John Kerry, Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian leaders discussing Kerry proposal

President Mahmoud Abbas convened a special gathering of top Palestinian officials in the West Bank on Thursday for what could be a make-or-break decision on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest efforts to restart peace talks with Israel.…

Mitsubishi blamed in Calif. nuclear plant closure

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California Edison says it is seeking to hold Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems liable for defective steam generators that forced the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.…

Large oil spill clean-up underway in north Cyprus

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A Turkish Cypriot official says it will take at least two months to clean up some 100 tonnes (tons) of spilled fuel oil that has reached the coastline in the breakaway north of the…

Interpol operations net millions of fake goods

PARIS (AP) — More than 6,000 people around the world were arrested in a two-month anti-counterfeiting sweep that netted tens of millions of dollars worth of fake shampoo in China, phony cigarettes in Turkey and bogus booze in…

Journalist who got docs from Snowden has book deal

NEW YORK (AP) — The reporter central to revealing the massive U.S. government surveillance efforts has a book deal. The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald has signed with Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Macmillan, for a book to be published…

France: Mali hostage was shot to death

PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor’s office says an autopsy shows that a French hostage found dead in Mali was killed by a shot to the head. Frenchman Philippe Verdon was kidnapped in 2011 with an associate. Earlier…

Court says EU wrongly froze assets of Saudi man

PARIS (AP) — The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday that EU authorities unfairly froze assets of a Saudi businessman who was accused of financing al-Qaida, by failing to explain why he was targeted. The European Court of…
stolen whiskey case

Ex-caretaker to trial in Pa. stolen whiskey case

The former live-in caretaker of a Pittsburgh-area mansion will stand trial on charges he drank more than $102,000 worth of old whiskey that he was supposed to be guarding.…

Bulgaria: Protesters try to block Parliament

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Demonstrators who have conducted for 35 straight days anti-government protests in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, are now calling for a round-the-clock blockade of the Parliament building. Protesters clogged streets in downtown Sofia on Thursday causing…