PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A witness has testified that track star Oscar Pistorius prayed and wept as he knelt at the side of his girlfriend in the minutes after he fatally shot her.
The witness, a neighbor, says Pistorius struggled in vain to help Reeva Steenkamp breathe, by holding two fingers in her clenched mouth. Johan Stipp recalls Pistorius saying, "I shot her. I thought she was a burglar."
HARGEISA, Somalia (AP) — An American volunteer gently brushes away dirt to reveal the bones of a Somali victim buried in a mass grave some 30 years ago. Tens of thousands of skeletons may lie in mass graves here, on the northern edge of Somalia, where many want to see justice prevail, even if delayed.
Last year 38 bodies were uncovered in two graves by the Somaliland War Crimes Investigation Commission, which is overseeing the work on a third site where another dozen...
MOSCOW (AP) — Two members of the punk band Pussy Riot have been attacked by unidentified men on a trip to campaign for prisoners' rights.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, who spent nearly two years in prison for their irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral, were doused with green antiseptic Thursday by five men in a McDonalds restaurant in the Volga River city of Nizhny Novgorod.
BEIRUT (AP) — Iraqi authorities on Thursday denied permission to a plane belonging to Lebanon's national carrier to land in Baghdad after a son of an Iraqi minister missed the flight, Middle East Airline said in a statement.
In Baghdad, Ali Musawi, the adviser to Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, said the premier ordered those behind the decision to force the MEA plane to turn back to Beirut fired. He also formed a committee to investigate and ordered the passengers...
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's president called for talks as soon as possible with Berlin on long-rejected Greek claims for wartime reparations, during a meeting in Athens Thursday with his German counterpart.
Karolos Papoulias insisted at a joint news conference that Greece has never dropped its claims to reparations for the brutal 1941-44 German occupation during World War II, and restitution of a forced wartime loan to Germany.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Gaps between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators only have widened in seven months and an extension of talks appears unlikely after what is bound to be a missed April 29 deadline for a framework deal, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday.
Abbas is meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on March 17 as the U.S. tries to press both sides to agree on a framework, or the ground rules for future negotiations. Obama held...
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Sometimes, the old actor remembers the war far too clearly. Though he was only a small child, he can tell you about the explosions, and the Nazi soldiers patrolling the streets. He can list the friends and relatives who didn't survive. He punctuates his stories with angry imitations of machine-gun fire: "TAT-TAT-TAT-TAT-TAT." The last thing he wants is for war to return to Crimea.
So what did he think when Russian soldiers suddenly appeared...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Central African Republic's foreign minister told the Security Council Thursday that a U.N. peacekeeping mission is urgently needed in his country to bolster French and African troops struggling to contain sectarian killing between Muslims and Christians. One top U.N. official said there essentially has been a "cleansing" of the Muslim population in western Central Africa Republic.
The Security Council met to consider a recommendation from Secretary-...
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania says six U.S. fighter jets and two tanker planes have arrived in Lithuania following a U.S. decision to increase NATO's air policing mission of the three Baltic states.
The Defense Ministry in Vilnius said Thursday that the F-15C Eagles were deployed from the RAF Lakenheath air base in Britain, and will join four other fighters in patrolling the air space of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia has formally set April 27 as the date of the country's early parliamentary election, which was forced after government coalition partners failed to agree on a presidential candidate.
The decision was signed Thursday by parliament speaker Trajko Veljanoski.
Macedonia's parliament was dissolved on Wednesday, more than a year before conservative Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's mandate was to expire....