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EU: Kosovo ties 'key' for Serbia's membership

Posted: 09/04/2012 - The European Union's top official says that Serbia needs to improve its strained ties with its former province of Kosovo if it's going to make progress in its ambition to join the EU.

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Portugal firefighters douse major wildfires

Posted: 09/04/2012 - Portugal's Civil Protection Service says firefighters have extinguished two major forest blazes that raced across thick woodland for more than 30 hours and claimed the life of one person.

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Paralympics and politics clash in Britain

Posted: 09/04/2012 - George Osborne, the official charged with putting the faltering British economy back on track, was roundly booed Monday night when he presented medals at the Paralympic Games.

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40 percent abstention at Angola elections

Posted: 09/04/2012 - Angola's electoral commission says 40 percent of voters abstained — a shocking rate for Africa that some blamed on cynicism over the ruling party's expected victory after 33 years in power.

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4 shot at mine owned by South Africa president's nephew

Posted: 09/03/2012 - Monday's shooting comes after firebrand politician Julius Malema visited the Aurora gold mine last week and told fired mineworkers that he was going to make South African mines ungovernable.

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Iran opens nuclear site to Mongolia's president

Posted: 09/03/2012 - The visit by President Tsakhia Elbegdorj follows a summit of emerging nations in Tehran that Iranian officials said would showcase the failure of Western sanctions to isolate Iran diplomatically.

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Students at South African university boycott Israel

Posted: 09/03/2012 - A statement Monday says the school's student representative council is calling for an immediate investigation into any academic, financial and cultural relations with Israeli institutions.

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Airstrike in Syria kills more at least 18 people

Posted: 09/03/2012 - The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees said the airstrikes targeted a residential area in the northern town of al-Bab

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Pakistani cleric faces possible blasphemy charge

Posted: 09/03/2012 - Pakistani police are investigating whether a Muslim cleric who allegedly tried to frame a Christian girl for blasphemy should be charged with insulting Islam himself and potentially face life in prison.

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Young Iraqis face religious fashion crackdown

Posted: 09/03/2012 - A new culture rift is emerging in Iraq, as young women replace shapeless cover-ups with ankle-baring skirts and tight blouses, while men strut around in revealing slacks and spiky haircuts.

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Prince rappells 785 feet down UK building

Posted: 09/03/2012 - Following the stunt, Andrew told reporters the "difficult bit was actually stepping out over the edge," but said his training with the Royal Marines had given him the confidence.

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France warns of Syrian chemical weapons attack

Posted: 09/03/2012 - Western powers are preparing a tough response in case Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime deploys chemical or biological weapons in its civil war, France's foreign minister said Monday.

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Big cash seizure puts light on Nicaragua drug role

Posted: 08/31/2012 - Most days the only vehicles on Highway 15 are battered trucks shuttling grain, coffee beans and cooking oil through the lush, mountainous highlands on the Honduras-Nicaragua border.

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South Africa justice minister questions court action

Posted: 08/31/2012 - South Africa's justice minister is demanding the nation's top prosecutor explain a decision to charge 270 miners with the murders and attempted murders of 112 striking co-workers shot by the police.

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Venezuela election council takes ad off air

Posted: 08/31/2012 - Venezuelan electoral officials have ordered off the air a political ad that depicts the murder of a young man to highlight concerns about crime.

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Iran urges nonaligned nations role in Syria

Posted: 08/31/2012 - Iran's supreme leader said Friday that emerging nations have a greater right than the West or United Nations to help resolve Syria's escalating civil war.

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Argentine tax agents to track all credit card buys

Posted: 08/31/2012 - Argentina just made it more expensive for its people to use credit cards outside the country, and more dangerous for cardholders who aren't paying all the taxes they should.

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Thousands march in Bahrain protest rally

Posted: 08/31/2012 - Thousands of anti-government protesters in Bahrain have filled a main highway in the country's first state-approved march in weeks.

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