Japan reactor on grid; panel slams crisis response
2012-07-05 08:17:33 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Nuclear power returned to Japan's energy mix for the first time in two months Thursday, hours before a parliamentary investigative commission blamed the government's cozy relations with the industry for the meltdowns that prompted the mass shutdown of the nation's reactors.
Iran threatens swift retaliation on US bases
2012-07-04 17:13:01 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran declared Wednesday that it can destroy nearby U.S. military bases and strike Israel within minutes of an attack on the Islamic Republic, reflecting tensions over Iran's suspect nuclear program.
The veiled threat came during a military drill that has included the firing...
Australia trying to help migrant boat in distress
2012-07-04 08:29:36 UTC
SYDNEY (AP) — Australian rescuers were trying to help a migrant-filled boat in bad weather and rough seas off Indonesia on Wednesday, a day after the countries agreed to strengthen maritime ties to combat people smuggling.
The wooden boat issued a distress call Wednesday morning and was believ...
German spy agency faces shake-up in neo-Nazi case
2012-07-04 07:52:20 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — The case horrified Germany, a nation where the Hitler era still casts a long shadow: a small band of neo-Nazis suspected of killing ethnic Turks and others in a seven-year terror spree, undetected by security forces until a botched bank robbery brought down the group last year.
Accusations grow of vote-buying Mexico election
2012-07-03 20:51:04 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thousands of people rushed to stores on Tuesday to redeem pre-paid gift cards they said were given them by the party that won Mexico's presidency, inflaming accusations that the election was marred by massive vote-buying.
At least a few cardholders were angry, complaining th...
FDA approves first rapid, take-home HIV test
2012-07-03 20:43:33 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans will soon be able to test themselves in the privacy of their own homes for the virus that causes AIDS, now that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first rapid, over-the-counter HIV test.
The OraQuick test detects the presence of HIV antibodies using a...
Syrian opposition makes new push to unite
2012-07-03 05:52:31 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — The Arab League chief urged exiled Syrian opposition figures to unite at a meeting Monday as a new Western effort to force President Bashar Assad from power faltered. Another 85 soldiers, including a general, fled to Turkey in a growing wave of defections.
Turkey's state-run Andol...
Mexico's former ruling party voted back to office
2012-07-02 09:53:15 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The party that ruled Mexico with an iron grip for most of the last century has sailed back into power, promising a government that will be modern, responsible and open to criticism.
Though Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate Enrique Pena Nieto's margin of victory was...
Spain wins again, beating Italy 4-0 at Euro 2012
2012-07-02 04:38:12 UTC
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Just like clockwork, Spain's "tiki taka" passing game tore Italy apart.
The World Cup champions controlled the play Sunday in the European Championship final, as they usually do. They moved the ball up the field with short pass after short pass, as they usually do.
Spain, Italy rematch in historic Euro 2012 final
2012-07-01 14:28:42 UTC
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — And so they meet again at Euro 2012.
This time, however, Spain and Italy are playing for the European Championship and a place in the history books.
The Mediterranean rivals meet Sunday in Kiev's Olympic Stadium, three weeks after they drew 1-1 in their opening match of...
Egypt's new president begins struggle for power
2012-07-01 05:34:01 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Islamist Mohammed Morsi became Egypt's first freely elected president on Saturday, launching his four-year term with a potentially dangerous quest to wrest back from the military the full authority of his office.
The outcome of the impending battle between Egypt's first civilian p...
Eastern US storms kill 13, cut power to millions
2012-07-01 05:41:57 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions across the mid-Atlantic region sweltered Saturday in the aftermath of violent storms that pummeled the eastern U.S. with high winds and downed trees, killing at least 13 people and leaving 3 million without power during a heat wave.
Power officials said the outages w...
Mood pessimistic on Syria peace plans
2012-06-30 12:59:35 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — A conference called by special envoy Kofi Annan to end the Syria crisis appeared on the brink of failure as it opened Saturday, with the U.S. and Russia still divided over a role for President Bashar Assad in a transition government.
Annan seemed confident of his plan a few days ...
Islamist Morsi is sworn in as Egypt's president
2012-06-30 19:26:53 UTC
CAIRO (AP) - Islamist Mohammed Morsi promised a "new Egypt" as he took the oath of office Saturday to become the country's first freely elected president, succeeding Hosni Mubarak who was ousted 16 months ago.
At his inauguration before the Supreme Constitutional Court, Morsi also became the A...
Egypt president-elect vows to fight for authority
2012-06-30 06:27:52 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — President-elect Mohammed Morsi roused the masses in Tahrir Square on Friday, vowing to fight on behalf of the people and defying the ruling generals by reading a symbolic oath of office a day early at the site where Egypt's revolution was born.
The country's first Islamist preside...
British police demand Assange report to station
2012-06-29 06:17:32 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British police served Julian Assange on Thursday with a demand that he report to a police station as the first step in his extradition to Sweden to face sex crime allegations.
The WikiLeaks founder said he was unlikely to obey the order to show up on Friday.
The letter was del...
Hamas says militant assassinated in Damascus
2012-06-28 06:12:12 UTC
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A senior Hamas leader says one of the Palestinian militant group's members has been assassinated in Damascus.
Izzat Risheq, a senior leader of Hamas, wrote on his Facebook page that Kamal Ghanaja, also known as Nizar Abu Mujahed, was killed Wednesday night in the S...
Queen, ex-IRA chief plan symbolic Belfast meeting
2012-06-27 09:08:31 UTC
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II and a former Irish Republican Army commander are about to meet for the first time in a symbolic milestone for Northern Ireland's peace process, but journalists wanting to record the moment are being kept at bay.
The Wednesday's event will fea...
Putin visits West Bank, tours key Christian shrine
2012-06-26 18:14:52 UTC
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin praised his Palestinian counterpart Tuesday for what he said was a "responsible" position in negotiations with Israel, frozen for nearly four years, and said Russia has no problem recognizing a Palestinian state.
Putin also ...
AP Exclusive: Al-Qaida trains Norwegian to attack
2012-06-26 02:03:57 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Norwegian man has received terrorist training from al-Qaida's offshoot in Yemen and is awaiting orders to carry out an attack on the West, officials from three European security agencies told The Associated Press on Monday.
Western intelligence officials have long feared suc...
NATO to discuss downing of Turkish plane by Syria
2012-06-24 19:41:42 UTC
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — NATO will hold emergency talks on Tuesday to discuss Syria's downing of a Turkish jet fighter, but the alliance is not expected to take military action, even if it confirms Turkey's claim that the unarmed plane was attacked in international airspace.
The incident has furt...
Turkey calls for NATO meeting over Syria
2012-06-24 10:27:59 UTC
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — State television says Turkey has called for an extraordinary NATO meeting over the downing of its plane by Syria in international airspace.
TRT television reported Sunday that Turkey has sought the NATO meeting for Tuesday.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu tol...
Syrian civilians hit hard by spreading violence
2012-06-23 17:07:40 UTC
Publishable Editors Notes:
EDITOR'S NOTE _ Journalist Ben Hubbard was part of a three-member Associated Press team that spent two weeks with rebels in northern Syria, collecting on-the-ground information on the revolt against President Bashar Assad _ the longest and deadliest uprising of the A...
Turkey threatens action after Syria downs jet
2012-06-23 23:58:35 UTC
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Syria said Saturday it shot down a Turkish reconnaissance plane because the plane entered its airspace, insisting it was "not an attack" as both sides desperately tried to de-escalate the episode before it exploded into a regional conflagration.
Turkey threatened to retal...
Taliban storm Afghan hotel, killing 18 people
2012-06-22 14:23:45 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Heavily armed Taliban insurgents stormed into a lakeside hotel north of Kabul and opened fire on guests inside, killing 18 people — most civilians — before the 12-hour long rampage ended Friday morning, Afghan officials said.
The brazen attack on a resort where many A...