Syrian army reopens key road to Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces have reopened a key road leading to the embattled northern city of Aleppo after heavy fighting with rebels that left casualties on both sides, state media and activists said Monday. The state…

Buckingham Palace soccer: ‘Don’t break a window’

LONDON (AP) — It’s all well and good to play soccer on the beautiful lawns at Buckingham Palace, but don’t break a window. That was Prince William’s message Monday in advance of the first ever competitive match held…

China reassures neighbors over economy, reforms

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping sought Monday to reassure Asian business and political leaders that his country only aspires to peace and that he is confident its economic growth will remain robust despite a recent…

Spain tries 6 Somalis for piracy after ship attack

MADRID (AP) — Six Somalis who allegedly attacked a Spanish warship in 2012 off the coast of Somalia went on trial in the Spanish capital, with prosecutors seeking a 23-year sentence for each defendant. A National Court spokesman…

Malian city of Gao hit by mortar shells

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A military spokesman says the northern Malian city of Gao has come under attack for the first time in months. Hubert de Quievrecourt, spokesman for the French-led Operation Serval, said Monday that at least…

Americans, German win Nobel for cell transport

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Americans James Rothman and Randy Schekman and German-born researcher Thomas Suedhof won the 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discoveries on how hormones, enzymes and other key substances are transported within cells. This…

Divers recover 38 more bodies, death toll hits 232

LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AP) — Italian divers headed into the hold of a sunken smugglers’ boat lying on the ocean floor Monday, hoping to find more bodies from a horrific shipwreck. Only 155 people survived Thursday’s sinking off the…

AP PHOTOS: Lone family stays in Syrian village

KFAR LATA, Syria (AP) — Grubby-faced children huddle around a small swing that was brought indoors so they could play — at least a tiny bit sheltered by the walls of their home from the relentless bombardment in…

Attacks surge in Egypt, a day after deadly clashes

El-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian officials say a massive explosion, possibly from a car bomb, has hit the security headquarters in a southern Sinai town, killing two people and wounding 48. The security officials say the attack Monday…

South Africa: A loud bird finds a lush niche

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Pest, charming oddity or just background noise, the Hadeda ibis is a feathered phenomenon in suburban South Africa. Sometimes it swipes dog food meant for pets, splatters parked cars and driveways with droppings and yanks…

JAL makes first purchase from Airbus, not Boeing

TOKYO (AP) — Airbus secured its first-ever order from Japan Airlines on Monday, in a deal that undermines Boeing’s long-held dominance of Japan’s aviation market. Japan Airlines is to buy 31 A350 planes from the European aircraft manufacturer.…

Kerry assures CEOs on US role in Asia-Pacific

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is seeking to assure Asia-Pacific business leaders that nothing will shake America’s commitment to the region and that the current government shutdown in Washington will soon be over…

Bomb kills 2 in Pakistan anti-polio drive

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb exploded next to a van carrying Pakistani security guards tasked with protecting workers involved in an anti-polio drive in the country’s northwest on Monday, killing two people, according to officials. The attack…

French parliament takes up retirement reform

PARIS (AP) — The French Parliament on Monday is to debate a pension reform intended to partially plug a funding gap in the generous system by asking the French to work longer. Economists have criticized the bill for…