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...
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...
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 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 ...
Biden spotlights China treatment of US journalists
2013-12-05 16:53:23 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Casting a spotlight on China's controls on the media, Vice President Joe Biden met with U.S. journalists working in Beijing Thursday after publicly criticizing how they're treated by China's government.
Closing a two-day trip to ...
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 ...
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...
Iran readies for big oil production hike
2013-12-04 12:17:10 UTC
VIENNA (AP) — Iran says it plans to pump as much oil as it can once sanctions on its crude exports are lifted, even if the extra output causes prices to slide.
The comments by Iranian oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh reflect Tehran's determin...
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.
Man survives 3 days at bottom of Atlantic
2013-12-03 22:42:01 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Entombed at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in an upended tugboat for three days, Harrison Odjegba Okene begged God for a miracle.
The Nigerian cook survived by breathing an ever-dwindling supply of oxygen in an air pocke...
Ukraine protest leader Klitschko urges fresh protests against Yanukovych
2013-12-03 18:23:33 UTC
<h3>Anti-government protesters in Ukraine have vowed further demonstrations against the government after weekend unrest led to injuries. Boxing champion-turned-opposition leader Vitali Klitchko made a plea for regime change.</h3>
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...
UN: Syria crimes evidence 'indicates' Assad role
2013-12-03 03:48:32 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — A growing body of evidence collected by U.N. investigators points to the involvement of senior Syrian officials, including President Bashar Assad, in crimes against humanity and war crimes, the U.N.'s top human rights official said M...
Islamic militants attack Nigerian air force base
2013-12-02 19:15:52 UTC
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of Islamic militants in trucks and a stolen armored personnel carrier attacked an air force base and international airport on the outskirts of a Nigerian city before dawn Monday, officials and witnesses said, pos...
Egypt police clear protesters; constitution agreed
2013-12-02 08:25:14 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Police fired tear gas to drive hundreds of supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist president from Cairo's famed Tahrir Square on Sunday, as a panel tasked with amending the constitution adopted during his time in office agreed on change...
Syrian opposition splintered ahead of peace talks
2013-12-02 08:20:48 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Within minutes of opening a Twitter account this past week, the leader of Syria's main Western-backed opposition group received an onslaught of criticism.
"Welcome to Twitter Mr. Western Puppet," one comment to Ahmad al-Jarba read...
Croatians vote against same-sex marriage
2013-12-02 08:00:27 UTC
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A majority of Croatians voted in a referendum Sunday to ban gay marriages in what is a major victory for the Catholic Church-backed conservatives in the European Union's newest nation.
The state electoral commission, citi...
33 dead in Mozambican plane crash in Namibia
2013-11-30 19:42:26 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A Mozambique Airlines plane carrying 33 people crashed in a remote border area in Namibia, killing all on board, officials said Saturday.
The plane crashed in a Namibian national park near the border with Angola and there we...
Honduran candidate calls for protest, vote recount
2013-11-30 07:54:53 UTC
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Opposition candidate Xiomara Castro announced Friday that she won't recognize the result of Honduras' presidential election because of alleged voter fraud and called on her supporters to protest the win by the ruling p...
China sends jets towards US and Japanese aircraft
2013-11-29 19:46:00 UTC
China scrambled fighter jets to investigate US and Japanese aircraft flying through its new air defence zone over the East China Sea on Friday as the regional clamour over the disputed airspace escalated.
The ministry of defence announced the m...