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French Petrochemical Explosion Kills At Least 2

Posted: 07/15/2009 - An explosion Wednesday at a petrochemical plant in eastern France killed at least two people and injured at least five, leaving several people buried under the rubble, local officials said.

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2 French Security Advisers Seized at Somali Hotel

Posted: 07/14/2009 - Two French security advisers on a mission to train Somali forces were kidnapped Tuesday at a hotel where they had checked in as journalists, officials and witnesses said.

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Lithuania OKs Law to Keep Gay Info Away from Kids

Posted: 07/14/2009 - Lithuania's Parliament on Tuesday approved a censorship bill that aims to keep information about homosexuality away from children, angering gay rights activists who called the measure homophobic.

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Kenya Seizes Ivory, Rhino Horn Heading to Asia

Posted: 07/14/2009 - Kenya seized more than 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of illegal ivory and black rhinoceros horn - some of it still bloody - on a cargo plane headed to Asia on Tuesday, wildlife officials said.

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Mars Flight Simulation Experiment Ends in Moscow

Posted: 07/14/2009 - Russian engineers broke a red wax seal and six men emerged from a metal hatch beaming and waving Tuesday after 105 days of isolation in a Soviet-era mock spacecraft testing the stresses space travelers may one day face on the journey to Mars.

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Bride's Bouquet Crashes Plane in Italy

Posted: 07/14/2009 - A romantic wedding in the Tuscan countryside ended with injuries after an attempt to launch the bride's bouquet from a plane brought down the tiny aircraft.

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Sarkozy Calls for High-Tech Military Spending

Posted: 07/14/2009 - President Nicolas Sarkozy opened the traditional Bastille Day military parade to Indian and German troops Tuesday, as France looks to expand its global military influence and strengthen strategic partnerships.

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China Warns of Reprisals in Algeria After Unrest

Posted: 07/14/2009 - China's embassy in Algeria has warned Chinese companies and workers to be on guard for attacks after an Islamist Web site called for retaliation for Beijing's response to unrest in its predominantly Muslim western province.

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Iran Hangs 13 Members of Rebel Sunni Muslim Group

Posted: 07/14/2009 - Iran hanged 13 members of a Sunni Muslim rebel group Tuesday convicted of bombings and killings in the country's restive southeast near the borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan, the state news agency reported.

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Hand-in-Hand British Musician, Wife Commit Suicide

Posted: 07/14/2009 - He spent his life conducting world-renowned orchestras, but was almost blind and growing deaf - the music he loved increasingly out of reach. His wife of 54 years had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. So Edward and Joan Downes decided to die together.

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Helicopter Reported Shot Down in Afghanistan

Posted: 07/14/2009 - A civilian helicopter ferrying humanitarian aid was shot down Tuesday in a southern Afghan province where fighting with the Taliban is raging, killing all six Ukrainian crew members and a child on the ground, officials said. Two U.S. Marines and an Italian soldier died in the latest clashes.

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Mexico Identifies 12 Slain as Federal Agents

Posted: 07/14/2009 - Twelve people tortured and killed in a cartel-plagued Mexican state were federal agents investigating organized crime, the government said Tuesday, marking one of the boldest attacks on federal forces since President Felipe Calderon launched his war on drugs.

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US General Says US Ready for NKorean Attack

Posted: 07/14/2009 - The top U.S. military commander in Korea said Tuesday that U.S. and South Korean forces are prepared for "anything North Korea can throw at us," regardless of the state of leader Kim Jong Il's health or of internal North Korean politics.

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NATO: 7 Killed in Afghanistan Helicopter Crash

Posted: 07/14/2009 - A helicopter on contract to NATO-led forces crashed Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, killing six civilians on board and an Afghan child on the ground. NATO said the cause of the crash was under investigation but the owner reported it was shot down.

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US/Russian Tensions Rise Over Georgia

Posted: 07/14/2009 - A U.S. warship anchored off Georgia forjoint military exercises Tuesday while Russian jets pounded mock targets nearby in a sign of lingering tensions over the former Soviet nation turned U.S. ally.

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Gatti Death: Lawyer Asks for Release of Wife

Posted: 07/14/2009 - The Brazilian wife of Arturo Gatti is petitioning to be released from jail. She is accused of strangling the former boxing champion with her purse strap as he drunkenly slept.

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Relatives of Plane Crash Victims Travel to Comoros

Posted: 07/13/2009 - Relatives of those killed when a Yemenia Airways plane crashed two weeks ago traveled Monday to the Comoros Islands in hopes of finding peace after their losses, officials said.

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Report: NKorea's Kim Has Pancreatic Cancer

Posted: 07/13/2009 - North Korea's authoritarian leader Kim Jong Il is suffering from pancreatic cancer and is not expected to live more than five years, a news report said Monday, the latest speculation to emerge about his health after he reportedly suffered a stroke last year.

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ABC's Bob Woodruff Returns to Iraq

Posted: 07/13/2009 - ABC's Bob Woodruff has returned to Iraq for the first time since he was nearly killed there more than three years ago.

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Demjanjuk Faces 27,900 Accessory to Murder Counts

Posted: 07/13/2009 - The legal saga of John Demjanjuk neared its final chapter as prosecutors set the stage for one of Germany's highest-profile war crime trials in years - formally charging the retired U.S. auto worker Monday with involvement in the murder of 27,900 people at a Nazi death camp.

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