Google lists Palestinian territories ‘Palestine’

JERUSALEM (AP) — Google is de facto recognizing a state of Palestine — at least on its local home page in the Palestinian territories. Google spokesman Nathan Tyler said Friday “We’re changing the name ‘Palestinian territories’ to ‘Palestine’…
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Kazakh man linked to Boston suspect ‘normal teen’

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — Former teachers of one of the students from Kazakhstan arrested in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings describe him as an easygoing teenager not the least interested in Islam who distinguished himself mainly by…
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Nations at nuclear meeting say too many on alert

GENEVA (AP) — Nations concluding a round of global nuclear talks Friday expressed alarm that many nuclear weapons are kept at a high-alert level and are still being modernized, despite a promise to get rid of them. The…

PM’s youth leader in jail for Mugabe slur

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A lawyer for a youth leader in the Zimbabwe prime minister’s party says he is in jail for referring to the nation’s longtime ruler as “a limping donkey” at an election campaign rally. Attorney…

First black Italian minister seeks cultural change

ROME (AP) — Italy’s first black Cabinet minister, targeted by racist slurs following her appointment last week, said Friday that Italians aren’t racist but that some are merely ignorant of other cultures and the “richness” that immigration can…

Another Puerto Rico university official resigns

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The president of the University of Puerto Rico’s main campus has resigned just days after the presidents of the university’s 10 other campuses did the same. Friday’s announcement by Ana Guadalupe comes…

Audit: Contracts awarded in Liberia violate law

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A new audit is raising concerns about how the Liberian government has awarded billions of dollars in contracts to multinational companies. Alfred Brownell, who serves on the board of the group that ordered the…

Man acquitted of Real IRA murder of 2 UK soldiers

DUBLIN (AP) — A man suspected of involvement in the Real IRA faction’s killing of two British soldiers in Northern Ireland in 2009 has been acquitted of murder charges after a judge dismissed the forensic evidence and ruled…

Pressure on Bangladesh, retailers to fix factories

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — In the aftermath of a building collapse that killed more than 500 people, Bangladesh’s garment manufacturers may face a choice of reform or perish. Home to five factories that supplied clothing to retailers in…

Sole opposition TV channel in Venez makes changes

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s only opposition television channel says it is bringing in new management after its sale to new owners, but pledges to maintain its critical line against the government. Leopoldo Castillo is Globovision’s main news…

Catholic bishops condemn Irish abortion bill

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland’s Roman Catholic bishops say the public should lobby lawmakers to reject a bill that would allow abortions to save the life of the mother. The bishops in a statement Friday say the bill represents…

Cameras in planes show Italy thieves

ROME (AP) — Italian police have arrested 29 airport baggage handlers accused of stealing cameras, cellphones and other loot from passengers’ luggage, a bust made possible after hidden cameras were installed in airplane cargo holds where the thefts…

Bomb explosion at Iraq mosque kills 7

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say a bomb explosion at a Sunni mosque just north of Baghdad has killed five worshippers and wounded about 19 others. Police officials say Friday’s bombing occurred as worshippers were leaving mid-day prayers…

Brooks’s ex-bodyguard charged in UK hacking probe

LONDON (AP) — A man who provided protection for the former chief executive of News International has been charged in relation to Britain’s wide-ranging phone-hacking investigation. Scotland Yard said Friday that David Johnson, 47, allegedly conspired with Rebekah…

US military plane carrying 3 crashes in Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — The emergencies ministry in Kyrgyzstan says a U.S. military plane has crashed in the country. Kyrgyzstan hosts a U.S. base that is used for troops transiting into and out of Afghanistan and for C-135…

Cameron’s Conservatives suffer in UK local votes

LONDON (AP) — David Cameron’s Conservative Party has taken a drubbing in local elections amid a surge of support for an anti-European Union and anti-immigration party. The early results show that the right-wing United Kingdom Independence Party, or…

Report: SAfrica losing battle against corruption

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The author of a new report says South Africa is fighting a losing battle against corruption, with graft costing taxpayers nearly 1 billion rand ($111 million) last year. Lawyer Peter Allwright of law firm Edward…

Israeli ultra-Orthodox party reinstates leader

JERUSALEM (AP) — A spokesman for Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Shas party says it has reinstated Arieh Deri as party leader. Deri last held the post in 1999, the year he was convicted of accepting bribes and went to prison.…

China emerging as new force in drone warfare

BEIJING (AP) — Determined to kill or capture a murderous Mekong River drug lord, China’s security forces considered a tactic they’d never tried before: calling a drone strike on his remote hideaway deep in the hills of Myanmar.…

German neo-Nazi trial sparks fear of hidden racism

BERLIN (AP) — Most of the victims were immigrants and their deaths at first failed to make headlines. Police were quick to blame the slayings on foreign gangs with links to gambling and drugs. But revelations that a…