Germans angry over spy chief’s promotion after comments

Europe 09/21/18, 12:15

A spat over Germany's domestic intelligence chief flared up again Friday, after a center-left party in Chancellor Angela Merkel's government said it wanted to nix a deal that saw the spy promoted out of office.Social Democrats leader Andrea Nahles said she wrote to other members of the coalition government to ...

Walk into my parlor: Greek spiders spin giant web over shore

Europe 09/21/18, 11:23

It's not quite the World Wide Web — but the spiders of Aitoliko in Greece have made a good start.Spurred into overdrive by an explosion in the populations of insects they eat, thousands of little spiders in the western Greek town have shrouded coastal trees, bushes and low vegetation in ...

Model sentenced to at least 25 years for murdering rival

World 09/21/18, 11:09

A British fashion model has been sentenced to at least 25 years in prison for murdering a more successful rival during a fight over a love interest.At London's Old Bailey courthouse on Friday, Judge Wendy Joseph sentenced George Koh, 24, after he was convicted of stabbing Harry Uzoka through the ...

Turkey says it will patrol north Syria town with US forces

World 09/21/18, 10:54

Turkey will soon conduct joint patrols with U.S. forces in the strategic northern Syrian town of Manbij, once a stronghold of the Islamic State group, a top Turkish official said on Friday.The announcement came as Turkey's Defense Ministry said in a Friday statement that the borders of Idlib's demilitarized zone ...

German police question suspect in girl’s 2001 disappearance

Europe 09/21/18, 10:15

German authorities said Friday that they may have made a breakthrough in their investigation of the mysterious 2001 disappearance of a 9-year-old girl.Bavarian officials said a 41-year-old man has told them he transported the body of Peggy Knobloch, who disappeared on the way home from school, to woods in neighboring ...

Portugal women’s groups outraged by sexual assault sentence

Europe 09/21/18, 08:37

Women's rights groups in Portugal reacted angrily Friday to a court's suspended sentence for two men found guilty of sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman who had passed out drunk at a night club.The Women's Alternative and Response Union said in a Facebook post it was "revolting" that an appeals court ...

Pope lets more bishops go as part of Chile sex abuse fallout

America 09/21/18, 07:10

Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of two more bishops in Chile, as fallout mounts from widespread sex abuse scandals there.The Vatican said Friday said the latest to leave their posts were the bishops of San Bartolome de Chillan and of San Felipe. It didn't cite reasons.The Chillan diocese was ...

Germany arrests woman accused of Islamic State membership

Europe 09/21/18, 06:15

German police have arrested a 20-year-old woman on suspicion of serving in the Islamic State group.Federal prosecutors said Friday the German-Algerian woman, identified as Sarah O. for privacy reasons, is accused of membership in a foreign terrorist organization.Prosecutors say she traveled to Syria as a teenager in October 2013, where ...

Report: Benedict defends ’emeritus pope’ title to critic

Europe 09/21/18, 05:34

A German newspaper that quoted letters by Benedict XVI hitting back at criticism of his 2013 resignation said Friday that he was responding to a conservative German cardinal who took issue with his decision to take the title "emeritus pope."The Bild daily, which first reported on the letters Thursday, gave ...

Report: Russian spy suspects detained this year by Dutch

Europe 09/21/18, 05:22

British investigative group Bellingcat says two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy were briefly detained in the Netherlands earlier this year.Bellingcat in its investigation released late Thursday quoted an unnamed security official saying that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were detained in the Netherlands earlier this year and ...

UK media: May ‘humiliated’ after EU trashes her Brexit plan

Europe 09/21/18, 04:21

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit blueprint is in tatters after it was rejected by the European Union at a summit the U.K. media branded a "humiliation."European Council President Donald Tusk said bluntly at a meeting in Salzburg, Austria, Thursday that parts of May's plan simply "will not work," while ...

5 years after mall Kenya attack, al-Shabab’s threat grows

World 09/21/18, 03:46

Five years after al-Shabab fighters burst into a luxury shopping mall in Kenya's capital, hurling grenades and starting a days-long siege that left 67 people dead, analysts say the Somalia-based extremist group has been pushed down Africa's east coast as far as Mozambique as its regional threat expands.The assault on ...

Africa youth boom on display as Uganda leader faces pop star

World 09/21/18, 03:39

Call it a struggle for the soul of the ghetto.Uganda's longtime president this month went on a whirlwind tour of some of the capital's poorest slums, handing out checks totaling over a quarter-million dollars.The next day, residents turned up in the red colors of the opposition and instead gave thanks ...