German magazine: NSA spied on United Nations

BERLIN (AP) — The German magazine Der Spiegel says the U.S. National Security Agency secretly monitored the U.N.’s internal video conferencing system by decrypting it last year. The weekly said Sunday that documents it obtained from American leaker…

Zimbabwe to head African tourism commission

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The United Nations world tourism body said Sunday it has chosen Zimbabwe to lead its Commission for Africa, the continent-wide group for tourism development for the next two years. The U.N. World Tourism Organization…

Youth see march anniversary as chance to lead

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mary-Pat Hector of Atlanta operates much like a 1960s civil rights activist as she plans for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Her cell phone rings constantly as she confirms event details, tweaks…

Casualties as Congo troops, UN forces fight rebels

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Congolese soldiers and U.N. forces are fighting M23 rebels for a fifth day near the eastern city of Goma. Amani Kabasha, a spokesman for the M23 rebel movement, told The Associated Press that fighting…

For Obama, world looks far different than expected

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly five years into his presidency, Barack Obama confronts a world far different from what he envisioned when he first took office. U.S. influence is declining in the Middle East as violence and instability rock…

US official: chemical weapons likely used in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior administration official said Sunday there is “very little doubt” that a chemical weapon was used by the Syrian regime against civilians in an incident that killed at least 100 people last week, but…
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Farrell at Sharon Preview

The 68th Steel Bowl is the beginning of the 2013 season for Farrell and Sharon.…

Prosecutor urges ‘severe’ sentence for China’s Bo

JINAN, China (AP) — Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai assailed his wife and his former right-hand man in four days of testimony ending Sunday, rejecting accusations of corruption and shielding a murderer in a trial that has offered…

Dispute over burial for abortion clinic fetuses

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The 47 fetuses discovered three years ago in a Philadelphia abortion clinic are part of an emotional dispute over whether foes of abortion can clai……

Iraq denies halting services to Iranian exile camp

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iranian dissident group is accusing Iraqi authorities of cutting off water and electricity to a contested northern camp for Iranian exiles, a charge the Iraqi government denies. The Mujahedeen-e-Khalq dissident group says authorities cut…
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Funds to fight blight

Ohio has received federal approval to spend a portion of its remaining foreclosure crisis funds to demolish nearly 5,000 vacant and abandoned homes statewide.…

Syria agrees to UN chemical weapons investigation

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The leader of an al-Qaida linked militia fighting to overthrow the Syrian government has vowed to take revenge for what he says was Damascus’ use of chemical weapons that killed hundreds of people. Jabhat…

Pope disturbed by terrible images from Syria

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he has been disturbed by “terrible images” of atrocities occurring in Syria, and he is urging the international community to step up its efforts to end the civil war there. Francis…

Powell: Trayvon Martin verdict ‘questionable’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says the jury verdict that freed the killer of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was “questionable.” But he isn’t sure it will have staying power in the public consciousness. Speaking…

India police detain hundreds for banned pilgrimage

NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities on Sunday detained hundreds of Hindu nationalists in northern India for allegedly defying a ban on pilgrimages to a disputed holy site that has been the cause of deadly clashes between Hindus and…

Ohio awards $10.5M to improve transportation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Transportation has awarded $10.5 million in grants to help fund projects aimed at improving mobility and restoring histo……

Insurgent attacks in Iraq kill at least 41

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say separate attacks have killed at least nine people in the country. A police officer says militants snatched five soldiers from a taxi Sunday at a fake checkpoint near the northern city of…

Israel ministers urge US response to Syria “crime”

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prominent Israeli Cabinet ministers are calling for a U.S.-led response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria last week that the prime minister describes as a “terrible crime.” Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet Sunday that…

Iran warns US over military move against Syria

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian commander is warning the United States over a possible military move against the Tehran-backed regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The semi-official Fars news agency, which has close ties to Iran’s powerful…