Somalia accuses Kenyan troops of backing militia

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia’s government called for a neutral force in the disputed port city of Kismayo, accusing Kenyan troops there of backing one militia against others in ongoing fighting for control of the strategic southern city.…

EU: investment banks appear to have colluded

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission says many of the world’s largest investment banks appear to have colluded to block attempts by exchanges to trade and offer more transparent prices for financial products known as credit derivatives. The…

Hachette Book Group to acquire Disney’s Hyperion

PARIS (AP) — Hachette Book Group, a division of French publishing giant Hachette Livre, says it’s buying Disney’s Hyperion, in a deal that will significantly expand HBG’s backlist with about 1,000 books and a list of forthcoming titles…

NATO compound in Kabul attacked; 6 killed

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents killed nearly 300 Afghan local and national police in the span of a month, the Interior Ministry said Monday, as casualties continue to mount among local forces now that NATO-led coalition troops have…

EU asks China for clarity on Xinjiang violence

BEIJING (AP) — The EU’s ambassador to Beijing says China needs to release more information about recent incidents of ethnic violence in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. Markus Ederer said Monday that the EU believes it is necessary…

Pope’s 1st encyclical: ‘Light of Faith’ due Friday

VATICAN CITY (AP) — So much for vacation: Pope Francis on Friday will issue his first encyclical and then will travel to Sicily to meet with recently arrived African migrants. The Vatican announced the pope’s back-to-back agenda on…

New EU member Croatia pledges regional ties

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — It’s first day as a European Union member, Croatia has pledged to help other Balkan countries move closer to the bloc and to help bring lasting stability to a region which was engulfed in…

UN atomic agency chief: nuclear theft rife

VIENNA (AP) — The head of the U.N. nuclear agency says that well over 100 cases of nuclear theft and related incidents are reported to his agency each year but many more may go undetected. “We cannot be…

Germany wants ‘trust restored’ after US spy report

BERLIN (AP) — The German government wants “trust restored” with the United States following reports that American intelligence agencies bugged European Union offices, and has invited the U.S. ambassador in Berlin to the Foreign Ministry for a meeting…

Eurozone unemployment at record high in May

BRUSSELS (AP) — Official figures show unemployment across the 17 European Union countries that use the euro at another record high in May after revisions to back data. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, says Monday that eurozone unemployment…

Iraq: 3 attacks kill 25, some anti-al-Qaida forces

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say gunmen have killed eight anti-al-Qaida Sunni militiamen north of the capital, Baghdad. A police officer says the men were snatched from their houses in the town of Mishahda and surrounding villages during…

Police say SKorean man spurred NJ school lockdown

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police say a local man is responsible for prank 911 calls that prompted school lockdowns in New Jersey last year. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said Monday in a statement that…

Oil thefts threaten Nigeria’s economy, environment

DIEBU, Nigeria (AP) — The first drops of crude float in the languid muddy currents of Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta, then slowly grow into the splatter of a massive crime scene. Oil thefts, long a problem in the…

UN urges Asia to ditch punitive laws to fight AIDS

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — U.N. health officials urged Asian governments Monday to get rid of what they say are punitive laws that hinder the battle against HIV and AIDS by discriminating against high-risk groups and deterring them…

Egypt’s military issues 48-hour ultimatum

CAIRO (AP) — Protesters have stormed and ransacked the Cairo headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood Islamist group. An Associated Press video journalist at the scene says protesters stormed the six-story building in an eastern Cairo district…

Policeman, rebel killed in Indian Kashmir fighting

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A policeman and a militant were killed in a gunbattle in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Monday, as shops and businesses remained closed in the disputed region to protest the killing of two people by the…

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 1200 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

Calm returns to Myanmar after religious clashes

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar says a tense calm has returned to western Rakhine state after rioters set four houses ablaze, the latest violence between Buddhists and minority Muslims. Deputy Information Minister Ye Htut says the alleged rape…

Law requires Chinese to visit their aging parents

BEIJING (AP) — Parents aren’t the only ones urging their adult children to visit. China is making that imperative a law. The requirement that people visit or keep in touch with their elderly parents or risk being sued…