Iraq Sunnis stage day of civil disobedience

BAGHDAD (AP) — Many of Iraq’s Sunni Muslim minority held a day of civil disobedience on Monday to protest what they see as discrimination by the Shiite-led government. Many schools, markets and government offices shut down in the…

Indian girl’s rape highlights police apathy

NEW DELHI (AP) — A child disappears. Police are called. Nothing happens. Child rights activists say the rape last week of a 5-year-old girl is just the latest case in which Indian police failed to take urgent action…

Israel praises Azerbaijan’s stand in Iran crisis

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s president on Monday praised Azerbaijan for playing a key role in countering Iran’s influence in the Middle East as the Muslim country’s foreign minister visited the Jewish state for the first time. The visit…

Italian president chastises country’s politicians

ROME (AP) — President Giorgio Napolitano headed Monday into his unprecedented second term with the daunting task of trying to find a candidate who can form a government two months after national elections left Italy with no clear…

Israeli airlines end strike over EU deal

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of travelers have been stranded in Israel during the second day of a strike by the nation’s three airlines. Airline workers launched the strike on Sunday to protest the government’s approval of a new…

European austerity yields meager results in 2012

LONDON (AP) — The austerity pain pursued by a number of European countries has led to very little gain. The 2012 figures, published Monday by Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics office, showed that many of the countries hit…

Rush to repair WWI cemeteries as centenary nears

ZONNEBEKE, Belgium (AP) — The Tyne Cot cemetery sweeps gently down the slope, the nearly 12,000 headstones aligned in solemn rows of gleaming white. Beyond the walls stretch Flanders Fields, dotted by red farmhouse roofs. For the stage…

Food price hikes raise concerns in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian newspapers warn that a new wave of price hikes could stir greater discontent less than two months before presidential elections. The press commentaries also suggest disputes within Iran’s ruling system over how to…

Syrian regime shoring up hold on capital, coast

BEIRUT (AP) — Six days of fighting in a Damascus suburb has killed more than a hundred people and possibly many more, activists said Monday, in what the government also acknowledged may be a dramatic spike in the…

Portable ATMs, phone-charging in China quake zone

LUSHAN, China (AP) — The tent village that sprang up in two days to house quake survivors in mountain-flanked Lushan is no ordinary refugee camp. China’s full range of disaster response is on display: Trucks with x-ray equipment,…

Lufthansa cancels about 1,700 flights amid strike

BERLIN (AP) — Ground staff at Lufthansa, Germany’s biggest airline, walked off the job Monday on a one-day strike that prompted the company to cancel most of the day’s scheduled flights and left it complaining of “excessive” union…

2nd man arrested in rape of 5-year-old Indian girl

NEW DELHI (AP) — A second suspect was arrested Monday in the rape of a 5-year-old girl who New Delhi police say was left for dead in a locked room, a case that has brought a new wave…

Japan ministers war shrine visits anger SKorea

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made donations and three Cabinet ministers prayed at a militarist Japanese shrine over the weekend, sparking South Korean anger. Japan on Monday defended their actions as private. Top government spokesman Yoshihide…

Taliban capture 11 from helicopter in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Turkish transport helicopter carrying at least 11 civilians was forced to make an emergency landing in a Taliban-controlled area in eastern Afghanistan, and the insurgents took all the people on board prisoner, including…

Officials: At least 185 killed in Nigeria attack

BAGA, Nigeria (AP) — Fighting between Nigeria’s military and Islamic extremists killed at least 185 people in a fishing community in the nation’s far northeast, officials said Sunday, an attack that saw insurgents fire rocket-propelled grenades and soldiers…

Parents of Boston suspect describe his Russia trip

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — The parents of Tamerlan Tsarnaev insisted Sunday that he came to Dagestan and Chechnya last year to visit relatives and had nothing to do with the militants operating in the volatile part of Russia,…

Taliban threat could skew Pakistan election result

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Moderate politicians from some of Pakistan’s most violent areas are risking the threat of Taliban attack to run in upcoming nationwide elections, but they are increasingly being forced to rely on social media, phone…

Paraguayans elect tobacco magnate as president

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguayans elected a tobacco magnate as their new leader Sunday, returning the conservative Colorado Party to the presidency that it held for 61 years before former Roman Catholic bishop Fernando Lugo won the office…

Top Gadhafi aide to face trial in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) — A cousin and onetime top aid of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi will face trial in Egypt on charges of attempted murder. Prosecutor Hamdi Mansour ordered Sunday that Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam be tried for attempted…

Iran says election will not affect nuclear stance

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian nuclear negotiator is saying that Iran’s coming presidential election will not affect its stance in nuclear talks with world powers. The Sunday report by the official IRNA news agency quotes Abbas Araghchi…