JERUSALEM (AP) — An official says Israel's Cabinet has approved the release of 104 long-held Palestinian prisoners. Today's vote clears a hurdle toward a possible resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks after five years of paralysis. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged ministers to approve the release, saying it's important for Israel to restart talks with the Palestinians. The Cabinet approved the release in four stages over several months, with each step linked to progress in the negotiations.
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's interim president has given the prime minister the power to let the military arrest civilians. The move follows a weekend of violence between supporters of the country's deposed leader and security forces that has left 72 dead. Government officials say the decision could be a prelude to a major crackdown on Mohammed Morsi's supporters or militants who have stepped up attacks against security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Vatican says more than 3 million people are crowding Rio's Copacabana beach for the last Mass of the pope's visit to Brazil. Many in the crowd had spent the night on the beach in an all-night slumber party. After the Mass, Pope Francis will hold a thank-you audience with some of the 60,000 volunteers who organized the World Youth Day festival.
PARIS (AP) — Police in the French Riviera are investigating a huge jewelry heist. Police say more than $50 million worth of jewels and diamonds were stolen today from a hotel in Cannes that was hosting a temporary jewelry exhibit. A police spokesman said the theft took place around noon in broad daylight, but he could not confirm local media reports that the robber was a single gunman who stuffed a suitcase with the gems.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Ralph Nader has a new cause. After dedicating nearly half a century to battling businesses over almost everything from dangerous products to the influence of money in politics, the consumer advocate is planning a museum in his Connecticut hometown that celebrates victories of the law over corporate power. Nader says the American Museum of Tort Law will be built in a former bank building in downtown Winsted.
Created: Sun, 28 Jul 2013 11:15:06 EST
Updated: Sun, 28 Jul 2013 11:15:06 EST