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Helicopter crashes in southeastern France, 6 dead

Posted: 07/25/2012 - All six people on board a helicopter died Wednesday when it crashed in flames in an area often referred to as France's answer to the Grand Canyon, officials say.

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Russia seeks to cool Assad's head

Posted: 07/25/2012 - When Syria broached the possibility of using chemical weapons, the world's response was don't even think about it. But one voice in that chorus mattered more for Syrian ruler Bashar Assad: Russia, his key ally.

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Pakistan refuses to reopen presidential graft case

Posted: 07/25/2012 - Pakistan's government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it will not reopen an old corruption case against the president, defying a judicial order that has already brought down one prime minister

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Brangelina due to kick off Olympic party season

Posted: 07/25/2012 - Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are among the stars expected at London's Victoria & Albert Museum on Wednesday night for a charity gala honoring boxing great Muhammad Ali.

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NKorea confirms leader Kim Jong Un is married

Posted: 07/25/2012 - North Korea's new, young leader Kim Jong Un is married, state TV reported Wednesday for the first time in a brief and otherwise routine announcement.

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Turkey blocks trade with Syria, rebels fight on

Posted: 07/25/2012 - Turkey sealed its border with Syria to trucks on Wednesday, effectively cutting off a trade relationship once worth almost $3 billion with the embattled nation

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Gabrielle Giffords tours European physics lab

Posted: 07/25/2012 - Giffords was accompanying her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, on a visit to the European Center for Nuclear Research, two days after she rode a cable car up into the French Alps.

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Official: Israel to act if Syria arsenal breached

Posted: 07/25/2012 - Israel's foreign minister warned on Wednesday his country will act immediately if it discovers Islamic militants are raiding Syria's chemical or biological weapons stocks.

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Olympic VIP lanes baffle, anger London drivers

Posted: 07/25/2012 - Confusion, frustration and delays reigned on London's congested roads Wednesday, as lanes reserved for Olympic VIPs came into force two days before the start of the games.

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Study of anti-AIDS vaginal ring begins in Africa

Posted: 07/25/2012 - A monthlong HIV blocker that women could use for protection without their partners knowing? Major new research is beginning in Africa to see whether a special kind of vaginal ring just might work.

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Syria's Assad appoints new security officials

Posted: 07/24/2012 - A Syrian government official says President Bashar Assad has named five officials to top security posts in a reshuffle of the regime's inner circle.

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UK: PM's ex-aide charged in hacking scandal

Posted: 07/24/2012 - British authorities on Tuesday charged an ex-aide to the British prime minister, a former protege of media mogul Rupert Murdoch and six others in the ever-widening phone hacking scandal.

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Short Arctic night a challenge for fasting Muslims

Posted: 07/24/2012 - It's a question facing a small but growing number of Muslims celebrating the holy month of Ramadan on the northern tip of Europe, where the the sun barely dips below the horizon at this time of year.

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Italian mayors slam spending cuts

Posted: 07/24/2012 - Mayors from across Italy, holding up flags and wearing their tricolor sashes, demonstrated in front of the Italian Senate on Tuesday against spending cuts planned by the government.

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Hoots in parliament: France mulls harassment law

Posted: 07/24/2012 - The same French Assembly on Tuesday is expected to take up a new law on sexual harassment, more than two months after a court struck down the previous statute, saying it was too vague and failed to protect women

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China dubs tiny island new city in sea claim bid

Posted: 07/24/2012 - China's newest city is a tiny and remote island in the South China Sea, barely large enough to host a single airstrip. There is a post office, bank, supermarket and a hospital, but little else.

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5 reasons for Spain's colossal economic troubles

Posted: 07/24/2012 - Repeated efforts since 2009 by successive governments to fix the country's problems have only managed to undermine confidence in the fourth-largest economy among the 17 nations that use the euro.

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India frets over delayed monsoon damaging crops

Posted: 07/24/2012 - Cracked earth. Failing harvests. Drying streams and sinking hopes. Indians have grown increasingly desperate waiting for the long-delayed deluge of this year's monsoon.

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Syria says will use chemical weapons if attacked

Posted: 07/23/2012 - The Syrian regime threatened Monday to use its chemical and biological weapons in case of a foreign attack, in its first ever acknowledgement that it possesses weapons of mass destruction.

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Iraq attacks kill 106 in deadliest day in 2 years

Posted: 07/23/2012 - The coordinated attacks in 15 cities sent a chilling warning that al-Qaida is slowly resurging in the security vacuum created by a weak government in Baghdad and the departure of the U.S. military.

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