HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's official newspaper Granma says two men have been sentenced to life imprisonment in a migrant trafficking scheme that left four people dead.
The daily reported Monday that another five people have received prison sentences ranging from eight to 25 years in the unsuccessful plan. Granma says the trial was held in recent days in a provincial court in Artemisa, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) west of the capital.
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The Armenian president says he has asked the country's parliament speaker to withdraw his signature from a groundbreaking 2009 agreement with Turkey meant to restore ties between the two nations.
President Serge Sarkisian said in a statement on Monday that Armenia would not ratify the agreement because of the "preconditions" that Turkey is putting in place before it ratifies its part of the deal.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media and an activist group say a rocket attack on a government-held neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo has killed at least nine civilians, including children.
The official SANA news agency says three children were among nine people killed Monday when the rockets slammed into the Suryan neighborhood. It blamed the attack on terrorists, which is the term the government uses to describe anyone opposing President Bashar Assad....
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Orascom Construction, the global engineering and construction business, is demerging from OCI N.V.'s fertilizer and chemical business, and will be listed separately on both the Dubai and Egyptian stock exchanges.
The demerger of OC is slated for March 7 through a $1.4 billion reduction in OCI N.V.'s share capital, with current shareholders receiving one OC share for every two shares of OCI N.V. they own.
BERLIN (AP) — Revelers have filled the streets in western Germany for annual carnival parades, complete with floats that allude to recent terrorist attacks and the showdown over Greece's debt.
Colorfully dressed revelers turned out in Cologne, Duesseldorf and Mainz for Germany's best-known carnival parades Monday, a day after local officials canceled a parade in the northern city of Braunschweig due to fears of an Islamic extremist attack.