Zimmerman’s attorney walks tight line in defense

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman’s attorneys will be walking a fine line as they attempt to convince a jury that their client fatally shot a 17-year-old teen out of fear for his life and that he didn’t…

Rome mayor race tests Berlusconi effect on voters

ROME (AP) — Italian voters were choosing mayors in Rome and other municipalities Sunday in balloting, whose results will be interpreted as a test of ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s political influence with possible repercussions on the national government. Media…

Timeline of revelations about US domestic spying

President Barack Obama is defending secret government programs that sweep up Internet data and millions of Americans’ phone records in their search for foreign terrorists. A timeline of controversies surrounding spy programs and privacy: ___ 1978: In response…

Egypt: Suspected militants kill policeman in Sinai

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security officials say suspected militants have shot dead a counterterrorism police officer in the Sinai Peninsula. Officials said Maj. Mohammed Abdelaziz, 30, was killed Sunday in the town of el-Arish on the Mediterranean. The…

London police: Suspicious fire at Islamic school

LONDON (AP) — London police say they’re investigating a suspicious fire at an Islamic boarding school, an incident which comes at a time of increased anti-Muslim attacks in Britain. Police say the blaze broke out Saturday night at…

NSA claims know-how to ensure no illegal spying

WASHINGTON (AP) — An email, a telephone call or even the murmur of a conversation captured by the vibration of a window — they’re all part of the data that can be swept up by the sophisticated machinery…

Budapest braces for swollen Danube

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in a region of eastern Germany where the Elbe river has flooded and burst through a dam, officials said Sunday. At least 21 people have been…

American auto industry about to go on hiring spree

DETROIT (AP) — The auto industry is about to go on a hiring spree as car makers and parts suppliers race to find engineers, technicians and factory workers to build the next generation of vehicles. The new employees…

In nation’s breadbasket, Latinos stuck in poverty

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — On a warm spring day, farmworker Cristina Melendez was bedridden and unable to make her way back into the asparagus fields of central California for the kind of backbreaking work she’s done since childhood.…

Anti-Hezbollah protester killed in Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior Lebanese military official says clashes have erupted outside the Iranian embassy in the capital between protesters opposing Hezbollah’s participation in the Syrian war and unidentified locals, killing one demonstrator. The official identified the…

India opposition party names Modi to head campaign

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s main opposition party announced Sunday that a deeply divisive Hindu ideologue will head its 2014 election campaign, indicating he would likely be its choice for prime minister if the party were to win.…

Bolshoi won’t renew star dancer’s contract

MOSCOW (AP) — The Bolshoi Theater won’t renew the contract of Nikolai Tsiskaridze, a veteran principal dancer and teacher who for years has been in open conflict with managers at the celebrated Russian theater. The dispute intensified after…

Swedish male train drivers wear skirts to work

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Commuters on a train line in northern Stockholm were met with an unusual sight this week: male train drivers and conductors wearing skirts to work. Train driver Martin Akersten says he and more than a…

South Africa: family visits Nelson Mandela

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African President Nelson Mandela has spent a second night in a hospital, where he is being treated for a recurring lung infection. The government has said that 94-year-old Mandela was taken to a…

Ahmadinejad visits Iran heavy water reactor site

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has visited a planned nuclear reactor that’s part of a growing dispute between Tehran and the U.N.’s atomic agency. The official IRNA news agency said Ahmadinejad’s visit Sunday coincided…

Afghan president visits Qatar to discuss peace

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials say Afghan President Hamid Karzai is visiting Qatar to discuss his country’s stalled peace process and the possible opening of a Taliban office in the Gulf state. Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai said…

Ex-China railways boss admits guilt at graft trial

BEIJING (AP) — The man who once ran China’s powerful railways ministry wept as he admitted his guilt and sought leniency Sunday at his trial on corruption charges, one of the country’s highest-level graft cases in years. Liu…

Libya army chief resigns after clash in Benghazi

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A health official says the death toll from clashes between protesters and former rebels aligned with the military in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi has risen to 27. The violence broke out Saturday after…

Want more time off? Some employers let you buy it

WASHINGTON (AP) — Want more time off work to hang out at the beach? Need a little cash and have vacation days to spare? Some companies allow their employees to buy and sell vacation time, a perk that…

Turkey’s leader lambasts protesters

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run agency says pro- and anti-government protesters have clashed for the second time since demonstrations against the nation’s leader began 10 days ago. Meanwhile, the unrest showed no sign of abating, as Prime…