Egypt appoints 9 ministers in limited reshuffle

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s state-run news agency says Prime Minister Hesham Kandil named nine new ministers in the second cabinet reshuffle since Islamist President Mohammed Morsi assumed his post in August last year. MENA reported the shuffle on…

President Assad says Syria able to face Israel

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A spokesman for a Palestinian militant group in Syria says it has received a nod from President Bashar Assad’s regime to attack Israel following the back-to-back Israeli airstrikes over the weekend. Anwar Raja of…

Int’l donors pledge $300 million-plus for Somalia

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron is welcoming Somalia’s president and a host of international leaders to London for a conference aimed at securing support for the government in Mogadishu after two decades of conflict. Somalia…

Bangladesh garment disaster death toll reaches 705

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Hundreds of survivors of last month’s collapse of a building housing garment factories in Bangladesh protested for compensation Tuesday, as the death toll from the country’s worst-ever industrial disaster passed 700. The police control…

Yemeni tribesmen kidnap 2 Egyptian technicians

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Yemeni security official says tribal gunmen have kidnapped two Egyptian technicians working in a cement factory in the south. The official said the tribesmen abducted the two on Monday in Abyan province and…

Queen Elizabeth II to miss Commonwealth meeting

LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II will skip the Commonwealth heads of government meeting — the first time she’s missed the biennial session since 1971. The queen has long been a major supporter of the…

NKorea issues warning ahead of US-SKorea summit

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is threatening the U.S. and South Korea over joint naval drills taking place this week in tense Yellow Sea waters ahead of a Washington summit by the allies’ leaders. The North’s…

France: 6 suspected Basque separatists detained

PARIS (AP) — French authorities say six suspected members of Basque separatist group ETA have been detained in simultaneous police operations at three sites around France. The Interior Ministry says the six were detained Tuesday. Unusually, the three…

Bangladesh garment accident death toll passes 700

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The death toll from last month’s collapse of a building housing garment factories in Bangladesh has passed 700, police said Tuesday, as survivors of the country’s worst-ever industrial disaster protested for compensation. The police…

Afghans stage anti-Pakistan protest

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Hundreds of Afghans have held a rally to protest the latest incidents along their country’s border with Pakistan, blaming the neighboring nation for the spate of shootouts near the boundary. At a demonstration in…

Bombing connected to election kill 18 in Pakistan

PARACHINAR, Pakistan (AP) — A government official says the death toll from a Taliban bombing of a political rally held by an Islamist party in northwestern Pakistan has risen to 25. The number of deaths from Monday’s bombing…

Philippine volcano spews rocks, killing 5 climbers

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — One of the Philippines’ most active volcanoes rumbled to life Tuesday, spewing room-sized rocks toward nearly 30 surprised climbers, killing five and injuring others that had to be fetched with rescue helicopters and rope.…

Pakistan’s minorities have no faith in democracy

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — In majority Muslim Pakistan, religious minorities say democracy is killing them. Intolerance has been on the rise for the past five years under Pakistan’s democratically elected government because of the growing violence of Islamic…

Iran’s presidential race gets underway

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has started registering candidates for next month’s presidential election that will pick a successor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The hard-line Guardian Council, a constitutional watchdog that supervises the elections, will vet the applicants…

Philippine volcano spews rocks, killing 5 climbers

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A mountain guide says three foreign climbers and their Filipino guide were killed when one of the Philippines’ most active volcanoes spewed rocks and ash after a 3-year calm. Albay provincial Gov. Joey Salceda…