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…

Papua New Guinea proposes firing-squad executions

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Following a number of high-profile killings related to sorcery, Papua New Guinea’s government is pushing for the South Pacific nation’s first execution and says firing squads would be a humane and inexpensive method. Papua…

Chinese incursion leaves India on verge of crisis

NEW DELHI (AP) — The platoon of Chinese soldiers slipped across the boundary into India in the middle of the night, according to Indian officials. They were ferried across the bitterly cold moonscape in Chinese army vehicles, then…

NKorea sentences American to 15 years labor

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — An American detained for nearly six months in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years of “compulsory labor” for unspecified crimes against the state, Pyongyang announced Thursday. The sentencing of Kenneth Bae,…

North Korea sentences American to 15 years’ labor

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — An American detained for nearly six months in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years of labor for crimes against the state, the North’s state media said Thursday, a development that further…

US keeps Cuba on state sponsors of terrorism list

HAVANA (AP) — The U.S. State Department says it has no plans to remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism when it issues an upcoming annual report on terrorism. The decision announced Wednesday by State…

Syrian president showing renewed confidence

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad and his allies are showing renewed confidence that the momentum in the civil war is shifting in their favor, due in part to the rapid rise of al-Qaida-linked extremists among the…

AP PHOTOS: Around the world on May Day

In May Day protests, parades, strikes and other demonstrations held in cities around the world, activists lashed out at political and business leaders they say have ignored workers’ voices or enriched themselves at the expense of laborers. In…

Vieques ponders future 10 years after Navy left

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Thousands of activists on Wednesday celebrated the anniversary of the U.S. Navy’s departure from the Puerto Rican island of Vieques 10 years ago, despite concerns that progress has been slow in cleaning…

Zimbabwe generals: We won’t meet prime minister

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s generals and police commanders say they won’t meet with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and other “malcontents” trying to undermine their powers, the country’s official media reported Wednesday . The state-owned Herald newspaper, controlled…

Peace Corps volunteer dies in Ghana

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — A spokeswoman for the United States Embassy in Accra confirms that a Peace Corps volunteer has died in Ghana. Zainab Mahama declined to provide details. On the Peace Corps website, Peace Corps Deputy Director…

Sex ed book in Hebrew for Israel’s Orthodox Jews

JERUSALEM (AP) — A how-to book translated into Hebrew to teach Israel’s Orthodox Jews about sex, targeting an audience typically mum on the steamy subject. The book, “The Newlywed’s Guide to Physical Intimacy,” was published in English more…
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Bomb in Russia’s Dagestan province kills 2

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — A bomb exploded Wednesday in a busy shopping area in the capital of Russia’s restive republic of Dagestan, killing at least two people, police said. Two teenage boys who tried to open a cardboard…
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UK police to track dementia patients using GPS

LONDON (AP) — A British police force is hoping to save time and money by giving a few dementia patients GPS tracking devices, a move condemned by some campaigners as “barbaric.” Last week, Sussex police announced a plan…

Islamist preacher arrested in Egypt over slander

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s state news agency says a hard-line Islamist preacher has been arrested for slandering a famous actress by accusing her of “practicing prostitution.” In December, Abdullah Badr was sentenced to a year in prison and…

Paramilitary soap opera stirs dispute in Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Cutting through the shadows of moonlight, three brothers climb out of a truck and trudge slowly, silently toward a dark hill. There, wrapped in a blanket, they find the body of their father. At…

Turkmen leader’s horse fall hidden from nation

MOSCOW (AP) — Seeing the president slam face-first into the ground after falling from a speeding horse would be a shock to any nation. In authoritarian Turkmenistan, many residents didn’t even get the chance. President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov apparently…

Bolivia president expels US government aid agency

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — President Evo Morales said Wednesday he is expelling the U.S. Agency for International Development from Bolivia for allegedly seeking to undermine his leftist government. Morales did not specify what USAID had done that…