China fines 6 milk suppliers in price-fixing probe

BEIJING (AP) — Two suppliers of infant formula, Mead Johnson and Hong Kong’s Biostime, say Chinese authorities have imposed multimillion-dollar fines on them in a price-fixing probe. Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. said Wednesday its China unit was fined…

Evidence suggests new bird flu spread among people

LONDON (AP) — Chinese scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that a new bird flu strain is sometimes able to spread from person to person, but they are emphasizing that the virus still does not transmit easily.…

Radio journalist shot to death in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan authorities say a radio journalist has been shot to death in the eastern province of Zacapa. Fire department spokesman Sergio Vasquez says firefighters found the body of Jesus Lima on Tuesday inside his…

New chief named for military police in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The city of Rio de Janeiro has a new leader for its military police. That comes one day after the previous chief was fired after he decreed an amnesty for police officers who…

Gunman kills head of Venezuela opposition party

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A gunman riding on the back of a motorcycle has killed a Venezuelan opposition leader in the home state of the late President Hugo Chavez. A colleague says Pablo Uzcategui was shot twice Monday…

Study: UN should be accountable for Haiti cholera

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti should be held accountable for introducing cholera into the Caribbean nation, a Yale University report said Tuesday. In the report “Peacekeeping Without Accountability,” researchers from Yale Law…

Earthquake strikes south of Mexican capital

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A moderate earthquake has shaken southern Mexico, rocking buildings in the capital of Mexico City and sending some frightened people into the streets. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a preliminary magnitude…

Dozens of protesters occupy Rio’s Indian Museum

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A group of indigenous people and their supporters have re-occupied Rio de Janeiro’s Indian Museum complex months after police ousted the group in a violent clash. Several dozen people occupied the museum complex…

UN chemical team getting ready to go to Syria

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says the U.N. chemical weapons expert team has assembled in The Hague, Netherlands and is completing preparations before departing to Syria to investigate three incidents of alleged chemical weapons use. U.N.…

UN: Darfur relief blocked when Sudan cut off visas

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Sudan’s government has not renewed work permits for 20 of the 37 U.N. refugee agency staffers in the country, which has forced cutbacks in services to displaced people in Darfur, the United Nations said…

Argentina: Apartment building explosion kills 8

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A natural gas explosion destroyed a tall apartment building in the Argentine city of Rosario on Tuesday, killing at least five people, injuring more than 50 and causing an evacuation of much of…

Rwanda: Pres. Clinton, Chelsea promote clean water

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea are promoting clean water in Rwanda. The two Clintons wrapped up a two-day visit to Rwanda on Tuesday. On Monday the pair watched as water purification…

Officials: Car bombs kill 20 people in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a wave of car bombs, mainly targeting markets in and near Baghdad, has killed 20 people and wounded dozens. Police officials say the deadliest among Tuesday’s attacks came before sunset, when a…

Taiwan defense minister quits after less than week

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s newly appointed defense minister resigned Tuesday over a plagiarism accusation after less than a week on the job, dealing another blow to the government of President Ma Ying-jeou and plunging the island’s military…

Ukraine: 5 killed, 20 sickened in ammonia leak

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s Emergency Situations Ministry says an ammonia leak at a chemical plant has killed five people and sickened more than 20. The ministry said that a pipe carrying liquid ammonia depressurized Tuesday at the…

2 leftist farm activists killed in Mexico

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Two leftist activists have been found shot to death on Mexico’s southern Pacific coast and a third is missing. The two men were found with their hands bound and gunshot wounds to their heads…

US Embassy sends letter to widow after fatal crash

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. Embassy has sent a condolence letter to the widow of a man killed in a traffic accident involving a U.S. diplomat. Latifah Naiman Mariki, whose husband died in the accident, said she…

Egypt bristles as US pols urge freeing prisoners

CAIRO (AP) — Two senior U.S. senators have urged Egypt’s military-backed government to release detained members of the Muslim Brotherhood before starting negotiations. Tuesday’s comments came after John McCain and Lindsey Graham met with top military and civilian…

Lawyer: Snowden’s father invited to visit Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden said Tuesday that he has sent an official invitation to the National Security Agency leaker’s father to visit Russia and help his fugitive son decide his next steps. Lon…