It's Judgment Time for Norway Mass Killer
2012-08-25 07:30:54 UTC
OSLO, Norway (AP) — It was during breaks between marathon video game sessions in his mother's apartment in Oslo that Anders Behring Breivik drafted his complicated and chilling plan.
He would kill indiscriminately with explosives and guns, surr...
UN agency, Iran at odds over access to weapon site
2012-08-24 17:49:40 UTC
VIENNA (AP) — U.N. nuclear agency officials failed anew Friday to gain access to an Iranian site where they suspect nuclear arms work took place, and to secure Tehran's cooperation in a wider probe of alleged experiments meant to develop such weap...
Norway: "He is a pathetic and sad little person"
2012-08-24 14:03:58 UTC
OSLO, Norway (AP) — A Norwegian court sentenced Anders Behring Breivik to prison on Friday, denying prosecutors the insanity ruling they hoped would show that his massacre of 77 people was the work of a madman, not part of an anti-Muslim crusade...
Lawyer: Breivik won't appeal if declared sane
2012-08-23 17:46:18 UTC
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Anders Behring Breivik's defense lawyers say the confessed mass killer won't appeal if he's sentenced to prison but he will challenge any ruling that declares him insane.
Breivik's mental state will be the focus when the O...
Asset sale helps Heineken 1H profit
2012-08-22 07:06:22 UTC
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Heineken NV says first half profits rose thanks to the sale of a brewery in the Dominican Republic, as higher costs ate into operating profits — but the Dutch brewer continued to grow sales and market share.
Heineken, which r...
Samaras: Greece needs 'air to breathe'
2012-08-22 06:48:39 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Greece's prime minister is insisting ahead of a visit to Germany that Athens doesn't want more money from creditors, but is indicating it would like more time to enact reforms and spending cuts.
Antonis Samaras pledged before comi...
Website of court that sentenced Pussy Riot hacked
2012-08-21 16:14:44 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian hackers have attacked the website of a Moscow court where three members of the Pussy Riot punk band were tried and sentenced to two years in jail.
The Russian offshoot of the loose-knit movement known as Anonymous tweete...
26 alleged neo-Nazis on trial in Germany
2012-08-21 14:28:28 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Twenty-six alleged neo-Nazis are on trial in Germany on accusations they were responsible for a spate of attacks on leftists in western Germany.
Prosecutors say the men, aged 19 to 54, kept files on left-wing activists including a...
ECB official: Greece should remain in euro
2012-08-20 09:17:43 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — A top European Central Bank official says Greece should remain in the eurozone — arguing that, though an exit would be manageable, it would be very costly and push up unemployment in Europe.
The comments by ECB executive board mem...
Report: Merkel ally rejects concessions to Greece
2012-08-19 14:41:20 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — A senior ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted that there is no room for concessions to Greece on fulfilling the conditions of its aid program and said in an interview published Sunday that he sees little chance of Germany's gove...
Juncker: Greece won't leave eurozone
2012-08-18 17:01:18 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Greece won't leave the 17-nation eurozone, Luxembourg's prime minister said, arguing in an interview published Saturday that an exit wouldn't be politically feasible and would carry unforeseeable risks.
Greece has been kept afloat...
Pussy Riot members sentenced to 2 years in prison
2012-08-17 18:02:36 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow judge sentenced three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison on hooliganism charges on Friday following a trial seen around the world as an emblem of Russia's intolerance of dissent.
Global activists gear up for Pussy Riot rallies
2012-08-15 07:12:13 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — The global campaign to free Pussy Riot is gaining speed: Supporters of the punk provocateur band mobilize this week in at least a dozen cities worldwide to hold simultaneous demonstrations an hour before a Russian court rules on whet...
Europe on the edge of recession
2012-08-15 06:51:19 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Europe is edging closer to recession, dragged down by the crippling debt problems of the 17 countries that use the euro, official figures showed Tuesday.
Eurostat, Europe's statistics agency, revealed that the economies of both th...
Norway: Report blasts police response to massacre
2012-08-13 13:35:16 UTC
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian authorities could have prevented or interrupted the bomb and gun attacks by a far-right fanatic that killed 77 people last year, a government appointed commission said Monday.
The long-awaited report into the July ...
How long can Spain take the financial heat?
2012-08-10 11:47:25 UTC
Imagine the interest rate on your mortgage going up and up until you can barely meet the monthly installments. How long do you hold on, scrimping and saving, before you throw in the towel?
That is the dilemma facing Spain, whose Prime Minister ...
Increasing stereotypes threaten European unity
2012-08-08 23:14:05 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — Maybe the problem is those southerners lolling in the Mediterranean sun who overspent and tax-dodged their way to ruin. Or maybe it's the northerners, rigid beyond reason, so gloomy in their own lives that they're determined to see...
UK bank accused of Iran money laundering scheme
2012-08-07 00:24:41 UTC
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A British bank schemed with the Iranian government to launder $250 billion from 2001 to 2007, leaving the United States' financial system "vulnerable to terrorists," New York's financial regulator charged Monday.
Turkish leader says Obama always respectful
2012-08-05 17:52:12 UTC
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's prime minister has dismissed opposition criticism of a White House photo showing President Barack Obama holding a baseball bat during a telephone conversation with the leader.
Turkish opposition groups this week p...
Draghi wins 1 vs. Bundesbank; but it's not over
2012-08-05 16:46:55 UTC
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — When he announced the European Central Bank's latest plans to drive down borrowing costs crippling Spain and Italy, ECB President Mario Draghi showed he was willing to overrule one of the most influential members of the b...
Italy bank chief: No need now for rescue aid
2012-08-05 16:42:13 UTC
ROME (AP) — Italy's central bank chief says there's no need "at the moment" to request help from European funds to fight soaring borrowing costs.
Ignazio Visco says whether Italy needs to do so in the future depends on whether markets are convi...
Monti warns euro crisis threatens EU as a whole
2012-08-05 16:36:53 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Italy's prime minister has warned that the eurozone's sprawling debt crisis has created resentment amid the bloc's nations, which could ultimately trigger a breakup of the wider European Union.
Mario Monti told German news magazin...
Russia mogul under pressure wants to sell assets
2012-08-04 14:00:35 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian tycoon whose holdings include a leading investigative newspaper critical of the Kremlin said Friday that he wants to sell his Russian assets because of pressure from state security services.
Alexander Lebedev, worth $1.1...
Markets look for more detail from Draghi
2012-08-02 08:41:11 UTC
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank has vowed to "do whatever it takes" to save the euro. Markets want to hear more about what exactly Mario Draghi meant by that.
It's not clear how much Draghi will be able to add to...
Summer hiring drops Spain jobless in July
2012-08-02 08:26:44 UTC
MADRID (AP) — The number of people registered as unemployed in Spain fell by 27,814 in July as more people found work in summer tourism.
The Labor Ministry says the total number of people registered as jobless is now 4.58 million. It was the fo...