Venezuela: 5 arrested on money laundering charges
2012-04-25 04:19:19 UTC
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's top security official announced the arrests of five people on charges of money laundering and said Tuesday that there are suspicions some opposition politicians were involved in the scheme.
Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said the dismantled money-laundering ring handled cash operations invol...
Murdoch testimony spotlights UK Olympics minister
2012-04-25 01:24:09 UTC
LONDON (AP) — News Corp. executive James Murdoch's behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign has spilled into the public domain, casting a harsh light on the British government's Olympics czar.
Murdoch was speaking Tuesday before Lord Justice Brian Leveson's media ethics inquiry set up in the wake of the country's phone hacking scandal, w...
Boredom, discontent set in among Kony hunters
2012-04-24 19:56:37 UTC
DJEMA, Central African Republic (AP) — An Internet campaign that's gone viral aims to capture notorious rebel leader Joseph Kony, but Ugandan foot soldiers who have spent years searching for the man are starting to ask a question their top commanders prefer to ignore: Is it possible he is dead?
Ugandan army officials say the Lord's ...
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 speech in Sweden and briefing the U.N. Sec...
Russia's Medvedev vows to continue modernization
2012-04-24 18:01:40 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev vowed Tuesday to keep combating corruption, pursing political reforms and modernizing the economy even as he shifts into the prime minister's job.
Medvedev had agreed to step down after one term to allow his longtime mentor Vladimir Putin to reclaim the presidency in March's election....
Germany's Merkel defends budget discipline drive
2012-04-24 15:55:21 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Germany defended its pro-austerity stance on Tuesday, with Chancellor Angela Merkel and two ministers pressing for Europe to stick with a policy of fiscal discipline in spite of the latest bout of political uncertainty.
Financial markets in the 17 countries that use the euro were shaken Monday by concerns that an agree...
Washington delicate about Secret Service scandal
2012-04-24 06:10:30 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The widening Secret Service prostitution scandal has touched off a delicate dance in Washington.
People are loath to criticize an agency whose employees are trained to take a bullet for the people they protect. Members of Congress pressing for the juicy stories risk reviving — or having revealed — some of their own...
Panetta dismisses Iran's claims about drone
2012-04-23 18:03:14 UTC
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday dismissed Tehran's claims that it has recovered data from a U.S. spy drone that went down in Iran late last year.
Without providing details, Panetta said that "based on my experience that I would seriously question their ability to do what they say they ...
Fringes cast shadow over French election
2012-04-23 17:52:15 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Socialist Francois Hollande and conservative Nicolas Sarkozy are going head-to-head in France's presidential runoff, but a third figure looms large in the campaign: the leader of the nation's far-right National Front.
Nearly one in five French voters cast their ballot in the first round for Marine Le Pen. She wants to p...
Egypt denies 8 US nonprofits license to operate
2012-04-23 17:27:52 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian official says the government has denied permission to eight U.S.-based nonprofit groups to operate locally, including an election monitoring group headed by former American President Jimmy Carter.
The Social Affairs Ministry official says the licenses were denied because the groups' activities "breach the co...
EU imposes new sanctions on Syrian regime
2012-04-23 15:28:32 UTC
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union on Monday banned the sale of luxury goods and products to Syria that can have military as well as civilian uses.
The ban on luxury items appears to take direct aim at some of Syrian President Bashar Assad's most loyal supporters: the business community and prosperous merchant classes that are key...
Energy crisis provokes Argentine YPF expropriation
2012-04-23 05:33:50 UTC
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Less than a decade ago, Argentina was an exporter of oil and natural gas. Now the government has to spend billions of dollars to import fuel.
This dramatic reversal of fortune is why Argentina, already a global financial rogue after its historic debt default, is willing to risk becoming even more of a ...
Murdoch to be quizzed on his UK political sway
2012-04-23 04:56:51 UTC
LONDON (AP) — He was long considered one of the most important power brokers in British politics. Now, with his influence shriveled by Britain's phone hacking scandal, media mogul Rupert Murdoch is returning to the U.K. to face questions about his ties to the country's most senior politicians.
It could be an uncomfortable few days f...
Hollande wins first round with 28 per cent
2012-04-22 20:58:49 UTC
Francois Hollande has secured 28 per cent of the votes cast in the first round of the presidential elections, with 79 per cent of the ballots counted. Nicholas Sarkozy is trailing his Socialist rival with 26.9 per cent of the vote.
Far-right candidate Marine le Pen has secured third place with 19 per cent of the vote, according to f...
Hollande, Sarkozy set to advance to French runoff
2012-04-22 18:59:45 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Socialist Francois Hollande and conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy are heading for a runoff in their race for France's presidency, according to partial official results in a vote that could alter the European political and economic landscape.
French voters defied expectations and handed a surprisingly strong third-p...
Uganda Kony-hunting soldiers face jungle threats
2012-04-21 15:13:28 UTC
RIVER VOVODO, Central African Republic (AP) — For Ugandan soldiers tasked with catching Joseph Kony, the real threat is not the elusive Central Africa warlord and his brutal gang. Encounters with the Lord's Resistance Army rebels are so rare that Kony hunters worry more about the threats of the jungle: Armed poachers, wild beasts, hone...
Myanmar activists say go slow on easing sanctions
2012-04-21 06:02:10 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — The increasingly enthusiastic love affair between Myanmar and the West is about to heat up further with the European Union's expected announcement that it is easing sanctions on the Southeast Asian nation. But not everyone is caught up in the euphoria.
Many human rights groups are urging the West to move slowly as it ...
Europe, Russia propose rival resolutions on Syria
2012-04-21 05:31:41 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — European nations and Russia proposed rival U.N. resolutions Friday morning, both calling for expanding the number of U.N. cease-fire monitors in Syria from 30 to 300 but disagreeing on possible sanctions and on how quickly the larger observer force should get on the ground.
After several hours of negotiations b...
Hacker attack underlines Web role in China scandal
2012-04-21 06:10:00 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — A massive hacker attack has crippled an overseas website that has reported extensively on China's biggest political turmoil in years, underscoring the pivotal role the Internet has played in the unfolding scandal.
North Carolina-based Boxun.com was forced to move to a new web hosting service Friday after its previous ...
Court in shock as Norway gunman describes massacre
2012-04-21 06:13:20 UTC
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegians who lost loved ones on Utoya island relived the horror Friday as far-right fanatic Anders Behring Breivik described in harrowing detail how he gunned down teenagers as they fled in panic or froze before him, paralyzed with fear.
Survivors and victims' relatives hugged and sobbed, trying to comfort each...
Russia ‘cooperative’ on Syria – Pentagon chief
2012-04-20 01:01:23 UTC
Russia has started interacting with the United States and other countries on the Syria issue, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday, RIA Novosti reported.
"At this point, Russia has been cooperative" in negotiating a ceasefire designed to stop clashes between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and the opposition, Pane...
Iran open for IAEA talks, no word on Parchin: diplomats
2012-04-19 17:53:55 UTC
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran says it is ready to resume talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog two months after their last meeting ended in failure, but still appears to be stonewalling a request for access to a key military site, Western diplomats said on Thursday.
Just days after Iran and six world powers restarted negotiations in Istanb...
Spanish king apologizes for Botswana elephant hunt
2012-04-18 21:31:01 UTC
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's King Juan Carlos I hobbled out of a Madrid hospital on Wednesday and apologized for making an elephant-hunting trip to Botswana - a jaunt that has caused outrage in a country suffering from an economic crisis.
The 74-year-old monarch, who suffers from osteoarthritis, broke his hip in Botswana and was flown...
U.S. says Syria at turning point, stresses pressure
2012-04-18 18:23:12 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Syria is at a turning point where the violence must stop or the United States will find ways to increase pressure on the Damascus government, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday.
Clinton gave no details of what the United States or other nations might do if a much-violated ceasefire betwe...
Exclusive: Bolivia poised to de-flag Iranian ships
2012-04-18 17:49:38 UTC
DUBAI (Reuters) - Bolivia is poised to strike fifteen vessels linked to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines off its shipping register just weeks after IRISL found Bolivian replacements for their Maltese and Cypriot flags.
IRISL, its many subsidiaries and their dozens of ships have been sanctioned by the United States, United...