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  • 5 killed in Syria's increasingly restive Aleppo
    628x471-1 2012-05-05 20:32:42 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — A bomb struck a car wash Saturday in Aleppo, killing at least five people, a day after government troops opened fire to break up large protests against a violent university raid in Syria's largest city. Aleppo, an important econom...
  • Airstrikes kill 5 militants in Yemen
    Militants-carry-the-body--007 2012-05-05 16:29:59 UTC
    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Military officials say Yemeni airstrikes killed five militants in the south, underlining a promise by the country's new president to intensify the battle against al-Qaida militants. Government troops have been waging an offe...
  • Rights group urges Libya to revoke speech law
    Pb-110912-libya-rs-1.photoblog900 2012-05-05 16:20:32 UTC
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The New-York based Human Rights Watch has urged the new government in Libya to revoke a law that criminalizes those glorifying the former dictator Moammar Gadhafi or spreading "propaganda" that insults or endangers the state....
  • Hundreds held after Egypt Defense Ministry clash
    628x471 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...
  • Leaders fall in Europe crisis: Sarkozy next?
    539w 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
    Boris_2211674b 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 Johnson's vic...
  • What killed Lenin? Stress didn't help, poison eyed
    Lenin 2012-05-05 06:59:59 UTC
    BALTIMORE (AP) — Stress, family medical history or possibly even poison led to the death of Vladimir Lenin, contradicting a popular theory that a sexually transmitted disease debilitated the former Soviet Union leader, a UCLA neurologist said Frid...
  • Ahmadinejad rivals cement hold on Iran parliament
    0 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. The parl...
  • Hundreds march as Japan goes without nuclear power
    The_case_holds_a_transmitter_linked_with_the_launch_command 2012-05-05 06:24:38 UTC
    TOKYO (AP) — Hundreds of Japanese are marching and waving "No nukes" banners to celebrate the last of this nation's 50 nuclear reactors switching off. The crowd at a Tokyo park Saturday said they were not concerned about government warnings of ...
  • New French accusations: Strauss-Kahn in Washington
    Image 2012-05-04 18:14:22 UTC
    PARIS (AP) — French investigators are studying accusations that Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have been involved in a rape during a sex party in a Washington hotel in 2010 while he was chief of the International Monetary Fund, a judicial official sai...
  • Syrians questioning whether armed revolt works
    W460 2012-05-04 18:01:50 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — The woman wearing a blood-red dress stood in the middle of a busy intersection outside Syria's parliament holding up a red banner: "Stop the killing, we want to build a homeland for all Syrians." Drivers tooted their horns and suppor...
  • Chen’s friend: U.S. conveyed Chinese threat against wife
    Hu2_0 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...
  • French candidate goes from wishy-washy to wow
    French 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
    Images 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. President...
  • 4 students killed as Syrian forces raid university
    640x392_66609_211840-1 2012-05-03 20:17:13 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian forces stormed student dormitories during an anti-government protest at Aleppo University Thursday, firing tear gas and bullets in an hours-long siege that killed at least four students and forced the closure of the state-run ...
  • US uses bin Laden letters to degrade al-Qaida
    2018131566 2012-05-03 19:58:48 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Letters from Osama bin Laden's last hideaway, released by U.S. officials intent on discrediting his terror organization, portray a network weak, inept and under siege — and its leader seemingly near wit's end about the passing of...
  • Merkel, others, urge treatment for Tymoshenko
    Germany_close_to_a_new_general_election_as_merkel_fails_to_form_a_government 2012-05-03 18:03:18 UTC
    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Ukrainian leaders on Thursday to give jailed ex-Premier Yulia Tymoshenko "proper treatment" for her ailments, as more top officials announced they would boycott the Euro 2012 soccer championship ...
  • US says it's still trying to help Chinese activist
    4fa1b02a66e37 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...
  • Hamas says it's holding talks with 5 EU countries
    Untitled 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...
  • Israeli ministers: Election won't affect Iran
    Showimage.ashx 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
    928-jom4f.st.55 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...
  • Eurozone unemployment hits record high
    724op4810oabxhz2na33zrxxmiehlod 2012-05-02 19:24:02 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Pressure is growing on Europe's leaders to focus less on austerity and more on stimulating growth as the 17 countries that use the euro face record high unemployment and a recession that is spreading across the region. Eurozone un...
  • Iran seeks sanctions rollback as nuke talk goal
    1334546694627 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...
  • Junta takes camp in Mali capital, claims control
    2356553835 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
    4fa033575ca7c.preview-620 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 ...