Wife of China’s jailed Nobel winner: I’m not free

BEIJING (AP) — Liu Xia, under house arrest in China’s capital since her imprisoned husband Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize, made a rare appearance Tuesday at a trial, yelling out a car window: “I’m not free.”…

UK police concerned by online anti-pedophile group

LONDON (AP) — A British band of self-styled pedophile hunters has been ambushing men it believes are out to meet young girls, posting video of the confrontations to the Web in a tactic which has yielded arrests —…

Police: 2 arrested in al-Qaida linked Canada plot

TORONTO (AP) — Two men were arrested and charged with plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train with support from al-Qaida elements in Iran, police said Monday. The case bolstered allegations by some governments and experts…

Nicaragua nabs US most-wanted child porn suspect

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Police in Nicaragua have detained a former U.S. school teacher who was on the FBI’s 10 most-wanted fugitives as a suspect in a child pornography investigation, authorities confirmed Monday. Eric Justin Toth was detained…

Israeli military chief: Syrian front could heat up

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s military chief warns 40 years of quiet along the Syrian frontier could be in danger. Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz says the Syrian civil war could result in “chaos” with violence turned toward Israel. Speaking…

AP PHOTOS: Ecuador embraces Mexican mariachi music

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Loud applause erupts amid the trumpet blasts and whining of violins that practically weep over each note as they accompany powerful voices singing of love and betrayal. Mariachi music, one of the great folk…

Hungary OKs limit to Nazi, communist symbols

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s parliament has overwhelmingly approved a modified plan to restrict the display of Nazi and communist symbols such as the swastika and red star. Similar rules were declared unconstitutional in February because they were…

Israel, Turkey find way forward on flotilla money

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — In a step toward restoring ties, former allies Turkey and Israel agreed Monday on the “methods and principles” of working out compensation payments for the victims of a deadly 2010 Israeli raid on a…

EU lifts Syria oil embargo to bolster rebels

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union on Monday lifted its oil embargo on Syria to provide more economic support to the forces fighting to oust President Bashar Assad’s regime. The decision will allow for crude exports from rebel-held…

Egypt’s opposing parties argue over judiciary

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s main opposition group is calling for demonstrations against what it charges is an attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood to take control of the judiciary. On Monday the National Salvation Front called for rallies to…

Pope Francis, in his own words, on the issues

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Before he became pope, Francis spoke his mind about many of the most sensitive topics the Roman Catholic church faces today. Here is a sampling from “On Heaven and Earth,” published in 2012,…

Red Cross: At least 187 killed in Nigeria violence

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Fighting between soldiers and Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria killed at least 187 people, the worst single incident of violence in the region since an insurgency there began three years ago, an aid agency…

Vatican official: Romero saint effort ‘unblocked’

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican official spearheading the case to make slain Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador a saint said Tuesday the process is moving forward under Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff, after years…

Bikini ban: Emirate sets fines for skimpy swimwear

RAS AL-KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bikinis and briefs are no longer welcome on some sands in the United Arab Emirates. Authorities in Ras al-Khaimah, the northernmost emirate in the UAE, have posted signs on public beaches…

Kosovo, Serbia close to deal but questions remain

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s prime minister summed up sentiment on both sides: “Don’t expect us to start loving each other.” Hashim Thaci spoke days after he reached a deal with his Serbian counterpart to normalize ties —…

Ex-bishop’s widow wants optional priestly celibacy

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — She uses a wheelchair and carries the weight of her 87 years, but Clelia Luro feels powerful enough to make the Roman Catholic Church pay attention to her campaign to end priestly celibacy.…

Number-saving comes to Nigeria mobile phone market

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — To know what it is like to make a mobile phone call in Nigeria, ask anyone to turn out their pockets or upend their purses. One, two, three and sometimes even four phones tumble…

Saudi advisers propose Friday-Saturday weekend

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia is taking the first steps to switch its weekend to begin on Fridays to align its banking and business days with most other nations in the region. Saudi media reports say…

Rhino conservationist dies in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A game reserve in Kenya plans to hold a memorial next month for Anna Merz, a conservationist who sought to protect the rhinoceros from systematic poaching that has severely depleted its numbers in Africa. The…

6 dead in shooting in southwest Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Authorities say a man opened fire in a southwestern town, killing at least six people before fleeing. Officials at the city hall in Belgorod said Monday that the man opened fire outside a department store,…