Syrian troops consolidate gains in Homs city

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Syria’s main exiled opposition group condemned Sunday the reported execution of scores of government soldiers by rebels in a northern Syrian village earlier this week. The Turkey-based Syrian National Coalition said in a statement…

Omnicom, Publicis to combine into biggest ad firm

PARIS (AP) — Omnicom Group Inc. and Publicis Groupe SA have announced they are combining in a “merger of equals” that will create the world’s largest advertising firm, one worth more than $30 billion. The combined company will…

Exclusive: Signs of declining economic security

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream. Survey data…

Exclusive: Signs of declining economic security

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream. Survey data exclusive…

Co-founder of Russia’s biggest search engine dies

MOSCOW (AP) — Ilya Segalovich, the co-founder of Russia’s largest search engine, Yandex, has died, the company said Sunday. He was 48. Segalovich died Saturday at a London hospital, Yandex director general and fellow founder Arkady Volozh said.…

Dubai closes the book on Internet beating case

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai’s public prosecutor says all charges have been dropped in a high-profile dispute that landed an Indian man in jail for posting Internet video of an apparent road rage beating. The arrest…

US announces resumption of Mideast talks

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged his skeptical coalition partners Sunday to agree to free Palestinian prisoners as part of U.S efforts to resume peace talks, calling the deal a “tough decision” that he took…

UK troops briefly return to Afghan district

LONDON (AP) — Britain has sent its troops back to a bloody district of Helmand Province to assist Afghan forces, raising further questions about Afghan readiness to maintain security after NATO forces withdraw. The Ministry of Defense confirmed…

Death toll from Spain’s train crash rises

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AP) — Authorities say forensic experts have identified the last three bodies of 78 people who were killed when a Spanish train derailed at high speed. They did not reveal the names of the…

Afghan president to visit Pakistan soon

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Foreign Ministry says the country’s president will soon visit neighboring Pakistan in an effort to mend fences, and says it hopes that the new government in Islamabad will seek to improve tense…

Social media help track property lost in Holocaust

BERLIN (AP) — When Cati Holland checked her email a few weeks ago, she was surprised to find a message saying she was eligible for compensation for her grandmother’s Berlin store that was seized by the Nazis more…

Austrian flap over bell dedicated to Hitler

VIENNA (AP) — Like many others in Austria’s countryside, a tower bell above the red-tiled rooftops of Wolfpassing village marks the passing of each hour with an unspectacular “bong.” But this bell is unique: It is embossed with…

Fla. apartment gunman described as lonely, angry

HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — The gunman who went on a shooting rampage at a South Florida apartment complex was described as a quiet man who took his mother to doctor appointments, yet also someone who was known for…

Musician JJ Cale dies; wrote Clapton, Skynyrd hits

If musicians were measured not by the number of records they sold but by the number of peers they influenced, JJ Cale would have been a towering figure in 1970s rock ‘n’ roll. His best songs like “After…

Morsi backers defiant in face of Egypt govt threat

CAIRO (AP) — A Health Ministry official says the death toll in weekend clashes in Cairo between supporters of Egypt’s ousted president and security forces backed by armed civilians has risen to 72. Khaled el-Khateeb, head of the…