AP IMPACT: Syria rebels divided, at times violent
2012-06-21 19:51:06 UTC
Publishable Editors Notes:
EDITOR'S NOTE _ Arabic-speaking journalist Ben Hubbard was part of a three-member Associated Press team that spent two weeks with rebels in northern Syria, gathering firsthand information on the increasingly bloody rebellion against President Bashar Assad _ the longe...
Rio: pollution rife during UN enviro conference
2012-06-20 22:01:44 UTC
Rio de Janeiro (AP) — The throngs streaming into Rio for a sustainable development conference may be dreaming of white-sand beaches and clear, blue waters, but what they are first likely to notice as they leave the airport is not the salty tang of ocean in the breeze, but the stench of raw sewage...
World leaders weigh stimulus vs. austerity at G-20
2012-06-20 05:11:59 UTC
LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) — With major European economies on the brink of collapse, leaders concluding an annual Group of 20 meeting sought Tuesday to reassure the world that they would find a way to put out the debt-fueled economic wildfire that has threatened banks, wiped out jobs and toppled gove...
Obama: Putin talks candid, tensions can be eased
2012-06-18 19:57:10 UTC
LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) — Seeking common ground, President Barack Obama said he and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Monday on the need for a political process in Syria to prevent civil war in the violence-torn country and said any tensions between the United States and Russia can be worked...
Pro-bailout conservatives win Greek election
2012-06-17 23:52:34 UTC
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Fears of an imminent Greek exit from Europe's joint currency receded Sunday after the conservative New Democracy party came first in a critical election and pro-bailout parties won enough seats to form a joint government.
As central banks stood ready to intervene in case ...
UN observers in Syria suspend operations
2012-06-16 18:55:01 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. observers in Syria suspended their activities and patrols Saturday because of escalating violence in the country, the head of the mission said, the strongest sign yet that an international peace plan for Syria is disintegrating.
Maj. Gen. Robert Mood said rising bloodshed ov...
Affairs of politics and heart mark French election
2012-06-16 08:53:51 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Back-room deals, black lists and bitter duels. Political and personal intrigue has wormed its way into Sunday's final round of French legislative elections. President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party is battling to ensure a solid majority and fulfill his vows to boost growth in Eu...
Syria observer chief says violence derails mission
2012-06-15 18:14:49 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the U.N. observers in Syria said Friday a spike in bloodshed is derailing the mission to monitor and defuse more than a year of violence, raising questions about how effective the unarmed force can be in a conflict that every day looks more like a civil war.
Smell of death greets UN monitors in Syrian town
2012-06-15 07:00:37 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Smoldering buildings, looted shops, smashed cars and a strong stench of death greeted U.N. observers who entered the nearly deserted Syrian town of Haffa on Thursday, a day after President Bashar Assad's forces overran it as part of a major offensive to recover rebel-controlled terr...
UN observers enter mountainous enclave in Syria
2012-06-14 16:46:01 UTC
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A team of United Nations observers entered the Syrian town of Haffa Thursday after government troops overran the area near the Mediterranean coast, seizing the territory back from rebels after battles that raged for eight days.
The visit came hours after a suicide bomber...
Syria: Car bomb explodes in Damascus suburb
2012-06-14 07:58:21 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — A car bomb exploded Thursday in a Damascus suburb that is home to a popular Shiite Muslim shrine, wounding at least two people, Syria's state-run news agency SANA reported, while activists said regime troops continued shelling rebellious areas in central Homs province.
It was not...
Syria claims it has retaken rebellious village
2012-06-13 17:28:27 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian forces pushed out scores of rebels holed up in a rebellious area near the Mediterranean coast Wednesday and state television said they retook control of the region following eight days of fierce shelling and clashes.
The mountainous Haffa region is one of several areas whe...
Tens of thousands protest Putin despite crackdown
2012-06-12 20:49:29 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Undeterred by a sudden escalation in the Kremlin's crackdown on the opposition, tens of thousands thronged Moscow's tree-lined boulevards Tuesday in the first mass protest against Vladimir Putin since he returned to the presidency in May.
The crowd was even larger than at a demon...
US accuses Syria of new tactics, fears massacre
2012-06-12 06:57:15 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The United States accused the Syrian government of using "new horrific tactics" Monday, as U.N. observers reported Syrian helicopters were firing on rebellious areas and concerns mounted that civilians were trapped in besieged cities.
Violence in Syria has spiked in recent weeks,...
US clears India, 6 others from Iran sanctions
2012-06-11 19:12:05 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has cleared India, South Korea and five other governments from U.S. sanctions after they significantly reduced their imports of Iranian oil.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also said Malaysia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Taiwan won't...
State of emergency declared for western Myanmar
2012-06-11 07:07:45 UTC
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's president has declared a state of emergency in a western state where sectarian tensions between Buddhists and Muslims have unleashed deadly violence. He warned that if the situation spun out of control, it could jeopardize the democratic reforms he has been instit...
Rebels battle in Assad stronghold of Damascus
2012-06-10 02:33:24 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Bullets and shrapnel shells smashed into homes in the Syrian capital of Damascus overnight as troops battled rebels in the streets, a show of boldness for rebels taking their fight against President Bashar Assad to the center of his power.
For nearly 12 hours of fighting that las...
Syrian troops bomb rebel-held neighborhood in Homs
2012-06-08 19:00:04 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Explosions echoed over Damascus on Friday as Syrian troops clashed with rebels in some of the heaviest fighting yet in the capital in the 15-month uprising against President Bashar Assad. Troops also unleashed a heavy assault to retake a rebel-held neighborhood in a central flashpoi...
Annan wants new strategy to end Syria conflict
2012-06-07 21:01:35 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. diplomats say international envoy Kofi Annan is urging the divided Security Council to unite and act immediately to pressure the Syrian government to implement his peace plan and keep the escalating conflict from spiraling out of control.
The diplomats said Annan tol...
UN monitors shot at on way to Syrian massacre site
2012-06-07 19:28:30 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Unarmed United Nations monitors came under fire Thursday as they tried to reach the scene of the latest mass killing in Syria, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. Activists accused government forces of killing nearly 80 people, including women and children who were shot, hacked...
UK's Cameron, Obama urge action on eurozone crisis
2012-06-06 23:32:49 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama have agreed on the need for immediate action to resolve the eurozone crisis.
Downing Street said the two leaders spoke on the phone late Tuesday ahead of the G20 summit in Mexico later this month, when world leade...
Clinton to China, Russia: Syria needs change
2012-06-05 17:51:12 UTC
BATUMI, Georgia (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is inviting China and Russia to "be part of the solution in Syria" but says that must include a political transition from the Assad regime.
Clinton says the transition "has to be the main focus of our diplomacy." She says violenc...
NKorea threatens specific attacks on SKorean media
2012-06-05 03:02:43 UTC
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's military warned Monday that troops have aimed artillery at the specific coordinates of South Korean media groups as Pyongyang threatened a "merciless sacred war" over perceived insults.
The North Korean statement, which expresses outrage over South K...
Lugar: Syrian rebels need safe zones in Turkey
2012-06-03 16:25:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the U.S. should work with Turkey to establish safe zones for retreating Syrian rebels.
Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana says the so-called safe zones would be on Turkish territory and guarded by Turks to allow...
Syria's Assad says he's surgeon saving patient
2012-06-03 16:15:50 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad defended his government's crackdown on opponents Sunday, saying a doctor performing messy emergency surgery does not have blood on his hands if he is trying to save a patient.
In his first speech since January, Assad appeared unmoved by scathing inte...