By The Associated Press

In this photo taken during a government-organized tour for the media

Syria buries security forces as Arab League sanctions loom

Syria buried 22 members of the armed forces Saturday, including six elite pilots, as the government reinforced its message that the eight-month-old revolt against President Bashar Assad is the work of terrorists and foreign agents, not patriotic Syrians seeking reform.

  • Nov 27, 2011
In this photo taken during a government-organized tour for the media
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover lifts off from Launch Complex 41at Cape Canaveral Air   Force Station in Cape Canaveral

Super-size Mars rover blasts off

A super-size rover zoomed toward Mars on an eight-and-a-half-month, 570 million-kilometre journey Saturday, the biggest, best equipped robot ever sent to explore another planet.

  • Nov 27, 2011
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover lifts off from Launch Complex 41at Cape Canaveral Air   Force Station in Cape Canaveral
A woman protester attempts to dismantle a barbed wire barricade

Egypt’s rulers won’t step down

Egypt’s military rulers rejected protester demands for them to step down immediately and said Thursday they would start the first round of parliamentary elections on time next week, despite serious unrest in Cairo and other cities.

  • Nov 25, 2011
A woman protester attempts to dismantle a barbed wire barricade

Arab League threatens sanctions against Syria

An Arab League committee on Thursday gave Syria 24 hours to agree to allow an observer mission into the country, or it could face sanctions that include stopping financial dealings and freezing assets.

  • Nov 25, 2011

Egyptian court orders release of 3 American students arrested during Cairo unrest

A court in Egypt has ordered the release of three American students arrested during a protest in Cairo, a lawyer in Philadelphia confirmed Thursday.

  • Nov 25, 2011

North Korea threatens to turn South Korea’s presidential office into ‘sea of fire’

North Korea threatened Thursday to turn Seoul’s presidential office into a “sea of fire,” one day after South Korea conducted large-scale military drills near a front-line island attacked by North Korea last year.

  • Nov 24, 2011
The International Criminal Court's prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo speaks to reporters after a press conference in Tripoli

Hague prosecutor views gruesome site of alleged massacre by Gadhafi forces

A leading international prosecutor viewed human bones and charred clothing at the alleged site of a massacre that survivors say was committed by Gadhafi loyalists as Libya’s capital fell to advancing rebels.

  • Nov 24, 2011
The International Criminal Court's prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo speaks to reporters after a press conference in Tripoli

Syrian activists say death toll rises to 34

Syrian security carried out raids in rebellious areas in the centre and the south of the country Wednesday, and at least six people died, raising the death toll in the past two days to 34, activists said, as the U.S. and Turkey took unusual steps to protect their citizens.

  • Nov 24, 2011

Russia to target U.S. missiles if no deal reached

Russia threatened on Wednesday to deploy missiles to target the U.S. missile shield in Europe if Washington fails to assuage Moscow’s concerns about its plans, a harsh warning that reflected deep cracks in U.S.-Russian ties despite President Barack Obama’s efforts to “reset” relations with the Kremlin.

  • Nov 24, 2011

Authorities charge 7 in U.S. with hate crimes against Amish

The leader of a breakaway Amish group allowed the beatings of those who disobeyed him, made some members sleep in a chicken coop and had sexual relations with married women to “cleanse them,” federal authorities said Wednesday as they charged him and six others with hate crimes in hair-cutting attacks against other Amish.

  • Nov 24, 2011
German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during her speech of the  budget debate at the German Federal Parliament

Greek leader backs country’s fiscal targets

In an abrupt U-turn, Greece’s conservative junior coalition leader has written to international creditors telling them he backed the country’s fiscal targets, clearing a major sticking point to get a desperately needed loan that will prevent a devastating Greek bankruptcy.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during her speech of the  budget debate at the German Federal Parliament
Taylor Swift accepts the award for artist of the year at the 39th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday

Taylor Swift was wins artist of the year at the American Music Awards

Taylor Swift was crowned artist of the year at the American Music Awards for a second time.

  • Nov 21, 2011
Taylor Swift accepts the award for artist of the year at the 39th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday

Twilight dominates box office

The Twilight Saga has staked out another huge opening with a $139.5 million first weekend domestically and a worldwide launch of $283.5 million.

  • Nov 21, 2011

Beyonce worried baby secret would be revealed at concert

It’s tough to keep a pregnancy a secret when you’re in the public eye, and for a while, Beyonce thought the jig was up.

  • Nov 21, 2011
A general view of the ruling Baath party headquarters

Grenades hit Syria’s ruling party headquarters

Rocket-propelled grenades struck the headquarters of Syria’s ruling party Sunday, bringing the violence that has engulfed much of the country to the heart of its capital for the first time, activists said.

  • Nov 21, 2011
A general view of the ruling Baath party headquarters

At least 175 arrested in New York Occupy demonstration

Thousands of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators took to the streets around the U.S. on Thursday to mark two months since the movement’s birth and signal they aren’t ready to quit, despite the breakup of many of their encampments by police.

  • Nov 18, 2011

Europe’s market turmoil spreads

Fear, that contagious emotion, spread from country to country in Europe on Thursday as panicky investors worried the euro currency union could be heading toward an ugly breakup.

Italian Premier Mario Monti takes his seat prior to unveiling his anti-crisis strategy ahead of a confidence vote in his day-old government at the Senate in Rome Thursday

Italy’s new government passes first confidence vote

Italy’s new technocratic government has won a crucial confidence vote in the Senate to pursue widespread reforms and austerity aimed at staving off the sovereign debt crisis and saving the euro currency.

Italian Premier Mario Monti takes his seat prior to unveiling his anti-crisis strategy ahead of a confidence vote in his day-old government at the Senate in Rome Thursday

Airline passengers bound for UK asked for cash to pay for fuel

Airlines have already begun charging for food, drinks, seat assignments and baggage. Now one is demanding that passengers cough up extra cash on board for fuel.

  • Nov 18, 2011
Daniel Byerly finds his car buried under building debris after a suspected tornado leveled a game room building in the Silver Valley community of east-central Davidson County

At least 6 dead as tornadoes pound the Southeast

A day after deadly tornadoes struck the Southeast, survivors looked for what they could salvage, huddled in loved ones’ hospital rooms and shared stories of how they made it through the furious storms.

  • Nov 18, 2011
Daniel Byerly finds his car buried under building debris after a suspected tornado leveled a game room building in the Silver Valley community of east-central Davidson County