• Lawyer: EU court agrees to hear Berlusconi appeal

    Yesterday

    ROME (AP) — A lawyer for ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi said Friday the European Court for Human Rights has agreed to take up one point of an appeal related to a tax fraud conviction that cost him his Senate seat. Attorney Piero Longo said the Strasbourg, France-based court agreed to examine Berlusconi's claim that the rules of a fair trial had been violated in his case. Berlusconi was sentenced in 2013 to four years in prison on a tax fraud conviction relating to the purchase of TV rights to U.S. films on his Mediaset network. His sentence, upheld by Italy's highest court, was reduced to one year, which he is currently serving by performing public service once a week at a home for the elderly.

  • Paraguay: 3 guerrillas die in clash with troops

    Yesterday

    ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay's government says three members of a recently formed guerrilla group have died in a clash with security forces in the South American country. Col. Victor Urdapilleta says the Agrupacion Campesina Armada fighters battled a joint police, military and anti-drug unit Friday. The confrontation took place 270 miles north of the capital, Asuncion. The emergence of the new rebel group was announced by the government just two months ago. Officials said intelligence reports indicated it is a splinter group of another rebel movement, the Paraguayan People's Army. The latter group has sown fear with kidnappings for ransom in the name of political change to help the rural poor.

  • 2 Iranians arrested in Kenya with forged passports

    Yesterday

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan official says two Iranians carrying forged Israeli passports have been arrested in Nairobi. The man and woman were taken into custody Friday as they were about to board a flight out of the country, a senior police officer said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak with the press. The officer says a preliminary investigation indicates the two Iranians — who were not identified — bought the forged passports in Armenia before arriving in Kenya on Sept 9. The officer said the suspects claim they are refugees and were seeking to go to Belgium, but authorities believe their final destination would have been Israel.

  • France: Sarkozy announces political comeback

    Yesterday

    PARIS (AP) — Nicolas Sarkozy may want his old job back. The man who led France from 2007 to 2012 announced Friday on Facebook that he's joining the race to lead his conservative UMP party in elections next month. The widely expected move is seen as a first step toward running for president in 2017. Sarkozy, the 59-year-old husband of model-turned-singer Carla Bruni, faces a string of legal problems. But that doesn't appear to be holding him back from staging a political return. When he left the Elysee Palace in 2012, Sarkozy said he was leaving politics and would find a different way to serve his country. Now, his successor, Socialist Francois Hollande, has become the most unpopular French leader of modern times

  • Air France pilots extend strike to Sept. 26

    Yesterday

    PARIS (AP) — Air France pilots are prolonging a walkout that has grounded more than half the airline's flights all week. Unions are angry at Air France's plans to shift much of its European operations to a low-cost carrier, Transavia. The SNPL union announced Friday they are extending the strike through Sept. 26. The company, which is cutting costs to try to stay competitive with budget airlines, apologized to customers. This is one of the longest strikes at Air France in several years. It reflects larger challenges for Europe's airlines and European economies trying to maintain generous worker protections while allowing companies to adapt to evolving markets.

  • Syrian Kurds fleeing IS group cross into Turkey

    Yesterday

    BEIRUT (AP) — Several thousand Syrians, most of them Kurds, crossed into Turkey on Friday to find refuge from Islamic State militants who have barreled through dozens of Kurdish villages in northern Syria in the past 48 hours. The extremists' offensive on the Kobani area near the border with Turkey prompted the leader of Iraq's Kurdish region to urge the international community to intervene to save Syria's Kurds from the militant onslaught. Together, the exodus to Turkey and appeal for help by an Iraqi leader show how the growing muscle of the Islamic State group has transcended borders to become a regional problem. The United States began conducting airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Iraq last month to protect U

  • Scotland 'No' fails to stop Catalan secession push

    Yesterday

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Despite Scotland's decision to reject independence, lawmakers in Spain's Catalonia region voted overwhelmingly Friday to give their leader the power to call a secession referendum that the central government in Madrid has denounced as illegal. The prospect of an independent Scotland had captivated European separatists. Besides the Catalans, their ranks include pro-independence Basques in northern Spain; Corsicans who want to break away from France; Italians from several northern regions; and Flemish speakers in Belgium demanding more autonomy, independence or union with the Netherlands. Catalonia's regional president, Artur Mas, supported a Yes vote in Scotland, but stressed Catalans simply wanted th

  • Experts: Science class can dazzle with less danger

    Yesterday

    DENVER (AP) — A dazzling show of fire and color can make science come alive for young students, but it can also inflict serious and painful injuries, as flash fires in Nevada and Colorado showed this month. Educators and investigators say some teachers lack the training required by law and don't know about standard safety measures that can dramatically lower the inherent dangers of hands-on experiments — experiments they say are vital to science education. "You've got to have it hands-on, but you have to make it a safer experience through that training," said Ken Roy, a safety consultant for the National Science Teachers Association and a longtime teacher.

  • Bahrain: Protesters dismiss government plans

    Yesterday

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Thousands of opposition supporters rallied in the tiny island nation of Bahrain on Friday to protest a proposal by the country's leadership for legislative, security and judicial reforms. The rally by members of the Shiite opposition came a day after the crown prince, Sheik Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, issued a statement summarizing proposed changes that included redefining electoral districts, promises of judicial reform and new codes of conduct for security forces. The statement follows on-and-off again talks between opposition members and the government aimed at bringing about a political solution to more than three years of unrest. Bahrain is a strategically important Western ally, which hos

  • Sweden: Russian military jets violate air space

    Yesterday

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden says it has summoned the Russian ambassador over an air space violation by two Russian military aircraft. The Swedish Foreign Ministry said the planes crossed into Swedish air space south of the Baltic Sea island of Oland on Wednesday. The ministry called it a "serious violation." Swedish newspaper Expressen first reported the incident, saying the planes were Sukhoi Su-24 combat planes that left Swedish air space when a Swedish Air Force fighter approached.

  • Bomb attacks kill at least 31 people in Iraq

    Yesterday

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of vehicle bombings in Iraq killed at least 31 people Friday, officials said, in the second straight day of attacks in Baghdad blamed on Islamic militants who have seized large parts of the country. A parked explosives-packed car detonated shortly before midday prayers near the al-Mubarak mosque in the Iraqi capital's mostly Shiite central district of Karradah, killing nine people and wounding 18 others, police said. Cars later exploded in two outdoor markets, one in the Shiite suburb of Nahrawan and the other in the Shiite district of Bayaa. Those attacks together killed nine people and wounded 23, according to police.

  • New round of Iran nuclear talks faces old hurdles

    Yesterday

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Seven months and more than a half dozen rounds into talks on a substantive nuclear deal, Iran and six world powers gathering for another session appear no closer to an agreement. Iran claims its nuclear program has only peaceful purposes, but Western nations have long suspected Iran wants to have the capacity to make nuclear weapons. The talks once again bring Iran to the negotiating table with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. But this time they are taking place on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. That means U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterparts will likely join in, adding their diplomatic muscle to the meeting.

  • Hamilton tops Friday practice at Singapore GP

    Yesterday

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in practice for the Singapore Grand Prix on Friday, while teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg and defending champion Sebastian Vettel both had setbacks. Hamilton's best time of 1 minute, 47.490 seconds at the Marina Bay circuit was a tenth of a second faster than Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who was fastest in the morning session. "Pole here has always been very important," Hamilton said. "Being up at the front will be crucial and that's obviously my target for qualifying tomorrow. "Nico looks very quick, as do the Ferraris and the Red Bulls, but I'm feeling good this weekend and I'm focused on the job.

  • Fierce fighting in Yemeni capital kills 120

    Yesterday

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Shiite rebels and Sunni militiamen battled in Sanaa for a second day Friday in battles that have killed at least 120 people and have shaken the Yemeni capital with thousands fleeing their homes. The violence raises fears that this chronically unstable country could be dragged into the sort of sectarian conflicts that have plagued other nations in the region. Yemen has had years of turmoil and division, particularly a longtime battle with perhaps the most dangerous branch of the al-Qaida terror network, separatist uprisings in the south and political upheaval that overthrew a longtime autocrat, all on top of deep poverty and tribal tensions. But throughout, it had largely been spared Shiite-Sunni hatreds

  • Scotland: Who won? Who lost?

    Yesterday

    LONDON (AP) — Who won and who lost in Scotland's independence referendum? ___ WINNERS: The 55.3 percent of Scottish voters who wanted to stay in the United Kingdom. LOSERS: The 44.7 percent who disagreed. WINNER: Gordon Brown. The former prime minister broke out of what seemed to be a long sulk since losing the 2010 election, and delivered a barnstorming defense of the United Kingdom which gave the No campaign some badly needed energy in the final days. LOSER: Alex Salmond. The leader of the Scottish National Party, which exists mainly to pursue independence, went down fighting for what he called a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win back the nation's independence.

  • 3 Eastern European countries form joint brigade

    Yesterday

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania are forming a joint military unit that will be headquartered in Poland and will work to strengthen their military cooperation and will participate in peacekeeping missions. Defense ministers from the three countries signed the act forming the brigade of several thousand soldiers on Friday. The Polish Defense Ministry said the work on forming the unit began in 2007. It is to be headquartered in the eastern Polish city of Lublin. The ministry said the unit will operate under the auspices of the United Nations, NATO or the European Union. However, the ministry did not provide any more details or say whether the armed conflict in Ukraine would affect its work.

  • Court again delays Kenya president's trial

    Yesterday

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court again delayed the trial of Kenya's president on Friday, after prosecutors said they did not have a strong enough case to convict him because Kenya was not cooperating in turning over potential evidence. Following a prosecution request for a delay, the court scrapped the planned Oct. 7 start of Uhuru Kenyatta's trial on charges of involvement in violence that left more than 1,000 people dead after his country's 2007 elections. Kenyatta is charged as an "indirect co-perpetrator" with crimes including murder, rape and persecution. He insists he is innocent and his lawyers have called repeatedly for the case to be dropped for lack of evidence. His trial initia

  • Floods shut down Philippine capital, 3 killed

    Yesterday

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Torrential monsoon rains worsened by a tropical storm flooded large swathes of the Philippine capital and nearby provinces Friday, leaving at least three people dead and displacing tens of thousands just days after the region was drenched by a typhoon. Authorities said more than 470,000 residents of Metro Manila and other provinces were affected in severely inundated communities. At least 37,000 people in the capital were displaced in one of the worst floods in the sprawling metropolis of 12 million in recent years. Over 2,700 people in nearby provinces were also displaced by the floods, said Civil Defense chief Alex Pama.

  • Iranian youth behind 'Happy' video sentenced

    Yesterday

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Six young Iranian men and women videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and the homemade video's director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes, their lawyer said Friday. The Iranians' case attracted international attention when they were detained in May for participating in a production deemed indecent by hard-liners in Iran. The video showed the men and women, none of whom wore obligatory headscarves, dancing together in sunglasses and silly clothes on Tehran rooftops and alleyways. Lawyer Farshid Rofugaran said the seven received suspended sentences of six months in jail and 91 lashes each. He said the suspended jail term was punishment for acting in the video and the lashes

  • Britain plans political upheaval after Scot vote

    Yesterday

    LONDON (AP) — The saga of Scottish independence is over, but a new journey of political upheaval is only beginning for the United Kingdom. Prime Minister David Cameron responded Friday to the passion of the failed Scottish breakaway by promising sweeping new powers to the U.K.'s regions. Scotland's rebellious spirit and England's own movement for more autonomy mean that to keep an uneasy marriage intact, each of Britain's four nations soon may need to live mostly under separate roofs. Cameron vowed to follow through on campaign promises to spin off key decision-making powers from London to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, particularly over tax rates and welfare benefits, to keep separatist sentiments at bay.