Mexico murder rate falls to 22 per 100,000 from 24

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s homicide rate dropped slightly to 22 per 100,000 people last year from 24 per 100,000 in 2011, according to new estimates by the country’s National Statistics and Geography Institute. Experts said Tuesday the…

Egypt’s military keeps Morsi’s whereabouts secret

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt is taking extreme measures to keep Mohammed Morsi hidden. It says dignitaries are helicoptered to the deposed president’s place of detention after nightfall, flying in patterns aimed at confusing the visitors. The military also…

Greece seeks terror-related charges over arms bust

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police on Wednesday said they will demand that terrorism-related charges be brought against three Greeks and three Turks arrested for allegedly trying to ferry weapons and explosives in a speedboat to Turkey. Greek…

Latest platform for Syria’s president: Instagram

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s embattled president already has a Facebook page, Twitter account and a YouTube channel. Now Bashar Assad is turning to the popular photo-sharing service Instagram in the latest attempt at improving his image as his…

German industrialist Berthold Beitz dies at 99

BERLIN (AP) — Berthold Beitz, who was honored for saving hundreds of Jews in occupied Poland during World War II and became one of post-war West Germany’s leading industrialists, has died at 99. Steelmaker ThyssenKrupp AG, where he…

Puerto Rico adopts new cruise industry incentives

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla has approved a package of incentives aimed at bringing more cruise ship passengers to the U.S. island territory. The incentives include 10 percent discount on goods…

Leaked docs give new insight into NSA’s searches

LONDON (AP) — Documents published by the Guardian newspaper are providing new insight into the National Security Agency’s surveillance of world data, giving an over-the-shoulder look at the programs and techniques U.S. intelligence analysts use to exploit the…

Brazil: Bricklayer’s disappearance in spotlight

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Activists pressing for light to be shed on the disappearance of a bricklayer who was last seen in police custody more than two weeks ago staged a protest Wednesday on Rio de Janeiro’s…

Cuba: 7 dead after drinking illicit methyl alcohol

HAVANA (AP) — Seven people have died of poisoning after consuming black-market methyl alcohol and 41 others remained hospitalized, Cuban authorities said Wednesday. A Health Ministry report read out on the state TV afternoon news said numerous people…

Argentina train videos show distracted drivers

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina has put cameras in commuter train cabins that captured drivers reading books, talking on cellphones and even sleeping when they should have been focused on the rails. Interior and Transport Minister Florencio…

UN experts to probe alleged Syria chemical attacks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts will travel to Syria as soon as possible to investigate three alleged incidents of chemical weapons, the United Nations announced Wednesday. U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said the green light for the investigation…

Greek court convicts 9 over cruise ship sinking

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek court has convicted nine officers and shipping company officials of negligence in the sinking of a cruise ship off the resort island of Santorini more than six years ago. The Piraeus court…

Brazil investing $4B in Sao Paulo infrastructure

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s president has announced a $4 billion program to improve transport, sewage and public housing in Sao Paulo, the nation’s biggest city. That comes in the wake of nationwide protests that saw angered demonstrators…

Not a car or bicycle, but a blend _ an ELF vehicle

RESTON, Virginia (AP) — A Massachusetts man is taking his car-bicycle blend “Organic Transit Vehicle” — also known as an ELF bike — on a 1,200-mile trip from North Carolina to Massachusetts this summer, turning heads as the…

Saudi prince loses UK court battle over jet deal

LONDON (AP) — A prominent Saudi prince has lost a case in Britain over the handling the sale of a jet to the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was being sued by Jordanian businesswoman…

Egypt orders camps cleared, protesters buckle down

CAIRO (AP) — Protesters holding sticks and wearing helmets and makeshift body armor stand behind mounds of sandbags, tires and brick walls. They change guards every two hours to ensure they stay alert. With Egypt’s military-backed government signaling…

Russia: 1,200 Vietnamese in raid of workshops

MOSCOW (AP) — Police in Russia’s capital say they have detained 1,200 Vietnamese who are in the country illegally during a pre-dawn raid on a complex of small workshops. A statement from the Interior Ministry said the Wednesday…

Mexican president’s thyroid surgery successful

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A top aide says the surgery on President Enrique Pena Nieto to remove a thyroid nodule went smoothly and exactly as planned. Chief-of-Staff Aurelio Nuno says Pena Nieto is awake and has returned to…

Leiderman picked to be Israel central bank chief

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister has appointed economist Professor Leonardo Leiderman as central bank chief following the withdrawal of the former candidate. A statement from the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office Wednesday says the appointment still has…

Analysis: Pope’s revolution; not all are pleased

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Francis Revolution is underway. Not everyone is pleased. Four months into his papacy, Francis has called on young Catholics in the trenches to take up spiritual arms to shake up a dusty, doctrinaire…