Israel envoy meets with Palestinian president
2012-05-12 23:48:54 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli envoy met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday and delivered a letter from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayahu detailing his government's stance on stalled peace negotiations.
Yitzhak Molcho held talks with Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, the...
Greek president in last-ditch coalition effort
2012-05-12 16:12:40 UTC
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek President Karolos Papoulias called for the leaders of Greece's political parties to meet on Sunday, in a last-ditch effort to broker a deal for a coalition government and avoid another general election.
Papoulias took the step Saturday after Greece's socialist leade...
Horst Faas dies aged 79 - the images that changed course of history and touched the human heart
2012-05-12 14:54:22 UTC
Horst Faas, a prize-winning combat photographer who carved out new standards for covering war with a camera and became one of the world's legendary photojournalists, has died aged 79.
A native of Germany who joined the US-based news co-operative The Associated Press there in 1956, Faas photo...
Ex-tabloid chief spills on links to UK's Cameron
2012-05-11 17:01:59 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks — a pivotal figure in Britain's tabloid phone hacking saga — said Friday that Prime Minister David Cameron commiserated with her after she quit in the wake of the scandal.
The 43-year-old Brooks, who resigned in July as chief executi...
Israeli president hospitalized for hernia
2012-05-11 16:46:22 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli President Shimon Peres' office says the 88-year-old is "feeling well" after undergoing surgery Friday for a hernia discovered during his state visit to Canada earlier in the week
Peres spokesman Ayelet Frisch says that the hernia was discovered halfway through the pres...
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, the Interior Ministry said.
Residents told an Ass...
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 week by voters in France and Greece.
May 9 is Eur...
Women accuse Egyptian military of sexual assault
2012-05-09 14:43:48 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Women detainees and rights groups have accused Egyptian troops and prison authorities of sexual assault in the latest crackdown on demonstrations.
More than a dozen women were detained among some 300 protesters following a demonstration outside the Defense Ministry in Cairo last w...
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 week after the country's military chief of staff w...
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 there by the end of the month.
He warned, howe...
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 the trajectory of the revolt in Syria, which has ...
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 Offshore Oil Corp's rig will start operations Wedn...
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, the commander of Pakistan's forces along the frontie...
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.
Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady, Jessica Biel and Ju...
N. Korean nuclear weapons: How real is the threat?
2012-05-08 08:42:25 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — If getting international attention is North Korea's goal, then there is nothing quite like detonating a nuclear device to make your adversaries sit up and take notice. But experts say North Korea probably has a long way to go before it will be able to actually deploy a nuclear weapon...
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-tightening required by international bailouts were the b...
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 pressure on Israel.
The prisoners who have joined ...
Clinton presses India to cut oil imports from Iran
2012-05-07 07:35:43 UTC
KOLKATA, India (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged energy-starved India on Monday to reduce its Iranian oil imports to keep up pressure on the Islamic republic to come clean about its nuclear program.
Clinton told a town hall meeting in the eastern city of Kolkata that ...
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. As president, Hollande is expected to push for a ...
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 in Sunday's parliamentary elections.
Socialist Francois Hollande wins French presidency
2012-05-07 00:42:57 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Socialist Francois Hollande has declared victory in France's presidential election, railing against austerity measures and urging national unity after a bitter campaign against Nicolas Sarkozy.
The mild-mannered Hollande promised help for France's downtrodden after years under the...
France chooses a new president during tough times
2012-05-06 14:14:30 UTC
PARIS (AP) — France voted in a presidential run-off election on Sunday that could see Socialist challenger Francois Hollande defeat incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy by capitalizing on public anger over the government's austerity policies.
The election outcome will impact efforts to fight France's deb...
5 killed in Syria's increasingly restive Aleppo
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 economic hub, has largely stayed out of the revolt again...
Officials: US drone strike kills 8 in Pakistan
2012-05-05 06:39:57 UTC
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — An American drone fired a volley of missiles into a house close to the Afghan border on Saturday, killing eight suspected militants and indicating U.S. resolve to continue with the attacks despite renewed Pakistani opposition, officials said.
The strike in North Wazir...
Hundreds march as Japan goes without nuclear power
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 power shortages.
One of three reactors at Tomar...