LONDON (AP) — An accountant for celebrity chef Nigella Lawson and her ex-husband Charles Saatchi has told a fraud trial that two of their personal assistants spent on average 76,000 pounds ($124,000) a month using the couple's credit cards.
The two assistants, Italian sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, are accused of spending the couple's money on hundreds of thousands of pounds' worth of luxury clothing, handbags, first-class travel and hotel stays for themselves...
RAMOS ARIZPE, Mexico (AP) — In Mexico's booming auto industry, the cars rolling off assembly lines may look identical, but how safe they are depends on where they're headed.
Vehicles destined to stay in Mexico or go south to the rest of Latin America carry a code signifying there's no need for antilock braking systems, electronic stability control, or more than two air bags, if any, in its basic models.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — They fall randomly, often during rush hour, smashing into schools, businesses, churches and homes in the Syrian capital and leaving a trail of death and terror in their wake.
As President Bashar Assad's forces press ahead with a crushing offensive, rebels are increasingly hitting back by sending volleys of mortar shells crashing into central Damascus, hoping eventually to loosen the leader's firm hold on the capital.
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan security officials say an explosion at a weapon cache in a southern air base and an attack on checkpoint in an eastern city have killed 13 people.
The officials said that the two incidents took place Thursday. In the southern town of Barek al-Shati, they said a storeroom housing tank ammunition at an air base exploded, killing 10 and wounding 20. It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion. One official said a group of looters were...
CAIRO (AP) — The three women are among Egypt's most active democracy campaigners, the faces of its revolution. Through a string of rulers the past three years— autocrat Hosni Mubarak, the military, the Islamists — they have been at the forefront of protests, chronicled police abuses and struggled to limit the power of the military.
A harrowing night this week underscored for them how little has changed — and why they and other activists are opening a new, non-Islamist...
HAVANA (AP) — Colombian guerrillas and government negotiators have resumed peace talks in Havana with discussions turning to the country's entrenched drug trade.
It's the third of the talks' six-item agenda. This month, the two sides reached a partial agreement on the rebels' political participation after a peace deal is struck. And earlier this year, an accord on agrarian issues was announced.
Ivan Marquez is the nom de guerre of a high-ranking...
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian authorities say they are constructing a fence on a 30-kilometer (19-mile) stretch of the country's 274-kilometer (171-mile) border with Turkey in an effort to stop illegal immigration.
Defense Minister Angel Naydenov said Thursday that the 3-meter-high (10-foot-) fence is expected to be ready by February. It will run mainly through forested, hilly areas where visibility for border patrols is limited.
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court on Thursday sentenced seven Arabs citizens to prison terms of eight months to two years for their part in the lynching of a soldier who went on a deadly shooting spree in 2005.
Eden Natan-Zada was a Jewish extremist who went AWOL from his military unit in 2005 before embarking of a shooting spree on a bus in a northern Arab town. He killed four Arabs before running out of ammunition. An angry mob then beat him to death....