Gu Kailai gets suspended death sentence for murder
2012-08-20 05:36:00 UTC
HEFEI, China (AP) — The wife of a disgraced Chinese politician was given a suspended death sentence Monday after confessing to killing a British businessman by poisoning him with cyanide in a case that rocked the country's top political leadership...
Who's who in China's Bo Xilai political scandal
2012-08-20 05:01:02 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — The political scandal surrounding one of China's most high-profile politicians, Bo Xilai, whose wife has been given a suspended death sentence for the murder of a British man, is the messiest to strike the ruling Communist Party in ...
Assange urges US to end Wikileaks 'witch hunt'
2012-08-19 19:16:47 UTC
LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange urged President Barack Obama to end a so-called "witch hunt" against his secret-spilling website, appearing in public Sunday for the first time since he took refuge two months ago inside Ecuador's Emb...
Syria's Assad makes rare public appearance
2012-08-19 12:49:36 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad attended prayers in a Damascus mosque to mark the start of a Muslim holiday on Sunday, his first appearance in public since the bombing last month that killed four of his top security officials.
Rescuers search for Philippine minister, 2 pilots
2012-08-19 06:20:01 UTC
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — More than 200 rescuers were searching Sunday for Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and his two pilots after their small plane crashed into the sea while attempting an emergency landing. An aide of Robredo made a dramatic ...
Syria welcomes Algerian Brahimi as Annan successor
2012-08-18 17:10:42 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government on Saturday welcomed the naming of a former Algerian diplomat as the U.N.'s new point-man in efforts to halt the country's escalating civil war. Activists reported more shelling by regime troops, including an ai...
Juncker: Greece won't leave eurozone
2012-08-18 17:01:18 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Greece won't leave the 17-nation eurozone, Luxembourg's prime minister said, arguing in an interview published Saturday that an exit wouldn't be politically feasible and would carry unforeseeable risks.
Greece has been kept afloat...
In UK threat to Ecuador, experts see mistake
2012-08-18 16:46:44 UTC
LONDON (AP) — It was a warning meant to remind Ecuador that Britain's patience has limits. But as the stalemate over Julian Assange settled, it appeared London's veiled threat that it could storm Ecuador's embassy and drag Assange out has backfire...
Syria: clashes near airport in contested Aleppo
2012-08-17 18:12:41 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Government troops fought back rebels near the airport of battle-scarred Aleppo, Syria's state media said Friday, in the first official acknowledgement combat had neared a strategic gateway to the country's largest city.
Ecuador leader seeks moral halo in asylum fight
2012-08-17 17:51:15 UTC
LIMA, Peru (AP) — An economist schooled in the United States and Belgium, Rafael Correa was judged among the more cerebral of Latin America's new breed of leftist leaders well before Julian Assange strolled into his country's London embassy and ga...
Netanyahu's aide launches stinging rebuke to Shimon Peres
2012-08-17 17:48:46 UTC
Prime minister's office says Shimon Peres should not speak out on Iran as he is too prone to mistakes.
The faultlines among Israel's leaders over whether to take unilateral military action against Iran's nuclear capability have deepened, with a...
Iran: Israel's existence 'insult to all humanity'
2012-08-17 17:30:56 UTC
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hits out at Israel amid growing tensions over its uranium-enrichment programme.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Israel's existence is an "insult to all humanity," Iran's president said Friday in one of his sharpest a...
Ecuador grants asylum to WikiLeaks' Assange
2012-08-17 05:28:58 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said he'd tried to get guarantees from the Americans, the British, and the Swedes that Assange would not be extradited to the United States, but that all three had rebuffed him. If Assange we...
UN panel concludes war crimes perpetrated in Syria
2012-08-15 21:22:03 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — The killings took place under a late spring sun. The squads poured into the Syrian village of Houla on foot and in vehicles: cars, minivans and pickups mounted with machine guns.
At the end, more than 100 people were dead — nearly...
Global activists gear up for Pussy Riot rallies
2012-08-15 07:12:13 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — The global campaign to free Pussy Riot is gaining speed: Supporters of the punk provocateur band mobilize this week in at least a dozen cities worldwide to hold simultaneous demonstrations an hour before a Russian court rules on whet...
Europe on the edge of recession
2012-08-15 06:51:19 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Europe is edging closer to recession, dragged down by the crippling debt problems of the 17 countries that use the euro, official figures showed Tuesday.
Eurostat, Europe's statistics agency, revealed that the economies of both th...
Australian court OKs logo ban on cigarette packs
2012-08-15 06:17:40 UTC
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court upheld the world's toughest law on cigarette promotion on Wednesday despite protests from tobacco companies that argued the value of their trademarks will be destroyed under new rules that will ...
Norway: Report blasts police response to massacre
2012-08-13 13:35:16 UTC
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian authorities could have prevented or interrupted the bomb and gun attacks by a far-right fanatic that killed 77 people last year, a government appointed commission said Monday.
The long-awaited report into the July ...
Egypt military shows no sign of opposing president
2012-08-13 13:31:44 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's military has shown no sign of opposing the president's surprise decision to retire the defense minister and chief of staff and seize back the powers the military grabbed from his office.
Nearly a full day after the order, n...
Bo Xilai's fate still uncertain after wife's trial
2012-08-11 18:42:58 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — The official Chinese account of the murder trial of the wife of a disgraced top politician made clear that she will be convicted, but never mentioned her once-powerful husband, suggesting the Communist Party wants to distance him fr...
Blasts, gunfire hit Damascus in blow to Assad
2012-08-11 18:27:59 UTC
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Gunmen detonated back-to-back roadside bombs and clashed with police in central Damascus Saturday in attacks that caused no damage but highlighted the ability of rebels to breach the intense security near President Bashar As...
Clinton's Africa trip: Bees, snow _ and dancing
2012-08-10 20:24:56 UTC
COTONOU, Benin (AP) — On an epic journey through Africa, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton braved an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda, escaped a swarm of angry bees in Malawi and witnessed a rare snow in South Africa. She ...
Air Force relieves commander over sex scandal
2012-08-10 20:02:31 UTC
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A widening sex scandal at Lackland Air Force Base has led to the dismissal of the top commander who oversees basic training for every new American airman, officials said Friday.
Col. Glenn Palmer was commander of basic trai...
Syrian troops battle rebels near Damascus, Aleppo
2012-08-10 12:35:00 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces fought rebels outside the capital Damascus and in the northern city of Aleppo on Friday as more civilians streamed across the border into neighboring Turkey to escape the civil war in their country.
Kenyan justice slapped down after gun threat
2012-08-10 12:04:00 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Rebecca Kerubo, a $6-a-day security guard at a Nairobi mall, is one of the city's countless low-wage slum residents. So when she made a formal complaint that Kenya's second most powerful judge threatened her with a gun at a s...