Military: Budget cuts threaten ops like Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — American warships lie in wait across the eastern Mediterranean Sea ready to strike Syria if ordered, and Pentagon officials insist they’ll find the money to fund the operation if needed. But as the military continues…

State assemblyman hacked to death in Mexico

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — Four men hacked a state legislator to death with machetes and wounded a journalist who was apparently talking to him on the side of a highway Wednesday in the western Mexico state of Michoacan.…

Obama ally in Congress grapples with Syria plan

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Adam Smith is a leader on military issues in a comfortably Democratic district — a perfect ally to build support for President Barack Obama’s proposal for a military strike in Syria. Yet Smith,…

Filipino rebels attack 2nd southern town

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops battled Muslim rebels on two fronts Thursday, after the insurgents attacked a second town near the southern port where they are holding scores of residents hostage in a standoff with government forces.…

Putin says American exceptionalism is ‘dangerous’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is no fan of the idea of American exceptionalism. He suggests that God isn’t either. “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation,” Putin…

Putin: US military interventions are ‘alarming’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is using an opinion piece in The New York Times to assert that it’s alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States.…

Syrian opposition forces feel let down by Obama

BEIRUT (AP) — As diplomats try to negotiate an agreement to disarm Damascus of its chemical weapons, Syrian opposition forces are feeling let down and more divided than ever because of President Barack Obama’s decision to seek a…

More people than ever are living abroad

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More people around the world than ever are living abroad and the United States remains the most popular destination, according to new U.N. data released Wednesday. The U.N. Population Division reported that 232 million…

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers around the world: Sept. 11 The Australian on Obama haunted by post-Iraq uncertainty: A dozen years after 9/11, Barack Obama’s address on Syria provided a sobering insight into US strategic hesitancy. It…

AP Weekly News Calendar

?Thursday, Sept. 12: GENEVA — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the Syrian crisis and Russia’s proposal to stockpile Syria’s chemical weapons at its naval base at Tartous, Syria.…

Melee at lockup leaves 1 prisoner dead in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican officials say one prisoner is dead and several officers have injuries after a melee broke out at a police station lockup. The Jamaica Constabulary Force says one of the police officers is in…

How the Syria plan broke through, just in time

WASHINGTON (AP) — “We’ve kind of hit a wall,” President Barack Obama commented last week on his way to Russia. He meant his relationship with Moscow, but the remark came to apply as well to other leaders abroad,…

White House cancels annual picnic for Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — They come every summer, Republicans and Democrats, taking a break from bitter partisanship on Capitol Hill to nosh on burgers with their husbands, wives and kids on the manicured lawns of the White House. But…

Teachers spawn chaos on Mexican streets again

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thousands of striking teachers seized two of Mexico City’s central thoroughfares on a double-pronged march to the president’s residence Wednesday, spawning choking knots of traffic chaos after definitively losing their battle to block new…

Man arrested in false Puerto Rico bomb threat

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.S. federal agents have arrested a man on charges he phoned in a false bomb threat that forced Puerto Rico’s main international airport to cancel one flight and delay several others. Gabriel…