Clinton steps up pressure on Russia on Syria
2012-06-03 16:14:14 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday pressed Russia to join international efforts for a political transition in Syria that would see President Bashar Assad driven from power, and suggested greater flexibility could come from a previous recalcitrant Moscow.
Pro- and anti-Syrian groups clash in north Lebanon
2012-06-02 18:35:50 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Gunbattles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups in northern Lebanon killed at least seven people and wounded 22 on Saturday, security officials said, as activists reported fresh shelling in a region in central Syria where a massacre last week left more than 100 people dead.
US is heaping new pressure on Russia over Syria
2012-06-01 20:21:07 UTC
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The U.S. is heaping new pressure on Russia to change course and support international action in Syria, warning that intransigence by Moscow may lead to open civil war that could spill across the Middle East with devastating effects.
Speaking on Russia's doorstep in D...
AP 'napalm girl' photo from Vietnam War turns 40
2012-06-01 07:11:54 UTC
TRANG BANG, Vietnam (AP) — In the picture, the girl will always be 9 years old and wailing "Too hot! Too hot!" as she runs down the road away from her burning Vietnamese village.
She will always be naked after blobs of sticky napalm melted through her clothes and layers of skin like jellied la...
Diamond Jubilee: Britain marks Queen's reign
2012-06-01 07:02:03 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The patriotic bunting is ready, the golden carriage on standby, the boats freshly painted, the shops filled with royals souvenirs.
The normal ebb and flow of British life gives way in the next four days to a series of street parties, flotillas, outdoor concerts and finally the ap...
Suu Kyi calls for 'healthy skepticism' on Myanmar
2012-06-01 06:56:27 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's opposition leader and former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi urged the international community Friday to exercise "healthy skepticism" toward her country's reforms as it sheds a half-century of military rule.
It is not the first time that Suu Kyi has called for cau...
Suu Kyi presses for migrants' rights in Thailand
2012-05-31 20:17:52 UTC
MAHACHAI, Thailand (AP) — Long a fighter against oppression inside Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi has used her first foreign trip in 24 years to fight for her countrymen suffering abroad — millions of economic migrants unable to work at home but vulnerable to exploitation elsewhere.
On Thursday, sh...
Israel hands over remains of Palestinian militants
2012-05-31 09:24:30 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Thursday handed over the remains of 91 Palestinian militants, including suicide bombers, to the West Bank government in an effort to induce President Mahmoud Abbas to renew peace talks.
All 91 were killed over the past decades while carrying out suicide bombings or o...
UN observers in Syria discover 13 bound corpses
2012-05-30 16:22:14 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. observers have discovered 13 bound corpses in eastern Syria, many of them apparently shot execution-style, the monitoring mission said Wednesday.
The announcement comes days after a massacre in Houla, in the central Homs province, which killed more than 100 people and prompt...
Western nations expel Syrian envoys over massacre
2012-05-29 21:38:30 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — As U.N. officials cited eyewitness accounts of shadowy gunmen slaughtering whole families in their homes, Western nations expelled Syrian diplomats Tuesday in a coordinated move against President Bashar Assad's regime over the massacre of more than 100 people.
U.N. special envoy ...
UN: Most of 108 killed in Syria were executed
2012-05-29 20:08:41 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N.'s human rights office said Tuesday that most of the 108 victims of a massacre in Syria last week were shot at close range, some of them women, children and entire families gunned down in their own homes.
The massacre on Friday in Houla drew new international outrage, wit...
Syrian diplomats around the world expelled
2012-05-29 19:05:53 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Governments around the world expelled Syrian ambassadors and diplomats Tuesday, an unusual, coordinated blow to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime following a gruesome massacre that the United Nations said involved close-range shootings of scores of children and parents in their ...
Russia condemns ally Syria over massacre of 108
2012-05-29 03:52:10 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — A weekend massacre of more than 100 people emerged as a potential turning point in the Syrian crisis Monday, galvanizing even staunch ally Russia to take an unusually hard line against President Bashar Assad's government.
Analysts said Russia may be warning Assad that he needs to...
McCain: Don't count on Russia to force out Assad
2012-05-27 23:34:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. can't count on Russia — a major arms supplier to Syria — to force President Bashar Assad from power, Sen. John McCain said Sunday, blaming President Barack Obama for embracing a "feckless" foreign policy and punting tough decisions until after the fall election.
Dozens of children killed in new Syria attack
2012-05-26 20:46:35 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Gruesome video Saturday showed rows of dead Syrian children lying in a mosque in bloody shorts and T-shirts with gaping head wounds, haunting images of what activists called one of the deadliest regime attacks yet in Syria's 14-month-old uprising.
The shelling attack on Houla, a ...
UN agency finds higher enrichment at Iranian site
2012-05-25 17:33:28 UTC
VIENNA (AP) — Inspectors have found traces of uranium enriched at an Iranian site to a level that is slightly closer to the threshold needed to arm nuclear missiles, the U.N. nuclear agency said Friday.
Iran said the find was a technical glitch, according to the International Atomic Energy Age...
Nuclear talks with Iran set to resume next month
2012-05-25 01:15:24 UTC
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran and six world powers wrapped up talks Thursday still far apart over how to oversee Tehran's atomic program, but with resolve to keep dialogue going as an alternative to possible military action.
Envoys said they will meet again next month in Moscow after negotiations stretc...
Iran nuclear talks snag over dueling demands
2012-05-24 01:35:07 UTC
BAGHDAD (AP) — Talks between Iran and six world powers snagged Wednesday over dueling proposals concerning Tehran's nuclear program, a tug-of-war that pits international concerns about the Islamic Republic's potential to build atomic weapons against enforcing crippling sanctions on its people.
Clinton: US hacked Yemeni al-Qaida sites
2012-05-24 01:21:24 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The State Department has launched a different sort of raid against al-Qaida — hacking into al-Qaida websites in Yemen.
In a rare public admission of the covert cyber war against extremists, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says U.S. cyber experts based at the State ...
Officials: Injured Mali president heads to France
2012-05-23 20:03:18 UTC
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's interim president, who was beaten by a mob of demonstrators who broke into his office this week, has left the country to seek medical treatment in France, an adviser and two French government officials said Wednesday.
The unexpected, and unpublicized, departure of th...
UN nuclear chief : Deal with Iran reached on probe
2012-05-22 17:33:58 UTC
VIENNA (AP) — Despite some remaining differences, a deal has been reached with Iran that will allow the U.N. nuclear agency to restart a long-stalled probe into suspicions that Tehran has secretly worked on developing nuclear arms, the U.N. nuclear chief said Tuesday.
The news from Internation...
Obama on Afghan: Leave on time, no 'perfect' end
2012-05-22 00:38:38 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama and leaders around the globe locked in place an Afghanistan exit path Monday that will still keep their troops fighting and dying there for two more years, acknowledging there never will be point at which they can say, "This is all done. This is perfect."
Violence in Syria spills over into Lebanon
2012-05-21 18:47:39 UTC
BIREH, Lebanon (AP) — Syria's war barreled over the border with an angry, raucous funeral Monday for an anti-Syrian cleric whose killing set off a night of deadly street battles in Beirut and raised fears that Lebanon is getting drawn into the chaos afflicting its neighbor.
The violence is a r...
Gunbattle in Beirut amid fears of Syria spillover
2012-05-20 22:49:20 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — A gunbattle has erupted in Beirut as fears mounted that the conflict in neighboring Syria is bleeding across the border.
Lebanon's National News Agency says six people were wounded in the clashes that erupted late Sunday and continued early Monday.
The fighting comes hours aft...
Echoes of Eurozone crisis at NATO meeting
2012-05-19 17:30:24 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The NATO meeting in Chicago is a chance for alliance leaders to proclaim solidarity and promise success. But the two-day gathering that begins Sunday probably won't resolve the underlying anxiety about sharing the burdens of defense, a concern heightened by Europe's economic cri...