South Africa: Mandela improving but still critical

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The office of the South African president says Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition although his health is gradually improving. In a statement Sunday, President Jacob Zuma said Mandela is making a “slow but steady…

NATO says 3 service members killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says three of its service members have been killed in eastern Afghanistan but provided no further details. A statement said the deaths occurred on Sunday. It did not provide a nationality or details…

Ex-sex slave, supporters demand justice from Japan

TOKYO (AP) — A Philippine former sex slave and her supporters have gathered to renew their demands that Japan do more to bring justice to the victims of the country’s wartime sex slavery. Eighty-three-year-old Estelita Dy and her…

Toxic liquor kills 8 in southern Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say at least eight people in the port city of Karachi have died after consuming homemade liquor. Police officer Mohammad Sarwar said Sunday that 14 people from Christian-dominated slums in the city,…

UK writes off $744,400 in Somalia aid to theft

LONDON (AP) — The British government says that 480,000 pounds ($744,400) of humanitarian aid supplies funded by the U.K. were seized by al-Qaida-affiliated militants in Somalia. The supplies were seized when al-Shabaab militants raided warehouses and offices between…

Retailers keeping tabs on consumers’ return habits

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not just the government that might be keeping tabs on you. Many retailers are tracking you, too — or at least your merchandise returns. The companies say it’s all in the name of security…

Bombings targeting Iraq military kill 5 soldiers

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say a roadside bomb has hit a military convoy south of Baghdad, killing three soldiers. Police officials said another 10 were wounded in the blast near Musayyib town, 60 kilometers (40 miles) south…

Chilly reception for Kerry in Brazil, Colombia?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Colombia and Brazil this week builds on efforts to deepen relations with Latin America, but he can expect a curt reception from the two U.S. allies after reports…

Storms, floods kill 22 near Afghan capital

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Heavy rains and overnight hailstorms killed at least 22 people near Afghanistan’s capital, a disaster management official said Sunday. Mohammad Daim Kakar, who coordinates disaster management for Kabul province, said the rains began late…

Immigration campaign passes by some in GOP

BEL AIR, Md. (AP) — Immigration advocates are swarming the country this month, trying to persuade House Republicans to pass a comprehensive overhaul. It was hard to tell at the town-hall meeting that second-term Republican Rep. Andy Harris…

Prince Harry visits Angola to see mine clearance

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry is visiting Angola to see mine clearance efforts there with a charity championed by his late mother, Princess Diana. The HALO Trust charity said Saturday that Harry will be touring minefields and meeting…

6 killed by Indonesia volcano had refused to leave

MAUMERE, Indonesia (AP) — The six people swept up and killed by hot lava from an erupting volcano in eastern Indonesia had refused to leave the area for safer ground when the mountain began rumbling last year, an…

Gunmen kill 5 Yemeni soldiers at checkpoint

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Gunmen believed to be from al-Qaida killed five soldiers early Sunday at a checkpoint in a southern province, a Yemeni official said. The official said the attackers surprised the soldiers at their checkpoint guarding…

Report: Bundesbank sees new Greece bailout in 2014

BERLIN (AP) — German news weekly Der Spiegel reports that the country’s central bank believes international creditors will have to agree a new bailout for Greece by early next year. The move would come months after Germany’s Sept.…