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Islamists continue destroying Timbuktu heritage

Posted: 07/02/2012 - The radical Islamic faction controlling the northern Malian outpost of Timbuktu continued destroying the city's ancient tombs on Monday, laying waste to the city's five-hundred-year-old heritage.

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Euro summit optimism in markets dented by US data

Posted: 07/02/2012 - European markets made further gains Monday as investors continued to cheer the continent's latest efforts to deal with a debt crisis that has clouded the outlook for the global economy.

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Israeli PM dissolves committee to reform draft law

Posted: 07/02/2012 - Israel's prime minister has dissolved a high-profile committee assigned to reform the country's military draft law to spread the burden among more sectors of society.

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On verge of new particle discovery

Posted: 07/02/2012 - Scientists say enough evidence has been gathered to show that the long-sought "God particle" answering fundamental questions about the universe does indeed exist.

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After Nadal's loss, anything possible at Wimbledon

Posted: 07/02/2012 - No matter what happens in Week 2, this Wimbledon will be remembered. Most of all, for 11-time major champion Rafael Nadal's second-round defeat to a player ranked 100th.

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Philippine crocodile declared largest in captivity

Updated: 07/02/2012 - A huge crocodile known as Lolong has brought pride, fear, tourism revenue and attention to the remote southern Philippines town where it was captured. And now it has claimed a world record, too.

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Chinese astronauts parachute land after mission

Posted: 06/29/2012 - China's first female astronaut and two other crew members emerged smiling from a capsule that returned safely to Earth on Friday from a 13-day mission.

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Report: Ex-British minister sold secrets to Czechs

Posted: 06/28/2012 - Files uncovered in the archives of the Czech Security Service show a former British government minister sold information to communist spies during the Cold War, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported.

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Zimbabwe 'witches' to have medical tests

Posted: 06/28/2012 - Court officials in Zimbabwe say two self-confessed witches who claim to have flown on a magical grain threshing basket are to undergo medical and psychiatric examinations.

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Soaring over the Thames: Cable Car takes flight

Posted: 06/28/2012 - The ski-lift like system began soaring over the Thames River on Thursday, offering a bird's-eye view of the London landscape and catering to the tourists expected for the Olympics.

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Pope sets stage for historic blending of choirs

Updated: 06/28/2012 - It's the first time in its 500-plus year history that the pope's personal choir will sing as a single chorus with another choir, let alone one from the breakaway Anglican church.

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Strong explosion rocks Syria's capital

Posted: 06/28/2012 - A strong explosion rocked the Syrian capital Thursday near a busy market and the Palace of Justice, sending black smoke billowing into the sky.

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Egypt's ex-oil minister jailed for 15 years

Posted: 06/28/2012 - A court has sentenced Egypt's former oil minister and a fugitive businessman who was close to ousted leader Hosni Mubarak for 15 years after convicting them of corruption in a case involving natural gas exports to Israel.

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Bombings kill 14 around Iraqi capital Baghdad

Posted: 06/28/2012 - Bombings in and around Baghdad killed 14 people and wounded more than 45 on Thursday, authorities said, as a spike of violence made June Iraq's bloodiest month in almost a half a year.

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Hamas says militant assassinated in Damascus

Posted: 06/28/2012 - An official in the Palestinian militant movement said Kamal Ghanaja was a former aide to Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior commander who was himself assassinated in Dubai in 2010.

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Increased use of abandoned baby boxes concerns UN officials

Posted: 06/28/2012 - Concerns raised over "baby boxes" by a U.N. committee dedicated to protecting the rights of children have sparked a debate over whether or not abandoning children in a safe environment should still be tolerated.

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Troubled Europe summit: Merkel vs. everyone else

Posted: 06/28/2012 - European leaders gathering Thursday in Brussels are set to sign off on a series of measures to boost economic growth but expectations of a breakthrough on the pooling of debt have fallen by the wayside.

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History unfolds: Queen, ex-IRA chief shake hands

Posted: 06/27/2012 - Queen Elizabeth II and a former Irish Republican Army commander offered each other the hand of peace Wednesday in a long-awaited encounter symbolizing Northern Ireland's progress.

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Wozniak, Dotcom slam US piracy case

Posted: 06/27/2012 - ple cofounder Steve Wozniak says the U.S. piracy case against Kim Dotcom is "hokey" and a threat to Internet innovation.

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Syria: TV station attacked, 7 staffers killed

Posted: 06/27/2012 - Gunmen raided the headquarters of a pro-government Syrian TV station early Wednesday, killing seven employees, kidnapping others and demolishing buildings, officials said.

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