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  • Yemen: Suicide bomber kills 10 Houthi rebels

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say a suicide car bomb has targeted a house used by Shiite Houthi rebels in a town south of Sanaa, killing at least 10 and injuring 15. They say the Monday bombing in the Raad area in Baydah province targeted the house of Abdullah Idris, a top local official with the party of ousted President Ali...

  • Harvard student stuck in Mexico gets new US visa

    TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — A Mexico-born Harvard University student who was stuck for months in his native country after crossing the border without permission is about to return to the United States. Dario Guerrero Meneses, who was brought into the U.S. illegally at age 2, was granted a visa in Tijuana early Monday but will not be able to pick it...

  • Prominent South African politician shot in robbery

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A prominent member of South Africa's ruling party was shot in the chest during a robbery at an ATM in the country's east, the African National Congress said Monday. Jackson Mthembu, a member of parliament and the party's former national spokesman, was shot in the country's eastern Mpumalanga province on Sunday night, the...

  • Libya's persecuted people displaced again

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — After three years in a packed refugee camp, Mariam Mohammed fled with her seven children along with some 3000 members of Libya's persecuted Tawergha community in their second forced displacement. Their camp was caught in a cross-fire between Islamist militias and pro-government forces in the war-torn eastern city of...

  • Lacking a plan, Abbas opts for rhetoric

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president has been speaking in increasingly belligerent tones in recent weeks, accusing Israel of committing "genocide" in Gaza and calling on Palestinians to defend a contested Jerusalem holy site "by any means." The heightened rhetoric is a departure for the normally staid Mahmoud Abbas — and an...

  • Nigerians await news on missing girls

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — There is cautious optimism in Nigeria Monday over local reports that the more than 200 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls may soon be released soon as part of a cease-fire agreement with the country's Islamic rebels, Boko Haram. However, Nigeria's federal government has not yet provided details on the terms of the truce that...

  • Moody's raises Egypt's outlook to stable

    CAIRO (AP) — Moody's Investor Services said Egypt's political and security situation has stabilized, raising the country's outlook from negative to stable. The influential international ratings agency credits, "the launch of government initiatives towards fiscal consolidation, signs of a growth recovery and an improvement in macroeconomic...

  • Chile arrests former Pinochet aide in killings

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A retired colonel who served as a cabinet minister under Gen. Augusto Pinochet was arrested on Monday in connection with the forced disappearance and killing of 13 people during Chile's 1973-1990 military dictatorship. Col. Cristian Labbe was questioned by a judge and arrested in Santiago on charges of criminal...

  • UN urges Venezuela to release jailed activist

    GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' top human rights official is calling for the immediate release of Leopoldo Lopez and dozens of other jailed opponents of Venezuela's socialist government. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein met with Lopez's wife Friday in Geneva to discuss the situation of 69 people still detained...

  • PM denies Islamic State group presence in Algeria

    IN GUEZZAM, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's prime minister says the radical Islamic State group has no presence in Algeria, despite the recent kidnapping and beheading of a French hiker. Abdelmalek Sellal told journalists during a visit to Algeria's extreme south on Monday that North Africa "does not know of the Islamic State group, neither near nor...

  • Submarine hunt sends Cold War chill across Baltic

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's biggest submarine hunt since the dying days of the Soviet Union has put countries around the Baltic Sea on edge. In a scene reminiscent of the Cold War, Swedish naval ships, helicopters and ground troops combed the Stockholm archipelago for a fourth day Monday for signs of a foreign submarine or smaller underwater...

  • Swiss photographer Rene Burri dies at 81

    GENEVA (AP) — Rene Burri, a Swiss photographer who captured iconic black and white images of Communist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara and painter Pablo Picasso, has died. He was 81. Magnum Photos, the agency he joined in 1955, confirmed Burri died Monday of cancer. Burri was just 13 when he photographed British Prime Minister Winston...

  • WHO chief promises transparency on Ebola failures

    GAMMARTH, Tunisia (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization says the agency will be upfront about its handling of the Ebola outbreak, following an internal report that details failures in containing the virus. In the draft document obtained by the Associated Press, the WHO says "nearly everyone" involved in the Ebola response failed to...

  • Obama casts his vote early in Chicago

    CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama has cast his vote early for the 2014 midterm elections. Obama voted Monday at a community center named after the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. near his family's home on Chicago's South Side. He says it's exciting and that he loves voting. Obama isn't discussing his vote. But he says the most important...

  • US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed

    DETROIT (AP) — A potential crisis over defective air bags widened Monday as the U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get their cars fixed. The inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are inflated in crashes. Safety advocates say at least four people...

  • Indiana man's confession leads to 7 bodies

    GARY, Ind. (AP) — Seven women's bodies were found in northwestern Indiana over the weekend after a convicted sex offender's confession to one killing led police to the grisly discovery of other deaths, including three in one abandoned house, authorities said Monday. The discoveries began after a 43-year-old man allegedly confessed to killing a...

  • Brother, 5, of dead NYC 3-year-old detailed attack

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police say the 5-year-old brother of a 3-year-old girl fatally beaten by her stepfather gave detectives a detailed account of the assault. They said Monday that by the young boy's account, Kelsey Smith kicked Jeida Torres, banged her head against a bed frame and then choked her. They say the boy told investigators Saturday's...

  • Search shifts after possible fugitive sighting

    Police shifted their search and a northeastern Pennsylvania school district tightened security Monday after the suspect in a deadly police ambush was believed to have been spotted near one of its campuses. A woman out for a walk Friday night saw a rifle-toting man with a mud-covered face near Pocono Mountain East High School in Swiftwater....

  • Boston bomb case judge wants 1,000 juror summonses

    BOSTON (AP) — At least 1,000 people will be summoned and asked to fill out questionnaires for the jury in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a federal judge said Monday. Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with carrying out the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He has pleaded not guilty and...

  • City to address violence near NH pumpkin fest

    KEENE, N.H. (AP) — The governor urged the state's colleges and universities to punish students involved in violent parties near Keene's annual pumpkin festival that led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries over the weekend. Meanwhile, Keene officials scheduled a news conference for 4 p.m. Monday to discuss the violence,...

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