Ex-leader of Germany’s Left Party dies at age 71

BERLIN (AP) — Lothar Bisky, who after German reunification helped steer discredited East German communists into the mainstream of national politics, died Tuesday at age 71. Bisky’s death was announced by the Left Party, which he helped establish…

Art theft trial in Romania adjourned

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The trial of six Romanians accused of stealing masterpieces from a Dutch museum was adjourned for a month Tuesday, shortly after it began, with the chief suspect’s lawyer denying claims the paintings have been…

Nigeria 1st African nation to ratify arms treaty

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s foreign minister says his is the first African country to sign the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty marking “resolute and unyielding” efforts to deny arms to terrorists, pirates and bandits. Foreign Minister Olugbenga…

Incoming top Iran diplomat backs ‘nuclear rights’

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s incoming foreign minister says he will not back down from fighting for Iran’s right to maintain its disputed nuclear program. Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks during a Tuesday confirmation hearing before parliament,…

Disfigured Spanish fresco is hit for artist, town

MADRID (AP) — A year ago, Cecilia Gimenez’s botched attempt to restore a fresco of Christ inspired ridicule and references to monkeys. Now, the 81-year-old Spanish artist is having the last laugh. The disfigured fresco has drawn more…

Burkina Faso responds to protests over new Senate

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s president has called on a government committee to assess plans for a controversial new Senate that spurred large-scale demonstrations last month. Critics believe Blaise Compaore plans to use the new Senate,…

Egypt’s rival sides upset with new governors

CAIRO (AP) — Police have fired tear gas as clashes erupted during rallies by hundreds of supporters of Egypt’s Islamist president in front of government buildings in the heart of Cairo. Security officials and witnesses say the fighting…

Official: Bodies of 8 abducted Afghans found

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A provincial official says the bodies of eight Afghans abducted last week and then killed by insurgents have been found, dumped along the country’s main north-south highway. Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, deputy governor of Ghazni…

Mali: Tuareg man slain while back home to vote

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Officials say an ethnic Tuareg man, who went home to northern Mali to vote, was killed by an angry mob. A spokesman for the Tuareg group, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad,…

Tibetan government-in-exile’s site hit by hackers

LONDON (AP) — Security researchers say the website of Tibet’s government-in-exile has been rigged to infect the computers of Chinese-speaking visitors, the latest in a series of cyberattacks against Tibetan activists. Kaspersky Lab said Tuesday that attackers modified…

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe: Black empowerment tops agenda

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s longtime President Robert Mugabe says his party won “a resounding mandate” from voters to complete a sweeping black empowerment program to take over foreign and white-owned assets. Mugabe said Tuesday the program in…

Mali’s new president Keita faces Tuareg challenge

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s new president-elect Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is now presented with the challenge of finding a resolution to the simmering separatist rebellion in the country’s north. Based on his recent campaign visit to the rebel’s…

Kuwait pulls cleric from TV for sectarian comments

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Government officials in Kuwait have pulled a prominent cleric off television over previous comments they say are stoking sectarian tensions and supporting an al-Qaida-linked rebel group in Syria. Information Minister Sheikh Salman Al-Homood told…

Car bombings in Iraq kill 7 people

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say two car bombs, one of which exploded near a Shiite mosque south of Baghdad, have killed 7 people. Police officials say the mosque bombing took place on Tuesday as worshippers were leaving…