Election in Germany: Merkel has a new rival
2012-05-14 16:35:00 UTC
DW - The Social Democrats and Greens have handily won the election in Germany's biggest state. Hannelore Kraft is now an obvious rival to Angela Merkel in next year's national election.
Rarely was an election result so clear. The chancellor's party stared into the abyss. On their home turf, th...
City wins English title for 1st time in 44 years
2012-05-14 03:38:49 UTC
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — In the closing moments of the Premier League's most dramatic season, Manchester City had just enough time for one final, breathtaking twist.
With the club's title hopes fading by the second, its anguished fans in disbelief in the stands, relegation-threatened Queens ...
US-Philippine alliance deepens amid China tensions
2012-05-12 16:19:46 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — China's assertive behavior is breathing life into America's historically tumultuous relationship with the Philippines.
With Washington turning its attention more to the Asia-Pacific region, the U.S. and the Philippines last week held the first joint meeting of their top diplo...
Putin's no-show at US meeting sets a sour tone
2012-05-11 22:31:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Among Vladimir Putin's first acts now that he's back in Russia's top job was to cancel a date with President Barack Obama.
Both nations insist Putin's no-show at a high-profile economic gathering tailored for his attendance is not a snub. But the decision to skip next week's ...
Obama heads to struggling Nev. after fundraising
2012-05-11 14:14:53 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama is turning his attention back to the economy after a day spent raising millions of dollars for his campaign and riding a media wave on his newly declared support for same-sex marriage.
Obama was to promote housing policies to help homeowners avoid fore...
Obama jokes with Clooney at star's gala fundraiser
2012-05-11 18:31:34 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) —George Clooney played the suave host, Chef Wolfgang Puck whipped up something for dinner, and President Barack Obama and about 150 of his Hollywood set donors enjoyed a few laughs at Clooney's good humored expense.
Obama reminded the crowd that his famed Hope poster from the ...
Gay marriage a distant dream around the world
2012-05-10 20:08:49 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — China's government considered homosexuality a mental disorder until 2001. Mobs in Senegal have disinterred bodies of men they believe were gays and dragged them through the streets. In Egypt, laws prohibiting "shameless public acts" have been used to imprison gay men.
Obama not worried about being upstaged by Biden
2012-05-10 20:16:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he'd already decided to come out for gay marriage before Vice President Joe Biden publicly endorsed it.
Obama tells ABC in an interview that he wasn't worried about being upstaged by his vice president on the volatile social issue.
At one point,...
Obama voices his support for gay marriage
2012-05-10 06:09:54 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — On the fence no longer, President Barack Obama declared his unequivocal support for gay marriage on Wednesday, a historic announcement that gave the polarizing social issue a more prominent role in the 2012 race for the White House.
The announcement was the first by a sitting...
Putin pulls out of US summit, meeting with Obama
2012-05-10 01:13:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is skipping a planned visit to the United States this month for an economic summit and a much-anticipated meeting with President Barack Obama, the White House announced Wednesday.
The Russian leader told Obama by phone that he is unable to joi...
3-state sweep moves Romney closer to nomination
2012-05-09 17:47:16 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has won most of the delegates in a three-state primary sweep, leaving him a little more than 200 delegates shy of the number needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president.
He could get there by the end of the month.
Effect of NC gay marriage amendment unclear
2012-05-09 15:28:48 UTC
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman, but not much is expected to change immediately.
That's because North Carolina law already banned gay marriage. The amendment voters passed Tues...
GOP blocks Senate debate on Dem student loan bill
2012-05-08 18:45:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill on Tuesday keeping interest rates on federal college loans from doubling July 1 in an election-year battle aimed at the hearts — and votes — of millions of students and their parents.
Republicans said they favor preventing the int...
In surprise deal, Israeli leader cancels electio
2012-05-08 09:13:02 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — In a stunning reversal, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called off early elections Tuesday after reaching an agreement to bring Israel's main opposition party into the government, a move that puts a more moderate face on his hawkish coalition.
The deal to include the centris...
Putin sworn in as Russia's president for 6 years
2012-05-07 18:12:04 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin took the oath of office in a brief but regal Kremlin ceremony on Monday, while on the streets outside thousands of helmeted riot police prevented hundreds of demonstrators from protesting his return to the presidency.
Putin, 59, has ruled Russia since 2000, first a...
New video of US aid worker kidnapped in Pakistan
2012-05-07 18:30:13 UTC
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A 70-year-old American aid worker kidnapped nine months ago in Pakistan said in a video released by al-Qaida that he will be killed unless President Barack Obama agrees to the militant group's demands. The White House called for his immediate release.
The video posted on milit...
France gets new leader, Europe new direction
2012-05-07 00:34:27 UTC
PARIS (AP) — France handed the presidency Sunday to leftist Francois Hollande, a champion of government stimulus programs who says the state should protect the downtrodden — a victory that could deal a death blow to the drive for austerity that has been the hallmark of Europe in recent years.
Socialist Francois Hollande wins French presidency
2012-05-07 00:42:57 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Socialist Francois Hollande has declared victory in France's presidential election, railing against austerity measures and urging national unity after a bitter campaign against Nicolas Sarkozy.
The mild-mannered Hollande promised help for France's downtrodden after years under the...
Clinton warns against undermining Grameen Bank
2012-05-06 06:20:11 UTC
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday urged the government of Bangladesh not to do anything that could undermine the effectiveness of the internationally acclaimed Grameen Bank micro-lender.
Clinton told a town hall audience in the Bangladeshi capita...
Obama: Time to shift attention from wars to home
2012-05-05 19:23:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his goal of defeating al-Qaida is within reach and that it's time to turn the country's attention to domestic concerns.
Just four days after his trip to Afghanistan, Obama said that money saved from ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan should help p...
London stages final test events ahead of Olympics
2012-05-05 15:26:45 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Thousands of sports fans braved the rain and cold at the Olympic Park in London on Saturday as organizers staged the final test events ahead of the Summer Games.
Student athletes competed in water polo, wheelchair tennis, field hockey and track and field events, watched by about ...
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 out its leader.
Here's a look at countries where...
Look! Up in the sky! It's Supermoon! Due Saturday
2012-05-05 06:52:02 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The biggest and brightest full moon of the year arrives Saturday night as our celestial neighbor passes closer to Earth than usual.
But don't expect any "must-have-been-a-full-moon" spike in crime or crazy behavior. That's just folklore.
Saturday's event is a "supermoon," th...
Officials: US drone strike kills 8 in Pakistan
2012-05-05 06:39:57 UTC
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — An American drone fired a volley of missiles into a house close to the Afghan border on Saturday, killing eight suspected militants and indicating U.S. resolve to continue with the attacks despite renewed Pakistani opposition, officials said.
The strike in North Wazir...
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 said Friday.
Strauss-Kahn, via his lawyers, denied...