STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Sweden’s new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state — a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel’s plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.
NEW ORLEANS — Consumers around the nation can’t be sure what kind of shrimp they’re buying if they simply look at the label or menu at supermarkets, grocers and restaurants, an advocacy group says.
Oceana did a DNA-based survey of shrimp sold at outlets in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; and various spots around the Gulf of Mexico.
CHARITON, Iowa — Residents in a southern Iowa county have been creating works of art from hay bales for Halloween.
Lucas County’s annual hay bale art contest features more than 30 entries in three towns this year. The roadside pieces include a large grey and white cat, a caterpillar famed for its hunger, and a character from the Disney movie “Cars.”
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s spy agency said Tuesday it has solved the mystery of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s 6-week public absence, which set off a frenzy of wild speculation around the world.
The abduction issue has long been a major obstacle in the frosty ties between North Korea and Japan, which have no formal diplomatic relations.
The delegation, led by Junichi Ihara, head of the Asia and Oceania affairs bureau at Japan’s Foreign Ministry, is to stay in North Korea for four days. Officials are to discuss the issue on Tuesday and Wednesday.
KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainians overwhelmingly backed several pro-Western parties in a landmark parliamentary election Sunday, another nudge in the former Soviet republic’s drift away from Russia.
Dozens of residents in a rural area of Hawaii have been placed on alert as flowing lava from an erupting volcano advances.
Authorities on Sunday said lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii had advanced about 250 yards since Saturday morning. The flow front had entered a cemetery and was about a half-mile from Pahoa Village Road, the town’s main street.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Swedish authorities called off their weeklong search for a suspected submarine in the Stockholm archipelago Friday, saying the presumed intruder had probably escaped into the Baltic Sea.
Naval and amphibious forces were ordered back to base, while some ground forces remained in the search area, military officials said.
NEW YORK — A doctor who became New York City’s first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation’s most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness began.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Doctors no longer detect Ebola in a Texas nurse who flew to Ohio and back before she was diagnosed with the virus, her family said Wednesday.