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Spanair defends its preflight safety procedures

Posted: 09/17/2008 - The Spanish airline Spanair is defending its preflight safety checks following claims by investigators that the crew involved in last month's deadly crash tried to take off without extending the plane's wing flaps.

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US official: Up to 5 explosions at Yemen embassy

Posted: 09/17/2008 - The White House is calling today's deadly bombings outside the American embassy in Yemen a reminder of the danger from "violent extremists both at home and abroad."

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Cuba artists ask US to ease sanctions after storms

Posted: 09/16/2008 - Hundreds of Cuban writers, musicians and artists are asking the U.S. to ease trade restrictions and speed the import of food and building supplies to help the island rebuild after Hurricanes Ike and Gustav.

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US: North Korea conducted missile engine test

Updated: 09/16/2008 - A U.S. counterproliferation official says North Korea has tested the engine on a long-range missile at its new missile launch test site. The official spoke anonymously in order to discuss sensitive intelligence.

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Commander says many more US troop are needed soon

Posted: 09/16/2008 - The commander of international forces in Afghanistan says that in addition to the Army combat brigade that President Bush is sending as a reinforcement in January, there is a need for three additional brigades in 2009.

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Ukraine president: Russia encouraging unrest

Posted: 09/16/2008 - The Ukrainian president is accusing Russia of trying to destabilize his country by encouraging separatists on the volatile Crimean peninsula.

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Pakistan orders troops to open fire if US raids

Posted: 09/16/2008 - The Pentagon says Islamabad will "correct the record" on a statement ordering the Pakistani military to open fire if U.S. troops launch another air or ground raid across the Afghan border.

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GM unit Opel wants to sell electric car in 2011

Posted: 09/16/2008 - General Motors Corp. unit Adam Opel AG says it wants to put an electric car based on the technology of the Chevrolet Volt on the European market in 2011.

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Olmert, Abbas in possible final meeting

Posted: 09/16/2008 - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are holding a summit to discuss peace efforts. It might be their last before Olmert leaves office.

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New Zimbabwe premier confident West will send aid

Posted: 09/16/2008 - Zimbabwe's new prime minister says he is confident the international community will send aid and give its support now that the country's two main political rivals have agreed to share power.

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Bombs kill total of 4 in Iraq

Posted: 09/16/2008 - Two civilians are dead and 19 people are wounded after a bicycle carrying explosives blew up at a market north of Baghdad.

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New coin for Prince Charles' 60th birthday

Posted: 09/15/2008 - Britain's Royal Mint has issued a new collectors coin featuring images of Prince Charles and his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, to celebrate his 60th birthday.

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Bombings kill at least 32 in Iraq

Posted: 09/15/2008 - More than 30 people are dead in a series of bombings in Iraq that officials say appears to be the work of insurgents trying to chip away at growing public confidence in recent security gains.

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Cuba pushes for production of idle land

Posted: 09/15/2008 - Cuba says it will speed up plans to give private farmers and cooperatives idle plots of government land as it rushes to produce food after a pair of hurricanes ravaged island crops.

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Synchronized car bombings in Baghdad kill 12

Posted: 09/15/2008 - At least a dozen people are dead after a double car bombing in a busy commercial district in Baghdad -- one of the deadliest attacks in Iraq's capital in weeks.

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Unity deal signed in Zimbabwe

Posted: 09/15/2008 - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has given up nearly 30 years of one-man rule by signing a power-sharing agreement with his political rival, Morgan Tsvangirai.

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