• Rival Libyan lawmakers hold UN-brokered talks

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Rival Libyan lawmakers have held talks brokered by a United Nations envoy, in the first attempt to bridge the gap between warring groups that left the North African nation torn between two governments and parliaments. In a press conference held in western city of Ghadamis, Bernardino Leon said the goal of the talks is to reach a "complete ceasefire." He described Monday's round of talks as "historic" and said that the two parties were sitting together "in brotherly atmosphere" and engaging to "overcome their differences through a political dialogue." The talks included lawmakers from the two parliaments.

  • Caught in the act? Videos of police can mislead

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — A man walks through Wal-Mart, holding something to his ear as he passes a gun case. He leans toward a shelf and steps back into view, now holding a long, dark object — a gun? — as he walks past customers, who show no obvious reaction. Eight minutes later, surveillance video from a different angle shows him farther away. Suddenly he drops the object and crumples to the floor. Two more people come into view, walking toward him with firearms drawn.

  • This Guy Is Getting Coffee With All Of His Facebook Friends

    Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Matthew Kulesza, a 28-year-old student from Melbourne, is on a quest to get coffee with all of his Facebook friends, according to BuzzFeed. The project, which began in September, will continue for at least three years. "I plan to have a one-on-one coffee with every single one of my 1,000+ Facebook "friends" over the space of the next three years, or as long as it takes to complete. An exercis in remembering to socialise with and get to know people outside of the 'book."

  • Examples of 2014 videos showing police using force

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    Sometimes videos of police using force seem to justify those actions; other times, they appear to prove officers acted wrongly. In either circumstance, seeing such videos might give viewers a false sense of understanding what happened when they don't have full context. Video involving law enforcement has factored into perception of numerous police use-of-force cases this year. Some examples: ___ FEB. 14: Las Vegas Dramatic cellphone video recorded by stopped motorists and obtained by a newspaper shows federal land management rangers and a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper scuffling with a 20-year-old man before he was fatally shot on a road outside Las Vegas. Authorities say D'Andre Berghardt Jr. was carrying a suitcase and

  • 5 more bodies found at Japan volcano; toll now 36

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    KISO, Japan (AP) — Toxic gases and ash from still-erupting Mount Ontake forced Japanese rescue workers to call off the search for more victims Monday as dozens of relatives awaited news of their family members. Rescuers found five more bodies near the summit of the volcano, bringing the death toll to 36. They have managed to airlift only 12 bodies off the mountain since the start of the eruption on Saturday because of dangerous conditions. How the victims died remains unclear, though experts say it was probably from suffocating ash, falling rocks, toxic gases or some combination of them. Some of the bodies had severe contusions. Survivors told Japanese media that they were pelted by rocks from the eruption.

  • Syria: US dual policy is recipe for more violence

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria's foreign minister on Monday blasted the United States' "dual policy" of striking at some militants in Syria while providing money, weapons and training to others, calling it a recipe for more violence and terrorism. Walid al-Moallem said such behavior creates a "fertile ground" for the continued growth of extremism in countries including Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. He addressed the annual U.N. General Assembly as U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted towns and villages in northern and eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State group. Washington and Arab allies opened their air assault against the extremist group last week in Syria, going after its military facilities, training camps, heavy weap

  • As trial ends, prosecutors slam Karadzic as liar

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Prosecutors called former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic a liar in closing remarks at his genocide trial on Monday, saying he lacks any credibility in denying responsibility for the atrocities committed on a massive scale while he was in charge. Prosecutor Alan Tieger said Karadzic, 69, should be convicted and imprisoned for life, the heaviest punishment possible at the U.N. Yugoslav Tribunal. Karadzic was president of the breakaway Bosnian Serb Republic during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War that left 100,000 dead. His responsibilities included ultimate oversight of the army commanded by Gen. Ratko Mladic, who is also on trial for genocide in The Hague.

  • Israel's shadowy Mossad looks to recruit online

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — It used to be that if you wanted to join one of the world's most secretive espionage organizations you had to sneak into a foreign embassy, answer a cryptic newspaper ad or show up in a nondescript building in Tel Aviv to meet a shadowy recruiter. Now all it takes to apply for a job at Israel's Mossad spy agency is a click of the mouse. The typically hush-hush Mossad revamped its website last week to include a snazzy recruiting video and an online application option for those seeking employment. With versions in Hebrew, English, French, Russian, Arabic and Persian, the sleek site looks to revolutionize the way Israel's legendary agency seeks out potential agents after generations of backdoor, cloak-and-dag

  • 5 questions, answers on 'net neutrality'

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether Internet providers should be allowed to cut deals with online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster. It's a topic that has attracted record-setting public attention. The agency received 3.7 million comments on the subject — more than double the number filed to the regulatory agency after Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler — a former industry lobbyist and venture capitalist — says financial arrangements between broadband providers and content sites might be OK so long as the agreements are "commercially reasonable" and companies disclose publicly ho

  • Neighborhood reborn amid Puerto Rico decline

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Laura Feliciano was scouting locations for a new restaurant in the Puerto Rican capital when she discovered she was priced out of the upscale waterfront districts that were her first choice. Instead, she set up several blocks inland on a grungy street lined with discount stores and pawn shops. Feliciano named her new restaurant and bar "Pa'l Cielo," a Puerto Rican saying that translates as "To Heaven," but she was far from it in the Santurce neighborhood. Prostitutes and drug dealers hissed to prospective customers from darkened corners, and diners insisted on being escorted back to their cars, sometimes to find their vehicles had been broken into.

  • Rights group: Turkey rolling back human rights

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is rolling back on human rights and the rule of law, a human rights group said Monday, calling on the country to take steps to protect free speech, the right to peaceful protests and legal principles. In a 38-page report, the New York-based Human Rights Watch criticized the Turkish government's moves to tighten controls over the media and the Internet and its clampdown on critics and protests. "For the sake of Turkey's future and the rights of its citizens, the government needs to change course and protect rights instead of attacking them," said Emma Sinclair-Webb, the group's senior reporter for Turkey.

  • Lenovo looks to expand after IBM acquisition

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    BANGKOK (AP) — Lenovo Group has received U.S. and European approval to complete its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s low-end server business and plans to use it to grow faster outside its personal computer business, Lenovo's chairman said Monday. The $2.1 billion acquisition is due to close Wednesday following a successful review by a U.S. government security panel and European and Chinese regulators, the company said. The IBM assets will add a "growth engine" to a growing array of businesses that include computers, mobile devices and services, chairman Yang Yuanqing said in a telephone interview.

  • 1 injured in Istanbul subway accident

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish media reports say 33-year-old man was seriously injured when a metal rod pierced a car on Istanbul's subway system. The state-run Anadolu Agency said the rod speared the hips of the 33-year-old man. He was taken to a nearby hospital for surgery. The accident occurred Monday on the metro line traveling between the districts of Seyrantepe and Sanayi. Other passengers were safely evacuated. The Istanbul mayor's office said authorities were investigating the incident.

  • Recovery of bodies suspended at Japanese volcano

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    KISO, Japan (AP) — Japanese soldiers managed to bring down eight more bodies by helicopter from the ash-blanketed peak of a still-erupting volcano on Monday, before toxic gases and ash forced them to suspend the recovery effort in the early afternoon. At least 31 people are believed to have died. Four victims were flown down Sunday, and rescuers had returned to 3,067-meter (10,062-foot) Mt. Ontake to try to recover the remaining 27. Exactly how they died remains unclear, whether from gases, suffocating ash, falling rocks or other causes. Scenes broadcast live on Japanese TV station TBS showed soldiers carrying yellow body bags one-by-one to a camouflage military helicopter that had landed in a relatively wide-open area of t

  • Pro-democracy protests expand in Hong Kong

    Updated: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters, some wearing surgical masks and holding up umbrellas to protect against tear gas, expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. Police officers tried to negotiate with protesters camped out on a normally busy highway near the Hong Kong government headquarters that was the scene of tear gas-fueled clashes that erupted the evening before. An officer with a bullhorn tried to get them to clear the way for the commuters.

  • Gaza war deals blow to Israel's tourism industry

    Updated: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — It was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel. But all that changed when the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas prompted jittery travelers to cancel trips en masse, leaving empty hotel rooms and barren tourist sites in their wake. The summertime fighting delivered a serious hit to Israel's thriving tourism industry, causing losses of hundreds of millions of dollars and sparking concern that aftershocks may continue well after the war. "Our challenge is how to prevent more cancelations. Despite a month having passed since the war, there is still an image among tourists that it is not safe to travel here," said Oded Grofman of the Israel Incoming Tour Operators Association.

  • Gaza war deals blow to Israel's tourism industry

    Updated: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — It was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel. But all that changed when the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas prompted jittery travelers to cancel trips en masse, leaving empty hotel rooms and barren tourist sites in their wake. The summertime fighting delivered a serious hit to Israel's thriving tourism industry, causing losses of hundreds of millions of dollars and sparking concern that aftershocks may continue well after the war. "Our challenge is how to prevent more cancelations. Despite a month having passed since the war, there is still an image among tourists that it is not safe to travel here," said Oded Grofman of the Israel Incoming Tour Operators Association.

  • Israel's Netanyahu says will refute Gaza "lies"

    Updated: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left Israel on Sunday en route to the United Nations in New York, saying he will refute "all of the lies directed at us" with regard to Israel's recently concluded war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Netanyahu's comments come after Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas charged that Israel had committed "a series of absolute war crimes carried out before the eyes and ears of the entire world" during an address to the General Assembly on Friday. "In this year, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Israel has chosen to make it a year of a new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian pe

  • Tech-friendly cities struggle with new biz rules

    Updated: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country's top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts from disrupting communities and more established industries. Boston, prompted by the arrival of the mobile app Haystack, recently banned services that allow people to offer their public parking spaces for sale. Now the City Council is considering restrictions on ride-sharing services like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar and lodging websites like Airbnb, HomeAway and FlipKey, which allow users to book short-term stays in private residences.

  • Al-Qaida leader warns of revenge for airstrikes

    Updated: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of al-Qaida's Syria affiliate warned Sunday that his fighters would "use all possible means" to fight back against airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition and warned that the conflict would reach Western countries joining the alliance. The U.S. views the affiliate, known as the Nusra Front, as a terrorist group, but Syrian rebels have long seen it as a potent ally against both the Islamic State extremist group -- which is the main target of the coalition -- and Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces. Syrian rebels, activists and analysts have warned that targeting the Nusra Front will inject more chaos into the Syrian conflict and indirectly help Assad by striking one of his main adversaries. The U.S.