Socialists take French Parliament, sweep power
2012-06-17 23:58:45 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Francois Hollande is the man in charge after his Socialist Party swept France's parliamentary election. Voters welcomed the French president's vision of injecting government money into Europe's economies in hopes of helping the joint ...
IOC probes black market Olympic ticket scandal
2012-06-17 23:47:23 UTC
LONDON (AP) — International Olympic officials have opened a high-level investigation into allegations that authorized representatives in more than 50 countries — including a national Olympic committee — were involved in selling London Olympics tic...
UN observers in Syria suspend operations
2012-06-16 18:55:01 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. observers in Syria suspended their activities and patrols Saturday because of escalating violence in the country, the head of the mission said, the strongest sign yet that an international peace plan for Syria is disintegrating....
Saudi heir's death opens door to younger voices
2012-06-16 18:45:25 UTC
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — For the second time in less than a year, Saudi Arabia was thrown into the process of naming a new heir to the country's 88-year-old king following the death Saturday of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz.
That forces ...
Japan OKs restart of 1st reactors since tsunami
2012-06-16 09:04:54 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government on Saturday approved bringing the country's first nuclear reactors back online since last year's earthquake and tsunami led to a nationwide shutdown, going against wider public opinion that is opposed to nuclear pow...
Egypt votes to choose successor to Hosni Mubarak
2012-06-16 08:57:57 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Faced with a choice between Hosni Mubarak's ex-prime minister and an Islamist candidate, Egyptians voted Saturday in a presidential runoff the outcome of which will mean the difference between installing a remnant of the old regime an...
Watergate at 40: So many 'what ifs
2012-06-16 18:05:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the perfect hindsight of history, Watergate's "what ifs" are still tantalizing.
What if a security guard hadn't noticed tape on a door latch outside Democratic headquarters at the Watergate office building.
What if a cal...
Colombia's legendary police chief heads to Mexico
2012-06-15 18:55:34 UTC
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A signature trophy that Gen. Oscar Naranjo has carefully displayed in glass at Police Intelligence headquarters is odd by any measure: the neatly folded uniform of a rebel commander slain in 2008, clearly showing the holes ...
European leaders discuss continent's debt crisis
2012-06-15 18:31:29 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron's office says European leaders have held a video conference on the continent's worsening debt crisis.
Cameron's office said Friday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francoi...
Egypt's Brotherhood pins hopes on presidency
2012-06-15 18:19:42 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — On the eve of Egypt's presidential run-off election, the Muslim Brotherhood tried Friday to salvage its hopes for leadership, urging voters to back its candidate after it lost its political stronghold with the dissolving of parliament...
Syria observer chief says violence derails mission
2012-06-15 18:14:49 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the U.N. observers in Syria said Friday a spike in bloodshed is derailing the mission to monitor and defuse more than a year of violence, raising questions about how effective the unarmed force can be in a conflict that e...
Last fugitive nabbed in '95 Japan gassing
2012-06-15 07:12:57 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police Friday arrested the last fugitive suspected in a doomsday cult's deadly nerve gas attack on Tokyo subways 17 years ago: the cult leader's former bodyguard, who was finally tracked down at a comic-book cafe.
Egypt court dissolves Islamist-led parliament
2012-06-15 07:09:19 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Judges appointed by Hosni Mubarak dissolved the Islamist-dominated parliament Thursday and ruled his former prime minister eligible for the presidential runoff election this weekend — setting the stage for the military and remnants of...
Who doesn't pick up their Nobel Prize? A look
2012-06-14 17:00:21 UTC
HELSINKI (AP) — On Saturday, Aung San Suu Kyi, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, will give her much-awaited Nobel Lecture at Oslo City Hall, 21 years late. The Myanmar democracy activist, held under house arrest by the military-led government f...
50 aid groups demand Israel lift Gaza blockade
2012-06-14 07:16:44 UTC
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Fifty international aid groups and U.N. agencies have called on Israel to lift its Gaza border blockade, saying it violates international law.
Israel began restricting access to Gaza after Hamas militants captured a...
Merkel firmly behind euro, but will she act?
2012-06-14 07:10:45 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has insisted repeatedly that "if the euro fails, Europe fails."
Now the crisis in the 17 countries that use the euro is coming back to the boil, with Spain admitting it needs help to rescue its b...
Obama gives Medal of Freedom to Israel's Peres
2012-06-14 02:09:37 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama presented Israeli President Shimon Peres with the Medal of Freedom on Wednesday, calling him the essence of Israel itself and a man who earned his place in history long ago.
Obama said Peres, who served ...
Sec'y Clinton warns Russia on Syria
2012-06-13 18:08:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of the State Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning Russia that it will sacrifice its interests in Syria unless it acts constructively now.
Speaking to reporters a day after accusing Moscow of sending attack helicopters t...
Mogadishu is losing 'Most Dangerous City' label
2012-06-13 18:03:54 UTC
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Mogadishu is losing a label it never wanted in the first place: The World's Most Dangerous City.
The seaside Somali capital is enjoying a peace that, except for the infrequent attack, has lasted the better part of a ye...
UN team sees massacre site in Syrian village
2012-06-12 21:10:18 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. observers could smell the stench of burned corpses Friday and saw body parts scattered around a Syrian farming hamlet that was the site of a massacre this week in which nearly 80 men, women and children were reported slain. The ...
China announces 23 arrests in US gun scheme
2012-06-12 06:50:02 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police on Tuesday announced the arrests of 23 people as part of a joint U.S.-Chinese investigation into a gun trafficking ring that smuggled dozens of firearms into the country.
The arrests announced by the Ministry of Pu...
Health of Egypt's Mubarak deteriorates in prison
2012-06-12 06:30:15 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Hosni Mubarak's health worsened Monday, with doctors twice having to use a defibrillator on the imprisoned former leader, adding to the tumult in Egypt before this weekend's runoff election for president.
Mubarak, 84, was slipping ...
Ex-UK PM Brown: Murdoch lied under oath to inquiry
2012-06-11 18:47:11 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown lambasted Rupert Murdoch before Britain's media ethics inquiry on Monday, claiming the media mogul had lied under oath to the inquiry and saying that a Murdoch tabloid had undermined the British war...
Iran's Ahmadinejad wounded but wily in final year
2012-06-11 15:59:59 UTC
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's president hardly seemed like a fading political force at a security summit in Beijing last week. Leaders from China and Russia carved out time to hold private talks with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and gave him ce...
Annan 'gravely concerned' about Syria amid clashes
2012-06-11 15:54:13 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan said Monday he was "gravely concerned" about the latest violence in Syria, citing shelling of opposition areas in Homs and reports of mortar, helicopter and tank attacks near the coast.
In a statemen...