US military worker wants his murder trial moved off Okinawa

TOKYO (AP) — A U.S. military contractor charged with raping and killing a 20-year-old woman in Japan has asked that his trial be moved outside Okinawa, saying he may not receive a fair trial on the southern island where the case has received massive media coverage and opposition to U.S. bases is high, his lawyer said Wednesday.

  • Written by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

Syrian army declares temporary, nationwide truce

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian military declared a unilateral, three-day cease-fire for the entire country on Wednesday, coinciding with the start of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holidays that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, state media reported.

The truce is to expire at midnight Friday, according to the state TV report.

  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press

Paris attacks findings: gross intel failure, police rivalry

PARIS (AP) — Intelligence failures, in France and abroad, led to the failure to foil attacks in Paris last year by Islamic radicals that killed 147 people, while rival units of security forces trapped by rules and stepping on each other's feet made the situation worse during the attacks, the head of an investigating commission of lawmakers concluded Tuesday.

  • Written by ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press