- 2 attackers slay priest in Normandy church, are shot dead
PARIS (AP) — Two attackers seized hostages Tuesday in a church near the Normandy city of Rouen, killing a priest by slitting his throat before being shot and killed by police, French officials said.
- Letter foretold Japan rampage that killed 19 disabled people
SAGAMIHARA, Japan (AP) — A young Japanese man went on a stabbing rampage Tuesday at a facility for the mentally disabled where he had been fired, officials said, killing 19 people months after he gave a letter to Parliament outlining the bloody plan and saying all disabled people should be put to death.
- Letter by man accused of Japan stabbing carried a warning
The 26-year-old man accused of carrying out a mass stabbing Tuesday at a Japanese facility for the mentally disabled that left 19 people dead had written a letter in February to parliament's lower house speaker, outlining what was similar to Tuesday's attack, and expressing his disturbing views. A translation follows:
- 2 suicide car bombs near UN offices kill 13 in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden cars on Tuesday outside the U.N. Mine Action Service offices and a Somali army checkpoint in Mogadishu, killing 13 people, including seven U.N. guards, Somali police officials said.
- Jordan deal with donors means legal work for Syria refugees
RAMTHA, Jordan (AP) — Syrian refugee Fawaz al-Jasem used to drop his tools and run when he saw police approaching the farm in northern Jordan where he has been picking vegetables for the past three years.
- South Sudan president replaces rival as vice president
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's president has installed a new first vice president to replace opposition leader Riek Machar, who fled into hiding this month amid clashes with government forces.
- Historic solar flight marks first round-the-world journey
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The world's first round-the-world flight to be powered solely by the sun's energy made history on Tuesday as it landed in Abu Dhabi, where it first took off on an epic 25,000-mile (40,000-kilometer) journey that began more than a year ago.
- Sri Lanka to conserve climate-friendly mangroves ecosystem
PAMBALA LAGOON, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government and environmentalists are working to protect tens of thousands of acres of mangrove forests — the seawater-tolerant trees that help protect and build landmasses, absorb carbon from the environment and reduce the impact of natural disasters like tsunamis.
- German officials vow more checking of migrants after attacks
BERLIN (AP) — Top security officials in Germany called Tuesday for tougher security screening of asylum-seekers and also announced that more police officers will be hired following four attacks in the country in the span of a week — two of them claimed by the extremist Islamic State group.
- Solar plane's arrival highlights UAE's clean-energy push
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates might not seem like an obvious spot to begin and end a globe-spanning flight promoting renewable energy.