Firing of generals raises fear of return to Algerian strife

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria is in the grips of political intrigue, as the president nears death and rumors of coup attempts swirl. Now, the unprecedented firing of three top generals is generating fear that a power struggle within the regime will break into the open...

Kosovo passes law on war crimes court

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo lawmakers have approved a law to set up a special war crimes court….

Swiss customs seize 578 pounds of ivory en route to China

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss authorities say customs officials at Zurich airport have seized 262 kilograms (578 pounds) of ivory that three Chinese men had dispatched from Tanzania….

Calais, hit by migrant woes, a city everyone wants to leave

CALAIS, France (AP) — The truck drivers who pass through don’t like it. Neither do the millions of tourists who turn up each year. And the migrants who flock here have only one thing on their mind: leaving….

Facing Islamic State threat, Iraq digitizes national library

BAGHDAD (AP) — The dimly-lit, dust-caked stacks of the Baghdad National Library hide a treasure of the ages: crinkled, yellowing papers holding the true stories of sultans and kings; imperialists and socialists; occupation and liberation; war and peace….

Pakistan executes man who killed child as minor

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani prison official says authorities have executed a man convicted of killing a 7-year-old boy in 2004, when he himself was 14 years old….

Egypt’s disaffected youth increasingly calling for violence

CAIRO (AP) — The 20-year-old law student says he has had enough of fruitless protests in support of Egypt’s deposed Islamist president, two years of a losing struggle with police….

Mission at Hiroshima’s dome: Saving blasted bits of history

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — The crumbling brick and concrete walls of the Atomic Bomb Dome, as it is known today, rise above the Motoyasu River. The bomb so devastated Hiroshima that there are few other reminders of the city that was here seven decades ago….

AP PHOTOS: 5 years after quake, Haitians turn ruins to homes

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Compared to some of his neighbors, Jimmy Bellefleur is not doing badly. The electrician has turned abandoned government office space into a one-room home for his wife and their two daughters….

Brazilian universities to help with dirty water cleanup

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro Governor Luiz Fernando Pezao signed a deal Monday with several Brazilian universities and research institutes to develop a plan for cleaning up the polluted waters of the city’s sewage-strewn Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailing...