EU lawmakers criticize Laos on missing activist

BANGKOK (AP) — A team of European lawmakers has criticized the Lao government’s failure to accept international help in solving the mysterious disappearance of a prominent social activist eight months ago. Sombath Somphone was last seen in closed-circuit…

UK to give UN resolution condemning Syria

LONDON (AP) — Britain says it will put forward a resolution to the U.N. Security Council condemning the Syrian government for the alleged chemical attack that has killed hundreds of civilians. The prime minister’s office says in a…

2 Chinese killed in boat accident in Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) — Two Chinese tourists were killed and four other people were injured Wednesday in a speed boat accident at a popular seaside town in Thailand, police said. The speed boat, which was carrying 20 Chinese tourists,…

Yemen al-Qaida calls US attack claims ‘propaganda’

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen’s al-Qaida offshoot says U.S. claims that it intercepted a message between the local branch of the terror network and its chief, Ayman al-Zawahri, were “propaganda.” In a statement posted late Tuesday on a militant…

UN atomic agency: Iran ups nuke activity

VIENNA (AP) — Iran and the U.N. nuclear agency have agreed to restart talks focused on the agency’s attempts to probe suspicions that Tehran worked on atomic weapons, diplomats said Wednesday, in the first such meeting since Iran’s…

China confirms raid on alleged terror cell

BEIJING (AP) — China has confirmed its police conducted a raid last week on an alleged terrorist cell in the restive northwestern region of Xinjiang. Officials have refused to discuss the bloody Aug. 20 incident. Details about the…

Iraq bombings, house raid kill at least 74 people

BAGHDAD (AP) — A coordinated wave of bombings tore through Shiite Muslim areas in and around the Iraqi capital early Wednesday, killing at least 58 and wounding many more, officials said. The blasts, which came in quick succession,…

Iran approves bill to sue US over 1953 coup

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s parliament has given preliminary approval to a bill requiring the government to sue the U.S. for its involvement in the 1953 coup that overthrew the country’s democratically elected prime minister. The bill calls…

Ban Ki-moon appeals for Syria diplomatic solution

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is celebrating the centenary of the Peace Palace in The Hague, even as major world powers appear to be moving toward punitive military strikes against the regime of…

Russia evacuates citizens from Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has evacuated dozens of its citizens from Syria as the country’s foreign minister warns that a military intervention by the U.S. and its allies would destabilize the region. The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry says…

UN experts head to Damascus suburb, activists say

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — U.N. chemical weapons experts who are investigating an alleged poison gas attack near Damascus have left their hotel. The team had delayed its second field trip, initially set for Tuesday, for security reasons. On…

5 dead in German plane crash

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say a small plane crashed in western Germany, killing four adults and one child and injuring three other children. The dpa news agency reported Wednesday that the single-engine Piper crashed Tuesday evening in a…

Philippine troops to avoid fighting amid sea row

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military will stick to a “no confrontation” policy even as it gets more weapons and looks forward to a larger U.S. military presence in the country as territorial disputes intensify in the…