Fears grow over fate of Syrian city of Aleppo
2012-07-28 06:31:22 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — International concern was mounting Friday over a potential massacre as Syrian troops bombarded the besieged city of Aleppo with artillery, strafed it with aircraft and reportedly pulled in major reinforcements ready to crush the outg...
Syrian troops kill 6-year-old fleeing into Jordan
2012-07-27 18:43:34 UTC
RAMTHA, Jordan (AP) — The family crept across farmland under night's cover, heading for the border, when Syrian troops opened fire. Bullets whizzed around them as they broke into a mad dash, survivors say. The 6-year-old boy, holding his mother's ...
Sudanese struggle to ignite their own uprising
2012-07-27 08:57:12 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — "I think my country Sudan has really hit rock bottom." Those were the last public words uttered by Usamah Mohamad, a 32-year-old Sudanese web developer-turned-citizen journalist, in a video announcing he would join protests against Pr...
Palestinian cash crisis getting worse: minister
2012-07-26 19:21:15 UTC
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The cash-strapped Palestinian self-rule government is finding it harder each month to stay afloat, its finance minister said in an interview Thursday.
The Palestinian Authority is struggling with its worst financial c...
Munich widows call for Olympic ceremony protest
2012-07-26 07:06:06 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The widows of two Israeli Olympians killed by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics are urging spectators to stage a silent protest during Friday's opening ceremony for the London Games.
Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Romano are...
Obama, Romney differ over guns after Colo. attack
2012-07-26 08:28:14 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The politics of guns leapt to the top of the presidential race Wednesday, as President Barack Obama embraced some degree of control of weapons sales and Republican Mitt Romney seemed to suggest an alleged mass killer in Colorado ...
Syrian rushes troops to Aleppo to fight rebels
2012-07-25 17:22:10 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of government tanks converged on Syria's largest city Wednesday as President Bashar Assad marshaled his forces to stamp out a five-day rebel fight to wrest Aleppo from the regime's grasp.
As the fighting raged in Aleppo, Tu...
Phone hack charges may add to fallout for Brit PM
2012-07-25 05:28:28 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Britain's phone hacking scandal entered a new and expanded criminal phase Tuesday, with charges brought against two former members of Prime Minister David Cameron's inner circle over a campaign of illegal espionage that has rocked th...
Syria unleashes helicopters on rebels in Aleppo
2012-07-24 17:26:47 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — With warplanes circling overhead, Syrian attack helicopters pounded rebel-held neighborhoods in Aleppo on Tuesday in an escalation of the battle for the country's commercial capital and largest city, residents and activists said.
Jordan king's treads delicate line on reform
2012-07-24 08:31:58 UTC
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — For Jordan's King Abdullah II, preventing the Arab world's wave of uprisings from washing into to his country has been an exercise in careful calibration — easing his absolute grip on power just enough to defuse protests.
Syria says will use chemical weapons if attacked
2012-07-23 17:46:19 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian regime threatened Monday to use its chemical and biological weapons in case of a foreign attack, in its first ever acknowledgement that it possesses weapons of mass destruction.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi...
Syrian rebels say fight for Aleppo has begun
2012-07-22 19:39:23 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — A new rebel alliance said Sunday it had launched an offensive to "liberate" Syria's largest city, Aleppo, while government troops backed by helicopter gunships wrested back control of rebel-held neighborhoods in the capital Damascus....
Japan probes alleged cover-up at nuclear plant
2012-07-22 08:30:47 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities are investigating subcontractors on suspicion that they forced workers at the tsunami-hit nuclear plant to underreport the amount of radiation they were exposed to so they could stay on the job longer.
Muslims begin Ramadan fast; bombs hit Thai south
2012-07-21 05:09:14 UTC
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslims have begun fasting for the start of the Ramadan holy month in Indonesia, Malaysia and elsewhere around Asia, but the somber occasion was marred in Buddhist-dominated Thailand by two bomb blasts that killed one per...
Analysis: Assad's grip on Syria has become tenuous
2012-07-20 22:20:01 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The Assad family's grip on Syria has never looked so tenuous.
After 17 months of violence and an estimated 17,000 people killed, a lightning-quick turnaround in the momentum of the civil war has put President Bashar Assad's forces...
UN approves last 30 days for UN observers in Syria
2012-07-20 20:46:23 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday renewing the 300-strong U.N. observer force in Syria for 30 days, and allowed for a possible extension if the government stops using heavy weapons and the esc...
Syria rebels seize key border crossings, Iraqi flights evacuate its residents from Syria
2012-07-20 09:56:42 UTC
Al Jazeera - Fighters take control of number of border points with Iraq and Turkey, while clashes continue around Damascus.
Syrian opposition fighters have taken control of a number of border crossings with Iraq and Turkey, dealing a new blow t...
Syrian troops seize Damascus neighborhood
2012-07-20 12:08:07 UTC
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops regained control of a rebellious neighborhood in Damascus Friday as more than 300 people were reported killed the day before in a sharp escalation of the country's civil war.
Fighting has intensified over th...
Tanks roll on Damascus as violence reigns
2012-07-19 18:20:28 UTC
Damascus (Al Jazeera) - Heavy fighting grips capital with state source saying "all weapons will be used to finish off terrorists" by weekend.
Government troops have stormed a Damascus district with tan...
UN vote on Syria delayed until Thursday
2012-07-19 06:18:09 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council scheduled a vote Thursday on a new Syria resolution after a last-minute delay failed to get key Western nations and Russia to agree on measures to end the dramatically escalating violence — but both ...
Rebel bombing strikes at heart of Syrian regime
2012-07-18 23:34:55 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Rebels penetrated the heart of Syria's power elite Wednesday, detonating a bomb inside a high-level crisis meeting in Damascus that killed three leaders of the regime, including President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law and the defense...
Syria uses helicopters to battle rebels in capital
2012-07-17 17:51:57 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Intense clashes between Syrian rebels and government forces backed by helicopters spread to new areas of the capital Damascus Tuesday, including a brief firefight near Parliament. It was the third straight day of fighting that has po...
Heavy clashes hit Syrian capital for second day
2012-07-16 20:22:21 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels fired at tanks in Damascus residential districts, armored vehicles blocked the main entrances to a neighborhood and protesters briefly barricaded a main highway into the city with bricks and burning tires, leaving hundr...
N. Korean media: Army chief relieved of all posts
2012-07-16 01:43:45 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kim Jong Un's top military official — a key mentor to North Korea's new young leader — has been removed from all posts because of illness, state media said Monday.
At least one analyst speculated that a more likely rea...
Red Cross declares Syrian conflict to be civil war
2012-07-16 00:13:31 UTC
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's 16-month bloodbath crossed an important symbolic threshold Sunday as the international Red Cross formally declared the conflict a civil war, a status with implications for potential war crimes prosecutions.