SAO PAULO (AP) — A safety engineer at the World Cup stadium where a giant crane collapse killed two workers allegedly warned his supervisor of possible problems with the operation, only to have his concerns brushed aside, a labor union leader charged Thursday, as sniping over the accident heated up.
The incident has fed worries about Brazil's capacity to host next year's showcase tournament, as well as the 2016 Olympics, though authorities insist they will be ready for...
BEIJING (AP) — North Korea's production of staple foods has increased for the third year running, but mothers and babies still lack sufficient vitamins, fat and protein, leaving many children stunted, the World Food Program's North Korean representative said Thursday.
Dierk Stegen said the government has focused on producing cereals, but that it needs a more diverse food supply. He said about 80 percent of North Korean households lack the appropriate amount of vitamins,...
TORONTO (AP) — Canadian authorities allowed the National Security Agency to spy in the country during the G8 and G20 summits in Ontario in 2010, CBC News reported late Wednesday, citing documents shared by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The national broadcaster's website said the documents show that the NSA used the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa as a command post for a nearly weeklong spying operation while President Barack Obama and other foreign leaders were in Canada...
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam passed a revised constitution on Thursday that reaffirmed the dominant political and economic role of the Communist Party, disappointing reform advocates who had taken advantage of an unprecedented public revision process this year to press for far greater changes.
The ruling party announced its plan to change the charter earlier this year, citing the need to keep up with changing economic times.
COLON, Panama (AP) — A Panamanian prosecutor who reported the release of all but three of 35 crewmen of a North Korean ship seized for carrying Cuban weapons is reversing his story, saying all are still being held.
The organized crime prosecutor said earlier today that only the ship's captain, first mate and a Korean official who watched the crew would continue to be detained and face charges of arms trafficking. He appeared later in the afternoon at the base where the...
VERNON, British Columbia (AP) — Prosecutors in British Columbia have decided not to prosecute a 95-year-old dementia patient with second-degree murder in the death of his roommate at a residential care facility.
The province's Criminal Justice Branch announced Wednesday it was not in the public's interest to prosecute John "Jack" Daymouth Furman because of his physical health and advanced dementia, adding "steps have been taken to address any safety risk he might present...
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's environmental protection agency has levied a $7 million fine on the Argentine oil company Pluspetrol for damage in the Amazon jungle to a pond in the country's biggest oil concession.
The fine follows a total of $13 million in other sanctions against the company imposed this year by the agency for oil contamination. Those included the largest single fine ever levied in Peru against an oil company.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Four police officers in Jamaica have been charged with fatally shooting of pastor Trevor Edwards while he was traveling in a taxi in the capital of Kingston in 2010.
The two male and two female officers pleaded not guilty to murder charges Wednesday. They have said that Edwards was one of several gunmen who opened fire on them. Police officials have said that witnesses dispute the officers' account.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras' electoral court has officially declared ruling party candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez the winner of Sunday's presidential election, with 80 percent of the vote counted.
Hernandez got 35 percent of the votes to 29 percent for his closest challenger in an eight-candidate field, Xiomara Castro, the court said Wednesday. The body already had said Monday that Hernandez held an irreversible lead in the count.