Lebanon parliament set to extend term amid turmoil

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s parliament speaker moved Wednesday to extend the term of his legislature because elections cannot be held on schedule, a sign of growing turmoil as the country gets increasingly pulled into the civil war raging…

Larry King to host a new political talk TV show

NEW YORK (AP) — Larry King is returning to TV with a political talk show beginning next month. The new program, “Politics With Larry King,” will air on the RT America network, a global, English-language channel based in…

Iran seeks tighter control of foreign journalists

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s culture minister is seeking to tighten rules to supervise visiting foreign journalists. A Wednesday report by the semi-official Mehr news agency quotes Mohammad Hosseini as saying tighter measures are being sought after an…

UK police: Man charged in UK soldier’s murder

LONDON (AP) — British police say that an off-duty soldier killed in a suspected Islamic extremist in London attack died from multiple cuts and stab wounds. Lee Rigby, 25, was killed last week near his barracks in southeast…

Israeli committee approves proposed draft reforms

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli government committee has approved a proposal that would reform Israel’s military draft and enlist thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews to military service. Ultra-Orthodox Jews have for years been exempt from military service, which is…

Colony of ants jam bell, keep German woman awake

BERLIN (AP) — Disturbing the peace in a provincial German town: a colony of ants. A 75-year-woman in the southwestern town of Offenburg called police at 3 a.m. Wednesday complaining that she couldn’t sleep because her doorbell was…

Switzerland takes step to end tax dispute with US

GENEVA (AP) — The Swiss government announced Wednesday that it will let banks circumvent the country’s strict client secrecy laws as part of an effort to end a long-running tax evasion dispute with the United States. Finance Minister…

Italy tries to reduce violence against women

ROME (AP) — Violence against women in Italy has been thrust into the spotlight with a raft of headline-grabbing murders of women by their lovers — a trend the U.N. has flagged as a particular problem in a…

Reports: UK prisons alerted after hostage taking

LONDON (AP) — British prison officers have been warned to be on the lookout after a hostage drama blamed on extremist Muslim inmates, British newspapers reported Wednesday, a sign of simmering tension a week after an off-duty soldier…

EU eases pace of austerity to help economy

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union softened its demands for austerity Wednesday when it gave France, Spain and four other member states more time to bring their deficit levels under control so that they can support their ailing…

Kenya police accused of abusing Somali refugees

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police abused and extorted money from Somali refugees after attacks in the capital believed to have been carried out by the Somali militant group al-Shabab, an international human rights group said Wednesday. The…

Top UN rights official: Syria’s war out of control

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.’s top human rights official says that Syria’s civil war is “spilling out of control” and represents a colossal failure to protect civilians. Navi Pillay told the United Nations’ top human rights body on…

NKorea sanctions squeeze cash for aid groups

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — New international sanctions aimed at thwarting North Korea’s nuclear weapons program are having unintended consequences: halting money transfers by foreign humanitarian groups working to help those most in need and forcing some agencies…

Syria says its oil production plummeted since war

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s oil minister says the country’s production has fallen drastically over the past two years because of the crisis. Suleiman Abbas told lawmakers Wednesday that daily oil production stands at 20,000 barrels, roughly 5…

Moscow’s top court rejects Pussy Riot appeal

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow’s highest court has rejected an appeal by punk group Pussy Riot against their sentence for a protest against Vladimir Putin. Moscow City Court chair Olga Yegorova said Wednesday that she had upheld the group’s…
Erie County Tornado

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The cleanup begins Wednesday in Erie County, Pennsylvania after a suspected tornado tore through the county Tuesday night. …

German clinic: Man had pencil in head for 15 years

BERLIN (AP) — German doctors say a man spent 15 years with a pencil in his head following a childhood accident. Aachen University Hospital says the 24-year-old man from Afghanistan sought help in 2011 after suffering for years…

Jordan: Nearly 60,000 Syrian refugees return home

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian official says nearly 60,000 Syrian refugees have left the kingdom to go back home, some to fight President Bashar Assad’s regime and others because living conditions in their camp became too difficult.…

Tunisia police seize FEMEN activists for disrobing

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Three foreign activists disrobed in front of the Justice Ministry on Wednesday to protest against the jailing of a Tunisian member of Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN, quickly attracting a crowd of offended Tunisians before…

UN court convicts 6 Bosnian Croats of atrocities

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A United Nations court convicted six Bosnian Croat political and military leaders Wednesday of persecuting, expelling and murdering Muslims during Bosnia’s war and said leaders in neighboring Croatia helped hatch and execute their…