Central African leader: I can't control fighters
2013-12-09 00:54:51 UTC
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The rebel-leader-turned-president of Central African Republic acknowledged Sunday that he doesn't have total control over former allies who are accused of killing scores of civilians. He said even "an angel ...
North Korea purges Kim Jong Un's powerful uncle
2013-12-09 00:49:35 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday acknowledged the purge of leader Kim Jong Un's influential uncle for alleged corruption, drug use, gambling and a long list of other "anti-state" acts, apparently ending the career of the country's s...
South Africans of all faiths pray for Mandela
2013-12-08 21:16:00 UTC
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — In death, Nelson Mandela unified South Africans of all races and backgrounds Sunday on a day of prayer for the global statesman — from a vaulted cathedral with hymns and incense to a rural, hilltop church with goat-s...
SKorea announces expanded air defense zone
2013-12-08 09:36:53 UTC
<h3>A map of South Korea and its region shows the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) set up by three east Asian nations at Defense Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. South Korea on Sunday announced expansion of its air defen...
1 month on, progress in Philippine typhoon zone
2013-12-08 09:12:17 UTC
TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — The government is back at work, and markets are laden with fruits, pork, fish and bread. Shredded trees are sprouting new leaves. Above all, the sounds of a city getting back on its feet fill the air: the roar of truck...
South Africa set for week of Mandela commemoration
2013-12-08 09:10:21 UTC
South Africa is facing the challenge of organising one of the most complex international commemorations ever made for a world statesman – the week-long official mourning for Nelson Mandela.
Over the next seven days, the country will host scores...
Obama: Chances for final Iran deal 50-50 or worse
2013-12-08 02:18:36 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday he believed the chances for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran are 50-50 or worse, yet defended diplomacy as the best way to prevent Tehran from acquiring atomic weapons.
During a ...
TATA MADIBA: Icon, Hero And Flawed Human
2013-12-07 19:29:43 UTC
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Force of nature. Father of all nations. A messiah of our times.
Yet Nelson Mandela, described so often as a gift, an icon, a legend and even a saint, was flawed like any other human. Mandela was aware of his faili...
Rouhani defends Iran's interim nuclear deal
2013-12-07 08:39:44 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president has defended an interim nuclear deal reached with world powers last month that eases some sanctions in return for a halt to parts of the Islamic Republic's uranium enrichment program, saying improving the econo...
North Korea deports US tourist and Korean War vet
2013-12-07 08:15:49 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday freed an 85-year-old U.S. veteran of the Korean War after a weekslong detention, ending the saga of Merrill Newman's attempt to visit the North as a tourist six decades after he oversaw a group of ...
Hagel outlines new weapons sale plan for Gulf
2013-12-07 08:10:41 UTC
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel opened the door for the U.S. to sell missile defense and other weapons systems to U.S.-friendly Gulf nations, with an eye toward boosting their abilities to counter Iran's ballistic missile...
South Africa begins life without Nelson Mandela
2013-12-07 07:20:52 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — What next for South Africa?
This racially charged country that, on Nelson Mandela's watch, inspired the world by embracing reconciliation in all-race elections in 1994 is again in the global spotlight after the loss of such ...
Song, dance, tears prayer for Mandela in S. Africa
2013-12-06 22:49:22 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans erupted in song, dance and tears on Friday in public and emotional celebrations of the life of Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who bridged this country's black-white divide and helped avert a race war.
South Africans pay tribute to Mandela
2013-12-06 09:40:41 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — People across South Africa are commemorating Nelson Mandela with song, tears and prayers as the government prepares funeral ceremonies that will draw leaders and other dignitaries from around the globe.
In a church service F...
South Africans mourn, celebrate Mandela
2013-12-06 06:37:34 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As the news of Nelson Mandela's death spread across South Africa, residents of the black township of Soweto gathered in the streets near the house where he once lived, singing and dancing to mourn his death and celebrate his co...
Madiba: Our Beloved Father of Freedom We Salute You!
2013-12-06 06:03:04 UTC
Nelson Mandela, the towering figure of Africa's struggle for freedom and a hero to millions around the world, has died at the age of 95.
South Africa's first black president died in the company of his family at home in Johannesburg after years ...
Kerry seeks to soothe Israeli security concerns
2013-12-05 16:44:31 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Looking to soothe irritated relations with Israel, America's top diplomat on Thursday pledged to support the Jewish state's security throughout separate negotiations with Iran and the Palestinians — including Israel's demand that ...
Amid political violence, Thai king urges stability
2013-12-05 07:10:24 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand put politics aside Thursday to celebrate the 86th birthday of the country's revered monarch, who used his annual birthday speech to call for stability but made no direct reference to the crisis that has deeply divided the n...
Neo-Nazi: Hundreds of killings in Germany
2013-12-04 17:32:08 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of unsolved killings and attempted killings in Germany over the past two decades may have been committed by far-right extremists, officials said Wednesday.
The stark admission comes two years after police acknowledged tha...
Mandela putting up 'courageous fight'
2013-12-04 12:16:43 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela is not "doing well" but is continuing to put up a courageous fight from his "deathbed," members of his family have told the South African Broadcasting Corporation in an inter...
Russian-US 'Megatons to Megawatts' draws to a close
2013-12-04 10:57:56 UTC
Russia started last week to draw the curtains on a 20-year-old nuclear non-proliferation program as it began to package its last batch of low-enriched uranium (LEU) to the United States under the long-standing “Megatons to Megawatts” program to co...
Hezbollah commander killed outside home in Lebanon
2013-12-04 12:16:34 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — A senior commander for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was gunned down Wednesday outside his home in southern Beirut, security officials said. Hezbollah blamed Israel for the killing, something officials there quickly denied.
Europe rights court to hear of secret CIA prisons
2013-12-03 09:05:01 UTC
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The secret network of black site prisons across Europe that the CIA used to interrogate terror suspects is getting a rare public hearing Tuesday at Europe's human rights court.
Lawyers for two terror suspects currently...
Kiev protesters shout 'revolution' at parliament
2013-12-03 08:59:48 UTC
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators are outside the Ukrainian parliament shouting "revolution" as the legislature opens a session that could bring a vote of no-confidence in the government.
The parliament is to start its session dis...
Thai protesters swarm into Government House
2013-12-03 06:23:37 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai anti-government protesters have broken through a gate and forced their way into the prime minister's office compound as police stood by and watched.
Hundreds of protesters poured onto the lawn of Government House, waving Tha...