RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A Palestinian artist sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for apostasy has told a local news website in an interview from inside prison that he isn't an atheist and that his case centers around a personal dispute he had with someone.
Ashraf Fayadh was quoted Thursday in Mecca Online saying a Saudi college student he knew filed a complaint to religious police accusing him of being an atheist and trying to spread atheism through a book of poetry...
PARIS (AP) — France's president is seeking to reassure island populations that their concerns about rising seas and extreme weather will be taken into account in critical global climate talks starting Monday.
President Francois Hollande, hosting U.N. talks near Paris Nov. 30-Dec. 11, met leaders of southern Pacific island nations and territories Thursday.
He said he will push for "an ambitious accord, a binding accord, an accord that can be regularly...
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military cannot meet the president's December deadline to crush Boko Haram's Islamic uprising, and Nigerians must expect suicide bombings to continue, a government spokesman said Thursday.
Air Commodore Yusuf Anas of the Center for Crisis Communication said the deadline "may be unrealistic" and warned Nigerians not to view December as a "sacrosanct date when all suicide bombings will end."
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine military officials say government forces have killed eight suspected sympathizers of the Islamic State group in the southern Philippines.
Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat says the militants were killed in a brief clash at dawn Thursday with Filipino marines in a hinterland off Palimbang town in Sultan Kudarat province. They were mostly Filipinos but one was possibly Indonesian.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish mining academy says its experts are analyzing data gathered from a site allegedly hiding a Nazi train, which local lore says is laden with gold.
Spokesman Bartosz Dembinski of the Krakow University of Science and Technology could not confirm to The Associated Press whether the data obtained last week suggested the existence of a train in an underground tunnel in Walbrzych, in southwestern Poland.
BANGKOK (AP) — Two Scandinavian groups promoting corporate responsibility say poultry exported to Europe from factories in Thailand is sometimes prepared in conditions that violate labor rights. The claim comes as Thailand's seafood industry is reeling from charges that its products are tainted by major labor abuses, including slavery on fishing boats.
The groups Finnwatch and Swedwatch said in a report released in Thailand on Thursday that it found abuses at six...
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldovan police have detained a total of 13 people who they say are part of a paramilitary group that was planning to take control of a northern Moldovan city with a majority Russian population.
The General Police Inspectorate said Thursday the group wanted to attack state institutions in the capital, Chisinau, and in Balti, a city some 120 kilometers (75 miles) north, with the aim of creating a new separatist republic similar to the one in...
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Activists are urging Gambia to adopt a law against female genital mutilation after the country's leader voiced support for banning the practice this week.
President Yahya Jammeh was quoted in state media Wednesday saying the practice should be banned because he could not find any justification for it in the Quran. He is often criticized for human rights abuses.
But Amie Bojang Sissoho of the nonprofit Gambia Committee on...