ANC: We wanted to share Mandela with the world

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The African National Congress responds to a barrage of criticism over broadcasting video of a visibly frail Nelson Mandela by saying it wanted to share the anti-apartheid icon with South Africans and the world. Spokesman…

Italian PM urges EU to focus on fostering growth

BERLIN (AP) — Italy’s prime minister is urging the European Union to drop its insistence on austerity policies and promote initiatives fostering growth instead. Prime Minister Enrico Letta said Tuesday in Germany “it is absolutely necessary” to foster…

Prison terms issued over fatal Russian club fire

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in the Siberian city of Perm has convicted seven people in connection with a nightclub fire that killed 156, sentencing them to prison terms of four to nearly 10 years. The December 2009…

Europe court: Tymoshenko jailing was rights abuse

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s jailing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was a politically motivated violation of her rights, Europe’s human rights court ruled on Tuesday, dealing a harsh blow to President Viktor Yanukovych who has insisted…

Iran: chemicals ‘red line’ but seeks rebel probe

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister is insisting that use of chemical weapons in Syria would also be a “red line” for Tehran, but suggests rebel forces should be investigated rather than the Islamic Republic’s allies in…

Bangladeshis turn rescuers after building collapse

SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) — The heat in the rubble was sweltering. It closed in on his body like the darkness around him, making it hard to breathe. Working by the faint glow of a flashlight, he slithered through…

Archaeologists plan more digs at Richard III site

LONDON (AP) — Archaeologists who unearthed the skeleton of England’s King Richard III under a municipal parking lot say they want to dig up a 600-year-old stone coffin found nearby. University of Leicester scientists say they hope to…

Egypt’s president says no more privatization

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi says that there will be no further privatization of state-owned companies. Egypt’s economy is hard hit by the more than two years of turmoil since the ouster of longtime president Hosni…

Bombs kill 3 NATO troops, 9 Afghans

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Roadside bomb attacks in Afghanistan killed three NATO service members and nine Afghans on Tuesday, officials said, clear evidence that the insurgents’ annual spring offensive is underway. The service members died in southern Afghanistan,…

Pirate Party has electoral breakthrough in Iceland

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland, a nation of seafarers, has been stormed by pirates. They won’t be forming the government, but online freedom advocates the Pirate Party were still big winners in the country’s election. The party, just…

A terrorist sleeper cell dismantled in Mali

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Police in Mali’s capital have dismantled a terrorist cell belonging to the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, or MUJAO, three officials confirmed on Tuesday. The presence of the cell confirms fears…

Mysterious Hebrew stone displayed in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) — An ancient limestone tablet covered with a mysterious Hebrew text that features the archangel Gabriel is at the center of a new exhibit in Jerusalem, even as scholars continue to argue about what it means.…

Benedict XVI returns to Vatican Thursday

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI is coming home. The Vatican says the 86-year-old emeritus pontiff will move into his new retirement home in the Vatican gardens Thursday. Benedict has been living at the papal residence…

Arab League sweetens Israel-Palestinian peace plan

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Arab League’s decision to sweeten its decade-old proposal offering comprehensive peace with Israel has placed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a bind and swiftly exposed fissures in his new government. Netanyahu’s chief peace negotiator…

Congo’s M23 rebels threaten new UN brigade

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Rebels in eastern Congo said Tuesday they are getting ready to fight a new United Nations brigade that will be allowed for the first time to pursue armed groups. The U.N. peacekeepers are set…

Cameroon’s ruling party wins Senate election

DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — The party of Cameroon’s entrenched ruler Paul Biya won 56 of the 70 contested seats in the nation’s first-ever senatorial election, the Supreme Court announced. Supreme Court President Alexis Dipanda Mouelle said Monday that…

Dubai fines British widower after bride’s death

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Dubai court has fined a grieving British widower who allegedly arrived drunk to sign police paperwork to release the body of his wife. She had died in a balcony fall on…

Roadside bomb kills 2 in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials say a roadside bomb in northern Afghanistan has killed two people, including a local police commander credited with reducing the number of insurgent attacks in his area. Abdul Nazar, a local council member,…

As gender equity rises, more Ugandan women divorce

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — More women are initiating divorces in Uganda, a conservative East African country where women are becoming empowered to leave a bad marriage in a way their mothers could not, rights activists and legal experts…

Jordan: More than 45,000 refugees return to Syria

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan says that more 45,000 refugees in its territory who fled Syria’s civil war have chosen to return since last August. Col. Zaher Abu Shihab, who directs Jordan’s largest refugee camp at Zaatari near…