France questions suspect over serial murders
PARIS (Reuters) - French police detained a suspect on Saturday for questioning over a spate of fatal shootings in a Paris suburb in the last few months which had raised fears a serial killer was on the loose, a pol
Macedonia mourns 5 men, fears ethnic tensions
Thousands attended the funerals of five slain fishermen in Macedonia on Saturday as fears grew that the killings were ethnic-related. Authorities called it the worst case of mass murder in the tiny Balkan country since...
Regional bloc recommends regional force for Mali
West Africa's regional bloc is recommending the deployment of a regional force to Mali after rebels declared an independent state following a military coup last month. Regional bloc ECOWAS said Friday the force would...
Grenade at cockfight arena kills 2 in Philippines
A grenade explosion inside a cockfighting arena in the restive southern Philippines has killed two spectators and wounded dozens. Police say a man tossed the grenade in the crowded arena during a town fiesta Saturday. ...
Pakistan yet to find 139 buried in avalanche
A Pakistan commander says there is no sign of life from the more than 100 people buried when a massive avalanche hit a military complex close to the Indian border more than a week ago. Maj. Gen. Ashfaq Nadeem said...
Gulf states to meet over UAE-Iran island row: source
DUBAI (Reuters) - Gulf Arab states plan to meet next week to discuss a territorial dispute between the United Arab Emirates and Iran which flared after the Iranian president visited a tiny Gulf island that both cla
Panama to review 2014 canal deadline, may face added delays
By Helen Murphy and Mario Naranjo CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - Panama will know in a few months whether the long-awaited expansion of its famous shipping canal will meet the 2014 deadline for completion o
Bombs hit disputed Sudanese town, official says
Sudanese planes bombarded a disputed oil town near South Sudan's border on Saturday, a southern military official said, and a doctor said bombs aimed at strategic sites in South Sudan's Unity State killed five people. ...
Vatican: no secrets in girl's '83 disappearance
The Vatican insisted Saturday it has done everything possible to try to resolve the 1983 disappearance of an employee's teenage daughter and has no objections to allowing inspection of the basilica tomb of a reputed...
Teenager shot in Bahrain hours after F1 gets go-ahead
DUBAI (Reuters) - A 14-year-old boy was shot in the chest in Bahrain at a post-funeral rally late on Friday and is in critical condition, the opposition said, on the same day that Formula One organizers said the Ba
South Sudan says repulses Sudan army attack on Heglig
By Khalid Abdelaziz and Ulf Laessing KHARTOUM/JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan said on Saturday it had repulsed an attempt by the Sudanese army to retake a disputed oil-producing border area, extending a stand-o
Norway massacre survivors brace for killer's trial
When Per Anders Langeroed heard about the bomb explosion in downtown Oslo, he wrote reassuringly to his Facebook friends that he was "safe on Utoya." Moments later, even greater mayhem was unleashed on the island youth...
Spanish king has hip replacement surgery after fall
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's King Juan Carlos I underwent hip replacement surgery in Madrid on Saturday after breaking his right hip in a fall during a private trip to Botswana, the Royal Household said. The 7
Bissau parties to meet as world condemns coup
By Alberto Dabo BISSAU (Reuters) - Guinea-Bissau's political parties were to meet on Saturday after military chiefs ordered them to organize new elections after a coup this week that cut short an unfinished
UK teen charged over anti-terror hotline hoax
British police say a teenager has been charged over hoax calls to Scotland Yard's Anti-Terrorist Hotline. London's Metropolitan Police says a 17-year-old boy from Birmingham in central England has been charged with...
US air traveler treated in Iran after heart attack
Iran's civil aviation spokesman says an American is receiving medical treatment in Tehran after his plane was diverted to the Iranian capital when he suffered a heart attack on a flight from Dubai to Seattle. Abbas...
16 quizzed in Kashmir on anti-India Facebook posts
Police in Kashmir say they have questioned 16 men about Facebook postings that appeared aimed at whipping up protest against Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan territory. Police say the men are university students...
Timeline of Norway's July 22, 2011 terror attacks
The following is a timeline of events during the July 22, 2011, attacks on a Norwegian government building and a retreat for young political activists, according to police and eyewitnesses. All times are local. _3:25...
Facts about the Norway massacre trial
Journalists from The Associated Press will be among the media in the court room when the trial of Anders Behring Breivik starts in Oslo District Court on Monday, nearly nine months after the July 22 attacks in which 77...
New NKorean leader emphasizes 'military first'
Hours after a failed rocket launch criticized abroad as a covert test of missile technology, North Korea's new leader underlined the country's "military first" policy with a budget that allocates a sizable chunk of...
Standoff diffused as Chinese boats leave shoal
The last five Chinese fishing boats at the center of a dangerous impasse between China and the Philippines have left a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, officials said Saturday. Their departure diffused the...
Small makeshift bomb explodes outside Greek bank
ATHENS (Reuters) - A small makeshift bomb exploded outside a branch of Greece's second largest lender, Eurobank, in central Athens early on Saturday, causing no injuries or serious damage, a police official said.
Zimbabwe suspends sentence for anti-Mugabe activists
HARARE (Reuters) - A Zimbabwean court has suspended the community service sentence imposed on six activists convicted of airing 'Arab Spring' videos as part of a plot against President Robert Mugabe, their lawyer s
Lockerbie bomber health deteriorating, says family
The former Libyan intelligence officer convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing was taken to hospital on Saturday for a blood transfusion with his health deteriorating, his family says. The son of Abdel Baset...
Roadside bomb kills 2 policemen in Iraq
Iraqi officials say a roadside bomb targeting a security patrol has killed two policeman in the western province of Anbar. An Iraqi policeman says the blast Saturday morning also wounded a policeman and destroyed a...
Gulf states to meet over UAE-Iran island row: source
DUBAI (Reuters) - Gulf Arab states plan to meet next week to discuss a dispute between the United Arab Emirates and Iran which broke out after the Iranian president visited a Gulf island claimed by both countries,
S.Sudan says repulses Sudan attack on Heglig
JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan said on Saturday it had repulsed an attempt by the Sudanese army to retake the disputed oil-producing border area of Heglig, which the southern army seized earlier this week. The
Afghan government names son of slain ex-leader to head Peace Council
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's government on Saturday appointed Salahuddin Rabbani, the son of slain Peace Council chief Burhanuddin Rabbani, to replace his father and lead the country's High Peace Council charged
Afghan, NATO forces attack insurgents in east
Afghan forces with air support from NATO combed through the country's mountainous northeast in their third day Saturday of a major offensive against militants in a province that serves as an insurgent supply route from...
US, Canada alone at summit in Cuba stance
A summit of 33 Western Hemisphere leaders opens Saturday with the United States and Canada standing firm, but alone, against everyone else's insistence that Cuba join future summits. The Sixth Summit of the Americas...
Standoff near Philippines over; Chinese boats keep catch
MANILA (Reuters) - Chinese fishing boats left a disputed area of the South China Sea with their catches on Saturday, ending a six-day standoff but dealing a blow to Philippine efforts to assert sovereignty over the
Yemen army clashes with Islamists, at least 34 killed
ADEN (Reuters) - At least 34 people, mostly Islamist militants, were killed near the southern Yemeni city of Lawdar on Friday in clashes between government forces and an al-Qaeda-linked group, official and tribal s
Afghan woman MP sets sights on presidency
By Amie Ferris-Rotman KABUL (Reuters) - Condemned to die shortly after birth for being a girl, outspoken Afghan member of parliament Fawzia Koofi lived to become a champion of women's rights and is now eyein
Gunmen kill 8 Shiite Muslims in southwest Pakistan
Police say gunmen riding on a motorcycle have killed eight Shiite Muslims in a pair of sectarian attacks in southwest Pakistan. Senior police officer Shaukat Ajmad said assailants opened fire on a car Saturday, killing...
UN to vote Saturday on 1st observers for Syria
The U.N. Security Council has scheduled a vote Saturday on a resolution authorizing the deployment of the first wave of U.N. military observers to monitor a cease-fire between the Syrian government and opposition...
3 small blasts in Colombia, no damage reported
Colombian officials are reporting no injuries or damage from three small explosions as Western Hemisphere leaders arrived for a summit. Two of the low-intensity blasts occurred in Cartagena where the summit is being...
Cuban agent returns to U.S. after seeing brother
By Jeff Franks HAVANA (Reuters) - A Cuban agent on parole who a U.S. judge allowed to return home for two weeks to see his gravely ill brother has gone back to the United States as required, the Cuban govern
Chavez vows to knock out rivals at Venezuela poll
By Anthony Boadle and Daniel Wallis CARACAS (Reuters) - Feisty Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez acknowledged on Friday that radiation treatment for cancer was wearing him down, but he vowed to squash his opp
Secret Service says agents sent home from Summit of Americas amid misconduct allegations. ...
Cuba agent back to US after 2-week trip home
Cuba says an intelligence agent on probation in the United States has returned to that country after visiting his gravely ill brother for two weeks. An official note carried in state media says Rene Gonzalez flew back...
After Harvard, future is uncertain for Bo's son
By Ros Krasny, Adam Tanner, Benjamin Kang Lim and William Maclean CAMBRIDGE, Mass./BEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) - Bo Guagua, a 24-year-old descendant of Chinese Communist royalty, seemed destined to one day beco
Chavez rallies supporters marking coup anniversary
Thousands of President Hugo Chavez's supporters celebrated the 10th anniversary of his return to power following a failed coup in 2002, filling an avenue outside the presidential palace in a festive show of support...
Haiti health workers to give cholera vaccine
The chief advocates for a cholera vaccination program in Haiti will begin distributing the vaccine this weekend after a government ethics committee gave approval following months of delay, a project organizer said...
Ocampo ends World Bank bid, backs Nigerian
By Lesley Wroughton and Tiago Pariz WASHINGTON/BRASILIA (Reuters) - Former Colombian finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo on Friday withdrew his candidacy for World Bank president, leaving two candidates in
2 PRico paramedics charged with killing competitor
Two paramedics in Puerto Rico have been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of a competitor from another private ambulance company whom they felt stole a patient. A Justice Department statement Friday says...
Scaled-back Pakistan drone strikes reflect success: U.S. official
By Mark Hosenball (Reuters) - A reduction in U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan in recent months reflects success in targeting senior al Qaeda operatives and forcing militants "underground," a U.S. official said
Powers seek to ease nuclear deadlock with Iran
By Fredrik Dahl and Justyna Pawlak ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Iran and world powers have a rare chance on Saturday to halt a downward diplomatic spiral over Tehran's nuclear program and ease fears of a new Middle
Iran, 6 powers may make progress at nuclear talks
After years of failure, Iran and the six world powers may finally make some progress on nuclear negotiations when they meet again Saturday if each side shows willingness to offer concessions the other seeks. But even...
Ocampo to withdraw from World Bank race: sources
By Lesley Wroughton and Tiago Pariz WASHINGTON/BRASILIA (Reuters) - Former Colombian finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo is set to withdraw his nomination for the World Bank presidency on Friday as developi
Dominican officials say ex-official in Haiti plot
The justice minister in the Dominican Republic has accused a former military officer of involvement in an alleged plot to destabilize the government of neighboring Haiti. Radhames Jimenez says retired army Col. Pedro...