Poetry and bickering at Iran’s presidential debate

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The eight candidates in Iran’s presidential election are discussing the country’s economic problems in a televised debate, with one hard-liner calling for “reconciliation with the world” to solve high unemployment and inflation. In Friday’s…

Sean Penn charity to sponsor Haitian runners

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The Haiti humanitarian group for Hollywood actor Sean Penn announced Friday that it will sponsor five Haitian runners so they can compete in the New York City Marathon in November. Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief…

Report: BA jet in Heathrow drama lost engine panel

LONDON (AP) — Air accident investigators say a British Airways jet that made an emergency landing at Heathrow Airport last week lost panels from both its engines after they were left unlatched during maintenance. In an initial report…
Mideast Iraq Violence

Alarm grows as Iraqi forces fail to stem violence

Officials in Iraq are growing increasingly concerned over an unabated spike in violence that claimed at least another 33 lives on Thursday and is reviving fears of a return to widespread sectarian fighting.…

Sean Penn charity to sponsor Haitian runners

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The Haiti humanitarian group for Hollywood star Sean Penn says it will sponsor five Haitian runners in the New York City Marathon in November. Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization said Friday it will back…

No more monkey business: Bieber pet has new home

BERLIN (AP) — Justin Bieber’s former pet, Mally the Monkey, is getting ready to meet new playmates at his new home in Germany. The 23-week-old animal was presented to photographers at the Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen, in northern…

6 Mexican tourists killed in Egypt bus accident

CAIRO (AP) — A bus carrying Mexican tourists overturned Friday in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula before bursting into flame, killing at least six, according to the state news agency MENA. Head of emergency services for South Sinai governorate Khaled…

Zimbabwe court orders national polls by July 31

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s highest court on Friday ordered President Robert Mugabe to hold elections by the end of July, chiding the longtime leader for what it said was a “violation of his duties” in not proclaiming…

Radical monks, prejudice fuel Myanmar violence

LASHIO, Myanmar (AP) — When a huge mob of Buddhist thugs crawled on the roof of Ma Sandar Soe’s shop, doused it with gasoline and set it ablaze, the Buddhist businesswoman didn’t blame them for burning it to…

Israeli amusement park rejects segregation claims

JERUSALEM (AP) — A popular Israeli amusement park has come under criticism for the appearance of discrimination and denied on Friday that it had segregated between Jews and Arabs, insisting it remains open to all. The Superland park…

Saudi king leaves for vacation in Morocco

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says King Abdullah has left for a vacation in Morocco, challenging recent claims that the 90-year-old monarch was seriously ill. The official Saudi Press Agency said on Friday that Abdullah left…

2nd UK soldier slaying suspect leaves hospital

LONDON (AP) — Police say the second of two suspects in the vicious slaying of an off-duty British soldier has been discharged from a hospital and taken to a London police station. Police said Friday the 28-year-old man…

Lebanese parliament extends its term 17 months

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese parliament postponed upcoming elections on Friday, extending its term 17 months because of deteriorating security conditions related to Syria’s civil war. The decision, which had been expected, marks the first time that parliament…

Taliban deny attacking Red Cross in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Friday denied any role in this week’s attack on an International Committee of the Red Cross compound in eastern Afghanistan, saying they had previously cooperated with the aid agency and did…