Dominican groups reject gay US ambassador nominee

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Religious groups in the Dominican Republic said Friday they are outraged by the nomination of a gay U.S. ambassador to the conservative Caribbean country. James “Wally” Brewster would be the seventh U.S.…

From Egypt petition drive, a new grassroot wave

CAIRO (AP) — Teenager Gehad Mustafa wears an ultraconservative veil over her face and was raised in a family of staunch Muslim Brotherhood supporters. Yet for the past weeks, she has been walking though chaotic street markets and…

Brazil president meets youth representatives

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Dilma Rousseff pledged on Friday to open new channels of dialogue with Brazil’s youth, the dominant demographic in nationwide protests that have rocked the country over the past two weeks. Rousseff and…

Mandela family feud over where he should be buried

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As Nelson Mandela remained in critical condition in hospital Friday, a family feud over where the 94-year-old former president should be buried went to the courts, according to South Africa’s national broadcaster. Mandela’s oldest daughter,…

Interim mayor of Montreal suburb quits

MONTREAL (AP) — The interim mayor of a Montreal suburb has resigned after denying allegations that he was extorted by a prostitute. Laval mayor Alexandre Duplessis said Friday that his departure takes effect immediately. Duplessis told reporters earlier…

Minister says Iraq isn’t heading to civil war

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iraq’s foreign minister says the deadliest and most sustained wave of violence to hit the country since 2008 won’t lead to civil war. Hoshyar Zebari said in an interview with The Associated Press that…

Senegalese president defends anti-gay law

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegalese President Macky Sall defended his refusal to decriminalize homosexuality on Friday, a day after publicly clashing with President Barack Obama on the issue at a joint press conference. In an interview with The…

Obama’s ties to Mandela loom over S. Africa visit

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s struggles in South Africa, a young Barack Obama joined campus protests in the U.S. against the racist rule that kept Mandela locked away in prison for nearly three decades. Now a…

Mali’s election body voices doubt over poll

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The head of Mali’s electoral body voiced doubts Friday over the feasibility of holding a much-anticipated presidential poll in July as planned even as political parties rushed to meet the deadline for submitting their…

Man arrested over attack on John Constable artwork

LONDON (AP) — A fathers-rights group said Friday that one of its members attacked a John Constable painting in Britain’s National Gallery. London police said a 57-year-old man was arrested at the gallery Friday after reports of damage…

UK court rejects bid to drop phone hacking charges

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Court of Appeal has rejected a bid by five defendants, including former tabloid editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, to block their prosecution on charges of trying to intercept voicemail messages. Brooks and Coulson…

Croatia’s president: No doubts on joining EU

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia has no second thoughts about joining the European Union despite the continent’s economic crisis, and it supports enlarging the bloc even further to help bring about reconciliation in the once-warring Balkans, the country’s…

EU strikes 2 major deals, stumbles on unemployment

BRUSSELS (AP) — The past week has seen a rare flurry of activity in the European Union. Two major deals have been brokered — a €960 billion ($1.3 trillion) budget for the 27-country bloc and a system for…

Brazilian court turns down Battisti appeal

SAO PAULO (AP) — A decision by Brazil’s Federal Appeals Court could lead to the expulsion of Cesare Battisti the former leftist rebel from Italy wanted in his home country for four political murders carried out in the…

Markets drift as half-year comes to an end

LONDON (AP) — Stocks drifted lower as the half-year came to an uninspiring climax Friday following a month of volatility that pushed many of the world’s major stock indexes down from multi-year and record highs. The coincidence of…

Mandela family feud over where he should be buried

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The former wife of critically ill Nelson Mandela says he is showing “great improvement” compared to a few days ago. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela gave the update on the former president’s health Friday while speaking to media…

UN says 2 killed in Myanmar refugee camp dispute

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says two people were killed and six wounded when security forces tried to quell a dispute at a refugee camp housing Muslims in western Myanmar. The agency says Thursday morning’s…

President: Croatia has no doubts about EU

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — President Ivo Josipovic says Croatia has no second thoughts about joining the European Union despite the bloc’s economic crisis. He said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday that after 10 years…

Trapped in Transit: Orwellian Moscow airport hotel

SHEREMETYEVO AIRPORT (AP) — “An interesting route, Mr. Phillips,” says the airport transit desk employee. “This activity makes for suspicion.” It was the start of an Orwellian adventure in which I deliberately got myself sequestered in the hopes…

Tanker cars removed from broken bridge in Canada

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Six tanker cars that teetered on a partially collapsed railway bridge over Calgary’s swollen Bow River were successfully removed Friday. Calgary’s Acting Fire Chief Ken Uzeloc said the rail cars were stabilized before locomotives…