Chen’s friend: U.S. conveyed Chinese threat against wife
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Weaker al-Qaida still plots payback for US raid
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
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
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
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
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'
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...