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…

Myanmar farmers find little relief from land grabs

DALA, Myanmar (AP) — Just after dawn, plainclothes Myanmar naval officers entered a wooden shack and roused a young rice farmer from his sleep. They marched him to their nearby barracks and locked him up without explanation. By…

Oil near $102 as US nears short-term budget fix

Oil retreated to below $102 a barrel Friday as political leaders in Washington neared an agreement that would allow a short-term extension to the U.S. borrowing limit and as global oil supplies were seen rising next year. By…

France upholds ban on hydraulic fracturing

PARIS (AP) — France’s constitutional council upheld a ban on the energy extraction process known as fracking on Friday, two days after the European Parliament voted to require full environmental reports from companies that want to establish hydraulic…

New Iran government scraps anti-Israeli conference

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The administration of Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani has cancelled an anti-Israeli conference as part of his outreach to the West and efforts to map out a new diplomatic path for Iran. The annual…

Royal Mail soars on stock market debut

LONDON (AP) — Shares in newly-privatized Royal Mail soared on their stock market debut Friday, bolstering criticism that the company — which traces its five-century history back to King Henry VIII — was undervalued by the British government.…

Cambodia unveils $1.2M monument to late king

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia inaugurated a $1.2 million monument Friday honoring its late King Norodom Sihanouk, who led the struggle for independence but whose political maneuvering helped plunge the country into genocidal rule by the communist…

Africa vs ICC: Quotes on court before Kenya trial

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Foreign ministers from around Africa on Friday meet at the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia to discuss Africa’s relationship with the International Criminal Court. The meeting comes a month before Kenyan President Uhuru…

BC-WEA–Global Weather-Fahrenheit, WEA

NEW YORK (AP) — Minimum and maximum temperatures in Fahrenheit, precipitation in inches and weather conditions as recorded for the previous day and forecast for the current and following day in each city as of 1200 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

Your guide to the 2013 Nobel prizes

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Here’s a look at the achievements honored by this year’s Nobel prizes, the $1.2 million awards handed out since 1901 by committees in Stockholm and Oslo: NOBEL PEACE PRIZE The Organization for the Prohibition of…

Israel conference: Cavemen discovered recycling

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — If you thought recycling was just a modern phenomenon championed by environmentalists and concerned urbanites — think again. There is mounting evidence that hundreds of thousands of years ago, our prehistoric ancestors learned…

Australian police seize $190 million worth of meth

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police seized around 200 million Australian dollars ($190 million) worth of methamphetamine hidden in the tires of a truck shipped from China, officials said Friday. Three Melbourne men were arrested after officials found more…