Syria says it joined chemical treaty on Thursday

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria says it became a full member of the convention banning the use of chemical weapons as of Thursday but the United Nations says it will take at least another 30 days. Bashar Ja’afari…

Vatican insists it’s not shielding ambassador

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Thursday it was cooperating with prosecutors in the Dominican Republic who are investigating its ambassador for alleged sexual abuse of teen-age boys, an explosive case that has raised legal questions about…

Mexico arrests 3 more in bar kidnap-killings

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say they have arrested three more men as suspects in the killings of 13 young people kidnapped three months ago from a bar near the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Assistant federal…

Pablo Escobar trademark denied by Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s government has refused to register as a trademark the full name of Pablo Escobar, the country’s most notorious criminal. The cocaine kingpin’s widow and two children, who live in Argentina, had appealed an…

Honduras grants Indians title to coastal lands

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The government announced Thursday that it has granted title to more than 1.6 million acres (655,000 hectares) along Honduras’ border with Nicaragua and the Caribbean coast to the Miskito Indian communities that inhabit the…

UN inspectors could point to perpetrator of attack

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Diplomats said Thursday the report by U.N. chemical weapons inspectors expected next week could point to the perpetrators of an alleged chemical weapons attack even though they are only charged with determining whether deadly…

The most stunning cars at Frankfurt Auto Show

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Maybe we can’t buy — but we can look. The best thing about an auto show is the chance to gawk at and sit in cars most people can’t afford. So here’s a look…

Ex- journalist at UK tabloid charged over bribes

LONDON (AP) — A former deputy news editor at The Sun newspaper has been charged over allegations of corrupt payments to public officials, the latest in a series of charges leveled against senior journalists at the scandal-stricken paper.…

White House pushes back on Putin’s op-ed on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House pushed back Thursday against Russian President Vladimir Putin for his opinion piece in The New York Times that blamed opposition forces for the latest deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria and argued…

Kerry rejects Assad’s 30-day timetable

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is rejecting Syrian President Bashar Assad’s (bah-SHAR’ AH’-sahd) suggestion he begin submitting data on his chemical weapons arsenal one month after signing an international chemical weapons ban. Kerry spoke…

US: Russia ‘isolated and alone’ on Syria blame

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says Russia is “isolated and alone” in blaming the Syrian opposition for the use of chemical weapons. White House spokesman Jay Carney says even countries like Iran agree that Syria’s government is…

US agent convicted in Italy seeks pardon

MILAN (AP) — A former CIA base chief has asked Italy’s president for a pardon of his conviction in absentia of kidnapping a terror suspect as part of the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program, apologizing for the strain the…

Cubans wear yellow ribbons for agents jailed in US

HAVANA (AP) — Cubans are trying yellow ribbons to homes, trees and lampposts in a campaign to press for the return of several agents imprisoned in the United States. The goal is to raise awareness in the United…

Guinea opposition mulls new protests

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea’s opposition said they were considering new street protests following the expiry on Thursday of the 72-hour ultimatum they gave the government to fix the flaws they had identified in the roll of registered…