Facts about upcoming EU member Croatia

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia formally becomes the 28th member of the European Union on Monday, the bloc’s first addition since Bulgaria and Romania joined in 2007. Croatia is becoming a member after a decade of negotiation, and…
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Mayhem marks start of 100th Tour de France

BASTIA, Corsica (AP) — Riders at the Tour de France know to expect the unexpected. But nothing could have prepared them for the mayhem that turned Saturday’s first stage of the 100th Tour into a demolition derby on…
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Bombings, shooting kill 11 in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Bombs and a shooting targeted a marketplace and off-duty policemen in Iraq on Saturday, killing at last eleven people in the latest attacks by militants seeking to destabilize the country. Iraq has been experiencing one…

Thousands in Istanbul protest demonstrator’s death

ISTANBUL (AP) — Thousands of protesters returned to Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Saturday, demanding justice for a demonstrator slain by police fire during demonstrations that have swept Turkey this month. Police later forced the protesters out of the…

Tunisia puts off vote to ban ex-regime figures

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian lawmakers have postponed debate on a bill that would ban from office ex-members of the North African country’s former dictatorship. The controversial bill would prevent former ruling party members and ministers in the…

Concern grows over possibility of civil unrest

CAIRO (AP) — There’s concern that mass protests planned for tomorrow in Egypt could plunge the country into a dangerous round of civil unrest. Clashes in the past week have left at least seven people dead, including an…

WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Obama to US media: ‘Behave’

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — One element of President Barack Obama’s Africa policy is to encourage a free press, although he offered repeated reminders for U.S. reporters traveling with him on the continent to be on their best…

Grenada to punish offensive online comments

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) — Legislators in Grenada have approved a bill that makes it a crime to offend people through websites such as Facebook and Twitter. The measure was approved as part of an electronic crimes bill…

Grenada to punish offensive online comments

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) — Legislators in Grenada have approved a bill that makes it a crime to offend people through websites such as Facebook and Twitter. The measure was approved as part of an electronic crimes bill…

Popularity rating of Brazil president plummets

SAO PAULO (AP) — Public approval of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s government has suffered a steep drop in the weeks since massive protests broke out across this country, according to Brazil’s first nationwide poll released since the unrest…

Dozens arrested at gay pride rally in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police have arrested several gay rights activists and Russian nationalists who confronted them at a rally declared illegal under a new law against “gay propaganda.” Officials in St. Petersburg deemed that Saturday’s rally, which…

Advisers strive for cooperation among Afghan units

CAMP CLARK, Afghanistan (AP) — With Afghan military and police now responsible for security in their country, U.S. Army advisers are encouraging the Afghans to share information in a combined effort to fight insurgents. That’s no easy task…

Advisers strive for cooperation among Afghan units

CAMP CLARK, Afghanistan (AP) — With Afghan military and police now responsible for security in their country, U.S. Army advisers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division are encouraging the Afghans to share information in a…

Italian astrophysicist Margherita Hack dies at 91

ROME (AP) — Margherita Hack, an astrophysicist who explained her research on the stars in plain language for the public and who championed civil rights in her native Italy, has died. She was 91. President Giorgio Napolitano’s condolence…

Kerry pushing Israel, Palestinians to resume talks

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry kept up his frenetic Mideast diplomacy Saturday, shuttling again between Palestinian and Israeli leaders in hopes of restarting peace talks. Kerry met for two hours with Palestinian President Mahmoud…

Obama: House can pass immigration before recess

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging the House to quickly send him an immigration bill, saying there’s more than enough time to do so before Congress takes its August recess. Obama says he has…

Obama meets privately with Mandela family

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are meeting privately with the family of Nelson Mandela. The meeting is taking place at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, which is part of the former…

Tension rises ahead of Egypt protest

CAIRO (AP) — The youth group leading the campaign against Egypt’s president says it has collected the signatures of 22 million Egyptians who want to remove the Islamist leader. Mahmoud Badr, a leader of the Tamarod, or rebel,…

UK man charged with defacing Constable painting

LONDON (AP) — Police say a man has been charged with defacing a John Constable painting in Britain’s National Gallery. London police said 57-year-old Paul Douglas Manning would appear in court Saturday, charged with criminal damage. He was…

Stones play long-awaited Glastonbury gig

PILTON, England (AP) — This may be the last time, as Mick Jagger once sang. For the Rolling Stones, it’s definitely a first. The veteran rock rabble-rousers play Britain’s Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, their debut appearance at the…