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…

US official: Human rights deteriorate in China

BEIJING (AP) — A senior U.S. official says that China’s human rights situation continues to deteriorate and that the latest round of dialogue with Chinese officials on human rights fell short of U.S. expectations. Acting Assistant Secretary of…

Iranian news agency says it misquoted Rouhani

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s new president has called Israel an “old wound” that should be removed in comments published just two days ahead of his inauguration. Hasan Rouhani’s remarks about Israel — his country’s archenemy — echo…

IAG says restructuring at Iberia taking hold

LONDON (AP) — International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways and Iberia, has reported a second-quarter net income of 127 million euros ($168 million) as restructuring at the Spanish airline begins to take hold. The profit,…

AP PHOTOS: Nicaraguan town honors saint

NANDAIME, Nicaragua (AP) — Nandaime puts on a big show for two weeks every year to honor its patron saint, Santa Ana, the mother of the Virgin Mary. Townspeople parade through the streets with a platform holding statues…

Lufthansa loses money in H1, stands by outlook

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German airline Lufthansa AG recorded a net loss of 204 million euros ($270.01 million) in the first six months of the year as restructuring costs, fuel prices and slower business in Asia and the…

Interest grows in New Zealand’s designer drug law

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A novel New Zealand law that could legalize some designer drugs is being scrutinized with interest by other countries struggling to keep up with the proliferation of “party pills” and similar products. The…

Indian army says 12 rebels killed in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Indian army has killed a dozen suspected rebels in five days of fighting near the highly militarized line dividing disputed Kashmir between India and Pakistan. Indian army spokesman Naresh Vig says the fighting…

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 0800 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

Taiwan lawmakers brawl over nuclear plant bill

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and threw water at each other Friday ahead of an expected vote that would authorize a referendum on whether to finish a fourth nuclear power plant on this densely populated…

Stocks drop back on mixed US jobs figures

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks advanced Friday after a report that U.S. manufacturing activity jumped last month raised hopes of a rebound in industrial production that would bolster growth in the world’s biggest economy. Investors were pleased…

Taiwan lawmakers brawl over nuclear plant bill

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and threw water at each other Friday ahead of an expected vote that would authorize a national referendum on whether to finish building a fourth power plant on this densely…

Honduras tribunal: 4 officers guilty in killing

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A Honduran tribunal has convicted four police officers in the 2011 killing of the son of the president of Honduras National Autonomous University and his friend, a case that set off a campaign to…

Chile court stalls $1.4B thermoelectric plant

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean appeals court has annulled the construction permit for the $1.4 billion Punta Alcalde thermoelectric plant. The court said Thursday that the 740-megawatt plant planned by the European company Endesa for the north…