Iraq rejects refuge for Turkey’s Kurdish fighters

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq is rejecting a key element in an accord to bring an end to a long Kurdish rebellion in Turkey — offering refuge to Kurdish fighters. In March, the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, announced…

Iraq rejects offering shelter to PKK fighters

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq is rejecting a key element in an accord to bring an end to a long Kurdish rebellion in Turkey — offering refuge to Kurdish fighters. In March, the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, announced…

Islamic cleric in Gaza rejects Israel’s existence

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A prominent Islamic scholar who is making a landmark visit to the Gaza Strip has declared that Israel has no right to exist. Yusuf al-Qaradawi said Thursday that “this land has never…

IMS: US medicine spending shows rare dip in 2012

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Spending on prescription medicines in the U.S. fell for the first time in decades last year, slipping as cash-strapped consumers continued to cut back on use of health care services. Patients also benefited from…

American stabbed outside US Embassy in Cairo

CAIRO (AP) — Five rights activists are on trial in Egypt over the torching of the campaign headquarters of a front-runner in the country’s 2012 presidential election. A court official says the proceedings opened on Thursday at the…

Egypt tries 5 over torching of candidate’s office

CAIRO (AP) — Five rights activists are on trial in Egypt over the torching of the campaign headquarters of a front-runner in the country’s 2012 presidential election. A court official says the proceedings opened on Thursday at the…

Karzai says US can have 9 Afghan bases after 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. can keep nine bases in Afghanistan after the scheduled 2014 NATO combat troop pullout, the country’s president said Thursday, the first time he has made such an offer in public. Hamid Karzai…

Afghan president ready to let US have 9 bases

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. can keep nine bases in Afghanistan after the scheduled 2014 NATO combat troop pullout, the country’s president said Thursday, the first time he has made such an offer in public. Hamid Karzai…

IMS: US medicine spending shows rare dip in 2012

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Spending on prescription medicines in the U.S. fell for the first time in more than five decades last year. A new report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics states the total spent was…

Israel moving ahead with new settler housing

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s military says plans to build nearly 300 homes in a West Bank settlement are moving forward. The project could complicate efforts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to restart Mideast peace talks. Palestinians…

Ohio prisons cutting medical costs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say Ohio prisons cut more than $26 million from inmate medical expenses last year. That’s according to a new report from the Co……

UAE coup suspects seek probe into abuse claims

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A group of 94 suspects charged with plotting against the United Arab Emirates is seeking an independent investigation into their claims of abuses in custody. Their letter to the UAE’s president,…

Ripple effect after fire takes out Wyo. town store

CHUGWATER, Wyo. (AP) — It all began when a man with black shoe polish smeared all over his face exited Interstate 25 and barreled into town one evening last winter. A witness said John Barberini didn’t brake before…

‘Barefoot Bandit’ pleads guilty to burglary

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The young man known as the “Barefoot Bandit” pleaded guilty to burglary in a Washington county court, perhaps closing the lengthy saga involving a run from the law in stolen cars, boats and…

Gunmen snatch former Pakistani PM’s son at rally

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials say gunmen have attacked an election rally in the southern Punjab province and abducted the son of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. A police official, Abdul Rehman, says gunmen stormed the rally…

Putin on Victory Day: Russia a security guarantor

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will be a guarantor of world security, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at the annual military parade on Red Square. Putin made his short speech at the culmination of Victory Day, marking the defeat…

Putin on Victory Day: Russia a security guarantor

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will be a guarantor of world security, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at the annual military parade on Red Square. Putin made his short speech at the culmination of Victory Day, marking the defeat…

Patriarch of fashion brand Missoni dies in Italy

ROME (AP) — Italian fashion company Missoni says co-founder Ottavio Missoni has died at 92. Missoni founded the iconic fashion brand of zigzagged-patterned knitwear along with his wife, Rosita, in 1953. The Missonis are a family fashion dynasty,…

Patriarch of fashion brand MIssoni dies in Italy

ROME (AP) — Italian fashion company Missoni says co-founder Ottavio Missoni has died at 92. Missoni founded the iconic fashion brand of zigzagged-patterned knitwear along with his wife, Rosita, in 1953. The Missonis are a family fashion dynasty,…

AP Exclusive: Calif. exchange granted secrecy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California law that created an agency to oversee national health care reforms granted it sweeping authority to conceal spending on the contractors that will perform most of its functions, creating a barrier from…