Espinosa Chepe, Cuban dissident economist, dies

HAVANA (AP) — Oscar Espinosa Chepe, a high-level Cuban economist and diplomat who broke with Fidel Castro’s government in the 1990s and was imprisoned for dissident activities, died in Spain Monday. He was 72 and had been hospitalized…

Suicide bomber kills 2 police in Dagestan

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — A suicide car bomber has attacked a police station in Russia’s violent republic of Dagestan, killing two police officers and injuring more than two dozen other people. Police spokeswoman Fatina Ubaidatova says the blast…

Violence continues over pay hikes in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police have fired rubber bullets and tear gas in the third day of clashes with thousands of garment workers demanding better minimum wages amid escalating tension over the country’s main export. Police say Monday’s…

Pussy Riot member declares hunger strike

MOSCOW (AP) — One of the imprisoned members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot says she is beginning a hunger strike to protest harsh working conditions and threats to her life. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is serving a two-year…

World stocks flat as US faces budget battle

BANGKOK (AP) — Global stock markets edged up Monday after a survey showed manufacturing in the world’s No.2 economy rose to a six-month high last month. HSBC said the preliminary version of its monthly purchasing managers’ index for…

Kenya mall crisis: Hostages not yet released

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Hostages being held by al-Qaida-linked terrorists in a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, have not been released despite an earlier statement from the military that “most” had been rescued. That’s what a person close to…

2 Romanian soldiers killed in Afghanistan

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The defense ministry says two Romanian soldiers have died after they stepped on an improvised explosive device during a patrol in eastern Afghanistan. The ministry said in a statement Monday the two were transported…

Analysis: Kenya attack a shift for Somali rebels?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is under pressure to ramp up counterterrorism action against al-Shabab in Somalia following the al-Qaida-linked group’s deadly attack on an upscale Kenyan shopping mall that has killed and injured dozens, including Americans.…

Kenyan officials claim last push to end mall siege

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Hostages being held by al-Qaida-linked terrorists in a Nairobi mall have not been released despite an earlier statement from the military that “most” had been rescued, a person connected to the situation told The…

What was up with a down-in-the-mouth Emmycast?

NEW YORK (AP) — Emmy lost her way Sunday night. Rarely a model of focus or pacing, this year’s Emmycast seemed downright addled. For instance, what was Elton John doing there? Why did the program squander all that…

Victims of the Kenya mall attack

LONDON (AP) — The attack on the upscale Westgate Mall in Kenya’s capital has killed dozens of people and wounded scores of others. The dead include Africans, Europeans, Asians and North Americans. Here are details about some of…

Emmys live up to unpredictable nature

The Emmys lived up to its reputation as the least predictable entertainment awards show. Television’s annual night of honors, where the AMC drama “Breaking Bad” and ABC comedy “Modern Family” were judged the industry’s finest on Sunday night,…

1 week to go until government shutdown deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a week left to hammer out a deal to avoid a government shutdown, some lawmakers seem resigned — if not rushing — to that end. Most say they don’t want the first government shutdown…

In Colo., Biden vows flood relief won’t shut down

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — Colorado officials are aiming to meet a Dec. 1 target to complete temporary fixes to at least some roads heavily damaged by catastrophic flooding this month. On Sunday, state highway crews and National Guard…

East Timor bans martial arts clubs amid killings

DILI, East Timor (AP) — East Timor police say there will be zero tolerance against those who continue to practice martial arts after the government banned all clubs following deadly gang violence, an official said Monday. At least…

Tycoon plans $8B Chinese Hollywood studio complex

QINGDAO, China (AP) — China’s richest man plans to invest 50 billion yuan ($8.2 billion) to build the country’s version of Hollywood in the eastern city of Qingdao. Wang Jianlin said Sunday that his company, Dalian Wanda Group,…

BC-WEA–Global Weather-Fahrenheit, WEA

NEW YORK (AP) — Minimum and maximum temperatures in Fahrenheit, precipitation in inches and weather conditions as recorded for the previous day and forecast for the current and following day in each city as of 0700 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

Money for town with anti-discrimination ordinance

VICCO, Ky. (AP) — Eight months after this tiny Appalachian town took a stand against gay-based discrimination, it’s basking in a flurry of attention and even an infusion of much-needed cash. All that hoopla has its openly gay…

Merkel: No need for change on Europe

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel won a stunning victory in Germany’s elections, but she still faces the delicate work of forming a coalition government. She and top party officials were meeting Monday to talk strategy about reaching…

Afghan official, 2 NATO troops die in attacks

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan provincial official says gunmen have assassinated a district intelligence chief as he was riding his motorcycle to work. Police chief Ghulam Mohayuddin says the attack took place on Monday morning in northern…