South African prosecutors drop case against finance minister
Africa

South African prosecutors drop case against finance minister

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African prosecutors on Monday dropped fraud charges against the finance minister and two former tax officials, reversing a decision that was criticized by many South Africans and deepened concern about the country’s struggling economy and alleged government mismanagement. The turnaround came just two days before Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was due … Continue reading

Aquino: Canadian’s killers also plotted to kidnap Pacquiao
Asia / International News

Aquino: Canadian’s killers also plotted to kidnap Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Wednesday that Abu Sayyaf militants may have plotted to kill him and kidnap boxing star Manny Pacquiao, disclosing previously unknown details about an extremist group blamed for the beheading of a Canadian hostage. President Benigno Aquino III said the Muslim militants also wanted to explode bombs in … Continue reading

UN hears major differences on global approach to drug use
Health / International News

UN hears major differences on global approach to drug use

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Jamaica defended its decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana. Iran said it seized 620 tons of different types of drugs last year and is helping protect the world from “the evils of addiction.” Cuba opposed the legalization of drugs or declaring them harmless. The first U.N. General Assembly special … Continue reading

Pakistan PM vows to fight terror after 70 died in Lahore
Asia / International News / Middle East

Pakistan PM vows to fight terror after 70 died in Lahore

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s prime minister on Monday vowed to eliminate perpetrators of terror attacks such as the massive suicide bombing that targeted Christians gathered for Easter the previous day in the eastern city of Lahore, killing 70 people. The attack underscored both the militants’ ability to stage large-scale attacks despite a months-long government … Continue reading