Eastern India braces for impact of major cyclone

BHUBANESHWAR, India (AP) — Officials ordered tens of thousands of coastal villagers to flee their homes Friday as a massive cyclone — so large it filled nearly the entire Bay of Bengal — gathered strength and headed toward…

Fujimori gets out of jail via Twitter, YouTube

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Incarcerated for authorizing death squads and corruption, former President Alberto Fujimori is not permitted to give interviews or make public statements. Yet he has 10,000 Twitter followers three weeks after opening an account, and…

Artists, educators laud black heritage in DR

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — In a school auditorium filled with laughing students, actresses Luz Bautista Matos and Clara Morel threw themselves into acting out a fairy tale complete with a princess, a hero and acts of…

4 detained in Costa Rica kidney-trafficking ring

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Three Costa Rican doctors and a Greek citizen have been detained under suspicion they are part of ring that trafficked kidneys to foreigners, authorities said Thursday. Attorney General Carlos Jimenez said the…

Fire at Japanese hospital kills 10, injures 8

TOKYO (AP) — A fire broke out at a hospital in southern Japan early Friday, killing 10 people, the police and fire department said. Fukuoka prefectural police said another eight people were injured in the fire at an…

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…

Official: Traffickers in Honduras alerted to raid

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A police operation to dismantle a drug trafficking cartel wasn’t as successful as it should have been because corrupt authorities alerted the traffickers weeks ahead of time, a Honduran official said Thursday. Seized Property…

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 flooding rains threatening farmlands and populated areas, including the capital Manila. Typhoon Nari forced U.S. Secretary…

Bloomberg gets caught up in Mexico soda tax fight

MEXICO CITY (AP) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s name has been drawn into the debate over a proposed 8-cent (1 peso) per liter tax on soft drinks to fund weight-control efforts in Mexico, which now has…

BlackBerry founders looking at buying company

TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry founders Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin are weighing taking over the distressed smartphone company as it searches for a savior. Lazaridis said Thursday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that he…

FIFA executive confident about World Cup security

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police can control any protests during next year’s World Cup, a top executive for soccer’s governing body said Thursday. There were violent protests around the Confederations Cup in June, and FIFA General…

Italy’s postal service helps ailing Alitalia

ROME (AP) — Italy’s postal service, Poste Italiane SpA, has stepped in to help the debt-ridden national airline Alitalia. The government said Thursday that Poste would help recapitalize Alitalia and ensure service amid concerns that the carrier might…

UN extends NATO force in Afghanistan for last time

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to extend the mandate of the NATO-led force in Afghanistan for the last time before it hands over total responsibility for security to Afghan forces at the…

Cyclist Gino Bartali honored by Holocaust museum

ROME (AP) — Gino Bartali rarely spoke about this for all these years. During World War II, the champion cyclist — winner of the 1938 and 1948 Tour de France — helped rescue Jews in his native Italy…

Rebels in Iran kill 5 Revolutionary Guards

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian semi-official news agency is reporting an armed group has killed five members of the elite Revolutionary Guards in a Kurdish area near the Iraqi border. The Thursday report by Fars quotes an…

Malawi president fires Cabinet

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi’s president has sacked her Cabinet in the wake of reports of worsening corruption in her government. A statement signed by presidential press secretary Steven Nhlane says President Joyce Banda dissolved the Cabinet on…

Police say sex offender located in US

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Canadian police said Thursday a violent, high-risk sex offender who has been missing for more than a week has been located in the United States, but he can’t be arrested because he’s not wanted…

Israel holds flight exercise ahead of Iran talks

JERUSALEM (AP) — In an apparent message to Iran, the Israeli military said Thursday it had carried out a “special long-range flight exercise” and posted rare footage of the drill online. The military said its squadrons practiced refueling…

Security Council urges UN to combat Haiti cholera

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council urged the United Nations on Thursday to keep up efforts to combat cholera in Haiti in a resolution extending the mandate of the peacekeeping force whose soldiers have been widely blamed…

Draghi: World doesn’t believe US will default

NEW YORK (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says a U.S. government debt default would cause “severe damage” to the American and global economies — but that the rest of the world doesn’t believe it will…