Syrian activists report wave of violence in Hama
2012-06-06 23:11:15 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists reported a surge of bloodshed in the central Hama province late Wednesday, with at least 23 people killed — and possibly many more.
The reported mass killings are likely to ignite more anger nearly two weeks after...
UN: Syria permits aid workers to enter 4 provinces
2012-06-05 16:57:08 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — President Bashar Assad's government has agreed to ease humanitarian access to four of the hardest-hit provinces in Syria, officials said Tuesday, even as the regime plunged into further international isolation by labeling a string of...
Grim search for dead after Nigerian plane crash
2012-06-05 02:56:46 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Emergency crews wearing masks to protect them from the acrid smoke and the stench of the dead searched for bodies in a smoldering, shattered neighborhood near the Lagos airport Monday after the crash of an airliner killed all...
Iran rallies to aid of Iraq's embattled leader
2012-06-05 01:18:17 UTC
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran has played many political roles in Baghdad since the fall of Saddam Hussein: spoiler to American-crafted administrations, haven for Iraqi political outcasts and big brother to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Shiite-led governm...
US official: Al-Qaida No. 2 killed by US drone
2012-06-05 18:11:51 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says a drone strike in Pakistan's northwest tribal region has killed al-Qaida's second-in-command.
The death of Abu Yahya al-Libi is a significant blow to the terror network, which has lost a string of top lead...
Israel asks Arab visitors to open emails to search
2012-06-04 22:53:42 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — When Sandra Tamari arrived at Israel's international airport, she received an unusual request: A security agent pushed a computer screen in front of her, connected to Gmail and told her to "log in."
The agent, suspecting Tamari...
Clinton draws no conclusions on Iranian warning
2012-06-03 16:09:49 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she's not drawing any conclusions about what effect the latest hash words from Iran might have on the potential success of upcoming nuclear talks in Moscow.
Iran's supreme lea...
Syria's Assad says he's surgeon saving patient
2012-06-03 16:15:50 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad defended his government's crackdown on opponents Sunday, saying a doctor performing messy emergency surgery does not have blood on his hands if he is trying to save a patient.
In his first speech sinc...
Egypt prosecutor to appeal Mubarak trial verdicts
2012-06-03 15:03:35 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top prosecutor is appealing the verdicts in the trial of Egypt's ousted president and others, acquitting Hosni Mubarak and his two sons on corruption charges and clearing senior police officers of complicity in killing protest...
Suu Kyi returns home after 1st trip in 24 years
2012-06-03 06:17:46 UTC
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi completed her first trip out of Myanmar in 24 years on Sunday, a tour that highlighted her new freedom to explore the world — and to return home.
Suu Kyi smiled broadly as she walked throug...
Clinton steps up pressure on Russia on Syria
2012-06-03 16:14:14 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday pressed Russia to join international efforts for a political transition in Syria that would see President Bashar Assad driven from power, and suggested greater flexibility c...
Queen spends day at races as jubilee events begin
2012-06-03 05:24:10 UTC
LONDON (AP) — It was a royal day at the races, as Queen Elizabeth II watched a horse with the courtly name of Camelot win the Epsom Derby on Saturday — the kickoff to a four-day celebration of the British monarch's 60 years on the throne.
Panetta arrives at former US base in Vietnam
2012-06-03 05:12:58 UTC
CAM RANH BAY, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has arrived at a former U.S. air and naval base at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, becoming the most senior American official to go there since the war ended.
Panetta says he hopes to enco...
Satellite photos said to show Iran nuke clean up
2012-06-01 20:31:10 UTC
VIENNA (AP) — New commercial satellite images suggest that Iran has demolished two buildings at a military site where it is suspected of trying to erase evidence of a nuclear arms program, a U.S. nonproliferation think tank said Thursday.
Suu Kyi calls for 'healthy skepticism' on Myanmar
2012-06-01 06:56:27 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's opposition leader and former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi urged the international community Friday to exercise "healthy skepticism" toward her country's reforms as it sheds a half-century of military rule.
It is ...
UK minister faces questions over ties to Murdoch
2012-05-31 20:24:05 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron's handling of Britain's tabloid phone hacking scandal faces new criticism after a minister assigned to make an impartial decision on a takeover deal by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. said his cozy ties to th...
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...