Rights group urges Libya to revoke speech law
2012-05-05 16:20:32 UTC
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The New-York based Human Rights Watch has urged the new government in Libya to revoke a law that criminalizes those glorifying the former dictator Moammar Gadhafi or spreading "propaganda" that insults or endangers the state....
Hundreds held after Egypt Defense Ministry clash
2012-05-05 15:54:07 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Military prosecutors ordered the detention of 300 protesters on accusations of attacking troops and disrupting public order during violent clashes outside Egypt's Defense Ministry, a prosecution official said Saturday.
The Friday c...
Leaders fall in Europe crisis: Sarkozy next?
2012-05-05 08:57:50 UTC
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is widely expected to be kicked out of office in elections Sunday. If he goes, he'll be in good company: Almost every crisis-hit European country that has held an election since disaster struck in 2009 has thrown o...
London re-elects Boris Johnson as mayor
2012-05-05 07:13:52 UTC
LONDON (AP) — London's comic and outspoken mayor Boris Johnson won re-election Friday, triumphing in a closer-than-expected vote to secure a second term and his status as the unvarnished and unpredictable host of the 2012 Olympics
What killed Lenin? Stress didn't help, poison eyed
2012-05-05 06:59:59 UTC
BALTIMORE (AP) — Stress, family medical history or possibly even poison led to the death of Vladimir Lenin, contradicting a popular theory that a sexually transmitted disease debilitated the former Soviet Union leader, a UCLA neurologist said Frid...
Ahmadinejad rivals cement hold on Iran parliament
2012-05-05 06:34:52 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Final results for many constituencies in Iran's parliamentary runoff elections show conservative rivals of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad winning a solid majority of seats and cementing their hold on the legislature.
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 ...
New French accusations: Strauss-Kahn in Washington
2012-05-04 18:14:22 UTC
PARIS (AP) — French investigators are studying accusations that Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have been involved in a rape during a sex party in a Washington hotel in 2010 while he was chief of the International Monetary Fund, a judicial official sai...
Syrians questioning whether armed revolt works
2012-05-04 18:01:50 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The woman wearing a blood-red dress stood in the middle of a busy intersection outside Syria's parliament holding up a red banner: "Stop the killing, we want to build a homeland for all Syrians." Drivers tooted their horns and suppor...
Chen’s friend: U.S. conveyed Chinese threat against wife
2012-05-04 05:26:52 UTC
Chen Guangcheng's friend Bob Fu, president of ChinaAid, told a congressional commission Thursday that Chen only agreed to leave the U.S. Embassy in Beijing after U.S. officials conveyed a threat from the Chinese government that Chen would never se...
French candidate goes from wishy-washy to wow
2012-05-04 05:15:34 UTC
PARIS (AP) — The last time France voted for president, Francois Hollande was a portly, smiley man likened to custard pudding who played second fiddle to Segolene Royal, his Socialist party's candidate and the mother of his four kids.
Now he's t...
Russian military ups the ante on missile defense
2012-05-03 20:32:37 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top military officer has threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe if Washington goes ahead with its controversial plan to build a missile shield.
4 students killed as Syrian forces raid university
2012-05-03 20:17:13 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian forces stormed student dormitories during an anti-government protest at Aleppo University Thursday, firing tear gas and bullets in an hours-long siege that killed at least four students and forced the closure of the state-run ...
US uses bin Laden letters to degrade al-Qaida
2012-05-03 19:58:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Letters from Osama bin Laden's last hideaway, released by U.S. officials intent on discrediting his terror organization, portray a network weak, inept and under siege — and its leader seemingly near wit's end about the passing of...
Merkel, others, urge treatment for Tymoshenko
2012-05-03 18:03:18 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Ukrainian leaders on Thursday to give jailed ex-Premier Yulia Tymoshenko "proper treatment" for her ailments, as more top officials announced they would boycott the Euro 2012 soccer championship ...
US says it's still trying to help Chinese activist
2012-05-03 07:37:49 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday they are still trying to help a blind Chinese activist who says he fears for his family's safety, and denied he was pressured to leave the American Embassy to resettle inside China.
The diplomatic dis...
Hamas says it's holding talks with 5 EU countries
2012-05-02 19:41:51 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The Palestinian Islamist Hamas has been holding secret political talks with five European Union member states in recent months, a senior official in the militant group told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
If confirmed, such tal...
Israeli ministers: Election won't affect Iran
2012-05-02 18:28:33 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Two top Israeli security officials said Wednesday that the prospect of early national elections will have no influence over a decision over whether to strike Iranian nuclear sites.
Both Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Deputy Pr...
AP Exclusive: Activist now wants to leave China
2012-05-02 18:22:47 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — The blind Chinese activist at the center of a six-day diplomatic tussle between the U.S. and China said he fears for his family's lives and wants to leave China, hours after American officials announced an agreement with Beijing tha...
Eurozone unemployment hits record high
2012-05-02 19:24:02 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Pressure is growing on Europe's leaders to focus less on austerity and more on stimulating growth as the 17 countries that use the euro face record high unemployment and a recession that is spreading across the region.
Iran seeks sanctions rollback as nuke talk goal
2012-05-02 18:03:34 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has made no secret of its hopes for the next round of nuclear negotiations with world powers: Pledges by the West to ease sanctions as a step toward deal making by Tehran.
Iran's pitch is certain to smack head-on into r...
Junta takes camp in Mali capital, claims control
2012-05-01 20:44:43 UTC
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — After fierce fighting in Mali's capital Tuesday, troops loyal to the junta overran the main camp of the soldiers who tried to oust them in a countercoup.
Gunfire echoed across Bamako as Malian government troops battled each ...
After 50 years, Cubans hope to travel freely
2012-05-01 20:33:51 UTC
HAVANA (AP) — After controlling the comings and goings of its people for five decades, communist Cuba appears on the verge of a momentous decision to lift many travel restrictions. One senior official says a "radical and profound" change is weeks ...
France fetes Joan of Arc's 600th birthday
2012-05-01 20:17:28 UTC
ORLEANS, France (AP) — The normally tranquil city of Orleans is buzzing with festivities over the next two weeks to mark the 600th birthday of one of France's best cultural exports: Joan of Arc.
On Tuesday, like in a Hollywood epic, the Loire R...
A look at May Day moods around the world
2012-05-01 19:51:26 UTC
From Asia to Europe to the U.S., Tuesday's May Day marches were less a celebration of workers' rights and more an expression of national moods. From gloom to optimism to celebration, here is a look:
SPAIN: Deep gloom.
Tens of thousands of Sp...