Russian investigators fail to mention Nemtsov was top Putin critic

Russia’s top investigative body said Saturday it is looking into several possible motives for the killing of prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, including an attempt to destabilize the state, Islamic extremism, the [...]

Egypt state news agency reports that Egyptian court declares Hamas a ‘terrorist organization’

CAIRO –  Egypt’s state news agency is reporting that a Cairo court has declared Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, a “terrorist organization.” The short report Saturday by MENA said the Court For Urgent Matters, presided [...]

Pope’s finance czar, who pushes for spending review, defends his office’s expenditures

VATICAN CITY –  Pope Francis’ finance czar has defended the expenditures of his office following reports it had racked up a half-million euros ($575,000) in bills in the last six months. Australian Cardinal George Pell’s office [...]

Singapore says founding father Lee Kuan Yew improves slightly as he remains on life support

SINGAPORE –  Singapore’s government says the condition of Lee Kuan Yew, the country’s 91-year-old founding father, has improved slightly as he remains on life support in intensive care, where he is being treated for severe pneumonia. A [...]

Cameroonians demonstrate to support army’s fight against attacks by Boko Haram extremists

YAOUNDE, Cameroon –  Thousands of Cameroonian youths say they marched through the capital to show support for the military’s battle against Nigeria’s Islamic extremists in the country’s north. In recent months Nigeria’s [...]

Mountain kingdom of Lesotho holds early election after collapse of coalition government

JOHANNESBURG –  The southern African nation of Lesotho is holding an early election aimed at overcoming tension among political factions that has led to violence among security forces since last year. Voting was proceeding smoothly on Saturday [...]

China’s famed Shaolin Temple plans massive hotel, kung fu and school project in Australia

BEIJING –  A Chinese temple famous for its martial arts is planning to build a $297-million complex that includes a temple, a hotel, a kung fu academy and a golf course in Australia. Shoalhaven City Coucil in New South Wales said earlier [...]

South African teen kidnapped at birth found at same school as biological sister

Feb. 27, 2015: Celeste Nurse, right, the mother of a girl that was kidnapped as a baby 17 years ago, leaves the court after attending the appearance of a woman suspected of the kidnapping in Cape Town, South Africa. (AP) JOHANNESBURG [...]

Forgiving but not forgetting: 70 years later, survivors want Battle of Manila remembered

In this Feb. 3, 2015 photo, British Roderick Hall gestures during an interview as he attends a commemorative event for the 70th year of the Battle for Manila at the Ayala Museum in suburban Makati, south of Manila, Philippines. [...]

Myanmar journalist arrested for satirical post as crackdown on free speech intensifies

YANGON, Myanmar –  Police in Myanmar have arrested a photojournalist who posted a satirical message on Facebook that mocked a historic battle and the country’s leader. Police confirmed Saturday that Aung Nay Myo was detained on a [...]