France raises prospect of military action in Syria
2012-04-26 03:31:03 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — France raised the prospect of military intervention in Syria on Wednesday, saying the U.N. should consider harsher measures if an international peace plan that has been shaken by violence ultimately collapses.
The statement reflec...
Mexican president discusses immigration in Texas
2012-04-26 03:19:58 UTC
HOUSTON (AP) — Mexican President Felipe Calderon said during a speech Wednesday evening that while he respects U.S. laws designed to control illegal immigration, he's against statutes like Arizona's controversial law that he believes unfairly go a...
France warns Syria that UN clock is ticking
2012-04-25 18:14:00 UTC
PARIS (AP) — France on Wednesday warned that if Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime doesn't fully implement an international peace plan it will seek U.N. action under a provision that includes possible military action.
The comments from Fren...
UN confirms 16 deaths in Sudan bombings
2012-04-25 04:25:47 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has confirmed that at least 16 civilians in South Sudan have been killed and 34 injured in bombings by Sudanese aircraft.
U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, the current Security Council president, told reporter...
Marathon runner's death inspires $1M in donations
2012-04-25 19:34:10 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Donations to the charity supported by a 30-year-old woman who died during the London Marathon topped $1 million on Wednesday as thousands took up her cause.
Claire Squires entered the race to raise money for an organization that h...
New case of mad cow disease in California
2012-04-25 01:19:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first new case of mad cow disease in the U.S. since 2006 has been discovered in a dairy cow in California, but health authorities said Tuesday the animal never was a threat to the nation's food supply.
The infected cow, th...
Venezuela's Chavez active, upbeat on TV in Cub
2012-04-24 19:47:49 UTC
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez appeared in video images for the first time in 10 days on Tuesday, chatting with aides and relatives in an upbeat outdoor encounter that allowed him to show supporters he remains vigorous ...
South Sudan president: Sudan has 'declared war'
2012-04-24 19:27:53 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — South Sudan's president said its northern neighbor has "declared war" on the world's newest nation, just hours after Sudanese jets dropped eight bombs onto South Sudan on Tuesday.
President Salva Kiir's comments, made duri...
Yemen army recaptures center of al-Qaida-held city
2012-04-24 19:23:16 UTC
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — FBI director Robert Mueller and Yemen's new president pledged to step up the fight against al-Qaida Tuesday only hours after government forces fought their way to the heart of a southern Yemeni city that has been held by Islami...
Protesters crash Wells Fargo shareholder meeting
2012-04-25 04:39:28 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators from across the country descended on San Francisco Tuesday in an attempt to crash banking giant Wells Fargo's annual shareholders meeting.
Several dozen people representing commu...
Feds make 1st arrest in BP oil spill case
2012-04-24 18:37:17 UTC
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department said on Tuesday it filed the first criminal charges in the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, accusing a former BP engineer of destroying evidence.
Kurt Mix, of Katy, Texas, was arrested ...
Satellites said to show Syria not abiding by truce
2012-04-24 18:07:17 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — Satellite imagery and other credible reports show that, despite its claims, Syria has failed to withdraw all of its heavy weapons from populated areas as required by a cease-fire deal, international envoy Kofi Annan's spokesman Ahmad...
Russia's Medvedev vows to continue modernization
2012-04-24 18:01:40 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev vowed Tuesday to keep combating corruption, pursing political reforms and modernizing the economy even as he shifts into the prime minister's job.
Medvedev had agreed to step down after one term ...
Germany's Merkel defends budget discipline drive
2012-04-24 15:55:21 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Germany defended its pro-austerity stance on Tuesday, with Chancellor Angela Merkel and two ministers pressing for Europe to stick with a policy of fiscal discipline in spite of the latest bout of political uncertainty.
Breivik hears witnesses recall turmoil after blast
2012-04-24 15:46:23 UTC
OSLO, Norway (AP) — After testifying for five days, Anders Behring Breivik listened silently Tuesday as others described the mayhem caused by his bombing of Oslo's government district, a scene one witness described as a "war zone."
Syrian rebels target security officials in capital
2012-04-24 15:41:42 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Rebels seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad killed three regime officers in separate attacks Tuesday around Damascus, activists and state media said, the latest violence targeting the security forces used by the government...
US lessons in Afghanistan can aid Colombian troops
2012-04-24 07:07:03 UTC
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta got a glimpse into how America's military's experience in Afghanistan is contributing to the U.S. counterinsurgency training in Colombia.
While the two conflicts are no perfect match, U.S. ...
Fringes cast shadow over French election
2012-04-23 17:52:15 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Socialist Francois Hollande and conservative Nicolas Sarkozy are going head-to-head in France's presidential runoff, but a third figure looms large in the campaign: the leader of the nation's far-right National Front.
Nearly one in...
Egypt denies 8 US nonprofits license to operate
2012-04-23 17:27:52 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian official says the government has denied permission to eight U.S.-based nonprofit groups to operate locally, including an election monitoring group headed by former American President Jimmy Carter.
The Social Affairs Min...
EU imposes new sanctions on Syrian regime
2012-04-23 15:28:32 UTC
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union on Monday banned the sale of luxury goods and products to Syria that can have military as well as civilian uses.
The ban on luxury items appears to take direct aim at some of Syrian President Bashar Assad's ...
Activists: Dozens killed in Hama after UN visit
2012-04-23 17:41:55 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops armed with heavy machine guns killed dozens in the central city of Hama Monday, activists said, just a day after chanting protesters welcomed a visit by a U.N. team sent to observe a shaky cease-fire.
The day's viole...
Breivik claims 'racist' plot to cast him as insane
2012-04-23 14:05:05 UTC
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Anxious to prove he's not insane, confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik told a court Monday that questions about his mental health are part of a racist plot to discredit his extreme anti-Muslim ideology.
Breivik, who ...
Key lawmakers stand by Aussie gov't over scandal
2012-04-23 06:03:25 UTC
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Key independent lawmakers said on Monday they will stand by Australia's embattled government after the parliamentary speaker temporarily stepped aside over allegations of sexual harassment and fraud.
The opposition ha...
Energy crisis provokes Argentine YPF expropriation
2012-04-23 05:33:50 UTC
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Less than a decade ago, Argentina was an exporter of oil and natural gas. Now the government has to spend billions of dollars to import fuel.
This dramatic reversal of fortune is why Argentina, already a global fi...
Hollande, Sarkozy heading to French vote runoff
2012-04-23 05:22:41 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Francois Hollande, a mild-mannered French Socialist who wants to take better care of the jobless and the poor, is heading to a presidential runoff election against tough-on-immigration Nicolas Sarkozy in a vote that could alter Europe...