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...
Irish artist Louis le Brocquy dies in Dublin at 95
2012-04-25 15:48:23 UTC
DUBLIN (AP) — Irish expressionist painter Louis le Brocquy, who was best known for abstract portraits of Ireland's literary and artistic stars, died Wednesday in Dublin, the government announced. He was 95.
Irish President Michael D. Higgins praised le Brocquy's work as "amongst this country's...
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...
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-laund...
Marathon runner's death inspires $1M in donations
2012-04-25 19:34:10 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Donations to the charity supported by a 30-year-old woman who died during the London Marathon topped $1 million on Wednesday as thousands took up her cause.
Claire Squires entered the race to raise money for an organization that helps prevent suicides and had collected about $800...
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 o...
For cheap fuel, Nigeria bought massive corruption
2012-04-24 20:02:40 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — For the price of cheap gasoline, Nigeria paid billions of dollars into a corrupt government system of fuel subsidies that saw huge contracts awarded to shady companies without any oversight, according to a lawmakers' report.
The report, debated Tuesday in Nigeria's House ...
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?
Venezuela's Chavez active, upbeat on TV in Cub
2012-04-24 19:47:49 UTC
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez appeared in video images for the first time in 10 days on Tuesday, chatting with aides and relatives in an upbeat outdoor encounter that allowed him to show supporters he remains vigorous despite his cancer treatment in Cuba.
US 'very concerned' by Sudan-South Sudan violence
2012-04-24 19:42:43 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she is "very concerned" about violence between Sudan and South Sudan.
She is urging both countries to halt fighting, withdraw their troops from border areas and resume peace talks.
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir said Tuesd...
South Sudan president: Sudan has 'declared war'
2012-04-24 19:27:53 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — South Sudan's president said its northern neighbor has "declared war" on the world's newest nation, just hours after Sudanese jets dropped eight bombs onto South Sudan on Tuesday.
President Salva Kiir's comments, made during a trip to China, signal a rise in rhetoric betw...
Yemen army recaptures center of al-Qaida-held city
2012-04-24 19:23:16 UTC
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — FBI director Robert Mueller and Yemen's new president pledged to step up the fight against al-Qaida Tuesday only hours after government forces fought their way to the heart of a southern Yemeni city that has been held by Islamic extremists for nearly a year.
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...
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...
Breivik hears witnesses recall turmoil after blast
2012-04-24 15:46:23 UTC
OSLO, Norway (AP) — After testifying for five days, Anders Behring Breivik listened silently Tuesday as others described the mayhem caused by his bombing of Oslo's government district, a scene one witness described as a "war zone."
Forensic experts explained the massive injuries to four of the...
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...
China's dream of electric car leadership elusive
2012-04-24 07:37:35 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — China's leaders are finding it's a lot tougher to create a world-beating electric car industry than they hoped.
In 2009, they announced bold plans to cash in on demand for clean vehicles by making China a global power in electric car manufacturing. They pledged billions of dolla...
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...
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...
10 Things to Know for Monday
2012-04-23 22:14:00 UTC
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times EDT):
1. George Zimmerman released from Florida jail
In an unusually low-key turn to a high-profile case, the defendant in the murder of Trayvon Martin is freed around midnight on $...
Breivik claims 'racist' plot to cast him as insane
2012-04-23 14:05:05 UTC
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Anxious to prove he's not insane, confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik told a court Monday that questions about his mental health are part of a racist plot to discredit his extreme anti-Muslim ideology.
Breivik, who has admitted to killing 77 people in a bombing and...
Key lawmakers stand by Aussie gov't over scandal
2012-04-23 06:03:25 UTC
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Key independent lawmakers said on Monday they will stand by Australia's embattled government after the parliamentary speaker temporarily stepped aside over allegations of sexual harassment and fraud.
The opposition has called on independents Tony Windsor and Rob Oake...
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 ...
Oil little changed, investors weigh global economy
2013-01-18 20:16:30 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil remained at a four-month high Friday after new data showed China's economy rebounded and a global demand forecast rose.
Benchmark oil for February delivery rose 7 cents to finish at $95.56 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the highest since Se...