Officials: Injured Mali president heads to France
2012-05-23 20:03:18 UTC
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's interim president, who was beaten by a mob of demonstrators who broke into his office this week, has left the country to seek medical treatment in France, an adviser and two French government officials said Wednesday.
TV presenter: Piers Morgan told me how to hack
2012-05-23 19:19:51 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A prominent British TV presenter said Wednesday that CNN talk show host Piers Morgan gave him a primer on phone hacking, a revelation that suggests he knew a fair amount about how the shady practice was carried out.
BBC quiz show ...
Syria says sanctions have cost country $4 billion
2012-05-23 17:48:52 UTC
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's oil minister blamed international sanctions Wednesday for shortages of cooking gas and other basic goods, saying the measures have bled $4 billion from the nation's ailing economy.
President Bashar Assad's regime ...
SAfrica: Zuma seeks ban on artwork; vandals hit
2012-05-22 17:45:39 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Jacob Zuma and his African National Congress sought a court order Tuesday to have a painting depicting the president's genitals removed from an art gallery but two men took matters into their own hands b...
NKorea vows to push ahead with nuclear program
2012-05-22 17:39:58 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday vowed to push ahead with its nuclear program because of what it called U.S. hostility, as an outside analysis of satellite images suggested it has ramped up work at its nuclear test site over the pa...
UN nuclear chief in Iran on key mission
2012-05-21 19:07:52 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The head of the U.N nuclear watchdog, in Tehran on a key mission that could lead to the resumption of probes on whether Iran has secretly worked on a nuclear weapon, said Monday that he met with Iranian leaders amid a "good atm...
Israeli premier says Iran wants to destroy Israel
2012-05-21 19:01:41 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Iran is seeking atomic weapons to destroy Israel and world powers should not make any concessions over its nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday.
Netanyahu made the remarks as the head of the U....
Pakistan blocks Twitter over contentious tweets
2012-05-20 23:13:19 UTC
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan blocked the social networking website Twitter for much of Sunday because it refused to remove tweets considered offensive to Islam, said one of the country's top telecommunications officials.
The tweets were promoting ...
Europe faces difficult search for growth
2012-05-20 22:58:23 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — On paper at least, European leaders agree: They need stronger growth measures to help their economies expand out of their 2½-year-old government debt crisis. Figuring out exactly what those new steps might be will be the hard par...
Gunbattle in Beirut amid fears of Syria spillover
2012-05-20 22:49:20 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — A gunbattle has erupted in Beirut as fears mounted that the conflict in neighboring Syria is bleeding across the border.
Lebanon's National News Agency says six people were wounded in the clashes that erupted late Sunday and conti...
Obama: G-8 leaders put focus on eurozone crisis
2012-05-19 16:51:06 UTC
CAMP DAVID, Md. (AP) — The United States and other members of the Group of Eight industrial nations agree that Europe's financial crisis must be addressed with a mix of growth and austerity measures, President Barack Obama said Saturday as leaders...
Opposition to Iran going nuclear widespread
2012-05-18 18:56:37 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A new poll finds widespread opposition around the world to Iran obtaining nuclear weapons and strong support for tougher economic sanctions.
The Pew Global Attitudes survey of 21 nations finds most oppose Iran going nuclear, inc...
Diplomats: Nuclear agency chief to visit Tehran
2012-05-18 18:12:39 UTC
VIENNA (AP) — Diplomats tell The Associated Press that the head of the U.N. nuclear agency will fly to Tehran next week to seal an agreement that would allow his organization to resume a probe of suspicions that Iran may have worked on developing ...
UK surveillance program could expose private lives
2012-05-18 18:58:34 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British officials have given their word: "We won't read your emails."
But experts say the government's proposed new surveillance program will gather so much data that spooks won't have to read your messages to guess what you're up...
US envoy to Israel: US ready to strike Iran
2012-05-17 19:59:03 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. has plans in place to attack Iran if necessary to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons, Washington's envoy to Israel said, days ahead of a crucial round of nuclear talks with Tehran.
Dan Shapiro's message resonat...
Syrian opposition head offers to resign
2012-05-17 19:04:39 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's main opposition council is crumbling under the weight of infighting and divisions over issues that cut to the heart of the revolution, including accusations that the movement is becoming as autocratic as the regime it wants t...
'American Idol' judges spread the love for final 3
2012-05-17 06:54:41 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The three "American Idol" finalists earned nearly uniform votes of confidence Wednesday from the show's judges. Now it's the audience tally that will determine which two compete for glory in next week's finale.
If the night h...
Syrian leader says terrorists are behind unrest
2012-05-16 23:03:15 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — In his first interview since December, Syrian President Bashar Assad insisted Tuesday his regime is fighting back against foreign mercenaries who want to overthrow him, not innocent Syrians aspiring for democracy in a yearlong uprisi...
US says blind China activist's visa is ready
2012-05-15 18:24:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says U.S. visas for Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng (chehn gwahng-chung) and his family are ready for them to travel to America once Beijing gives the green light.
Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesda...
Syrian activists say regime fires on funeral
2012-05-15 16:44:52 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say regime forces fired on a funeral procession in the presence of U.N. observers, causing many casualties.
The activists said the observers were not among the wounded Tuesday, but their vehicles were damaged.
Hollande names Ayrault new French prime minister
2012-05-15 16:37:40 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Francois Hollande was sworn in Tuesday as France's new president — the first Socialist to lead the country since 1995 — and within hours named lawmaker Jean-Marc Ayrault as his new prime minister.
Ayrault, who leads the Socialists ...
Palestinian prisoners agree to end hunger strike
2012-05-14 20:23:18 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners agreed to halt a weekslong hunger strike on Monday in exchange for promises of better conditions, ending a standoff that left several participants clinging to life and drew thousands of Palestinia...
Gulf states delay decisions on closer ties
2012-05-14 19:41:36 UTC
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Gulf Arab states said Monday they would delay any decisions on proposals for closer political and security ties, showing possible signs of internal discord over measures portrayed as potential shields against regional r...
Greek negotiations over govt to continue
2012-05-14 19:32:29 UTC
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's politicians on Monday lurched towards a ninth day of talks to try and form a government that could handle the country's acute financial crisis, stave off default and ensure Greece stays in the euro.
More than a we...
Mexico drug war's latest toll: 49 headless bodies
2012-05-14 17:14:24 UTC
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Authorities struggled Monday to identify the 49 people found mutilated and scattered in a pool of blood in a region near the U.S .border where Mexico's two dominant drug cartels are trying to outdo each other in bloodshed ...