Lebanon: Main suspect in 2011 kidnapping arrested

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security officials say they’ve arrested the man behind the 2011 kidnapping of seven Estonian tourists. The officials said Thursday that Hussein Hojeiri was detained two days ago in the eastern Bekaa Valley. They say…

One of oldest concentration camp survivors dies

VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian organization that tracks the fate of Nazi concentration camp inmates says the oldest known survivor of such a camp has died aged 107. The Mauthausen Committee said Thursday that Leopold Engleitner died April…

BBC sportscaster Hall admits 14 indecent assaults

LONDON (AP) — BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has pleaded guilty to 14 indecent assaults on young girls, prosecutors said Thursday. The 83-year-old sports broadcaster was arrested in January for questioning about alleged crimes committed between 1967 and 1986.…

ECB cuts benchmark interest rate to 0.5 percent

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank president Mario Draghi says the bank is working with other European institutions to find a way to get more credit to small and medium size companies — and spur a lagging…

Bittersweet end for missing in Bangladesh collapse

JURAIN, Bangladesh (AP) — As she knelt beside the linen-wrapped body and looked at the dress that she herself had purchased, Farida’s sobs of sorrow turned to tears of painful relief. She called her husband to speak the…

UK man jailed for selling fake bomb detectors

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Thursday sentenced a businessman who sold fake bomb detectors to 10 years in jail, saying the millionaire had shown a cavalier disregard for potentially fatal consequences. James McCormick made an estimated…

Gadhafi’s son appears in Libya court; case delayed

ZINTAN, Libya (AP) — The imprisoned son of Libya’s slain dictator Moammar Gadhafi appeared in court on Thursday on charges of harming state security, but the judge adjourned his hearing until Sept. 19 to allow defense lawyers time…

Kenya court: 2 Iranians guilty of terror plot

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Two Iranian nationals, whom officials accused of planning to attack Western targets inside Kenya, were found guilty Thursday by a Kenyan court of terror-related charges. Officials in Kenya say the two suspects may have…

Afghan policeman killed in Pakistan border clash

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan border policeman was killed in an exchange of fire with Pakistani troops along the country’s contested eastern border, an Afghan security official said Thursday, in an incident that threatens to further inflame…

Afghanistan’s Karzai urges closure of Guantanamo

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday pressed for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison as President Barack Obama mulls a renewed push before a reluctant U.S. Congress. “I have from the very beginning…

Benedict XVI returns to Vatican for first time

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI comes home on Thursday to a new house and a new pope, as an unprecedented era begins of a retired pontiff living side-by-side with a reigning one inside the Vatican…

Israeli PM says he’d want referendum on peace deal

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister said Thursday that any peace deal reached with the Palestinians on his watch would be subject to a national referendum, backing a contentious step that could hinder peace efforts. Negotiations between Israel…

Greek lawmaker accused of trying to punch mayor

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An attempt by the extremist far-right Golden Dawn party to hand out food to Greeks only in defiance of a municipal ban degenerated Thursday with the city’s mayor saying a party lawmaker tried to…

UN: April deadliest month in Iraq since June 2008

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations mission to Iraq says more people were killed in violent attacks across the country in April than in any other month since June 2008. The U.N. figures released on Thursday underscore concerns…

Pakistan’s lead prosecutor in Bhutto case killed

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A spokesman for Pakistan’s top election body says authorities plan to deploy over 600,000 security personnel during next week’s parliamentary election to prevent possible Taliban attacks. Spokesman Khursheed Alam said on Thursday that the figure…

US calls for NKorea amnesty for sentenced American

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Korean American detained for six months in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for “hostile acts” against the state, the North’s media said Thursday — a move…

Bangladesh official: Disaster not ‘really serious’

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Rescuers found more bodies in the concrete debris of a collapsed garment factory building Thursday and authorities say it may take another five days to clear the rubble. In addition to the 433 confirmed…

Activists say dozens killed in Syrian village

BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by warplanes, Syrian government troops pushed Thursday into the central districts of the city of Homs in an effort to oust rebels from the country’s third largest urban center, activists said. The regime pounded…

430 dead so far in Bangladesh building collapse

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Rescuers found more bodies in the concrete debris of a collapsed garment factory building Thursday and authorities say it may take another five days to clear the rubble. In addition to the 430 confirmed…

Indians angry at convicted spy’s death in Pakistan

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indians expressed outrage at the Pakistan government Thursday over the death of a convicted Indian spy who had been attacked with a brick by two fellow inmates in a Pakistan prison, a development New…