Italy’s postal service helps ailing Alitalia

ROME (AP) — Italy’s postal service, Poste Italiane SpA, has stepped in to help the debt-ridden national airline Alitalia. The government said Thursday that Poste would help recapitalize Alitalia and ensure service amid concerns that the carrier might…

UN extends NATO force in Afghanistan for last time

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to extend the mandate of the NATO-led force in Afghanistan for the last time before it hands over total responsibility for security to Afghan forces at the…

Cyclist Gino Bartali honored by Holocaust museum

ROME (AP) — Gino Bartali rarely spoke about this for all these years. During World War II, the champion cyclist — winner of the 1938 and 1948 Tour de France — helped rescue Jews in his native Italy…

Rebels in Iran kill 5 Revolutionary Guards

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian semi-official news agency is reporting an armed group has killed five members of the elite Revolutionary Guards in a Kurdish area near the Iraqi border. The Thursday report by Fars quotes an…

Malawi president fires Cabinet

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi’s president has sacked her Cabinet in the wake of reports of worsening corruption in her government. A statement signed by presidential press secretary Steven Nhlane says President Joyce Banda dissolved the Cabinet on…

Police say sex offender located in US

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Canadian police said Thursday a violent, high-risk sex offender who has been missing for more than a week has been located in the United States, but he can’t be arrested because he’s not wanted…

Israel holds flight exercise ahead of Iran talks

JERUSALEM (AP) — In an apparent message to Iran, the Israeli military said Thursday it had carried out a “special long-range flight exercise” and posted rare footage of the drill online. The military said its squadrons practiced refueling…

Security Council urges UN to combat Haiti cholera

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council urged the United Nations on Thursday to keep up efforts to combat cholera in Haiti in a resolution extending the mandate of the peacekeeping force whose soldiers have been widely blamed…

Draghi: World doesn’t believe US will default

NEW YORK (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says a U.S. government debt default would cause “severe damage” to the American and global economies — but that the rest of the world doesn’t believe it will…

Chinese village cadre probed after son’s wedding

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese village Communist Party official came under investigation after his son’s three-day, $260,000 wedding was exposed, state media reported late Monday. The official Xinhua News Agency said that the party discipline inspection commission in…

Telecoms firm Alcatel-Lucent to cut 10,000 jobs

PARIS (AP) — Telecommunication equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent says it’s planning to cut some 10,000 jobs worldwide over the next two years as part of a big cost-cutting drive aimed at ensuring an “industrially sustainable future.” The French-American group…

Hong Kong Disneyland plans Iron Man expansion

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Disneyland is adding an Iron Man-themed area in the hopes that the film’s success at the Chinese box office will help draw more visitors to the underachieving resort. The park said Tuesday…

Asian markets recover despite US debt showdown

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Asian markets recovered on Tuesday as investors hunted for bargains in stocks and apparently regained optimism that the U.S. political standoff will be resolved before next week’s deadline that could force the country into…

Life paralyzed in south India due to protests

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Widespread power cuts and a strike by government employees opposed to the creation of a new state have crippled life in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Most districts in Andhra Pradesh were…

Myanmar frees prisoners ahead of regional summit

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s president has pardoned 56 political prisoners, moving forward with his pledge to by the end of the year release all those jailed for opposing the government. President Thein Sein ordered their release Tuesday,…