ROTORUA, New Zealand (AP) — Three Boston University students who were killed last year in New Zealand when their minivan rolled might have survived if they were wearing seatbelts, police said Wednesday.
Constable Tina Mitchell-Ellis told a coroner's court that the three who died and a fourth who suffered brain trauma in last May's accident weren't wearing belts and were thrown from the van. She said four others who were wearing belts suffered only minor injuries....
ISTANBUL (AP) — Clashes have continued into the early hours of Wednesday in Istanbul.
Riot police have been firing tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in an effort to remove demonstrators from central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park. Protesters have been scrambling to get away from the choking chemicals. But, as soon as the police move on, the protesters are moving back in.
The anti-government protests have left Prime Minister Recep...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Russia's foreign minister says his nation hasn't received an asylum request from the American who has identified himself as the person who leaked details of a secret National Security Agency surveillance program.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is visiting Brazil. He said Tuesday that if a request arrives from Edward Snowden, "we will examine that request."
Lavrov says he won't speculate on the likelihood of any such...
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Shooting erupted late Tuesday near a college for Niger's paramilitary police in a suburb of the capital, the minister of defense said. Nearby residents who were contacted by telephone said they were hunkered down, and a battle appeared to be in progress.
"I can confirm that there is shooting near the Ecole de la Gendarmerie," said Minister of Defense Karidjo Mahamadou, referring to the college on the outskirts of Niamey. He declined to give further...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy to Yemen warned Tuesday that "the streets are heating up" in the country's restive south and pent-up resentment over more than two decades of unaddressed grievances is reaching "a tipping point."
Calls for an autonomous state in the south — which was once a separate country — have compounded Yemen's many problems as the impoverished nation struggles with a resurgent al-Qaida and a deep political crisis.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine soccer player was expelled from a minor league game and fired from his team for mistreating a dog that wandered onto the field.
Fox Sports de Argentina broadcast images on Tuesday showing the player use both hands to grab the mid-size black-and-white dog by the collar and throw it toward the bleachers during the game. The dog struck a chain-link fence and fell down, but quickly got up and ran away.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 11 million people are still facing hunger in Africa's Sahel region and urgent international aid is needed, a top U.N. humanitarian official said Tuesday.
Robert Piper, the U.N. Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, said the region is struggling to recover from a drought last year despite better projections for rain and harvest. He said climate change has unleashed crises like droughts more frequently on the Sahel, one of the...
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's government says more than 100 protesting Indians are expected to abandon the offices of the federal indigenous affairs agency and return to their villages Wednesday.
The chief administrative officer of the Brazilian presidency says 140 Mundurucu Indians occupied the offices of Funai on Monday to protest the construction of a huge hydroelectric dam in the Amazon rainforest.