Boston suspect’s father says he’s a ‘true angel’

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — The father of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing described his fugitive son as a smart and accomplished “angel” in an anguished interview in which he claimed they were set up. Anzor Tsarnaev…

Pro- and anti-Islamist protesters clash in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) — Clashes erupted Friday between several hundred opponents and supporters of Egypt’s Islamist president during a rally by his allies calling on him to “cleanse the judiciary” of alleged supporters of the old regime. The violence,…

Russia’s Chechnya has seen decades of war, terror

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — The two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings have their ethnic roots in Chechnya, a part of the Caucasus Mountains that has spawned decades of violence — from separatist wars to suicide attacks,…

9 killed by gunman in Kenya, near Somali border

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A police chief says that a masked gunman believed to be a member of an al-Qaida-linked Somalia militant group stormed a hotel in a Kenyan city near the border with Somalia and opened fire…

UN compares Iraq death penalty use to slaughter

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.’s top human rights officials is condemning Iraq’s widespread use of the death penalty, comparing it to a slaughterhouse. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says Iraq’s justice system is “too seriously…

Mortar fire kills 7 Sunni worshippers in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say mortar fire has killed seven Sunni worshippers and wounded 14 others in a town north of Baghdad. Police say the attack came just after the end of Friday prayers as the worshippers…

Fierce battles in Syria; US to raise aid to rebels

BEIRUT (AP) — An artillery shell slammed into a pickup truck, killing nine members of a family during fierce fighting on Friday in Syria as U.S. officials said the Obama administration is poised to send millions more in…

Warsaw marks 70 years since uprising in ghetto

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Sirens wailed and church bells tolled in Warsaw as largely Roman Catholic Poland paid homage Friday to the Jewish fighters who rose up 70 years ago against German Nazi forces in the Warsaw ghetto…

Rough inauguration day for new Venezuelan leader

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Inauguration day could have gone better for the man picked to lead Venezuela’s socialist revolution for the next six years. Hours before President Nicolas Maduro’s swearing-in, his government announced it would allow a full…

Lufthansa workers to strike next week

BERLIN (AP) — The union representing 33,000 workers at Lufthansa AG says it will stage a short-term strike next week after the latest round of wage negotiations ended with no new deal. Ver.di union said in a statement…

After long period of quiet, Guantanamo grows tense

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — The morning routine started before dawn with a prisoner chanting the Muslim call to prayer through a small opening in the heavy steel door of his cell as soldiers with face…

French family of 7 taken hostage in Cameroon freed

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A French family with four young children kidnapped at gunpoint by Islamic extremists in northern Cameroon was freed after two months of captivity in what the father described as especially harsh conditions following the…

Pakistan’s Musharraf lashes out after arrest

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf criticized allegations against him as “politically motivated” Friday, following his arrest in a case involving his decision to fire senior judges while in power. Musharraf was arrested a day…

Muzzle on dissent in Gulf faces backlash in Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Outside a palm-shaded villa in suburban Kuwait City, government security forces are taunted and defied each night by supporters of a former lawmaker ordered to prison for insulting the emir of this tiny nation.…

Pakistan’s medical schools _ where the women rule

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — In a lecture hall of one of Pakistan’s most prestigious medical schools, a handful of male students sits in the far top corner, clearly outnumbered by the rows and rows of female students listening…

WHO: China bird flu not spreading easily in humans

BEIJING (AP) — There’s no evidence a new bird flu strain is spreading easily among people in China even though there may be sporadic cases of the virus spreading to people who have close contacts with patients, the…

7.0 quake hits ocean off Japan, Russia; no damage

TOKYO (AP) — A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck in seas off far northern Japan and far eastern Russia on Friday, but no damage was expected. The Japan Meteorological Agency said sea changes were possible. No tsunami warnings have been…

Election council to audit vote in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s electoral council announced Thursday night that it would audit the 46 percent the vote not scrutinized on election night in a concession to opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, who said he believes it will…

China angered by Japan’s increased jet scrambles

BEIJING (AP) — China accused Japan of raising regional tensions with its increased use of fighter jets to monitor Chinese aircraft that approach a cluster of islands claimed by both countries. The remarks from Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua…

Egyptian Jewish leader buried in rundown cemetery

CAIRO (AP) — The late leader of Egypt’s dwindling and aging Jewish community was buried Thursday in one the oldest cemeteries in Egypt, the once-sprawling burial ground she tirelessly worked to restore but which has now suffered looting…