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Diplomats: Iran prepared to up nuclear program

VIENNA (AP) — The U.N. nuclear agency has told member nations that Iran is poised for a major technological upgrade of its uranium enrichment program, in a document seen Thursday by The Associated Press. The move would vastly speed up Tehran’s ability to make material that can be used for both reactor fuel and nuclear warheads

Israel jets increase activity in Lebanese airspace

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese military said Wednesday that Israeli warplanes have sharply increased their activity over Lebanon in the past week, including at least 12 sorties in less than 24 hours in the country’s south.

French foreign minister: Troops to leave Mali

SEVARE, Mali (AP) — France’s foreign minister said Wednesday that French forces would depart Mali “quickly” following their success in taking control of the airport in Kidal, a key position in the last remaining urban stronghold of Islamist extremists in northern Mali.

South Korea launches rocket weeks after NKorea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea launched a satellite into space from its own soil for the first time Wednesday amid increased tensions after archrival North Korea accomplished a similar feat and was condemned by the United Nations.

Focus turns to Brazilian club safety after fire

SANTA MARIA, Brazil (AP) — The repercussions of a tragic nightclub fire that killed more than 230 people in southern Brazil widened Tuesday as mayors around the country cracked down on such venues in their own cities and investigators searched two other nightspots owned by a partner in the club that caught ablaze.

UN seeks major aid boost for Syrian ‘catastrophe’

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — International aid officials are framing their latest gathering on Syria’s humanitarian crises in terms not seen in the region since the height of the Iraq war: Refugee numbers possibly swelling toward 1 million, more than double that number in need of help inside the country and political policymaking among Bashar Assad’s foes torn between the battlefield strategies and the civilian costs.

Mexico’s new president mostly mum on drug violence

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two months after President Enrique Pena Nieto took office promising to reduce violent crime, the killings linked to Mexico’s drug cartels continue unabated.

Crocodile crossing: Thousands on loose in S.Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Afraid of crocodiles? Then you may want to stay away from the South Africa-Botswana border.

Mali army pushes farthest east toward city of Gao

MOPTI, Mali (AP) — Mali’s military and French forces have pushed toward the Islamic extremist stronghold in the city of Gao, in their farthest push east since launching an operation two weeks ago to retake land controlled by the rebels, residents and a security official said Friday.

With protests, Egyptians mark uprising anniversary

CAIRO (AP) — Two years after Egypt’s revolution began, the country’s schism was on display Friday as the mainly liberal and secular opposition held rallies saying the goals of the pro-democracy uprising have not been met and denouncing Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

NKorea warns of nuke test, more rocket launches 


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s top governing body warned Thursday that the regime will conduct its third nuclear test in defiance of U.N. punishment, and made clear that its long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads aimed at striking the United States.

Frenchwoman freed by Mexican court returns home

PARIS (AP) — A Frenchwoman who spent seven years in prison in Mexico on kidnapping charges returned to a hero’s welcome in Paris on Thursday, declaring she had been cleared by the Mexican court that ordered her freed.

Syrian jets bomb rebel-held areas near Damascus

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian warplanes bombed rebel-held areas near Damascus on Thursday as President Bashar Assad’s troops battled opposition fighters for control of a strategic road that links the capital with the main airport.

Norway cheese fire shuts down road tunnel

OSLO, Norway (AP) — A road tunnel in northern Norway will be shut for several weeks after a 27-ton truckload of sweet goat’s milk cheese caught fire.

Activists: Government rocket kills 6 in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — A rocket fired by Syrian regime forces slammed into a northern rebel-held village Wednesday, killing six members of a single family, activists said, while Turkey’s foreign minister called on the international community to declare the Syrian regime’s bombardment of its own citizens a war crime.

Cameron proposes British vote on EU relationship

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Wednesday to offer citizens a vote on whether to leave the European Union if his party wins the next election, prompting rebukes from European leaders accusing the premier of putting the bloc’s future at risk over domestic politics.

Prince Harry’s wartime role draws reprisal fears

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry’s assertion that he has killed Taliban fighters while deployed as a helicopter gunner in Afghanistan drew intense media coverage in Britain on Tuesday and sparked concerns about possible re

Bulgarian defends decision to attack politician

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A Bulgarian who tried to shoot a gas pistol at the leader of his country’s ethnic Turkish political party testified Tuesday that his only regret is that his weapon didn’t work.

China’s young in crisis of declining fitness

BEIJING (AP) — Xiao Ru spent her last year of high school studying from morning until late at night. That didn’t help her complete one particular assignment in her first year of college: a 1,500-meter run. With two friends setting the pace beside her, she finished the university fitness requirement — barely. Moments later, she […]

More than 140 nations adopt treaty to cut mercury

GENEVA (AP) — A new and legally binding international treaty to reduce harmful emissions of mercury was adopted Saturday by more than 140 nations, capping four years of difficult negotiations but stopping short of some of the tougher measures that proponents had envisioned. The new accord aims to cut mercury pollution from mining, utility plants […]

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