Thousands of leftists protest Hollande’s 1st year

PARIS (AP) — Tens of thousands of supporters of leftist parties are marching through central Paris to express disappointment with President Francois Hollande’s first year in power, criticizing the leader for reneging on his promises to rein in…

NKorea: Detained American disguised identity

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Sunday revealed a few more details about a Korean-American recently sentenced to 15 years’ hard labor, saying he entered the country with a disguised identity. Pyongyang also rejected speculation that…

AP PHOTOS: Few know story of Jews in Red Army

JERUSALEM (AP) — Once a year, Israel’s Jewish war veterans don suit jackets and uniforms dripping in Red Army medals, the shiny bronzes and silvers pinned to their chests in tight rows, like armor. About 500,000 Soviet Jews…

Bahrain court sentences 31 over police attack

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A defense lawyer in Bahrain says a court has sentenced 31 protesters to 15 years in prison each for roles in firebomb attacks against security forces during an anti-government demonstration last year. The defendants,…

Pope encourages protection of children from abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is calling for courageous defense of children to protect them from abuse. Francis made no mention of the church scandals in many countries in which clergy abused children and hierarchy covered up…

8 Pakistani soldiers and police killed in violence

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials say six troops have been killed in various operations and a bomb attack. A military official says two soldiers were killed and three were injured on Sunday during a Pakistani…

Attacks in Iraq kill 9, wound 33

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say two attacks, including a blast near a Sunni mosque, have killed three people and wounded six others near the capital. Police officials said that the first attack occurred Sunday morning bomb went…

1 German soldier killed, 1 wounded in Afghanistan

BERLIN (AP) — Insurgents in northern Afghanistan have killed a German special forces soldier and wounded a second, the German defense minister said Sunday. The fatality marks the first death in combat of a member of Germany’s special…

UK lawmaker denies sex assault, rape allegations

LONDON (AP) — A senior British Conservative Party politician says allegations against him of rape and sexual assault are “completely false.” Deputy House of Commons Speaker Nigel Evans, 55, was arrested on Saturday. He was questioned about sex…

Keira Knightley says ‘oui’ to rocker James Righton

PARIS (AP) — A French mayor says Oscar-nominated actress Keira Knightley has said “oui” to rocker James Righton in a small wedding ceremony in southern France. Aime Navello said Sunday the couple followed French tradition when he married…

Car bomber kills 7 in Somali capital

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police official says five people were killed after a suicide bomber attempted to ram a car laden with explosives into a military convoy. Mohamed Abdi, an officer at the scene of Sunday’s…

Israeli warplanes strike Syria in escalation

BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli warplanes struck areas in and around the Syrian capital Sunday, setting off a series of explosions as they targeted a shipment of highly accurate, Iranian-made guided missiles believed to be on their way to…

Bangladesh building-collapse toll tops 600

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The death toll from the horrifying collapse of a shoddily built garment factory in Bangladesh hit 580 on Sunday as workers search through the remaining rubble for any remaining bodies. But as each day…

To join EU, Croatia may give up its wine

JELSA, Croatia (AP) — Does Croatia’s Prosek jeopardize Italy’s Prosecco? Croatia is gearing up to celebrate its entry into the EU, but don’t pop the corks just yet. A heated trademark battle over the country’s beloved sweet dessert…

Voting begins in tight Malaysian national election

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Millions of Malaysians began voting Sunday in tight national elections that could see the long-ruling coalition ousted after nearly 56 years in power. Incumbent Prime Minister Najib Razak has voiced confidence that the…

Malaysia’s long-ruling coalition hangs on to power

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysians have begun voting in emotionally charged national elections that could see the long-ruling coalition ousted after nearly 56 years in power. Incumbent Prime Minister Najib Razak has voiced confidence that the National…
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Egypt’s Christians celebrate Coptic Easter

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of Egyptian Christians are marking Coptic Easter at the same church that was the site of sectarian clashes weeks earlier. Worshippers, as well as Muslim figures opposed to President Mohammed Morsi, gathered Saturday at…

UK lawmaker denies sex assault, rape allegations

LONDON (AP) — A senior British Conservative Party politician arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault said Sunday the allegations against him are “completely false.” Deputy House of Commons Speaker Nigel Evans, 55, was arrested on Saturday.…
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Report: Train with chemicals derails in Belgium

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian media say that hundreds of people were evacuated after a train carrying chemicals derailed and caught fire in northern Belgium. Amateur video showed the train ablaze in the early hours of Saturday; in daylight,…

Blasts in Pakistan port city kill 3 ahead of vote

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistan police officer says twin blasts in the southern city of Karachi have killed three people near the office of a political party critical of the Taliban. Aamir Farooqi says the blasts late…