World News


Dead Tibetan activist's letter calls for freedom

Mar 29, 2012

By TIM SULLIVAN, Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Tibetan who burned himself alive on the eve of a visit by China's president left a letter that urged the world to stand up for his homeland, activists said, while Indian authorities detained more Tibetans on Thursday in the Indian capital.

Read More

Venezuela poll says Hugo Chavez ahead of rival

Mar 29, 2012

By FABIOLA SANCHEZ, Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez has a double-digit lead over the opposition's presidential candidate, but a quarter of Venezuelan voters haven't committed to either candidate, a poll said Thursday.

The survey released by the Caracas polling ...

Read More

Puerto Rico's police chief quits amid crime spike

Mar 28, 2012

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's police chief quit late Wednesday, less than a year after being appointed to lead a department that federal agents have accused of corruption, illegal killings and civil rights violations.

The resignation of Emilio Diaz Colon, a retired National Guard ...

Read More

Japan hangs 3 killers in 1st executions since 2010

Mar 28, 2012

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Three men convicted of multiple killings were hanged Thursday in Japan's first executions in more than a year and a half.

One death-row inmate had been convicted of ramming a car into a train station and then knifing people nearby, killing five, in ...

Read More

Pope urges greater openings in vast Cuban Mass

Mar 28, 2012

By ANNE-MARIE GARCIA and NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

HAVANA (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI demanded more freedom for the Catholic Church in communist-run Cuba and preached against "fanaticism" in an unusually political sermon Wednesday before hundreds of thousands at Revolution Plaza, with ...

Read More

Tibetan monk, 20, latest to self-immolate in China

Mar 28, 2012

BEIJING (AP) — A 20-year-old Tibetan monk in western China has become the latest to set himself on fire in protest against the authoritarian government, Tibetan exiles said Thursday.

More than 30 people have self-immolated, or attempted to, over the past year in ethnic Tibetan areas of China to ...

Read More

Spaniards wage nationwide strike against austerity

Mar 28, 2012

By CIARAN GILES and DANIEL WOOLLS, Associated Press

MADRID (AP) — Spanish workers livid over labor reforms they see as flagrantly pro-business staged a nationwide strike Thursday and tried to bring the country to a halt by blocking traffic, closing factories and clashing with police in rowdy ...

Read More

Cuban-Americans find hope on return to homeland

Mar 28, 2012

By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ, Associated Press

HAVANA (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Cuba drew nearly 300 Americans to the island they or their parents long ago fled. What they found was a country that was different from the one they had imagined, yet somehow still close to the place they had dreamed ...

Read More

Salvadoran leader: I wasn't involved in gang truce

Mar 28, 2012

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The president of El Salvador is denying that his government rewarded street gangs for a truce that appears to have led to a dramatic drop in homicides in one of the world's most violent countries.

About 30 gang leaders were transferred to lower-security prisons ...

Read More

US diplomat: al-Qaida, Iran exploit Yemen turmoil

Mar 28, 2012

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A top U.S. diplomat in the Middle East says al-Qaida and Iran have used the turmoil and uncertainty in Yemen to increase their influence.

Jeffery Feltman, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, said national dialogue and a smooth transition to elections ...

Read More

Polish official: No sign plane crash was an attack

Mar 28, 2012

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's top prosecutor says no evidence to date supports theories that a 2010 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski was an assassination.

Prosecutor General Andrzej Seremet was reacting Thursday to comments made a day earlier by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, a conservative ...

Read More

Egypt's ruling generals defend their businesses

Mar 28, 2012

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's ruling military council has warned it will not allow civilians to encroach on the armed forces' extensive business enterprises, in rare comments about its secretive economic interests in the face of increasing demands for public scrutiny.

Read More

Mumbai, Miami on list for big weather disasters

Mar 28, 2012

By SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is leading to such severe storms, droughts and heat waves that nations should prepare for an unprecedented onslaught of deadly and costly weather disasters, an international panel of climate scientists said in a new report ...

Read More

Ex-Brazil leader Silva's tumor is gone

Mar 28, 2012

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian hospital says former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's cancerous tumor has been successfully treated and has disappeared.

Doctors found the tumor in Silva's throat late last year.

He has since undergone chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which ended last month.

Read More

Foot find shows prehuman walked same time as Lucy

Mar 28, 2012

By ALICIA CHANG, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lucy, it turns out, had company — another prehuman that also walked but spent more of its time in trees.

Until now, there was no proof of another human relative living around the same time as the species made famous by the Lucy skeleton. But a ...

Read More

Muslim leader: Algeria doesn't want gunman's body

Mar 28, 2012

By JOHANNA DECORSE, Associated Press

TOULOUSE, France (AP) — A young man who claimed responsibility for France's worst terror attacks in years will be buried Thursday in a Muslim cemetery near the southern city where he was killed in gunfight with police, religious leaders said.

Burying Mohamed ...

Read More

Belarus arrests 3 leading opposition activists

Mar 28, 2012

By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus arrested three top opposition figures Wednesday who were on their way to Brussels to meet with European Union officials, a move certain to further fuel tensions with the bloc.

The 27-nation EU already has imposed sanctions on ...

Read More

Indonesian fires threaten Sumatran orangutan

Mar 28, 2012

By ALI KOTARUMALOS, Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds of critically endangered orangutans in western Indonesia could be wiped out by the year's end if palm oil companies keep setting land-clearing fires in their peat swamp forests, conservationists warned Thursday.

"They are ...

Read More

Clarification: Afghan-French Troops story

Mar 28, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In a March 28 story on 200 French troops leaving Afghanistan, The Associated Press reported that the troops were part of France's accelerated pullout from the country. The story should have made clear that while the 200 troops are part of the expedited withdrawal, they had ...

Read More

Spain edges toward economic abyss amid Europe woes

Mar 28, 2012

By ALAN CLENDENNING, Associated Press

MADRID (AP) — Investors concerned that Spain is fast becoming Europe's riskiest economic link and could be the next bailout candidate have plenty to worry about this week.

On Thursday, much of the country will shut down in a general strike against labor ...

Read More

You Might Also Like