FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 file photo Britain's Prince William stands next to his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge as she leaves the King Edward VII hospital in central London. Prince William's wife Kate has been admitted to the hospital in early stages of labor it was announced on Monday July 22, 2013.  (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Palace: Prince William ends active military career

Royal officials say Prince William has finished his tour of duty as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot and has left operational service with the British military to focus on royal duties and charity work.…

Bulgaria closes probe in Cold War umbrella killing

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s chief prosecutor has closed a probe into one of the most notorious killings of the Cold War, saying that after 35 years a dissident’s murder with a poison-tipped umbrella has reached the statute…

China bans new coal-fired plants in 3 regions

BEIJING (AP) — China announced Thursday that it will ban new coal-fired power plants in three key industrial regions around Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou in its latest bid to combat the country’s notorious air pollution. The action plan…

EU court lawyer cautions against short-sales rule

BRUSSELS (AP) — A top lawyer at the European Court of Justice says continent-wide rules on short-selling are overreaching and should be thrown out. In an opinion Thursday, the court’s independent Advocate General, Niilo Jaaskinen, said the rules…

UK’s Mirror group investigated over phone hacking

LONDON (AP) — The publisher of Britain’s Sunday Mirror tabloid said Thursday that it is being investigated by police over alleged phone hacking by its journalists. Trinity Mirror PLC says police informed its newspaper subsidiary, MGN Ltd., “that…

Britain confirms plans to privatize Royal Mail

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. coalition government has confirmed plans to privatize the country’s 500-year-old Royal Mail this fall. Business Secretary Vince Cable said Thursday an initial public offering of a majority stake in the postal service was…

Eurozone industrial output slumps in July

LONDON (AP) — Any hopes that the troubled eurozone economy was poised for a solid rebound from recession were under threat of being dashed Thursday by latest figures showing the industrial sector sliding into reverse during July. Eurostat…

Chinese microblogger is detained on biz charge

BEIJING (AP) — A well-known Chinese microblogger who raised questions about a government plan to build an oil refinery has been detained on a seldom-used charge involving registering a business. Supporters of Dong Rubin say his detention Tuesday…

Chinese party cadre jailed for taking bribes

BEIJING (AP) — A court in southern China sentenced a former Communist Party cadre who gained notoriety last year for amassing a large number of properties to 11 years and 6 months in prison on Thursday. Cai Bin,…

Lack of Assad alternatives hangs over Syria war

BEIRUT (AP) — Foreign policy analysts say a major dilemma is emerging for the West as it deals with Syria — if President Bashar Assad is overthrown, there may not be an attractive alternative. The Assad family has…

Greek unemployment rises to 27.9 percent

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Unemployment continues to rise in recession-hit Greece, with the overall rate reaching 27.9 percent in June. Even worse, 58.8 percent of people under age 25 are out of work. The Greek Statistical Authority reported…

KPN board breaks silence and confirms Movil bid

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A month after Carlos Slim’s America Movil said it planned to launch a 7.2 billion euro ($9.5 billion) takeover bid for the 70 percent of Royal KPN NV it doesn’t already own, KPN’s boards have…

Assad: Syria to offer data on chemical weapons

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels have blasted the Russian proposal on securing their country’s chemical weapons, saying that Bashar Assad’s government should instead be made to face an international court for last month’s attack near Damascus. The top…

EU lawmakers back central bank oversight

BRUSSELS (AP) — European lawmakers are expected to back legislation establishing a new, centralized oversight for Europe’s largest banks Thursday, marking what is considered a key step toward stabilizing the bloc’s financial system. The centralized bank supervision authority,…

Curfew in Kashmir after deadly clash with police

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Authorities imposed a curfew in parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Thursday to try to quell violent protests over an alleged fatal paramilitary shooting in the disputed territory. Separatists also called for people to stay…