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…

Libya: Gadhafi-era minister sentenced to execution

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A criminal court in Libya’s western city of Misrata sentenced a Gadhafi-era education minister to death on Wednesday for murder and for inciting violence during the 2011 civil war. It was the second such…

Kerry in Pakistan to discuss drones, Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A new set of players but the same lingering issues are confronting John Kerry on his first visit to Pakistan as U.S. secretary of state: the fight against extremism, American drone attacks inside the country…

UK ‘open’ to better relations with Iran

LONDON (AP) — Foreign Secretary William Hague says Britain is open to better relations with Iran on a “step-by-step” basis and he is willing to meet with Tehran’s foreign minister. The Foreign Office says Hague stressed the need…

US: Mideast deal in 9 months target, not deadline

JERUSALEM (AP) — A U.S. diplomat in Jerusalem says reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal within nine months is a target, not a deadline. Consul-General Michael Ratney told reporters that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to…

Sudan says rebels kill 9 soldiers in ambush

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan’s Foreign Ministry says a rebel ambush on an army convoy has killed nine soldiers. The convoy was transporting fuel supplies for the U.N. mission in Abyei, a disputed region between Sudan and South…

Al-Qaida: We will try to free Guantanamo inmates

BAGHDAD (AP) — Al-Qaida’s leader said in remarks posted Wednesday that a prisoners’ hunger strike in Guantanamo Bay has revealed the “odious” face of America and claims that the terror network will spare no effort to free prisoners…

Ultra-Orthodox protesters attack buses in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they have arrested an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man for demanding women move to the back of a bus, sparking protests that saw bus windows smashed. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says Wednesday’s incident occurred…

Egypt orders police to clear protest camps

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s military-backed government has ordered the police to break up the sit-in protests by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, saying they pose an “unacceptable threat” to national security. Information Minister Dorreya Sharaf el-Din said…

Spanish train crash driver identifies caller

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court says the driver of a train that crashed last week killing 79 people has said he was talking by phone to the train’s ticket inspector just before the accident happened but hung…

Ruling expected soon in Berlusconi tax fraud case

ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi’s reinforced defense team made its final arguments Wednesday in front of Italy’s highest court, seeking the reversal of a tax fraud conviction that could bring a quick halt to the three-time former premier’s…