Syrian troops seize Damascus neighborhood
2012-07-20 12:08:07 UTC
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops regained control of a rebellious neighborhood in Damascus Friday as more than 300 people were reported killed the day before in a sharp escalation of the country's civil war.
Fighting has intensified over the past week as rebels closed in on the capital and...
Tanks roll on Damascus as violence reigns
2012-07-19 18:20:28 UTC
Damascus (Al Jazeera) - Heavy fighting grips capital with state source saying "all weapons will be used to finish off terrorists" by weekend.
Government troops have stormed a Damascus district with tanks for the first time, five days on from the outbr...
UN vote on Syria delayed until Thursday
2012-07-19 06:18:09 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council scheduled a vote Thursday on a new Syria resolution after a last-minute delay failed to get key Western nations and Russia to agree on measures to end the dramatically escalating violence — but both sides remained deeply divided.
Britain's U.N. A...
Rebel bombing strikes at heart of Syrian regime
2012-07-18 23:34:55 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Rebels penetrated the heart of Syria's power elite Wednesday, detonating a bomb inside a high-level crisis meeting in Damascus that killed three leaders of the regime, including President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law and the defense minister.
The unprecedented blow to the ruling...
Syria uses helicopters to battle rebels in capital
2012-07-17 17:51:57 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Intense clashes between Syrian rebels and government forces backed by helicopters spread to new areas of the capital Damascus Tuesday, including a brief firefight near Parliament. It was the third straight day of fighting that has posed an unprecedented challenge to government rule ...
Heavy clashes hit Syrian capital for second day
2012-07-16 20:22:21 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels fired at tanks in Damascus residential districts, armored vehicles blocked the main entrances to a neighborhood and protesters briefly barricaded a main highway into the city with bricks and burning tires, leaving hundreds of cars backed up in some of the worst clashes...
N. Korean media: Army chief relieved of all posts
2012-07-16 01:43:45 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kim Jong Un's top military official — a key mentor to North Korea's new young leader — has been removed from all posts because of illness, state media said Monday.
At least one analyst speculated that a more likely reason for Ri Yong Ho's departure is Kim's desire to ...
Red Cross declares Syrian conflict to be civil war
2012-07-16 00:13:31 UTC
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's 16-month bloodbath crossed an important symbolic threshold Sunday as the international Red Cross formally declared the conflict a civil war, a status with implications for potential war crimes prosecutions.
The Red Cross statement came as United Nations observers...
UN team investigates reported Syria massacre
2012-07-14 22:02:46 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. observers investigating a reported mass killing in a Syrian village on Saturday found pools of blood in homes and spent bullets, mortars and artillery shells, adding details to the emerging picture of what anti-regime activists have called one of the deadliest events of Syria's...
Hollande oversees first Bastille Day as president
2012-07-14 11:37:26 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Military jets trailing exhaust in the red, white and blue of the French flag opened Francois Hollande's first Bastille Day parade as president on Saturday and parachutists gliding in on chutes in the same patriotic colors ended it, thumping down on Paris' famed Champs-Elysees in fron...
UN blames regime forces for Syria massacre
2012-07-14 04:18:54 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. singled out government forces Friday for blame in the latest massacre in Syria, a frenzy of killing that raises new questions about whether diplomacy has any chance to end the crisis more than 16 months into the bloodiest revolt of the Arab Spring.
As the violence turns ...
Syria activists: Regime killed scores in village
2012-07-13 17:34:06 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Anti-regime activists in Syria said Friday that government gunners rained shells on a poor, farming village before armed thugs moved in, leaving scores of people dead in what rebels claim is one of the worst single days of bloodshed in the uprising against President Bashar Assad's r...
UN envoy says Syria president discusses transition
2012-07-12 05:54:00 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has discussed the possibility of forming a transitional government for his country as proposed by an international conference in Geneva last month, envoy Kofi Annan said Wednesday.
Annan, the U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria, said that during his disc...
UN envoy presses Syrian peace plan with Iran, Iraq
2012-07-11 00:36:24 UTC
BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.N.'s special envoy on the Syrian crisis sought to build support for his peace efforts Tuesday with the leaders of Iran and Iraq, saying President Bashar Assad has agreed to a plan to quell the bloodshed in the most violent areas of Syria and then expand the operation to the w...
Global warming tied to risk of weather extremes
2012-07-10 20:31:16 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Last year brought a record heat wave to Texas, massive floods in Bangkok and an unusually warm November in England. How much has global warming boosted the chances of events like that?
Quite a lot in Texas and England, but apparently not at all in Bangkok, say new analyses rele...
Annan in Iraqi for talks on peace plan for Syria
2012-07-10 12:47:41 UTC
BAGHDAD (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan has arrived in Iraq on an outreach tour to Syria's allies in the Mideast.
Annan touched down in Baghdad on Tuesday after a one-day trip to Iran, a key Damascus ally.
Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh says Annan will meet with Prime Minis...
UN envoy seeks Iranian help on Syrian crisis
2012-07-09 23:44:53 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan tried to rescue his peace plan for Syria by seeking help Monday from Iran, a staunch ally and military backer of President Bashar Assad's regime.
Before flying to Tehran, Annan said he had agreed on a new approach with Assad to stop the violence, wh...
Israel panel backs legalizing West Bank outposts
2012-07-09 09:52:58 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — A government-appointed committee has recommended that Israel legalize dozens of unsanctioned West Bank settlement outposts, a member of the panel said Monday, in defiance of international opposition to settling on land the Palestinians want for their future state.
The panel of...
Afghan donors offer $16B in development aid
2012-07-08 10:28:17 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — International donors offered $16 billion in development aid for Afghanistan on Sunday to show there will not be a mass exodus from the country after most foreign troops pull out in two years. They stressed the aid will be closely monitored to assure it is not squandered through corru...
Afghanistan declared a major US non-NATO ally
2012-07-07 11:26:03 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Obama administration on Saturday declared Afghanistan the United States' newest "major non-NATO ally," an action designed to facilitate close defense cooperation after U.S. combat troops withdraw from the country in 2014 and as a political statement of support for Af...
Libyans vote in 1st election after Gadhafi
2012-07-07 09:47:12 UTC
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyans started voting on Saturday in the first parliamentary election since last year's ouster and slaying of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, with jubilation at this major step towards democracy after decades of erratic one-man rule tempered by boycott calls and violence...
7th person arrested in British terrorism probe
2012-07-07 11:31:26 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British police say they have arrested a seventh person over an alleged plot to launch a terrorist attack.
The Metropolitan Police says the 22-year-old woman was arrested Saturday at a home in east London "on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terro...
Iran adds France, Germany to culprits list
2012-07-06 19:11:48 UTC
Tehran, Iran (AP) — Iran's spy chief on Friday accused French and German intelligence services of cooperating with the CIA to kill Iranian nuclear scientists, an allegation likely to exacerbate tensions between Tehran and the West over the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear program.
US, allies press Assad as top Syrian general flees
2012-07-06 20:38:52 UTC
PARIS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday hailed an accelerating wave of defections in President Bashar Assad's inner circle as the United States and its international allies pleaded once again for global sanctions against the Syrian regime. Frustrated by the slow pace...
US, partners to push for global sanctions on Assad
2012-07-06 20:34:08 UTC
PARIS (AP) - The United States and its European and Arab partners will threaten the Assad regime with global sanctions if it fails to quickly implement a Syrian peace plan that includes the appointment of a new interim government, U.S. officials said Thursday on the eve of an 80-nation conference...