France opens probe into NSA surveillance program

PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors have confirmed that they are conducting a preliminary investigation into whether the U.S. National Security Agency violated French law by secretly collecting personal data. Responding to an inquiry from The Associated Press, Agnes…

Nigerian navy kills 6 pirates, injures 1

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — An official says Nigeria’s navy killed six pirates and injured one in an attack against the outlaws expanding their territory in the Gulf of Guinea. Delta state navy spokesman, Lt. Delightsome Yohana, said Wednesday…

Detainees disappear amid Nigerian crackdown

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — In an area of Nigeria where an Islamic insurgency has caught fire, security forces are carrying out night raids in residential neighborhoods and have arrested many people. No one knows where the detainees have…

Tramway planned for Machu Picchu’s ‘sister city’

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The former mountaintop refuge of Incan royalty has elegant halls and plazas much like those of fabled Macchu Picchu just 30 miles (50 kilometers away). Yet only a handful of tourists visit the ruins…

Prominent Greek fashion designer dead in Athens

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say Michalis Aslanis, one of the country’s most prominent fashion designers, has been found dead in his Athens apartment. His death Wednesday comes a week after Aslanis told a Greek newspaper that…

UK Security Council backs Cameron on Syria

LONDON (AP) — Officials say Britain’s National Security Council has backed Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians. Cameron’s press office said after an emergency meeting Wednesday…

Argentine high court considers media monopoly law

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The future of broadcast television and other news media in Argentina is at stake as the Supreme Court hears arguments on the constitutionality of a law designed to break up privately held media…

Stocks edge higher as Syria, oil worries linger

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged higher in early trading Wednesday as investors continued to focus on the possibility of a U.S.-led military intervention in Syria. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 22 points, or 0.2 percent,…

Sandra Bullock shows dancer’s poise in ‘Gravity’

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Sandra Bullock says her training as a dancer and carrying around her 40-pound (18-kilogram) 3-year-old helped her to get into top shape to play an astronaut drifting through space in “Gravity.” Bullock plays a…

Libya oil exports at 20 percent of pre-war level

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Protests by the security guards who protect Libya’s oil industry and infrastructure shutdowns have sent petroleum exports plunging to levels far below those prior to the 2011 war that toppled dictator Moammar Gadhafi, and…

Tiger, 2 lions die from poison at Indonesian zoo

JAMBI, Indonesia (AP) — An investigation is under way after authorities determined that an endangered Sumatran tiger and two African lions found dead at an Indonesian zoo had eaten poison-tainted meat. The male tiger and the lions —…

Egypt police arrest Brotherhood members’ relatives

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security officials say police have detained more than 60 supporters and members of the Muslim Brotherhood over the past 24 hours, including relatives of top leaders. The crackdown on the group, from which ousted…

China to launch unmanned lunar lander by year-end

BEIJING (AP) — China says it will launch its first unmanned lunar lander by the end of this year. The Chang’e 3 lander will carry a radio-controlled rover to transmit images and dig into the moon’s surface to…