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government spokesman says Cypriot citizenship that was granted to the Syrian president’s cousin two years ago has been revoked.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…

US denies Mauritania got 2 Guantanamo prisoners

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — A prisoner support group says that three Mauritanians — including two detainees from Guantanamo — were returned to their country late Friday night. Hamoud Ould Nabagha, chairman of the Support Committee for Guantanamo Prisoners,…
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Police charge 2nd suspect in UK soldier death

LONDON (AP) — Far-right groups and antifascists scuffled Saturday during rival demonstrations to mark the killing of British soldier Lee Rigby more than a week ago. Police kept about 150 British National Party supporters carrying anti-Islam placards apart…

3 NATO service members killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says that two of its service members and one civilian working with the international coalition in Afghanistan have been killed in two separate attacks in the country’s east. The coalition says insurgents killed…

2 Mexico kidnap victims sons of drug traffickers

MEXICO CITY (AP) — It started to rain last Saturday night and the temperature dropped. So 19-year-old Said Sanchez Garcia stopped home to get a sweater. He’d been gone all afternoon and now he and his friend, Jerzy…

Russia military-style arrest of mayor in Dagestan

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — Russia’s top investigative agency says the powerful mayor of the regional capital of the restive southern province of Dagestan has been detained on charges of organizing an investigator’s killing. The Investigative Committee’s spokesman, Vladimir…

Russia smoking ban takes effect

MOSCOW (AP) — A law that bans smoking in public places has taken effect in Russia, a contentious move in a country with one of the highest smoking rates in the world. The ban, which came into force…