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Hezbollah condemns Israel's raid on Syria

Posted: 01/31/2013 - Iran and Russia joined the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah in condemning a rare Israeli airstrike on Syria, enflaming regional tensions already heightened by the civil war against President Bashar Assad.

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NY Times says Chinese hacked paper's computers

Posted: 01/31/2013 - Chinese hackers repeatedly penetrated The New York Times' computer systems over the past four months, stealing reporters' passwords and hunting for file

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French gay marriage plans stir parenthood debate

Posted: 01/31/2013 - The French are all for sex and all for family — so long as you're having sex to create one. Anything dealing with assisted reproduction makes a sizable portion of them uncomfortable

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Diplomats: Iran prepared to up nuclear program

Posted: 01/31/2013 - Iran is poised for a major technological update of its uranium enrichment program that would vastly speed up production of material that can be used for both reactor fuel and nuclear warheads

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Latvia amends laws for phasing in euro

Posted: 01/31/2013 - Latvian lawmakers have passed a law necessary for adopting the euro in January 2014 despite widespread opposition to the country's adoption of the troubled European single currency.

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Activists try to save old Warsaw ghetto building

Posted: 01/31/2013 - It was the place where Jewish women did their ritual bathing. It was a tuberculosis clinic. It survived the German onslaught and became a gathering point for Holocaust survivors.

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Week of unrest weakens Egypt's Islamist leader

Posted: 01/31/2013 - Now economic crisis is luring many out-of-work Cypriots back into the centuries-old trade. They risk stiff fines and even jail time by supplying an underground market for the tiny songbirds

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In Vietnam, rage growing over loss of land rights

Posted: 01/31/2013 - The farmers, angry at the sum and now forced to compete for jobs in a stuttering economy, blocked the main road connecting the capital to the north of the country for hours in December.

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SKorea launches rocket weeks after NKorea

Posted: 01/30/2013 - South Korea said Wednesday it successfully launched a satellite into space from its own soil for the first time, a point of national pride that came weeks after archrival North Korea accomplished a similar feat

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Israeli warplanes violate Lebanese airspace

Posted: 01/30/2013 - Lebanese officials say 12 Israeli warplanes have violated Lebanese airspace in less than 24 hours, flying low in several sorties over southern Lebanon.

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AP Interview: Top US general confident in Afghans

Posted: 01/30/2013 - The top commander of U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan believes government security forces have improved faster than expected and will be ready to take the lead in the 11-year-old war.

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French troops control key airport in north Mali

Posted: 01/30/2013 - French forces have taken control of the airport in Kidal, seizing a key position in one of three provincial capitals the Islamist militants took over last year, officials said Wednesday.

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Egypt opposition leader wants national dialogue

Posted: 01/30/2013 - Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei made the appeal on Wednesday, a day after the military warned the country could collapse under the weight of this turmoil.

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Strikes pause in Greece, more protests planned

Posted: 01/30/2013 - Transport workers in Greece have ended a two-week protest campaign against new austerity cuts, but public sector unions are planning fresh strikes over steep pay cuts that took effect this year.

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Santa Maria mourns its dead, calls for justice

Posted: 01/30/2013 - The young law student sat alone in a pew, clutching a shirt on which she'd written the names of friends she'd lost in a weekend nightclub fire in this Brazilian college town.

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Cyprus president: Russia ready to help in bailout

Posted: 01/30/2013 - Dimitris Christofias says Wednesday that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin assured him of Moscow's readiness to "extend a helping hand" to Cyprus in a telephone conversation the previous day.

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Nightclub fire highlights Brazil's safety laws

Posted: 01/30/2013 - Flammable and toxic foam soundproofing on the ceiling. Just one exit for a large club that could hold hundreds of people. Not a ceiling water sprinkler system in sight.

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Report: Iran, Hezbollah terror threat rising

Posted: 01/30/2013 - Operating both independently and together, the militant groups are escalating their activities around the world, fueling worries in the U.S. that they increasingly have the ability and the willingness to attack the U.S

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Outdoor flare started club fire

Posted: 01/29/2013 - A nightclub fire that killed 234 people in southern Brazil says the music group playing at the time lit a flare designed for outdoor use that set the club's ceiling on fire.

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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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