By Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press
December 18, 2013 10:39 a.m.
CAIRO — Egypt’s top prosecutor on Wednesday referred toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to trial on charges he conspired with the Palestinian group Hamas, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and others to carry out a campaign of terrorist violence to destabilize the country following his ouster.
By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press
December 18, 2013 10:12 a.m.
WASHINGTON — A modest, bipartisan budget pact designed to keep Washington from lurching from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis and to ease the harshest effects of automatic budget cuts is on the brink of passing the Senate Wednesday despite increasing political heat over a proposal to curb the growth of the pensions claimed by working age military retirees.
By Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press
December 18, 2013 9:37 a.m.
MOSCOW — Russia's parliament on Wednesday passed an amnesty bill that will likely apply to the 30-member crew of a Greenpeace ship detained after an Arctic protest, but it wasn't immediately clear if and when the activists would be allowed to leave the country.
By BRADLEY BROOKS, Associated Press
December 17, 2013 10:46 a.m.
RIO DE JANEIRO — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wrote in a lengthy "open letter to the people of Brazil" that he's been inspired by the global debate ignited by his release of thousands of National Security Agency documents, and that the NSA's culture of indiscriminate global espionage "is collapsing."
By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press
December 17, 2013 3:32 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Year-end legislation to ease Congress’ chronic budget brinkmanship and soften across-the-board spending cuts moved to the cusp of final passage Tuesday, a rare display of Senate bipartisanship that masked strong Republican complaints about slicing into military retirement benefits.
By David Lightman, McClatchy-Tribune
December 16, 2013 7:32 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Senate appears poised to pass and send to President Barack Obama, as early as Tuesday, a two-year budget agreement, as lawmakers are eager to head home and show gridlock-weary constituents Congress can get something done.
By Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press
December 16, 2013 2:58 p.m.
WASHINGTON — In the first ruling of its kind, a federal judge declared Monday that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records is likely to violate the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable search. The program probably isn’t effective in fighting terrorism either, the judge said in a lengthy opinion filled with blistering criticism.
By EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press
December 16, 2013 10:57 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The FBI says it has helped to disrupt or prevent nearly 150 shootings and violent attacks this year, in part by steering potential gunmen toward mental health professionals. It's an achievement that stands out during a year when President Barack Obama made curbing gun violence a priority, yet has had little success in getting new restrictions enacted.
By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press
December 16, 2013 6 a.m.
WASHINGTON — People hoping for a government that works better can't decide whether to cheer or lament a bipartisan budget bill that legislative leaders call a breakthrough even as they acknowledge it does little.
By ERIC TALMADGE and FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press
December 13, 2013 12:01 p.m.
PYONGYANG, North Korea — The execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle brought a swift and violent end to a man long considered the country's second most powerful figure. But while Jang Song Thaek is now gone, the fallout from his purge is not over.