In historic face to face, Obama, Castro vow to turn the page

PANAMA CITY, APRIL 12 (AP): President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro sat down together Saturday in the first formal meeting of the two country’s leaders in a half-century, pledging to reach for the kind of peaceful relationship that has eluded their nations for generations.   In a small conference room in a Panama City […]

Bangladesh on alert after execution

DHAKA, April 12 (AP): Thousands of Bangladeshis poured onto the streets to applaud the execution of an Islamist party official on charges of crimes against humanity during the country’s 1971 independence war, while security forces were on alert Sunday for a possible backlash from his supporters.   Mohammad Qamaruzzaman was hanged Saturday night in the […]

Pope sparks Turkish ire with Armenian “genocide” remarks

VATICAN CITY, April 12 (AP): Pope Francis on Sunday called the slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turks “the first genocide of the 20th century” and urged the international community to recognize it as such, sparking a diplomatic rift with Turkey at a delicate time in Christian-Muslim relations.   Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, who was on […]

Handshake sets stage for historic Obama-Castro meeting

PANAMA CITY, APRIL 11 (AP): With a cordial evening handshake, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro moved Friday toward a groundbreaking meeting on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in what would be a remarkable display of reconciliation between two nations. The powerful symbolism of a substantial exchange Saturday between the […]

Maldives jails former defense minister for 10 years

COLOMBO, April 11 (AP): A court in the Maldives has sentenced a former defense minister to 10 years in prison on charges of detaining a senior judge, the same case in which a former president has also been jailed in a trial widely criticized as politically motivated. The sentencing of Tholath Ibrahim by the Criminal […]

Ready to run, Clinton to announce 2016 bid on Sunday

WASHINGTON, APRIL 11 (AP): Former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will end months of speculation and attempt a second bid at becoming America’s first woman president when she launches her highly anticipated 2016 presidential campaign on Sunday. Clinton, the former secretary of state who lost the 2008 nomination to Barack Obama, will skip a flashy […]

Pak lawmakers vote to stay out of Yemen conflict

ISLAMABAD, APRIL 10 (AP): Pakistan’s parliament on Friday decided not to join the Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels in Yemen, with lawmakers adopting a resolution that calls on the warring parties in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country to resolve the conflict through peaceful dialogue. After days of debating, Pakistani lawmakers unanimously voted in favor of […]

US and Cuba hold highest-level meeting in more than Fifty years

PANAMA CITY, APRIL 10 (REUTERS): The U.S. and Cuban foreign ministers sat down for talks late on Thursday in the highest-level meeting between the two sides since the early days of the Cuban revolution more than half a century ago. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in a […]

Myanmar consider reforms in high level talks

Myanmar consider reforms in high level talks

NAYPYITAW, APRIL 10 (AP): Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi held talks with Myanmar’s top political and military leaders Friday in what a government spokesman described as a “successful meeting,” but there was no sign the participants bridged their differences on political reforms ahead of an election later this year. Reaching at least a general […]

Cop who shot man in back had prior excessive force complaint

Cop who shot man in back had prior excessive force complaint

NORTH CHARLESTON, April 9 (AP): The South Carolina police officer charged with murder after video surfaced of him shooting a fleeing suspect in the back was allowed to stay on the force despite an earlier complaint he used excessive force against an unarmed man.   In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Mario Givens […]

Iran’s top leader stops short of endorsing nuke deal

TEHRAN, Iran (AP): Iran’s top leader on Thursday stopped short of giving his endorsement to the framework nuclear deal struck last week between Tehran and world powers, while the country’s president warned separately that Tehran’s approval of a final deal depends on the immediate lifting of all sanctions related to its controversial nuclear program. The […]

Japan emperor prays at WWII battleground on Pacific island

TOKYO, April 9 (AP): The emperor of Japan visited a remote Pacific island Thursday to pray for thousands of Japanese and American soldiers who died during the World War II battle of Peleliu. Emperor Akihito and his wife Empress Michiko laid bouquets of white chrysanthemum flowers in front of a seaside memorial for Japanese victims […]