Israel says foils al-Qaida plot on US Embassy

Israel on Wednesday said it had foiled an "advanced" al-Qaida plan to carry out a suicide bombing on the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and bomb other targets, in what analysts said was the first time the global terror network's leadership has been directly involved in plotting an attack inside Israel. …

Syrian peace talks stuck over Assad’s future

Peace talks to carve a path out of Syria's civil war got off to a rocky start Wednesday as a bitter clash over President Bashar Assad's future threatened to collapse the negotiations even before they had begun. …

Venezuelan inflation rate tops 49 percent

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s Central Bank says prices have risen nearly 50 percent since last September as the country struggles to rein in a quickening rate of inflation and widespread shortages. Thursday’s report says the consumer price…

Shell Nigeria declares force majeure on oil export

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Shell Nigeria declares “force majeure” on exports of Bonny Light Crude oil and blames oil thefts that have forced the closure of its major Trans-Niger Pipeline at least five times in three months. Friday’s…

Spain court names ex-China president in probe

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s National Court is widening a probe into alleged genocide by China against Tibet to include former Chinese President Hu Jintao. A court order says it accepted an appeal by two Spanish pro-Tibet rights groups…

Typhoon barrels toward northern Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A tropical storm barreling toward the northern Philippines on Friday intensified into a typhoon with destructive winds and rain threatening farmland and populated areas, including the capital, Manila. Typhoon Nari forced U.S. Secretary of…

Turkish PM Erdogan weighs in on US health care law

ISTANBUL (AP) — Add Turkey’s prime minister to President Barack Obama’s allies in a fight over health care which has paralyzed much of the U.S. government. In a rare comment on U.S. domestic policy, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip…

Kerry in Afghanistan for urgent security talks

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Afghanistan Friday for urgent talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai as an end of October deadline looms for completing a security deal that would allow American…

Senior Pakistan Taliban captured in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. troops are holding a senior Pakistani Taliban commander they captured in Afghanistan a week ago, an Afghan provincial official said Friday. The capture could be a significant blow to the Pakistani Taliban, who…

UN calls Iraq death penalty ‘obscene and inhuman’

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.’s human rights office says Iraq’s execution of 42 people over the past two days is an “inhuman” and likely illegal use of the death penalty. Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N.’s Office…

Car bomb hits Swedish, Finnish consulates in Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A car bomb exploded outside a building housing the Swedish and Finnish consulates in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, badly damaging it but causing no casualties, Libyan and Swedish officials said.…

Cheapside Hoard puts 17th-century bling on display

LONDON (AP) — Diamonds may be forever, but a lot of jewelry doesn’t survive through the centuries. Rings and bracelets get broken up for re-use, pearls decay, gold is melted down. That explains the excitement over a new…

Poland debates controversial pension reform

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s government has opened a debate Friday on a controversial plan to transfer part of pension savings from private funds to a state account. The government argues it would reduce risk for pension savings,…

German groom forgets bride at gas station

BERLIN (AP) — A German couple’s marriage got off to a rocky start when the groom forgot his bride at a highway gas station on the way home from their honeymoon, only noticing she was missing after hours…

China Premier Li Keqiang addresses Thai parliament

BANGKOK (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has been granted the rare honor of addressing the Thai parliament at the start of an official visit to Thailand focused on boosting economic ties between the two countries. Li’s three-day…

AU official: ICC treating Africa with disdain

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An African Union official has urged African foreign ministers meeting in Ethiopia not to allow the International Criminal Court to continue treating the continent and “Africans in a condescending manner.” The chairman of…

Iraq, Swiss firm sign $6B oil refinery contract

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister says his country has signed a $6 billion contract with Swiss company Satarem to build and run an oil refinery in southern Iraq. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office announced the deal on…