebel captors five times, an escaped hostage told family members of the dual French-Colombian citizen.
  • Uruguay Children Try Low-Cost Laptops   AP / 3:20PM
    VILLA CARDAL, Uruguay (AP) -- Big smiles spread across the faces of the 160 pupils at a public elementary school in this rural South American hamlet: Each sat gawking at a brightly blinking laptop computer given them days earlier.
  • Mexicans Fear U.S. Immigration Plan   AP / 3:12PM
    MONTERREY, Mexico - Many in Mexico expressed disappointment Friday with the U.S. Congress' immigration reform proposal, arguing it doesn't let enough Mexicans enter the United States legally to work, while focusing on an arduous path to residency for those who have already taken the illegal path.
  • 13 Die in Explosion, Clashes in India   AP / 1:50PM
    HYDERABAD, India - A bomb ripped through a historic mosque Friday in south India, and 13 people were killed - 11 in the blast and two in subsequent clashes between angry Muslim worshippers and security forces, police said.
  • Fighting Plunges Gaza Further Into Chaos   AP / 1:30PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Hamas and Fatah gunmen exchanged automatic weapons fire Friday at a Gaza City university and Israeli war planes pummeled Hamas targets for a third straight day, killing eight people in response to the Islamic group's rocket attacks on southern Israel.
  • 2 Iraqi Journalists for ABC Killed   AP / 1:10PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Two Iraqi journalists working for ABC News were ambushed and killed as they drove home from work, the television network said Friday.
  • British Airways Prepares for Fine   AP / 1:00PM
    LONDON (AP) -- British Airways PLC on Friday admitted anticompetitive behavior while posting a net loss for its latest quarter.
  • China Moves to Let Currency Rise   AP / 12:50PM
    BEIJING - China took steps Friday to let its currency trade more freely against the dollar and to cool its sizzling economy ahead of talks in Washington over Beijing's soaring trade surplus.
  • Finance Ministers Start G-8 Meeting   AP / 12:20PM
    WERDER-HAVEL, Germany (AP) -- Germany's finance minister cautioned Friday against expecting a fast agreement on tighter rules for hedge funds as he hosted a meeting of his Group of Eight counterparts.
  • Russian Chess Great Stopped at Airport   AP / 11:10AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Police prevented chess champion and opposition leader Garry Kasparov from boarding a flight Friday to the city of Samara, where he planned to take part in a protest march coinciding with a Russia-EU summit, an aide said.
  • Return of Ex-Leaders Ruled Out   AP / 9:40AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said he would not allow two former premiers who are also his main political rivals to return to Pakistan to take part in upcoming elections, according to a report Friday.
  • China Widens Trading Limit for Yuan   AP / 8:30AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China took steps Friday to let its currency rise faster against the dollar after years of U.S. pressure and ahead of what are expected to contentious talks in Washington over Beijing's soaring trade surpluses.
  • American Murdered in Philiippines   AP / 8:00AM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Prosecutors brought murder charges against a woodcarver who confessed to beating to death an American Peace Corps volunteer because she bumped into him, a government lawyer said Friday.
  • French President Names First Cabinet   AP / 4:40AM
    PARIS (AP) -- President Nicolas Sarkozy named his first Cabinet on Friday, radically revamping the government, with nearly as many women as men and humanitarian crusader Bernard Kouchner as France's new foreign minister.
  • China FM: Don't Politicize Olympics   AP / 2:50AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China's foreign minister warned Friday that attempts to politicize Beijing's Olympic Games next year by linking them to the Darfur crisis in Sudan or other issues are doomed to fail.
  • Qantas Airways Chairwoman to Step Down   AP / 1:50AM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Qantas Airways Ltd. Chairwoman Margaret Jackson will resign in the wake of the failed $9 billion takeover bid by a private equity consortium, but the company said CEO Geoff Dixon will hold his post for at least two more years.
  • Bank Has Request to Move NKorean Funds   AP / 12:40AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Wachovia Bank said Thursday that it was considering a U.S. government request to help transfer $25 million to North Korea, a move aimed at paving the way for the communist country to shut down its nuclear program.
  • Thursday, May 17

  • US, Others Propose UN Lebanon Tribunal   AP / 10:10PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- France, Britain and the United States proposed late Thursday that the United Nations unilaterally establish an international tribunal to prosecute suspects in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
  • U.S. Maintains Hope for 3 Missing GIs   AP / 10:10PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. officials expressed cautious optimism Thursday that three missing American soldiers are still alive even as troops drained canals and questioned children in the search for the troopers feared captured by al-Qaida.
  • Algerians Vote Amid Upsurge in Violence   AP / 10:10PM
    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algerians, shaken by al-Qaida-claimed suicide bombings and dealing with a tough economy, slowly trickled to vote in legislative elections Thursday under tight police security.
  • Mexico: Drug Gangs Using Terror Tactics   AP / 10:10PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's top police official said Thursday that drug gangs are relying on a flow of arms from the United States and using terrorist strategies learned from al-Qaida to pressure the government to halt anti-drug efforts.
  • Colombia Warlord Claims US Link to Funds   AP / 10:10PM
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A warlord accused of spearheading civilian massacres claimed Thursday that some U.S. companies who buy Colombia's bananas had made regular payments to his illegal right-wing militias.
  • Subway Strike Derails Argentine Capital   AP / 10:10PM
    110&9;BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Leftist union members shut down the Buenos Aires subway system with a one-day strike Thursday, causing huge traffic jams as commuters drove, packed buses or struggled to hail taxis.
  • Little Expected From EU/Russia Summit   AP / 6:40PM
    SAMARA, Russia (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin broke bread with his European neighbors Thursday night, but summit talks to follow are likely to only advertise the growing antagonism between the two sides.
  • Death in Iraq Spawns Grim Subcultures   AP / 5:40PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Abdullah Jassim expected ambulances and security forces to arrive first after a blast last month near his clothing shop. Instead, it was thieves.
  • Belarus Defeated in U.N. Rights Council   AP / 5:20PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Belarus was defeated for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council Thursday after a campaign by the United States, key European countries and human rights groups against the former Soviet republic's repressive rights record.
  • Reports: Japanese Man Kills Officer   AP / 5:20PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A man on an armed rampage at his home in central Japan on Thursday shot and killed a policeman, wounded three others -- including his son and daughter -- and took his wife hostage, news reports and police said.
  • Couple in Japan Arrested in Baby Dumping   AP / 4:30PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A young couple suspected of leaving their baby in the baggage hold of a motorbike while they gambled was arrested Thursday after the boy's dead body was found in a gutter, police and media reports said.
  • Cuba to Spend $185 Million for Tourism   AP / 4:30PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba says it will spend about $185 million to upgrade more than 200 resorts, golf courses, marinas and other facilities in a bid to reverse a dip in tourism to the island.
  • Toyota Unveils Its Priciest Hybrid   AP / 2:20PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota's commitment to hybrid automobiles was on full display Thursday when it unveiled its most expensive gasoline-electric vehicle yet -- the $124,000 luxury sedan Lexus LS.
  • Estonia: Russia May Back Web Attacks   AP / 2:20PM
    TALLINN, Estonia (AP) -- Estonia's defense minister said Thursday there was a possibility that the Russian government was involved in massive cyber attacks that have crippled the Baltic nation's Web sites this month.
  • Britain Divided Over Reversal on Harry   AP / 2:20PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Some said it was a sensible judgment and should have been made long ago.
  • Shark Bites Woman in Western Australia   AP / 11:40AM
    PERTH, Australia (AP) -- A shark bit a woman as she waded in knee-deep water while carrying her baby at a beach in Western Australia state, an emergency official said Thursday.
  • U.S.-Iran Talks on Iraq to Begin May 28   AP / 9:34AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - U.S.-Iranian talks about Iraq's security will begin on May 28, Iran's foreign minister said Thursday, keeping up Tehran's call for foreign troops to leave Iraq.
  • Ukraine Probes Alleged Plot on Leaders   AP / 8:50AM
    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The Security Service is investigating allegations of an assassination plot targeting top officials in Ukraine, including President Viktor Yushchenko, a spokeswoman said Thursday.
  • Motorola to Debut Razr 2 Phone in SKorea   AP / 8:40AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Motorola Inc. will start selling the next generation of its popular and ultra-slim Razr cell phone next month in South Korea ahead of a global launch in July, the president of the company's South Korean operations said Thursday.
  • 2 Climbers Killed on Mount Everest   AP / 8:10AM
    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Two South Korean climbers were killed trying to scale Mount Everest, a Nepalese mountaineering official said Thursday.
  • Sony to Lose $413M in Video Games Unit   AP / 7:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Sony will lose about 50 billion yen ($413 million) in its video games business this fiscal year, and recovery won't come until the arrival of more games to play on the PlayStation 3 machine, a company executive said Thursday.
  • French President Appoints Prime Minister   AP / 5:30AM
    PARIS (AP) -- President Nicolas Sarkozy appointed reform-minded conservative Francois Fillon as his new prime minister Thursday.
  • Trains Cross Border Dividing Koreas   AP / 5:24AM
    MUNSAN, South Korea - The divided Koreas sent trains lumbering through their heavily armed border for the first time in more than half a century Thursday, reaching another symbolic milestone in a reconciliation process often hindered by the North's nuclear weapons ambitions.
  • Japanese Stocks Drop; Dollar Up vs. Yen / Japanese Stocks   AP / 4:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese stocks slipped Thursday, with losses in real estate and banking shares offsetting gains in consumer electronics and semiconductor makers.
  • Japan Economic Growth Slows to 2.4 Pct.   AP / 3:50AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese economic growth slowed to a 2.4 percent pace in the first quarter as businesses cut back on investment amid worries about a slowdown in the United States, Japan's biggest export market.
  • Escaped Hostage Was With 3 Americans   AP / 12:30AM
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A police officer who fled to freedom after eight years as a hostage of leftist rebels said Wednesday that he was held until late last month with a former presidential candidate and three American military contractors.
  • Wednesday, May 16

  • Korean Trains to Crossing Border   AP / 11:10PM
    MUNSAN, South Korea (AP) -- Trains departed Thursday for the first rail journey through the heavily armed border dividing the two Koreas in more than half a century, the latest symbol of historic reconciliation between the longtime foes.
  • Anger That Toddler Left in Baby Drop Box   AP / 9:20PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's first anonymous drop box for unwanted babies triggered a wave of anger and soul searching Wednesday after it was discovered that a preschooler -- and not an infant -- was left by his father on the service's first day.
  • Israeli Aircraft Fires on Hamas Targets   AP / 8:30PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli aircraft launched missiles at Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing at least five people, after Hamas fired rocket barrages into Israel in an apparent attempt to draw Israel into increasingly violent Palestinian infighting.
  • Colombia's Leader Defends Administration   AP / 7:30PM
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- President Alvaro Uribe defended his battered administration Wednesday against a flurry of new blows: a wiretapping scandal, the jailing of more congressional allies and a paramilitary warlord's claims that two high-ranking officials conspired with far-right militias.
  • DCX Supervisory Board OKs Chrysler Sale   AP / 7:10PM
    BERLIN - DaimlerChrysler AG's supervisory board formally approved plans to shed its money-losing Chrysler unit on Wednesday, clearing the way for one of Germany's oldest carmakers to re-enter the market as a streamlined Daimler AG.
  • Street Battles Intensify in Gaza City   AP / 5:20PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gunfire and explosions raged across Gaza City on Wednesday, killing at least 21 people in the most widespread fighting of nearly a year of clashes between the rival Fatah and Hamas movements.
  • Prince Harry Will Not Serve in Iraq   AP / 5:10PM
    LONDON - Britain's army reversed course Wednesday and announced that Prince Harry will not be sent to Iraq with his regiment due to "specific threats" from insurgents that expose the third in line to the throne to an unacceptable degree of risk.
  • Russian Church to End Schism   AP / 4:30PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian Orthodox leaders will move to end nine decades of bitter division Thursday with a pact reuniting the main church in Russia with a breakaway church that split off as Communist rule took hold after the Bolshevik Revolution.
  • Pakistani Christians Warned to Convert   AP / 4:30PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Christians in a Pakistani town beset by pro-Taliban militants sought government protection Wednesday, the eve of a deadline for them to convert to Islam or face violence.
  • New Synagogue Opens in Estonia   AP / 4:30PM
    TALLINN, Estonia (AP) -- Jewish leaders and politicians from Estonia and Israel celebrated the opening of the Baltic country's first and only synagogue Wednesday, six decades after previous houses of worship were destroyed in World War II.
  • Could Obama Really Be O'Bama?   AP / 3:30PM
    DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) -- Everybody knows presidential hopeful Barack Obama is blessed with the gift of the gab. Turns out it might be the Irish in him.
  • Israeli Aircraft Fires on Hamas Targets   AP / 2:50PM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli aircraft launched missiles at Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing at least five people, after Hamas fired rocket barrages into Israel in an apparent attempt to draw Israel into increasingly violent Palestinian infighting.
  • Aguilera's Tour to Include Shanghai   AP / 1:10PM
    SHANGHAI, China - For Christina Aguilera, there ain't no
  • Sarkozy Inaugurated As French President   AP / 12:30PM
    PARIS - Nicolas Sarkozy took office Wednesday as the new president of France, waving farewell to the outgoing Jacques Chirac and promising a new era of government that will unite political rivals and give a strong role to women.
  • New Zealand Bill Restricts Child Abuse   AP / 11:40AM
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Parliament passed a measure Wednesday that tightens New Zealand's existing laws against child abuse but still lets parents spank or otherwise discipline their children using "inconsequential" methods.
  • Greenpeace Builds Replica of Noah's Ark   AP / 11:10AM
    ISTANBUL, Turkey - Environmental activists are building a replica of Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat - where the biblical vessel is said to have landed after the great flood - in an appeal for action on global warming, Greenpeace said Wednesday.
  • China's Premier Pledges Currency Reforms   AP / 11:10AM
    SHANGHAI, China - Premier Wen Jiabao pledged that China would further reform its currency controls and take steps to resolve problems ranging from the nation's growing trade surplus to its soaring foreign exchange reserves.
  • Sony Forecasts Record Full Year Profit   AP / 10:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony said Wednesday that earnings would more than double to a record this year, even as startup costs for the PlayStation 3 game machine and a massive battery recall widened its loss in the fourth quarter.
  • Group: Flat-Panel Market Improving   AP / 9:10AM
    ASAN, South Korea (AP) -- The flat panel display market, hit by oversupply and price declines last year and into early 2007, seems to be improving faster than originally hoped, the head of a new grouping of South Korean flat panel display manufacturers said Wednesday.
  • Attack in Baghdad's Green Zone Wounds 6   AP / 9:00AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- At least nine apparent mortar rounds slammed into the U.S.-controlled Green Zone on Wednesday, wounding at least six people, the second such attack in as many days, an official said.
  • Israeli Aircraft Fires on Gaza   AP / 8:10AM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - An Israeli helicopter fired at least
  • Israeli Aircraft Fires on Gaza   AP / 7:30AM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli aircraft fired missiles at the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on Wednesday, Palestinian officials and the Israeli army said, and Hamas confirmed that one of its security buildings was hit in the strike. Palestinian security officials said the Israeli airstrike killed four people.
  • Blair to Visit Bush in Washington   AP / 7:24AM
    LONDON - Tony Blair is to visit President Bush on Wednesday in what likely will be the British prime minister's final visit to the White House as the country's leader.
  • Hamas Militants Kill 6 Fatah Bodyguards   AP / 6:44AM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Hamas gunmen fatally shot six bodyguards from the rival Fatah movement Wednesday and mistakenly ambushed a jeep carrying their own fighters, killing five of them, in the bloodiest day of Palestinian infighting since violence erupted in the Gaza Strip four days ago.
  • Afghans Demonstrate Against Pakistan   AP / 5:40AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- About 1,000 Afghans shouting "Death to Pakistan" demonstrated in front of Pakistan's embassy in Kabul Wednesday, blaming the neighboring country for some of the bloodiest border clashes in years.
  • Deadly Infighting Rages in Gaza   AP / 4:20AM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas gunmen fatally shot six bodyguards from the rival Fatah movement and fired a barrage of rockets at southern Israel Wednesday, apparently attempting to draw Israel into the fierce Palestinian infighting as the Gaza Strip slid further into chaos.
  • Sarkozy to Take Over French Presidency   AP / 4:10AM
    PARIS - Nicolas Sarkozy officially takes office Wednesday as France's new president, replacing Jacques Chirac in an elaborate ceremony at the Elysee Palace.
  • Deadly Infighting Rages in Gaza   AP / 3:20AM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas militants fired rockets into Israel Wednesday even as they battled their rivals from Fatah in the streets of the Gaza Strip, confining terrified Palestinian residents to their homes and plunging the coastal territory further into chaos.
  • Tuesday, May 15

  • Mexico Asks U.S. to Help Stop Arms Flow   AP / 10:40PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A top Mexican anti-drug official said the United States must do more to stop weapons from being smuggled into the hands of drug traffickers who are using them to kill Mexican soldiers and police.
  • U.N. Extends Congo Peacekeeping Mission   AP / 10:00PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo until the end of the year while calling for a timetable to gradually withdraw the nearly 18,000-member force.
  • Japan Urges More Missile Defense Study   AP / 10:00PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan and the U.S. need to boost technological research on intercepting high-flying missiles, such as a new ballistic missile reportedly developed by North Korea, Japan's defense minister said Tuesday.
  • Cuba Mock Trial Convicts Militant, U.S.   AP / 10:00PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban law students concluded a two-day mock trial by convicting anti-communist militant Luis Posada Carriles and the United States of decades of terrorism against the government of Fidel Castro.
  • Brazil Man Guilty in Killing of U.S. Nun   AP / 7:00PM
    BELEM, Brazil (AP) -- A Brazilian rancher was convicted Tuesday of ordering the killing of American nun and rain forest defender Dorothy Stang in a case seen an important test of justice in the largely lawless Amazon region. A judge sentenced him to 30 years in prison.
  • Colombia Admits Wiretapping Operation   AP / 6:20PM
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- An illegal police wiretapping operation against journalists, opposition figures and government members included the man President Alvaro Uribe defeated in the last election, his defense minister acknowledged Tuesday.
  • Rancher Guilty in Killing of U.S. Nun   AP / 6:10PM
    BELEM, Brazil - A Brazilian rancher was convicted Tuesday of ordering the killing of an American nun and rain forest defender in a case seen as an important test of justice in the largely lawless Amazon region. A judge sentenced him to 30 years in prison.
  • Suspect Freed in Girl's Disappearance   AP / 5:10PM
    LISBON, Portugal - Portuguese police released a suspect they questioned about a missing British girl because there was not enough evidence to file charges against him, an official said Tuesday.
  • U.S., Russians, Agree to Ease Rhetoric   AP / 5:10PM
    MOSCOW - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice won agreement Tuesday from Vladimir Putin to tone down Russian tough talk in an effort to improve strained ties, though neither side gave any ground on major disagreements over missile defense and Kosovo.
  • Reuters Agrees to $17.2B Thomson Buyout   AP / 5:10PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Thomson won approval Tuesday for its $17.6 billion takeover of Reuters from the British company's editorial watchdog, but the deal now faces intense scrutiny from antitrust regulators and unions unhappy about expected job cuts.
  • Suicide Bomber Kills 25 in Pakistan   AP / 4:30PM
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A suicide bomber with a warning for American spies taped to his leg blew up a restaurant Tuesday, killing 25 people in the old quarter of this frontier city synonymous with violent Islamic radicalism and political intrigue.
  • North Korea: Funds Dispute Nearly Solved   AP / 4:20PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea said Tuesday that steps were being taken to resolve a financial dispute that has blocked international efforts to halt its production of nuclear weapons in an indication of possible progress after weeks of delay.
  • Tojo's Granddaughter in Parliament Bid   AP / 4:20PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- The granddaughter of wartime Prime Minister Hideki Tojo, who was executed for crimes against humanity, said Tuesday she will run for a parliamentary seat in July to "restore the honor" of those who gave their lives for Japan.
  • Chirac Says Goodbye to French Electorate   AP / 4:20PM
    PARIS (AP) -- Jacques Chirac, in his final presidential appeal to the French, urged his compatriots Tuesday to stay united and proud of the nation he led for 12 years despite uncertainty about France's place in today's world.
  • White House: Options Open on Wolfowitz   AP / 3:01PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House said Tuesday that "all options are on the table" about the leadership of the World Bank, even as it publicly defended embattled President Paul Wolfowitz as he fights conflict-of-interest charges.
  • DaimlerChrysler 1st-Quarter Profit Rises   AP / 2:04PM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- First-quarter earnings at DaimlerChrysler AG more than doubled as a strong performance by the company's Mercedes division outweighed widening losses at Chrysler, which the company agreed this week to sell.
  • Iran Nuclear Progress 'Slow but Steady'   AP / 12:50PM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Iran is making "slow but steady" progress in its efforts to enrich uranium, but probably still wouldn't have enough fuel for a single nuclear warhead until 2009 at the earliest, a former U.N. inspector said Tuesday.
  • White House: Wolfowitz Should Stay   AP / 12:41PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration publicly closed ranks Tuesday around embattled World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, saying findings that he broke bank rules in arranging a hefty pay package for his girlfriend did not amount to a firing offense.
  • Gunmen Hijack Bus in Northern Italy   AP / 11:10AM
    ROME - Three gunmen hijacked a bus traveling in northern Italy on Tuesday and set it on fire before running into a police blockade, officials and news reports said. The passengers were freed and were safe, and one police officer was injured.
  • Brazil Indigenous Groups Fault Pope Talk   AP / 11:10AM
    SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- Indian rights groups are criticizing Pope Benedict XVI for insisting that Latin American Indians wanted to become Christian before European conquerors arrived centuries ago.
  • Diplomats Agree to Transfer Nazi Archive   AP / 10:10AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Diplomats from 11 countries agreed Tuesday to bypass legal obstacles and begin distributing electronic copies of documents from a secretive Nazi archive, making them available to Holocaust researchers for the first time in more than a half century.
  • Nissan Opens Technology Center   AP / 9:30AM
    ATSUGI, Japan (AP) -- At Nissan's new complex for technology, experimental car batteries were sitting in freezing temperatures, getting cooked in giant metal boxes and being rattled to simulate driving -- part of the automaker's efforts to catch up in the race to develop green vehicles.
  • Irish PM Addresses British Parliament   AP / 8:10AM
    LONDON - Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern on Tuesday lauded Britain and its departing leader, Tony Blair, for making possible the dream of lasting peace in Northern Ireland and bringing Anglo-Irish relations to a new high.
  • Iran Lawmakers Seek U.S. Friendship   AP / 8:10AM
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian deputies were gathering signatures to try and form an Iranian-U.S. friendship committee in parliament to hold contacts with the U.S. Congress, legislators involved in the effort said Tuesday.
  • Rice and Putin Talk in Russia Tuesday   AP / 8:10AM
    MOSCOW - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice opened talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other top Russian officials Tuesday after acknowledging growing diplomatic tension over a host of issues including the proposed missile defense system for Europe.
  • Report: Strikes Kill Suspected Taliban   AP / 5:00AM
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- At least 11 suspected Taliban and possibly dozens more were killed by airstrikes on Taliban compounds Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, officials said.
  • Olmert, Jordan's King Meet   AP / 4:50AM
    PETRA, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan's King Abdullah II met Israel's embattled Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday in an effort to sell a sweeping peace initiative.
  • Stallone Pleads Guilty to Import Charge   AP / 3:04AM
    SYDNEY, Australia - Actor Sylvester Stallone pleaded guilty Tuesday to bringing vials of restricted muscle-building hormones into Australia and faces sentencing next week.
  • Dow Jones Urged to Reject Murdoch's Bid   AP / 2:40AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Correspondents from The Wall Street Journal's Beijing bureau who this year won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting have urged Dow Jones to reject a takeover bid by Rupert Murdoch due to concern he will meddle in the paper's China coverage.
  • Violence Hits East Timor   AP / 1:10AM
    DILI, East Timor (AP) -- Gangs torched houses and fought in East Timor, injuring around 14 people, as violence broke out following the nation's presidential elections, police and party officials said Tuesday.
  • Monday, May 14

  • U.N. Panel: Indigenous People Threatened   AP / 10:10PM
    UNITED NATIONS - Indigenous people are being pushed off their lands to make way for an expansion of biofuel crops around the world, threatening to destroy their cultures by forcing them into big cities, the head of a U.N. panel said Monday.
  • Japan Moves Closer to Charter Change   AP / 10:10PM
    TOKYO - Japan's parliament approved a plan Monday for a referendum on the country's pacifist constitution, a move that boosts Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive to give the armed forces a larger global role.
  • Japan Royals Ponder Walks, Invisibility   AP / 10:10PM
    TOKYO - What would the emperor of Japan do if he could shed his weighty crown for a day and roam freely among the common people?
  • Ex-Leaders Demand Myanmar Free Suu-Kyi   AP / 10:10PM
    OSLO, Norway - Nearly 60 former heads of state - including three ex-American presidents - demanded Monday that Myanmar's military regime release Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.
  • French President-Elect Courts Unions   AP / 10:10PM
    PARIS - Conservative president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy is already shaking things up even before he is sworn in: He has reached out to labor unions and was looking across the French political divide to Socialists as he rushes to put together a Cabinet.
  • Swede May Have Given Serb Spy NATO Data   AP / 10:10PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden - A Swedish military officer is suspected of leaking classified information about NATO's peacekeeping operations in Kosovo to an alleged Serbian spy she was dating, Sweden's armed forces said Monday.
  • Panel: Wolfowitz Broke Rules   AP / 9:50PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz broke bank rules in arranging a hefty compensation package for his girlfriend, a situation that has caused a "crisis in the leadership" at the institution, according to a report released Monday by a special bank panel.
  • Intel Settles Legal Dispute in China   AP / 7:10PM
    BEIJING, China - Intel Corp., the world's largest chip maker, said Monday it has settled a copyright infringement dispute with a Chinese maker of telecommunications and network equipment.
  • Australia Looks to Cut Kangaroo Numbers   AP / 7:10PM
    CANBERRA, Australia - Authorities said Monday they want to shoot more than 3,000 kangaroos on the fringes of Australia's capital, noting the animals were growing in population and eating through the grassy habitats of endangered species.
  • Cuba Stocks US Brands Despite Embargo   AP / 6:40PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- The golden arches are nowhere to be found. There's not a single Starbucks or Wal-Mart, and no way to buy a Budweiser, a Corvette or a Dell. But even in Cuba, you can get a Coke.
  • Venezuela: No Criticism From Pope   AP / 5:20PM
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The top spokesman for Venezuela's leftist government insisted on Monday that the pope's condemnation of Marxism wasn't directed at President Hugo Chavez, who says he's steering Venezuela toward "21st century socialism."
  • 8 Reported Killed in Sri Lanka Fighting   AP / 4:10PM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Rebels attacked a group of Sri Lankan soldiers who had crossed into insurgent territory in the north, sparking a battle that left seven guerrillas and a soldier dead, the military said Monday. The rebels denied suffering any casualties.
  • High-Ranking Mexico Intel Official Slain   AP / 4:10PM
    MEXICO CITY - Gunmen fatally shot a high-ranking intelligence official as he was on his way to work at the Attorney General's Office on Monday, officials said.
  • Drug Cartels Target Military in Mexico   AP / 3:20PM
    APATZINGAN, Mexico (AP) -- Mexican drug cartels armed with powerful weapons and angered by a nationwide military crackdown are striking back, killing soldiers in bold, daily attacks that threaten the one force strong enough to take on the gangs.
  • Al-Qaida: Stop Search for U.S. Soldiers   AP / 2:50PM
    BAGHDAD - An al-Qaida front group that claims it has captured American soldiers warned the United States on Monday to stop searching for them and suggested it attacked the U.S. convoy as revenge for the rape and murder of a local teenager last year.
  • Rice: No New Cold War for U.S., Russia   AP / 2:10PM
    MOSCOW - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday there's no "new Cold War" between Washington and Moscow, though she acknowledged growing strains ahead of contentious talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Serbian Singer Wins Eurovision Contest   AP / 12:40PM
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Marija Serifovic was given a hero's welcome by some 30,000 fans when she returned to Serbia after winning the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest in Finland.
  • U2's Bono Urges Germany Over Africa Aid   AP / 11:40AM
    BERLIN (AP) -- Bono urged Germany on Monday to use next month's Group of Eight meeting as a platform to push for more aid for Africa.
  • U.S., Iraqi Insurgents Clash Amid Search   AP / 11:30AM
    BAGHDAD - U.S. and Iraqi forces exchanged fire with suspected Sunni insurgents Monday, killing two and wounding four of them during a massive search for three missing American soldiers in a volatile area south of Baghdad, the Iraqi army said.
  • Nokia Says Market Share Will Grow in 2Q   AP / 11:10AM
    HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- Cell phone maker Nokia Corp. said Monday its share of the global handset market will grow during the second quarter to more than 36 percent.
  • Rice: No New Cold War for U.S., Russia   AP / 10:30AM
    MOSCOW - The United States and Russia are going through a difficult period but rising tensions between the two fall well short of a new Cold War, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday.
  • Paliestinian Interior Minister Resigns   AP / 10:00AM
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The Palestinian interior minister resigned on Monday, accusing Hamas and Fatah leaders of thwarting his efforts to halt new violence that is threatening the survival of the Palestinian coalition government.
  • U.S. Soldier Shot to Death in Pakistan   AP / 9:50AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Militants opened fire Monday on a convoy carrying U.S. and Pakistani military officials near the Afghan frontier, killing one American and one Pakistani soldier, the Pakistani army spokesman said.
  • Iranian Leader Threatens Retaliation   AP / 8:10AM
    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - The Iranian president said Monday Iran will retaliate if the U.S. strikes the country - a tough response to recent comments by the Vice President Dick Cheney that Washington would prevent the Islamic republic from dominating the Middle East.
  • Violence Hits Philippines Elections   AP / 8:10AM
    MANILA, Philippines - Filipinos braved the threat of violence to choose local and congressional representatives Monday in elections likely to do little to ease political instability and animosity.
  • Iraq Mission Wins Support in Japan   AP / 6:10AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A panel of Japanese lawmakers approved a two-year extension on Monday of the country's air force mission in Iraq, brushing off criticism that Tokyo should distance itself from Washington's increasingly unpopular war there.
  • 10 Killed in Russian Fire   AP / 4:20AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Ten people were found dead after a fire swept through a cafe in a Russian city, police and emergency officials said Monday, and prosecutors indicated they suspect arson.
  • Philippines Votes After Violent Campaign   AP / 4:00AM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Security forces were on high alert Monday as Filipinos voted in local and congressional elections seen as unlikely to end the instability and political violence that left more than 100 people dead during the campaign.
  • Appeal in Gere India Case   AP / 3:40AM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty appealed to the Supreme Court Monday to quash an arrest warrant issued against her and Hollywood star Richard Gere for violating the country's obscenity laws, a media report said.
  • Sunday, May 13

  • Merck Selling Generics Unit for $6.6B   AP / 8:40PM
    BERLIN (AP) -- German drug maker Merck KGaA has announced that it is selling its generic drug business to U.S.-based Mylan Laboratories Inc. for euro4.9 billion (US$6.6 billion).
  • Ahmadinejad Leads Anti-U.S. Rally in UAE   AP / 8:20PM
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Iran's president led a raucous anti-American rally on Sunday in this tightly controlled U.S. ally in the Persian Gulf, a day after a low-key visit by Vice President Dick Cheney aimed at countering Tehran's influence in the region.
  • Al-Qaida Claims Capture of 3 U.S. Troops   AP / 6:50PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- An al-Qaida front group announced Sunday it had captured American soldiers in a deadly attack the day before, as thousands of U.S. troops searched insurgent areas south of Baghdad for their three missing comrades.
  • Iran, U.S. Agree to Talks on Iraq   AP / 5:30PM
    TEHRAN, Iran - The U.S. and Iran said Sunday they will hold upcoming talks in Baghdad about improving Iraq's security - a historic political turnabout for the two countries with the most influence over Iraq's future.
  • Stryker Losses in Iraq Raise Questions   AP / 5:10PM
    BAGHDAD - A string of heavy losses from powerful roadside bombs has raised new questions about the vulnerability of the Stryker, the Army's troop-carrying vehicle hailed by supporters as the key to a leaner, more mobile force.
  • Methods of Opening Nazi Archive Weighed   AP / 5:10PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- As the Third Reich headed to defeat in World War II, the Germans burned millions of records to cover up history's worst genocide. But the fraction that survived was enough to make up the largest Nazi archive in existence.
  • Jordan Drops Blessing of Orthodox Leader   AP / 4:30PM
    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan on Sunday withdrew its recognition of the leader of Jerusalem's Greek Orthodox Church, saying he failed to annul an unsanctioned sale of church property to Israel.
  • 1st-Time Investors Buy Up Chinese Stocks   AP / 3:40PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- After watching Chinese stock prices gallop upward for months, Ding Xiurui wanted a piece of the action. The 45-year-old office worker stood in line at a bustling brokerage Friday to open her first trading account. She brought her sister, who opened an account too. They joined millions of other novice investors who are jumping into a market that has soared to dizzying heights, with prices up nearly 50 percent this year.
  • Brazil Rancher on Trial for Nun Killing   AP / 3:20PM
    BELEM, Brazil (AP) -- A rancher goes to trial Monday for the killing of an American nun whose death while trying to save the Amazon rain forest now threatens to strip away the impunity of the region's often violent elite.
  • Iran Confirms U.S.-Based Scholar Arrest   AP / 3:10PM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Iran confirmed Sunday that it has detained a prominent Iranian-American academic, and a hardline newspaper accused her of spying for the United States and Israel and trying to start a revolution inside Iran.
  • Independent Miners Confronted in Bolivia   AP / 1:10PM
    POTOSI, Bolivia (AP) -- The silver, zinc and other metals under Bolivian soil are fetching their highest prices in decades, and Evo Morales has dedicated his presidency to claiming a larger share of the money for his country's people.
  • Iraqi PM Agrees to Bigger Sunni Role   AP / 12:50PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki agreed to give Sunnis a bigger role in security operations in their areas, lawmakers said Sunday, in a deal that staves off a threatened Sunni walkout that could have toppled the Shiite leader's embattled government.
  • Meeting Weighs Opening Nazi Archive   AP / 12:50PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- As the Third Reich headed to defeat in World War II, the Germans burned millions of records to cover up history's worst genocide. But the fraction that survived was enough to make up the largest Nazi archive in existence.
  • Vibrant Paintings on Wood, Wire Earrings   AP / 11:40AM
    MIAMI (AP) -- The Haitian Heritage Museum is, for now, boxed in antioxidant cardboard in a climate-controlled storage locker.
  • Top Taliban Commander Killed in Fighting   AP / 11:30AM
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The Taliban's most prominent military commander, a one-legged fighter who orchestrated an ethnic massacre and a rash of beheadings, was killed in a U.S.-led military operation in southern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday.
  • al-Qaida Says It Has Missing U.S. Troops   AP / 11:10AM
    BAGHDAD - Thousands of U.S. soldiers searched Sunday for three Americans who were missing after their patrol came under attack in an explosion that killed four of their comrades and an Iraqi army translator. Two bombings - one in northern Iraq and another at a market in Baghdad - killed at least 67 Iraqis.
  • Portrait of Communist Leader Damaged   AP / 11:10AM
    BEIJING - A man threw a burning object at a portrait of Mao Zedong that hangs over Tiananmen Square in central Beijing, slightly damaging it and prompting police to close the nearby imperial palace, a news report said Sunday.
  • Pakistani, Afghan Troops Clash at Border   AP / 11:00AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani and Afghan forces exchanged fire at their rugged border Sunday in their most serious skirmish in years. Pakistan claimed it killed six Afghan soldiers, but Afghanistan said just two Afghan civilians were killed.
  • New Pakistan Political Riots Break Out   AP / 10:10AM
    KARACHI, Pakistan - Pro-government and opposition groups blamed each other Sunday for Pakistan's worst political violence in years, as new riots broke out and the toll from street battles in Karachi rose to 37 dead and over 150 wounded.
  • Thousands Look for 3 GIs Missing in Iraq   AP / 8:30AM
    BAGHDAD - Thousands of U.S. soldiers searched Sunday for three Americans who were missing after their patrol came under attack in an explosion that killed four other American soldiers and an Iraqi army translator.
  • Iran: Will Talk With U.S. About Iraq   AP / 6:10AM
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's foreign ministry spokesman said Sunday that Tehran has agreed to a formal request from the U.S. to talk about security in Iraq during meetings in Baghdad, the country's official news agency reported.
  • 36 Die in Pakistani Political Violence   AP / 4:43AM
    KARACHI, Pakistan - Pro-government and opposition groups traded accusations Sunday over who was to blame for the worst political violence to grip Pakistan in years, as the toll from a day of gunbattles and rioting in Karachi rose to 36 dead and more than 150 wounded.
  • Secular Turks Hold Demonstration   AP / 4:40AM
    IZMIR, Turkey (AP) -- At least 100,000 secular Turks demonstrated in Turkey's third-largest city on Sunday, keeping up pressure on the Islamic-rooted government that they fear is working to raise the influence of religion on society.
  • 16 Crew Missing After Ships Collide   AP / 4:00AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Rescuers searched for 16 missing crew members of a South Korean cargo vessel that sank after colliding with a Chinese freighter in heavy fog in waters off northeast China, coast guard officials said Sunday.
  • Officials: Taliban Commander Killed   AP / 3:23AM
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Mullah Dadullah, the Taliban's most prominent military commander, was killed in fighting in southern Afghanistan with Afghan and NATO troops, officials said Sunday.
  • 36 Die in Pakistani Political Violence   AP / 3:03AM
    KARACHI, Pakistan - A political crisis threatening President Gen. Pervez Musharraf exploded into violence Saturday when clashes between pro-government gunmen and opposition supporters killed at least 36 people and thwarted a major rally against military rule.
  • Portrait of Communist Leader Damaged   AP / 2:11AM
    BEIJING - A man damaged a portrait of Mao Zedong that hangs over Tiananmen Square in central Beijing, prompting police to close the nearby imperial palace, a news report said Sunday.
  • U.S. Hunts for Missing Personnel in Iraq   AP / 12:00AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. and Iraqi troops searched house-to-house and combed fields with their bare hands Saturday after American troops and their Iraqi interpreter came under attack in the notorious "triangle of death" south of Baghdad, leaving five dead and three missing.
  • Saturday, May 12

  • Geldof Criticizes Gore's Live Earth   AP / 10:20PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Bob Geldof, who organized the Live Aid and Live 8 benefit concerts, criticized the Live Earth music events Al Gore is putting together this summer, saying they lack a specific goal, according to a Dutch newspaper report Saturday.
  • Afghan Lawmakers Vote to Oust FM   AP / 9:20PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan lawmakers voted Saturday to oust the foreign minister over the mishandling of the expulsion of Afghan refugees from neighboring Iran, although President Hamid Karzai said his top diplomat would remain pending a Supreme Court ruling.
  • Serbia Wins Eurovision Song Contest   AP / 8:41PM
    HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- Serbia's Marija Serifovic sang a heart-wrenching power ballad to win the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest early Sunday -- an annual extravaganza of pop, rock and circus acts featuring bare flesh and fiery pyrotechnics.
  • Iraqi Parliament Objects to Baghdad Wall   AP / 7:20PM
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's parliament objected Saturday to the construction of walls around Baghdad neighborhoods and called on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to testify about other security issues.
  • Israel Pledges More West Bank Pullouts   AP / 7:20PM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's foreign minister pledged further withdrawals from the West Bank to facilitate creation of a Palestinian state but said in an interview published Saturday that the process was being hindered by Palestinian inability to rein in militants.
  • EU Proposes Monitoring Radical Mosques   AP / 4:50PM
    VENICE, Italy - Security officials from Europe's largest countries backed a plan Saturday to profile mosques on the continent and identify radical Islamic clerics who raise the threat of homegrown terrorism.
  • 27 Killed in Pakistan Political Violence   AP / 4:10PM
    KARACHI, Pakistan - Government supporters and opponents turned neighborhoods of Pakistan's largest city into battlegrounds Saturday, leaving at least 27 people dead in the worst political violence since President Gen. Pervez Musharraf suspended the chief justice.
  • Sarkozy's Start in France Echos Chirac's   AP / 3:50PM
    PARIS (AP) -- He won the presidency on promises of change for a morose France fed up with soaring joblessness, and was openly fond of the United States.
  • AP Centerpiece: U.S. Brands Get to Cuba   AP / 3:40PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- The golden arches are nowhere to be found. There's not a single Starbucks or Wal-Mart, and no way to buy a Budweiser, a Corvette or a Dell.
  • New Pakistani Port Draws Mixed Reviews   AP / 3:20PM
    GWADAR, Pakistan (AP) -- By the waters of the Arabian Sea, a remote Pakistani fishing town is being transformed into a massive deep sea port to cash in on the inexorable rise of the Chinese economy.
  • German Dialect Studied in Texas   AP / 3:13PM
    NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - When Hans Boas came to the University of Texas from California in 2001 to teach German, he stopped in the Hill Country town of Fredericksburg, which embraces its German roots with a robust Oktoberfest and German-themed restaurants and shops.
  • U.S. Efforts Bear Fruit in Philippines   AP / 3:00PM
    JOLO, Philippines (AP) -- A wanted poster printed four years ago has half of the 24 portraits crossed out. Seven of the suspected terrorists are dead, the other five in custody.
  • 2 Ships Collide Off China; 16 Missing   AP / 2:40PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A South Korean cargo vessel sailing in fog sank collided with a Chinese freighter and sank on Saturday off China's northeast coast, and its 16-member crew was missing, the coast guard said.
  • Author Paulo Coelho Thrives on Extremes   AP / 2:20PM
    PARIS (AP) -- Paulo Coelho hates seeing books neglected, gathering dust on his shelves. And so he leaves most of what he reads in parks, bus stations, his local Japanese restaurant, for random readers to find.
  • 'Lion King' Comes Home to South Africa   AP / 2:20PM
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) -- With an explosion of drumbeats, "The Lion King" has returned to its cultural roots, and its story of assassination, coup and famine, the destruction of a nation and hopes for its rebirth is finding a special resonance in Africa.
  • Chertoff: Data Sharing Key to Terror War   AP / 2:00PM
    VENICE, Italy (AP) -- Pieces of information gathered about airline passengers arriving in the United States can be crucial when least expected to preventing terror attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Saturday as he pushed for a deal with European countries on sharing data.
  • Cuba Honors Soldier Killed by Deserters   AP / 1:00PM
    HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba awarded a posthumous medal to a soldier killed by conscripts who fled their base and later tried to hijack a plane to leave the island, an incident the government blamed on Washington's policies.
  • Switzerland Investigating BAE Arms Deals   AP / 11:10AM
    BERN, Switzerland - Swiss prosecutors have begun an investigation into corruption allegations surrounding arms deals by the British aerospace company BAE Systems PLC, an official said.
  • Russia Rejects Parts of Kosovo Draft   AP / 10:10AM
    MOSCOW - Russia said Saturday that it could not accept elements of a draft U.N. resolution on Kosovo worked out by the United States and European Union nations, maintaining its strong opposition to a Western-backed plan for the Serbian province's independence.
  • Depression Blocks Von Trier's Filmmaking   AP / 9:40AM
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- The Danish director Lars Von Trier said a period of depression has left him unable to work and he has doubts about when he will return to filmmaking.
  • 11 Killed Ahead of Rally in Pakistan   AP / 7:30AM
    KARACHI, Pakistan - Clashes between rival parties killed at least 11 people and wounded dozens as Pakistan's political crisis descended into violence ahead of planned protests over President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's suspension of the chief justice.
  • U.S., Europe Seek Airline Data Deal   AP / 7:00AM
    VENICE, Italy (AP) -- The U.S. Homeland Security secretary met with top European security officials Saturday to work out the details of a new agreement to share airline passenger data for terrorism investigations.
  • Al-Hakim Calls for "Security Ag