California man confirms role in anti-Islam film
2012-09-13 06:30:13 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The search for those behind the provocative, anti-Muslim film implicated in violent protests in Egypt and Libya led Wednesday to a California Coptic Christian convicted of financial crimes who acknowledged his role in managing and providing logistics for the production.
Dutch prepare for conservative-Labor coalition
2012-09-13 11:05:58 UTC
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Conservative Dutch leader Mark Rutte began forging a new ruling coalition Thursday after bucking a European trend by winning an election despite pushing through tough austerity measures to counter the continent's devastating debt crisis.
"Now we have to focus on f...
Libya's parliament elects new prime minister
2012-09-12 21:34:27 UTC
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya's parliament has chosen a leading member in the country's oldest opposition movement to be its new prime minister.
Mustafa Al-Shakour, elected Wednesday, is tasked with stabilizing a country where armed groups proliferate. The U.S. ambassador and three other America...
Top EU official: greater political union is needed
2012-09-12 19:46:41 UTC
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — European Union officials are asking national governments to give up control of their banks as they try to pull the region closer together to solve its crippling financial crisis.
In a proposal that represents one the most significant surrenders of national sovereignty...
US-Israel divisions over Iran boil over
2012-09-12 02:39:19 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is sounding increasingly agitated over what it views as American dithering with economic sanctions too weak to force Iran to end its suspected drive toward nuclear weapons.
In a clear message aimed at the White House, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday critici...
Egypt trying to persuade Iran to drop Assad
2012-09-12 01:56:24 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Newly activist Egypt is trying to convince Iran to drop its unquestioned support of Syria's embattled President Bashar Assad in order to end that country's bloody civil war in exchange for help in easing Tehran's regional isolation at a time of mounting pressure on it over its disp...
Al-Qaida's No. 2 in Yemen killed in airstrike
2012-09-11 08:31:30 UTC
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An airstrike killed al-Qaida's No. 2 leader in Yemen along with six others traveling with him in one car on Monday, U.S. and Yemeni officials said, a major breakthrough for U.S.-backed efforts to cripple the group in the impoverished Arab nation.
Saeed al-Shihri, a Saudi na...
Adopting Daniel: US couple tests new Guatemala law
2012-09-09 23:01:50 UTC
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — It should have been good news.
The U.S. Embassy called to say the Guatemalan government would begin to authorize adoptions five years after a scandal froze the system that sent as many as 4,000 Guatemalan children a year to the United States.
Ryan "Bubba" Hooker and hi...
APEC vows to fend off euro woes, boost finances
2012-09-09 17:42:05 UTC
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Pacific Rim leaders pledged Sunday to fend off the deepening damage from the European crisis and revive flagging growth in the region by supporting open trade, reforming their economies and strengthening public finances.
The 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperatio...
Wary US looks to calm rising tensions in Asia
2012-09-08 02:32:02 UTC
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Alarmed by a rise in nationalist sentiment around the Asia-Pacific, the Obama administration is looking for Russia to play a greater role in the region as it seeks to quell growing maritime tensions.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is to meet on Saturd...
UN nearly doubles humanitarian appeal for Syria
2012-09-07 20:53:43 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations nearly doubled its humanitarian appeal for Syria on Friday, seeking $347 million for people in need, including more than half a million children forced to flee their homes.
With the civil war intensifying, the number of people in need of assistance has ...
Islamic radicalism hits ancient city of Mombasa
2012-09-07 06:37:24 UTC
MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Hardline Muslim clerics. Young people who feel marginalized. Suspicions that police are responsible for the killings and forced disappearances of extremists.
These elements created a combustible mixture that exploded into rioting last week after Aboud Rogo Mohammed, a Mus...
Birds, bears, bikers all play into Putin's stunts
2012-09-06 17:29:31 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Start with manly ventures — flying, hunting, scuba-diving. Add an element of danger — polar bears, tigers, fighter jets. Throw in a bare chest here and there.
In Russian politics, Vladimir Putin is both the star of the show and the stuntman.
The Russian president's flight Wedn...
Turkey accuses Syria of 'state terrorism'
2012-09-05 22:28:44 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey accused Syria of "state terrorism" Wednesday after a sharp spike in the death toll from the Syrian civil war, and Iran came under new scrutiny with the U.S. alleging that Tehran is flying weapons to President Bashar Assad's regime across Iraqi airspace.
With violence escal...
More than 100,000 Syrians fled country in August
2012-09-05 05:12:23 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — More than 100,000 Syrians fled their country in August, the highest monthly total since the crisis began in March 2011, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday.
That exodus sharply increased the number of Syrians now living in neighboring countries, bringing the total number of refu...
Clinton: China talks useful though divides remain
2012-09-06 05:08:31 UTC
Clinton: China talks useful though divides remain
MATTHEW LEE,Associated Press
DILI, East Timor (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says her recent visit to China was useful though she left with little to show for it on divisive issues from Syria's civil war to territorial dispu...
Syria says no dialogue before it crushes rebels
2012-09-04 05:41:46 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian regime said Monday there will be no dialogue with the opposition before the army crushes the rebels, the latest sign that President Bashar Assad is determined to solve the crisis on the battlefield even if many more of his people have to pay with their lives.
US stops training some Afghan forces after attacks
2012-09-02 21:50:43 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. military has halted the training of some Afghan forces while it digs deeper into their background following a surge of attacks by soldiers and police on their international partners, officials said Sunday.
The move only puts about 1,000 Afghan trainees into l...
AP analysis: Iran may be pushing to nuke threshold
2012-09-01 22:16:48 UTC
Editors Notes. An AP News Analysis.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A "big and unforgivable" sin. A Western falsehood. An attempt to deprive developing nations of peaceful nuclear technology.
That's how Iran's supreme leader addresses allegations that the Islamic Republic seeks atomic ...
UN envoy to Assad: Change is urgently needed
2012-09-01 18:50:44 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N.'s new envoy to Syria said on Saturday that President Bashar Assad's regime should realize that the need for change was both "urgent" and "necessary" and that it must meet the "legitimate" demands of the Syrian people.
Lakhdar Brahimi's comments in an interview with al-Ar...
Leftist refuses to recognize Mexico election
2012-08-31 18:21:23 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that he is refusing to recognize the results of Mexico's presidential election, raising the question of whether he will launch street protests like those he used to paralyze central Mexico City after losing ...
Egypt leader in Iran: World must back Syria rebels
2012-08-30 21:25:06 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In a sweeping message that Iran is on the wrong side of Syria's civil war, Egypt's new president urged the world Thursday to support the rebels seeking to topple Bashar Assad and suggested that Tehran could risk a deepening confrontation with regional powers over the fate of t...
Q&A about UN Security Council meeting on Syria
2012-08-30 12:06:55 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister will urge the Security Council on Thursday to set up a safe zone in Syria to protect thousands of civilians fleeing the civil war, but his appeal is almost certain to go nowhere given the deep divisions in the U.N.'s most powerful body.
Egypt leader slams Syrian regime during Iran visit
2012-08-30 12:07:05 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In a clear rebuke to Syria's key ally Iran, Egypt's new president said Thursday that Bashar Assad's "oppressive" regime has lost its legitimacy and told an international conference in Tehran that the world must stand behind the Syrian rebels.
The rallying call by Mohammed M...
French probe deepens confusion over Arafat death
2012-08-30 12:06:25 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — A French murder probe into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat prompted an Israeli denial of responsibility on Wednesday and renewed doubts that Palestinians would stick to a halfhearted pledge to exhume Arafat's body.
Arafat's death eight years ago in a French hospi...