Bombs kill 3 NATO troops, 9 Afghans

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Roadside bomb attacks in Afghanistan killed three NATO service members and nine Afghans on Tuesday, officials said, clear evidence that the insurgents’ annual spring offensive is underway. The service members died in southern Afghanistan,…

Pirate Party has electoral breakthrough in Iceland

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland, a nation of seafarers, has been stormed by pirates. They won’t be forming the government, but online freedom advocates the Pirate Party were still big winners in the country’s election. The party, just…

A terrorist sleeper cell dismantled in Mali

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Police in Mali’s capital have dismantled a terrorist cell belonging to the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, or MUJAO, three officials confirmed on Tuesday. The presence of the cell confirms fears…

Mysterious Hebrew stone displayed in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) — An ancient limestone tablet covered with a mysterious Hebrew text that features the archangel Gabriel is at the center of a new exhibit in Jerusalem, even as scholars continue to argue about what it means.…

Benedict XVI returns to Vatican Thursday

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI is coming home. The Vatican says the 86-year-old emeritus pontiff will move into his new retirement home in the Vatican gardens Thursday. Benedict has been living at the papal residence…

‘House of Cards,’ Frank Ocean top Webby Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix’s groundbreaking “House of Cards” may be the first digital series nominated for a best drama Emmy. But it will start with a Webby. The Webby Awards are honoring “House of Cards” producers Kevin…

Arab League sweetens Israel-Palestinian peace plan

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Arab League’s decision to sweeten its decade-old proposal offering comprehensive peace with Israel has placed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a bind and swiftly exposed fissures in his new government. Netanyahu’s chief peace negotiator…

Another Ohio hospital won’t hire smokers

CLEVELAND (AP) — A third major hospital system in northeast Ohio has decided not to hire smokers. The new policy begins June 1 at MetroHealth System. It mirrors a nation……

Philly-area sheriffs to auction off AR-15 rifle

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — A sheriff’s group in suburban Philadelphia is planning a charity raffle in which it will auction off an AR-15 rifle similar to the one use……

Congo’s M23 rebels threaten new UN brigade

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Rebels in eastern Congo said Tuesday they are getting ready to fight a new United Nations brigade that will be allowed for the first time to pursue armed groups. The U.N. peacekeepers are set…

SPCA investigating kitten found burned in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward as they try to find the person who severely burned a kitten found in a Philadelphia neighborhood last week……

Cameroon’s ruling party wins Senate election

DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — The party of Cameroon’s entrenched ruler Paul Biya won 56 of the 70 contested seats in the nation’s first-ever senatorial election, the Supreme Court announced. Supreme Court President Alexis Dipanda Mouelle said Monday that…

Dubai fines British widower after bride’s death

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Dubai court has fined a grieving British widower who allegedly arrived drunk to sign police paperwork to release the body of his wife. She had died in a balcony fall on…

Roadside bomb kills 2 in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials say a roadside bomb in northern Afghanistan has killed two people, including a local police commander credited with reducing the number of insurgent attacks in his area. Abdul Nazar, a local council member,…

As gender equity rises, more Ugandan women divorce

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — More women are initiating divorces in Uganda, a conservative East African country where women are becoming empowered to leave a bad marriage in a way their mothers could not, rights activists and legal experts…

Feds involved as Ohio school gets 2nd bomb threat

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say the FBI and U.S. Secret Service have gotten involved in a bomb-threat investigation at a northeast Ohio high school. The Akro……

Jordan: More than 45,000 refugees return to Syria

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan says that more 45,000 refugees in its territory who fled Syria’s civil war have chosen to return since last August. Col. Zaher Abu Shihab, who directs Jordan’s largest refugee camp at Zaatari near…

Pa. councilman pleads guilty to heroin possession

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A borough councilman in northeastern Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to heroin possession and been fined $2,500. The Pocono Record reports (……