Afghan museum on the mend but long way to go

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Looters stole tens of thousands of artifacts from the National Museum of Afghanistan during the country’s civil war in the 1990s, and then thousands more were destroyed by the Taliban when they took power.…

UK mosques focus on anti-abuse message

LONDON (AP) — Some 500 UK mosques are planning sermons condemning the sexual abuse of children, following the sentencing of seven men of South Asian origin convicted of a series of crimes against underage girls. The effort organized…

Officials: Death toll from Iraq bombings up to 36

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say the death toll from a series of bombings late Thursday targeting soccer fans watching a match in cafes in and around Baghdad has risen to 36. Police and hospital officials said Friday…

Attacks compound C. African Republic aid crisis

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Human rights and aid groups say continued insecurity in Central African Republic has compounded a humanitarian crisis affecting the country’s entire population of 4.6 million people. Nine aid agencies issued a joint statement Friday…

Bombs in Iraq kill 15 at checkpoint and funeral

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say the death toll from a series of bombings late Thursday targeting soccer fans watching a match in cafes in and around Baghdad has risen to 36. Police and hospital officials said Friday…

China asks if ‘happy ending’ services are illegal

BEIJING (AP) — China’s law enforcers are having an unusually public debate about a delicate topic: Do paid sexual services known as “happy endings” at massage parlors count as crimes if they don’t involve actual sexual intercourse? While…

Kerry meets with Palestinian leader

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and plans to return to Jerusalem for more talks with the Israelis as he continues his latest round of Mideast diplomacy.…

Family: Pistorius starts ‘low-key’ track routine

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oscar Pistorius returned to light training and was “overcome with emotion” as he pulled on his carbon fiber blades for a session at his usual practice facility on Thursday, his agent told The Associated Press.…

Government shelling kills 8 women in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say intense Syrian government shelling has killed eight women and girls in the southern province of Daraa. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday the late night attack on Karak, in eastern…

Vatican monsignor arrested in 20M euro plot

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican official already under investigation in a purported money-laundering plot involving the Vatican bank was arrested Friday in a separate operation: Prosecutors allege he tried to bring 20 million euros ($26 million) in…

Obama recasts chase for Snowden as unexceptional

WASHINGTON (AP) — The last thing President Barack Obama wants to do is turn Edward Snowden into a grand enemy of the state or a Daniel Ellsberg-type hero who speaks truth to power. In the shifting narrative of…

Clash over sex worker rights in rural Australia

MORANBAH, Australia (AP) — A lone woman checking into a motel in the Australian mining town of Moranbah can expect some blunt questioning from the owners: “Are you a working girl?” Turning on a heel and storming away…

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 1400 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

Obama yet to have African legacy like predecessors

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — President Barack Obama is receiving the embrace you might expect for a long-lost son on his return to his father’s home continent, even as he has yet to leave a lasting policy legacy for…

Egypt’s security clampdown disrupts Gaza smuggling

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Egyptian security crackdown has severely disrupted smuggling to the neighboring Gaza Strip, causing a fuel shortage, doubling the price of building materials and shutting down some construction sites in the Hamas-ruled territory.…

Rescuers believe American schooner carrying 7 sank

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Rescue crews searching for an American schooner carrying seven people now believe the boat sank, although they haven’t given up hope of finding survivors. A third day of aerial searches Friday turned up…

China official in sex case gets prison for bribery

BEIJING (AP) — A former Chinese official at the center of a sex tape scandal was convicted of taking more than 3.1 million yuan ($500,000) in bribes and sentenced to 13 years in prison Friday, at a time…

China official in sex case gets prison for bribery

BEIJING (AP) — A former Chinese official at the center of a sex scandal has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for taking bribes of more than 3 million yuan ($510,000). Friday’s sentence comes as China’s leadership…

Death toll from west China’s violence rises to 35

BEIJING (AP) — The official death toll rose to 35 Friday from an outburst of violence that included knife attacks on police in a far-western region that has seen frequent clashes between China’s Muslim minority Uighurs and the…

German court dismisses bid for full Eichmann files

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s foreign intelligence agency can keep secret some of its records on Adolf Eichmann, the man known as the architect of the Nazi Holocaust, a court ruled Thursday. The Federal Administrative Court ruled that the…