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...
Mandela, anti-apartheid icon, mourned world over
2013-12-06 06:39:46 UTC
In nearly seven decades spent fighting for freedom and equality, Nelson Mandela inspired and challenged the world to stand up for others. As word of Mandela's death spread, current and former presidents, athletes and entertainers, and people aroun...
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...
Clashes sweep CAR capital ahead of French troops
2013-12-05 16:55:06 UTC
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Fighting came to the capital of Central African Republic on Thursday, leaving dozens of casualties and posing the biggest threat yet to the new government just as the U.N. Security Council authorized an inte...
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 ...
Indian food vendors get lessons in hygiene
2013-12-05 07:03:21 UTC
NEW DELHI (AP) — The millions of food vendors peddling tasty morsels from roadside stalls and rickshaws across India have long been an emblem of the country's boisterous, chaotic spirit.
But now, Indian officials have a stern message for these ...
Diligent Asian students dominate global exam
2013-12-04 18:36:03 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — As a ninth-grader, Shanghai's Li Sixin spent more than three hours on homework a night and took tutorials in math, physics and chemistry on the weekends. When she was tapped to take an exam last year given to half a million students...
Obama: Income inequality a defining challenge
2013-12-04 18:31:02 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama turned his focus Wednesday to the pocketbook issues that Americans consistently rank as a top concern, arguing that the dream of upward economic mobility is breaking down and the growing income gap is a "de...
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...
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...
EU fines banks $2.3 billion for market rigging
2013-12-04 12:00:09 UTC
AMSTERDAM (AP) — The European Commission has fined a group of banks $2.3 billion for colluding to profit from derivatives linked to rigged interest rates.
Competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia said Wednesday the most shocking aspect of the c...
U.S. students lag behind international peers
2013-12-03 23:56:55 UTC
<h3>In tests reading, math and science, U.S. 15-year-olds were outperformed by many of their counterparts in Asia and Europe - in some cases placing below the international average.</h3>
WASHINGTON (AP) — American students once again lag behind...
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...
Obama's Kenyan-born uncle allowed to remain in US
2013-12-03 22:03:10 UTC
BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's Kenyan-born uncle, who ignored a deportation order more than two decades ago, was granted permission to stay in the U.S. on Tuesday.
Judge Leonard Shapiro made the decision after Onyango Obama, 69, testifi...
NATO seeks clarity on troops in Afghanistan
2013-12-03 18:36:06 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — World diplomats vexed over how to secure Afghanistan's future used a looming year-end deadline on Tuesday to persuade the war-torn nation's leaders that allowing thousands of foreign troops to remain there beyond next year is bette...
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>
In Tokyo, Biden drawn into China air zone dispute
2013-12-03 06:10:32 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Hours after touching down in Asia on a long-planned trip, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is being pulled into a messy territorial spat between China and its neighbors.
Biden is meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday with Japanese Prime Ministe...
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...
German scientists develop warm LED light
2013-12-02 20:07:27 UTC
LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, have long been used in flashlights and bicycle lights - in applications where the main goals have been brightness and battery efficiency.
Despite its efficiency and environmental friendliness, the bluish tone of LE...
Thai protest leader vows to escalate offensive
2013-12-02 19:13:49 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — A firebrand opposition leader vowed Monday to escalate his campaign to topple Thailand's government, and ordered his followers to storm Bangkok's police headquarters after they fought all day with riot police protecting heavily barr...
Shelton, Bryan returning as hosts of ACM Awards
2013-12-02 19:00:34 UTC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan are returning as hosts of the next year's Academy of Country Music Awards.
The country music stars teamed up last year and things went so well they're coming back for the April 6 awards at th...
Jesse Owens' Olympic medal up for auction
2013-12-02 08:42:56 UTC
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — Amid the jerseys and baseball bats held in a secure room at SCP Auctions, there's a piece of sports memorabilia that speaks to much more than athletic prowess: an Olympic medal won by track star Jesse Owens at the 1936...
Ukraine: Protesters besiege government building
2013-12-02 07:52:02 UTC
Ukraine saw its largest popular protests since the 2004 Orange Revolution on Sunday when at least 300,000 people took to the streets calling for the resignation of the president, Viktor Yanukovych.
Furious at Ukraine's 11th-hour decision to bac...
Strong earthquake hits Indonesia; no casualties
2013-12-02 06:48:32 UTC
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong, shallow earthquake rocked parts of eastern Indonesia early Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.3-magnitude quake was centered 343 kilometer...
Speed a factor in crash that killed action star Paul Walker
2013-12-02 09:02:13 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans of "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker erected a makeshift memorial near the site of his fatal automobile crash, as investigators worked to determine the cause of the fiery weekend wreck that also claimed the life of his frie...