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 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...
5 Tips For Renting A Villa In Italy
2012-04-27 19:58:55 UTC
Inspired by tales of expats on Italy's Grand Tour during the the 18th and 19th centuries to the modern dream-come-true of Frances Mayes renovating and living in a Tuscan villa, many travelers yearn for the experience of renting a villa in Italy.
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...
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.
Nigeria: 7 killed in newspaper office bombings
2012-04-26 21:04:37 UTC
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A suicide bomber and a man armed with explosives attacked two Nigerian newspaper offices on Thursday, killing seven people and wounding at least 26. The radical Islamic sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility.
Boko Haram sa...
Bin Laden family leaving Pakistan
2012-04-26 20:08:19 UTC
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's government says Osama bin Laden's three widows and his children have been deported to Saudi Arabia.
A statement said the family left early Friday to the "country of their choice, Saudi Arabia."
The family was deta...
Top al-Qaida bomb maker in Yemen resurfaces
2012-04-26 19:57:05 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. counterterrorism officials are concerned about al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen because of increased intelligence chatter in the past several months. And in recent weeks, the group's top bomb maker — once thought to be dead — h...
Syrian wants to form 'government' in exile
2012-04-26 18:34:18 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Syria's fractured opposition is showing further signs of cracking, even as international powers build the pressure on President Bashar Assad to end his regime's bloody repression of dissent.
The son of a former Syrian prime ministe...
Analysts say North Korea's new missiles are fakes
2012-04-26 18:27:03 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Analysts who have studied photos of a half-dozen ominous new North Korean missiles showcased recently at a lavish military parade say they were fakes, and not very convincing ones, casting further doubt on the country's claims of mili...
Taylor conviction sends warning to tyrants
2012-04-26 20:05:19 UTC
LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Former Liberian President Charles Taylor on Thursday became the first head of state since World War II convicted by an international war crimes court, a legal landmark observers say sent a clear message to tyrants ...
Murdoch: Hacking scandal changed my entire company
2012-04-26 20:20:00 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Rupert Murdoch used his testimony before a U.K. inquiry on Thursday to portray himself as the victim, not perpetrator, of a cover-up over phone hacking — a bold claim unlikely to be accepted by those suing his company for invading th...
Ukraine marks 26th anniversary of Chernobyl
2012-04-26 12:21:24 UTC
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president vowed Thursday that his country is committed to building a new, safer shelter over the damaged Chernobyl reactor as Ukrainians, Belarusians and Russians marked the 26th anniversary of the world's worst nucl...
AP Interview: Iraqi Kurd leader hints at secession
2012-04-26 04:10:47 UTC
RBIL, Iraq (AP) — The president of Iraq's self-rule Kurdish region demanded Wednesday that Shiite leaders agree on sharing power with their political opponents by September or else the Kurds could consider breaking away from Baghdad.
I'm not that powerful, Rupert Murdoch tells judge
2012-04-26 04:01:50 UTC
LONDON (AP) — News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch said Wednesday that his globe-spanning TV and newspaper empire doesn't carry as much political sway as is often believed, telling a British inquiry into media ethics that he wasn't the power behind ...
African Union: Sudan must stop bombing South Sudan
2012-04-26 03:38:36 UTC
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The African Union called on Sudan to stop its aerial bombardment of South Sudan and for both countries to cease hostilities, as an uneasy calm settled over the south Wednesday.
The African Union Peace and Security C...
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 reflec...