ECB's Draghi: 'Imperative' to set up new bank body
2013-05-24 04:46:26 UTC
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said it was "imperative" that Europe's leaders create a new agency with powers to restructure busted banks in order to help the region leave its economic and financial ...
Obama lifts ban on Guantanamo transfers to Yemen
2013-05-24 04:32:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is lifting his self-imposed ban on transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees to Yemen, where a leadership upheaval has improved the country's security but not eliminated a terrorist organization trying ...
Iran's Rafsanjani blasts clerics, says report
2013-05-24 04:14:46 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Banned from upcoming elections, Iran's former president has leveled harsh criticism at the Islamic Republic's clerical rulers, saying they are doing a poor job running the country, an Iranian pro-reform website reported l...
US, Israel raise hopes for Mideast peace restart
2013-05-23 17:59:40 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — The United States and Israel raised hopes Thursday for a restart of the Middle East peace process, despite little tangible progress so far from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's two-month-old effort to get Israelis and Pa...
Chinese media: North Korea envoy offers talks
2013-05-24 03:15:43 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — A North Korean envoy, on the second day of his fence-mending visit to ally China, heeded Beijing's wishes by offering to renew nuclear disarmament talks, Chinese state media said.
The accounts depicted Thursday's meeting between ...
North Korea sends leader's special envoy to China
2013-05-22 10:50:48 UTC
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un dispatched a high-profile official and close confidant to China on Wednesday as Beijing faces pressure to rein in its belligerent neighbor.
Choe Ryong Hae, a top Workers' Party offic...
China's Xi will meet Obama earlier than expected
2013-05-21 04:28:14 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — China's new leader Xi Jinping will confer with President Barack Obama next month in California, months earlier than their expected first meeting, as both sides seek to stem a drift in relations, troubled by issues from cyberspying t...
Kerry to Mideast to advance struggling Syria plan
2013-05-20 18:16:57 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry headed back to the Middle East on Monday to press his case for peace talks between Syrian rebels and President Bashar Assad's regime amid increasing signs the new U.S. strategy to halt the war is...
Israeli seeks interim deal with Palestinians
2013-05-20 09:11:08 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's senior coalition partner says that reaching a final peace agreement with the Palestinians is unrealistic at the current time and the sides should instead pursue an interim arrangement.
Blinking skirts, fake tans: It must be Eurovision
2013-05-18 15:47:22 UTC
MALMO, Sweden (AP) — Flashy skirts, fake tans, fur and feathers: It's the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.
The televised extravaganza, with an audience of 125 million worldwide, is now in its 58th year. Once again without fail, it has prod...
US slams Russian anti-ship missiles going to Syria
2013-05-18 04:33:47 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration denounced Russia on Friday for providing Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime with anti-ship missiles, saying the weapons would only worsen a war that Washington and Moscow have been promising to ...
Merkel, Hollande at odds over Europe's way forward
2013-05-16 18:56:18 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Germany and France recognize that their cooperation is key to overcoming Europe's persistent economic crisis, but comments Thursday by the leaders of the continent's No. 1 and 2 economies suggested they still have diverging ...
Trade group slams safety pact for Bangladesh
2013-05-16 04:55:53 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The largest U.S. retail-industry group on Wednesday criticized an international pact aimed at improving factory conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry, saying it was a "one-size-fits-all" approach promoted by special int...
Obama: UK should seek EU changes, not 'break' ties
2013-05-14 06:02:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama waded into British politics Monday, suggesting that the United Kingdom seek to reform its relationship with the European Union before it decides to simply break away from it.
The stance ...
US criticizes Egyptian action against youth leader
2013-05-14 05:58:53 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is blasting Egyptian authorities for detaining a prominent youth movement leader on possible charges including "incitement to protest" and insulting the government's interior minister.
Nigeria extremists say they kidnap women, children
2013-05-13 17:44:24 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The leader of an Islamic extremist group in Nigeria says his group has started kidnapping women and children as part of its bloody guerrilla campaign against the country's government, according to a video re...
Obama praises democratic transition in Pakistan
2013-05-12 17:02:29 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is praising Pakistanis for upholding what he calls their commitment to democratic rule by successfully completing parliamentary elections.
With the weekend vote, the parliament was able to comple...
3 suspected cases of SARS-related virus in France
2013-05-12 04:30:52 UTC
PARIS (AP) — French health officials said Friday they are investigating three suspected cases of a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS, in people who had close contact in the hospital with France's only confirmed case.
40 dead in Turkey car bombings near Syria
2013-05-11 16:51:54 UTC
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two car bombs exploded in a Turkish town near the border with Syria on Saturday, killing around 40 people and wounding 100 others, officials said. Turkey's deputy prime minister said Syria's intelligence and military were "th...
2 divisive figures enter Iran's presidential race
2013-05-11 16:27:56 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A pair of powerful and divisive figures registered Saturday to run in Iran's presidential election, providing a jolt to the political scene a month ahead of the vote.
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president who still wi...
Finding woman alive lifts Bangladesh rescuers
2013-05-11 06:45:14 UTC
SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Even amid the euphoria over finding a woman alive in the rubble of a garment factory that collapsed more than two weeks ago, rescuers on Saturday returned to the grim task of dismantling the wreckage and retrieving decompo...
UN rights chief alarmed over Syrian troop buildup
2013-05-10 17:43:17 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — The top U.N. human rights official expressed concern Friday that Syrian troop buildup around a besieged, rebel-held town in the country's west could lead to more atrocities if the area is overrun.
The area of Qus...
Northern Ireland hopes to tear down 'peace lines'
2013-05-10 05:28:38 UTC
DUBLIN (AP) — Northern Ireland hopes to tear down the so-called "peace lines" of Belfast — dozens of walls of brick, steel and barbed wire that divide Irish Catholic and British Protestant neighborhoods — within a decade, official...
Haiti cholera lawsuit threatened at UN
2013-05-09 04:31:26 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A Boston-based human rights group said Wednesday it will sue the United Nations in 60 days if the world body does not agree to compensate Haitian cholera victims, apologize to the Caribbean nation for intro...
Obama, SKorea show united front against Pyongyang
2013-05-08 05:23:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Projecting a united front, President Barack Obama and South Korea's new leader warned North Korea on Tuesday against further nuclear provocations, with Obama declaring that the days when Pyongyang could "create a...