PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The Haitian government took an important step on Tuesday to organize legislative and local elections that are two years overdue.
President Michel Martelly's office announced that it had sent an electoral law to the official gazette for publication. The document, which has not been made public, seeks to clarify debate surrounding the question of term limits.
Opposition lawmakers have said that the terms of 10 Senate seats...
BEIJING (AP) — An overnight fire at a farmers' market in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen killed at least 16 people and injured five others, local authorities said Wednesday.
The Shenzhen municipal government said in a statement that the fire broke out at about 1:30 a.m. at the Rongjian Wholesale Produce Market and engulfed an area of 1,000 square meters (1,200 square yards) before being put out at 3 p.m.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's nuclear safety director says workers have succeeded in safely removing a shipment of radioactive cobalt-60 that had sat in a cornfield for almost a week after being abandoned by thieves.
Juan Eibenschutz says a robot completed scooping up the dangerous material Tuesday evening. He says the cobalt-60 was put in a safe container and is now being transported to a nuclear waste treatment facility.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nearly 230 million children under the age of five around the world have never had their birth registered, which often means they will be barred from education, health care and social security, the U.N. children's agency said.
A report by UNICEF to mark its 67th birthday on Wednesday said globally that amounts to one in three children under five.
Last year, it said, only around 60 percent of all babies born were registered at...
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega moved closer to indefinite re-election Tuesday after his allies in the National Assembly approved constitutional changes that opponents say are designed to keep the Sandinista leader in power for life.
The legislation eliminates presidential term limits and lowers the bar for re-election by naming the candidate with the most votes as the winner, eliminating the current requirement for the winner to garner at...
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — A joint wave from the Air Force One, a shared dinner, and a long flight home. President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush shared quality time Tuesday as they returned from Nelson Mandela's memorial service in South Africa.
Reconciliation was in the air.
Bush and his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, had round-trip passage with Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for the service, an international "who's who...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — It wasn't all solemnity at Nelson Mandela's memorial service.
President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron leaned in to pose for a selfie with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at a vast soccer stadium where Mandela was honored. Obama's wife, Michelle, sat unsmiling next to her husband, out of the picture, which was captured by a photographer at the event.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's lower house of Parliament has rejected an amendment to a mining law that would have allowed a Canadian company to go ahead with plans to build Europe's largest open cast gold mine.
Lawmakers voted 160 to 105 with 22 abstentions for the amendment on Tuesday, but that fell 204 votes short of the number needed.
Canada's Gabriel Resources has been trying to secure permits since 1999 to mine 314 tons of gold in the town...
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Caribbean commission is expanding the number of former colonial powers it says should provide some form of reparations for the lingering regional impact of the Atlantic slave trade.
At a Tuesday news conference at the Jamaica campus of the University of the West Indies, the Caribbean Community Reparations Commission identified eight European nations that should work with regional governments to "address the living legacies of these crimes."...