June 13, 2013 RSS feed / World

Duchess formally names cruise liner

LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Cambridge has officially named a cruise liner at a gala ceremony.  The former Kate Middleton, wearing a black and white print coat and a black hat, boarded the Royal Princess for the naming ceremony, which incl More...

Syrian rebels fight for key army base

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels battled regime forces today for control of a key military base in the central Hama province after chasing soldiers out and setting fire to installations there, activists said.  More...

Syrian rebel attack kills 60 Shiites

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels have attacked a village in the country’s east, killing dozens of Shiites, mostly progovernment fighters, activists said today. More...

Strike snarls France and British airports

PARIS (AP) — A strike by air traffic controllers is snarling flights around France today, as workers protest a plan to simplify Europe’s patchwork airspace and open up more air traffic duties to private enterprise.  More...

Mandela remains in hospital for 5th day

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — For the fifth straight day, former South African President Nelson Mandela was in a Pretoria hospital today, being treated for a recurring lung infection.  More...

Anti-Putin protesters march in Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of Russian opposition activists are marching through Moscow decrying President Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian rule and calling for the release of people they consider political prisoners.  More...

PM in Poland for talks, Auschwitz visit

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has started a two-day visit to Poland that is steeped in symbolism, focusing on the Jewish people’s painful history there as well as the strong relations between Poland and t More...

Police crush barricades in Istanbul square

ISTANBUL   Hundreds of riot police overran improvised barricades at Istanbul’s Taksim Square on today, firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon in running battles with protesters who have been occupying the area for more than a wee More...

Iran launches rearmed destroyer in Gulf

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says it has launched a 50-yearold destroyer on the Persian Gulf after overhauling it and rearming with modern missiles.  Since 1992, Iran has been pursuing a self-sufficiency military program, reportedly producing More...

Bombs strike security forces in Iraq, kill 6

BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials say roadside bombings have targeted army and police convoys in northern Iraq, killing six troops.  Police officials say a bomb struck a military convoy this morning in the volatile city of Mosul, killing three sold More...

France cancels 50% of flights main airports

PARIS (AP) — France’s main airports have cut their flight timetables in half to cope with a three-day strike by air traffic controllers.  The Civil Aviation Authority said that some 1,800 flights were cut today in Charles de Gaulle, More...

Large explosion hits near U.S. Embassy

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Kabul police say there has been a large explosion on a main road near the U.S. More...

Bombs hit Damascus, at least 14 killed

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Two suicide bombers hit a central Damascus square during rush hour today, killing at least 14 people, activists and the Syrian state media reported. More...

Leak of NSA programs tests U.S., China ties

BEIJING   A day after the presidents of China and the United States ended their first summit, pledges of cooperation by the two leaders faced an early test from an unexpected quarter — an American intelligence contractor was leaking highly More...

IEA: Energy emissions rose to record high in 2012

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The International Energy Agency says the world’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4 percent in 2012 to a record high of 31.6 gigatons, even as the U.S. posted its lowest emissions since the mid-1990s.  More...

Club of rich and powerful meet in secret near London

LONDON (AP) — It’s a busy weekend at the luxury Grove Hotel, favored haunt of British soccer players and their glitz-loving spouses.  More than 100 of the world’s most powerful people are at the former manor house near London f More...

Francis says ‘I didn’t want to be pope’

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has revealed that he never wanted to be pope and that he’s living in the Vatican hotel for his “psychiatric” health.  More...

Former French prime minister dies at 84

PARIS (AP) — Pierre Mauroy, who as France’s prime minister in the early 1980s implemented radical social reforms that made life easier for French workers, has died at 84.  Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Mauroy died today in a h More...

Activist’s brother, mother get passports

BEIJING (AP) — Family members of a Chinese activist who fled house arrest and later moved to the U.S. More...

Boston mayor out of hospital after surgery

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has been released from the hospital after prostate surgery and says he is “raring to go.”  The 71-year-old Menino says in a video that he is holding meetings, and he thanks people for th More...