Syrian rebel group says it kidnapped 11 Lebanese
2012-06-01 06:50:50 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — A previously unknown Syrian rebel group says it's holding 11 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims kidnapped in Syria.
The pilgrims were abducted on May 22, after crossing into Syria from Turkey on their way to Lebanon.
The group calling it...
UK minister faces questions over ties to Murdoch
2012-05-31 09:38:11 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A British Cabinet minister is giving evidence to the country's media ethics inquiry amid sharp questions about his handling of a take-over deal launched by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Jeremy Hunt...
Get the camera, here comes Aung San Suu Kyi
2012-05-31 09:32:47 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Aung San Suu Kyi's celebrity status made her the center attraction at Thursday's opening of the World Economic Forum, where the Myanmar opposition leader signed autographs and smiled politely for pictures with delegates from around ...
Suicide car bomber kills 5 police in Afghanistan
2012-05-31 09:29:15 UTC
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber detonated a vehicle full of explosives outside a district police headquarters in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing five policemen, a government official said.
The attack in Kandahar province...
Israel's Barak: Weigh 'unilateral action'
2012-05-30 17:02:00 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister abruptly proposed Wednesday that Israel consider "unilateral action" if long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinians don't produce a deal — suggesting Israel may be thinking of withdrawing on its own fr...
Judges sentence Charles Taylor to 50 years
2012-05-30 16:29:40 UTC
LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years imprisonment Wednesday for arming and supporting murderous rebels in Sierra Leone in return for "blood diamonds," a landmark sentence activists hop...
Activists: New shelling in central Syria
2012-05-30 06:50:42 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian troops are shelling restive suburbs of Damascus and rebel-held areas in the central city of Homs.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees did not have any de...
UN: Most of 108 killed in Syria were executed
2012-05-29 20:08:41 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N.'s human rights office said Tuesday that most of the 108 victims of a massacre in Syria last week were shot at close range, some of them women, children and entire families gunned down in their own homes.
The massacre on F...
17 dead in latest killer quake in northern Italy
2012-05-29 19:23:20 UTC
MIRANDOLA, Italy (AP) — Rescue workers combing through the rubble of Italy's latest deadly quake say they have found the bodies of two workers in a collapsed factory, raising the death toll to at least 17.
The rescuers in the northern town of M...
US expels top Syrian diplomat to protest massacre
2012-05-29 18:49:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is expelling Syria's most senior envoy in Washington, joining a host of other governments in kicking out Syrian diplomats to protest last week's gruesome massacre in which entire families, including child...
Violence flares after Egypt election results
2012-05-29 03:56:56 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — A mob set fire late Monday to the campaign headquarters of one of the two Egyptian presidential politicians facing each other in a runoff that will decide a new leader after last year's popular uprising, the first sign of unrest after...
McCain: Don't count on Russia to force out Assad
2012-05-27 23:34:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. can't count on Russia — a major arms supplier to Syria — to force President Bashar Assad from power, Sen. John McCain said Sunday, blaming President Barack Obama for embracing a "feckless" foreign policy and punting toug...
Iran: No reason to halt 20 percent enrichment
2012-05-27 16:33:28 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's nuclear chief said Sunday there are no reasons at the moment for his country to halt production of uranium enriched to 20 percent, a key demand of world powers.
The West is concerned that the 20-percent enrichment cou...
Syria denies responsibility for attack killing 90
2012-05-27 15:53:47 UTC
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian government on Sunday denied responsibility for a string of villages that left more than 90 people dead, blaming the killings on "hundreds of heavily armed gunmen" who also attacked soldiers in the area.
Pakistan: US missile attack kills 4 in northwest
2012-05-26 20:55:50 UTC
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — An American drone fired two missiles at a bakery in northwest Pakistan Saturday, killing four suspected militants, officials said, as the U.S. pushed ahead with its drone campaign despite Pakistani demands to stop. This w...
Iran: Enriched uranium traces a 'technical issue'
2012-05-26 20:51:32 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A top Iranian nuclear official said that traces of enriched uranium discovered at an underground bunker came from a "routine technical issue," the country's official IRNA news agency reported Saturday.
Ali Asghar Soltanieh, ...
Activists: Troops kills up to 50 in central Syria
2012-05-25 22:06:38 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — President Bashar Assad's forces killed at least 50 civilians, including 13 children, in central Syria on Friday, activists said, in one of the highest death tolls in one specific area since an internationally-brokered cease-fire went...
Egypt results point to deeply divisive runoff race
2012-05-25 22:10:55 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — The Muslim Brotherhood's candidate and a veteran of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak's autocratic regime will face each other in a runoff election for Egypt's president, according to first-round results Friday. The divisive showdown dismay...
Backlash against African migrants in Israel
2012-05-25 22:08:58 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Recent rapes blamed on African migrants have ignited a political and emotional backlash against their ballooning numbers, with Israelis and their leaders stridently — and in an alarming new development, violently — calling for the...
With smuggling choked, Syria rebels feel arms curb
2012-05-24 07:55:54 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Mohamed Nizar says he and his fellow rebels have the will, the fervor and the money to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad.
What they lack, he says, is the firepower.
"If I make a phone call, I'll have maybe 2,000 Stingers...
Rwandan orphans find hope in village
2012-05-24 06:32:34 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — From a teenager who was a month old when her parents were killed in Rwanda's genocide to a young man inspired to become a doctor, hundreds of orphans have found hope for the future in a special village outside the Rwandan capital.
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...