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Africa forces’ role in Mali faces diverse snags

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A French soldier talks with young residents of San in central Mali, as French troops pass through en route to Sevare, Mali, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. French forces encircled a key Malian town on Friday to stop radical Islamists from striking closer to the capital, a French official said. The move to surround Diabaly came as French and Malian authorities said they had retaken Konna, the central city whose capture prompted the French military intervention last week. AP Photo/Harouna Traore

DAKAR, Senegal — West African nations that promised to send troops to fight al-Qaida in Mali are finding it’s a lot trickier than they’d hoped to actually get boots on the ground.   Political debates, fears that fleeing militants might scatter abroad, and logistics — even feeding the troops— have stalled plans to deploy against [...]

Posted: January 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Group claims Da Vinci painted early Mona Lisa work

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A painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci and representing Mona Lisa is seen during a preview presentation in a vault in Onex near Geneva, Wednesday, September 26, 2012. The Mona Lisa Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in Zurich, will present September 27, a painting and historical, comparative and scientific evidence, which demonstrate that there have always been two portraits of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, the "Earlier Version", made 10 years earlier than the "Joconde" that is displayed in Le Louvre in Paris. AP/KEYSTONE/Laurent Gillieron

A Zurich-based foundation says it will prove to the world Thursday that Leonardo Da Vinci painted an earlier version of the Mona Lisa — a claim doubted by at least one expert on the multifaceted Renaissance artist.

Posted: September 27th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

World leaders struggle to respond to euro crisis

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French President Nicholas Sarkozy greets President Barack Obama upon arriving at the G20 summit in Cannes, France, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. AP Photo/Susan Walsh

World leaders’ efforts to help Europe with its debt troubles have been paralyzed by uncertainty over Greece’s political convulsions and doubts over whether Italy will enact economic reforms designed to save it from financial disaster.

Posted: November 4th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Rebels want Gadhafi ousted, not dead

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PARIS—Libya’s rebels want to drive Moammar Gadhafi from power and see him tried — not have him killed, a European representative for the leading opposition group said in an interview Monday. Ali Zeidan, an envoy for the Libyan National Transitional Council, also told The Associated Press that airstrikes led by France, Britain and the United [...]

Posted: March 22nd, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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