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Somali Pirates Hold Many Hostages For Months

Posted: 04/15/2009 - For 23 Phillipine hostages being held by Somalian pirates, a military rescue like the one that freed American Capt. Richard Phillips is unlikely.

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Mauritania Coup Leader Cedes Power To Seek Office

Posted: 04/15/2009 - The leader of a coup that ousted Mauritania's elected government gave up power Wednesday, freeing him to seek the presidency in balloting aimed at returning civilian rule.

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Most-Wanted Colombia Drug Lord Caught 'Like A Dog'

Posted: 04/15/2009 - Colombia's most wanted drug lord was cowering like a dog under a palm tree when he was captured Wednesday in a jungle raid involving hundreds of police officers, the defense minister said.

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Somali Pirates On Hijack Spree Since Weekend

Posted: 04/14/2009 - Somali pirates were back to business as usual Tuesday, defiantly seizing four more ships with 60 hostages after U.S. sharpshooters rescued an American freighter captain. "No one can deter us," one bandit boasted.

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Kerry: Pakistan Needs More Urgency In Terror Fight

Posted: 04/14/2009 - A top U.S. senator on Tuesday urged Pakistan to "ratchet up" its sense of urgency in battling the spreading militancy in its northwest, even as the government defended a deal to impose Islamic law in a swath of the region to achieve peace with the Taliban.

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Mexican Detained With Anti-Aircraft Machine Gun

Posted: 04/14/2009 - Mexican authorities arrested a woman guarding an arsenal that included the first anti-aircraft machine gun seized in Mexico, police said Tuesday, as the army announced the capture of an alleged top drug cartel lieutenant.

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North Korea Says It Will Boycott Six-Party Nuclear Talks

Posted: 04/13/2009 - North Korea vowed Tuesday to restore nuclear facilities it has been disabling and boycott international talks on its atomic weapons program to protest the U.N. Security Council's condemnation of the country's rocket launch.

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Asian Stocks Mostly Higher But Caution Lingers

Posted: 04/13/2009 - Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday as investors weighed surprisingly strong earnings from U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs against more signs of weakness from the region's economies and companies.

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Obama Vows To Fight Piracy After Captain's Rescue

Posted: 04/13/2009 - President Barack Obama vowed Monday "to halt the rise of piracy," while shipmates of the rescued American freighter captain called for tough action against Somali bandits who are preying on one of the world's busiest sea routes.

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IRA Dissidents Threaten Top Sinn Fein Politician

Posted: 04/12/2009 - Irish Republican Army dissidents threatened Sunday to kill top Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness and resume attacks in England as part of their efforts to wreck the IRA cease-fire and Northern Ireland power-sharing.

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Asian Summit Arrest

Posted: 04/11/2009 - BANGKOK (AP) - Police in Thailand say they have arrested the leader of protesters who stormed an Asian summit and forced its cancellation.

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Pope Carries Easter Candle in Vatican Basilica

Posted: 04/11/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI carried a tall, lit candle symbolizing hope into a darkened St. Peter's Basilica packed with faithful Saturday night in the traditional start of the Vatican's vigil Mass on the eve of Easter.

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Maersk President: Crew Must Remain Aboard

Posted: 04/11/2009 - The president of the company that owns the American ship seized this week by Somalian pirates says that even though the vessel is safely back in port, the crew members must remain aboard for a while.

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Protesters Force Thailand to Cancel Asia Summit

Posted: 04/11/2009 - Thailand evacuated Asian leaders by helicopter after hundreds of anti-government protesters stormed into their summit site, forcing the country's embattled prime minister to cancel the meeting.

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US Ship Reaches Kenya Minus Kidnapped Captain

Posted: 04/11/2009 - Cheering and guarded by Navy Seals, the crew of an American ship reached a Kenyan port Saturday evening without their captain, still held hostage by Somali pirates in a lifeboat hundreds of miles from shore.

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Pope Speaks on Good Friday

Posted: 04/10/2009 - As Italy grapples with grief over the 290 lives lost in Monday's earthquake, Pope Benedict XVI used Good Friday services to encourage survivors to hold on to hope amid suffering.

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US Hostage Fails In Escape Bid From Somali Pirates

Posted: 04/10/2009 - The 53-year-old American skipper was in the warm water of the Indian Ocean only a few seconds. Then, one of his Somali captors opened fire, the U.S. destroyer was too far away, and the hostage's swim for freedom was over.

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NKorea's Kim Jong Il Brings Close Relative To Center Stage

Posted: 04/10/2009 - North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il is officially back on center stage following a reported stroke, but has promoted a trusted in-law to the spotlight in the clearest sign yet he is making preparations for an eventual successor, analysts said Friday.

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2,000 Thai Protesters Disrupt Asia Summit

Posted: 04/10/2009 - More than 2,000 protesters have converged on the site of a summit of Asian leaders, forcing the cancellation of one meeting and the postponement of another.

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