Official: Dam will not significantly affect Egypt

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An independent panel of experts has concluded that the country’s multi-billion dollar hydropower dam being built on the Nile River will not significantly affect Sudan and Egypt, countries that are highly dependent on…

Pope appeals for release of hostages in Syria

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is appealing to the “humanity” of kidnappers in Syria to release hostages. Francis urged prayers for “beloved Syria” as he spoke from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square on Sunday to…

Vinegar cancer test saves lives, India study finds

MUMBAI, India (AP) — A simple vinegar test slashed cervical cancer death rates by one-third in a remarkable study of 150,000 women in the slums of India, where the disease is the top cancer killer of women. Doctors…

Yemeni al-Qaida leader warns Americans on security

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The military leader of al-Qaida’s Yemeni branch says Americans will not be safe unless their leaders respect the security of other nations and do not attack or oppress them. In a message addressed “to…

Niger: Boko Haram prisoners tried to escape

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A Niger official says that members of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram tried to escape from the central prison in Niamey on Saturday afternoon and killed two guards. Niger prosecutor Ibrahim Waziri said…

Iran court bans state-owned newspaper for 6 months

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian media say that a court has imposed a six-month publishing ban on a state-owned newspaper for its allegedly false reporting. The semi-official Mehr news agency reported Sunday the suspension of IRAN, which is…

Central Europe hit by floods after days of rain

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in parts of central Europe issued disaster warnings and scrambled to reinforce flood defenses Sunday as rivers swelled by days of heavy rain threatened to burst their banks. Several people have died or are…

Man pleads guilty to threat to kill Prince Harry

LONDON (AP) — British police say a homeless man has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Prince Harry. The Metropolitan Police said Sunday that 30-year-old Ashraf Islam, of no fixed address, was charged May 25 with threatening kill…

Lebanon: Israeli warplanes violate airspace

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security officials and the state-run news agency say low-flying Israeli warplanes are violating Lebanese airspace, overflying territory including the capital Beirut. The National News Agency says the warplanes flew over southern Lebanon, Beirut, the…

Court says Egypt legislature illegally elected

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s highest court ruled on Sunday that the nation’s interim parliament was illegally elected, though it stopped short of dissolving the chamber immediately, in a decision likely to fuel the tensions between the ruling Islamists…

UK politicians caught in lobbying scandal

LONDON (AP) — Three members of Britain’s House of Lords were suspended by their parties Sunday after apparently being caught in newspaper stings agreeing to lobby Parliament in return for cash. Labour peers Brian Mackenzie and Jack Cunningham…

Matt Smith leaving lead role in BBC’s ‘Doctor Who’

LONDON (AP) — Who will be the new Who? The BBC says Matt Smith is stepping down from the lead role in long-running sci-fi series “Doctor Who,” spurring intense speculation about his replacement. The broadcaster said Sunday that…

AP source: Bruno Mars’ mother dies at age 55

NEW YORK (AP) — The mother of Grammy-winning pop star Bruno Mars has died in Hawaii. Bernadette Hernandez died Saturday of a brain aneurysm, according to a publicist for Mars’ label, Atlantic Records, who spoke to The Associated…