Britons jailed in drug case amid abuse claims

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Dubai court has sentenced three British tourists to four years in prison on drug charges in a case that drew international scrutiny over claims of abuses in custody. The allegations of…

Syrian premier escapes bomb attack in Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s prime minister escaped an assassination attempt Monday when a bomb exploded near his convoy in Damascus, state media reported, in the latest attack to target a top government official. Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi…

Iraq instability tested further with bombing wave

BAGHDAD (AP) — A wave of car bomb blasts tore through Shiite areas south of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 36 and deepening fears that Iraq is rapidly spiraling back out of control. The attacks capped a…

Israel: Iran has not crossed nuclear ‘red line’

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister on Monday said that Iran is steadily edging closer to nuclear weapons capability but has not yet reached the “red line” he drew in a speech to the United Nations last fall.…

Syrian TV reports blast near Damascus school

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state-run TV says an explosion has taken place near a school in the capital, Damascus. The TV says the blast struck on Monday in the capital’s western neighborhood of Mazzeh. State-run news agency…

2 dead, 8 missing after freighter sinks off Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A cargo ship sank off southern Greece within minutes of colliding with another freighter in fair weather Monday, leaving two Syrian seamen dead and eight others missing, officials said. Seven sailors were rescued. It…

Pakistan: Suicide bomber targeting police kills 10

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide bomber targeting police killed at least 10 people in northwestern Pakistan on Monday, including the son and nephew of an Afghan official involved in peace negotiations with the Taliban, authorities said. The…

Greek bill opens way for civil service layoffs

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s Parliament approved an emergency bill Sunday to pave the way for thousands of public sector layoffs and free up 8.8 billion euros ($11.5 billion) in international rescue loans. The bill, which passed in…

Pattern seen in alleged chemical arms use in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The instances in which chemical weapons are alleged to have been used in Syria were purportedly small in scale: nothing along the lines of Saddam Hussein’s 1988 attack in Kurdish Iraq that killed thousands. That…

Mexican journalists march against attacks on press

XALAPA, Mexico (AP) — Officials in Veracruz state say they know who killed Regina Martinez. The muckraking reporter, found beaten and suffocated in her house, was just the victim of a robbery, according to prosecutors and a local…

Leftist priests: Francis can fix church ‘in ruins’

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A new pope from Latin America known for ministering to the poor in his country’s slums is raising the hopes of advocates of liberation theology, whose leftist social activism had alarmed previous pontiffs.…

UK concerned over treatment of suspects in UAE

LONDON (AP) — The British government says it has expressed concern to United Arab Emirates authorities over allegations that three Britons held in Dubai on drug charges were abused. Grant Cameron, Suneet Jeerh and Karl Williams were arrested…

Egypt president, judges compromising on reform law

CAIRO (AP) — The Egyptian president’s office indicated Sunday a compromise has been reached with the judiciary to defuse an uproar over a proposed law that would have forced out thousands of the country’s most senior judges. Just…

Boston suspects’ father postpones trip to US

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — The father of the two Boston bombing suspects said Sunday that he has postponed a trip from Russia to the United States because of poor health. “I am really sick,” Anzor Tsarnaev, 46, told…

Egypt court turns down Mubarak’s release request

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s state news agency says a court has turned down deposed President Hosni Mubarak’s request to be released from prison during an investigation into corruption charges. The news agency MENA says the Cairo Criminal Court…

Fire erupts at Israeli prison holding ex-president

JERUSALEM (AP) — A fire erupted Sunday at the prison where former Israeli President Moshe Katsav is serving time, but he was not among the 11 people who suffered light injuries, authorities said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said…

3 killed in French building collapse after blast

REIMS, France (AP) — A possible gas explosion ripped off the side of a five-story residential building in France’s Champagne country on Sunday, killing at least three people and injuring 14 others, officials said. More than 100 rescue…

Israel minister: US should intervene in Syrian war

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli Cabinet minister has called on the U.S to intervene in the Syrian civil war after intelligence reports of chemical weapons use there. The U.S has warned such weapons cross a red line and…

Egypt delegation talks Syria with Iranian leaders

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state TV is reporting an Egyptian presidential delegation has discussed the Syrian crisis with the leaders of Iran, the key regional ally of Syria’s President Bashar Assad. The report said Egyptian presidential adviser…

Cyberattack suspect to be sent home to Netherlands

MADRID (AP) — A Dutch citizen arrested in Spain on suspicion of launching what authorities have called the biggest cyberattack in Internet history is expected to be handed over to the Netherlands within 10 days, a Spanish court…