By GEIR MOULSONAssociated Press
BERLIN (AP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced sharp attacks Friday over proposals that would increase government spending - pledges critics dismissed as blatant pre-election gifts that contradict her insistence on sound financial management.
By BASSEM MROUEAssociated Press
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian troops on Friday attacked a convoy trying to evacuate wounded people from a central town near the border with Lebanon, killing at least seven, as rebel reinforcements infiltrated the besieged area to fight government forces backed by Lebanese
By MARTIN CRUTSINGERAP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Trustees for Social Security and Medicare will release their annual report Friday on the state of finances for the government's two biggest benefit programs.
The report will give the latest assessment of when the trust funds that support
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday urged Congress to prevent an increase in student loan rates, saying rising college costs hold back the entire middle class and unfairly saddle young people with more debt just as they are starting out in their adult lives.
Interest rates on new
By JULIE PACEAP White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's trip to Africa next month may result in a stark juxtaposition between the growing power of the gay rights movement in the U.S. and the criminalization of homosexuality throughout the African continent.
By JENNIFER PELTZAssociated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been a public face of gun control for years, but he's in a new, unsought spotlight after ricin-laced letters were sent to him and a group he helps lead.
The billionaire hasn't shied from using his political post
By PETE YOSTAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder, executives from several news organizations said government officials expressed a commitment to changing guidelines on issuing subpoenas in criminal investigations involving reporters.
The news executives
By BRADLEY KLAPPERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. issued sanctions Thursday against Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's deputy chief of staff and more than 50 other Iranian government officials for alleged human rights abuses, while making it easier for Americans to export advanced
By KIMBERLY DOZIERAP Intelligence Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The drone attack that killed a Pakistan Taliban deputy leader this week was a clear signal that despite President Barack Obama's promise last week of new transparency in the drone program, the CIA will still launch secret attacks on
By JIM KUHNHENNAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Insurance companies are showing interest in providing coverage under the new health care law, a development likely to increase market competition and give uninsured people more choices than they now have, the White House said Thursday. Many of the