Blast near UN car shows fragility of Syria truce
2012-05-09 18:00:01 UTC
DARAA, Syria (AP) — A roadside bomb hit a Syrian military truck Wednesday just seconds after the head of the U.N. observer team drove by, demonstrating the fragility of the international plan to end the country's bloodshed.
In Washington, meanw...
Women accuse Egyptian military of sexual assault
2012-05-09 14:43:48 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Women detainees and rights groups have accused Egyptian troops and prison authorities of sexual assault in the latest crackdown on demonstrations.
More than a dozen women were detained among some 300 protesters following a demonstr...
AP-GfK Poll: Support for Afghan war at new low
2012-05-09 06:19:47 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Support for the war in Afghanistan has reached a new low, with only 27 percent of Americans saying they back the effort and about half of those who oppose the war saying the continued presence of American troops in Afghanistan is...
Bahrain opens review of activist convictions
2012-05-08 09:25:08 UTC
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A defense lawyer says a civilian court in Bahrain has begun proceedings to re-examine convictions against a jailed hunger striker and 20 other activists.
Lawyer Hasan Radhi says 11 defendants appeared in court Tuesday, bu...
In surprise deal, Israeli leader cancels electio
2012-05-08 09:13:02 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — In a stunning reversal, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called off early elections Tuesday after reaching an agreement to bring Israel's main opposition party into the government, a move that puts a more moderate face on his haw...
AP Interview: Pakistan army says US scapegoating
2012-05-08 09:01:31 UTC
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — American efforts to talk peace with insurgents in Afghanistan mean Washington can no longer expect Pakistan to attack all the militant factions on its side of the border, some of whom Islamabad is also reaching out to, th...
Syrians vote in election dismissed as a sham
2012-05-07 20:09:58 UTC
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrians voted in parliamentary elections Monday that the government praised as a milestone in promised political reforms, but the opposition boycotted the polls and said they were designed to strengthen President Bashar Assa...
US, EU urge Iran to ease world nuclear concerns
2012-05-07 19:07:27 UTC
VIENNA (AP) — The United States and Europe urged Iran on Monday to use upcoming talks with world powers to ease international worry that it may be aiming to develop nuclear arms, but Tehran said such concerns were based on "fake evidence" concocte...
Putin sworn in as Russia's president for 6 years
2012-05-07 18:12:04 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin took the oath of office in a brief but regal Kremlin ceremony on Monday, while on the streets outside thousands of helmeted riot police prevented hundreds of demonstrators from protesting his return to the presidency.
France gets new leader, Europe new direction
2012-05-07 00:34:27 UTC
PARIS (AP) — France handed the presidency Sunday to leftist Francois Hollande, a champion of government stimulus programs who says the state should protect the downtrodden — a victory that could deal a death blow to the drive for austerity that ha...
Obama calls new French President-elect Hollande
2012-05-07 00:19:43 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has called France's new president-elect to congratulate him on winning Sunday's election.
The White House says Obama told Francois Hollande that he looks forward to working with him on a range of shared ...
Greece: Socialist party head calls for coalition
2012-05-06 19:47:59 UTC
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's former finance minister and Socialist party leader called for a broad coalition government of pro-European parties, ruling out a two-party government with his conservative rivals after his party received a drubbing i...
Socialist Francois Hollande wins French presidency
2012-05-07 00:42:57 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Socialist Francois Hollande has declared victory in France's presidential election, railing against austerity measures and urging national unity after a bitter campaign against Nicolas Sarkozy.
The mild-mannered Hollande promised h...
Angry Greeks vote in key parliamentary election
2012-05-06 14:18:48 UTC
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greeks hammered by two years of deep spending cuts voted Sunday in a parliamentary election critical to the country's prospects for pulling itself out of a deep financial crisis that has roiled global markets and threatened G...
Hundreds held after Egypt Defense Ministry clash
2012-05-05 15:54:07 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Military prosecutors ordered the detention of 300 protesters on accusations of attacking troops and disrupting public order during violent clashes outside Egypt's Defense Ministry, a prosecution official said Saturday.
The Friday c...
London stages final test events ahead of Olympics
2012-05-05 15:26:45 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Thousands of sports fans braved the rain and cold at the Olympic Park in London on Saturday as organizers staged the final test events ahead of the Summer Games.
Student athletes competed in water polo, wheelchair tennis, field ho...
Leaders fall in Europe crisis: Sarkozy next?
2012-05-05 08:57:50 UTC
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is widely expected to be kicked out of office in elections Sunday. If he goes, he'll be in good company: Almost every crisis-hit European country that has held an election since disaster struck in 2009 has thrown o...
London re-elects Boris Johnson as mayor
2012-05-05 07:13:52 UTC
LONDON (AP) — London's comic and outspoken mayor Boris Johnson won re-election Friday, triumphing in a closer-than-expected vote to secure a second term and his status as the unvarnished and unpredictable host of the 2012 Olympics
Ahmadinejad rivals cement hold on Iran parliament
2012-05-05 06:34:52 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Final results for many constituencies in Iran's parliamentary runoff elections show conservative rivals of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad winning a solid majority of seats and cementing their hold on the legislature.
Panetta: Troop scandals hurt US Afghan mission
2012-05-04 20:01:47 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is warning troops that it takes just seconds for misconduct to make headlines and fuel the enemy in Afghanistan.
Military leaders are pushing commanders to improve discipline in the ranks after a...
Chen’s friend: U.S. conveyed Chinese threat against wife
2012-05-04 05:26:52 UTC
Chen Guangcheng's friend Bob Fu, president of ChinaAid, told a congressional commission Thursday that Chen only agreed to leave the U.S. Embassy in Beijing after U.S. officials conveyed a threat from the Chinese government that Chen would never se...
Bomb targeting security forces kill 16 in Pakistan
2012-05-04 05:18:28 UTC
KHAR, Pakistan (AP) — A bombing in a Pakistani market close to the Afghan border killed 16 people Friday, a day after the U.S. released a letter written by Osama bin Laden that criticized similar attacks for killing too many civilians.
Five of ...
French candidate goes from wishy-washy to wow
2012-05-04 05:15:34 UTC
PARIS (AP) — The last time France voted for president, Francois Hollande was a portly, smiley man likened to custard pudding who played second fiddle to Segolene Royal, his Socialist party's candidate and the mother of his four kids.
Now he's t...
Russian military ups the ante on missile defense
2012-05-03 20:32:37 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top military officer has threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe if Washington goes ahead with its controversial plan to build a missile shield.
US says it's still trying to help Chinese activist
2012-05-03 07:37:49 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday they are still trying to help a blind Chinese activist who says he fears for his family's safety, and denied he was pressured to leave the American Embassy to resettle inside China.
The diplomatic dis...