UN says Syrian government must approve aid deliveries

GENEVA (AP) — U.N. officials on Thursday all but rejected a call by a group of world powers for the United Nations to act unilaterally to air drop food to besieged Syrians, saying that Syrian President Bashar Assad has final say on any such deliveries.

  • Written by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

Pakistan: 2 held for killing woman who refused marriage

UPPER DEWAL, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police said Thursday that they had arrested two suspects and were continuing their search for five men who tortured a 19-year-old schoolteacher and burned her to death for refusing to marry a man twice her age.

  • Written by MUHAMMAD YOUSAF, Associated Press

Rivers in France, Germany burst their banks; floods kill 6

PARIS (AP) — Rivers in Europe have burst their banks from Paris to the southern German state of Bavaria, killing six people, trapping thousands more in homes or cars and forcing everything from subway lines to castles to the Louvre to shut down.

  • Written by ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press