Solid figures from China, Europe shore up markets

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets fell Thursday after the Federal Reserve made it known that its top officials were leaning toward phasing out its massive stimulus program. The Fed released minutes of its July policy meeting Wednesday…

New Zealand law change bolsters spy agency powers

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand passed a law Wednesday that strengthens the powers of its foreign spy agency to operate domestically. The law now explicitly allows the Government Communications Security Bureau to spy on New Zealanders…

Chile OK’s extradition of Argentine judge

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s Supreme Court has approved the extradition of a former Argentine judge who fled his home country to avoid trial on charges of crimes against humanity. The court said late Wednesday that Otilio Romano…

NZ opposition leader quits ahead of ’14 elections

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s political opposition leader said Thursday he’s leaving the top job because he doesn’t think he has the support of his colleagues ahead of national elections next year. David Shearer led the…

Thai court convicts 2 Iranians for bomb plot

BANGKOK (AP) — Two Iranian men accused of a botched bomb plot that officials believe was aimed at Israeli diplomats in the Thai capital were in court Thursday awaiting the verdict in the case. The men were detained…

Chile ex-army chief quits electoral post

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s former army chief is quitting his post as head of the country’s electoral service after acknowledging that he handed over to nuns the child of two left-wing activists killed after the 1973 military…

Peru town buries bishop with town square service

HUANCAVELICA, Peru (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered on Huancavelica’s main square Wednesday to say goodbye to their longtime Roman Catholic bishop with a memorial service that included a color guard of students and a contingent of police…

Mexico teachers block lawmakers from Congress

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hundreds of teachers are blocking the entrance to Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies to prevent federal lawmakers from debating and voting on a set of rules to apply a recently approved overhaul of the education…

Ousted politician Bo Xilai goes on trial in China

JINAN, China (AP) — Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai went on trial Thursday on charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power, marking the ruling Communist Party’s attempts to draw a line under one of its most lurid…

St Lucia PM: US suspends assistance to police

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The United States has withdrawn all assistance to St. Lucia’s police force over concerns about allegations of unlawful killings, the leader of the small Caribbean country announced. St. Lucia Prime Minister Kenny Anthony said…

LAN fighting eviction from Argentine airport

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Latin America’s largest airline said Wednesday that an Argentine government order to vacate its hangar at the downtown Buenos Aires airport would force it to stop operating domestic flights in the country and…

Valcke hopes for changes in WCup bidding process

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA’s secretary general on Wednesday floated an idea for a possible change to the World Cup bidding process in response to a spate of challenges in organizing next year’s tournament in Brazil, which…

Costa Rican man who killed US teen gets new trial

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rican authorities say a security guard who fatally shot an American teenager after mistaking him for an intruder will get a new trial after winning an appeal. Jorge Guevara was sentenced…

Rare polio virus spreads to Israel’s north

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s president is urging the country’s children to get polio boosters after a rare appearance of the virus spread to the north of the country. President Shimon Peres met with children getting vaccinations at a…