Bahrain’s crown prince: Too early to join talks

SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain’s crown prince says there will be “a time and a place” for him to participate in the political dialogue but not yet. Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa spoke Saturday as he…

UMass-Dartmouth remains closed amid investigation

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth remains closed as law enforcement officials continue their investigation into a student suspected as the Boston Marathon bomber. The university said in a written statement Saturday that campus and…

Across America, a week of chaos, horror _ and hope

Moment after nail-biting moment, the events shoved us through a week that felt like an unremitting series of tragedies: Deadly bombs. Poison letters. A town shattered by a colossal explosion. A violent manhunt that paralyzed a major city,…

Egypt’s Morsi to reshuffle Cabinet amid turmoil

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has ordered the release of Egypt’s deposed President Hosni Mubarak pending further investigation into corruption charges. But he will continue to be held in prison in two other corruption cases. The decision…

Some residents allowed back home after Texas blast

WEST, Texas (AP) — Finally with a firm body count, the Central Texas town torn and bruised by a crater-making fertilizer plant explosion shifted toward recovery. Residents moved ahead with what they could — a contractor to rebuild,…

Czechs: we’re not Chechens

PRAGUE (AP) — A number of comments by Americans on social media mistaking the Czech Republic for the country of origin of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects— ethnic Chechen brothers — prompted the Czech ambassador to the United…

Napolitano re-elected Italy’s president

ROME (AP) — With a heavily polarized Parliament unable so far to agree on a new president for Italy, 87-year-old President Giorgio Napolitano yielded on Saturday to pleading from political leaders to be a candidate for a second…

Experts: West Africa piracy takes root in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Experts say that the growing piracy off the coast of West Africa takes root in the oil-slicked creeks of Nigeria’s southern delta. Speaking Saturday at a conference on piracy, the experts say the majority…

Saudi Arabia appoints new deputy defense minister

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Saudi monarch has appointed a retired army general as the kingdom’s new deputy defense minister in a shakeup just days before a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. The official Saudi…

Child soldiers patrol C. African Republic capital

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — As fighters in fatigues lounge in the shade of the rebel camp in the capital of Central African Republic, a boy jumps up to greet visitors with a wide toothy grin. He…

Chechen identity hinges on fierce resistance

The Chechen people didn’t choose the modern name of their capital. That came from the Russians, a name that encodes much of Chechnya’s identity: Grozny — The Fearsome. Although physically diminutive — smaller than New Jersey or Slovenia…

Montenegrin opposition rally, claim election fraud

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — More than 5,000 opposition supporters have rallied in Montenegro claiming their leader was cheated of victory in this month’s presidential ballot in the small Balkan country, which is striving to join the European Union.…

Jude Law writes to WTO against seal trade

LONDON (AP) — Actor Jude Law has written to the World Trade Organization to urge it to uphold a European Union ban on seal fur. The British actor was writing on behalf of animal protection group People for…

In Boston manhunt, online detectives flourish

SEATTLE (AP) — The intensive manhunt for the bombers behind the deadly Boston Marathon attacks didn’t take place only on the streets with professional police officers and SWAT teams. In an era of digital interactivity, it also unfolded…

Iran seeks to export oil to North Korea

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s oil ministry says the country is considering exporting oil to North Korea as a way to improve its battered economy. The official IRNA news agency quoted on Saturday Oil Minister Rostam Ghasemi as…

Obama: Boston capture closes out a ‘tough week’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barak Obama and Republicans used their weekly addresses to celebrate the resolve Americans demonstrated after the attack on the Boston Marathon. Obama says “the world has witnessed one sure and steadfast truth: Americans refuse…