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  • Annan in Iraqi for talks on peace plan for Syria
    Diaalnews 2012-07-10 12:47:41 UTC
    BAGHDAD (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan has arrived in Iraq on an outreach tour to Syria's allies in the Mideast. Annan touched down in Baghdad on Tuesday after a one-day trip to Iran, a key Damascus ally. Iraqi government spokesman Al...
  • New crisis looms in Egypt over legislature's fate
    C952146c3958df13140f6a706700189a 2012-07-09 23:50:19 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — A new showdown loomed in Egypt on Monday as the country's highest court stood by its ruling that dissolved parliament last month, challenging the new Islamist president's plans to reconvene the lower chamber in defiance of the militar...
  • South Sudan turns 1, but oil, border issues remain
    120425033523-sudan-oil-pipeline-heglig-story-top 2012-07-09 12:43:14 UTC
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The world's newest nation, South Sudan, is celebrating its first birthday. A government statement said Monday's one-year anniversary of independence from Sudan brings new hopes, challenges and opportunities to build a p...
  • Russia halts arms shipments to Syria
    Russia-syria-arms.jpg_full_600 2012-07-09 12:37:54 UTC
    MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian official says that Moscow is halting its weapons sales to Syrian authorities until the situation there calms down. Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, deputy chief of the Russian military and technical cooperation agency, told R...
  • Egypt's parliament speaker calls new session
    22e4adfc1f9ec713140f6a706700fc5b 2012-07-09 12:27:10 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — The speaker of Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament called Monday for the legislature to meet this week, raising the stakes in a tense standoff with the powerful military which backed a court ruling to dissolve the chamber. Egypt'...
  • Annan says agreement reached with Assad
    Kofibashar_2232749b 2012-07-09 12:23:09 UTC
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan raised hopes of a revived peace effort in Syria, saying he has reached a framework with President Bashar Assad and would hold talks with rebel leaders. Annan was traveling to Damascus' key ally...
  • Gunmen attack Pakistani army camp, kill 8 people
    C1446fb61ee6c313140f6a706700acca 2012-07-09 09:59:32 UTC
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Gunmen killed eight people in an attack Monday on a Pakistani army camp in a city where thousands of hardline Islamists spent the night on their way to the capital to protest the government's recent decision to reopen the NATO sup...
  • Syria military conducts large-scale exercises
    Diaalnews 2012-07-08 10:55:41 UTC
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's military began large-scale exercises simulating defense against outside "aggression," the state-run news agency said Sunday — an apparent warning to other countries not to intervene in the country's crisis. The ex...
  • Clinton looks for better US-Pakistani cooperation
    Diaalnews 2012-07-08 10:24:19 UTC
    TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed hope Sunday that Pakistan's recent reopening of NATO supply lines into Afghanistan might lead to a broader rapprochement in U.S.-Pakistani relations after a difficult period for...
  • Jubilant Libyans take major step toward democracy
    A2e71f72ec8f9912140f6a706700db0f 2012-07-07 17:46:45 UTC
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Jubilant Libyans marked a major step toward democracy after decades of erratic one-man rule, voting Saturday in the first parliamentary election after last year's overthrow and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. ...
  • Afghanistan declared a major US non-NATO ally
    De2c20db0416a613140f6a7067008594 2012-07-07 11:26:03 UTC
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Obama administration on Saturday declared Afghanistan the United States' newest "major non-NATO ally," an action designed to facilitate close defense cooperation after U.S. combat troops withdraw from the country in 2...
  • Lebanon security says 2 killed by Syria shells
    Syrian_army_wadi_khaled 2012-07-07 11:30:31 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Shells fired from inside Syria killed two Lebanese civilians on Saturday and injured 10 others, security officials said, in the latest incident of violence spilling across the border. One woman was killed when a shell hit her home...
  • Israeli draft pits secular Jews vs. ultra-Orthodox
    2b4ad8d6042aa713140f6a7067003b5f 2012-07-07 10:08:09 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Deep in the heart of Mea Shearim, a Jerusalem bastion of hardline ultra-Orthodox Jews, hundreds of bearded young men in black suits have their noses burrowed into books, immersed in biblical study and oblivious to their surroundin...
  • Afghanistan declared a major US non-NATO ally
    Diaalnews.com 2012-07-07 09:53:49 UTC
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Obama administration on Saturday declared Afghanistan the United States' newest "major non-NATO ally," an action designed to facilitate close defense cooperation after U.S. combat troops withdraw from the country in 2...
  • 7th person arrested in British terrorism probe
    Diaalnews.com 2012-07-07 11:31:26 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — British police say they have arrested a seventh person over an alleged plot to launch a terrorist attack. The Metropolitan Police says the 22-year-old woman was arrested Saturday at a home in east London "on suspicion of the commi...
  • Argentina convicts 2 dictators of stealing babies
    Diaalnews 2012-07-06 16:23:11 UTC
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The conviction of two former dictators for the systematic stealing of babies from political prisoners 30 years ago is a big step in Argentina's effort to punish that era's human rights abuses, though certainly not th...
  • Azerbaijan editor accused of spying for Iran
    Diaalnews.com 2012-07-04 17:03:05 UTC
    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Prosecutors in Azerbaijan have charged the editor of a newspaper catering to the minority Talysh ethnic group with spying for neighboring Iran and inciting public unrest. Police and prosecutors said in a joint statement ...
  • Germany: Gunman kills self, 4 others in hostage standoff
    Diaalnews.com 2012-07-04 16:48:32 UTC
    BERLIN (AP) — A heavily armed man whose girlfriend was being evicted from her apartment Wednesday killed four people, including the new owner and a court bailiff who were shot execution style, before turning a shotgun on himself, German authoritie...
  • EU: Talks on Iran's nuclear program to continue
    Ashton 2012-07-04 08:37:42 UTC
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says Iranian and international technical experts have exchanged details on proposals to end the standoff over Tehran's nuclear program. A statement said talks in Istanbul lasted a full day and ended early Wedn...
  • German spy agency faces shake-up in neo-Nazi case
    Diaalnews.com 2012-07-04 07:52:20 UTC
    BERLIN (AP) — The case horrified Germany, a nation where the Hitler era still casts a long shadow: a small band of neo-Nazis suspected of killing ethnic Turks and others in a seven-year terror spree, undetected by security forces until a botched b...
  • Ex-President Sarkozy's home, offices searched
    Diaalnews 2012-07-03 20:18:35 UTC
    PARIS (AP) — French investigators searched former President Nicolas Sarkozy's home and office on Tuesday as part of a probe into suspected illegal financing of his 2007 presidential campaign by the L'Oreal cosmetics heiress, an official said. P...
  • Iran reports long-range missile launch in exercise
    9034e3f59e984d12140f6a7067009f60 2012-07-03 20:06:14 UTC
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Tuesday it test-fired several ballistic missiles, including a long-range variety meant to dissuade an Israeli or U.S. attack, alongside a push by Washington to beef up its military might in the region. The powerful...
  • Sanctions-hit Iran readies ballistic missile drill
    W460 2012-07-02 10:28:45 UTC
    TEHRAN: Iran on Monday said it was readying ballistic missile war games simulating a counter-attack against U.S. or Israeli targets in the region in the event of air strikes on its nuclear facilities. The three-day drill in Iran's central deser...
  • Mexico's former ruling party voted back to office
    Pena-nieto106__v-grossgalerie16x9 2012-07-02 09:53:15 UTC
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The party that ruled Mexico with an iron grip for most of the last century has sailed back into power, promising a government that will be modern, responsible and open to criticism. Though Institutional Revolutionary Party ca...
  • Syrian opposition rejects new international plan
    D76b8d2e6b161d12140f6a70670044ac 2012-07-02 05:02:14 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's main opposition groups rejected on Sunday a new international plan that calls for a transitional government because the compromise agreement did not bar President Bashar Assad from participating. Their reaction held out li...