Stars dress for Wintour-hosted, Prada-themed gala
2012-05-08 15:16:30 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — It's known as one of the most glamorous red carpets of the year, with movie stars, models and even a few star quarterbacks putting on their most fashion-forward outfits for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala.
Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady, Jessica Biel and Ju...
N. Korean nuclear weapons: How real is the threat?
2012-05-08 08:42:25 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — If getting international attention is North Korea's goal, then there is nothing quite like detonating a nuclear device to make your adversaries sit up and take notice. But experts say North Korea probably has a long way to go before it will be able to actually deploy a nuclear weapon...
Austerity is a dirty word in Europe but what next?
2012-05-07 17:58:02 UTC
PARIS (AP) — The day after Francois Hollande rode to power in France on a slogan of "change now" the conversation in Europe is already different: Austerity has become a dirty word.
In Greece, political parties who reject the extreme belt-tightening required by international bailouts were the b...
Palestinian prisoners on mass hunger strike
2012-05-07 16:04:37 UTC
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A bearded Islamist who lived on liquids and minerals for 66 days to protest his open-ended incarceration in Israel, winning his freedom, has inspired more than 1,000 other Palestinian prisoners to follow him, putting pressure on Israel.
The prisoners who have joined ...
Clinton presses India to cut oil imports from Iran
2012-05-07 07:35:43 UTC
KOLKATA, India (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged energy-starved India on Monday to reduce its Iranian oil imports to keep up pressure on the Islamic republic to come clean about its nuclear program.
Clinton told a town hall meeting in the eastern city of Kolkata that ...
What's at stake as 6 European nations vote
2012-05-07 00:52:35 UTC
Six European countries are holding elections Sunday. Here is a quick look at what's at stake:
—FRANCE: Socialist challenger Francois Hollande defeats incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy for the presidency by capitalizing on anger over austerity measures. As president, Hollande is expected to push for a ...
Greece: Socialist party head calls for coalition
2012-05-06 19:47:59 UTC
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's former finance minister and Socialist party leader called for a broad coalition government of pro-European parties, ruling out a two-party government with his conservative rivals after his party received a drubbing in Sunday's parliamentary elections.
Socialist Francois Hollande wins French presidency
2012-05-07 00:42:57 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Socialist Francois Hollande has declared victory in France's presidential election, railing against austerity measures and urging national unity after a bitter campaign against Nicolas Sarkozy.
The mild-mannered Hollande promised help for France's downtrodden after years under the...
France chooses a new president during tough times
2012-05-06 14:14:30 UTC
PARIS (AP) — France voted in a presidential run-off election on Sunday that could see Socialist challenger Francois Hollande defeat incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy by capitalizing on public anger over the government's austerity policies.
The election outcome will impact efforts to fight France's deb...
5 killed in Syria's increasingly restive Aleppo
2012-05-05 20:32:42 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — A bomb struck a car wash Saturday in Aleppo, killing at least five people, a day after government troops opened fire to break up large protests against a violent university raid in Syria's largest city.
Aleppo, an important economic hub, has largely stayed out of the revolt again...
Officials: US drone strike kills 8 in Pakistan
2012-05-05 06:39:57 UTC
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — An American drone fired a volley of missiles into a house close to the Afghan border on Saturday, killing eight suspected militants and indicating U.S. resolve to continue with the attacks despite renewed Pakistani opposition, officials said.
The strike in North Wazir...
Hundreds march as Japan goes without nuclear power
2012-05-05 06:24:38 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Hundreds of Japanese are marching and waving "No nukes" banners to celebrate the last of this nation's 50 nuclear reactors switching off.
The crowd at a Tokyo park Saturday said they were not concerned about government warnings of power shortages.
One of three reactors at Tomar...
Syrians questioning whether armed revolt works
2012-05-04 18:01:50 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The woman wearing a blood-red dress stood in the middle of a busy intersection outside Syria's parliament holding up a red banner: "Stop the killing, we want to build a homeland for all Syrians." Drivers tooted their horns and supporters clapped.
Rima Dali's act of defiance last ...
Chen’s friend: U.S. conveyed Chinese threat against wife
2012-05-04 05:26:52 UTC
Chen Guangcheng's friend Bob Fu, president of ChinaAid, told a congressional commission Thursday that Chen only agreed to leave the U.S. Embassy in Beijing after U.S. officials conveyed a threat from the Chinese government that Chen would never see his wife again if he didn't leave the embassy th...
White House: Time to try another tactic in Syria
2012-05-03 21:00:22 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — It may be time for the world to acknowledge that a cease-fire is not holding in Syria, and that it is time to try another approach to stop the violence, the White House said Thursday.
"If the regime's intransigence continues, the international community is going to have to ad...
Merkel, others, urge treatment for Tymoshenko
2012-05-03 18:03:18 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Ukrainian leaders on Thursday to give jailed ex-Premier Yulia Tymoshenko "proper treatment" for her ailments, as more top officials announced they would boycott the Euro 2012 soccer championship co-hosted by Ukraine.
Merkel insisted that she ...
French presidential candidates face off in debate
2012-05-03 02:22:20 UTC
PARIS (AP) — France's presidential race hit a dramatic pitch Wednesday in the only face-to-face debate between President Nicolas Sarkozy and front-running challenger Francois Hollande — a verbal slugfest that broke little new ground on substance but exposed big differences in style.
US-Afghan pact achieved despite Karzai's rhetoric
2012-05-02 18:50:36 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president has branded his U.S. allies as corrupt, wasteful and contemptuous of Afghan lives. Once he even threatened to join the Taliban. Nonetheless, Hamid Karzai signed a deal that could keep thousands of U.S. troops in his country for years.
Obama sees 'new day' 1 year after bin Laden raid
2012-05-02 07:42:45 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — On a swift, secretive trip to the war zone, President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night that after years of sacrifice the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan is winding down just as it has already ended in Iraq. "We can see the light of a new day," he said on the anniversa...
Obama flies to Afghanistan, signs pact with Karzai
2012-05-01 20:15:43 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan Tuesday night on the anniversary of the killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden and signed an agreement cementing U.S. commitment to the nation after American combat troops leave.
Alongside Afghan President Hamid Karz...
Army mortar shells kill 10 in Syrian village
2012-05-01 18:34:31 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian forces fired mortar shells into a farming village Tuesday, killing 10 people, among them two young children, and sending panicked residents running for cover, activists said.
U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous deplored the ongoing violence and promised to put 300 observ...
Calls for Euro 2012 boycott increase in Germany
2012-05-01 01:12:57 UTC
Germany (D.W.) - Six weeks ahead of the European soccer championship co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland, German politicians debate boycotting the matches in Ukraine in protest of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko's imprisonment.
Ukraine has not been getting the kind of attention President Viktor Y...
Obama: N. Korea hostility a weakness, not strength
2012-04-30 19:56:53 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda On Monday decried aggressive acts from North Korea, including its recent failed rocket launch.
Obama said Pyongyang is operating from a position of weakness, not strength, and Noda said the launch undermined di...
Rights group: US asylum likely for China dissident
2012-04-30 15:49:57 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — U.S. and Chinese officials are ironing out a deal to secure American asylum for a blind Chinese legal activist who fled house arrest, with an agreement likely before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives this week, a U.S. rights campaigner said Monday.
Bob Fu of the Texas-b...
Australian mining magnate to run for Parliament
2012-04-30 04:45:17 UTC
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Mining magnate Clive Palmer, one of Australia's richest business people, said Monday he hoped to run for Parliament for the conservative opposition, which opinion polls suggest will win government next year.
Palmer said he would seek the Liberal National Party's cand...