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  • Rights group: US asylum likely for China dissident
    628x471 2012-04-30 15:49:57 UTC
    BEIJING (AP) — U.S. and Chinese officials are ironing out a deal to secure American asylum for a blind Chinese legal activist who fled house arrest, with an agreement likely before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives this week, a U.S. right...
  • Australian mining magnate to run for Parliament
    Untitled 2012-04-30 04:45:17 UTC
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Mining magnate Clive Palmer, one of Australia's richest business people, said Monday he hoped to run for Parliament for the conservative opposition, which opinion polls suggest will win government next year. Palmer sa...
  • Weaker al-Qaida still plots payback for US raid
    Ohne_titel 2012-04-30 02:10:05 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida is hobbled and hunted, too busy surviving for the moment to carry out another Sept. 11-style attack on U.S. soil. But the terrorist network dreams still of payba...
  • Austria: Ex-Libya oil chief found dead in Danube
    402596-mideast-libya-shukri-ghanem 2012-04-29 19:58:52 UTC
    VIENNA (AP) — Libya's former oil minister, who last year announced he was abandoning Moammar Gadhafi's regime to support the rebels who ultimately toppled him, was found dead Sunday in a section of the Danube river flowing through Vienna, Austrian...
  • China activists lifted by blind lawyer's escape
    Filedjhq21 2012-04-29 18:38:47 UTC
    BEIJING (AP) — The surprising escape of a blind legal activist from house arrest to the presumed custody of U.S. diplomats is buoying China's embattled dissident community even as the government lashes out, detaining those who helped him and squel...
  • Syrian: Iran arming Syrian army to fight the rebels
    Untitled 2012-04-29 07:46:53 UTC
    Syrian opposition: Some neighboring countries, particularly Iran and Iraq, are arming the Syrian military to continue the fight with the opposition, one of the leaders of the Syrian opposition, who wished to remain anonymous, told Trend on Saturda...
  • ElBaradei returns to Egypt politics with new party
    Elbaradi 2012-04-28 21:40:11 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei launched a new political party Saturday that he said aims to unite Egyptians and save the country's revolution from a messy democratic transition. The Constitution Party marks a return to public life...
  • Syria accuses UN chief of encouraging 'terrorists'
    Untitled 2012-04-28 15:47:12 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian state-run newspaper accused U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday of encouraging "terrorist" rebel attacks by focusing his criticism on the government, while other government media reported that the navy foiled an i...
  • Suicide bombing in Syrian capital kills 10
    Untitled 2012-04-28 04:10:06 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Two weeks into a cease-fire agreement, there still was no peace in Syria: Security agents in Damascus collected the remains of 10 people killed in a suicide bombing. Activists reported troops firing on protesters. Video showed a crow...
  • Man arrested after armed siege in central London
    800_london_hostage_police_ap_120427 2012-04-27 15:50:19 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Police say they've arrested the suspect at the center of a three-hour siege which shut down part a busy part of central London. The capital's Metropolitan Police say the 49-year-old man is now in police custody and that searches o...
  • Israeli leaders speak up about Syria
    C6d2eeed-00d8-4447-87f5-dc4b50ea733c 2012-04-27 07:12:23 UTC
    ERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officials have become increasingly outspoken in their belief that Syria's President Bashar Assad should relinquish power after a 13-month uprising that has killed thousands of his citizens — a surprising turnaround that ris...
  • Top al-Qaida bomb maker in Yemen resurfaces
    Yemeni-counter-terrorism--001 2012-04-26 19:57:05 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. counterterrorism officials are concerned about al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen because of increased intelligence chatter in the past several months. And in recent weeks, the group's top bomb maker — once thought to be dead — h...
  • Taylor conviction sends warning to tyrants
    Untitled 2012-04-26 20:05:19 UTC
    LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Former Liberian President Charles Taylor on Thursday became the first head of state since World War II convicted by an international war crimes court, a legal landmark observers say sent a clear message to tyrants ...
  • France raises prospect of military action in Syria
    Juppe 2012-04-26 03:31:03 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — France raised the prospect of military intervention in Syria on Wednesday, saying the U.N. should consider harsher measures if an international peace plan that has been shaken by violence ultimately collapses. The statement reflec...
  • France warns Syria that UN clock is ticking
    Juppe_2195747b 2012-04-25 18:14:00 UTC
    PARIS (AP) — France on Wednesday warned that if Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime doesn't fully implement an international peace plan it will seek U.N. action under a provision that includes possible military action. The comments from Fren...
  • Annan alarmed at Syria military action
    De03ef19ea9f4f43a40eefd42d3604b6-cba569dc3ae04f02bee98a90dda113a4-1_t615 2012-04-25 07:00:18 UTC
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan told the U.N. Security Council Tuesday that the situation in Syria is "bleak" and expressed alarm at reports that government troops are still carrying out military operations in towns where U.N....
  • UN confirms 16 deaths in Sudan bombings
    510323-unmissevacuate 2012-04-25 04:25:47 UTC
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has confirmed that at least 16 civilians in South Sudan have been killed and 34 injured in bombings by Sudanese aircraft. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, the current Security Council president, told reporter...
  • Satellites said to show Syria not abiding by truce
    De03ef19ea9f4f43a40eefd42d3604b6-cba569dc3ae04f02bee98a90dda113a4-1_t615 2012-04-24 18:07:17 UTC
    GENEVA (AP) — Satellite imagery and other credible reports show that, despite its claims, Syria has failed to withdraw all of its heavy weapons from populated areas as required by a cease-fire deal, international envoy Kofi Annan's spokesman Ahmad...
  • Syrian rebels target security officials in capital
    Untitled 2012-04-24 15:41:42 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Rebels seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad killed three regime officers in separate attacks Tuesday around Damascus, activists and state media said, the latest violence targeting the security forces used by the government...
  • Activists: Dozens killed in Hama after UN visit
    849429 2012-04-23 17:41:55 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops armed with heavy machine guns killed dozens in the central city of Hama Monday, activists said, just a day after chanting protesters welcomed a visit by a U.N. team sent to observe a shaky cease-fire. The day's viole...
  • Hollande, Sarkozy heading to French vote runoff
    France 2012-04-23 05:22:41 UTC
    PARIS (AP) — Francois Hollande, a mild-mannered French Socialist who wants to take better care of the jobless and the poor, is heading to a presidential runoff election against tough-on-immigration Nicolas Sarkozy in a vote that could alter Europe...
  • Syria hotspot enjoys lull with UN monitors present
    1227754_h_425_pd_1_mxw_620 2012-04-22 21:18:02 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — The deployment of U.N. truce monitors brought a lull in shelling of the Syrian opposition stronghold of Homs for a second day Sunday while President Bashar Assad's troops kept up heavy attacks on other areas where observers were not ...
  • UN observers tour rebel-held town in Syria
    848299 2012-04-22 15:47:42 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. cease-fire monitors toured a rebel-held town in central Syria Sunday with army defectors, while government troops pounded a Damascus suburb with artillery and heavy machine guns, activists said. The shelling in Douma highligh...
  • UN monitors visit Syria opposition stronghold
    120421_syria_protest_660 2012-04-21 21:30:32 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Five unarmed U.N. truce monitors toured the battered city at the heart of the Syrian uprising on foot Saturday, encountering unusually calm streets after weeks of shelling as a throng of residents clamored for foreign military help t...
  • Syrians ask UN monitors in Homs for intervention
    628x471-1 2012-04-21 14:24:31 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — A group of U.N. cease-fire observers toured a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs Saturday as residents chanted loudly for a military intervention to protect them from President Bashar Assad's regime forces. Fighti...