Breivik claims 'racist' plot to cast him as insane
2012-04-23 14:05:05 UTC
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Anxious to prove he's not insane, confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik told a court Monday that questions about his mental health are part of a racist plot to discredit his extreme anti-Muslim ideology.
Breivik, who ...
Key lawmakers stand by Aussie gov't over scandal
2012-04-23 06:03:25 UTC
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Key independent lawmakers said on Monday they will stand by Australia's embattled government after the parliamentary speaker temporarily stepped aside over allegations of sexual harassment and fraud.
The opposition ha...
Energy crisis provokes Argentine YPF expropriation
2012-04-23 05:33:50 UTC
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Less than a decade ago, Argentina was an exporter of oil and natural gas. Now the government has to spend billions of dollars to import fuel.
This dramatic reversal of fortune is why Argentina, already a global fi...
Paper: UBS head calls tax flap 'economic war'
2012-04-23 04:40:47 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — The CEO of Swiss banking giant UBS AG has said the nation's tax disputes with the United States and some European nations are "an economic war" putting 20,000 jobs at risk.
Sergio Ermotti, appointed CEO in November in the wake of ...
Man arrested over British diplomat's mugging
2012-04-23 04:19:56 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A man was arrested Sunday in connection with a mugging in London that left a British diplomat without sight in his left eye, officials said.
George Fergusson, 56, was attacked as he walked through Hammersmith in West London on Fri...
Hollande victory could roil US markets this week
2012-04-22 21:58:17 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A strong showing by Socialist candidate Francois Hollande in the first round of France's presidential election Sunday may rattle U.S. and global financial markets in the coming weeks.
Hollande wants to renegotiate a European t...
Syria hotspot enjoys lull with UN monitors present
2012-04-22 21:18:02 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The deployment of U.N. truce monitors brought a lull in shelling of the Syrian opposition stronghold of Homs for a second day Sunday while President Bashar Assad's troops kept up heavy attacks on other areas where observers were not ...
Kipsang, Keitany of Kenya win London Marathon
2012-04-22 21:12:47 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Kenyan marathon runners showed their superiority going into the Olympics, with Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany coasting to victory in London on Sunday to virtually assure themselves of selection for the games.
Kipsang, the second-...
Hollande wins first round with 28 per cent
2012-04-22 20:58:49 UTC
Francois Hollande has secured 28 per cent of the votes cast in the first round of the presidential elections, with 79 per cent of the ballots counted. Nicholas Sarkozy is trailing his Socialist rival with 26.9 per cent of the vote.
Hollande, Sarkozy set to advance to French runoff
2012-04-22 18:59:45 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Socialist Francois Hollande and conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy are heading for a runoff in their race for France's presidency, according to partial official results in a vote that could alter the European political and economi...
J.K. Rowling's next book: 'The Casual Vacancy'
2012-04-25 04:12:25 UTC
LONDON (AP) — It may lack wizards and witches, but J.K. Rowling and her publisher are hoping her first novel for adults, "The Casual Vacancy," will have the magic touch.
The book's title was announced Thursday by Little, Brown & Co. along with ...
Turnout solid in French presidential election
2012-04-22 15:54:02 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Center-right French President Nicolas Sarkozy's career was on the line on Sunday as voters turned out in solid numbers for the first round of France's presidential election, a contest that could shake-up Europe's political landscape a...
UN observers tour rebel-held town in Syria
2012-04-22 15:47:42 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. cease-fire monitors toured a rebel-held town in central Syria Sunday with army defectors, while government troops pounded a Damascus suburb with artillery and heavy machine guns, activists said.
The shelling in Douma highligh...
Sen. Rubio: Let vice presidential process play out
2012-04-22 15:41:29 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has heard all the talk about joining a ticket with likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Rubio says that until now, the talk about picking a running mate has been theoretical. But now tha...
FBI source: Alaska rep. spent campaign cash freely
2012-04-22 15:30:24 UTC
Documents released by the FBI show that a source told investigators that an Alaska congressman and his late wife spent campaign money on hunting trips and flights and wrote checks to themselves over years of allegedly profligate spending on his co...
Bee Gee Robin Gibb wakes from coma
2012-04-22 22:39:54 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Robin Gibb's spokesman says the Bee Gees star has woken from a coma and is showing signs of recovery.
The 62-year-old singer fell into a coma last week after contracting pneumonia.
Doug Wright on Saturday said that Gibb had bee...
Iran says it is building copy of captured US drone
2012-04-22 06:43:31 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A senior Iranian commander says the country has reverse-engineered an American spy drone captured by Tehran's armed forces last year and has begun building a copy.
Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who is chief of the aerospace divis...
Watergate figure Charles Colson has died at 80
2012-04-22 02:03:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — He was described as the "evil genius" of the Nixon administration, and spent the better part of a year in prison for a Watergate-related conviction. His proclamations following his release that he was a new man, redeemed by his r...
UN monitors visit Syria opposition stronghold
2012-04-21 21:30:32 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Five unarmed U.N. truce monitors toured the battered city at the heart of the Syrian uprising on foot Saturday, encountering unusually calm streets after weeks of shelling as a throng of residents clamored for foreign military help t...
Geithner urges creativity in Europe's debt crisis
2012-04-21 15:39:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (GYT'-nur) says Europe needs to be creative in fighting its debt crisis.
Geithner says Europe's success will depend on the ability of its governments and central bank to creatively and aggre...
Syrians ask UN monitors in Homs for intervention
2012-04-21 14:24:31 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — A group of U.N. cease-fire observers toured a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs Saturday as residents chanted loudly for a military intervention to protect them from President Bashar Assad's regime forces.
SF restaurant known for 'rudest waiter' closing
2012-04-21 06:40:32 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A 100-year-old Chinese restaurant in San Francisco once known for having "the world's rudest waiter" is slinging its last insults and barbequed pork noodle rolls.
Sam Wo, a Chinatown hole-in-the-wall that typified the kind ...
After 4-month surge, gas prices start falling
2012-04-21 06:21:56 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The worst appears to be over. Gasoline prices are going down.
After a four-month surge pushed gasoline to nearly $4 per gallon in early April, drivers, politicians and economists worried that prices might soar past all-time high...
Myanmar activists say go slow on easing sanctions
2012-04-21 06:02:10 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — The increasingly enthusiastic love affair between Myanmar and the West is about to heat up further with the European Union's expected announcement that it is easing sanctions on the Southeast Asian nation. But not everyone is caught...
Europe, Russia propose rival resolutions on Syria
2012-04-21 05:31:41 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — European nations and Russia proposed rival U.N. resolutions Friday morning, both calling for expanding the number of U.N. cease-fire monitors in Syria from 30 to 300 but disagreeing on possible sanctions and on how quickly th...