Belize: Tropical storm weakens
AMBERGIS CAYE Tropical Storm Arthur weakened to a tropical depression Sunday after soaking the Yucatan Peninsula, but still threatened to cause dangerous flooding and mudslides in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami warned that remnants of the first named storm of the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season could still cause potential life-threatening floods and mudslides. Forecasters predicted it would remain inland over Mexico and stay well away from the U.S. Gulf Coast.
England: Ban tobacco logos?
LONDON Britain's Department of Health has proposed banning tobacco companies from putting any logos or branding on cigarette packs.
One proposal for preventing young people from smoking is to sell cigarettes in plain black-and-white boxes with nothing on them but health warnings.
The British government is also considering banning cigarette vending machines. Another idea is to outlaw the sale of smaller, cheaper packs of 10 cigarettes available in Britain.
Kuwait: Hard-liners walk out
KUWAIT CITY Muslim hard-liners in Kuwait's parliament walked out of the body's inaugural meeting on Sunday to protest two female Cabinet ministers who were not wearing headscarves.
The nine men left just after lawmakers and ministers started taking the oath of office. They returned after the two women, Modhi al-Homoud and Nouria al-Subeih, were sworn in. Neither of the women was wearing a long dress or covering her hair, which Islamists maintain is required by their religion.
Macedonia: Violence mars vote
SKOPJE Macedonia's prime minister declared victory Sunday in the Balkan country's parliamentary election after a vote that was marred by gunbattles that left one person dead and eight wounded.
Nikola Gruevski said his center-right VMRO-DPMNE had won enough votes to gain a majority of parliament's 120 seats, and opposition leader Radmila Sekerinska conceded defeat.
Sunday's violence was a blow to Macedonia's hopes of proving its credentials to join the European Union and NATO.
Myanmar: Junta touts efforts
YANGON Myanmar's ruling junta, faced with global outrage about its low-key response to last month's deadly cyclone, said Sunday that recovery from the catastrophe will be speedy and extolled the country's top leaders for their actions in the crisis.
But criticism of the military junta's response to the storm continued, with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates saying the government had acted with "criminal neglect" in responding to the crisis.
The regime has limited foreign relief workers' numbers and added conditions to their movement despite agreeing more than a week ago to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's request that they be allowed into worst affected areas in the Irrawaddy delta.
Somalia: Mortars hit airport
MOGADISHU Islamic insurgents fired mortars at the airport as a plane carrying President Abdullahi Yusuf was about to take off Sunday, officials said. The president was unharmed.
Sunday's attack at Mogadishu's airport was not an assassination attempt but a bid to disrupt his departure for a U.N. Security Council meeting, presidential spokesman Hussein Mohamed Mohamud said.
GENEVA Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected an anti-immigrant initiative that would have made it harder for foreigners to gain citizenship, according to referendum results released Sunday.
All but one of 26 Swiss cantons (states) rejected the initiative by the nationalistic Swiss People's Party, while in the overall population 63.8 percent voted against it, according to official results.
The initiative was aimed at overturning a Supreme Court ruling that barred the practice in some Swiss communities of subjecting citizenship applications to a popular vote.