UK makes royal coin for baby prince’s christening

LONDON (AP) — Superstition holds it’s good luck to cross a newborn’s palm with silver to wish the child riches and health, but Britain’s baby Prince George is getting something more: A whole new set of coins in…

UN hopes for action on Central African Republic

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is hoping to adopt a resolution this week aimed at helping to restore security to the collapsing Central African Republic and demanding swift implementation of a political transition leading to…

UN chief heads to Hungary and then to Brunei

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to a water summit in Hungary and then to a summit of Southeast Asian nations in Brunei. U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said Ban left for Hungary on Monday to…

Nabbing of Libyan militant sparks fear of backlash

CAIRO (AP) — The Libyan militant accused by Washington in the killing of the U.S. ambassador told The Associated Press on Monday he’s not worried about being next on the list for capture by the Americans after the…

Greeks hope to save ancient road on subway site

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — When a brand-new subway system hits an ancient road, surely something has to give. But in one northern Greek city, archaeologists are fighting to combine the two, against government plans to remove and display…

Post-coup Egypt gripped by nationalist fervor

CAIRO (AP) — While riots turned the neighborhoods of Cairo into deadly battlegrounds this weekend, Egypt’s most powerful man — the head of the armed forces — enjoyed a star-studded show. In a sports stadium, celebrities and pop…

At least 45 dead from attacks in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — A coordinated wave of evening bombings in Baghdad has raised the death toll from a series of attacks today across Iraq. At least 45 people were killed. It’s the third day in a row that…

Death of Israeli kingmaker leaves huge void

JERUSALEM (AP) — To his supporters, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was a revered spiritual sage who empowered masses of disenfranchised Sephardic Jews. Among secular Israelis, he was widely perceived as a medieval figure, bedecked in flowing robes and occasionally…

Maldives court annuls 1st round presidential vote

MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Supreme Court of the Maldives has annulled the results of the first round of voting in the country’s presidential election, agreeing with a losing candidate’s claim that the election was flawed. Four judges…

Brazil demands Canada explain spying allegations

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil on Monday demanded clarifications from the Canadian government about allegations that its spies targeted Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry, in what Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said appears to be an act of industrial…

Official: Iran won’t unblock Facebook, Twitter

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran does not plan to unblock Facebook and Twitter for the general public even if some top government officials use it, the minister of telecommunications and information technology said Monday. State TV quoted Mahmoud…

Officials blamed in Mexico monster truck crash

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Mexican government officials and event organizers on Monday blamed the driver of a monster truck for losing control and plowing into a crowd of spectator, killing eight and injuring dozens. Motor-sports experts pointed…

Algeria: Diplomats held captive in Mali are alive

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s foreign minister says the diplomats who remain captive after being kidnapped from its Gao consulate in northern Mali in April 2012 are still alive. At least four hostages are believed to still be…

Crew testifies about Concordia chaos, maneuver

GROSSETO, Italy (AP) — A crew member of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia testified Monday that the nautical charts aboard the doomed ship were perfectly adequate to navigate the liner along its planned route, disputing claims by the captain…

Israeli lawmakers pay rare visit to Ramallah

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A delegation of Israeli lawmakers paid a rare visit to the West Bank on Monday to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and give an emotional boost to fledgling peace talks that have faced…

Romanian deputy PM charged with election fraud

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian prosecutors on Monday charged the deputy prime minister and 74 local officials with election fraud during a referendum that failed to unseat President Traian Basescu. A majority of those who took part in…

Missing in Rio on the rise; Brazil police accused

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Anderson de Souza turned back after bounding down a dark maze of passageways in Rio de Janeiro’s sprawling Rocinha slum, incandescent light illuminating his face. It was right here, he said, pointing to…

Hungary rejects Croatia’s CEO extradition request

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Budapest court has rejected a European arrest warrant issued by Croatia for the head of Hungary’s main oil company, who is wanted for his alleged involvement in a bribery case. MOL Rt. chairman…

France’s Sarkozy cleared in campaign finance case

PARIS (AP) — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was cleared Monday of allegations that he illegally took donations from France’s richest woman on the way to his 2007 election victory, his lawyer and an official said. The announcement…

White diamond fetches record $30.6M at HK auction

HONG KONG (AP) — A white diamond the size of a small egg sold for $30.6 million at a Hong Kong auction Monday night, edging out the previous record for such a stone set just six months ago.…