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10 more China officials sacked in sex tape scandal

Posted: 01/25/2013 - A scandal involving Chinese city officials having sex with women hired by developers who secretly videotaped the trysts to extort construction deals broadened Friday with state media announcing 10 more officials fired.

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Absent but omnipresent, Chavez a powerful symbol

Posted: 01/25/2013 - Iconic images of his eyes look out from murals lining the streets of Caracas, his portrait appears on T-shirts sported by followers, and on television he can be heard booming "I am a nation!"

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AP Source: Obama picks Mary Jo White to lead SEC

Posted: 01/24/2013 - President Barack Obama will nominate Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, tapping an attorney with broad experience in prosecuting white-collar crimes

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Syrian jets bomb rebel-held areas near Damascus

Posted: 01/24/2013 - Syrian warplanes bombed rebel-held areas near Damascus on Thursday as President Bashar Assad's troops battled opposition fighters for control of a strategic road that links the capital with the main airport.

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Trial in India gang rape case begins in New Delhi

Posted: 01/24/2013 - The trial of five men charged with the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student on a New Delhi bus began in a closed courtroom Thursday with opening arguments by the prosecution lawyers

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Pope on social networking: the virtual is real

Posted: 01/24/2013 - Pope Benedict XVI put Catholic Church leaders on notice Thursday, saying social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter aren't a virtual world they can ignore, but rather a very real world they must engage

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Mexican court frees Frenchwoman in kidnapping case

Posted: 01/24/2013 - A Frenchwoman who had spent seven years in prison in Mexico on kidnapping charges was flying back to Paris on Thursday after Mexico's Supreme Court ordered her freed because of flaws in her trial

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Cameron: I don't want a country called Europe

Posted: 01/24/2013 - Speaking Thursday at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos, Cameron says Britain would stand against any moves to shoehorn countries into a centralized political union.

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UN Kuwait invasion fund pays out $1.3 billion

Posted: 01/24/2013 - The U.N. panel that settles claims for damages from victims of Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait has paid out another $1.3 billion — bringing the total so far to $40.1 billion.

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Abbas to invite Israeli politicians to talk peace

Posted: 01/24/2013 - A senior Palestinian official says the Palestinian president will invite Israeli lawmakers to the West Bank for talks in a bid to make sure peacemaking is on the new government's agenda.

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Morocco to change law allowing rape marriage

Posted: 01/23/2013 - Women's rights activists welcomed Justice Minister Mustapha Ramid's announcement, but said it was only a first step in reforming a penal code that doesn't do enough to stop violence against women

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Israeli PM Netanyahu scrambles to keep his job

Posted: 01/23/2013 - A badly weakened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scrambled Wednesday to keep his job by extending his hand to a new centrist party that advocates a more earnest push on peacemaking

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Israeli election casts ex-TV anchor as kingmaker

Posted: 01/23/2013 - Israel's election has put a suave former TV news anchor and political novice in the role of kingmaker, and he has signaled he will use his power to try to move the next government to more centrist positions

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Activists: Government rocket kills 6 in Syria

Posted: 01/23/2013 - Russia announced for the first time that it has evacuated families of its diplomats in Syria some time ago but said it is not planning a large-scale evacuation of the tens of thousands of its citizens

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Pussy Riot members say they have no regrets

Posted: 01/23/2013 - The imprisoned members of the Pussy Riot feminist punk band say they feel no regrets about the irreverent "punk prayer" against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral

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Cameron proposes vote on EU relationship

Posted: 01/23/2013 - Britain's prime minister said Wednesday he will offer citizens a vote on whether to leave the European Union if his party wins the next election

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Rights group warns of executions by Malian army

Posted: 01/23/2013 - The International Federation for Human Rights, or FIDH by its French acronym, is calling for the creation of an independent commission to look into the crimes and punish those responsible.

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Malian army ill-equipped to fight Islamists

Posted: 01/23/2013 - Explosions rang out at 3 a.m. last week as the radical Islamists descended on the town of Diabaly, home to a Malian military camp. Residents cowering in their homes believed the Malian soldiers would protect them.

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Suicide blast at funeral kills at least 14 in Iraq

Posted: 01/23/2013 - Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir al-Zaidi, a military commander, says the bomber detonated his explosive belt Wednesday inside a mosque in the city of Tuz Khormato, some 120 kilometers (130 miles) north of Baghdad.

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