By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN and MATTHEW PENNINGTONAssociated Press
BEIJING (AP) - President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping face weighty issues when they meet at a private estate in California next week, but their most important task may simply be establishing a strong rapport.
By GEORGE JAHNAssociated Press
VIENNA (AP) - Once the symbol of oil dominance, OPEC faces new challenges as its members gather for a ministerial meeting this week on how much crude to pump.
For the 12 oil ministers from countries ranging from Venezuela to Nigeria and Iran, the formal focus of
By MARGIE MASONAssociated Press
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - New international sanctions aimed at thwarting North Korea's nuclear weapons program are having unintended consequences: halting money transfers by foreign humanitarian groups working to help those most in need and forcing some
By KARIN LAUB and ZEINA KARAMAssociated Press
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian grassroots activists threatened Wednesday to cut ties with the main exile-based opposition group after it got bogged down in a week of internal power struggles instead of devising a strategy for possible peace talks with President
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's state TV reports the parliament has approved a budget that reflects the effects of tough Western sanctions over the country's suspect nuclear program.
The $290 billion budget for the current fiscal year is 36 percent less than last year's.
The West suspects
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil giant says production reached record level last year as global demand surged and international sanctions sharply trimmed output from rival Iran.
Gulf Arab states have stepped up crude production to compensate for Iranian exports, which
By NASSER KARIMIAssociated Press
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A former commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard hoping to become the country's next president said Tuesday that nuclear talks with world powers are "fruitless" because of the tightening Western sanctions against Tehran.
By MICHAEL R. BLOODAssociated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer wants the Justice Department to investigate if California utility executives deceived federal regulators about an equipment swap at the San Onofre nuclear power plant that eventually led to a radiation leak, The
By YOUKYUNG LEEAP Business Writer
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea has idled two nuclear power plants after finding that test results for crucial control cables were falsified in a new blow to an industry mired in a graft scandal and safety lapses.
South Korea's trade and energy ministry
By LARA JAKESAP National Security Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - In the months leading up to the killing of Osama bin Laden, veteran intelligence analyst Robert Cardillo was given the nickname "Debbie Downer." With each new tidbit of information that tracked bin Laden to a high-walled compound in