Good deeds to celebrate Mandela's 94th
2012-07-17 18:07:56 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Annah Nankie Nhlapo has been waiting 22 years for a home. On a dusty narrow road on the outskirts of Johannesburg, the foundation of her new house is finally taking shape.
Over the next five days, to commemorate the U.N.-man...
Navy: US ship fires on boat off Dubai, 1 killed
2012-07-16 20:09:14 UTC
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. Navy ship opened fire on a small boat racing toward it Monday near the Gulf city of Dubai, killing one person, according to American officials.
Lt. Greg Raelson, a spokesman for the Navy's Bahrain-based...
Officials: Faulty wiring caused NYC seaport fire
2012-07-16 00:24:22 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Fire officials say the blaze that engulfed part of a building in New York City's South Street Seaport was caused by faulty electrical wiring.
Fire marshals also were looking Sunday into whether there was any structural damage fr...
Clinton's calls fall flat in Egypt political fight
2012-07-16 00:18:25 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — The head of Egypt's military took a tough line Sunday on the Muslim Brotherhood, warning that he won't let the fundamentalist group dominate the country, only hours after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged him to wor...
Polish rescuers of Jews celebrated as heroes
2012-07-15 18:04:18 UTC
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Dozens of elderly Poles who helped save Jews during World War II have gathered in Warsaw to be recognized by Jewish representatives who hailed them for their heroism.
The meeting, over a kosher lunch Sunday in an upscale h...
Iran parliamentarians call for nuclear ships
2012-07-15 17:36:17 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian semiofficial news agency says a parliamentary committee has approved a bill requiring the government to design nuclear-powered merchant ships and provide them with nuclear fuel.
Iran says it is designing a nuclear...
Israeli protester sets himself on fire at rally
2012-07-15 02:25:14 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli protester set himself alight during a rally Saturday night marking the anniversary of a wave of demonstrations that swept the country to protest the high cost of living and other social issues, authorities said.
Freed Israeli soldier a mystery despite exposure
2012-07-14 11:57:34 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Nine months after he was freed from Hamas captivity in a lopsided prisoner swap, Gilad Schalit is emerging from the shadows — showing up at parties, sporting events and even writing a newspaper column.
Even so, the former Israe...
Peru's anti-riot tactics unmatched in lethality
2012-07-14 11:45:56 UTC
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Sixteen-year-old Cesar Medina was returning home from an Internet cafe, his mother says, and got caught up in a crowd of demonstrators when police and soldiers opened fire. A bullet tore into his head, killing him instantly.
Suicide bomber kills 4 in Syrian town
2012-07-14 11:33:01 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — A suicide bomber blew up his car in a central Syrian town on Saturday, killing three civilians and one security officer, Syria's state news agency said.
SANA said the attacker, who camouflaged the bomb with onions, detonated the e...
Saudi Arabia: Police kill attacker in east
2012-07-14 11:26:01 UTC
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says police have shot dead a man who tried to firebomb a police station in a restive Shiite-majority eastern district, while four policemen were injured in another attack.
Interior Ministry spokesman Maj...
Well-known Afghan commander among 23 dead in blast
2012-07-14 11:42:42 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up Saturday in a wedding hall in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 23 people including a prominent warlord-turned-politician and three Afghan security force officials, in an attack that ...
Private jet crash kills 3 Americans in France
2012-07-14 04:35:44 UTC
LE CASTELLET, France (AP) — A French official says a private plane has caught fire and crashed on landing at Le Castellet airport in southern France, killing the three Americans on board.
Paul Mourier, prefect of the Var region where Le Castell...
French president's 'Mr. Normal' image hit by tweet
2012-07-14 04:32:38 UTC
PARIS (AP) — A feud involving the French president's live-in girlfriend, his former partner and his eldest son may have tarnished the new leader's carefully cultivated image as "Mr. Normal" — credited with helping him win the spring election among...
Ratko Mladic's trial halted because of his health
2012-07-14 04:27:06 UTC
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ratko Mladic's genocide trial was halted Friday for a second day running because the former Bosnian Serb military commander was undergoing medical tests and under observation after being rushed to a hospital a day ear...
4 drug tunnels found along US-Mexico border
2012-07-14 04:03:14 UTC
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Three sophisticated drug tunnels equipped with lighting and ventilation — including one with a railcar system — have been discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border in less than a week, the latest signs that cartels are buildin...
Massive landslide in Alaska sweeps over glacier
2012-07-13 06:11:27 UTC
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Even by Alaska standards, the rock slide in Glacier Bay National Park was a huge event.
It was a monumental geophysical event that was almost overlooked until a pilot happened to fly over where the cliff collapsed and s...
Chilean hate-crime legislation signed into law
2012-07-12 22:42:41 UTC
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's president signed an anti-discrimination law Thursday following the killing of a gay man beaten by attackers who carved swastikas into his body.
The law was approved in May after being stuck in Congress for seven y...
US piles more sanctions on Iran
2012-07-12 22:25:43 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Thursday hit Iran with more sanctions designed to hinder the country's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
The Treasury Department announced new financial sanctions against 11 companies affiliat...
Syria activists: Regime killed scores in village
2012-07-13 17:34:06 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Anti-regime activists in Syria said Friday that government gunners rained shells on a poor, farming village before armed thugs moved in, leaving scores of people dead in what rebels claim is one of the worst single days of bloodshed ...
Opposition: Syria's Iraq ambassador has defected
2012-07-12 05:47:34 UTC
ISTANBUL (AP) — The Syrian ambassador to Iraq has defected, denouncing President Bashar Assad in a TV statement Wednesday, becoming the most senior diplomat to abandon the regime during a bloody 16-month uprising.
Nawaf Fares, a former provinci...
Vast wealth didn't shield the Rausings from drugs
2012-07-11 19:26:49 UTC
LONDON (AP) — When Eva Rausing approached the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy in London's Grosvenor Square four years ago to deal with a routine passport matter, she had to pass through British security, then face an airport-style metal detector so s...
UK police: Heir's wife found dead in London
2012-07-11 07:26:13 UTC
LONDON (AP) — One of Britain's richest women, American-born Eva Rausing, was found dead in her west London home and a man was arrested in connection with the case, British police said, adding that an autopsy had failed to uncover a formal cause of...
UK police charge 3 more men with terror offenses
2012-07-11 00:54:44 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Three men were accused in a British court Tuesday of building a makeshift bomb and making other preparations for a terrorist attack against the far-right English Defense League. Hours later, police charged three other men arrested in...
AP IMPACT: Building costs rise at US nuclear sites
2012-07-10 20:52:10 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — America's first new nuclear plants in more than a decade are costing billions more to build and sometimes taking longer to deliver than planned, problems that could chill the industry's hopes for a jumpstart to the nation's new nucl...