US global competitiveness rising once again

GENEVA (AP) — An annual economic survey finds the United States’ competitiveness rising again after four years of decline, in a turnaround that reflects a rebounding confidence in its financial market and politicians. The Geneva-based World Economic Forum…

Mexico bus drivers idle after ‘revenge’ killings

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Half of the drivers who work a bus route on which two colleagues were shot to death last week, possibly by a woman seeking revenge for purported sexual abuse of female passengers, didn’t…

China police say aunt likely gouged out boy’s eyes

BEIJING (AP) — State media say police in northern China suspect that the woman who gouged out a 6-year-old boy’s eyes was his aunt who later killed herself by jumping into a well. The official Xinhua News Agency…

Strong quake shakes Tokyo area; no damage seen

TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake shook the Tokyo area and eastern Japan early Wednesday, though no injuries or damage was immediately reported. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake registered a magnitude of 6.9 but was centered…

Hunchback King Richard III infected with worms

LONDON (AP) — Not only was Richard III one of England’s most despised monarchs, but it now turns out the hunchback king was probably infected with parasitic worms that grew up to a foot in length. Researchers who…

India counts 1 woman killed every hour over dowry

NEW DELHI (AP) — One woman dies every hour in India because of dowry-related crimes, indicating that the country’s economic boom has made demands for dowries even more persistent, women’s rights activists said. The National Crime Records Bureau…

Mexican lawmaker asks to bar gay unions in public

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A state legislator in Mexico is causing a stir by asking authorities not to allow gay weddings in public spaces because it confuses children in a state that just approved same-sex civil unions. Colima…

Sophie Hannah to pen new ‘Agatha Christie’ novel

LONDON (AP) — Here’s one mystery solved: Sophie Hannah is the crime writer given the formidable and most likely lucrative task of reviving Agatha Christie’s famed detective, Hercule Poirot, in a new novel announced Wednesday. The joint venture…

UN chief: Somalia could still fail

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, warning that Somalia could slide back into being a failed state, called Tuesday on countries around the world to provide the African Union-led peacekeeping force there with attack helicopters and armored…