Thousands of Palestinians protest in West Bank

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of outraged Palestinians took to the streets of the West Bank on Thursday, joining funeral processions and demonstrations after two protesters were killed by Israeli troops and a Palestinian prisoner died of cancer in…

Kidnappers target Christians in Egyptian province

MATAI, Egypt (AP) — Ezzat Kromer’s resistance to his kidnappers did not last long. One of the masked gunmen fired a round between his feet as he sat behind the wheel of his car and said with chilling…

Abandoned Nigeria national theater eyed in renewal

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s iconic National Theatre rises out of the brackish swamps of Lagos near its islands, a massive concrete and marble structure resembling a military officer’s cap and a reminder of when the West African…

Woman in Berlusconi sex trial denounces tactics

MILAN (AP) — The Moroccan woman at the center of ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s sex-for-hire trial held an unusual protest Thursday in front of Milan’s courthouse, accusing investigators of waging psychological warfare against her and manipulating her testimony during…

US to seek ways to continue helping hunt for Kony

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States is looking for ways to ensure the hunt for wanted warlord Joseph Kony continues in Central African Republic despite a change in leadership in the country that has forced the search…

Ivory Coast begins exhuming mass graves

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast officials on Thursday began exhuming dozens of mass graves dating back to the country’s 2011 postelection violence, as a new report accused President Alassane Ouattara of failing to bring his supporters…

Ancient site unearthed in Iraqi home of Abraham

BAGHDAD (AP) — British archaeologists said Thursday they have unearthed a sprawling complex near the ancient city of Ur in southern Iraq, home of the biblical Abraham. The structure, thought to be about 4,000 years old, probably served…

Argentina rains death toll up to 55, 20 missing

LA PLATA, Argentina (AP) — Argentine police and soldiers searched house to house, in creeks and culverts and even in trees for bodies as more than 20 people remained missing Thursday from floods that killed at least 55…

Heir to Johnson & Johnson fortune dies at 76

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — She was a Polish farmer’s daughter who emigrated to the United States, a maid who worked for a wealthy American heir, and a third wife who inherited much of the Johnson & Johnson fortune…

Since fierce clash, Egypt’s crisis takes new turn

CAIRO (AP) — It has come to be known as the “Battle of the Mountain”: a ferocious fight between members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and their opponents near the group’s Cairo headquarters. In a country that has already…

Taliban attack Afghan courthouse, leaving 53 dead

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents wearing Afghan army uniforms launched a suicide attack and stormed a courthouse Wednesday in a failed bid to free Taliban inmates, killing at least 44 people, half of them shot in the basement.…

Venezuela opposition: Military can’t take sides

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s presidential campaign on Wednesday veered between warnings of military meddling in the April 14 vote and opposition mirth at the acting president’s suggestion that the spirit of Hugo Chavez visited him as “a…

Hollande pledges clean sweep amid corruption probe

PARIS (AP) — For a French president who came to power on a promise of “irreproachability,” naming a lying tax-dodger to be his chief tax collector was probably not the best move. Now Francois Hollande is a president…

Investor in Sochi Games seeks help on rising costs

MOSCOW (AP) — A key investor in Russia’s 2014 Winter Olympics is lobbying the government to offer tax rebates for the companies operating in Sochi to help offset the rising costs of the games. Estimates for the Sochi…

High-profile rapes threaten India tourism business

MUMBAI, India (AP) — A fatal gang rape in New Delhi didn’t deter Germans Carolina De Paolo and Canan Wahner from traveling to India for a six-week tour. The attack was awful, but there is crime everywhere, they…

Madonna and her children visit Malawi orphanage

MCHINJI, Malawi (AP) — Hundreds of orphans welcomed Madonna and her children with song and dance on Wednesday during their visit to the orphanage where the pop star adopted one of her Malawian children. Madonna said she was…

Zimbabwe groups: election intimidation building

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Elections in Zimbabwe are still months away, but already President Robert Mugabe’s party is intimidating its opponents and threatening violence, human rights and pro-democracy groups say. Witnesses say Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party has begun deploying…

Argentina: flooding from torrential rains kill 41

LA PLATA, Argentina (AP) — At least 35 people were killed by flooding overnight in Argentina’s Buenos Aires province, the governor said Wednesday, bringing the overall death toll from days of torrential rains to at least 41 and…

Egypt court stops extradition of top Gadhafi aide

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s state news agency says an Egyptian court has ruled against the extradition to Libya of a former close aide of ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam, a relative of Gadhafi who for decades…

In 1 part of UK, Goths can be hate crime victims

LONDON (AP) — If you punch a punk in Manchester, it could be a hate crime. Police in the English city announced Wednesday that they will begin recording offenses against members of alternative subcultures in the same way…

Tweet about ‘Daily Show’ boomerangs on US Embassy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Yikes! It seems “The Daily Show” and diplomacy don’t mix. That’s the lesson the U.S. Embassy in Cairo is learning the hard way after being rebuked by both the Egyptian government and the State Department…

3 Pakistani security officers killed in attack

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Suspected militants threw a grenade at a vehicle carrying paramilitary security officers in southern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing three and wounding three others. Police spokesman Imran Shaukat said the attack took place as the…