Fiery balloon accident kills 19 tourists in Egypt

LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — The terror lasted less than two minutes: Smoke poured from a hot air ballooncarrying sightseers on a sunrise flight over the

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Fire at illegal market In India kills at least 18

KOLKATA, India: A fire broke out at an illegal six-story plastics market in the Indian city of Kolkata early Wednesday morning, killing at least 18 people, police said. The blaze,

Castro’s 2018 retirement looms for Cuba, Miami

HAVANA: It’s been more than 54 years since someone not named “Castro” led Cuba, and it will likely be five more. But now islanders and exiles alike have finally been

Qatar poet remains in prison for ‘offensive’ verse

DOHA, Qatar: An appeals court in Qatar has reduced the sentence of a jailed poet from a life term to 15 years for a verse considered offensive to the Gulf nation’s ruler. Despite the

Egypt’s vote won’t calm turbulent streets

CAIRO: Egypt’s streets are turning into a daily forum for airing a range of social discontents from labor conditions to fuel shortages and the casualties of myriad clashes over the

Afghanistan: US special forces must leave province

KABUL, Afghanistan: Afghanistan’s president ordered all U.S. special forces to leave a strategically important eastern province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans working with them are torturing and

Pope’s last blessing from window drawing crowd

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI has given his pontificate’s final Sunday blessing from hisstudio window to the cheers of tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square. Benedict says even though he’s

Italians vote in parliamentary elections

ROME: Will Italy stay the course with painful economic reform? Or fall back into the old habit of profligacy and inertia? These are the stakes as Italy votes in a

Insurgents launch 4 attacks in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan: A series of early morning attacks hit eastern Afghanistan Sunday, with three separate suicide bombings in outlying provinces and a shootout between security forces and a would-be attacker

Turkish PM: Syrian leader ‘mute devil’

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates: Turkey’s prime minister is urging the world to speak out about atrocities by Syria’s leader, whom he called a “mute devil” for carrying out attacks on his own