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Chinese judges punished in prostitution scandal

Posted: 08/07/2013 - Two top Shanghai judges and another court official caught on videotape apparently taking prostitutes to hotel rooms have been stripped of their Communist Party membership and will likely lose their jobs.

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Python kills boys, 5 and 7, as they sleep

Posted: 08/06/2013 - A python escaped from its enclosure at a pet store in Canada, apparently slithered through a ventilation system into an upstairs apartment and killed two young boys as they slept, police said Monday.

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Scientists serve up lab-made burger from cow cells

Posted: 08/05/2013 - Mark Post, whose team at Maastricht University developed the burger after five years of research, hopes making meat in labs could eventually help solve the food crisis and fight climate change.

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State Dept: Posts in 19 countries to remain closed

Posted: 08/05/2013 - Amid online "chatter" about terror threats, U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 cities in the Muslim world will be closed at least through the end of this week, the State Department said.

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HRW: Syrian missiles kill hundreds of civilians

Posted: 08/05/2013 - The Syrian military is firing ballistic missiles into populated areas where it is battling rebels, killing hundreds of civilians in recent months, Human Rights Watch said in a report Monday.

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Verdicts expected in Turkish coup plot trial

Posted: 08/05/2013 - The ruling caps a five-year trial that has been a central drama in tensions between the country's secular elite and Erdogan's Islamic-oriented Justice and Development Party.

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Australian opposition pledges carbon tax will go

Posted: 08/05/2013 - Australia's conservative opposition party is casting the looming election as a referendum over a contentious carbon tax, pledging on Monday that scrapping the tax would be its first priority if it regains power.

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Snowden walks free in Russia to US anger

Posted: 08/02/2013 - The 30-year-old former NSA contractor now has plenty of room to roam throughout the sprawling country and continue the bizarre journey that has already stretched across half the planet.

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France tries 1 more cure for volatile suburbs

Posted: 08/02/2013 - The government is counting on state-sponsored jobs and improved lodging to help the millions of people, often immigrants from former French colonies in North Africa who speak little French.

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Mujica defends Uruguay's marijuana licensing plan

Posted: 08/02/2013 - Uruguay is poised to become the first nation to create a legal, regulated marijuana market, encouraging growers and sellers to produce enough pot to keep users from depending on illegal drug traffickers.

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Zimbabwe challenger says poll is not credible

Posted: 08/01/2013 - The main challenger to Zimbabwe's longtime president, Robert Mugabe, said Thursday the election is "null and void" due to alleged violations in the voting process, but Mugabe has denied vote rigging.

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Israeli Jew is devout gay drag queen

Posted: 08/01/2013 - It has been a long and agonizing metamorphosis for Hadar, 34, from being a conflicted Orthodox Jew to a proud religious gay man — and drag queen.

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New TV channel tells Israel's side of the story

Posted: 07/31/2013 - State-of-the-art TV studios above an ancient Mideast port signal Israel's arrival in a modern media landscape in which countries increasingly seek to broadcast their own perspective to the world.

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Edward Snowden's father thankful to Putin

Posted: 07/31/2013 - The father of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden said on Russian television that he is grateful to the Kremlin for protecting his son.

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Spain investigators: Train driver was on phone

Posted: 07/30/2013 - The driver of the train that derailed and killed 79 people in Spain was on the phone and traveling at 95 mph (153 kph) when the crash happened last week, according to a preliminary investigation released Tuesday.

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EU's Ashton discusses Egypt crisis with Morsi

Posted: 07/30/2013 - The European Union's top diplomat says she discussed Egypt's political crisis with deposed President Mohammed Morsi and the need for the country to move forward.

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