Israeli airlines strike over “Open Skies” plan

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s three airlines went on strike Sunday over a proposed “Open Skies” deal with the European Union that union workers say jeopardizes their jobs and could even cause the local airline industry to collapse. EL…

Slovenia insists it’s not the next Cyprus

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenian officials have a message for the world: Don’t panic — we won’t be the next to fall. The tiny European Union member is trying to convince its people and foreign investors that it…

China criticizes US for its human rights record

BEIJING (AP) — China slammed the human rights record of the United States in response to Washington’s report on rights around the world, saying that U.S. military operations have infringed on rights abroad and that political donations at…

Iran says it will remain loyal to nuclear treaty

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign ministry says the country is a committed signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and will continue cooperating with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency. Five major powers on Friday labeled Iran and North…

Conservatives likely to retake power in Paraguay

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay is poised to elect as its new president a conservative candidate from the party that backed strongman Alfredo Stroessner during 35 years of iron rule, returning the executive branch to the wealthy interests…

Boston suspects’ Chechen family traveled long road

TOKMOK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — The two brothers accused of blowing up homemade bombs at the Boston Marathon came from a Chechen family that for decades had been tossed from one country to another by war and persecution. Their…

Trinidad opposition seeks Jack Warner resignation

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — The leader of Trinidad’s main opposition party is seeking the resignation of former world soccer vice president Jack Warner, who currently serves as the island’s national security minister. Opposition leader Keith Rowley said late…

Trinidad opposition seeks Jack Warner resignation

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — The leader of Trinidad’s main opposition party is seeking the resignation of former world soccer vice president Jack Warner, who currently serves as the island’s national security minister. Opposition leader Keith Rowley said late…

Group accuses Egypt’s Morsi of ignoring atrocities

CAIRO (AP) — Some members of a high-level commission that issued a report detailing security abuses and atrocities during and after Egypt’s 2011 uprising accused President Mohammed Morsi on Saturday of ignoring their findings. The fact-finding commission, comprised…

Indian girl, 5, in serious condition after rape

NEW DELHI (AP) — A 5-year-old girl was in serious condition Saturday after being raped and tortured by a man who held her in a locked room in India’s capital for two days, officials said. The incident —…

Rio delivers bikinis in mesh and rigid metal

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Just how complicated can the Brazilian bikini, among the skimpiest iterations of the simple spandex triangle and string design, possibly get? Judging from the innovative, inventive and some downright strange beachwear options that…

Kosovo PM seeks parliament backing for Serbia deal

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s parliament will convene for an urgent parliamentary session to back a potentially historic deal with Serbia brokered by the European Union, the prime minister said Saturday. Hashim Thaci appealed to the 120-seat legislature…

Bahrain’s crown prince: Too early to join talks

SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain’s crown prince says there will be “a time and a place” for him to participate in the slow-moving political dialogue in the divided Gulf nation but not yet. Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad…

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…