GENEVA (AP) — The United States' competitiveness among global economies has risen to the No. 3 spot behind Switzerland and Singapore in rankings published annually by the World Economic Forum.
In its latest survey, released early Wednesday, the Forum said the U.S. — the world's largest economy — moved up two spots from fifth position last year, thanks to improvements in its financial markets and public institutions.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro officials on Tuesday unveiled a new sanitation project that aims to eliminate the stain of raw sewage defiling the waters of Rio de Janeiro's Gloria Marina, where the 2016 Olympic sailing events are to be held.
Under the agreement, Rio's state government is building a 1-kilometer- (0.62-mile-) long pipeline in the city's Flamengo neighborhood to stem the flow of raw sewage into the Marina. The $6.2 million project will connect area...
PARIS (AP) — The mayor of Calais is considering closing the French city's lucrative port if Britain doesn't make a "strong gesture" to control a growing tide of migrants trying to sneak across the English Channel.
Natacha Bouchart's threat Tuesday comes amid mounting tensions in Calais and a Europe-wide debate over how to cope with rising immigration.
Calais is the stepping stone for migrants from poor countries in the Mideast, Asia and Africa who...
MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Enrique Pena Nieto announced the construction of a new international airport for Mexico City on Tuesday, saying it will quadruple the capacity of the current one.
Costing an estimated $9.2 billion, the facility will have six runways and a capacity of 120 million passengers a year. Pena Nieto said it has been clear for decades that the capital's overtaxed airport needed to be replaced.
BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group says it has beheaded another American journalist, in retribution for continued U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.
An internet video posted today purports to show the beading of Steve Sotloff by the militant group. He hadn't been seen in Syria since August of last year -- until he appeared in a video released last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Islamic State militant group that has taken over large parts of Syria and Iraq and declared a self-styled caliphate poses one of the most significant threats to stability in the Middle East in years. But what danger does it immediately pose?
Here are some questions and answers about the Islamic State group:
DOES THE ISLAMIC STATE GROUP RUN A DE FACTO COUNTRY?
LONDON (AP) — Experts say the seismic activity near the Bardarbunga volcano on Iceland is calming down while tall fountains of fire and lava continue to lick the air along a volcanic fissure, producing a huge plume of steam and gas.
A massive white cloud some 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) tall was rising above the fissure eruption in the Holuhraun lava field north of the Dyngjujoekull glacier on Tuesday. No ash fall has been detected.