Rebels battle in Assad stronghold of Damascus
2012-06-10 02:33:24 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Bullets and shrapnel shells smashed into homes in the Syrian capital of Damascus overnight as troops battled rebels in the streets, a show of boldness for rebels taking their fight against President Bashar Assad to the center of his ...
Syrian troops bomb rebel-held neighborhood in Homs
2012-06-08 19:00:04 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Explosions echoed over Damascus on Friday as Syrian troops clashed with rebels in some of the heaviest fighting yet in the capital in the 15-month uprising against President Bashar Assad. Troops also unleashed a heavy assault to reta...
Annan wants new strategy to end Syria conflict
2012-06-07 21:01:35 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. diplomats say international envoy Kofi Annan is urging the divided Security Council to unite and act immediately to pressure the Syrian government to implement his peace plan and keep the escalating conflict from spirali...
UN monitors shot at on way to Syrian massacre site
2012-06-07 19:28:30 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Unarmed United Nations monitors came under fire Thursday as they tried to reach the scene of the latest mass killing in Syria, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. Activists accused government forces of killing nearly 80 people, ...
UK's Cameron, Obama urge action on eurozone crisis
2012-06-06 23:32:49 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama have agreed on the need for immediate action to resolve the eurozone crisis.
Downing Street said the two leaders spoke on the phone late Tuesday ahead of the G20 s...
Clinton to China, Russia: Syria needs change
2012-06-05 17:51:12 UTC
BATUMI, Georgia (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is inviting China and Russia to "be part of the solution in Syria" but says that must include a political transition from the Assad regime.
Clinton says the transition "has to be ...
NKorea threatens specific attacks on SKorean media
2012-06-05 03:02:43 UTC
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's military warned Monday that troops have aimed artillery at the specific coordinates of South Korean media groups as Pyongyang threatened a "merciless sacred war" over perceived insults.
The North Kore...
Lugar: Syrian rebels need safe zones in Turkey
2012-06-03 16:25:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the U.S. should work with Turkey to establish safe zones for retreating Syrian rebels.
Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana says the so-called safe zones would be ...
Syria's Assad says he's surgeon saving patient
2012-06-03 16:15:50 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad defended his government's crackdown on opponents Sunday, saying a doctor performing messy emergency surgery does not have blood on his hands if he is trying to save a patient.
In his first speech sinc...
Clinton steps up pressure on Russia on Syria
2012-06-03 16:14:14 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday pressed Russia to join international efforts for a political transition in Syria that would see President Bashar Assad driven from power, and suggested greater flexibility c...
Pro- and anti-Syrian groups clash in north Lebanon
2012-06-02 18:35:50 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Gunbattles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups in northern Lebanon killed at least seven people and wounded 22 on Saturday, security officials said, as activists reported fresh shelling in a region in central Syria where a massacre l...
US is heaping new pressure on Russia over Syria
2012-06-01 20:21:07 UTC
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The U.S. is heaping new pressure on Russia to change course and support international action in Syria, warning that intransigence by Moscow may lead to open civil war that could spill across the Middle East with devastat...
AP 'napalm girl' photo from Vietnam War turns 40
2012-06-01 07:11:54 UTC
TRANG BANG, Vietnam (AP) — In the picture, the girl will always be 9 years old and wailing "Too hot! Too hot!" as she runs down the road away from her burning Vietnamese village.
She will always be naked after blobs of sticky napalm melted thro...
Diamond Jubilee: Britain marks Queen's reign
2012-06-01 07:02:03 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The patriotic bunting is ready, the golden carriage on standby, the boats freshly painted, the shops filled with royals souvenirs.
The normal ebb and flow of British life gives way in the next four days to a series of street parti...
Suu Kyi calls for 'healthy skepticism' on Myanmar
2012-06-01 06:56:27 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's opposition leader and former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi urged the international community Friday to exercise "healthy skepticism" toward her country's reforms as it sheds a half-century of military rule.
It is ...
Suu Kyi presses for migrants' rights in Thailand
2012-05-31 20:17:52 UTC
MAHACHAI, Thailand (AP) — Long a fighter against oppression inside Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi has used her first foreign trip in 24 years to fight for her countrymen suffering abroad — millions of economic migrants unable to work at home but vulner...
Israel hands over remains of Palestinian militants
2012-05-31 09:24:30 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Thursday handed over the remains of 91 Palestinian militants, including suicide bombers, to the West Bank government in an effort to induce President Mahmoud Abbas to renew peace talks.
All 91 were killed over the pas...
UN observers in Syria discover 13 bound corpses
2012-05-30 16:22:14 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. observers have discovered 13 bound corpses in eastern Syria, many of them apparently shot execution-style, the monitoring mission said Wednesday.
The announcement comes days after a massacre in Houla, in the central Homs prov...
Western nations expel Syrian envoys over massacre
2012-05-29 21:38:30 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — As U.N. officials cited eyewitness accounts of shadowy gunmen slaughtering whole families in their homes, Western nations expelled Syrian diplomats Tuesday in a coordinated move against President Bashar Assad's regime over the massac...
UN: Most of 108 killed in Syria were executed
2012-05-29 20:08:41 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N.'s human rights office said Tuesday that most of the 108 victims of a massacre in Syria last week were shot at close range, some of them women, children and entire families gunned down in their own homes.
The massacre on F...
Syrian diplomats around the world expelled
2012-05-29 19:05:53 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Governments around the world expelled Syrian ambassadors and diplomats Tuesday, an unusual, coordinated blow to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime following a gruesome massacre that the United Nations said involved close-range sho...
Russia condemns ally Syria over massacre of 108
2012-05-29 03:52:10 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — A weekend massacre of more than 100 people emerged as a potential turning point in the Syrian crisis Monday, galvanizing even staunch ally Russia to take an unusually hard line against President Bashar Assad's government.
McCain: Don't count on Russia to force out Assad
2012-05-27 23:34:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. can't count on Russia — a major arms supplier to Syria — to force President Bashar Assad from power, Sen. John McCain said Sunday, blaming President Barack Obama for embracing a "feckless" foreign policy and punting toug...
Dozens of children killed in new Syria attack
2012-05-26 20:46:35 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Gruesome video Saturday showed rows of dead Syrian children lying in a mosque in bloody shorts and T-shirts with gaping head wounds, haunting images of what activists called one of the deadliest regime attacks yet in Syria's 14-month...
UN agency finds higher enrichment at Iranian site
2012-05-25 17:33:28 UTC
VIENNA (AP) — Inspectors have found traces of uranium enriched at an Iranian site to a level that is slightly closer to the threshold needed to arm nuclear missiles, the U.N. nuclear agency said Friday.
Iran said the find was a technical glitch...