Brazil’s foreign minister resigns amid tension

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s president named a new foreign minister Monday night following an embarrassing diplomatic maneuver involving neighboring Bolivia. The resignation of Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota was announced in a terse, two-paragraph statement from the…

Starbucks to open its first store in Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Starbucks announced plans Monday to open its first cafe in Colombia, where the popular Juan Valdez chain has a very firm foothold. The Seattle-based chain said the Bogota store will open in the first…

A rare snow falls in Atacama desert of Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A rare snowfall in Chile’s Atacama desert has delighted visitors to one of the world’s driest areas. Residents of San Pedro de Atacama say the weekend snow was the heaviest in three decades for…

Argentina airline unions threaten strike over LAN

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine airline unions are threatening to strike Thursday if the government goes ahead with plans to evict the local subsidiary of Latin America’s biggest carrier from its Buenos Aires airport hangar. Regulators have…

Rural Andean churches plagued by sacred art theft

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The thieves tunneled under the thick walls of the colonial-era Roman Catholic church in the tiny southern Bolivian town of San Miguel de Tomave, emerged through the floor and made off with five…

Italy stocks tumble amid political uncertainty

ROME (AP) — Milan’s stock exchange has closed sharply lower amid heightened concerns about a government crisis following Silvio Berlusconi’s definitive conviction for tax fraud. The benchmark FTSE MIB closed down 2.1 percent Monday, dragged in particular by…

Rural Andean churches plagued by sacred art thefts

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The thieves tunneled under the thick walls of the colonial-era Roman Catholic church in the tiny southern Bolivian town of San Miguel de Tomave, emerged through the floor and made off with five…

India’s Sonia Gandhi discharged from hospital

NEW DELHI (AP) — Sonia Gandhi, India’s most powerful politician and the leader of the ruling Congress party alliance, was in stable condition Monday night after falling ill during a debate in Parliament. Press Trust of India, quoting…

Police: treasure hunters attack Greek monastery

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Police have arrested three armed men who allegedly broke into a Greek monastery, tied up monks and planned to search for treasure with a mechanical digger. They were caught Sunday when a friar who…

UN says nations are barred from spying on it

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Monday that it will contact the United States about reports that the National Security Agency hacked U.N. internal communications, and the world body emphasized that international treaties protect its offices…

Egypt airport official: planes arriving near empty

CAIRO (AP) — The chairman of the Egyptian Airports Co. says some flights are arriving nearly empty to Egypt and that passenger traffic in the past week has fallen by half. Chairman Gad el-Karim Nasr said in a…

Israel’s Peres calls on UN to stop Syria bloodshed

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s president is calling on the United Nations to appoint the Arab League to set up a temporary government in Syria to stop the bloodshed. Shimon Peres’ comments Monday mark the highest-profile Israeli call for…

AP Interview: Official says Syria to defend itself

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A senior Syrian official said Monday that his country will defend itself against any international attack and will not be an easy target as the U.S. and other countries heat up rhetoric in response…

UN says nations are barred from spying on it

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations did not directly comment Monday on reports that the U.S. hacked U.N. and European Union internal communications, saying only that international treaties protect its offices and all diplomatic missions from interference,…