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…

NATO Afghan convoy attacked by suicide car bomber

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan authorities say a suicide car bomber has attacked a NATO convoy, killing two Afghan civilians. The Farah provincial governor’s spokesman Abdul Rahman Zhawandi said Saturday a man and woman on a motorcycle riding…

Mandela: A hard act to follow for South Africans

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In November, just before Nelson Mandela’s health began a long downward spiral, the leader of a project to build a children’s hospital named after the former president briefed him on efforts to raise construction funds.…

Susan Rice: Snowden leaks haven’t weakened Obama

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The outgoing U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is downplaying the damage done by Edward Snowden’s highly classified leaks. Susan Rice says in an Associated Press interview that the disclosures of widespread surveillance have…

In South Africa, Obama pays tribute to ill Mandela

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will meet privately Saturday with members of ailing Nelson Mandela’s family. The White House says the Obamas will not see the former South African president…

Egypt prepares for worst ahead of Sunday protest

CAIRO (AP) — As the streets once again fill with protesters eager to oust the president and Islamists determined to keep him in power, Egyptians are preparing for the worst: days or weeks of urban chaos that could…

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…

Susan Rice: Snowden leaks haven’t weakened Obama

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice dismissed claims that Edward Snowden’s highly classified leaks have weakened the Obama presidency and damaged U.S. foreign policy, insisting that the United States will remain “the most influential, powerful and…

AP Interview: Abe chided for querying war apology

TOKYO (AP) — A retired Japanese politician whose name is on a landmark 1993 apology over Japan’s use of wartime sex slaves says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s attempts to downplay Japan’s actions before and during World War II…

Police detain key fugitive in case of 12 missing

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The main owner of an after-hours bar who is a key suspect in the abduction of 12 young people a month ago was detained Friday on drug charges, federal prosecutors said. The Attorney General’s…

2 drop out of Mexican election race after killing

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — Two candidates in a local election in the state of Sinaloa, home to Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel, have dropped out of the race after a member of their coalition was shot to death,…

SKorea extends $7.3 billion fighter jet bidding

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has extended its window for accepting bids from aircraft makers to supply 60 fighter jets at an estimated cost of $7.3 billion (8.3 trillion won). Arms procurement official Baek Youn-hyeong says…

Plane crashes in Guatemala, kills 6 men

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A small plane crashed in an isolated mountain area of western Guatemala on Friday, killing six men and causing scores of villagers to swarm the site and carry off bags of cash, according to…