Study: Outside media changing N. Korean worldview
2012-05-10 19:09:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The growing availability of news media and cellphones in reclusive North Korea likely forced it to admit within hours that its long-range rocket launch last month was a failure, the U.S. human rights envoy to the country said Thu...
Suicide bombers strike Syrian capital, killing 55
2012-05-10 15:29:48 UTC
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Two suicide car bombs ripped through the Syrian capital Thursday, killing 55 people and tearing the facade off a military intelligence building in the deadliest explosions since the country's uprising began 14 months ago, th...
Rescue teams hunt for lost Russian passenger jet
2012-05-10 01:32:23 UTC
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Search and rescue teams were scouring the slopes of a dormant volcano in western Indonesia early Thursday for signs of a new Russian-made passenger plane that dropped off the radar while on a demonstration flight. Fifty p...
Europe at the crossroads: splinter or unite
2012-05-09 20:05:39 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union, a hope for peace that rose from the fires of World War II, paused Wednesday to honor its past and ponder its future — and how it can ensure it still has one in light of the anti-austerity anger expressed this we...
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...
Putin to parade: Russia will stand up for policies
2012-05-09 07:32:12 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the annual massive military parade in Red Square that the country will stand up for its positions.
Putin's short speech to some 14,000 servicemen and thousands of guests comes less than a ...
Annan warns Syria at risk of civil war
2012-05-08 18:21:11 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — World powers share a "profound concern" that Syria is descending into civil war, international envoy Kofi Annan said Tuesday, but nations remain committed to his six-point peace plan and have pledged to deploy 300 cease-fire monitors...
Syria tallies ballots from parliament elections
2012-05-08 09:30:06 UTC
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria said counting was under way Tuesday after parliamentary elections that the opposition boycotted and the U.S. described as bordering on ludicrous.
Monday's election for the 250-member parliament is unlikely to change...
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...
China to begin deep water drilling in disputed sea
2012-05-08 09:19:21 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — China's first deep water oil drill is ready to start production in the South China Sea amid an ongoing standoff with the Philippines in another section of the contested waters.
The official Xinhua News Agency says China National ...
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...
Stars dress for Wintour-hosted, Prada-themed gala
2012-05-08 15:16:30 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — It's known as one of the most glamorous red carpets of the year, with movie stars, models and even a few star quarterbacks putting on their most fashion-forward outfits for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala.
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...
UAE squeezes Islamist group on Arab Spring fringe
2012-05-07 18:52:21 UTC
RAS AL-KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Morning prayers had just ended. Worshippers streamed out, squinting into the rising sun and paying no attention to the knot of men wearing the traditional white robes of the Gulf standing nearby.
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.
Austerity is a dirty word in Europe but what next?
2012-05-07 17:58:02 UTC
PARIS (AP) — The day after Francois Hollande rode to power in France on a slogan of "change now" the conversation in Europe is already different: Austerity has become a dirty word.
In Greece, political parties who reject the extreme belt-tighte...
Palestinian prisoners on mass hunger strike
2012-05-07 16:04:37 UTC
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A bearded Islamist who lived on liquids and minerals for 66 days to protest his open-ended incarceration in Israel, winning his freedom, has inspired more than 1,000 other Palestinian prisoners to follow him, putting pre...
Supermoon glows around the globe
2012-05-07 06:58:13 UTC
It may have been only an optical illusion, but what a sight. The biggest and brightest full moon of the year arrived Saturday night and glowed around the world.
In Brazil it illuminated the landmark Christ the Redeemer statue and later set behi...
What's at stake as 6 European nations vote
2012-05-07 00:52:35 UTC
Six European countries are holding elections Sunday. Here is a quick look at what's at stake:
—FRANCE: Socialist challenger Francois Hollande defeats incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy for the presidency by capitalizing on anger over austerity measures....
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...
Markets could stumble after France, Greece votes
2012-05-07 00:26:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Financial markets will likely stumble this week after elections in Greece and France cast a pall of uncertainty over Europe's efforts to solve its debt crisis.
On Sunday night, the euro plunged to $1.2988, a nearly five-month ...
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...