- Haiti bracing for trouble as election panel delivers report Updated: May-29-16 8:08 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Haitians are bracing for trouble as an electoral verification commission delivers the results of a monthlong review of last year's contested presidential and legislative elections.
- Defying critics, Libya's eastern bank prints its own money Updated: May-27-16 1:10 pm
BENGHAZI, Libya - Libya's cash-strapped eastern central bank announced it had printed its own bank notes Friday, overcoming initial opposition from the U.N.-backed western government but sparking concern at the divided country's ability to develop coherent monetary and economic policies.
- Australian lawmaker links trade dispute with asylum seekers Updated: May-26-16 12:57 am
CANBERRA, Australia - Australia's deputy prime minister is being criticized for suggesting that a temporary ban on cattle exports to Indonesia five years ago hindered ties with Jakarta that contributed to an influx of asylum seekers arriving on Australian shores by boats from Indonesia.
- Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange Updated: May-25-16 12:19 pm
HELSINKI - A Swedish court on Wednesday rejected a request to overturn the arrest warrant of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange because there were no new circumstances to consider.
- Egypt deports French journalist amid crackdown on the media Updated: May-25-16 9:09 am
CAIRO - Egypt deported a French journalist without explanation on Wednesday, the reporter and his newspaper said, the latest move in an ongoing crackdown by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government on freedom of expression and the media.
- City councilman from Alabama shot in robbery in South Africa Updated: May-23-16 3:06 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - A city council member from Mobile, Alabama, was hospitalized in stable condition Monday after he was shot in the face while traveling in Johannesburg, South Africa, a family representative said.
- Police arrest Bosnian who threatened suicide over lost money Updated: May-23-16 7:20 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Bosnian police have arrested a man who had climbed on the roof of the Slovenian embassy, threatening to kill himself unless Slovenia reimbursed savings which Bosnians had deposited in one of its banks.
- Iraq launches operation to retake IS-held city of Fallujah Updated: May-22-16 8:04 pm
BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of military operations to retake the Islamic State-held held city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, in a televised address on Sunday night.
- Passengers on EgyptAir flight included businessmen, parents Updated: May-20-16 2:54 pm
PARIS - The 66 people lost aboard EgyptAir Flight 804 included a businessman adored by his colleagues, a language and history scholar and a mother caring for a daughter with cancer. A look at the lives of the dead:
- Russia: We are not involved in snapping of Swedish TV tower Updated: May-20-16 9:06 am
STOCKHOLM - Russia's Embassy in Sweden is denying any involvement in the snapping of a TV tower, adding the allegation must have been "inspired by the James Bond movies."
- Vatican envoy's visit to Venezuela canceled amid tensions Updated: May-19-16 4:56 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - A planned visit to Venezuela by the Vatican's foreign minister was called off Thursday amid mounting tensions between the country's government and the political opposition.
- Colombia battles world's biggest drugmaker over cancer drug Updated: May-18-16 5:47 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombia's government is giving pharmaceutical giant Novartis a few weeks to lower prices on a popular cancer drug or see its monopoly on production of the medicine broken and competition thrown open to generic rivals.
- US Embassy suspends visas in Venezuela over staff shortages Updated: May-18-16 3:05 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - The U.S. Embassy in Caracas is suspending appointments for Venezuelans seeking first-time tourist and business visas due to staff shortages it blames on President Nicolas Maduro's government.
- Jack Ma cancels keynote speech at counterfeit group meeting Updated: May-18-16 6:40 am
NEW YORK - Jack Ma, the head of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is withdrawing from an anti-counterfeiting convention in Florida just two days before he was scheduled to give the keynote speech.
- North Korea names ex-nuclear envoy as new foreign minister Updated: May-17-16 10:21 am
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea has named a career diplomat and ex-nuclear envoy with broad experience in negotiating with rivals South Korea and the United States as its new foreign minister, according to a diplomatic letter from Pyongyang.
- Peru to expel British woman convicted for drugs trafficking Updated: May-14-16 9:22 am
LIMA, Peru - A British woman who was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison for drug trafficking will be deported back to Britain, Peru's judicial authority has said.
- Kerry heads to Mideast, Europe, Asia with Syria on his mind Updated: May-13-16 11:13 am
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry is heading off on another round-the-world diplomatic mission with stops in the Middle East and Europe to focus on crises in Syria, Libya and Yemen. He then heads to Asia where he will briefly join President Barack Obama in Vietnam.
- US criticizes Romania central bank for "anti-Semitic" coin Updated: May-13-16 9:30 am
BUCHAREST, Romania - The U.S. Embassy in Romania on Friday criticized the country's central bank for releasing a coin bearing the image of a former bank governor who it said actively promoted anti-Semitism.
- US sends armored vehicles to Egypt to combat IS Updated: May-13-16 9:22 am
CAIRO - The U.S. Embassy in Cairo says Egypt has received its first shipment of armored vehicles designed to protect soldiers from roadside bombs.
- Security worker dies at Australian Embassy in Baghdad Updated: May-13-16 12:01 am
SYDNEY - An Australian security contractor working at the Australian Embassy in Baghdad has died, officials said Friday.
- Iran declines to take part in hajj over dispute with Saudis Updated: May-12-16 5:18 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran will not send pilgrims to Saudi Arabia this year for the annual hajj, an Iranian official said Thursday, the latest sign of tensions between the two Mideast powers after a disaster during the pilgrimage last year killed at least 2,426 people.
- WikiLeaks' Julian Assange gets kitten to keep him company Updated: May-10-16 9:30 am
LONDON - It may not be so lonely for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the embassy quarters he's called home for nearly four years.
- US sticking with calling Myanmar minority 'Rohingya' Updated: May-10-16 8:47 am
YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar and the United States appeared to agree to disagree Tuesday on what to call the Southeast Asian nation's beleaguered Muslim minority that Washington and most of the world know as Rohingya.
- France restores Nazi-stolen Degas drawing to rightful owners Updated: May-09-16 1:37 pm
PARIS - France has restored to its rightful owners a drawing by Edgar Degas that was stolen by the Nazis from its Jewish owner in 1940.
- Former East German first lady Margot Honecker dies in Chile Updated: May-06-16 5:55 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile - Former East German first lady Margot Honecker, who defended the now-vanished Communist country to the end, died Friday in Chile at age 89, a family friend confirmed.