Chimp’s pics snapped up for $76,000 at auction

LONDON (AP) — They’re askew and out of focus, but a set of photos taken by a talented Russian chimpanzee have sold at auction for 50,000 pounds ($76,680). The blurry images of Moscow’s Red Square by simian snapper…

Libya brought Rice success and disappointment

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Susan Rice aggressively spearheaded President Barack Obama’s foreign policy as his top diplomat at the United Nations, promoting democracy in the Middle East and tougher sanctions against Iran and North Korea. But she dropped…

Poaching problem: Number of elephant orphans rises

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The founder of an elephant orphanage in Kenya says the orphanage is seeing an upsurge in orphaned elephants because of the poaching crisis occurring across Africa. Daphne Sheldrick, who runs the David Sheldrick Wildlife…

German defense chief under fire over drone program

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s defense minister on Wednesday admitted mistakes were made in the handling of a program to develop unmanned surveillance drones and announced tougher oversight procedures for all armament projects. Opposition parties say Thomas de Maiziere…

Venezuela frees US filmmaker jailed as alleged spy

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A U.S. filmmaker jailed for alleged espionage in Venezuela was expelled from the country and was returning to the United States on Wednesday, his sister said. Timothy Tracy’s release was secured with the help…

Egypt: Prominent activists charged over protest

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s state-run news agency says the state prosecutor has referred 12 activists including several prominent bloggers to trial on charges of instigating violence during a March demonstration at the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the…

Latvia gets go-ahead to become 18th euro member

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The tiny Baltic state of Latvia has won approval to become the 18th member of the troubled euro currency union — despite doubts among many of its people and international concerns about its banking…

Kerry says US, Venezuela on track to better ties

ANTIGUA, Guatemala (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is gauging prospects for improving badly strained ties between the United States and Venezuela. Kerry will meet Venezuela’s foreign minister on Wednesday on the sidelines of an Organization…

Tunisia expels 3 Femen activists as others tried

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The trial for three European feminists charged with public indecency after demonstrating topless in front of Tunisia’s Palace of Justice began Wednesday with lawyers representing several Islamist groups petitioning to delay the trial so…

US, Germany, Italy vow key Afghan roles post-2014

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the United States will take a key role in two restive regions in Afghanistan after NATO ends its combat mission in Afghanistan at the end of 2014. Hagel made…

Gunmen in Iraq ambush, shoot dead 14 travelers

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi intelligence officials say gunmen have ambushed a group of travelers at a fake checkpoint in the western Anbar province, killing at least 14 people execution-style. The four officials say the travelers included several soldiers…

Iran funeral turns into political protest

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Video clips from Iran show mourners chanting opposition slogans at the funeral of a dissident cleric in the largest political protest in years. The cries of “death to the dictator” do not…

AP source: Obama to name Samantha Power to UN post

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama will name former aide Samantha Power as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Power will replace Susan Rice, who will take over as Obama’s national security…

Jordan: US deploying Patriots, F-16s

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordanian officials say the U.S. will deploy anti-missile batteries and F-16 jet fighters in the kingdom to bolster its defense capabilities in the face of a Syrian attack. Two security officials involved in the…

Uganda’s long-time ruler changes tune on longevity

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni once was an idealistic former Marxist rebel who denounced power-hogging African leaders. Nearly three decades later, Museveni is accused by some in the opposition —and others who served prominently under…

Hagel, NATO ministers talk Syria chemical weapons

BRUSSELS (AP) — New reports that the French confirmed the use of sarin gas in Syria triggered discussions here at the meeting of NATO defense ministers, but the alliance is still refusing to make any contingency plans for…

Activist: Repatriated NKoreans from its underclass

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Before they were detained in Laos and sent home, a group of young North Korean defectors smiled and teased each other as they told an activist how some of them were beaten with…

Rebekah Brooks denies phone hacking charges

LONDON (AP) — The former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s News International has pleaded not guilty to all charges related to phone hacking. Rebekah Brooks entered pleas Wednesday at London’s Southwark Crown Court along with almost a dozen…

Ethiopia: Egypt attack proposals ‘day dreaming’

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A spokesman for Ethiopia’s prime minister is downplaying suggestions by Egyptian politicians that Egypt should sabotage Ethiopia’s new Nile River dam. Political leaders in Egypt on Monday proposed carrying out hostile acts against…

Malian army takes Anefis, 1st territorial gain

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Local officials in Mali say the Malian military is clashing with rebels from the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad, or NMLA, near the village of Anefis in northeast Mali. It marks…