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Vet returns to NKorea for 1st black Navy aviator

Posted: 07/19/2013 - Two years after he made history by becoming the Navy's first black pilot, Ensign Jesse Brown lay trapped in his downed fighter plane in subfreezing North Korea, his leg broken and bleeding.

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Russian opposition leader Navalny released

Posted: 07/19/2013 - A Russian court on Friday released opposition leader Alexei Navalny from custody less than 24 hours after he was convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to five years in prison.

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Cambodian opposition leader returns from exile

Posted: 07/19/2013 - The French-educated leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party has been in exile since 2009 to avoid serving 11 years in prison on charges many consider politically motivated.

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Pakistani accused of poisoning to death 22 in feud

Posted: 07/19/2013 - Police have arrested a cook in central Pakistan who is accused of poisoning to death 22 people as part of a political feud between two branches of the same family, a local police chief said.

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Mandela 'steadily improving' on 95th birthday

Posted: 07/18/2013 - South Africa celebrated Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday on Thursday, a milestone capped by news that the former president's health was improving after fears that he was close to death

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Artists celebrate Mandela with paintings

Posted: 07/18/2013 - With giant portraits of Nelson Mandela and colorful posters, South African artists are celebrating the 95th birthday Thursday of the anti-apartheid leader.

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Disputes between Morsi, military led to Egypt coup

Posted: 07/18/2013 - The head of Egypt's military, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, sat with a polite smile in the front row listening to President Mohammed Morsi give a 2 1/2-hour speech defending his year in office.

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Thailand riveted by jet-setting monk scandal

Posted: 07/18/2013 - He's known as Thailand's jet-setting fugitive monk, and his story has riveted the country with daily headlines of lavish excess, promiscuity and alleged crimes ranging from statutory rape to manslaughter.

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TEPCO sees steam but no crisis at nuclear plant

Posted: 07/18/2013 - Steam or vapors appeared to be coming from a damaged reactor building at Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant Thursday, but the plant operator said radiation levels were steady.

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21 children die after eating school lunch in India

Posted: 07/17/2013 - At least 21 children died and more than two dozen others were sick after eating a free school lunch that was tainted with insecticide, Indian officials said Wednesday.

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Ahead of draft, ultra-Orthodox soldiers under fire

Posted: 07/17/2013 - The Israeli soldier was walking home on a busy Jerusalem street when suddenly a car stopped next to him, and men inside spat upon him and hurled insults, trash and water bottles.

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Russia protest leader's verdict looms large

Posted: 07/17/2013 - Alexei Navalny's energy and charisma propelled him from a lonely role blogging about corruption to wide renown as Russia's leading opposition activist.

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Capture of Zetas leader unlikely to quell violence

Posted: 07/16/2013 - Trevino Morales, 40, was captured before dawn Monday by Mexican Marines who intercepted a pickup truck with $2 million in cash on a dirt road in the countryside outside the border city of Nuevo Laredo

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7 killed in overnight clashes in Egyptian capital

Posted: 07/16/2013 - Clashes overnight between police and supporters of Egypt's ousted president left at least seven people dead, authorities said Tuesday, in the latest eruption of political violence on the country's streets

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Syrian refugees in Egypt swept up in turmoil

Posted: 07/16/2013 - Egyptian officials turn back a planeload of Syrians at Cairo airport. A popular presenter on Egyptian television warns Syrians to steer clear of protests or face the consequences.

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Panama seizes North Korean ship

Posted: 07/16/2013 - Panama says it has seized a North Korean-flagged ship carrying what appeared to be ballistic missiles and other arms that had set sail from Cuba.

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Experts say US spy alliance will survive Snowden

Posted: 07/16/2013 - Britain needed U.S. intelligence to help thwart a major terror attack. New Zealand relied on it to send troops to Afghanistan. And Australia used it to help convict a would-be bomber.

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Syrian refugees in Egypt swept up in turmoil

Posted: 07/15/2013 - Egyptian officials turn back a planeload of Syrians at Cairo airport. A popular presenter on Egyptian television warns Syrians to steer clear of protests or face the consequences.

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Syrian activists: Car bomb near Damascus kills 13

Posted: 07/15/2013 - The Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights said Monday the blast struck overnight near the police headquarters in the town of Deir Atiyeh. The Observatory said a child was among the three civilians killed.

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Egypt's army chief defends ousting president

Posted: 07/15/2013 - Facing unrelenting pressure from Muslim Brotherhood protesters, Egypt's military chief sought to justify his decision to remove Mohmmed Morsi from office.

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China revives Red Flag limo in display of ambition

Posted: 07/15/2013 - The massive frame, bug-eyed headlights, huge retro front grille and scarlet glass hood ornament can mean only one thing: China's big and brash Red Flag limousine is back.

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Spread of DNA databases sparks ethical concerns

Posted: 07/12/2013 - You can ditch your computer and leave your cellphone at home, but you can't escape your DNA. It belongs uniquely to you — and, increasingly, to the authorities.

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N.Ireland Protestants burn bonfires before marches

Posted: 07/12/2013 - Northern Ireland leaders appealed for calm and police braced for trouble on "the Twelfth," an annual sectarian holiday that always inflames tensions with the Catholic minority.

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