24 dead in new wave of Iraq attacks

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Officials say 10 apparently coordinated car bombs and a shooting across Iraq have killed at least 24 and wounded dozens. Police say most of Sunday’s car bombs hit Shiite-majority areas, killing 20. The blasts…

Paris Air Show peek: Wide-body battle and drones

PARIS (AP) — The Paris Air Show, which opens for business on Monday Jun. 17, brings hundreds of aircraft to the skies around the French capital, the usual tense competition between aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus, and a…

Gunmen in Pakistan kill 2 anti-polio workers

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say the death toll from attacks on a hospital and a women’s university bus in a southwestern provincial capital has increased to 24. Senior police officer Fayaz Sumbal said Sunday that a…

Series of attacks kill 51 people across Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Officials say four car bombs in Shiite-majority parts of central and southern Iraq have killed at least eight people and wounded 31. Police say the deadliest blasts on Sunday took place in and near…

Iran’s president-elect says economy will take time

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s stock exchange is climbing for the second continuous day following the surprise election of a reformist-backed president. The rise came after a night of a celebration in Tehran, with cars honking and blaring…

Moderate Iranian leader could hinder Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Israeli official says international sanctions are still needed to pressure Tehran over its nuclear program, despite the election of a reformist-backed president. Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s minister of intelligence and strategic affairs, said Sunday…

North Korea changes tack and tells US: Let’s talk

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea’s top government body is proposing high-level nuclear and security talks with the United States days after a planned meeting with rival South Korea collapsed. The National Defense Commission said Sunday that…

For Belfast, keeping peace means a city of walls

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — When President Obama comes to Belfast, he’s expected to praise a country at peace and call for walls that separate Irish Catholics and British Protestants to come tumbling down. Barely a 10-minute walk…

Egypt cuts relations with Syrian government

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Islamist president says he is cutting off diplomatic relations with Syria and has ordered that Damascus Embassy in Cairo to be closed. Mohammed Morsi told thousands of supporters in a rally held on Saturday…

Dutch couple kidnapped in Yemen’s capital

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say a Dutch couple is believed to have been kidnapped from the capital, Sanaa. The officials say police received a phone call that prompted them check on the couple in their…
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Brazilians protest high cost of hosting World Cup

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Police say about 1,000 people in the Brazilian capital have protested against the Confederations Cup claiming the money spent to host the tournament would be better spent elsewhere. The Saturday demonstration began in front…

Strong earthquake reported off Nicaragua coast

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Geological Service says a strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake has been registered off the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.…

Morris the cat runs for mayor of Mexican city

MEXICO CITY (AP) — This mayoral hopeful in Mexico promises to eat, sleep most of the day and donate his leftover litter to fill potholes. Morris, a black-and-white kitten with orange eyes, is running for mayor of Xalapa…

US-bound Egypt plane diverted after threat

CAIRO (AP) — An EgyptAir official says a plane from Cairo bound for New York’s John F. Kennedy airport has been forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger discovered a letter onboard threatening to blow up…

Panama’s boom helps drive Nicaragua canal dreams

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Curundu used to be a warren of ramshackle wooden houses and reeking open sewers, one of Panama City’s most notorious refuges for street gangs and drug dealers. Then, three years ago, the government tore…

Iran market welcomes partial election results

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s stock exchange and currency markets reacted positively to early election results showing moderate candidate Hasan Rowhani taking a wide lead. The stock exchange index improved by 2 percent while Iran’s national currency, the…

Syrian troops capture Damascus suburb near airport

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s state news agency is reporting that government forces have captured a suburb of Damascus near the capital’s international airport. SANA says troops killed several rebels and destroyed their hideouts in the Ahmadiyeh area on…

Tanzania’s albinos hope govt will offer more help

KABANGA, Tanzania (AP) — As an infant in rural Tanzania, Angel Salvatory was unusual. Snow white skin, blond hair, and blue eyes set her apart from others in her village. Those unique looks have also made her a…

Navalny aims to run for Moscow mayor

MOSCOW (AP) — Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption crusader who has spearheaded opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, plans to run for mayor of Moscow. Navalny, one of the leaders of the anti-Putin demonstrations that rose up in late…

Regional leaders urge Zimbabwe poll delay

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Regional presidents have begun a special summit on Zimbabwe after President Robert Mugabe set crucial elections for the end of July. Officials said South Africa President Jacob Zuma has started closed-door talks with Mugabe,…