Hamas says it's holding talks with 5 EU countries
2012-05-02 19:41:51 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The Palestinian Islamist Hamas has been holding secret political talks with five European Union member states in recent months, a senior official in the militant group told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
If confirmed, such tal...
Court: Ex-Bush aide protected from torture lawsuit
2012-05-02 19:08:35 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An appeals court on Wednesday tossed out a convicted terrorist's lawsuit accusing a high-ranking Bush administration lawyer who wrote the so-called "torture memos" of authorizing illegally harsh treatment.
Former Deputy Ass...
US-Afghan pact achieved despite Karzai's rhetoric
2012-05-02 18:50:36 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president has branded his U.S. allies as corrupt, wasteful and contemptuous of Afghan lives. Once he even threatened to join the Taliban. Nonetheless, Hamid Karzai signed a deal that could keep thousands of ...
Israeli ministers: Election won't affect Iran
2012-05-02 18:28:33 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Two top Israeli security officials said Wednesday that the prospect of early national elections will have no influence over a decision over whether to strike Iranian nuclear sites.
Both Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Deputy Pr...
AP Exclusive: Activist now wants to leave China
2012-05-02 18:22:47 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — The blind Chinese activist at the center of a six-day diplomatic tussle between the U.S. and China said he fears for his family's lives and wants to leave China, hours after American officials announced an agreement with Beijing tha...
Iran seeks sanctions rollback as nuke talk goal
2012-05-02 18:03:34 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has made no secret of its hopes for the next round of nuclear negotiations with world powers: Pledges by the West to ease sanctions as a step toward deal making by Tehran.
Iran's pitch is certain to smack head-on into r...
In Kabul, Obama highlights foreign policy record
2012-05-02 07:54:20 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama answered political taunts with presidential muscle Tuesday, addressing the nation from Kabul as Republicans said he's overdoing the celebration of Osama bin Laden's death one year ago.
The president's se...
Obama sees 'new day' 1 year after bin Laden raid
2012-05-02 07:42:45 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — On a swift, secretive trip to the war zone, President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night that after years of sacrifice the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan is winding down just as it has already ended in Iraq. "We can see...
US claims father illegally moved kids to Gaza
2012-05-02 07:26:27 UTC
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities in the U.S. have accused a divorced Palestinian man of illegally moving his three children from their home in Kansas to his native Gaza earlier this year.
Their mother, Bethany Gonzales, says she wants her child...
Junta takes camp in Mali capital, claims control
2012-05-01 20:44:43 UTC
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — After fierce fighting in Mali's capital Tuesday, troops loyal to the junta overran the main camp of the soldiers who tried to oust them in a countercoup.
Gunfire echoed across Bamako as Malian government troops battled each ...
After 50 years, Cubans hope to travel freely
2012-05-01 20:33:51 UTC
HAVANA (AP) — After controlling the comings and goings of its people for five decades, communist Cuba appears on the verge of a momentous decision to lift many travel restrictions. One senior official says a "radical and profound" change is weeks ...
France fetes Joan of Arc's 600th birthday
2012-05-01 20:17:28 UTC
ORLEANS, France (AP) — The normally tranquil city of Orleans is buzzing with festivities over the next two weeks to mark the 600th birthday of one of France's best cultural exports: Joan of Arc.
On Tuesday, like in a Hollywood epic, the Loire R...
A look at May Day moods around the world
2012-05-01 19:51:26 UTC
From Asia to Europe to the U.S., Tuesday's May Day marches were less a celebration of workers' rights and more an expression of national moods. From gloom to optimism to celebration, here is a look:
SPAIN: Deep gloom.
Tens of thousands of Sp...
Obama flies to Afghanistan, signs pact with Karzai
2012-05-01 20:15:43 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan Tuesday night on the anniversary of the killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden and signed an agreement cementing U.S. commitment to the nation after American combat troo...
Immigrant, labor, Occupy groups join for protests
2012-05-01 19:25:40 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of activists across the U.S. joined the worldwide May Day protests on Tuesday, with Occupy Wall Street members in several cities leading demonstrations against major financial institutions.
In New York, police in r...
AP Exclusive: Indian sailors recount pirate attack
2012-05-01 18:59:34 UTC
MUMBAI, India (AP) — The alarm sounded at 6:40 a.m. It could have been a fire or a man overboard. But in the waters off the coast of Oman near the Gulf of Aden, the sound meant one thing to the crew of the Enrica Ievoli: pirates.
The ship was c...
Sarkozy fighting for his future, likely to lose
2012-05-01 18:51:19 UTC
PARIS (AP) — President Nicolas Sarkozy is the underdog, and he knows it. Not a single poll has predicted he will win re-election on Sunday, and leading figures in his government are already lining up new jobs.
In televised interviews, Sarkozy's...
Chen's escape shames officials, but breaks no law
2012-05-01 20:43:06 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Dissident lawyer Chen Guangcheng was being held under house arrest illegally, activists say, and his only offense in escaping may have been to embarrass local officials bent on punishing him for exposing forced abortions.
Army mortar shells kill 10 in Syrian village
2012-05-01 18:34:31 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian forces fired mortar shells into a farming village Tuesday, killing 10 people, among them two young children, and sending panicked residents running for cover, activists said.
U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous deplored t...
Indian ferry capsizes; 41 dead, 150 missing
2012-05-01 02:59:08 UTC
GAUHATI, India (AP) — An overcrowded ferry boat capsized in heavy winds and rain in remote northeastern India late Monday, killing at least 41 people and leaving at least 150 others missing, police said.
Divers and rescue workers with rubber ra...
Calls for Euro 2012 boycott increase in Germany
2012-05-01 01:12:57 UTC
Germany (D.W.) - Six weeks ahead of the European soccer championship co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland, German politicians debate boycotting the matches in Ukraine in protest of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko's imprisonment.
Ukraine has not bee...
Obama: N. Korea hostility a weakness, not strength
2012-04-30 19:56:53 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda On Monday decried aggressive acts from North Korea, including its recent failed rocket launch.
Obama said Pyongyang is operating from a position of weakness, no...
AP EXCLUSIVE: US not reporting all Afghan attacks
2012-04-30 18:51:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan is under-reporting the number of times that Afghan soldiers and police open fire on American and other foreign troops.
The coalition routinely reports attacks in which a coalition...
Activists on trial for arrests during NYPD protest
2012-04-30 19:24:19 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty activists who converged on a police station to protest a controversial police technique went on trial Monday in a case that they hoped would highlight their cause but prosecutors called a simple matter of breaking the law.
Romney says he would have ordered bin Laden killed
2012-04-30 18:10:26 UTC
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says "of course" he would have ordered Osama bin Laden killed.
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has raised questions about Romney's willingness to assa...