Syria lashes out at Saudi, Qatar, Turkey
2012-07-29 17:51:05 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian regime accused regional powerhouses Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey of trying to destroy the country and vowed Sunday that it would defeat rebels who have captured large swathes of the commercial hub Aleppo.
Officials: Ebola breaks out in Uganda
2012-07-29 00:33:42 UTC
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The deadly Ebola virus has killed 14 people in western Uganda this month, Ugandan health officials said on Saturday, ending weeks of speculation about the cause of a strange disease that had many people fleeing their homes.
Costas recalls Israel athletes killed at '72 Games
2012-07-28 07:46:15 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's Bob Costas noted a controversy over honoring Israeli athletes killed at the Olympics 40 years ago during his coverage of the opening ceremony but stopped short of offering his own protest.
The International Olympic Committ...
Opening ceremony gives Olympics a rocking start
2012-07-28 07:10:00 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Shaken and stirred.
James Bond and the queen teamed to give London a wild Olympic opening like no other.
And creative genius Danny Boyle turned Olympic Stadium into a jukebox, cranking up world-beating rock from the Beatles, th...
Fears grow over fate of Syrian city of Aleppo
2012-07-28 06:31:22 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — International concern was mounting Friday over a potential massacre as Syrian troops bombarded the besieged city of Aleppo with artillery, strafed it with aircraft and reportedly pulled in major reinforcements ready to crush the outg...
NATO: Afghan militant attacks up 11 percent
2012-07-27 07:42:23 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition says insurgent attacks in Afghanistan during the past three months were up 11 percent, compared to the same period last year.
The latest statistics also say that the number of attacks in June was...
Sudanese struggle to ignite their own uprising
2012-07-27 08:57:12 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — "I think my country Sudan has really hit rock bottom." Those were the last public words uttered by Usamah Mohamad, a 32-year-old Sudanese web developer-turned-citizen journalist, in a video announcing he would join protests against Pr...
Report: Syrian legislator flees to Turkey
2012-07-27 07:36:15 UTC
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run agency says a Syrian legislator from the northern city of Aleppo has fled to Turkey and warned that Syria was preparing for a massive offensive on cities where rebels are fighting government forces.
Palestinians in Syria get pulled into civil war
2012-07-27 07:28:23 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Like other communities sucked into Syria's widening civil war, the Yarmouk neighborhood in Damascus has seen death and destruction. Soldiers and snipers have gunned down demonstrators. Some protesters have taken up arms to fight back...
Syrian defector wants to help unify opposition
2012-07-26 19:26:54 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's most prominent defector offered himself up Thursday as a figure to unite the fractious opposition, saying he failed to persuade his former friend, President Bashar Assad, to end a bloody crackdown that has killed thousands of...
EYES ON LONDON: Around the 2012 Olympics
2012-07-26 19:23:13 UTC
LONDON (AP) - Double Duty:
The teamwork continues even after the German gymnasts leave the floor.
Several English-speaking reporters wanted to talk to Oksana Chusovitina, who is competing in her sixth Olympics at 37, unheard of for a femal...
Iran offers Syria "experience and capabilities"
2012-07-26 08:17:33 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A high-ranking Iranian official says his country is ready to share "experience and capabilities" with the Tehran-backed regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
In a report published late on Wednesday by official news a...
Munich widows call for Olympic ceremony protest
2012-07-26 07:06:06 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The widows of two Israeli Olympians killed by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics are urging spectators to stage a silent protest during Friday's opening ceremony for the London Games.
Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Romano are...
EYES ON LONDON: Goals, celebrity, diplomacy
2012-07-25 17:29:52 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you:
The women's soccer has started and the goals are flying in. France...
Ghana VP sworn in hours after president's death
2012-07-25 07:30:28 UTC
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — President John Atta Mills' election victory secured Ghana's reputation as one of the most mature democracies in West Africa, a position further solidified Tuesday when the vice president took over only hours after the 68-year-o...
Official: Israel to act if Syria arsenal breached
2012-07-25 07:24:35 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's foreign minister says Israel will act immediately if it discovers Lebanese Hezbollah militants are raiding Syria's chemical or biological weapons stocks.
Avigdor Lieberman told Israel Radio on Wednesday: "For us, that'...
Russia warns Syria against using chemical weapons
2012-07-25 04:53:45 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia chided its longtime ally Syria on Tuesday over its threat to use chemical weapons in case of a foreign attack, but Moscow gave no sign it was abandoning President Bashar Assad's regime, despite growing international condemnati...
Man believed cured of AIDS says he's still cured
2012-07-24 17:35:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first person believed to have been cured of AIDS says reports he still has the HIV virus are false.
Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the "Berlin patient," says doctors have told him he's "cured of AIDS and will remain cure...
Phone hack charges may add to fallout for Brit PM
2012-07-25 05:28:28 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Britain's phone hacking scandal entered a new and expanded criminal phase Tuesday, with charges brought against two former members of Prime Minister David Cameron's inner circle over a campaign of illegal espionage that has rocked th...
Iran general: Reprisals await 'Arabs' over Syria
2012-07-24 17:37:00 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards has warned "hated Arab" rivals they could face repercussions for their efforts to topple the Tehran-backed regime of President Bashar Assad in Syria, a report said Tuesday.
Syria unleashes helicopters on rebels in Aleppo
2012-07-24 17:26:47 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — With warplanes circling overhead, Syrian attack helicopters pounded rebel-held neighborhoods in Aleppo on Tuesday in an escalation of the battle for the country's commercial capital and largest city, residents and activists said.
Fight over ex-Gitmo detainee's book profits ends
2012-07-24 06:18:17 UTC
SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian government on Tuesday dropped its court battle to seize profits from a book written by a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, saying his admissions of terrorist activity before a U.S. military commission could not be relied...
Bread queues, destruction as war comes to Damascus
2012-07-23 17:37:31 UTC
MASNAA, Lebanon (AP) — After a bloody, weeklong siege in the Syrian capital, residents who stayed behind are facing hours-long lines for gasoline and bread, stinking piles of garbage in the streets and scenes of destruction unimaginable in a city ...
Israel shoring up coalition with Kadima defectors
2012-07-23 10:22:52 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Six of the Kadima Party's 28 lawmakers have agreed to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hawkish coalition, just days after the troubled centrist bloc bolted the government, a party spokesman said Monday.
The defection of...
Iran returns sanction fight to Gulf shipping lanes
2012-07-23 17:51:10 UTC
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — When Pentagon officials announced plans to send U.S. Navy minesweepers and warships into the Gulf for exercises, they carefully tried to avoid framing it as a direct show of force against Iran. Tehran took care o...