EU, Iran to consult on Tehran’s nuke program

VIENNA (AP) — The European Union says its senior diplomat will meet Iran’s top nuclear negotiator on May 15 as a follow-up to the last round of six-power negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program. That meeting in Almaty, Kazakhstan,…

Israeli leader heads to China with economic agenda

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister is heading to China next week for meetings with political and business leaders. Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Thursday that he will spend two days in Shanghai promoting economic cooperation and then two…

German co. ‘surprised’ by Bangladesh clothing find

BERLIN (AP) — A German clothing company says it is “surprised, shocked and appalled” after samples of its textiles were reportedly found in the remains of a Bangladesh garment factory that collapsed on the outskirts of Dhaka last…
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UN report wants moratorium on killer robots

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A draft United Nations report says that killer robots that can attack targets without any human input “should not have the power of life and death over human beings.” It deals with legal and…

Iran detains senior diplomat for unknown reasons

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister says authorities have detained a veteran Iranian diplomat, but describes the incident as a potential “misunderstanding.” No other details were given in Thursday’s report by the semi-official ISNA news agency. It…

C. African Republic leader calls for public order

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic’s leader is calling on his fighters to restore public order as anger mounts over pillaging in the capital more than a month after they seized power. In an address…

Guatemala cracks down on anti-mine protests

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Guatemalan government declared a state of emergency and banned public gatherings Thursday in four townships east of the capital following clashes between police and anti-mining protesters. Several days of violent clashes between local…

Activist to be tried for insulting Egypt president

TANTA, Egypt (AP) — An Egyptian prosecutor says prominent activist Ahmed Douma has been arrested and immediately referred to trial for allegedly insulting the country’s president in comments he made on TV. There are a myriad of complaints…

AP Interview: New job for son of toppled shah

PARIS (AP) — The son of Iran’s toppled shah has a new job as spokesman for a nascent movement to press for free and fair elections in his homeland. Reza Pahlavi said Thursday that his Paris-based collective, the…

Ferran Adria brings elBulli exhibition to London

LONDON (AP) — You’ve eaten at the restaurant — or probably you haven’t. Now visit the exhibition. Spanish chef Ferran Adria, the man behind the late, lamented elBulli restaurant, is bringing an exhibition dedicated to the art and…

Jet ski drug smugglers busted in Spain

MADRID (AP) — Police say they have arrested 30 suspects who allegedly smuggled drugs into Spain through the southern coast using boats and jet skis. The Interior Ministry said Thursday that the gang used fishing and recreational boats…

Expert: Rhino population wiped out in Mozambique

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mozambique’s rhinoceros population was wiped out more than a century ago by big game hunters. Reconstituted several years ago, it has again been driven to extinction, or to the brink of extinction, by poachers seeking…

‘Off the charts’: 133k Somalia famine child deaths

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A decision by extremists Islamist militants to ban food aid and international donors numb to a series of unfolding disasters made south-central Somalia the most dangerous place in the world to be a child…

UN says 2012 was 9th-hottest year since 1850

GENEVA (AP) — The World Meteorological Organization says last year was the ninth-warmest since record-keeping began in 1850, despite the cooling effect of the weather pattern called La Nina. The U.N.’s weather agency says this marks the 27th…

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…