March 22, 2013 RSS feed / World

Assad vows to clean country of extremists

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian president vowed today to rid the country of Muslim extremists whom he blamed for a suicide blast the previous evening that killed dozens of people, including a top Sunni preacher who was a staunch supporter of More...

Scotland sets date to vote on independence

LONDON (AP) — Scottish leader Alex Salmond has set Sept. 18, 2014, as the date for an independence referendum that could radically alter the shape of the United Kingdom, calling it a historic opportunity to create a better country. More...

Vatican’s website runs Batman story

VATICAN CITY (AP) — One of the Vatican’s main Twitter accounts and the website of its communications office were running stories about Batman, raising concerns it might have been hacked. More...

Helicopters collide near Berlin stadium

BERLIN (AP) — Two helicopters clipped each other and crashed as they landed in a snowstorm near Berlin’s Olympic Stadium during a federal police exercise today, leaving one person dead and several injured, German authorities said. More...

Ancient afterglow of Big Bang described

PARIS (AP) — New results from a look into the split second after the Big Bang indicate the universe is a bit older than previously thought but the core concepts of the cosmos — how it began, what it’s made of and where it’s go More...

New Archbishop of Canterbury enthroned

LONDON (AP) — The new Archbishop of Canterbury is to be formally enthroned after using a radio interview to back Church of England positions on homosexuality, which include opposition to same-sex marriage. More...

Computers crash in S. Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Computer networks at major South Korean banks and top TV broadcasters crashed simultaneously today, paralyzing bank machines across the country and prompting speculation of a cyberattack by North Korea. More...

U.K. sticks with tax hikes, spending cuts

LONDON (AP) — Britain is on the verge of slipping back into recession, it has seen its top AAA credit rating cut, and living standards have dropped under the impact of austerity measures. More...

Bangladesh leader dies in Singapore

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh’s figurehead president, Zillur Rahman, died today at a hospital in Singapore. He was 84. Rahman was a top leader of the ruling Awami League party before Parliament elected him president in 2009. More...

Obama ends Israel visit with symbolic stops

JERUSALEM (AP) — Wrapping up a three-day visit to Israel, President Barack Obama paid respects to its heroes and to victims of the Holocaust, solemnly reaffirming the Jewish state’s right to exist. More...

U.S. drone kills 3 suspected militants

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A U.S. drone strike targeting a vehicle in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border killed three suspected militants, two intelligence officials said today. More...

‘Argo’ rankles New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Thirteen minutes into the Oscar-winning movie “Argo,” CIA agent Tony Mendez asks supervisor Jack O’Donnell what happened to a group of Americans when the U.S. Embassy was stormed in Tehran. More...

Assad backers hack BBC Twitter accounts

LONDON (AP) — Supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad hijacked the Twitter accounts of the BBC’s weather and Arabic services on Thursday and posted messages that were by turns political, anti-Semitic and comical. More...

Rockets strike Israel as Obama meets Palestinians

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — President Barack Obama is meeting Palestinian officials on the second day of his Mideast tour to emphasize the importance of reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, a message underscored today when Palestinian mil More...

Cyprus has 4 days for new financial plan

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus has four days to agree on a new plan to raise funds to avoid bankruptcy after the European Central Bank warned that it would pull the plug on the country’s banks at the start of next week if no bailout deal i More...

Xi visits Russia as China eyes bigger role

BEIJING (AP) — Xi Jinping heads to Russia on Friday on his first foreign visit as president amid signs he wants China to be more assertive in challenging U.S. leadership in Asia while looking for new energy sources to fuel the Chinese economy. More...

Bomb at Pakistani refugee camp kills 13

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A car packed with explosives blew up inside a refugee camp in northwestern Pakistan today as hundreds of people lined up to get food, killing 13 and wounding 25, officials said. More...

Pope reaches out to Jews, Muslims

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has promised to continue the Catholic Church’s “fraternal” dialogue with Jews and work with Muslims for the common good. More...

Cyprus eyes Plan B to stave off bankruptcy

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot officials rushed today to find a new plan to stave off bankruptcy, a day after Parliament rejected an initial scheme to contribute to the nation’s bailout package by seizing up to 10 percent of people’ More...