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  • Q&A about UN Security Council meeting on Syria
    Diaalnews 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. With mili...

  • Egypt leader slams Syrian regime during Iran visit
    Large_fb798_large_d91f3_ap_mohamedmorsi20 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
    Diaalnews 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...

  • Turkish military is key factor in Syria planning
    Diaalnews 2012-08-29 07:02:27 UTC
    ISTANBUL (AP) — In 2003, Turkey barred U.S. forces from opening a northern front in the war against Iraq in a stunning rebuff to Washington that raised questions about whether the politically powerful Turkish military had undercut a civilian-led initiative to help the Americans. As Turkey and its...

  • Syrian rebels plan 'The Day After' in Berlin
    44461 2012-08-28 07:56:23 UTC
    Berlin ( AFP ) — Members of the Syrian opposition have been working on plans for a post-Assad regime for the past six months in Berlin, it was revealed on Monday. “When Assad falls we will not be standing there with empty hands,” said Ferhard Ahma, an exiled Syrian working on the project dubbe...

  • Evidence mounts of new massacre in Syria
    80e4e2610dec6218190f6a7067009992 2012-08-27 04:50:12 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Row upon row of bloodied bodies wrapped in colorful blankets laid out on a mosque floor in a Damascus suburb. Long narrow graves tightly packed with dozens of victims. Nestled among them, two babies were wrapped in a single blood-soaked blanket, a yellow pacifier dangling beside the...

  • Togo women push sex strike to unseat president
    Diaalnews 2012-08-26 21:47:02 UTC
    LOME, Togo (AP) — The female wing of a civil rights group is urging women in Togo to stage a week-long sex strike to demand the resignation of the country's president. Women are being asked to start withholding sex from their husbands or partners as of Monday, said Isabelle Ameganvi, leader of...

  • Despite Isaac's soaking, Keys residents laid back
    6f8649960ce35d18190f6a7067006f34 2012-08-27 04:06:48 UTC
    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Isaac barely stirred Florida Keys residents from their fabled nonchalance Sunday, while the Gulf Coast braced for the possibility that the sprawling storm will strengthen into a dangerous hurricane by the time it makes landfall there. It was on course to st...

  • Britain concerned at report of new Syria massacre
    605f82b30d7f6018190f6a706700d074 2012-08-26 20:07:04 UTC
    AMMAN (AP) — Britain said Sunday it was deeply concerned by emerging reports of a "brutal massacre of civilians" in a Damascus suburb where activists claim more than 300 people have been killed over the past week in a major government offensive to take back control of rebel-held areas in and arou...

  • Isaac nears Haiti with homeless quake population
    1db34cb4db903717190f6a7067000c9a 2012-08-25 07:06:31 UTC
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Tropical Storm Isaac bore down on Haiti's southern peninsula early Saturday, threatening a city prone to flooding and dousing other areas of the poor nation still trying to recover from the terrible 2010 earthquake. The storm swirled past the southern coast of th...

  • Syria spillover clashes escalate in Lebanon
    6ca95305c01c1717190f6a706700fddc 2012-08-24 15:33:38 UTC
    TRIPOLI, Beirut (AP) — Fresh clashes broke out Friday in northern Lebanon between supporters and opponents of the Syrian regime, killing two people and wounding 17 others, Lebanese security officials said. The fighting in the port city of Tripoli was the latest instance of the Syrian civil war...

  • AP NewsBreak: Nuke agency forms special Iran team
    Iran-nuclear-weapons-m-25169 2012-08-23 17:24:21 UTC
    The U.N. nuclear agency is forming a special Iran team, drawing together sleuths in weapons technology, intelligence analysis, radiation and other fields of expertise as it seeks to add muscle to a probe of suspicions that Tehran worked secretly on atomic arms, diplomats tell The Associated Press...

  • Sean Penn's charity to demolish Haiti's Palace
    Sean_penn 2012-08-22 07:17:02 UTC
    Sean Penn's charity to demolish Haiti's Palace PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The nonprofit aid group founded by Hollywood star Sean Penn in the aftermath of Haiti's deadly 2010 earthquake will oversee demolition of the wrecked National Palace, the Haitian government said Tuesday. Government...

  • Kurdistan: Syria war empowers oppressed Kurdish minority
    Kurdistan 2012-08-21 03:37:29 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Last month, while the world's attention was focused on battles raging in Syria's two largest cities, a quiet transformation was taking place in the country's oil-rich northeast where about 2 million minority Kurds live. In mid-July, regime forces began pulling back from several t...

  • Who's who in China's Bo Xilai political scandal
    Diaalnews 2012-08-20 05:01:02 UTC
    BEIJING (AP) — The political scandal surrounding one of China's most high-profile politicians, Bo Xilai, whose wife has been given a suspended death sentence for the murder of a British man, is the messiest to strike the ruling Communist Party in years and exposes divisions just ahead of a crucia...

  • AP Interview: Envoy seeks unified voice on Syria
    F66e8aa15865b417180f6a706700c5ba 2012-08-19 15:34:45 UTC
    PARIS (AP) — The new U.N. special envoy to Syria admitted on Sunday that he faces a difficult job trying to broker peace in Syria and said his first task is overcoming divisions within the Security Council that stymied the efforts of his predecessor. Lakhdar Brahimi, who was named Friday to re...

  • Appeal to the International Court of Justice in the Hague
    38ed38aa3f029d17180f6a7067000fdf 2012-08-19 13:53:28 UTC
    WikiLeaks Julian Assange to make 1st public appearance in 2 months LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange planned to make his first public appearance Sunday since he took refuge inside Ecuador's Embassy in London two months ago, seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning...

  • Swimmer Nyad steady in Cuba-Fla. record attempt
    1127d5e55672aa17180f6a706700e0f9 2012-08-20 04:40:51 UTC
    HAVANA (AP) — Endurance athlete Diana Nyad forged ahead in the Straits of Florida with renewed vigor Sunday in pursuit of a record 103-mile (166-kilometer), unassisted swim in open waters without the aid of a shark cage. The 62-year-old Los Angeles woman was said to be comfortable, confident a...

  • US drone kills 5 militants in northern Pakistan
    Diaalnews 2012-08-18 16:58:46 UTC
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A missile launched from a U.S. drone struck a suspected militant hideout in a tribal region in northern Pakistan where allies of a powerful warlord were gathered Saturday, killing five of his supporters, Pakistani officials said. The strike in North Waziristan against allies o...

  • Netanyahu's aide launches stinging rebuke to Shimon Peres
    Israeli-president-shimon--008 2012-08-17 17:48:46 UTC
    Prime minister's office says Shimon Peres should not speak out on Iran as he is too prone to mistakes. The faultlines among Israel's leaders over whether to take unilateral military action against Iran's nuclear capability have deepened, with a prime ministerial aide launching a stinging publi...

  • Britain warns Ecuador over Assange asylum
    Diaalnews 2012-08-16 01:35:32 UTC
    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador accused Britain on Wednesday of threatening to storm its London embassy to arrest Julian Assange after the U.K. issued a stern warning to the South American nation ahead of its decision on an asylum bid by the WikiLeaks founder. Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino sai...

  • UN panel concludes war crimes perpetrated in Syria
    Diaalnews 2012-08-15 21:22:03 UTC
    GENEVA (AP) — The killings took place under a late spring sun. The squads poured into the Syrian village of Houla on foot and in vehicles: cars, minivans and pickups mounted with machine guns. At the end, more than 100 people were dead — nearly half of them children — in what the United Nation...

  • Europe on the edge of recession
    Diaalnews 2012-08-15 06:51:19 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Europe is edging closer to recession, dragged down by the crippling debt problems of the 17 countries that use the euro, official figures showed Tuesday. Eurostat, Europe's statistics agency, revealed that the economies of both the eurozone and the European Union, which has 27 co...

  • President shifts Egypt's balance of power
    2886641cbe862616180f6a706700b4dd 2012-08-14 03:40:20 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — In retaking key powers and shaking up the military brass, President Mohammed Morsi has sharply shifted Egypt's balance of power overnight and transformed his public image from a weak leader to a savvy politician. If unchallenged, the moves could end six decades of de facto militar...

  • Syrian opposition leader calls for no-fly zone
    Dd7aeabaa3820916180f6a706700c59f 2012-08-13 00:25:18 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — The head of Syria's main opposition group in exile called Sunday for international powers to impose a no-fly zone in border areas to protect civilians who are coming under increasingly intense attacks by regime warplanes and helicopters. The president of the Syrian National Counc...