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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…

Young European royals winning fans for monarchy

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch Queen Beatrix is abdicating after a 33-year reign and her newly popular son is becoming king. He is highlighting a new generation of young royals waiting in the wings across Europe. Some are more…

Putin, Japanese leader step up peace treaty effort

MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Japan have instructed their diplomats to intensify efforts to work out a peace treaty between the two nations. Russia and Japan have yet to sign a formal peace treaty ending…

Karzai: US gives funds to national security team

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday that his national security team has been receiving payments from the U.S. government for the past 10 years. Karzai confirmed the payments when he was asked about a…

Israel OKs barrier in Palestinian Christian area

JERUSALEM (AP) — A lawyer for a convent in a Palestinian Christian town near Bethlehem says she will appeal an Israeli court ruling allowing construction of a segment of Israel’s separation barrier through properties owned by the Vatican…

Euro mayors try to keep youths from going to Syria

MECHELEN, Belgium (AP) — From his city hall under Belgium’s most imposing cathedral, Mayor Bart Somers is wracking his brains trying to figure out how to keep young Muslims from going to fight “holy war” in Syria against…

Canada dismemberment trial set for fall 2014

MONTREAL (AP) — The trial of a former porn actor accused of dismembering his Chinese lover and mailing the body parts to Canadian political parties will begin in September 2014. Luka Magnotta has pleaded not guilty in the…

Mexico says smugglers abandon migrants at sea

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican navy said Monday it has detected a disturbing trend of migrant smugglers abandoning boatloads of people at sea off the coast of Baja California. The Navy said that each month it has…

UN urges Syria to let in chemical weapons experts

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is again appealing to Syria to allow a team of experts into the country “without delay and without any conditions” to investigate allegations of chemical weapons use. The U.N. chief told…

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…

EU aims to better protect bees from pesticides

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union plans to restrict the use of three pesticides to better protect dwindling bee populations. The announcement Monday was cheered by environmentalists, disappointed chemical companies and came after the bloc’s 27 nations failed…

APNewsBreak: Report: 260,000 died in Somali famine

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The 2011 Somali famine killed an estimated 260,000 people, half of them age 5 and under, according to a new report to be published this week that more than doubles previous death toll estimates,…

Mother in UK forced 14-year-old to get pregnant

LONDON (AP) — A woman desperate for another child forced her 14-year-old daughter to get pregnant using syringes of donor sperm, a British judge said. In a ruling reported for the first time Monday, High Court judge Peter…

Watchdog: 5 sailors kidnapped off Nigeria coast

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — An anti-piracy watchdog says five sailors have been kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta. The International Maritime Bureau said in a note Monday that the five sailors had been kidnapped Thursday…

Adichie focuses on Nigeria’s present for new novel

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The traffic is there, grinding life to a halt as the middle class pound out messages on BlackBerry mobile phones and worry about Facebook. The heat, the sweat and the daily tragedy of unclaimed…

Most South Koreans to leave North Korean factory

PAJU, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday approved the withdrawal of most of the remaining South Korean personnel at a jointly run industrial park in the North, South Korean officials said, with a final seven set…

Aircraft crash in Afghanistan kills 7

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A civilian cargo aircraft crashed at Bagram Air Field, north of the Afghan capital, soon after takeoff on Monday, killing all seven people aboard, the U.S.-led military coalition said. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility…