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 reflects mounting international frustration with daily 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 French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe signaled that Pari...
Annan alarmed at Syria military action
2012-04-25 07:00:18 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan told the U.N. Security Council Tuesday that the situation in Syria is "bleak" and expressed alarm at reports that government troops are still carrying out military operations in towns where U.N. observers are not present.
He expressed partic...
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 reporters the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan rep...
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 Fawzi said Tuesday.
Annan, who was giving a sp...
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 to quash dissent.
A bomb hidden in an army tru...
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 violence, the city's worst in months, added a dangerous...
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's political and economic landscape.
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 present.
International envoy Kofi Annan express...
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 highlighted the need for more observers a day after the Se...
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 to oust President Bashar Assad.
Their foray into...
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.
Fighting and government shelling stopped in Homs and tro...
Pakistan moves against airline after crash
2012-04-21 05:12:21 UTC
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan blocked the head of an airline whose jet crashed near the capital from leaving the country as it began an investigation Saturday into the country's second major air disaster in less then two years.
The Bhoja Air passenger jet crashed Friday as it tried to land in a th...
Syrian forces fire on anti-regime protesters
2012-04-20 18:43:24 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops fired tear gas and bullets on thousands of protesters who spilled out of mosques after noon prayers Friday, activists said. State media reported that bombs and shootings killed 17 soldiers as the latest diplomatic efforts failed to halt more than 13 months of bloodshed...
Tiny Gulf islands rekindle big Arab-Iran dispute
2012-04-20 01:32:39 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — There would seem to be enough points of tension to keep Iran and its Gulf Arab rivals fully occupied: Tehran's nuclear program, accusations of Iranian meddling in Bahrain's uprising, Iranian threats to block Gulf oil shipping lanes. But it's all been overshadowed by three cont...
Clinton urges tougher UN pressure on Syria
2012-04-19 22:53:11 UTC
PARIS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Thursday for the U.N. Security Council to adopt an arms embargo and other tough measures against Syria to try to halt 13 months of bloodshed, but she acknowledged such diplomatic actions would likely be vetoed.
"Friends of Syria say Annan plan is last hope
2012-04-19 18:02:11 UTC
PARIS (Reuters) - The "Friends of Syria" coalition meeting in Paris on Thursday called a U.N.-backed peace plan the "last hope" to resolve the crisis and said they would do all they could to help it succeed, according to draft conclusions obtained by Reuters.
"Every day that passes means dozen...
India tests long-range missile; capable of reaching China
2012-04-19 05:30:06 UTC
BHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) - India test-fired a long range missile capable of reaching deep into China and Europe on Thursday, thrusting the emerging Asian power into an elite club of nations with intercontinental nuclear weapons capabilities.
A scientist at the launch site said the launch w...
Exclusive: Hong Kong moves closer to bank liability for IPOS
2012-04-19 05:02:38 UTC
(Reuters) - Hong Kong's financial market watchdog is launching a public consultation process in the next couple of weeks that seeks to toughen rules for banks sponsoring initial public offerings, including holding them liable for faulty deal documents.
Such a move would spark fierce opposition...
Oil buyers cut more Iran imports due to sanctions
2012-04-18 17:16:25 UTC
TOKYO/LONDON (Reuters) - Japan will slash crude purchases from Iran in April, and European and Taiwanese customers will also take less, industry sources told Reuters on Wednesday, adding to signs Western sanctions are curbing sales from OPEC's second-largest producer.
Japan is cutting volumes ...
Arab ministers urge Syria to open up to U.N. monitors
2012-04-17 23:41:25 UTC
DOHA (Reuters) - Arab League ministers met U.N.-Arab special envoy Kofi Annan on Tuesday and pressed Syria to cooperate fully with his peace mission, first by providing unfettered access to ceasefire monitors.
A six-day-old truce has held in some areas of Syria but fighting has persisted in ot...
IMF inches toward deal on boosting bailout funds
2012-04-17 23:17:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund appeared to be inching toward a deal on increasing its financial firepower on Tuesday, with Japan, Sweden and Denmark committing a total of $77 billion to help contain the euro zone's debt crisis.
The pledges were made ahead of meetings of...
U.S. looking at "all options" on North Korea as nuclear test looms
2012-04-17 07:59:52 UTC
SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States is looking at "all options" as it seeks to discourage North Korea from conducting a third nuclear test, a senior U.S. military officer said on Tuesday, days after a failed long-range rocket launch by the North that drew international condemnation.
The U.N. S...
Afghan Taliban says rehearsed attack for two months
2012-04-17 05:30:43 UTC
KABUL (Reuters) - The insurgents who mounted weekend attacks in central Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan carefully rehearsed for months, even building small military-style models and pre-positioning weapons, a Taliban spokesman said on Monday.
Zabihullah Mujahid provided Reuters with a rar...
Smirking Norway killer Breivik pleads not guilty
2012-04-16 18:31:45 UTC
OSLO (Reuters) - The Norwegian far-right gunman who massacred 77 people last summer gave a clenched-fist salute, smirked at the court and pleaded not guilty on the first day of a trial that threatens to turn into a "circus" showcasing his anti-Islamic views.
Anders Behring Breivik, 33, has sai...