Iraq, Shell officially kick off major gas project

BAGHDAD (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell says it has officially kicked off a multibillion-dollar project to tap natural gas in Iraq’s south. The $17 billion joint venture will gather, process and market associated gas, a by-product of producing…

Venezuela tensions high after congressional brawl

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan lawmakers punched, kicked and shoved one another as a postelection conflict between President Hugo Chavez’s heirs and rivals blew up into a brawl on the floor of congress. Tuesday night’s clash erupted when…

Italy race problems seen with black gov’t minister

ROME (AP) — It was hailed as a giant step forward for racial integration in a country that has long been ill at ease with its growing immigrant classes. But Cecile Kyenge’s appointment as Italy’s first black Cabinet…

Congo’s M23 rebels say peace talks in trouble

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The Congolese rebel movement M23 has suspended peace talks with Congo’s government, a rebel spokesman said Wednesday, increasing fears of renewed violence in the country’s troubled east. The rebels say it is meaningless to…

Syria’s Assad in rare visit as rockets hit capital

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Syrian activists are reporting that that several rockets have fallen on a popular Damascus neighborhood. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rockets fell on the Bab Mesalla neighborhood in central Damascus.…

Activists call for release of imam in Gambia

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Activists in Gambia are calling on the government to release an imam who has been jailed for five months. Imam Baba Leigh has been missing since December and is believed to have been detained…

Pakistan-US alliance takes hits on campaign trail

ISLAMABAD (AP) — On the campaign trail in Pakistan, candidates boast about their readiness to stand up to Washington and often tout their anti-American credentials. One party leader even claims he would shoot down U.S. drones if he…

Mozilla: UK spyware company hijacking our brand

LONDON (AP) — The maker of one of the Internet’s most popular browsers is taking on one of the world’s best-known purveyors of surveillance software, accusing a British company of hijacking the Mozilla brand to camouflage its espionage…

Afghan peace council official killed in south

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents ambushed an Afghan government peace negotiator on Wednesday, killing him and two bodyguards as they headed to a meeting in the south to discuss plans for local troops to take over responsibility from…

Around the world, angry workers unite on May Day

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Thousands of low-paid workers are rallying in the streets on May Day to demand better pay and improved working conditions a week after a Bangladesh building collapse that was a grim reminder of how…

May Day strike disrupts transport in Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Ferry and train services in Greece have ground to a halt as unions hold a strike for May Day. And hundreds of people are gathering for planned rallies in central Athens Wednesday. The country’s…

Myanmar Muslims face uncertain future after attack

OKKAN, Myanmar (AP) — They slept terrified in the fields, watching their homes burn through the night. And when they returned Wednesday, nothing was left but smoldering ash and debris. One day after hundreds of rampaging Buddhists armed…

Israel: Conflict over recognition, not territory

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s military says soldiers have dispersed settlers and Palestinians who were throwing rocks at each other in the West Bank following the killing of a settler there. The military said dozens of settlers and Palestinians…

AP Interview: Sunni Iraq official criticizes force

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a car bomb in a Shiite suburb of Baghdad has killed four people and wounded 12 others. Two police officers say the parked car bomb went off early Wednesday morning in Hussainya…

Ireland publishes bill on life-saving abortions

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland’s government has published a long-awaited bill explaining the law on when life-saving abortions can be performed in a country that officially bans the practice. The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill is dividing the…

Hezbollah warns of possible Syria intervention

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group said Tuesday that Syrian rebels will not be able to defeat President Bashar Assad’s regime militarily, warning that Syria’s “real friends,” including his Iranian-backed militant group, were ready…

Russia had elder Boston suspect under surveillance

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — Russian agents placed the elder Boston bombing suspect under surveillance during a six-month visit to southern Russia last year, then scrambled to find him when he suddenly disappeared after police killed a Canadian jihadist,…

ElBaradei: Egypt leader will need opposition help

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s leading opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei said Tuesday he believes the Islamist president will eventually be forced to reach out to the opposition because his group is losing support and isn’t able to tackle the…

France: jihadist convert arrested in Mali

PARIS (AP) — French troops in Mali have arrested a French citizen who converted to Islam, took on the jihadist cause and threatened his native country in a video last fall, the military spokesman said Tuesday. Col. Thierry…

Meningitis outbreak kills at least 40 in Guinea

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Health officials say a meningitis outbreak has killed at least 40 people in the West African nation of Guinea. Conde Lansine, a doctor in the eastern city of Siguiri, said Tuesday it is feared…