4 police officers tried in China political scandal
2012-08-10 12:19:46 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Four senior Chinese police officers went on trial Friday on accusations they helped the wife of one of the country's highest-profile politicians cover up the murder of a British businessman in a scandal that has shaken the highest levels of leadership.
The case was heard in the ...
Ernesto crosses Yucatan, regains some power
2012-08-08 23:03:49 UTC
CHETUMAL, Mexico (AP) — Tropical Storm Ernesto spun across Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday, then headed into the Gulf of Mexico after forcing the evacuation of thousands of tourists and fishermen from beaches in Tulum and the Costa Maya.
There were no reports of storm deaths or major d...
Cuba's aging population will test economic reform
2012-08-07 22:00:57 UTC
HAVANA (AP) — The scene at Havana's Victor Hugo Park is unfortunately typical, with a handful of boys kicking a soccer ball through trees while dozens of gray-haired seniors bend and stretch to the urgings of a government-employed trainer.
So few children, so many elderly. It's a central dilem...
Syrian PM joins rebel side in latest blow to Assad
2012-08-06 18:18:40 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's prime minister defected on Monday, evidence that the widening cracks in President Bashar's Assad's regime have reached the highest echelons of government.
Riad Hijab — who planned the break for months, according to an aide — is the highest-level political figure to switch...
Clinton to make working visit to Turkey amid escalating Syria crisis
2012-08-05 17:59:07 UTC
ANKARA ( ZAMAN ) - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to make an official visit to Turkey on Aug. 11 to hold talks focusing on the Syrian crisis, which has recently reached the proportions of a civil war, and a number of other regional issues.
"Secretary Clinton will go to ?stanb...
Clinton in Kenya to press democracy
2012-08-04 12:44:38 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pressed the leaders of Kenya on the importance of fair and free elections on Saturday and encouraged the African nation to be a "model for the entire world."
Clinton urged them to avoid a repeat of the 2007 presidential elect...
Annan quits as Syrian envoy, blames lack of unity
2012-08-02 21:25:49 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Kofi Annan announced his resignation Thursday as Syria's peace envoy and issued a blistering critique of world powers, bringing to a dramatic end a frustrating six-month effort that failed to achieve even a temporary cease-fire as the country plunged into civil war.
In a reflecti...
Congress approves new sanctions on Iran
2012-08-02 07:39:07 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted Wednesday to slap sanctions on Iran's energy, shipping and financial industries, convinced that increasing the economic pressure on Tehran will derail its suspected nuclear weapons program.
The House overwhelmingly passed the bill 421-6 and a short time later, ...
Blasts, renewed fighting erupt in Syrian capital
2012-08-04 12:10:56 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Heavy explosions shook the Syrian capital Saturday and helicopters circled overhead as rebels appeared to be renewing their offensive in the city, witnesses and activists said.
The fresh battles show that President Bashar Assad's victories could be fleeting as armed opposition gr...
Class of 2012: Europe's young pursue dreams abroad
2012-08-01 15:26:59 UTC
Publishable Editors Notes:
Editors: This is the latest installment in Class of 2012, an exploration of Europe's financial crisis through the eyes of young people emerging from the cocoon of student life into the worst downturn the continent has seen since the end of World War II
Electricity grids fail across half of India
2012-07-31 19:20:24 UTC
NEW DELHI (AP) — Electric crematoria were snuffed out with bodies inside, New Delhi's Metro shut down and hundreds of coal miners were trapped underground after three Indian electric grids collapsed in a cascade Tuesday, cutting power to 620 million people in the world's biggest blackout.
Panetta says sanctions haven't yet worked in Iran
2012-07-30 16:36:45 UTC
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is acknowledging that international sanctions have not achieved their aim of compelling Iran to rein in its nuclear ambitions.
He said Monday that sanctions are hurting Iran's economy. And he said that although the "results are not obvi...
Syria's rebels hold Aleppo neighborhoods
2012-07-29 20:15:42 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian tanks and artillery pounded rebel-held neighborhoods in the commercial hub of Aleppo on Sunday in a bid to retake control as President Bashar Assad's regime accused regional powerhouses Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey of trying to destroy the country.
Activists say oppositi...
Panetta heads to Mideast; Syria high on the agenda
2012-07-29 17:34:51 UTC
ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta began a five-day Mideast trip Sunday to consult with the new Islamist leaders of Tunisia and Egypt and to meet with long-standing allies Israel and Jordan.
High on the agenda at each stop is expected to be the acceleratin...
Syrian rebels survive regime onslaught in Aleppo
2012-07-29 03:53:53 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government launched an offensive Saturday to retake rebel-held neighborhoods in the nation's commercial hub of Aleppo, unleashing artillery, tanks and helicopter gunships against poorly armed opposition fighters.
Yet after a day of fighting, the rag-tag rebel forces re...
Fears grow over fate of Syrian city of Aleppo
2012-07-28 06:31:22 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — International concern was mounting Friday over a potential massacre as Syrian troops bombarded the besieged city of Aleppo with artillery, strafed it with aircraft and reportedly pulled in major reinforcements ready to crush the outgunned rebels.
The battle is one of the most imp...
Syrian troops kill 6-year-old fleeing into Jordan
2012-07-27 18:43:34 UTC
RAMTHA, Jordan (AP) — The family crept across farmland under night's cover, heading for the border, when Syrian troops opened fire. Bullets whizzed around them as they broke into a mad dash, survivors say. The 6-year-old boy, holding his mother's hand, broke away and ran ahead. He nearly made it ...
Sudanese struggle to ignite their own uprising
2012-07-27 08:57:12 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — "I think my country Sudan has really hit rock bottom." Those were the last public words uttered by Usamah Mohamad, a 32-year-old Sudanese web developer-turned-citizen journalist, in a video announcing he would join protests against President Omar al-Bashir.
Mohamad, popular under ...
Palestinian cash crisis getting worse: minister
2012-07-26 19:21:15 UTC
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The cash-strapped Palestinian self-rule government is finding it harder each month to stay afloat, its finance minister said in an interview Thursday.
The Palestinian Authority is struggling with its worst financial crisis in years, in part because key donor countrie...
Munich widows call for Olympic ceremony protest
2012-07-26 07:06:06 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The widows of two Israeli Olympians killed by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics are urging spectators to stage a silent protest during Friday's opening ceremony for the London Games.
Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Romano are demanding that London organizers recognize their ...
Obama, Romney differ over guns after Colo. attack
2012-07-26 08:28:14 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The politics of guns leapt to the top of the presidential race Wednesday, as President Barack Obama embraced some degree of control of weapons sales and Republican Mitt Romney seemed to suggest an alleged mass killer in Colorado had obtained his weapons illegally even though he ...
Syrian rushes troops to Aleppo to fight rebels
2012-07-25 17:22:10 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of government tanks converged on Syria's largest city Wednesday as President Bashar Assad marshaled his forces to stamp out a five-day rebel fight to wrest Aleppo from the regime's grasp.
As the fighting raged in Aleppo, Turkey said that it had sealed its border to trade w...
Phone hack charges may add to fallout for Brit PM
2012-07-25 05:28:28 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Britain's phone hacking scandal entered a new and expanded criminal phase Tuesday, with charges brought against two former members of Prime Minister David Cameron's inner circle over a campaign of illegal espionage that has rocked the country's establishment.
The Crown Prosecutio...
Syria unleashes helicopters on rebels in Aleppo
2012-07-24 17:26:47 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — With warplanes circling overhead, Syrian attack helicopters pounded rebel-held neighborhoods in Aleppo on Tuesday in an escalation of the battle for the country's commercial capital and largest city, residents and activists said.
Following a pair of rebel assaults on the country'...
Jordan king's treads delicate line on reform
2012-07-24 08:31:58 UTC
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — For Jordan's King Abdullah II, preventing the Arab world's wave of uprisings from washing into to his country has been an exercise in careful calibration — easing his absolute grip on power just enough to defuse protests.
Upcoming parliamentary elections, the centerpiece o...