US envoy says no guarantee NKorea will free Bae

TOKYO (AP) — A senior U.S. envoy who will travel to North Korea later this week said Wednesday that he plans to strongly appeal for the release of an American sentenced to 15 years of hard labor by…

Fonterra resumes operations in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — New Zealand diary giant Fonterra said Wednesday that it has resumed operations in Sri Lanka after temporarily closing its plant out of concern for the safety of its staff. Operations in Colombo were…

Bertolucci hopes to be surprised by Venice entries

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Sandra Bullock and George Clooney kick off the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival with “Gravity,” a 3-D techno-drama set in outer space. Bullock and Clooney play astronauts adrift in space after debris…

NY Times site inaccessible, Twitter problems also

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Readers who tried to click on the New York Times’ website got nothing but error messages for several hours during the site’s second major disruption this month, and people also had trouble accessing…

Attacks kill 10, wound 25 in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A provincial spokesman says four Afghan civilians have been killed and 15 wounded in a suicide car bomb attack targeting a coalition convoy in southern Afghanistan. Spokesman Omer Zwak of southern Helmand province says…

EU lawmakers criticize Laos on missing activist

BANGKOK (AP) — A team of European lawmakers has criticized the Lao government’s failure to accept international help in solving the mysterious disappearance of a prominent social activist eight months ago. Sombath Somphone was last seen in closed-circuit…

UK to give UN resolution condemning Syria

LONDON (AP) — Britain says it will put forward a resolution to the U.N. Security Council condemning the Syrian government for the alleged chemical attack that has killed hundreds of civilians. The prime minister’s office says in a…

2 Chinese killed in boat accident in Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) — Two Chinese tourists were killed and four other people were injured Wednesday in a speed boat accident at a popular seaside town in Thailand, police said. The speed boat, which was carrying 20 Chinese tourists,…

Ohio Lottery says $1M Powerball prize unclaimed

NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (AP) — Lottery officials say the owner of a million-dollar Powerball ticket sold in western Ohio is running out of time to claim the prize. The ticket……

Pittsburgh, ex-police chief dropped from suit

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania judge has ruled that a woman who reported that a Pittsburgh police officer threatened her if she didn’t perform a sex ac……

Yemen al-Qaida calls US attack claims ‘propaganda’

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen’s al-Qaida offshoot says U.S. claims that it intercepted a message between the local branch of the terror network and its chief, Ayman al-Zawahri, were “propaganda.” In a statement posted late Tuesday on a militant…

UN atomic agency: Iran ups nuke activity

VIENNA (AP) — Iran and the U.N. nuclear agency have agreed to restart talks focused on the agency’s attempts to probe suspicions that Tehran worked on atomic weapons, diplomats said Wednesday, in the first such meeting since Iran’s…

NY police designate mosques as terrorism groups

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorism organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal…

China confirms raid on alleged terror cell

BEIJING (AP) — China has confirmed its police conducted a raid last week on an alleged terrorist cell in the restive northwestern region of Xinjiang. Officials have refused to discuss the bloody Aug. 20 incident. Details about the…

More than 300 sites to ring bells for MLK speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — The final refrain of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most famous speech will echo around the world as bells from churches, schools and historical monuments “let freedom ring” in celebration of a powerful moment in civil…

Iraqi PM says his country on high alert over Syria

BAGHDAD (AP) — A coordinated wave of bombings tore through Shiite Muslim areas in and around the Iraqi capital early Wednesday, killing at least 58 and wounding many more, officials said. The blasts, which came in quick succession,…

Iran approves bill to sue US over 1953 coup

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s parliament has given preliminary approval to a bill requiring the government to sue the U.S. for its involvement in the 1953 coup that overthrew the country’s democratically elected prime minister. The bill calls…