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Syrian rebel offensive in Golan jolts Israel

BEIRUT (AP) — An Austrian defense ministry official says Syrian rebels have captured a crossing point along a ceasefire line patrolled by U.N. troops between Syria and Israel. Col. Michael Bauer of the Austrian defense ministry says the…
Germany Europe Floods Dresden

Floodwaters surge into Dresden, northern Germany

DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Residents and emergency crews worked through the night in Dresden and other cities to bolster riverbanks and build sandbag barriers as floodwaters that have already claimed 16 lives in Europe roared farther north through…
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US gov’t collecting huge number of phone records

The NSA has been collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top secret court order, according to a report in Britain’s Guardian newspaper.…
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Thousands at Istanbul airport for Erdogan arrival

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials, scrambling to contain tensions, have delivered more conciliatory messages to thousands of protesters denouncing what they say is the government’s increasingly authoritarian rule and its meddling in lifestyles. The efforts come ahead…

China bear bile company quits IPO bid after outcry

BEIJING (AP) — Animal-rights activists in China are claiming a rare victory after a company that raises bears to extract bile from their gall bladders withdrew its application for a public listing. The plan for an initial public…

China’s top butcher tries to sell US on takeover

LUOHE, China (AP) — At an age when most Chinese executives are long retired, the country’s top hog butcher is taking on a daunting new job persuading Americans to allow him to complete China’s biggest takeover of a…

Koreas agree to hold talks on reopening complex

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea on Thursday agreed to hold talks on reopening a jointly run factory complex and possibly other issues, after months of deteriorating relations and a day before a U.S.-China summit…

Bangladesh collapse survivor leaves hospital

SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) — A 19-year-old seamstress who survived for 17 days in the rubble of a collapsed garment factory building left the hospital Thursday with a new job at an international hotel chain. Reshma Begum had vowed…

French unemployment rises to 10.8 percent

PARIS (AP) — French unemployment continued its nearly two-year rise on Thursday, increasing to 10.8 percent in the first quarter, according to an estimate from the national statistics agency. The Insee agency said that unemployment rose from 10.5…

450 garment factory workers fall ill in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — About 450 garment workers fell ill during their shifts at a sweater factory near Bangladesh’s capital, and authorities said Thursday the water supply was suspected. Investigators from the government’s health ministry were testing the…

For Rice, Libya brought success and disappointment

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Libya brought Susan Rice her biggest success and, ultimately, caused her greatest professional disappointment. Rice, who was appointed national security adviser Wednesday by President Barack Obama, has been a bold and blunt U.S. ambassador…

Nicaragua: Chinese company to get canal concession

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A concession to build a canal across Nicaragua linking the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea will be awarded to a Chinese company, the National Assembly president said Wednesday. Legislative leader Rene Nunez said the…

Ghana detains 124 Chinese for illegal gold mining

BEIJING (AP) — Ghanaian law enforcement officials have detained 124 Chinese workers suspected of illegally mining gold. The Chinese embassy said on its website that authorities in the resource-rich West African nation searched a hotel in the country’s…