Fearing M23, hundreds of Congolese flee to Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A spokeswoman for the United Nations refugee agency in Uganda says hundreds of Congolese are fleeing into Uganda to avoid being forcibly conscripted into the ranks of the rebel group M23. Lucy Beck of…

‘Miss America’ song cut from pageant over dispute

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The next Miss America won’t hear a familiar refrain when she’s crowned in Atlantic City, N.J., in September. The song, “Miss America,” which starts with the words, “There she is, Miss America,” will…

Paramilitary police charged with rape in Guinea

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea’s leading human rights group confirmed that a member of the country’s paramilitary police unit was found guilty of raping a female demonstrator inside the national soccer stadium during a pro-democracy rally in 2009.…

Merkel challenger hits brakes on autobahn limits

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s challenger in September’s election is trying to avoid a political speed bump. Peer Steinbrueck is trying to halt a debate set off by a Social Democrat colleague about whether to introduce…

Oil slips toward $95 as US supplies seen rising

The price of oil slipped closer to $95 a barrel Wednesday as investors weighed a rise in China’s trade data against expectations of another increase in U.S. crude supplies. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for June…

First lady defends ‘Let’s Move’ exercise campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama says her campaign to get young people more into exercise is about the government providing health information, not “telling people what to do.” Mrs. Obama explained her “Get Moving” initiative in…

Egypt court upholds acquittals in 2011 battle

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s highest appeals court has upheld the acquittal of 24 loyalists of ousted President Hosni Mubarak tried for organizing the ‘Battle of the Camel,’ an attack on protesters that was a pivotal moment in the…

UN: Girls as young as 6 raped by Congo troops

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The spokesman for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo confirmed that a U.N. peacekeeper was killed in South Kivu province, located in the troubled east of the country. Felix Prosper Basse told reporters…

UAE says 3 citizens suspected in Tanzania bombing

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates says three of its citizens are in custody in Tanzania in connection with a church bombing that killed two people and injured more than 50 others. The…

Family of bride killed in US limo fire in grief

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The grief-stricken Filipino family of the bride killed in a limousine fire in California had been preparing to welcome her home, but now await the return of her remains and hope to learn what…

UN: Global youth unemployment rate is rising

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.’s labor office says youth unemployment is likely to rise globally to 12.8 percent by 2018, wiping out gains made in the recent economic recovery. A report by the International Labour Organization said Tuesday…

Afghan police kill 8 at protest

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan says it has launched an investigation into allegations of misconduct by NATO troops in the country’s south. The coalition, known as the International Security Assistance Force, said Wednesday…

Pakistan’s Imran Khan has 3 fractured vertebrae

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani doctor says leading politician Imran Khan is expected to make a full recovery despite his dramatic fall at a political rally the day before. Khan fractured three vertebrae and a rib when…