NKorea vows to bolster nuclear arms over US report

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is vowing to bolster its nuclear program in response to a U.S. State Department report accusing Pyongyang of human rights abuses. Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called the annual U.S. report…

Japan war shrine reflects ruling party nationalism

TOKYO (AP) — Visits by Cabinet ministers and lawmakers to a shrine honoring Japan’s war dead, including 14 World War II leaders convicted of atrocities, signal Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s determination to pursue a more nationalist agenda after…

French gay marriage: Water cannon, police legions

PARIS (AP) — Police say legions of officers and a small battery of water cannon are at France’s National Assembly as lawmakers prepare for a final vote to legalize gay marriage. Christophe Crepin, spokesman for the police union…

Iran denies link with Canada terror plot suspects

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Tuesday denied any links with an alleged terrorist plot that Canadian authorities claim was directed by al-Qaida operatives in Iran and sought to derail a passenger train. Canadian authorities allege the suspects…

Dutch diplomat sentenced to 12 years for spying

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch court has sentenced a diplomat to 12 years for delivering confidential NATO and the European Union documents to Russian agents. In Tuesday’s ruling, judges at The Hague District Court said Raymond Poeteray had…

Israeli official: Assad has used chemical arms

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A senior Israeli military official says Syrian President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons in his battle against insurgent groups trying to topple him. Brig. Gen. Itai Brun, the head of research and…

Clashes at Sunni protest site in Iraq kill 23

BAGHDAD (AP) — Clashes erupted in northern Iraq when security forces raided a rally site used by Sunni demonstrators early on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people and wounding dozens in an escalation likely to enrage protesters who…

Kerry attends first NATO foreign ministers meeting

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO foreign ministers met Tuesday in Brussels to discuss the wars in Syria and Afghanistan, and to learn the views of a new member of their club — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry…

Bhutan votes in 2nd ever parliamentary poll

GAUHATI, India (AP) — People in the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan were cementing their young democracy Tuesday by voting in the nation’s second parliamentary election. The remote nation of 700,000 had its first election in 2008 after…

Car bomb targets French embassy in Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A car bomb targeted the French embassy in the Libyan capital early on Tuesday, wounding two French guards in an attack that President Francois Hollande denounced as an assault not only against France but…

Lawyer: Palestinian hunger striker to end fast

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian prisoner who refused food for months is expected to end his hunger strike on Tuesday after a deal was reached with Israeli authorities for his early release, his lawyer said. Samer Issawi began…

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…