US sanctions another NKorean bank

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury is sanctioning a North Korean bank and its China-based representative in the latest step to disrupt Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs and pressure the government. Treasury says that since at least 2007,…

South Africa: Mandela improved overnight

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela’s health improved overnight and although his condition remains critical it is now stable, the South African government said Thursday. One of the former president’s daughters said he was still opening his eyes and…

South Africa: Mandela improved overnight

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela’s health improved overnight and although his condition remains critical it is now stable, the South African government said Thursday. One of the former president’s daughters said he was still opening his eyes and…

Obama calls Goree Island visit ‘powerful moment’

GOREE ISLAND, Senegal (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling his visit to a Senegalese island, from which Africans were said to have been shipped across the Atlantic Ocean into slavery, a “very powerful moment.” Obama says visiting…

Russia subs military with civilians at Syrian base

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has withdrawn all military personnel from its naval base in Syria and replaced them with civilian workers, the Defense Ministry said Thursday. The ministry did not say when the switch at the base at…

Kerry plunges back into Mideast peace diplomacy

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is plunging back into the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict, using Amman, Jordan, as a base for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. It is…

Turkish terrorist suspect arrested in Vienna

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian and German authorities say a suspected member of a Turkish terrorist group has been detained in Vienna. The German general prosecutor’s office says the 39-year old suspect is strongly suspected of membership in the…

Venezuela: Italy fashion executive’s plane found

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela says a plane that disappeared in January with the CEO of Italy’s iconic Missoni fashion house and five other people on board has been found. Jorge Galindo is press chief for the Interior…

McDonald’s refuses to operate in Jewish settlement

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli branch of McDonald’s says it won’t open a restaurant in a Jewish settlement to protest Israel settlement policy. Irina Shalmor, spokeswoman for McDonald’s Israel, said the owners of a planned mall in the…

Iraq official says Baghdad open to US military aid

BAGHDAD (AP) — A senior Iraqi official says his country is open to greater American military cooperation as U.S. commanders explore ways to boost security assistance to the country. Ali al-Moussawi, the media adviser for Iraqi prime minister…

Terrorism still a threat for East Africa embassies

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — As President Barack Obama prepares to visit East Africa, nearly 15 years after terrorists bombed two U.S. embassies here, a former U.S. ambassador to Kenya says he worries that security at the Nairobi embassy…

US boss held in China leaves plant after payout

BEIJING (AP) — A pay dispute was resolved Thursday at a medical supply factory, ending a labor standoff in which the Chinese workers detained their American boss for nearly a week inside the plant until they reached agreement…

Ecuador heats rhetoric as Obama downplays Snowden

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadoran officials say a government employee issued a safe conduct pass for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden to travel to Ecuador to seek political asylum, but the action was unauthorized and the pass…

Russia subs military with civilians at Syrian base

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Defense Ministry says it has withdrawn all military personnel from its naval base in Syria and replaced them with civilian workers. The ministry said in Thursday’s statement that Russia has made the switch at…

Turkey probes social network ‘insults’

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities are investigating people who allegedly insulted state officials or incited riots on social media, the deputy prime minister said Thursday, in a sign the government is intent on meting out punishment over…

Quelle surprise! France and EU no longer buddies

BRUSSELS (AP) — France stood at the cradle of the European Union and brought it back from crisis time and again — but now it’s the French who are turning against the creature they helped conceive after World…

Ecuador renounces trade benefits from US Congress

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador’s communications minister says the country is renouncing trade preferences that are up for U.S. congressional renewal. It comes as Ecuador considers the asylum request of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, which has prompted critics…

Egypt’s opposition criticizes president’s speech

CAIRO (AP) — A prominent opposition leader has criticized Egypt’s president for not offering a detailed road map for national reconciliation, saying his offer for a dialogue was a repeat of earlier proposals that never panned out. In…

Obama: Marriage benefits should cross state lines

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court’s rulings on gay marriage were a victory not just for gays and lesbians, but for American democracy. He says as president, he believes federal benefits should be…

Portuguese unions hold major anti-austerity strike

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A national 24-hour strike against austerity measures by Portuguese labor unions on Thursday brought public transport to a virtual standstill and depleted staffing levels at government offices, state-owned companies and public hospitals. Most services…