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Israel deploys more missile interceptors, Gaza death toll up to 125

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel rushed an eighth missile interceptor battery into service on Saturday to counter stronger-than-expected rocket fire from Gaza as the military pounded positions in the Palestinian enclave for a fifth day, killing 19 people, medics said. | Video

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Shi'ite group hands back army camp to Yemeni government

SANAA - Shi'ite Muslim tribesmen handed back an army camp to the Yemeni government on Saturday, an activist in the group said, to try to defuse tensions caused by the capture of a provincial capital north of Sanaa this week.

Yemen 3:19pm EDT

Merkel blasts U.S. spying, hopes Washington will change tack

BERLIN - Angela Merkel said on Saturday that new allegations of U.S. spying showed Berlin and Washington were completely at odds over how they viewed the role of intelligence, and she hoped German action would persuade the United States not to spy on partners.

10:52am EDT

Central Africa Republic's ousted leader back in charge of Seleka

BANGUI - Central African Republic's mainly Muslim Seleka rebel group has reinstated Michel Djotodia as its leader, a spokesman said, months after international pressure forced him to step aside for failing to halt violence that erupted after he seized power last year.

Africa 2:10pm EDT

Serbian finance minister quits over reform disagreements with PM

BELGRADE - Serbian Finance Minister Lazar Krstic resigned on Saturday, saying more radical reforms to rein in public spending were needed which the prime minister said were too harsh to implement.

1:49pm EDT

Costa Concordia wreck refloating given green light

GIGLIO ISLAND Italy - Italian authorities gave the green light to refloating the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship on Saturday, setting the stage for the next step in the largest maritime salvage in history to begin on Monday morning.

Italy 1:55pm EDT

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