Sudan declares emergency on border with south
2012-04-29 19:15:10 UTC
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan declared a state of emergency Sunday in areas bordering South Sudan, giving authorities wide powers of arrest a day after they detained three foreigners in a flashpoint town along the frontier.
The detentions and st...
Gadhafi funding claim weighs on French campaign
2012-04-29 19:10:50 UTC
PARIS (AP) — French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday fiercely denied that he was offered campaign funding from late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, as new challenges piled up against him a week ahead of the country's presidential runoff.
Egypt military rulers promise government reshuffle
2012-04-29 19:07:12 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's ruling military council promised Sunday to reshuffle the Cabinet, hours after the Islamist-dominated parliament suspended sessions to protest the panel's failure to heed repeated calls for the government's dismissal.
Official says Israeli premier exploring early vote
2012-04-29 19:03:26 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to decide by next week whether to move up national elections, an Israeli official said Sunday.
Parliamentary elections are scheduled for October 2013. but Netanyahu told political allies ...
China activists lifted by blind lawyer's escape
2012-04-29 18:38:47 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — The surprising escape of a blind legal activist from house arrest to the presumed custody of U.S. diplomats is buoying China's embattled dissident community even as the government lashes out, detaining those who helped him and squel...
UK Olympic doping ban declared illegal
2012-04-29 18:37:14 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Britain's last attempt to keep former doping offenders off its Olympic teams has failed, with sports' top court declaring the country's lifetime bans for drug cheats unlawful.
A person familiar with the ruling said Sunday the Cour...
Wife: Bahrain hunger striker fed against his will
2012-04-29 17:47:18 UTC
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The wife of a jailed Bahraini hunger striker was granted her first visit in two weeks Sunday, then accused authorities of using feeding tubes and other life-saving measures on her husband against his will.
In recent weeks...
Syrian: Iran arming Syrian army to fight the rebels
2012-04-29 07:46:53 UTC
Syrian opposition: Some neighboring countries, particularly Iran and Iraq, are arming the Syrian military to continue the fight with the opposition, one of the leaders of the Syrian opposition, who wished to remain anonymous, told Trend on Saturda...
Obama releases $147M in aid to Palestinian
2012-04-29 02:04:22 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — American aid officials said Saturday they will restore development programs for Palestinians after President Barack Obama ended a six-month funding freeze that shut down the local Sesame Street and other projects.
An official w...
Israeli ex-intel chief slams PM's Iran stance
2012-04-28 23:31:34 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — The former head of Israel's Shin Bet security agency has accused the country's political leaders of exaggerating the effectiveness of a possible military attack on Iran, in a striking indication of Israel's turmoil over how to dea...
Syria derides UN chief as peace plan in crisis
2012-04-28 21:47:35 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria derided U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon as biased and called his comments "outrageous" Saturday after he blamed the regime for widespread cease-fire violations — the latest sign of trouble for an international peace plan many expect to ...
Tear gas used as 25,000 rally for Malaysia reforms
2012-04-28 16:33:24 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Police unleashed tear gas and chemical-laced water Saturday at thousands of demonstrators who staged one of Malaysia's largest street rallies in years, demanding fair rules for national elections expected soon.
Gunmen kill 2 guards in attack on Afghan governor
2012-04-28 16:28:54 UTC
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Two Taliban militants hiding handguns in their shoes infiltrated a government compound in southern Afghanistan on Saturday in an attempt to assassinate a provincial governor, setting off a fierce gunbattle that left tw...
Iraq leaders call for solution to political crisis
2012-04-28 16:05:50 UTC
BAGHDAD (AP) — Leaders from nearly all of Iraq's top political blocs called Saturday for a solution to a crisis pitting the Shiite-led government against Sunnis and Kurds, saying the dispute threatens the country's national interests.
Syria accuses UN chief of encouraging 'terrorists'
2012-04-28 15:47:12 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian state-run newspaper accused U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday of encouraging "terrorist" rebel attacks by focusing his criticism on the government, while other government media reported that the navy foiled an i...
US raises hope of sale of new fighters to Taiwan
2012-04-28 04:33:50 UTC
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The administration of President Barack Obama is raising the possibility that it could sell new jet fighter aircraft to Taiwan to help redress the island's air power deficit with China.
If the move goes through, it would in...
US officials: Core al-Qaida 'essentially gone'
2012-04-28 04:20:54 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida that carried out the Sept. 11 attacks is essentially gone but its affiliates remain a threat to America, U.S. counterterrorist officials say.
New photo shows work at NKorea nuclear test site
2012-04-28 04:15:58 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — New satellite imagery appears to show a train of mining carts and other preparations under way at North Korea's nuclear test site but no indication of when a detonation might take place.
Early this month, South Korean intellig...
Suicide bombing in Syrian capital kills 10
2012-04-28 04:10:06 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Two weeks into a cease-fire agreement, there still was no peace in Syria: Security agents in Damascus collected the remains of 10 people killed in a suicide bombing. Activists reported troops firing on protesters. Video showed a crow...
Study: Most victims knew Ala. twisters were coming
2012-04-27 16:03:24 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — Most of the victims of last year's epic tornado outbreak in Alabama had at least one thing in common: They knew the storm was coming.
A year after the onslaught of dozens of twisters killed at least 250 people in Alabama and more...
Man arrested after armed siege in central London
2012-04-27 15:50:19 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Police say they've arrested the suspect at the center of a three-hour siege which shut down part a busy part of central London.
The capital's Metropolitan Police say the 49-year-old man is now in police custody and that searches o...
Israeli leaders speak up about Syria
2012-04-27 07:12:23 UTC
ERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officials have become increasingly outspoken in their belief that Syria's President Bashar Assad should relinquish power after a 13-month uprising that has killed thousands of his citizens — a surprising turnaround that ris...
Activists: Blind Chinese lawyer flees house arrest
2012-04-27 07:04:49 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — A blind legal activist who is a key figure in China's rights movement escaped the house arrest he had lived under for a year and a half, fleeing to an undisclosed location and angering captors who then turned on his family, rights c...
US to remove 9,000 Marines from Okinawa
2012-04-27 06:20:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 9,000 U.S. Marines stationed on the Japanese island of Okinawa will be moved to the U.S. territory of Guam and other locations in the Asia-Pacific, including Hawaii, under a U.S.-Japan agreement announced Thursday.
Daimler Q1 net rises 20 percent, Mercedes slips
2012-04-27 06:13:47 UTC
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automaker Daimler AG says net profit rose 20 percent to €1.42 billion ($1.88 billion) in the first quarter despite a slip in earnings at its key Mercedes luxury car business.
Revenues rose 9 percent to €27.01 billion.