Court says Egypt legislature illegally elected

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s highest court ruled on Sunday that the nation’s Islamist-dominated legislature and constitutional panel were illegally elected, dealing a serious blow to the Islamists’ hold on power and prolonging the political instability that has gripped…

UK politicians caught in lobbying scandal

LONDON (AP) — Three members of Britain’s House of Lords are denying wrongdoing after apparently being caught in a newspaper sting agreeing to lobby Parliament in return for cash. Labour peers Brian Mackenzie and Jack Cunningham and Ulster…

Matt Smith leaving lead role in BBC’s ‘Doctor Who’

LONDON (AP) — Who will be the new Who? The BBC says Matt Smith is stepping down from the lead role in long-running sci-fi series “Doctor Who,” spurring intense speculation about his replacement. The broadcaster said Sunday that…

Quakes kill 2 in Taiwan, injure 33 in Philippines

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A strong earthquake jolted Taiwan on Sunday, killing one person and injuring at least 18 others and causing panicked shoppers to rush out of a shaking multi-story department store, officials said. Another earthquake jolted…

Hezbollah, Syrian rebels in worst clash in Lebanon

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Syrian government official says a car bomb has exploded in a suburb of the capital Damascus, killing three people and wounding several others. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the Sunday…

Quintuplets born in Czech Republic for 1st time

PRAGUE (AP) — A 23-year-old Czech woman has given birth to quintuplets for the first time in the Czech Republic. Officials at Prague’s Institute for the Care of Mother and Child say four boys — Deniel, Michael, Alex…

Report: Iran president has helicopter ‘incident’

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s official news agency says Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s helicopter experienced an unspecified “incident” while touring a rural area, but the Iranian president’s pilot landed the aircraft safely and the leader was unhurt. The report by…

Hagel tours new Navy combat vessel

SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel toured the U.S. Navy’s new small combat ship, the USS Freedom, the first of a new class of littoral warships recently deployed to Asia. His visit to the ship on…

Saudi Arabia says 3 more die from new virus

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia has reported that three more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 24. The Ministry of Health…

Erdogan rejects ‘dictator’ claims

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Protests in Istanbul and several other Turkish cities appear to have subsided, after days of fierce clashes following a police crackdown on a peaceful gathering. The private Dogan news agency says on Sunday a…

Iran police detain aides of presidential candidate

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An exile-based Iranian opposition website reports that authorities have arrested at least seven people who attended a campaign meeting for a centrist presidential candidate. The Sunday report by Kaleme.com says police made…

China president makes first ever visit to Trinidad

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping met for the first time with officials in Trinidad and Tobago Saturday on the first stop of a four-country regional tour. In a news conference, Xi announced China…

Cyprus revokes citizenship of Assad’s cousin

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ government spokesman says Cypriot citizenship that was granted to the Syrian president’s cousin two years ago has been revoked. Spokesman Christos Stylianides said Saturday that the decision follows the conclusion of a lengthy…

Egyptian Christian lawyer convicted of blasphemy

ASSIUT, Egypt (AP) — An Egyptian court has convicted a Coptic Christian lawyer in the southern province of Assiut on charges of blasphemy and sentenced him to one year in prison with hard labor. The verdict against Roman…

Egypt’s long-scorned legislature deepens rift

CAIRO (AP) — When voters went to the polls more than a year ago to vote for Egypt’s upper house of parliament, most presumed the legislature would be the powerless talk shop that it had always been for…

Report: 6 Iranians die from drinking bad alcohol

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Six Iranians have died and 348 have been sickened after drinking poisonous alcohol in the southeastern Kerman province. The semi-official ISNA news agency on Saturday quoted a medical official, Dr. Hamid Najmeddin, as saying…

Drone crashes in Somalia’s Puntland region

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — An official in the semiautonomous Puntland region of Somalia says a surveillance drone has crashed. Ports and Anti-piracy Minister Saeed Mohamed Rage said Saturday the drone crashed in Quaw village 20 kilometers (12miles) west…

Egypt blasts US warning over incidents at pyramids

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Antiquities’ Ministry has criticized a U.S. Embassy message to American citizens in the country, urging them to be extra cautious because of recent incidents near the pyramids in Giza. A ministry statement on Saturday…

Gunmen attack central prison in Niger’s capital

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A state security agent says that a group of masked gunmen opened fire at the entrance to the central prison in Niger’s capital, and fought their way inside the complex. Niger security agent Souleymane…

In Somalia, some parents say no to polio vaccine

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Islamic extremist rebels are fighting a campaign in Somalia to administer a polio vaccine, charging that it contains the virus that causes AIDS or could make children sterile, a battle of words that is…