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Focus turns to Brazilian club safety after fire

Posted: 01/29/2013 - The repercussions of a tragic nightclub fire that killed more than 230 people in southern Brazil widened Tuesday as mayors around the country cracked down on such venues in their own cities

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Egypt army chief warns state could collapse

Posted: 01/29/2013 - Thousands of mourners chanting for the downfall of Egypt's president marched in funerals again Tuesday in the restive city of Port Said

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Obama's envoy for closing Gitmo prison reassigned

Posted: 01/29/2013 - The State Department has reassigned its special envoy for closing the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in another step away from one of President Barack Obama's first campaign promises.

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UN: Syrian refugees overwhelm Jordan camp

Posted: 01/29/2013 - A wave of 21,000 Syrian refugees in the past week, moving into northern Jordan at about five times the usual daily rate, has overwhelmed this crowded camp already struggling with flooding, short supplies and tent fires.

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Timbuktu, ancient seat of Islamic learning

Posted: 01/29/2013 - Timbuktu, the fabled desert city where retreating Muslim extremists destroyed ancient manuscripts, was a center of Islamic learning hundreds of years before Columbus landed in the Americas.

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Hagel supports nuclear arms cuts, then elimination

Posted: 01/29/2013 - Chuck Hagel, the likely next secretary of defense, would be the first to enter the Pentagon as a public advocate for sharply reducing the number of U.S. nuclear weapons, possibly without equivalent cuts by Russia

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Policeman protecting Pakistani polio team killed

Posted: 01/29/2013 - Gunmen riding on a motorcycle shot and killed a police officer protecting polio workers during a U.N.-backed vaccination campaign in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, the police said.

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Dissident Chen sure 1-party China will change

Posted: 01/29/2013 - He spoke to The Associated Press about his homeland's future and on adapting to life in America, after enduring years of abuse at the hands of officials in his rural community in eastern China.

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Dutch queen stepping aside

Posted: 01/28/2013 - Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will step down, handing over her throne to her son Prince Willem-Alexander.

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Britain unveils high-speed railway plans

Posted: 01/28/2013 - The British government on Monday unveiled details of new high-speed rail lines linking London to cities in northern England with trains traveling up to 225 miles an hour (360 kph).

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Refugees again, Palestinians flee Syria's war

Posted: 01/28/2013 - Umm Sami rounded up her three sons, shut the windows and locked the doors so they could neither hear nor heed the call to arms by rebels and pro-government gunmen fighting in the streets.

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Egypt: opposition rejects president's dialogue

Posted: 01/28/2013 - Egypt's main opposition coalition has rejected the Islamist president's call for dialogue to resolve the country's political crisis, unless their conditions are met.

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Russia tries whistleblower, despite his death

Posted: 01/28/2013 - Russia is preparing to put lawyer Sergei Magnitsky on trial, even though he died in 2009, in the latest twist in a case that has become a byword for rampant Russian corruption

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Mali: Timbuktu mayor says Islamists burned texts

Posted: 01/28/2013 - Islamist extremists torched a library containing historic manuscripts in Timbuktu, the mayor said Monday, as French and Malian forces closed in on Mali's fabled desert city.

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American pastor sentenced to 8 years in Iran

Posted: 01/28/2013 - An American pastor who has been jailed in Iran since September has been sentenced to eight years in prison, the U.S. State Department said Sunday.

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Senators reach agreement on immigration reform

Updated: 01/28/2013 - The deal, to be announced at a news conference Monday, also covers border security, non-citizen or "guest" workers and employer verification of immigration status.

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Kenya elections observers to enhance transparency

Posted: 01/28/2013 - An official says Kenya's March elections will be closely monitored by the international community and local groups to help identify potential problems that may lead to tensions in the electoral process.

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Murder in Pakistan sparks anger at country's elite

Posted: 01/25/2013 - More than 2,000 people were murdered in Pakistan's largest city last year, but the shooting death of 20-year-old Shahzeb Khan in one of Karachi's most upscale neighborhoods sparked an unusual outcry

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Afghan police: Suicide bomber misses NATO, kills 5

Posted: 01/25/2013 - Afghan police say a suicide car bomber has killed five civilians and wounded another 25 in a botched attempt to hit a convoy of NATO supply trucks in eastern Afghanistan.

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