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  • Chen’s friend: U.S. conveyed Chinese threat against wife
    Hu2_0 2012-05-04 05:26:52 UTC
    Chen Guangcheng's friend Bob Fu, president of ChinaAid, told a congressional commission Thursday that Chen only agreed to leave the U.S. Embassy in Beijing after U.S. officials conveyed a threat from the Chinese government that Chen would never se...
  • White House: Time to try another tactic in Syria
    Untitled 2012-05-03 21:00:22 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — It may be time for the world to acknowledge that a cease-fire is not holding in Syria, and that it is time to try another approach to stop the violence, the White House said Thursday. "If the regime's intransigence continues, ...
  • Merkel, others, urge treatment for Tymoshenko
    Germany_close_to_a_new_general_election_as_merkel_fails_to_form_a_government 2012-05-03 18:03:18 UTC
    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Ukrainian leaders on Thursday to give jailed ex-Premier Yulia Tymoshenko "proper treatment" for her ailments, as more top officials announced they would boycott the Euro 2012 soccer championship ...
  • French presidential candidates face off in debate
    Untitled 2012-05-03 02:22:20 UTC
    PARIS (AP) — France's presidential race hit a dramatic pitch Wednesday in the only face-to-face debate between President Nicolas Sarkozy and front-running challenger Francois Hollande — a verbal slugfest that broke little new ground on substance b...
  • US-Afghan pact achieved despite Karzai's rhetoric
    Obama__karzai 2012-05-02 18:50:36 UTC
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president has branded his U.S. allies as corrupt, wasteful and contemptuous of Afghan lives. Once he even threatened to join the Taliban. Nonetheless, Hamid Karzai signed a deal that could keep thousands of ...
  • Obama sees 'new day' 1 year after bin Laden raid
    628x471 2012-05-02 07:42:45 UTC
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — On a swift, secretive trip to the war zone, President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night that after years of sacrifice the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan is winding down just as it has already ended in Iraq. "We can see...
  • Obama flies to Afghanistan, signs pact with Karzai
    Li-obama-02581073 2012-05-01 20:15:43 UTC
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan Tuesday night on the anniversary of the killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden and signed an agreement cementing U.S. commitment to the nation after American combat troo...
  • Army mortar shells kill 10 in Syrian village
    628x471 2012-05-01 18:34:31 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian forces fired mortar shells into a farming village Tuesday, killing 10 people, among them two young children, and sending panicked residents running for cover, activists said. U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous deplored t...
  • Calls for Euro 2012 boycott increase in Germany
    0__15915554_401_00 2012-05-01 01:12:57 UTC
    Germany (D.W.) - Six weeks ahead of the European soccer championship co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland, German politicians debate boycotting the matches in Ukraine in protest of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko's imprisonment. Ukraine has not bee...
  • Obama: N. Korea hostility a weakness, not strength
    387-tixjm.st.55 2012-04-30 19:56:53 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda On Monday decried aggressive acts from North Korea, including its recent failed rocket launch. Obama said Pyongyang is operating from a position of weakness, no...
  • 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...