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…

Madagascar’s president to run for re-election

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina will stand for re-election in July, despite earlier assurances that he would not run to help return stability to the Indian Ocean island nation. A showdown looms between Rajoelina and…

Next Iran president likely to have gentler touch

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — For eight years, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has played the role of global provocateur-in-chief: questioning the Holocaust, saying Israel should be erased from the map and painting U.N resolutions as worthless. His provocative style…

Iraq PM’s group wins largest bloc in several areas

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi electoral officials say a coalition led by Iraq’s prime minister has won the largest single bloc of seats in seven of 12 provinces participating in local elections, and tied in eighth, although it failed…

Outlook grim in Venezuela’s essential oil industry

MORON, Venezuela (AP) — Only the filthy water from broken sewer pipes keeps the dust down in front of Ramon Boet’s shop, which sells statues of saints and other religious objects. In the distance, massive tankers pull up…

Saudis allow some girls’ schools to offer sports

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s official press agency says private girls’ schools are now allowed to hold sports activities in the kingdom, “according to the rules of Shariah.” Saudi Arabia follows an ultraconservative interpretation of Shariah,…

Bangladesh toll 547; search becomes more gruesome

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Ten days after the horrifying collapse of a garment-factory building, life has become still more gruesome for crews working to recover bodies at the site. The death toll rose to 547 on Saturday and…

Police: 39 killed in Nigerian ethnic clash

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — A health official says at least 24 people have been killed in ethnic violence in a rural town in Nigeria. The attack happened Friday in Wukari, a town in Nigeria’s Taraba state. A state…

Rights group: Iraqi panel needs help probing raid

BAGHDAD (AP) — Human Rights Watch on Saturday urged Iraqi authorities to give more financial and political backing to a government panel probing a deadly raid by security forces at a protest camp last week to find out…

7 American service members killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the director of the CIA assured him that regular funding his government receives from the agency will not be cut off. He says Afghanistan has been receiving such funding…

Saudi security court has issued 2,145 sentences

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Saudi Justice Ministry says a special security court has issued 2,145 jail sentences for “supporting terrorism” since it was formed four and a half years ago. The Specialized Criminal Court often tries…

China city quashes protest against petro plant

BEIJING (AP) — After word spread about an environmental protest that was planned for Saturday in the central Chinese city of Chengdu, drugstores and printing shops were ordered to report anyone making certain purchases. Microbloggers say government fliers…

Bodies of 2 US crew found at Kyrgyzstan crash site

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Kyrgyzstan’s emergencies minister says the bodies of two American crew members have been found after a U.S. military refueling plane crashed in rugged mountains, while the search for the third crew member continues. Kubatbek…