Pakistan temporarily halts state executions

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s government has halted all state executions temporarily, just a week ahead of the planned hangings of several al-Qaida-linked militants. Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed said Sunday that the executions were halted until Pakistani Prime Minister…

UN chemical arms experts arrive in Syrian capital

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — U.N. inspectors have arrived in the Syrian capital on a mission to probe for the alleged use of chemical weapons. The 20-member team comprising inspectors and assistants were driven in a convoy of seven…

SKorea, US begin annual joint military drills

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Sunday accepted South Korea’s offer for talks on holding a reunion of families separated by war, but proposed separate talks on resuming jointly run tours in North Korea, implying it…

Chinese regulators blame computer for stock frenzy

BEIJING (AP) — A trading frenzy that caused Chinese stock prices to swing wildly last week was caused by a design flaw in a brokerage’s computer, the market regulator said Sunday. The avalanche of orders Friday from Everbright…

Family ties factor in key Senate races

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Sen. Mark Pryor likes to tell voters that he always puts Arkansas first, borrowing the campaign slogan associated with his family for decades. In Wyoming, Liz Cheney bets that her famous father’s name…

Fallen Chinese political star to be tried Thursday

BEIJING (AP) — Bo Xilai, a rising Communist Party star who fell from power last year, will go on trial Thursday on corruption charges, a court announced, putting China’s new leaders on course to wrap up a festering…

Egypt on edge after storming of protester mosque

CAIRO (AP) — The brother of al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri (AY’-muhn ahl-ZWAH’-ree) is under arrest in Egypt where the ousted president’s Muslim Brotherhood remains poised to hold further street protests even as it faces possible outlaw status. Officials…

Saudi prince fires director of Islamic TV channel

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has fired the director of an Islamic TV channel for his role as the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait. He wrote Sunday on his Twitter…

Japanese activists sail near disputed islands

IN THE EAST CHINA SEA (AP) — Nearly two dozen Japanese nationalist activists and fishermen have sailed to a small group of islands at the center of a territorial dispute with China. They were closely monitored by Japan’s…

Syrian mortars land in Golan, Israel retaliates

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli military official says Israeli forces have hit a target inside Syria that was the source of mortar fire into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The official said Sunday at least three shells landed near…

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…

Petition drive to recall San Diego mayor begins

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The effort to recall San Diego’s embattled mayor is getting started in the nation’s eighth-largest city. The petition drive to boot Mayor Bob Filner from office amid sexual harassment allegations officially began at midnight…

Additional crews arrive to help fight Idaho fire

HAILEY, Idaho (AP) — More people were forced from their homes outside the posh central Idaho ski town of Ketchum as a wildfire stoked by strong winds made a push to the north. The number of residences evacuated…

Death toll hits 50 in Philippines ferry accident

CEBU, Philippines (AP) — Divers plucked two more bodies from a sunken passenger ferry on Sunday and scrambled to plug an oil leak in the wreckage after a collision with a cargo ship. The accident near the central…

Egypt: Islamists hit Christian churches

CAIRO (AP) — After torching a Franciscan school, Islamists paraded three nuns on the streets like “prisoners of war” before a Muslim woman offered them refuge. Two other women working at the school were sexually harassed and abused…

Egypt: 36 killed in prison truck escape attempt

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt remained on edge Sunday after security forces stormed a Cairo mosque a day earlier and the ousted president’s Muslim Brotherhood remained poised to hold further street protests despite a possible outlawing of the group.…

NYC officer stable after accidental gunshot

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer who accidentally shot himself in the leg while holstering his weapon is in stable condition. The police department said the officer was responding to a domestic dispute in…

Egypt: Islamists hit Christian churches

CAIRO (AP) — In the four days since security forces cleared two sit-in camps of supporters of Egypt’s ousted president, Islamists have attacked dozens of Coptic churches along with homes and businesses owned by the Christian minority. The…