RBS names new CEO to replace Stephen Hester

LONDON (AP) — Stephen Hester reported his last set of results for bailed-out Royal Bank of Scotland Friday as he prepares to hand over the reins to New Zealander Ross McEwan. The state-controlled bank recorded a first-half profit…

Official: Clashes in Yemeni capital leave 1 dead

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A military official says clashes erupted in the Yemeni capital when a group of soldiers who had joined a mutiny tried to storm the presidential palace. One of the mutinied troops was killed and…

William, Kate register birth of Prince George

LONDON (AP) — It’s official. Royal officials say Prince William and his wife, Kate, have formally registered the birth of their son — and put to rest any doubts about their occupations as royals. Kensington Palace said William…

Greek protesters take campaign to Acropolis

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek civil servants protesting mass staff cuts took their campaign to the gates of the ancient Acropolis on Friday, after the government announced that 500 workers at the culture ministry would be suspended next…

Mali presidential race goes to runoff

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A Mali government official says none of the 28 candidates in the presidential election received a majority vote, and a runoff will be held later this month between the top two finishers. Ibrahim Boubacar…

Egyptian forces to cordon off protest sites

CAIRO (AP) — An international human rights group has warned Egypt’s new interim leadership against ending sit-ins by loyalists of ousted president by force, saying all measures must be taken to avert a “bloodbath.” The statement by Human…

Germany ends Cold War spying pact with US, Britain

BERLIN (AP) — The German government has canceled a Cold War-era surveillance pact with the United States and Britain following concerns about their alleged electronic eavesdropping in Germany. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Friday that ending the agreement…

Lawyer: Snowden has a place to live in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden says the National Security Agency leaker has determined where he will live, but is still figuring out what he will do during his stay in Russia. Russia granted Snowden…

Nepal arrests 2 men in case of missing US trekker

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Police in Nepal said Friday that have arrested two men suspected of being involved in the 2010 disappearance of a 23-year-old American woman. Aubrey Sacco of Greeley, Colorado, has been missing since she failed…

UN probes allegations of rebel atrocities in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say latest clashes in northern Syria between Kurdish opposition fighters and rebels linked to al-Qaida have killed 12 Islamic fighters. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday that the clashes took…

Czech president has diabetes, but can keep working

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman has been diagnosed with diabetes, but his doctors say they believe his condition won’t prevent him from doing his duties. Dr. Ales Zak says Zeman needs “medium intensive treatment” for his…

Hot air balloon launch in France soars past record

PARIS (AP) — A hot air balloon festival at a former NATO airfield in eastern France broke two records in as many days this week — first by sending up 408 piloted balloons in an hour, then by…

Cambodian PM says party can legally form gov’t

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Hopes for a compromise solution to the deadlock over Cambodia’s election results have faded with the country’s leader saying he can form a new government even if the opposition boycotts parliament. Prime Minister…

France tries 1 more cure for volatile suburbs

PARIS (AP) — Two weeks after a spurt of rioting in a far-flung Paris suburb, President Francois Hollande is injecting a new dose of funds to help cure one of France’s most persistent problem areas — the suburban…

Nigeria: Death toll in blasts in Christian area 27

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A Christian leader says he carried three bodies from this week’s multiple blasts in the northern Nigerian city of Kano to a military hospital, raising the toll to at least 27 dead. Tobias Itika…

Japan’s Aso refuses to resign over Nazi comment

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso refused Friday to resign or apologize over remarks suggesting Japan should follow the Nazi example of how to change the country’s constitution stealthily and without public debate. Following protests by…

African observers signal approval of Zimbabwe vote

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The African Union says it is reserving its judgment on whether Zimbabwe’s elections were systematically flawed until details of the disputed vote are clarified. The head of the AU’s 70-member observer mission, Olusegun Obasanjo,…

Spain’s jobless figure drops 5th month in a row

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Labor Ministry said Friday the number of people registered as unemployed dropped for a fifth consecutive month in July as the busy summer tourist season continued to create jobs. A ministry statement said the…

Mumbai’s venerable ‘Fiat taxis’ begin to disappear

MUMBAI, India (AP) — To anyone who’s ever visited Mumbai, they are as evocative a symbol as the Gateway to India. The boxy, black-and-yellow Premier Padmini taxis have plied the city’s streets for nearly half a century, defying…