Syria: Soldiers came under 3 chemical attacks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria’s U.N. ambassador is demanding that United Nations experts investigate three alleged chemical weapons attacks against Syrian soldiers. Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari says the attacks occurred on Aug. 22, 24 and 25 in three suburbs…

Italy repeals property tax in bid for stability

ROME (AP) — Italy’s government agreed Wednesday to repeal an unpopular property tax that ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi has long campaigned to abolish, a crucial deal for the survival of Premier Enrico Letta’s unusual left-right coalition. The Cabinet, which…

Minister: Tunisia salafis get orders from al-Qaida

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Al-Qaida has been giving Tunisia’s radical Muslims orders to destabilize the country, the nation’s top security official said Wednesday. Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou’s news conference follows the announcement the day before that Ansar…

Iraq bombings, shooting kill at least 70 people

BAGHDAD (AP) — Another day of violence in and around Iraq’s capital has left at least 70 people dead. The latest set of large-scale sectarian attacks in Iraq came even as the government there went on “high alert,”…

Laid-off Paraguay bus drivers crucified in protest

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — A woman in Paraguay has climbed onto a wooden cross and had nails pounded through her hands, joining five men in a crucifixion protest that has already lasted 20 days. Bus driver Juan Villalba…

Angry teachers paralyze Mexico City with protests

MEXICO CITY (AP) — This sprawling metropolis of honking cars and 22 million harried people has been brought to its knees, not by an earthquake or its ominous smoking volcanoes, but rather a small contingent of angry school…

Fidel Castro pens new essay on Syria, Snowden

HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro can’t stay away. Despite a vow to retire from his second career as a columnist last year, the 87-year-old revolutionary whose interests range from the nutrition benefits of a leafy plant called moringa…

Britain proposes Syria resolution; Russia objects

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council failed to reach an agreement Wednesday on a British-proposed resolution that would authorize the use of military force against Syria. The draft resolution — if…

‘Rastrojo’ gang leader extradited from Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia has extradited a former leader of the violent Rastrojos criminal gang to the United States to be tried for cocaine trafficking. Diego Perez Henao, who was also a founding member of the Norte…

Israel airlifts 450 Ethiopians to the Jewish state

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities have completed what they say is the final large airlift of Ethiopian immigrants, ending decades of efforts to bring the remnants of an ancient community to the Jewish state. Tali Aronsky, spokeswoman for…

Study: Marijuana top illegal drug used worldwide

LONDON (AP) — Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug used worldwide, but addictions to popular painkillers like Vicodin, Oxycontin and codeine kill the most people, according to the first-ever global survey of illicit drug abuse. In addition…

Acupuncture helps ailing alligator in Brazil

SAO PAULO (AP) — Bino’s back was killing him. He was suffering from scoliosis. He couldn’t move his legs, two of them anyway, and his tail just wouldn’t swish. What’s an albino alligator in that sort of health…

Clooney: Satellite over Sudan curbing fighting

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Actor George Clooney says a satellite project over Sudan that he helped found has curbed violence, at least during daylight. Clooney said Wednesday at the Venice Film Festival that the Satellite Sentinel Project, which…

At least 20 killed in Kenya clan violence

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan official says at least 20 people were killed in violence among rival clans in Kenya’s north. Ukur Yattani, the governor of Kenya’s Marsabit county, said Wednesday that automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades…

Agreement ends fight over Somali port city

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Officials say Somalia’s government has signed a deal over the administration of a southern port to end months of dispute that threatened wider conflict in the region. The city of Kismayo, which has a…