Egypt’s Morsi to reshuffle Cabinet amid turmoil

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi says he will reshuffle the Cabinet soon, a key demand of his opposition amid divisive turmoil over a myriad of issues. In an interview with the Al-Jazeera satellite channel, Morsi said…

Czechs: we’re not Chechens

PRAGUE (AP) — A number of comments by Americans on social media mistaking the Czech Republic for the country of origin of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects— ethnic Chechen brothers — prompted the Czech ambassador to the United…

Napolitano re-elected Italy’s president

ROME (AP) — With a heavily polarized Parliament unable so far to agree on a new president for Italy, 87-year-old President Giorgio Napolitano yielded on Saturday to pleading from political leaders to be a candidate for a second…

Experts: West Africa piracy takes root in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Experts say that the growing piracy off the coast of West Africa takes root in the oil-slicked creeks of Nigeria’s southern delta. Speaking Saturday at a conference on piracy, the experts say the majority…

Saudi Arabia appoints new deputy defense minister

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Saudi monarch has appointed a retired army general as the kingdom’s new deputy defense minister in a shakeup just days before a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. The official Saudi…

Child soldiers patrol C. African Republic capital

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — As fighters in fatigues lounge in the shade of the rebel camp in the capital of Central African Republic, a boy jumps up to greet visitors with a wide toothy grin. He…

Iran seeks to export oil to North Korea

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s oil ministry says the country is considering exporting oil to North Korea as a way to improve its battered economy. The official IRNA news agency quoted on Saturday Oil Minister Rostam Ghasemi as…

US philanthropist savors opening of Jewish museum

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — As his train rolled across Germany in 1939, passing through small towns where swastikas fluttered from flagpoles, Tad Taube cowered in fear each time Nazi police entered his compartment and barked orders for his…

Heavy clashes in Syria near Lebanese border

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops backed by pro-government gunmen fought fierce battles with rebels on Saturday in a strategic area in Homs province near the Lebanese border, activists and state media in Damascus reported. The latest fighting came…

US doubles aid to Syrian rebels, who want more

ISTANBUL (AP) — As the U.S. prepares to provide far more nonlethal aid to opposition forces in Syria, the regime of President Bashar Assad faces a new threat from European nations that could determine whether a stronger international…

Pakistani judge orders Musharraf held for 2 weeks

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani judge on Saturday ordered former military ruler Pervez Musharraf be held in custody for two weeks until the next hearing in a case related to his 2007 decision to sack and detain several…

Iraqis go to polls for first time since US pullout

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqis cast ballots in regional elections Saturday amid tight security, marking the country’s first vote since the U.S. military withdrawal and a key test of its stability. The results will not directly affect the shape…

China rushes relief after Sichuan quake kills 180

BEIJING (AP) — A powerful earthquake struck the steep hills of China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Saturday, leaving at least 156 people dead and more than 5,500 injured, nearly five years after a devastating quake wreaked widespread damage…

Quake jolts China’s Sichuan, killing 41

BEIJING (AP) — A powerful earthquake jolted China’s Sichuan province Saturday near where a devastating quake struck five years ago, leaving at least 41 dead and more than 600 injured and prompting state media to warn the casualty…

10 Jordanian police injured at Syrian refugee camp

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian official says 10 Jordanian policemen have been injured in a riot that erupted at a Syrian refugee camp near the Jordan-Syria border. Anmar Hmoud says the Friday afternoon riot in Zaatari camp…

AP PHOTOS: Scenes from the past 24 hours in Boston

Most of Boston is shut down as law enforcement continues its massive manhunt for the remaining suspect in the marathon bombings. Police say one suspect is now dead and the other is on the run after a violent…

Russia: Sochi security tight after Boston bombs

MOSCOW (AP) — The naming of two Chechen brothers as the suspects in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing is reviving fears about security at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the resort town on the edge of Russia’s…

Italy parliament fails again to tap president

ROME (AP) — Italy’s polarized Parliament failed in a second day of balloting Friday to elect a president, as the high-profile candidacy of ex-Premier Romano Prodi fell far short of the votes needed. The rebuff deepened the political…

Probe opens of alleged Libyan funding for Sarkozy

PARIS (AP) — Paris prosecutors on Friday began investigating whether the winning presidential campaign of former President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007 may have received illegal funding from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s regime. The judicial investigation doesn’t specify any…

US set to expand nonlethal aid to Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is poised to significantly expand its non-lethal military aid to the Syrian opposition as European nations weigh easing an arms embargo to potentially supply the rebels with arms and increase pressure on…