Obama gives Medal of Freedom to Israel's Peres
2012-06-14 02:09:37 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama presented Israeli President Shimon Peres with the Medal of Freedom on Wednesday, calling him the essence of Israel itself and a man who earned his place in history long ago.
Obama said Peres, who served ...
Sec'y Clinton warns Russia on Syria
2012-06-13 18:08:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of the State Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning Russia that it will sacrifice its interests in Syria unless it acts constructively now.
Speaking to reporters a day after accusing Moscow of sending attack helicopters t...
Mogadishu is losing 'Most Dangerous City' label
2012-06-13 18:03:54 UTC
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Mogadishu is losing a label it never wanted in the first place: The World's Most Dangerous City.
The seaside Somali capital is enjoying a peace that, except for the infrequent attack, has lasted the better part of a ye...
UN team sees massacre site in Syrian village
2012-06-12 21:10:18 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. observers could smell the stench of burned corpses Friday and saw body parts scattered around a Syrian farming hamlet that was the site of a massacre this week in which nearly 80 men, women and children were reported slain. The ...
China announces 23 arrests in US gun scheme
2012-06-12 06:50:02 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police on Tuesday announced the arrests of 23 people as part of a joint U.S.-Chinese investigation into a gun trafficking ring that smuggled dozens of firearms into the country.
The arrests announced by the Ministry of Pu...
Health of Egypt's Mubarak deteriorates in prison
2012-06-12 06:30:15 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Hosni Mubarak's health worsened Monday, with doctors twice having to use a defibrillator on the imprisoned former leader, adding to the tumult in Egypt before this weekend's runoff election for president.
Mubarak, 84, was slipping ...
Ex-UK PM Brown: Murdoch lied under oath to inquiry
2012-06-11 18:47:11 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown lambasted Rupert Murdoch before Britain's media ethics inquiry on Monday, claiming the media mogul had lied under oath to the inquiry and saying that a Murdoch tabloid had undermined the British war...
Iran's Ahmadinejad wounded but wily in final year
2012-06-11 15:59:59 UTC
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's president hardly seemed like a fading political force at a security summit in Beijing last week. Leaders from China and Russia carved out time to hold private talks with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and gave him ce...
Annan 'gravely concerned' about Syria amid clashes
2012-06-11 15:54:13 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan said Monday he was "gravely concerned" about the latest violence in Syria, citing shelling of opposition areas in Homs and reports of mortar, helicopter and tank attacks near the coast.
In a statemen...
Doctors twice use defibrillator on Egypt's Mubarak
2012-06-11 18:40:11 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Doctors used a defibrillator twice on Hosni Mubarak when they could not find a pulse Monday, the latest health crisis for the ousted Egyptian president since he was sentenced to life and moved to a prison hospital nine days ago, secur...
Military: Syria chemical stocks threaten Israel
2012-06-11 07:01:23 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's deputy military chief has warned that Syria's large chemical weapons stocks could be trained on Israel.
According to Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh, Syria has the largest arsenal of chemical weapons in the world. If the Syrians ...
Bailout for Spain's banks buys time for Europe
2012-06-10 04:50:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The plan to bail out Spain's banks with up to $125 billion in aid buys European policymakers time to try to save the euro and eases deep fears in global financial markets.
The deterioration of Spain's banks and the pressing ne...
Europe bailout of Spain could cost $125 billion
2012-06-10 02:45:51 UTC
MADRID (AP) — Spain became the fourth and largest country Saturday to ask Europe to rescue its failing banks, a bailout of up to €100 billion ($125 billion) that leaders hoped would stabilize a financial crisis that threatens to break apart the 17...
Report: China plans manned space launch this month
2012-06-10 02:42:35 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — China will launch three astronauts this month to dock with an orbiting experimental module, and the crew might include its first female space traveler, a government news agency said Saturday.
A rocket carrying the Shenzhou 9 spac...
US gen apologizes for Afghan deaths in airstrike
2012-06-08 19:12:05 UTC
PATROL BASE PUL-I-ALAM, Afghanistan (AP) — The top commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan offered a somber apology on Friday in an eastern province where officials say 18 civilians — half of them children — were killed in a coalition air...
UK's Cameron to face media ethics inquiry
2012-06-08 19:07:17 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British media ethics inquiry said Friday that Prime Minister David Cameron will give evidence next week, amid questions over his ties to a number of suspects in the country's tabloid phone hacking scandal.
The judge-led inquiry, w...
Merkel urges gradual political union in Europe
2012-06-07 19:44:11 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for Europe to take a gradual path towards political union, frustrating the appeals of many of her colleagues for quick, bold moves to fight the continent's raging financial crisis.
Annan wants new strategy to end Syria conflict
2012-06-07 21:01:35 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. diplomats say international envoy Kofi Annan is urging the divided Security Council to unite and act immediately to pressure the Syrian government to implement his peace plan and keep the escalating conflict from spirali...
UN monitors shot at on way to Syrian massacre site
2012-06-07 19:28:30 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Unarmed United Nations monitors came under fire Thursday as they tried to reach the scene of the latest mass killing in Syria, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. Activists accused government forces of killing nearly 80 people, ...
Carrier defends itself over Nigeria plane crash
2012-06-06 23:22:49 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian airline whose airplane crashed in the country's largest city, killing 153 on board and more on the ground, defended itself Wednesday against growing public criticism, saying its own chief engineer died on the doome...
Syrian activists report wave of violence in Hama
2012-06-06 23:11:15 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists reported a surge of bloodshed in the central Hama province late Wednesday, with at least 23 people killed — and possibly many more.
The reported mass killings are likely to ignite more anger nearly two weeks after...
UN: Syria permits aid workers to enter 4 provinces
2012-06-05 16:57:08 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — President Bashar Assad's government has agreed to ease humanitarian access to four of the hardest-hit provinces in Syria, officials said Tuesday, even as the regime plunged into further international isolation by labeling a string of...
Grim search for dead after Nigerian plane crash
2012-06-05 02:56:46 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Emergency crews wearing masks to protect them from the acrid smoke and the stench of the dead searched for bodies in a smoldering, shattered neighborhood near the Lagos airport Monday after the crash of an airliner killed all...
Iran rallies to aid of Iraq's embattled leader
2012-06-05 01:18:17 UTC
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran has played many political roles in Baghdad since the fall of Saddam Hussein: spoiler to American-crafted administrations, haven for Iraqi political outcasts and big brother to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Shiite-led governm...
US official: Al-Qaida No. 2 killed by US drone
2012-06-05 18:11:51 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says a drone strike in Pakistan's northwest tribal region has killed al-Qaida's second-in-command.
The death of Abu Yahya al-Libi is a significant blow to the terror network, which has lost a string of top lead...