BERLIN, (Reuters) - After nine months of non-stop German diplomacy to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, Chancellor Angela Merkel decided in mid-November that a change of tack was needed .
BEIJING, (Reuters) - A Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin is the main suspect in a series of goat deaths in China’s northeast, state media reported Chinese local authorities as saying yesterday .
NEW DELHI, (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s estranged wife has questioned the government’s decision to provide her with gun-toting bodyguards around the clock, even when she travels in rickety three-wheeler taxis .
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From the moment he was appointed last year, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had a troubled relationship with President Barack Obama’s tight-knit White House national security team .
SANTA ANA, El Salvador (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rosa put an end to a 20-year abusive relationship in the less than two hours it took her to file for divorce, an alimony claim and a restraining order against her husband .
OSLO (Reuters) - Children in Peru on the front line of a severe cyclical warming of the Pacific Ocean in 1997-98 suffered stunted growth, showing how extreme weather can cause lasting damage to health, a study said today .
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A federal judge sentenced a Mexican drug trafficker to 22 years in prison for shipping 276 kilos of cocaine to Chicago hidden in railway cars in a case that highlighted the city’s role as a hub for distributing tons of cocaine throughout the United States from 1998 to 2008 .
DAKAR, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some of Africa's top musicians launched today an alternative Ebola appeal song to Band Aid's new recording of "Do they know it's Christmas' with proceeds also going to fight the virus that has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa this year .
VIENNA, (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers looked set to miss today’s deadline for resolving a 12-year stand-off over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and are already looking at a possible extension of the negotiations .
GARDEZ, Afghanistan, (Reuters) - A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a crowd of spectators at a volleyball match in Afghanistan yesterday, killing 45 people, a provincial official said, as foreign troops withdraw from the country after more than a decade of fighting .
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Marion Barry, the scandal-plagued former mayor of Washington, D .
LONDON, (Reuters) - Band Aid 30’s reworked version of “Do They Know it’s Christmas”, a song intended to raise money to fight the spread of Ebola in Africa, went straight to the top of Britain’s single charts on Sunday, the Official Charts Company said .
LONDON, (Reuters) - On the websites of Britain’s bookmakers gamblers can bet around the clock on anything from soccer in Azerbaijan to financial market fluctuations, while others in betting shops feed high-stake machines that can devour 300 pounds ($470) a minute .
LISBON, (Reuters) - Police transferred Portugal’s former Socialist prime minister Jose Socrates back to his cell at a police station late yesterday where he will spend a third night in a row after his shocking arrest and questioning in a corruption investigation .
NAIROBI (Reuters) - The Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab said it had staged an attack in Kenya yesterday in which gunmen ordered non-Muslims off a bus and shot 28 dead, while sparing Muslim passengers .
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish soldiers are training Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq and will give similar assistance to a new national army unit in Baghdad as part of the struggle against Islamic State, a senior Turkish official said yesterday .
LISBON (Reuters) - Portuguese police have arrested former Socialist prime minister Jose Socrates and three other people in an investigation of suspected tax fraud, corruption and money-laundering, the Prosecutor General’s office said yesterday .
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby spoke out against a wave of sexual assault allegations but told a Florida publication he does not have to “answer to innuendos .
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West yesterday of trying to use sanctions imposed on Moscow in the Ukraine crisis to seek “regime change” in Russia .
MANAMA (Reuters) - Bahrainis voted yesterday in the first parliamentary elections since 2011 when mostly Shi’ite protesters took to the streets demanding more democracy .
NAIROBI, (Reuters) - The Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab said it had staged an attack in Kenya today in which gunmen ordered non-Muslims off a bus and shot 28 dead, while sparing Muslim passengers .
(Reuters) - The European Parliament is preparing a non-binding resolution that proposes splitting Google Inc’s search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one possible option to rein in the Internet company’s dominance in the search market .
ISLAMABAD, (Reuters) - The Chinese government and banks will finance Chinese companies to build $45 .
JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) - A tiny shrimp equipped with large, candy-striped eyes to ward off predators has been discovered in South African waters, the University of Cape Town said on Friday .
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NEW DELHI, (Reuters) - Indians were flying aeroplanes, carrying out stem cell research and may even have been using cosmic weapons 5,000 years ago, according to the chairman of India’s leading historical organisation .
MEXICO CITY/TEGUCIGALPA, (Reuters) - Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American leaders hailed U .
MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) - Embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto called on Mexico’s states yesterday to swiftly adopt steps to modernize the justice system as he tries to defuse mass protests over the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers .
LUSAKA, (Reuters) - Zambia's ruling Patriotic Front said today it had suspended President Guy Scott as acting head of the party for "unconstitutional conduct", in the latest twist of a bitter power struggle ahead of a January election .
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation yesterday, easing the threat of deportation for about 4 .
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CURITIBA, Brazil, (Reuters) - In a country where big court cases often drag on for a decade or more and abruptly fall apart on technicalities, the man leading a bribery probe at Brazil’s state-run oil firm Petrobras is described by allies and even rivals as perfectly suited to the task .
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Countries should not be afraid to stand up to China over democratic rights in Hong Kong, the last British governor of the territory, Chris Patten, told a U .
(Reuters) - The United States on Monday charged five Chinese military officers and accused them of hacking into American nuclear, metal and solar companies to steal trade secrets, ratcheting up tensions between the two world powers over cyber espionage .
MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) - Masked demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails and shot fireworks at police near Mexico City’s airport yesterday as thousands protested President Enrique Pena Nieto’s handling of the apparent massacre of 43 trainee school teachers .