Tunisia closes south border regions for security

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s presidency has announced the closure of its southern regions bordering Algeria and Libya to protect against the threat of terrorism. Presidential spokesman Adnan Mancer said the closure would last a year and could…

Amid crackdown, Egypt’s protesters shift tactics

CAIRO (AP) — Several thousand people heeded calls by the Muslim Brotherhood and protested Friday throughout Cairo and other cities against a coup and deadly crackdown as the police and army blocked key roads and beefed up security.…

German ministry bans out-of-hours calls to staff

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s labor ministry has banned managers from calling or emailing staff out of hours except in emergencies. The ministry says the measure is intended to prevent staff from suffering undue stress by being constantly on…

Mogdishu TEDx talk challenged by security threats

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The short talks by artists and intellectuals at events known as TEDx have been held 7,500 times in more than 150 countries, but there may not be an event more challenging or dangerous as…

Portugal asks for 2 more planes to fight wildfires

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Wildfires are scorching large areas of forest in Portugal and the country has asked other European nations to send two more water-dropping aircraft to help battle the blazes. Jorge Dias, spokesman for Portugal’s National…

Gold miners set to go on strike in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A spokesman for a mineworkers’ union in South Africa says gold miners will go on strike next week after talks with South Africa’s Chamber of Mines collapsed Friday. Lesiba Seshoka, a spokesman for the National…

Rebels declare ceasefire in Congo

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Rebels entrenched in the hills above one of eastern Congo’s largest cities declared a unilateral ceasefire on Friday and began retreating from the frontline, the first indication that a joint United Nations and Congolese…

Rwandan official hints troops could enter Congo

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Rwanda’s foreign minister has indicated in social media that Rwandan troops could enter Congo. Louise Mushikiwabo said on Twitter late Thursday that Rwandan troops are not currently in Congo, and added the word “yet”…

UK govt offers explanation on seized documents

LONDON (AP) — The Guardian newspaper and Britain’s government have agreed to allow the authorities to keep sifting through documents seized from the partner of one of the paper’s journalists until a full hearing on the issue in…

Russia has no access to US intelligence on Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian president’s foreign policy advisor says Russia has not seen the U.S. intelligence that Washington claims proves the role of the Syrian government in last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack. The Obama administration shared…

Stock futures edge up as weak August nears end

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures are rising slightly on the last trading day of an August that has seen declines in major indexes. Dow Jones industrial futures are up 4 points to 14,838. The broader Standard…

Lebanon charges 5 in deadly mosque bombings

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese security official says authorities have charged five men in connection with the deadly double bombing last week in the northern city of Tripoli. The official said Friday that Lebanese defendants Hashem Menkara, Ahmad…

Iraq violence kills 14 as al-Qaida claims attacks

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi branch of al-Qaida claimed responsibility Friday for bombings earlier this week that killed at least 82 people, mostly in Shiite areas of the capital, in retaliation for the execution of Sunni prisoners by…

Germany: no plans to join Syria military action

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says it currently has no plans to join military action against Syria. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters in Berlin on Friday that “we haven’t considered any German military participation and still…