Weaker al-Qaida still plots payback for US raid
2012-04-30 02:10:05 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida is hobbled and hunted, too busy surviving for the moment to carry out another Sept. 11-style attack on U.S. soil.
But the terrorist network dreams still of payback, and U.S. counterterrorist officials warn that,...
Austria: Ex-Libya oil chief found dead in Danube
2012-04-29 19:58:52 UTC
VIENNA (AP) — Libya's former oil minister, who last year announced he was abandoning Moammar Gadhafi's regime to support the rebels who ultimately toppled him, was found dead Sunday in a section of the Danube river flowing through Vienna, Austrian police said.
Police spokesman Roman Hahslinger...
China activists lifted by blind lawyer's escape
2012-04-29 18:38:47 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — The surprising escape of a blind legal activist from house arrest to the presumed custody of U.S. diplomats is buoying China's embattled dissident community even as the government lashes out, detaining those who helped him and squelching mention of his name on the Internet.
Syrian: Iran arming Syrian army to fight the rebels
2012-04-29 07:46:53 UTC
Syrian opposition: Some neighboring countries, particularly Iran and Iraq, are arming the Syrian military to continue the fight with the opposition, one of the leaders of the Syrian opposition, who wished to remain anonymous, told Trend on Saturday.
According to the source, the authorities the...
ElBaradei returns to Egypt politics with new party
2012-04-28 21:40:11 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei launched a new political party Saturday that he said aims to unite Egyptians and save the country's revolution from a messy democratic transition.
The Constitution Party marks a return to public life for ElBaradei, who declared in January that he wo...
Syria accuses UN chief of encouraging 'terrorists'
2012-04-28 15:47:12 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian state-run newspaper accused U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday of encouraging "terrorist" rebel attacks by focusing his criticism on the government, while other government media reported that the navy foiled an infiltration attempt by gunmen who tried to land on...
Suicide bombing in Syrian capital kills 10
2012-04-28 04:10:06 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Two weeks into a cease-fire agreement, there still was no peace in Syria: Security agents in Damascus collected the remains of 10 people killed in a suicide bombing. Activists reported troops firing on protesters. Video showed a crowd carrying a slain boy to U.N. observers as proof ...
Man arrested after armed siege in central London
2012-04-27 15:50:19 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Police say they've arrested the suspect at the center of a three-hour siege which shut down part a busy part of central London.
The capital's Metropolitan Police say the 49-year-old man is now in police custody and that searches of the building are ongoing.
One eyewitness clai...
Israeli leaders speak up about Syria
2012-04-27 07:12:23 UTC
ERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officials have become increasingly outspoken in their belief that Syria's President Bashar Assad should relinquish power after a 13-month uprising that has killed thousands of his citizens — a surprising turnaround that risks backfiring and potentially strengthening the em...
Top al-Qaida bomb maker in Yemen resurfaces
2012-04-26 19:57:05 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. counterterrorism officials are concerned about al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen because of increased intelligence chatter in the past several months. And in recent weeks, the group's top bomb maker — once thought to be dead — has resurfaced, The Associated Press has learned.
Taylor conviction sends warning to tyrants
2012-04-26 20:05:19 UTC
LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Former Liberian President Charles Taylor on Thursday became the first head of state since World War II convicted by an international war crimes court, a legal landmark observers say sent a clear message to tyrants around the world that their days of impunity are n...
France raises prospect of military action in Syria
2012-04-26 03:31:03 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — France raised the prospect of military intervention in Syria on Wednesday, saying the U.N. should consider harsher measures if an international peace plan that has been shaken by violence ultimately collapses.
The statement reflects mounting international frustration with daily a...
France warns Syria that UN clock is ticking
2012-04-25 18:14:00 UTC
PARIS (AP) — France on Wednesday warned that if Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime doesn't fully implement an international peace plan it will seek U.N. action under a provision that includes possible military action.
The comments from French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe signaled that Pari...
Annan alarmed at Syria military action
2012-04-25 07:00:18 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan told the U.N. Security Council Tuesday that the situation in Syria is "bleak" and expressed alarm at reports that government troops are still carrying out military operations in towns where U.N. observers are not present.
He expressed partic...
UN confirms 16 deaths in Sudan bombings
2012-04-25 04:25:47 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has confirmed that at least 16 civilians in South Sudan have been killed and 34 injured in bombings by Sudanese aircraft.
U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, the current Security Council president, told reporters the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan rep...
Satellites said to show Syria not abiding by truce
2012-04-24 18:07:17 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — Satellite imagery and other credible reports show that, despite its claims, Syria has failed to withdraw all of its heavy weapons from populated areas as required by a cease-fire deal, international envoy Kofi Annan's spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said Tuesday.
Annan, who was giving a sp...
Syrian rebels target security officials in capital
2012-04-24 15:41:42 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Rebels seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad killed three regime officers in separate attacks Tuesday around Damascus, activists and state media said, the latest violence targeting the security forces used by the government to quash dissent.
A bomb hidden in an army tru...
Activists: Dozens killed in Hama after UN visit
2012-04-23 17:41:55 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops armed with heavy machine guns killed dozens in the central city of Hama Monday, activists said, just a day after chanting protesters welcomed a visit by a U.N. team sent to observe a shaky cease-fire.
The day's violence, the city's worst in months, added a dangerous...
Hollande, Sarkozy heading to French vote runoff
2012-04-23 05:22:41 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Francois Hollande, a mild-mannered French Socialist who wants to take better care of the jobless and the poor, is heading to a presidential runoff election against tough-on-immigration Nicolas Sarkozy in a vote that could alter Europe's political and economic landscape.
Syria hotspot enjoys lull with UN monitors present
2012-04-22 21:18:02 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The deployment of U.N. truce monitors brought a lull in shelling of the Syrian opposition stronghold of Homs for a second day Sunday while President Bashar Assad's troops kept up heavy attacks on other areas where observers were not present.
International envoy Kofi Annan express...
UN observers tour rebel-held town in Syria
2012-04-22 15:47:42 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. cease-fire monitors toured a rebel-held town in central Syria Sunday with army defectors, while government troops pounded a Damascus suburb with artillery and heavy machine guns, activists said.
The shelling in Douma highlighted the need for more observers a day after the Se...
UN monitors visit Syria opposition stronghold
2012-04-21 21:30:32 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Five unarmed U.N. truce monitors toured the battered city at the heart of the Syrian uprising on foot Saturday, encountering unusually calm streets after weeks of shelling as a throng of residents clamored for foreign military help to oust President Bashar Assad.
Their foray into...
Syrians ask UN monitors in Homs for intervention
2012-04-21 14:24:31 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — A group of U.N. cease-fire observers toured a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs Saturday as residents chanted loudly for a military intervention to protect them from President Bashar Assad's regime forces.
Fighting and government shelling stopped in Homs and tro...
Pakistan moves against airline after crash
2012-04-21 05:12:21 UTC
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan blocked the head of an airline whose jet crashed near the capital from leaving the country as it began an investigation Saturday into the country's second major air disaster in less then two years.
The Bhoja Air passenger jet crashed Friday as it tried to land in a th...
Syrian forces fire on anti-regime protesters
2012-04-20 18:43:24 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops fired tear gas and bullets on thousands of protesters who spilled out of mosques after noon prayers Friday, activists said. State media reported that bombs and shootings killed 17 soldiers as the latest diplomatic efforts failed to halt more than 13 months of bloodshed...