Eurozone turning a corner as recession set to end

LONDON (AP) — The recession that’s gripped the eurozone since late 2011 is likely over. On Wednesday official data is expected to show that economic growth among the 17 countries that use the euro inched up 0.2 percent…

Fidel Castro turns 87 behind closed doors

HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro turned 87 behind closed doors Tuesday, with official tributes reminding Cubans that the clock is ticking on his revolutionary generation’s grip on power. Castro stepped down as president following a near-fatal illness in…

Mars food study researchers emerge from experiment

HONOLULU (AP) — Researchers who have spent nearly four months simulating what it’s like to live on Mars are emerging from their experiment on a barren Hawaii lava field. The NASA-funded study is researching what foods astronauts might…

Mars food study researchers to emerge from dome

HONOLULU (AP) — Researchers who have spent nearly four months simulating what it’s like to live on Mars are emerging from their experiment on a barren Hawaii lava field. The NASA-funded study is researching what foods astronauts might…

UN chief to visit Mideast to support peace talks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to the Middle East this week to support Israeli-Palestinian peace talks scheduled to resume Wednesday for the first time in nearly five years. U.N. deputy spokesman Eduardo del…

New Rwanda opposition party won’t contest election

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A newly registered opposition party in Rwanda says it won’t run in September’s parliamentary elections. The leader of the Democratic Green Party, Frank Habineza, said Tuesday his party had too little time to organize.…

Kiri Te Kanawa gives ‘Downton’ an operatic touch

LONDON (AP) — “Downton Abbey,” the world’s favorite country-house soap, is getting a dose of opera. Producers say soprano Kiri Te Kanawa will appear in the upcoming fourth season as real-life diva Nellie Melba. The New Zealand-born singer…

Palestinian prime minister decides to stay on job

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian officials say the prime minister has decided to remain on the job, weeks after announcing his resignation. Rami Hamdallah announced his resignation in June, two weeks after taking office, in a conflict…

Clashes kill 18 rebels in central Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say government forces have killed at least 18 rebels in clashes in central Syria. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday the fighting took place overnight near the town of Morek in…

Chile’s Bachelet studies mining policy changes

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s presidential frontrunner Michelle Bachelet says she is studying possible changes to mining policy in the world’s top copper producing country. The possible changes include altering mining royalties and funding programs for state-owned mining…
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Luke Bryan releases album amid high expectations

Luke Bryan has taken an unusual approach to the business side of his career since winning the Academy of Country Music’s entertainer of the year in April: He’s turning down almost everything.…