Car bomb explodes near security agencies in Syria
2012-05-19 08:19:54 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — A strong explosion shook Syria's eastern city of Deir el-Zour Saturday, apparently targeting a security agency in the latest of a wave of blasts to hit the country in recent months, state media and opposition activists reported.
State TV said a car bomb caused casualties and seve...
Largest protests yet in Syrian city of Aleppo
2012-05-18 17:42:12 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse thousands rallying Friday in Aleppo in what activists said was the largest protest yet in a city that has largely remained loyal to President Bashar Assad during the country's 15-month uprising.
The protest poi...
Greek party most extreme of Europe's far right
2012-05-17 19:12:56 UTC
Twenty-one members of Golden Dawn were sworn into Greece's Parliament on Thursday, making it arguably the most far-right party to enter a European national legislature since Nazi-era Germany. Europe's financial crisis is changing the tone across the continent, with frustrated voters turning to ex...
Syrian opposition head offers to resign
2012-05-17 19:04:39 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's main opposition council is crumbling under the weight of infighting and divisions over issues that cut to the heart of the revolution, including accusations that the movement is becoming as autocratic as the regime it wants to drive out.
The slow disintegration of the Syr...
Greece gets caretaker PM until next vote in June
2012-05-16 23:16:57 UTC
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A senior judge was sworn in Wednesday to head Greece's caretaker government for a month as the debt-crippled country lurches through a political crisis that threatens its membership in the 17-nation eurozone.
The political uncertainty is worrying Greece's international cr...
Iran hangs alleged Israeli agent in shadow war
2012-05-15 18:41:11 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — At the gallows, the condemned prisoner Tuesday repeated the allegations Iran lodged against him: That he was trained by Israel's spy agency to carry out one of the first attack on Iranian scientists in a suspected shadow war against Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
"The end of t...
Hollande names Ayrault new French prime minister
2012-05-15 16:37:40 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Francois Hollande was sworn in Tuesday as France's new president — the first Socialist to lead the country since 1995 — and within hours named lawmaker Jean-Marc Ayrault as his new prime minister.
Ayrault, who leads the Socialists in Parliament, is a German speaker and a former te...
Pakistani suggests NATO supplies should resume
2012-05-14 19:46:48 UTC
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's foreign minister suggested Monday that the country should reopen its Afghan border to NATO troop supplies, saying the government has made its point by closing the route for nearly six months in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani troops.
Gulf states delay decisions on closer ties
2012-05-14 19:41:36 UTC
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Gulf Arab states said Monday they would delay any decisions on proposals for closer political and security ties, showing possible signs of internal discord over measures portrayed as potential shields against regional rival Iran and pro-reform challenges inspired by th...
Syrian unrest spills into Lebanon for 3rd day
2012-05-14 19:38:13 UTC
TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) — Firing assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, Lebanese gunmen clashed in street battles Monday as sectarian tensions linked to the 14-month-old uprising in Syria bled across the border for a third day.
At least five people have been killed and 100 wounded in Leba...
Election in Germany: Merkel has a new rival
2012-05-14 16:35:00 UTC
DW - The Social Democrats and Greens have handily won the election in Germany's biggest state. Hannelore Kraft is now an obvious rival to Angela Merkel in next year's national election.
Rarely was an election result so clear. The chancellor's party stared into the abyss. On their home turf, th...
AP Exclusive: Drawing focuses on Iran's nuke work
2012-05-13 19:13:53 UTC
VIENNA (AP) — A drawing based on information from inside an Iranian military site shows an explosives containment chamber of the type needed for nuclear arms-related tests that U.N. inspectors suspect Tehran has conducted there. Iran denies such testing and has neither confirmed nor denied the ex...
Israel envoy meets with Palestinian president
2012-05-12 23:48:54 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli envoy met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday and delivered a letter from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayahu detailing his government's stance on stalled peace negotiations.
Yitzhak Molcho held talks with Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, the...
Greek president in last-ditch coalition effort
2012-05-12 16:12:40 UTC
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek President Karolos Papoulias called for the leaders of Greece's political parties to meet on Sunday, in a last-ditch effort to broker a deal for a coalition government and avoid another general election.
Papoulias took the step Saturday after Greece's socialist leade...
Horst Faas dies aged 79 - the images that changed course of history and touched the human heart
2012-05-12 14:54:22 UTC
Horst Faas, a prize-winning combat photographer who carved out new standards for covering war with a camera and became one of the world's legendary photojournalists, has died aged 79.
A native of Germany who joined the US-based news co-operative The Associated Press there in 1956, Faas photo...
Ex-tabloid chief spills on links to UK's Cameron
2012-05-11 17:01:59 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks — a pivotal figure in Britain's tabloid phone hacking saga — said Friday that Prime Minister David Cameron commiserated with her after she quit in the wake of the scandal.
The 43-year-old Brooks, who resigned in July as chief executi...
Israeli president hospitalized for hernia
2012-05-11 16:46:22 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli President Shimon Peres' office says the 88-year-old is "feeling well" after undergoing surgery Friday for a hernia discovered during his state visit to Canada earlier in the week
Peres spokesman Ayelet Frisch says that the hernia was discovered halfway through the pres...
Suicide bombers strike Syrian capital, killing 55
2012-05-10 15:29:48 UTC
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Two suicide car bombs ripped through the Syrian capital Thursday, killing 55 people and tearing the facade off a military intelligence building in the deadliest explosions since the country's uprising began 14 months ago, the Interior Ministry said.
Residents told an Ass...
Europe at the crossroads: splinter or unite
2012-05-09 20:05:39 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union, a hope for peace that rose from the fires of World War II, paused Wednesday to honor its past and ponder its future — and how it can ensure it still has one in light of the anti-austerity anger expressed this week by voters in France and Greece.
May 9 is Eur...
Women accuse Egyptian military of sexual assault
2012-05-09 14:43:48 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Women detainees and rights groups have accused Egyptian troops and prison authorities of sexual assault in the latest crackdown on demonstrations.
More than a dozen women were detained among some 300 protesters following a demonstration outside the Defense Ministry in Cairo last w...
Putin to parade: Russia will stand up for policies
2012-05-09 07:32:12 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the annual massive military parade in Red Square that the country will stand up for its positions.
Putin's short speech to some 14,000 servicemen and thousands of guests comes less than a week after the country's military chief of staff w...
Annan warns Syria at risk of civil war
2012-05-08 18:21:11 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — World powers share a "profound concern" that Syria is descending into civil war, international envoy Kofi Annan said Tuesday, but nations remain committed to his six-point peace plan and have pledged to deploy 300 cease-fire monitors there by the end of the month.
He warned, howe...
Syria tallies ballots from parliament elections
2012-05-08 09:30:06 UTC
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria said counting was under way Tuesday after parliamentary elections that the opposition boycotted and the U.S. described as bordering on ludicrous.
Monday's election for the 250-member parliament is unlikely to change the trajectory of the revolt in Syria, which has ...
China to begin deep water drilling in disputed sea
2012-05-08 09:19:21 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — China's first deep water oil drill is ready to start production in the South China Sea amid an ongoing standoff with the Philippines in another section of the contested waters.
The official Xinhua News Agency says China National Offshore Oil Corp's rig will start operations Wedn...
AP Interview: Pakistan army says US scapegoating
2012-05-08 09:01:31 UTC
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — American efforts to talk peace with insurgents in Afghanistan mean Washington can no longer expect Pakistan to attack all the militant factions on its side of the border, some of whom Islamabad is also reaching out to, the commander of Pakistan's forces along the frontie...