Iran restores blocks on Facebook, Twitter

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have restored blocks on Facebook and Twitter after a “technical glitch” briefly removed filters from the social networks overnight. The semi-official Mehr news agency quotes Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, from the board overseeing Internet…

Iran: In letter to Obama, Rouhani offers his views

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign ministry says the letter exchange between Washington and Tehran included White House’s congratulations on the election of Iran’s new moderate-leaning president. Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham also told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday…

Russia opposes use of force in resolution on Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s army is accusing Turkey of seeking to escalate tensions along the two nations’ already volatile border after a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Syrian military helicopter there the day before. Tuesday’s statement from…

BC-WEA–Global Weather-Fahrenheit, WEA

NEW YORK (AP) — Minimum and maximum temperatures in Fahrenheit, precipitation in inches and weather conditions as recorded for the previous day and forecast for the current and following day in each city as of 0700 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

Beijing airport bomber goes on trial in capital

BEIJING (AP) — A paralyzed former taxi driver went on trial Tuesday for endangering public safety by setting off an explosion at Beijing’s airport, but his lawyer said he was only seeking attention and didn’t intend to detonate…

China opens world’s highest civilian airport

BEIJING (AP) — China has begun flight operations at the world’s highest civilian airport in a bid to boost tourism. At an elevation of 4,411 meters (14,472 feet) above sea level, Daocheng Yading Airport replaces the previous champion,…

China sex tape official loses appeal

BEIJING (AP) — A southern Chinese court Tuesday upheld the guilty verdict and sentence against the former city official at the heart of a sex tape scandal. Lei Zhengfu was convicted in June of accepting more than 3…

Why is France pushing so hard on Syria?

CREIL, France (AP) — In a secretive compound north of Paris, colored blips and blotches on a computer-screen map of Damascus depict an armored vehicle at a highway, tanks, a blown-up building in a suburban field. An unusual…

Thai rubber protests injure dozens of police

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, Thailand (AP) — The Thai government said Tuesday it could declare a security emergency in a district of southern Thailand to stamp out violent protests over low rubber prices, a day after dozens of police…

Oil slips to near $106 ahead of Fed policy meeting

BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil fell below $106 a barrel Tuesday, anticipating that the U.S. Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting will end with an announcement to scale back its unprecedented monetary stimulus. Benchmark oil for October…

UAE military chopper crashes, killing airman

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The military in the United Arab Emirates says a helicopter has crashed during a training mission, killing one crew member. Tuesday’s statement from the UAE Armed Forces Command gave no further…

At 90, Israel’s Uri Avnery still lobbies for peace

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Having just turned 90, Uri Avnery still finds himself firmly outside Israel’s national consensus. For more than six decades, the tabloid publisher, member of parliament, author and peace activist has lobbied for establishing…

Bangladesh: Execution for war crimes convict

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh’s Supreme Court has sentenced a leader of an opposition political party to death for committing crimes against humanity during the nation’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971. The Jamaat-e-Islami party leader, Abdul Quader…

Eiji Toyoda, key figure in Toyota’s rise, dies

TOKYO (AP) — Eiji Toyoda, a member of Toyota’s founding family who helped create the super-efficient “Toyota Way” production method, has died. He was 100. The automaker said Toyoda, a cousin of the Japanese automaker’s founder Kiichiro Toyoda,…