Chinese ships depart for rare drills with US Navy

BEIJING (AP) — Three Chinese naval ships are sailing east to join rare search-and-rescue drills with the United States as Beijing ramps up its military diplomacy. The ships left the port of Qingdao on Tuesday for waters off…

India scrambles to halt rupee slide

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indians returning from abroad bring nearly 3,000 flat screen televisions into the country a day, turning airport luggage belts into revolving electronics displays. A stiff new customs duty aims to sink that popular trade…

Vietnam sentences Thai to death for drug smuggling

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — State media say a court in southern Vietnam has sentenced a Thai woman to death for trafficking 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of cocaine into the communist country. The Thanh Nien newspaper says the People’s…

Media in Egypt stoke the heat _ and now feel it

CAIRO (AP) — The military says Tamer Abdel-Raouf sped through a military checkpoint, ignoring soldiers’ warning shots. A colleague who was with him in the car says he obeyed the soldiers’ orders to turn back, but they opened…

Press group slams killing of Guatemala journalist

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists is calling on the government of Guatemala to investigate and punish those responsible for the killing of a local TV anchor, Carlos Alberto Orellana Chavez. The committee…

Briton, Irishwoman heading to jail to await trial

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The two Irish and Scottish women arrested trying to depart Peru with 24 pounds of cocaine in their luggage spent Tuesday in medical checks and pre-processing ahead of an expected transfer to prison. Prosecutors’…

Premier: BVI to comply with US tax evasion law

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The leader of the British Virgin Islands says the Caribbean territory has started talks with the U.S. Treasury to comply with a law designed to counter offshore tax evasion. The tiny islands are one…

Egypt questions Brotherhood’s top leader in prison

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors have been questioning the Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme leader in a Cairo prison after his arrest early Tuesday. Mohammed Badie (BAH’-dee) and his deputy are to stand trial later this month on charges of…

Puerto Rico to build $54M water treatment plant

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor says construction has started on a $54 million water treatment plant that will serve the U.S. territory’s central eastern region. Alejandro Garcia Padilla says the plant will filter 7…

Chile ex-army chief admits handing child to nuns

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s former army chief is acknowledging he handed over to nuns the child of two left-wing activists killed after the 1973 military coup. Juan Emilio Cheyre now heads Chile’s electoral service. He told the…

TV mogul Simon Cowell says he’ll be a dad

LONDON (AP) — British TV mogul Simon Cowell says he’s looking forward to being a father, his first public confirmation that he will be having a child with married New York socialite Lauren Silverman. Cowell, who had previously…

Brazil asks FIFA, hotels to lower World Cup prices

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s tourism board said Tuesday that it has officially told FIFA and hotel operators to negotiate lowering prices during the 2014 World Cup. The request came just days after a study showed that room…

Mexico rights panel urges probe in news killings

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government’s human rights commission has issued a recommendation calling for federal authorities to investigate the killings of journalists and protect news people from attacks. The commission says that there has been a…

3 dead, 5 wounded in shooting in southern Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Police say three people are dead and five wounded following a shooting in southern Germany. According to police, the shooting occurred Tuesday evening during a meeting of property owners in a restaurant in the village…

Mexico drops growth forecast amid economy slowdown

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government has lowered its forecast for the nation’s economic growth this year to 1.8 percent. That’s down from the 3.1 percent gain it predicted earlier this year. The National Statistics Institute says…

UN chief proposes reduction in force in Haiti

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is recommending a 15 percent reduction in the number of U.N. troops in Haiti and an examination of whether a peacekeeping operation is still the best way to support the impoverished…