Proposed UN resolution backs transition in Syria

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An Arab-backed resolution calling for a political transition in Syria and strongly condemning the regime’s escalating use of heavy weapons and “gross violations” of human rights has been circulated to the 193-member U.N. General…
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Pakistan: 5 plunge to death from burning building

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Police say five people have plunged to their deaths trying to escape a burning government building in eastern Pakistan. Police officer Maruf Wahla says the death toll could rise, since firefighters have not been…
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Death toll in Nigeria police attack rises to 30

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The death toll in an attack on police in central Nigeria by an ethnic militia has risen to at least 30 killed, as the nation’s president rushed home from an overseas trip. The state-run…
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UK budget airline to test ash cloud detector

LONDON (AP) — Budget airline easyJet PLC says it has acquired a ton of ash from Icelandic volcanoes for use in an experiment to test ash detection technology. The U.K.-based carrier says the experiment aims to minimize the…
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Kerry hopes Russia won’t sell missiles to Syria

ROME (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday the transfer of advanced missile defense systems from Russia to Syria would be a “destabilizing” factor for Israel’s security. Kerry said the U.S. has expressed concerns about what…
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S&P cuts Egypt’s credit ratings

CAIRO (AP) — Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has pushed Egypt’s sovereign credit ratings deeper into junk status, citing “continued pressure” on foreign reserves. In a setback to the already worsening economy, S&P said in a statement Thursday…

Israel to Russia: Don’t give Syria S-300 missiles

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli security officials say they have asked Russia to cancel the imminent sale of an advanced air defense system to Syria. The officials said Israel shared information with the United States in hopes of persuading…

Burkina Faso FM passes out in Turkey at briefing

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The foreign minister of Burkino Faso briefly passed out during a live televised news conference with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara. Djibril Yipene Bassole on Thursday leaned toward the lectern in front of him…

Egypt’s pope in 1st visit to Vatican in 40 years

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian church officials say Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros II has left for the Vatican, marking the first such visit in 40 years. Six priests and bishops accompanied Tawadros on his six-day visit, aimed at congratulating…

Emirates reports 52 percent jump in profits

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Dubai-based Emirates airline says its annual net profit rose by 52 percent as the carrier’s fast growth outpaced rising fuel costs. Emirates said Thursday that the airline posted $622 million in…

Nigeria military helicopter crashes in oil delta

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian military helicopter has crashed in the country’s oil-rich southern delta, just days after one of its jets crashed. A statement from Nigeria’s Air Force said the crash happened Thursday morning at its…

40 years on, fleeing Vietnamese take to seas again

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Nearly 40 years after hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese fled the country’s Communist regime by boat, a growing number are taking to the water again. This year alone, 460 Vietnamese men, women and children…

Berlusconi to lead Italy protest over conviction

ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi will lead his political party in a rally to protest his tax fraud conviction, which carries a prison sentence and a ban from public office. The four-year prison term for Italy’s former premier…

Berlusconi to lead Italy protest over conviction

ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi will lead his political party in a rally to protest his tax fraud conviction, which carries a prison sentence and a ban from public office. The four-year prison term for Italy’s former premier…

Police confirm blast in Prague caused by gas leak

PRAGUE (AP) — Investigators have confirmed that the blast last week that ripped open a central Prague office building and injured some 40 people was caused by a gas leak. Police spokesman Jan Danek says the gas leaked…

Police confirm blast in Prague caused by gas leak

PRAGUE (AP) — Investigators have confirmed that the blast last week that ripped open a central Prague office building and injured some 40 people was caused by a gas leak. Police spokesman Jan Danek says the gas leaked…
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Ex-UK police officer jailed over leaks to tabloid

LONDON (AP) — A former British police sergeant has been sentenced to 10 months in jail for trying to sell details about a celebrity couple’s daughter and other confidential information to The Sun newspaper. James Bowers was sentenced…

Ugandan general questions Museveni succession plan

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A military general is accusing Uganda’s president of trying to ensure his son replaces him as the country’s leader, the first top military official to raise concerns about President Yoweri Museveni’s succession after nearly…

Turkey testing Syrians for chemical weapon wounds

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run agency says the country has stationed a team of eight experts to screen injured Syrians at the border to ensure they are not victims of any chemical attack. The Anadolu Agency says…

Iraq rejects refuge for Turkey’s Kurdish fighters

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq is rejecting a key element in an accord to bring an end to a long Kurdish rebellion in Turkey — offering refuge to Kurdish fighters. In March, the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, announced…