Storming ministries, Libya’s militias put pressure

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Gunmen swooped in on trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns and surrounded Libya’s Justice Ministry on Tuesday, cutting off roads and forcing employees out of the building in the latest instance of powerful militiamen showing…

China career boost can come with health risks

BEIJING (AP) — Whitney Foard Small loved China and her job as a regional director of communications for a top automaker. But after air pollution led to several stays in hospital and finally a written warning from her…

Cyprus parliament approves bailout

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ lawmakers approved on Tuesday a multi-billion bailout agreement with international creditors aimed at preventing the crisis-hit country from going bankrupt. The agreement was passed in the 56-seat parliament as expected with 29 votes…

Pakistan court bans Musharraf from office for life

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court on Tuesday banned former military ruler Pervez Musharraf from running for public office for the rest of his life, the latest blow since he returned from exile last month to make…

Despite hurdles, Cuba real estate market buzzing

HAVANA (AP) — In some ways, Yosuan Crespo’s real estate office resembles any you might find in New York, London or Tokyo. There are slick posters of hot properties hanging from the ceiling, a steady stream of hopeful…

Mexico seeks new security, economic agenda with US

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s is ending the widespread access it gave to U.S. security agencies in the name of fighting drug trafficking and organized crime, but President Barack Obama said Tuesday he won’t judge the change until…

Hezbollah hints at 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, strongly suggesting that Syria’s “real friends” including his Iranian-backed militant group would…

Willem-Alexander becomes new Dutch king

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Millions of Dutch people dressed in orange flocked to celebrations around the Netherlands Tuesday in honor of a once-in-a-generation milestone for the country’s ruling House of Orange-Nassau: after a 33-year reign, Queen Beatrix abdicated in…

Israeli airstrike in Gaza kills 1 Palestinian

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli aircraft attacked a motorcycle in Gaza on Tuesday, killing a top militant in a shadowy al-Qaida-influenced group who had been involved in a recent rocket attack on southern Israel. It…

US panel: Afghans need more religious freedom

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Despite significant improvements since the hard-line Taliban ruled Afghanistan, religious freedom remains poor, especially for minorities, and Afghans still can’t debate religion or question prevailing Islamic orthodoxies without fear of being punished, a U.S.…

Rally against looting ancient Egyptian necropolis

DAHSHOUR, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian youths protested Monday at a key historic site, demanding that authorities put a stop to looting and construction that threatens one of the nation’s oldest pyramids and burial grounds. Illegal construction of a…

Syrian prime minister escapes bombing in Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s prime minister narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in the heart of the heavily defended capital Monday, state media said, laying bare the vulnerability of President Bashar Assad’s regime. The bombing, which killed several…

Mexican official’s daughter gets restaurant closed

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican official’s daughter has caused a scandal by sending inspectors to shut down a restaurant that didn’t give her the table she wanted. It’s the latest of several cases of seeming arrogance by…

Surviving hell in a Bangladesh factory collapse

SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Merina was so tired. It had been three days since the garment factory where she worked had collapsed around her, three days since she’d moved more than a few inches. In that time she’d…

Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix gives farewell speech

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix thanked her people Monday and urged them to support her son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, in a final address before she abdicates and he takes over as king. Beatrix, 75, is to…
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Mandela appears an ailing man in video

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Jacob Zuma said he found Nelson Mandela “in good shape and in good spirits” Monday but a video of his encounter with the ailing anti-apartheid icon belies those cheery words, showing him…
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UK police: Pedophile probe finds widespread abuse

LONDON (AP) — A new investigation re-examining decades-old child abuse claims at 18 children’s care homes in north Wales has identified 140 possible victims, British police said Monday. The probe collected “significant evidence of systemic and serious sexual…

Tutu released from hospital, no new malignancy

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s foundation says the anti-apartheid hero was released from a hospital in Cape Town on Monday following five days of successful treatment for a persistent infection. The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy…

Irish court: No ‘right to die’ for paralyzed woman

DUBLIN (AP) — A paralyzed Irish woman who wants to die cannot legally commit suicide with her partner’s help, Ireland’s Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that moved some in the courtroom to tears. The seven-judge court…

Official: 17 killed in northern Nigeria violence

BAMA, Nigeria (AP) — A military official says at least 17 people have been killed in fighting between Islamic extremists and security forces in northeastern Nigeria. The fighting happened in Bama, a town in northeastern Borno state where…