Somalia: Solar lights protect against sex attacks

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Chatting women sitting outside makeshift homes at night is a new scene in a once-dark refugee camp in the Somali capital. In a city where darkness brings the threat of attack, recently installed solar…

Regional bloc endorses Zimbabwe polls

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Southern African leaders say Zimbabwe’s disputed elections on July 31 were “generally credible” and that the voters’ choice was “sufficiently expressed.” Bernard Membe, a Tanzanian government minister who led election observers from a regional…

Iraq promises probe into Iranian exile killings

BAGHDAD (AP) — A United Nations official says a U.N. investigation team is visiting a contentious Iranian dissident camp in Iraq where multiple residents were killed on Sunday. U.N. spokeswoman Eliana Nabaa said the team arrived at Camp…

Malaysia cuts fuel subsidies to fund welfare

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s government said Monday it will cut fuel subsidies for the first time in nearly two years to save 3.3 billion ringgit ($1 billion) annually as part of crucial budget reforms. Prime Minister…

Study finds dire work conditions on Thai trawlers

BANGKOK (AP) — Some workers are sold onto boats by their families, others by unscrupulous employment brokers. Nearly half the workers make less than $160 a month in exchange for back-breaking labor. Some might not see any money…

‘Don’t be afraid’: Final words from Seamus Heaney

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland mourned the loss of its Nobel laureate poet, Seamus Heaney, with equal measures of poetry and pain Monday in a funeral full of grace notes and a final message from the great man himself:…

Japan to fund leak control measures at nuke plant

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s top nuclear regulator raised safety concerns Monday about hastily built storage tanks and their foundations after signs of more leaks of radiation-contaminated water at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant. The latest leak was…

Bangladesh court seeks HRW response on charges

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A special tribunal dealing with war crimes involving Bangladesh’s independence war against Pakistan on Monday asked an international rights group to explain why it shouldn’t be charged with contempt of court for comments the…

India fury over gang rapes sign of changing nation

NEW DELHI (AP) — A series of recent high-profile gang rape cases in India has ignited a debate: Are such crimes on the rise, or is it simply that more attention is being paid to a problem long…

Iran releases 6 Slovaks; 2 more still held

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says it has freed six Slovak nationals who spent more than two months in jail for breaking unspecified laws, but two others remain in detention. The eight entered Iran as tourists in June…

Turkish ex-army chief on trial for 1997 coup

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s former military chief and 102 other people have gone on trial for their alleged involvement in ousting an Islamic-led government in 1997. Retired Gen. Ismail Hakki Karadayi, 81, and other former military officials face…

AP Interview: Wang coy on past, confident on canal

BEIJING (AP) — The baby-faced Chinese businessman behind plans to slash a canal through Nicaragua has invested millions in telecommunications and mines. But he won’t say how he made his fortune. Wang Jing says he once studied traditional…

Spanish government prepares new abortion law

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Justice Minister says the conservative government will present by the end of October its proposed changes to the country’s abortion law, with the amendments expected to introduce new restrictions on pregnancy terminations. Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon…