Sierra Leone tribunal to wrap up business soon
2012-10-09 23:51:21 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The tribunal established to prosecute those most responsible for atrocities committed during Sierra Leone's 10-year civil war will soon deliver its final judgment and become the first international criminal tribunal to go out...
UN chief warns Syria crisis threatens region
2012-10-08 08:43:04 UTC
PARIS (AP) — The U.N.'s secretary-general has made a strong appeal to halt the flow of arms into Syria and warned that the crisis threatens stability in the entire region.
Ban Ki-moon says he is "deeply concerned" about the continued flow of ...
Egypt's new president gives himself high grades
2012-10-08 08:35:04 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has given himself high grades on his handling of some of the nation's pressing problems, spending much of a nearly two-hour speech late Saturday talking in painstaking detail about fuel, trash and bre...
US panel: China tech giants pose security threat
2012-10-08 08:22:09 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — American companies should avoid doing business with China's two leading technology firms because they pose a national security threat to the United States, the House Intelligence Committee is warning in a report to be issued Mond...
Nobel Prize season kicks off with medicine award
2012-10-08 07:02:18 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Some of the world's top scholars will be thrust into the global spotlight this week as award committees in Stockholm and Oslo announce the 2012 Nobel Prizes, starting with the medicine award Monday.
The prestigious prizes, cr...
Philippines, Muslim rebels agree on peace pact
2012-10-07 09:05:52 UTC
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Sunday that his government has reached a preliminary peace agreement with the nation's largest Muslim rebel group in a major breakthrough toward ending a decades-long insurgen...
Panetta: Syria clash with Turkey may escalate
2012-10-07 08:22:57 UTC
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — The continued exchange of artillery fire between Syria and Turkey raises additional concerns that the conflict may escalate and spread to neighboring countries, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Saturday.
Romney cites 'job crisis' despite employment gains
2012-10-06 10:54:24 UTC
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Declaring that the nation is in a "jobs crisis," Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is charging ahead with his economic arguments in spite of unemployment dropping to its lowest level since President Barack Obama to...
2 extradited to US to appear in Conn. court
2012-10-06 10:55:57 UTC
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Five terror suspects were extradited from Britain after losing their lengthy fight to avoid facing charges in the U.S., and officials say at least two of the men are expected in court Saturday.
Radical preacher Abu Hamza...
Abortion rights yacht sails around Moroccan port
2012-10-05 08:26:39 UTC
SMIR, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan police Thursday escorted from its waters a small yacht carrying women's rights activists claiming to be able to perform abortions on board, after anti-abortion protesters jeered them on land.
The Dutch group Women ...
UN strongly condemns Syrian shelling of Turkey
2012-10-05 07:59:34 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council overcame deep divisions to unanimously approve a statement Thursday condemning Syria's shelling of a Turkish town that killed five women and children "in the strongest terms."
Council members mana...
Pakistan struggles with smuggled Buddhist relics
2012-10-04 08:09:02 UTC
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Lacking the necessary cash and manpower, Pakistan is struggling to stem the flow of millions of dollars in ancient Buddhist artifacts that looters dig up in the country's northwest and smuggle to collectors around the world.
Devout Israeli Jews moving to Arab-Jewish cities
2012-10-04 08:04:06 UTC
ACRE, Israel (AP) — Orthodox Jewish Israelis, the driving force of the West Bank settlement movement, have begun to turn their attention inward to Israel itself, moving into Arab areas of mixed cities in an attempt to cement the Jewish presence th...
Suicide bombings kill 34 in Syrian city of Aleppo
2012-10-03 17:10:00 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Three suicide bombers detonated cars packed with explosives in a government-controlled area of the battleground Syrian city of Aleppo on Wednesday, killing at least 34 people, leveling buildings and trapping survivors under the rubbl...
Iran tightens measures to stem currency fall
2012-10-03 16:59:08 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Police threatened merchants who closed their shops in Tehran's main bazaar and launched crackdowns on sidewalk money changers on Wednesday as part of a push to halt the plunge of Iran's currency, which has shed more than a thir...
Pope's butler convicted in leaks, given 18 months
2012-10-06 10:56:08 UTC
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The pope's butler was convicted Saturday of stealing the pope's private documents and leaking them to a journalist, and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Judge Giuseppe Dalla Torre read the verdict aloud Saturday two hou...
Syrian TV: 3 explosions rock central Aleppo
2012-10-03 07:45:49 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state-run television says three "terrorist" explosions have rocked a central district in the northern city of Aleppo.
The report says Wednesday's blasts went off in the city's main square, an area controlled by government f...
Civilians struggle to check Pakistan army's power
2012-10-02 10:24:27 UTC
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The footage was startling: A group of what appeared to be Pakistani soldiers gunning down several blindfolded men in a forested area. As the clips circulated online and the U.S. threatened to cut aid, Pakistan's army chief promise...
Amnesty calls on Egypt to tackle legacy of abuse
2012-10-02 10:18:17 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International warned Tuesday that abuses by Egyptian police and military continued with impunity after regime change and Hosni Mubarak's ouster, and urged the country's newly elected leader to deal with this "bloody legacy" by...
Syria ever present at UN General Assembly
2012-10-02 10:15:04 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — After countless speeches, meetings and behind-the-scenes discussions, the unending war in Syria remained the unsolved problem that loomed over this year's gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.
As the week-long ...
6 crew arrested in deadly Hong Kong boat collision
2012-10-02 10:10:09 UTC
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police say they've arrested six crew members from the two boats involved in a collision that left 37 people dead.
Police Commissioner Tsang Wai-hung said Tuesday that crew members from both boats were detained. He s...
Early vote count in Georgia puts opposition ahead
2012-10-02 10:08:03 UTC
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Early results in Georgia's parliamentary elections on Tuesday showed the opposition with what appears to be an insurmountable lead as voters turned away from President Mikhail Saakashvili and the party that has been in powe...
Afghan bomber kills 14, including 3 NATO troops
2012-10-01 11:38:28 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber driving a motorcycle packed with explosives rammed his bike into a patrol of Afghan and international forces on Monday morning in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 14 people, including three NAT...
Voters in Georgia deciding fate of government
2012-10-01 11:34:11 UTC
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Voters in Georgia are choosing a new parliament in a heated election Monday that will decide the future of the pro-Western government of President Mikhail Saakashvili.
Emotions are running high in an election that is...
Moscow court postpones Pussy Riot appeal
2012-10-01 11:27:43 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — An appeal by three members of jailed rock band Pussy Riot was postponed Monday after one of them fired her lawyers in what prosecutors criticized as a delaying tactic.
The two year-sentences given in August to the three performe...