AP Interview: US general says Afghan deal vital

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The top U.S. and coalition commander in Afghanistan says the signing of a bilateral security agreement between America and Afghanistan will send a clear signal both to the Afghan people and the Taliban that…

Spain, France bust people trafficking gang

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s government says a joint investigation by Spanish and French police has busted a gang that allegedly was smuggling Chinese citizens into Europe and the United States. The Interior Ministry said Saturday that 75 people…

Police decry Belfast ‘anarchy’ as 56 officers hurt

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland’s police chief has vowed to arrest scores of Protestant extremists after they attacked officers protecting a parade by Irish Republican Army supporters. Police said 56 officers were injured as they confronted…

US angry over released of Mexican drug lord

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. law enforcement officials expressed outrage over the release from prison of Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero and vowed to continue efforts to bring to justice the man who ordered the killing of…

India activates atomic reactor for nuclear sub

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Saturday activated the atomic reactor onboard its first indigenously designed and built nuclear submarine, paving the way for its deployment by the navy in the next two years. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh…

Korea’s Incheon wins tender for Myanmar airport

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A consortium headed by South Korea’s Incheon will build a new international airport in Myanmar to help the Southeast Asian country cope with an influx of tourists and business executives, state media said Saturday.…

Search continues after Indonesia volcano erupts

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency says a volcano has erupted in eastern Indonesia, killing five people and shooting smoke and ash up to 2,000 meters into the air. The agency confirmed the eruption in…

UK’s Cameron rules out Sochi boycott

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron ruled out a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics, saying Saturday that attending the games is a better way of tackling prejudice against gays. Cameron was responding to a letter…

US concerned over Sri Lanka military killings

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The United States has expressed concern over the Sri Lankan military’s fatal shooting of three civilians and attack on people seeking protection in a church during a recent protest demanding clean drinking water.…

China probes drugmaker Sanofi for alleged bribery

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have launched an investigation against French drugmaker Sanofi following a news report that accused the company of bribing hundreds of Chinese doctors in 2007. An unnamed whistleblower told the Guangzhou-based, state-owned 21st Century…

Thailand arrests key human trafficking suspect

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities have arrested and charged a suspected human trafficker who allegedly sold hundreds of migrants from Myanmar into slavery to work in Thailand’s fishing industry, police said Saturday. Ko Myo, a 42-year-old Myanmar national,…

Offbeat drama starts airing final 8 shows

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) — How many of the fans who watch the hit AMC series “Breaking Bad” actually know what that title means? Star Bryan Cranston says he didn’t know before he came on as teacher-turned-drug-lord Walter…

Obama: Time to turn the page on housing woes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the housing market is healing, but it’s time to turn the page on the “bubble-and-bust mentality” that led to the market’s collapse. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama calls…

Keita holds commanding lead ahead of Mali vote

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Longtime politician Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who many hope will hold strife-torn Mali together, heads into the presidential runoff election on Sunday as the clear favorite with endorsements from nearly all of the 28 candidates…

Calif. faces longer, tough wildfire season

BANNING, Calif. (AP) — California truly is the Golden State this summer — golden brown — and that has fire officials worried heading into the peak of the wildfire season. It’s still weeks before the fire-fanning Santa Ana…

Iraqi Kurdish leader vows to defend Kurds in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say government warplanes have bombed a predominantly Sunni Muslim village in the western heartland of President Bashar Assad’s minority Alawite sect, killing at least 20. The strikes came amid a push by…

Militants killed in Egypt by Israeli drone mourned

CAIRO (AP) — An al-Qaida-linked group active in the Sinai Peninsula said Saturday that its fighters were the target of a reported Israeli drone strike into Egyptian territory, a rare operation that could indicate increased Egyptian-Israeli security cooperation…