No food, no teachers, violence in failing Venezuela schools

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Maria Arias slipped her notebooks into her backpack, scrounged for a banana to share with her brother and sister, and set off for high school through narrow streets so violent taxis will not come here for any price. She hoped at least one of her teachers would show up.

  • Written by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press

Pakistani woman throws acid at man who refused to marry her

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A woman in Pakistan was arrested for allegedly throwing acid on a man who refused to marry her, police said Friday, marking an unusual case in a country where rates of violence against women are high.

  • Written by MUNIR AHMED, Associated Press

US commander in Afghanistan submits his 3-month take on war

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The new U.S. commander in Afghanistan has submitted his first three-month assessment of the situation in the war-torn country and what it's going to take to defeat the Taliban, a U.S. military official has told The Associated Press.

  • Written by LYNNE O'DONNELL, Associated Press

Prosecutor dismisses 2 sex assault charges against lawmaker

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — A day after a former aide acknowledged changing her story about alleged sexual assaults committed by a Vermont lawmaker, a prosecutor dismissed charges that could have brought the politician two life sentences.

  • Written by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press