Singapore fumes as air pollution hits 16-year high
2013-06-19 06:07:22 UTC
SINGAPORE (AP) — Singaporeans rolled back military training, kept cough-stricken children indoors and considered wearing protective masks to work after a smoky haze triggered by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia caused air pollution to...
Obama opens 24-hour trip to Germany
2013-06-19 05:51:25 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — President Barack Obama is opening a 24-hour visit to Germany, the culmination of which will be a speech Wednesday at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate.
Obama will also hold meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and ot...
Putin: US-Russia positions on Syria don't coincide
2013-06-18 04:59:37 UTC
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin told President Barack Obama on Monday that their positions on Syria do not "coincide" but the two leaders said during the G-8 summit that they have a shared interest in ...
US sees nothing new in NKorea talks offer
2013-06-18 04:55:56 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it sees nothing new in North Korea's offer of high-level talks with the U.S.
Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that Pyongyang has made similar offers numerous times over the years. She said Washingt...
G-8 leaders to mull Syria, tax evasion, free trade
2013-06-17 04:31:59 UTC
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (AP) — Police are expected to outnumber protesters Monday at the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland, where leaders will seek to narrow their differences on Syria's civil war, promoting freer trade between Europe and...
Czech prime minister says he will resign
2013-06-17 04:30:27 UTC
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas announced Sunday that he will resign over a spy and bribery scandal involving his government.
Necas said he also will quit on Monday as chairman of his conservative Civic Democratic Party.
Colombia's long-elusive goal: land reform
2013-06-17 04:23:37 UTC
MORROA, Colombia (AP) — Caught in the crossfire between far-right militias and leftist rebels, 40 families abandoned the farm they shared in the foothills of Colombia's Montes de Maria range. The land repeatedly switched hands before being s...
Turkish PM defends his 'duty' to end protests
2013-06-16 17:23:21 UTC
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip says he carried out his "duty" by deploying riot police who evicted thousands of activists behind an 18-day sit-in at an Istanbul park that had become a center of protests against his 10 year...
North Korea proposes high-level talks with US
2013-06-16 05:15:02 UTC
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's top governing body on Sunday proposed high-level nuclear and security talks with the United States in an appeal sent just days after calling off talks with rival South Korea.
The powerful Nation...
For Belfast, keeping peace means a city of walls
2013-06-16 05:12:44 UTC
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — When President Obama comes to Belfast, he's expected to praise a country at peace and call for walls that separate Irish Catholics and British Protestants to come tumbling down.
Barely a 10-minute walk fro...
Amid Gitmo strike, ex-detainee tells of force-feed
2013-06-16 05:10:16 UTC
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — For more than three months, the U.S. military has faced off with defiant prisoners on a hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, strapping down as many as 44 each day to feed them a liquid nutrient mix throug...
Regional leaders urge Zimbabwe poll delay
2013-06-16 05:08:29 UTC
MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Regional presidents meeting at a special summit on Zimbabwe asked President Robert Mugabe to delay crucial elections he has set for the end of July while asking the nation to guarantee conditions for free and fair e...
German ministers quiz web firms on US surveillance
2013-06-15 07:21:41 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — German ministers questioned major Internet companies on Friday about U.S. tracking of web activity, days before a visit to Berlin by President Barack Obama.
Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said European-based c...
Reaction cool to US arms plan for Syrian rebels
2013-06-15 06:25:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration hopes its decision to give lethal aid to Syrian rebels will prompt other nations to beef up assistance, now that the U.S. has cited evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its pe...
Early vote count in Iran gives Rowhani wide lead
2013-06-15 08:03:43 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's reformist-backed presidential candidate surged to a wide lead in early vote counting Saturday, a top official said, suggesting a flurry of late support could have swayed a race that once appeared solidly in the hands of ...
Hezbollah says it will keep fighting in Syria
2013-06-14 22:01:54 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Hezbollah's leader vowed Friday that his militants would keep fighting in Syria "wherever needed" after the U.S. agreed to arm the rebels in the civil war, setting up a proxy fight between Iran and the West that threatens to engulf m...
AP IMPACT: Commander of Nazi-led unit lives in US
2013-06-14 21:58:47 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — A top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living in Minnesota since shortly after World War II, ...
By arming Syria rebels, US drawn into proxy war
2013-06-14 21:49:32 UTC
President Barack Obama's decision to begin arming Syria's rebels deepens U.S. involvement in a regional proxy war that is increasingly being fought along sectarian lines, pitting Sunni against Shiite Muslims, and threatening the stability of Syria...
Obama Authorizes Sending Weapons To Syrian Rebels
2013-06-14 02:53:39 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has authorized sending weapons to Syrian rebels for the first time, U.S. officials said Thursday, after the White House disclosed that the United States has conclusive evidence President Bashar Assad's gove...
Crackdown filling NKorean prisons with defectors
2013-06-13 07:11:11 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's prison population has swelled with those caught fleeing the country under a crackdown on defections by young leader Kim Jong Un, according to defectors living in South Korea and researchers who study Pyongya...
Turkish gov't open to referendum to end protests
2013-06-13 07:07:13 UTC
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's government on Wednesday offered a first concrete gesture aimed at ending nearly two weeks of street protests, proposing a referendum on a development project in Istanbul that triggered demonstrations that have become the b...
Syrian extremist rebels raid Shiite village
2013-06-13 07:02:45 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels, including Sunni extremists, stormed a village and battled pro-regime militiamen, killing more than 60 Shiite fighters and civilians in an attack steeped in the sectarian hatreds that increasingly characterize the civil...
Secret program leaker Snowden missing since Monday
2013-06-12 05:25:07 UTC
HONG KONG (AP) — The whereabouts of a former CIA employee who leaked top-secret documents about U.S. surveillance programs remain unknown two days after he checked out of a Hong Kong hotel.
Edward Snowden arrived in Hong Kong on May 20. His i...
Clashes in Istanbul extend into night in Taksim
2013-06-12 05:21:06 UTC
ISTANBUL (AP) — Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park...
Brazil govt to perform crash tests after AP report
2013-06-11 04:24:57 UTC
SAO PAULO (AP) — After a decade of spiking fatalities from passenger car wrecks, the Brazilian government said Monday it plans to build its first auto crash test facility in an effort to improve the poor safety record of vehicles built and s...