Betting agencies have big day on royal baby names

LONDON (AP) — Bookies cashed in big Monday as thousands of Britons placed bets on the name of the child that will be born to Prince William and his wife, Kate. Ladbrokes took 50,000 bets in the hours…

Tunisian feminist says prison guards beat prisoner

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — An imprisoned Tunisian member of the Ukrainian women’s group Femen told a court Monday that she intervened after witnessing prison guards mistreating a fellow inmate in her defense against new charges of insulting and…

South Africa: Mandela shows sustained improvement

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The health of former South African President Nelson Mandela has improved, though he remains in critical condition, the government said Monday. Mandela is “still in a critical condition in hospital but shows sustained improvement,” President…

Wounded warriors missing after S. Sudan violence

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A battle between warring ethnic groups in South Sudan saw thousands of men march to fight. After the battle, at least 200 wounded from the attacking side surfaced. But days later a mystery remains:…

Hundreds escape in deadly prison raids

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials now say hundreds of inmates escaped after insurgents launched coordinated assaults on two high-security prisons last night. The officials say the attacks sparked gun battles that killed dozens of people. The targets were…

UK seeks automatic blocks on online porn

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron says he wants Internet service providers to automatically block access to pornography sites unless customers opt in. Cameron is proposing the move as part of measures to stop extreme sexual…

Year after Olympics, Brits bask in sports success

LONDON (AP) — A year after Britain’s golden Olympic summer, the country is basking in yet another run of global sports success. Whether it’s cycling, tennis, golf, rugby or cricket, athletes and teams from Britain or England have…

North Korea stages new mass games show

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday unveiled a new rendition of the “Arirang” mass games, the song-and-dance ensemble that has become its most famous tourist draw. Opening night of the performance involving tens of thousands…

Spanish PM to speak on corruption case

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s prime minister will address Parliament on a slush-fund scandal that is rocking his ruling Popular Party after opposition parties threatened to present a no-confidence motion. Mariano Rajoy said Monday he expected to make the…

Japan plant radioactive water into sea likely

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese utility said Monday its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is likely leaking contaminated water into sea, acknowledging for the first time a problem long suspected by experts. Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the…

Pushy train passengers free woman stuck in gap

TOKYO (AP) — Dozens of Japanese train passengers pushed a 32-ton train carriage away from the platform to free a woman who had fallen into the 20-centimeter (eight-inch) gap between the train and platform during the busy morning…

Indonesian Nazi-themed cafe to close amid outrage

BANDUNG, Indonesia (AP) — The owner of a Nazi-themed cafe in central Indonesia said Monday he has decided to permanently close down amid intense pressure from home and abroad. Henry Mulyana, who ran the Soldatenkaffee in the West…

Lebanese-German man charged with spying for Syria

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have charged a Lebanese-German dual national with spying on exiled Syrian dissidents for Syrian intelligence. The federal prosecutors’ office said Monday it filed espionage charges at a Berlin court against the 60-year-old, identified…

Army: Fighting resumes in eastern Congo after lull

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Congo’s army says fighting has resumed between government forces and M23 rebels in the east of the country following a three-day lull. Army spokesman Col. Olivier Hamuli confirmed that fighting took place Monday at…

Ousted Egyptian leader’s family denounces military

CAIRO (AP) — The family of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is accusing the country’s military of “kidnapping” him, and says it holds the military responsible for his “safety and security.” The statement is the first from Morsi’s…

Royal baby: Waiting nears end

Prince William’s wife, Kate, is in the early stages of labor in a private wing of a central London hospital, palace officials said Monday.

Royal baby adds extra sense of history at palace

LONDON (AP) — The wait is almost over. News that Prince William’s wife Kate is in labor invigorated the makeshift encampment outside St. Mary’s Hospital — a melange of journalists, photographers, curious onlookers and a few die-hard royalists.…