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...
Oil little changed, investors weigh global economy
2013-01-18 20:16:30 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil remained at a four-month high Friday after new data showed China's economy rebounded and a global demand forecast rose.
Benchmark oil for February delivery rose 7 cents to finish at $95.56 per barrel on the ...
Murdoch to be quizzed on his UK political sway
2012-04-23 04:56:51 UTC
LONDON (AP) — He was long considered one of the most important power brokers in British politics. Now, with his influence shriveled by Britain's phone hacking scandal, media mogul Rupert Murdoch is returning to the U.K. to face questions about his...
Paper: UBS head calls tax flap 'economic war'
2012-04-23 04:40:47 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — The CEO of Swiss banking giant UBS AG has said the nation's tax disputes with the United States and some European nations are "an economic war" putting 20,000 jobs at risk.
Sergio Ermotti, appointed CEO in November in the wake of ...
Man arrested over British diplomat's mugging
2012-04-23 04:19:56 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A man was arrested Sunday in connection with a mugging in London that left a British diplomat without sight in his left eye, officials said.
George Fergusson, 56, was attacked as he walked through Hammersmith in West London on Fri...
Syria hotspot enjoys lull with UN monitors present
2012-04-22 21:18:02 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The deployment of U.N. truce monitors brought a lull in shelling of the Syrian opposition stronghold of Homs for a second day Sunday while President Bashar Assad's troops kept up heavy attacks on other areas where observers were not ...
Hollande wins first round with 28 per cent
2012-04-22 20:58:49 UTC
Francois Hollande has secured 28 per cent of the votes cast in the first round of the presidential elections, with 79 per cent of the ballots counted. Nicholas Sarkozy is trailing his Socialist rival with 26.9 per cent of the vote.
Hollande, Sarkozy set to advance to French runoff
2012-04-22 18:59:45 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Socialist Francois Hollande and conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy are heading for a runoff in their race for France's presidency, according to partial official results in a vote that could alter the European political and economi...
Zoe Kravitz & Penn Badgley: Coachella Couple!
2012-04-22 16:09:17 UTC
Zoe Kravitz and boyfriend Penn Badgley roam the fields with some friends during the second day of the 2012 Coachella Music Festival‘s second weekend on Saturday (April 21) in Indio, Calif.
Earlier in the day, the 25-year-old Gossip Gi...
Turnout solid in French presidential election
2012-04-22 15:54:02 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Center-right French President Nicolas Sarkozy's career was on the line on Sunday as voters turned out in solid numbers for the first round of France's presidential election, a contest that could shake-up Europe's political landscape a...
UN observers tour rebel-held town in Syria
2012-04-22 15:47:42 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. cease-fire monitors toured a rebel-held town in central Syria Sunday with army defectors, while government troops pounded a Damascus suburb with artillery and heavy machine guns, activists said.
The shelling in Douma highligh...
UN monitors visit Syria opposition stronghold
2012-04-21 21:30:32 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Five unarmed U.N. truce monitors toured the battered city at the heart of the Syrian uprising on foot Saturday, encountering unusually calm streets after weeks of shelling as a throng of residents clamored for foreign military help t...
Costa Concordia to be salvaged in 1 piece
2012-04-21 21:20:56 UTC
MILAN (AP) — Salvage work to remove the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship from its rocky perch off Tuscany, where 32 people died, will begin early next month and is expected to take a year, the Italian owner announced Saturday.
German court case fails to settle YouTube copyright controversy
2012-04-21 19:25:30 UTC
A German court has ruled that YouTube must erase seven contested videos over copyright issues. However, the decision has failed to settle the protracted copyright row raging on the Internet.
Hamburg's State Court ruled on Friday that YouTube will...
Uganda Kony-hunting soldiers face jungle threats
2012-04-21 15:13:28 UTC
RIVER VOVODO, Central African Republic (AP) — For Ugandan soldiers tasked with catching Joseph Kony, the real threat is not the elusive Central Africa warlord and his brutal gang. Encounters with the Lord's Resistance Army rebels are so rare that ...
Syrians ask UN monitors in Homs for intervention
2012-04-21 14:24:31 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — A group of U.N. cease-fire observers toured a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs Saturday as residents chanted loudly for a military intervention to protect them from President Bashar Assad's regime forces.
Myanmar activists say go slow on easing sanctions
2012-04-21 06:02:10 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — The increasingly enthusiastic love affair between Myanmar and the West is about to heat up further with the European Union's expected announcement that it is easing sanctions on the Southeast Asian nation. But not everyone is caught...
Europe, Russia propose rival resolutions on Syria
2012-04-21 05:31:41 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — European nations and Russia proposed rival U.N. resolutions Friday morning, both calling for expanding the number of U.N. cease-fire monitors in Syria from 30 to 300 but disagreeing on possible sanctions and on how quickly th...
Hacker attack underlines Web role in China scandal
2012-04-21 06:10:00 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — A massive hacker attack has crippled an overseas website that has reported extensively on China's biggest political turmoil in years, underscoring the pivotal role the Internet has played in the unfolding scandal.
Cruise ship passed by disabled fishing boat
2012-04-20 19:05:15 UTC
RIO HATO, Panama (AP) — Three Panamanian men were on their way home after a night of fishing, happy with their success, when the motor on their small open boat rattled and quit, leaving them adrift in sight of land, but too far out for their cell ...
EU parliament slams Argentina's YPF seizure
2012-04-20 18:29:53 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union parliament on Friday condemned Argentina's move to seize control of the YPF division of Spanish oil and gas company Repsol and demanded that the EU take action against Buenos Aires at the World Trade Organization...
Court in shock as Norway gunman describes massacre
2012-04-21 06:13:20 UTC
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegians who lost loved ones on Utoya island relived the horror Friday as far-right fanatic Anders Behring Breivik described in harrowing detail how he gunned down teenagers as they fled in panic or froze before him, paralyze...
Experts: NKorea missile carrier likely from China
2012-04-20 06:31:12 UTC
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The enormous, 16-wheel truck that North Korea used to carry a missile during a recent parade likely came from China in a possible violation of U.N. sanctions meant to rein in Pyongyang's missile program, experts say.
EU Parliament backs US passenger data deal
2012-04-20 06:24:02 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union parliament on Thursday approved a new data agreement with the United States that tightens restrictions on sharing information about passengers flying from Europe to America.
The legislature meeting in Strasbou...