MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin signed a decree imposing a raft of punitive economic sanctions against Turkey yesterday, underlining the depth of the Kremlin’s anger towards Ankara four days after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Police in China, where gun possession by ordinary people is illegal, have busted an online gun selling operation, seizing 1,180 guns and more than 6 million bullets, the state news agency Xinhua reported yesterday.
NAMUGONGO, Uganda (Reuters) – Pope Francis travelled to Uganda’s holiest shrine yesterday, paying tribute to 19th century Christian martyrs killed for their faith, including for protecting young boys in the royal court from abuse by the king.
PARIS (Reuters) – Almost all governments have outlined plans for fighting global warming beyond 2020 in a positive sign for resolving a string of obstacles at a UN climate summit starting tomorrow, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said yesterday.
LUXOR, Egypt (Reuters) – A British Egyptologist said yesterday he would conduct further investigations into whether the tomb of Ancient Egypt’s boy-king Tutankhamun contains passages to a hidden chamber, including what he believes is the last resting place of Queen Nefertiti.
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Expressing what has become regularly repeated frustration on the issue, President Barack Obama said today the United States needs to “do something” to make it harder for criminals to get guns after a shooting in Colorado killed three people and injured nine.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., (Reuters) – Police arrested a gunman who stormed a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Colorado Springs yesterday and opened fire with a rifle in an attack that left three people dead and nine others injured, authorities said.
BRASILIA, (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff yesterday called off a trip to Japan and Vietnam to save money after ordering a budget freeze of 10 billion reais ($2.60 billion) that threatens to grind the government to a halt.
BRASILIA, (Reuters) – Brazil’s federal and state governments plan to sue the owners of the Samarco iron ore miner for 20 billion reais ($5.24 billion)in damages caused by the burst of a tailings dam, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira told reporters yesterday.
GENEVA, (Reuters) – A World Trade Organization dispute panel ruled against Colombia’s tariff on textiles, clothes and shoes yesterday, dismissing its argument that the measures were needed to fight -money laundering.
ISTANBUL/MOSCOW, (Reuters) – Russia threatened economic retaliation against Turkey yesterday and said it was still awaiting a reasonable explanation for the shooting down of its warplane, but Turkey dismissed the threats as “emotional” and “unfitting.”
In an escalating war of words, President Tayyip Erdogan responded to Russian accusations that Turkey has been buying oil and gas from Islamic State in Syria by accusing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his backers, which include Moscow, of being the real source of the group’s financial and military power.
LA PAZ, (Reuters) – Bolivia’s President Evo Morales leaves no doubt about who he blames for global warming.
“Capitalism is like a cancer for Mother Earth,” he declared in October to an audience of indigenous groups and farmers, environmental groups and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a conference on climate change in the Bolivian town of Tiquipaya.