Armstrong: I’m still record Tour de France winner

PORTO VECCHIO, Corsica (AP) — The dirty past of the Tour de France came back on Friday to haunt the 100th edition of cycling’s showcase race, with Lance Armstrong telling a newspaper he couldn’t have won without doping.…

Hundreds protest Obama’s visit to South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Hundreds of protesters marched to the U.S. embassy in South Africa on Friday in a peaceful protest against the impending visit by President Barack Obama. The demonstrators opposed U.S. policy on Cuba, the war in…

Prince Charles’ cost to taxpayers falls by half

LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles’ funding from the British taxpayer fell by almost 50 percent during the last financial year. The prince’s annual accounts showed Friday that his income from the government and a royal grant was 1.1…

Charges against Sarkozy could be dropped

PARIS (AP) — A French prosecutor has asked for charges to be dropped against former President Nicolas Sarkozy in an investigation into his campaign finances. Sarkozy is accused of “abuse of someone in an impaired state” over allegations…

UK killer Ian Brady ordered to remain in hospital

LONDON (AP) — British child-murderer Ian Brady has failed to convince a court that he is not insane and should be transferred from a high-security psychiatric hospital to prison. Brady and his late girlfriend Myra Hindley, known as…

Venezuela detains ex-governor in corruption case

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro says a former governor from his ruling party has been detained on allegations of corruption. Maduro says Guarico state’s ex-Gov. Luis Gallardo and several former aides are suspected of embezzlement…

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…

Armstrong: I’m still record Tour de France winner

PORTO VECCHIO, Corsica (AP) — The dirty past of the Tour de France came back on Friday to haunt the 100th edition of cycling’s showcase race, with Lance Armstrong telling a newspaper he couldn’t have won without doping.…

Congo: Minerals transported from area under ban

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Buyers in eastern Congo say tin ore that was stockpiled because of a ban on minerals trading is now about to be exported. Staffers at two Chinese export houses, Hua Ying and CMM, have…

WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Obama pitches aid in Africa

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — President Barack Obama is pitching U.S. foreign aid and, by extension, an image of a new Africa — not one of malnourished children with hollow eyes and distended tummies, but one of smiles and…

Violence hits west China ahead of key anniversary

BEIJING (AP) — A tense minority region in China’s far west erupted in violence Friday for the second time in three days, barely hours after the government called the earlier unrest a “terrorist attack” and raised the death…

Kerry’s palate gets workout in Mideast peace talks

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shuttled between Israelis and Palestinians Friday in his latest diplomatic mission to coax the two sides back to the negotiating table and revive the Mideast peace process. Kerry returned…

Date set for trial of suspects in soldier killing

LONDON (AP) — Two men accused of killing a British soldier in a terrorist attack are set to stand trial on Nov. 18. Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, appeared at the Old Bailey courthouse Friday via…

Father of NSA leaker says he would return to US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden acknowledges his son broke the law but doesn’t think he committed treason. The NBC “Today” show reported Friday that Lonnie Snowden is sending a letter to Attorney General…

EU agrees to open membership talks with Serbia

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Friday agreed to open membership talks with Serbia by January at the latest, in recognition of its efforts to improve relations with breakaway Kosovo. The Friday move is seen as a…

Ireland’s new JFK flame proves less than eternal

DUBLIN (AP) — How long is eternity? In Ireland, less than a week. An Irish eternal flame honoring John F. Kennedy petered out four days after the slain U.S. president’s closest relatives and Ireland’s prime minister lit it…

Pakistan extends refugee status for Afghans

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The United Nations says Pakistan has extended refugee status for over a million Afghans living in the country. It was set to expire June 30. The U.N.’s refugee agency said Friday Pakistan agreed to extend…

Berlin police shoot dead naked man wielding knife

BERLIN (AP) — Police have shot a naked man who brandished a knife at officers in a landmark Berlin fountain. The man later died. Police spokesman Stefan Redlich said passers-by reported early Friday that a man was behaving…

Violence flares in Egypt before weekend protests

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of supporters of Egypt’s embattled president are rallying in the nation’s capital in a show of support ahead of what are expected to be massive opposition-led protests on June 30 to demand Mohammed Morsi’s…