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Comedy on Mexico income gap a big screen hit

April 5, 2013

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A construction magnate’s preppy son is forced to drive one of Mexico City’s battered green buses, while his spoiled sister waits tables at a cantina in a miniskirt and non-designer shoes. Their credit cards have been canceled, their BMWs and mansion seized. OMG!

China court detains lawyer after Falun Gong trial

BEIJING (AP) — Several prominent lawyers in China have signed a letter urging a court to explain its detention of a rights lawyer after he defended a practitioner of the banned Falun Gong movement.Wang Quanzhang was detained Wednesday at the end of a trial at Jinjiang People’s Court in eastern Jiangsu province. According to other Read More

North Korea still far from backing up nuke threats

April 4, 2013

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s vow to restart its mothballed nuclear facilities raises fears about assembly lines churning out fuel for a fearsome arsenal of nuclear missiles. But it may actually be a sign that Pyongyang needs a lot more bomb fuel to back up its nuclear threats. Despite the bluster, it could Read More

Tourists kidnapped, 1 sexually assaulted in Rio

April 1, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two foreign tourists were held for hours, brutalized and one of them sexually assaulted aboard a public transport van they boarded in Rio de Janeiro’s showcase Copacabana beach neighborhood, police said in a statement. Two men aged 20 and 22 have been taken into custody and a third is being Read More

Iranians rebel over price of beloved pistachio

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — This should be the time of year that nut shop owner Mohammad Ahmadi counts his profits, after the recent Persian new year holiday when Iranians scarf up huge amounts of their iconic snack, pistachios. Instead, he and others in the trade are staring at piles of unsold nuts. Iranians have rebelled Read More

Pope’s foot-wash a final straw for traditionalists

March 30, 2013

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has won over many hearts and minds with his simple style and focus on serving the world’s poorest, but he has devastated traditionalist Catholics who adored his predecessor, Benedict XVI, for restoring much of the traditional pomp to the papacy. Francis’ decision to disregard church law and wash the Read More

NKorea says it is in a state of war with SKorea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea declared Saturday it has entered “a state of war” with South Korea in the latest of a string of threats that have raised tensions on the Korean Peninsula. North Korea’s government, parties and organizations said in a joint statement that all matters between the two countries will now Read More

Bosnia: Man sentenced to 45 years for war crimes

March 29, 2013

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A court in Bosnia on Friday convicted a Montenegrin man of multiple counts of murder, torture, rape and looting during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war, and sentenced him to 45 years in prison — the highest sentence ever issued in the country.Judge Zoran Bozic said that Veselin Vlahovic, killed 31 people, raped a Read More

Pope washes women’s feet in break with church law

ROME (AP) — In his most significant break with tradition yet, Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of two young women at a juvenile detention center — a surprising departure from church rules that restrict the ritual to men. No pope has ever washed the feet of a woman before, and Francis’ gesture sparked Read More

Egypt says Iranian pose no risk

March 28, 2013

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s tourism minister said Thursday that allowing Iranian tourists to visit Egypt after being banned for more than three decades would pose no threat and could help shore up the nation’s struggling tourism industry. Tourism Minister Hesham Zaazoua’s remarks, in an interview on Thursday with The Associated Press, come amid controversy over Read More

Greenland ‘reluctant’ on new offshore drilling

March 27, 2013

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Greenland’s new government said Wednesday it doesn’t plan to issue any new licenses for offshore oil exploration, an announcement that was welcomed by environmentalists who oppose drilling in Arctic waters. Jens-Erik Kirkegaard, Greenland’s new minister for natural resources, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that the 20 licenses issued Read More

Part of Berlin Wall removed in pre-dawn operation

BERLIN (AP) — For nearly 30 years, the Berlin Wall was the hated symbol of the division of Europe, a gray, concrete mass that snaked through neighborhoods, separating families and friends. On Wednesday, it took hundreds of police to guarantee the safe removal of 15 feet (less than 5 meters) of what’s left of the Read More

Cyprus businesses hurt as banks stay shut

March 26, 2013

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot businesses were under increasing strain to keep running on Tuesday after financial authorities stretched the country’s bank closure into a second week amid fears that depositors will rush to drain their accounts. Cyrpus’s central bank governor, Panicos Demetriades, said “superhuman efforts are being made” to open banks on Thursday.“Temporary” restrictions Read More

Scotland backs wind farm opposed by Donald Trump

LONDON (AP) — The Scottish government on Tuesday approved an offshore wind farm that has drawn the ire of American tycoon Donald Trump, who fears it will spoil the views at his luxury golf resort nearby. Trump vowed to bring a lawsuit to stop the 230 million pound ($349 million) development, which consists of 11 Read More

Knox awaits decision from Italy’s highest court

March 25, 2013

ROME (AP) — Amanda Knox was waiting anxiously Monday in Seattle to hear if she will face trial again as Italy’s top criminal court considered whether to overturn her acquittal in the murder of her roommate in Italy. Italian prosecutors have asked the high court to throw out the acquittals of Knox and her Italian Read More

Kerry, Karzai bury hatchet in Kabul meeting

KABUL (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai made a show of rare, recent unity between their two nations on Monday, as the U.S. military ceded control of its last detention facility in Afghanistan, ending a longstanding irritant in relations.Kerry arrived in the Afghan capital of Kabul on an Read More

Obama in Jordan warns of threat in Syria when Assad is ousted

March 23, 2013

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Anxious to keep Syria’s civil war from spiraling into even worse problems, President Barack Obama said Friday he worries about the country becoming a haven for extremists when — not if — President Bashar Assad is ousted from power. Obama, standing side by side with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, said the Read More

Lawyer: Charged defense contractor, woman in love

HONOLULU (AP) — An attorney for a defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to his 27-year-old Chinese girlfriend says there’s no evidence that classified information was given to China or to any other foreign country.

Cyprus to vote on new plan, Europe skeptical

March 22, 2013

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot lawmakers are due to vote Friday on a raft of new measures they hope will qualify the country for a bailout package and help it avoid financial ruin next week. But key European leaders gave no indication it would be enough. Cyprus needs to find a way to raise the Read More

SAfrica police boss endorses officers in killings

March 19, 2013

MARIKANA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa’s police chief said Tuesday she stands by her statement praising officers involved in the shooting massacre of 34 striking miners and insisting they were “just doing your work.” Evidence before the judicial commission questioning her Tuesday has indicated some miners were shot in the back as they tried Read More

Give Cyprus more time, Greece tells EU

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Banking stocks in Greece were hammered Tuesday before Cypriot lawmakers rejected a bailout plan, while government officials here urged eurozone countries to give the Mediterranean island more time to come up with a viable solution. Shares on the Athens Stock Exchange fell 3.85 percent to 923.43. Banking stocks plummeting by 9.58 Read More

Russia unmoved by US missile defense plan change

March 18, 2013

MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian diplomat says the United States’ cancellation of a critical part of its European missile defense system plan doesn’t mollify Moscow’s opposition. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last week announced that plans to place long-range missile interceptors in Poland in the final stage of its European system are being abandoned. Read More

Myanmar parliament may review constitution

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Lawmakers in Myanmar say parliament may agree this week to establish a commission that would consider amending the country’s 2008 pro-military constitution, which critics charge is undemocratic. A lawmaker from opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party, Phyo Min Thein, says the two houses of parliament might Read More

Fugitive in wife’s slaying arrested in Italy

March 16, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man placed on the U.S. Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted Fugitive list for the execution-style murder of his estranged wife has been arrested in Bologna, Italy. The Marshals Service says 42-year-old Miguel Torres had been charged with first-degree murder in Reading, Pa., following the September 2005 slaying.

London rail workers digging new railway line find likely plague burial pit

LONDON (AP) — Workers digging a new railway line in London have uncovered what they believe is a burial ground containing victims of the Black Death — a plague that wiped out as much as half of London’s inhabitants when it swept the city in the mid-14th century. Workers involved in the Crossrail project located Read More

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