New Latin American body raps Britain, United States

CARACAS (Reuters) – A new Latin American and Caribbean organization backed Argentina’s claim to sovereignty over the British-ruled Falkland Islands and slammed US sanctions on Cuba at yesterday’s end of a two-day summit.

Russians vote in election test for Vladimir Putin

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin’s ruling party could see its vast parliamentary majority cut back in elections that began today in the icy tundra and sparsely-populated swathes of Russia’s far east.

Embattled US Republican Cain ends 2012 bid

ATLANTA (Reuters) – US Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain effectively ended his 2012 White House race yesterday, saying “false and unproved” sexual accusations have made it impossible for him to carry on a credible campaign.

At least 23 dead in intensifying Syria violence

BEIRUT (Reuters) – At least 23 people were reported killed in Syria yesterday as violence intensified in the eighth month of an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, pushing the death toll close to 4,600, an activist group said.

British embassy storming bares rift in Iran elite

TEHRAN (Reuters) – The storming of the British Embassy in Tehran has bared a rift in Iran’s ruling elite with conservative hardliners pushing Iran towards global isolation as they manoeuvre for the upper hand over President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ahead of elections in 2012.

Lively Chavez hosts Latin American peers, snubs U.S.

CARACAS, (Reuters) – Showing off new energy after his  recent cancer treatment, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez  hosted Latin American leaders at a meeting yesterday to create  a new regional body that pointedly excludes the United States.

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PARIS/BERLIN – British Prime Minister David Cameron  threatened yesterday to obstruct a Franco-German drive for swift  change to the European Union’s treaty, a sign of the difficulty  leaders will face transforming Europe to save the euro.  

Did Conficker worm help sabotage Iran’s nuke programme?

(Reuters) – A cyber warfare expert claims he has  linked the Stuxnet computer virus that attacked Iran’s nuclear  program in 2010 to Conficker, a mysterious “worm” that surfaced  in late 2008 and infected millions of PCs.

FDA sets path for key new diabetes device

CHICAGO,  (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug  Administration issued new guidelines to medical device makers  developing a potentially revolutionary device for type 1  diabetes, saying they should speed its delivery to patients.

Wary of Walmart, Indian traders go on strike

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of  small shopkeepers went on strike across India yesterday to  protest a government decision to allow foreign retail giants  like Wal-Mart Stores Inc to enter the country’s $450  billion retail market.

Brazil cuts taxes to counter global crisis

BRASILIA, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Brazil moved aggressively to  shield its economy from the euro-zone debt crisis on Thursday,  taking a flurry of measures to boost consumption and investment  in Latin America’s biggest country.

World Bank grants $255 million for Haiti’s recovery

MIAMI, (Reuters) – The World Bank is allocating $255  million for Haiti’s post-earthquake reconstruction over the  next 12 months, including support for education, agriculture  and disaster risk management, the bank said yesterday.

Latin American summit re-run to test Chavez health

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo  Chavez hosts a regional summit this week that puts his recovery  from cancer at center stage as he begins his toughest election  campaign yet.

Gbagbo faces charges of crimes against humanity – ICC

THE HAGUE, (Reuters) – Former Ivory Coast  President Laurent Gbagbo was arrested and flown to The Hague  overnight to face charges of crimes against humanity at the  International Criminal Court, the first former head of state to  be tried by the ICC since its inception in 2002.

Peru protesters dig in heels after Newmont mine halted

LIMA, (Reuters) – Opponents of Newmont Mining’s $4.8  billion Conga project refused to end their rallies yesterday, saying Peru must permanently cancel the proposed  mine after temporarily halting work on it to avert violence.

Zambia police arrest ex-minister over buried cash

LUSAKA,  (Reuters) – Zambian police charged a  former labour minister with receiving stolen property after 2.1  billion kwacha ($414,000) was found buried at his farm, in the  first high-profile case in a graft crackdown under new President  Michael Sata.

‘Beginners,’ ‘Tree of Life’ win Gotham Film Awards

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of  Life” and the Christopher Plummer film “Beginners” shared the  top prize for best feature film on Monday at the Gotham Awards,  a key event for independent movies which also marks the start  of the film-awards season culminating in the Oscars.

Keira Knightley details her hysteria in ‘Dangerous Method’

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – In director David  Cronenberg’s new film about Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and the  birth of psychoanalysis, “A Dangerous Method”, Keira Knightley  plays Jung’s formerly hysterical patient and lover Sabina  Spielrein.

“Twilight” film surpasses $500 million worldwide

(Reuters) – “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part  1” broke the $500 million mark at worldwide box offices on  Monday after its release only 12 days ago, film distributor  Summit Entertainment said yesterday.

Iranian protesters storm British diplomatic compounds

TEHRAN, (Reuters) – Iranian protesters stormed  two British diplomatic compounds in Tehran yesterday, smashing  windows, torching a car and burning the British flag in protest  against new sanctions imposed by London.

American Airlines files for bankruptcy

(Reuters) – American Airlines, the third-largest  U.S. carrier, and its parent AMR Corp filed for bankruptcy  protection yesterday to cut labor costs in the face of high  fuel prices and dampened travel demand.

Cain campaign crumbling after affair allegation

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Republican presidential  contender Herman Cain told aides yesterday he would reassess  the viability of his struggling campaign after an Atlanta woman  accused him of conducting a 13-year extramarital affair.

I.Coast’s Gbagbo on way to ICC to face warrant-lawyer

ABIDJAN, (Reuters) – Former Ivory Coast leader  Laurent Gbagbo was on a flight to the Hague-based International  Criminal Court yesterday to face an arrest warrant issued by  the global body, his lawyer said.

Jackson doctor gets 4 years in jail, no probation

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Michael Jackson’s personal  physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, yesterday was sentenced to four  years in jail and denied probation for his conviction on a  charge of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star’s death.

Angry Pakistan to boycott Afghanistan talks

KABUL/LAHORE, Pakistan, (Reuters) – Pakistan pulled  out of an international conference on Afghanistan yesterday, its latest angry riposte after an attack by NATO killed 24 of its soldiers and plunged the region deeper into crisis.

Murdoch suffers BSkyB revolt, but hangs on

LONDON, (Reuters) – BSkyB independent  shareholders dealt James Murdoch a heavy blow yesterday with  over 40 percent failing to back his re-election as chairman,  venting their anger at his handling of a phone hacking scandal.

After 10 years, China’s WTO ride could get bumpier

BEIJING,  (Reuters) – Rising trade protectionism  and frustration over its domestic subsidies spell trouble for  China and could lead to more friction within the World Trade  Organization than Beijing has grown accustomed to over the past  decade.

Pakistan PM: No more ‘business as usual’ with US

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s prime minister ruled out “business as usual” with the United States yesterday after a NATO attack killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and the army threatened to curtail cooperation over the war in Afghanistan.

Egypt’s post-Mubarak poll confounds fears of mayhem

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians swarmed to the ballot box peacefully in their first election since a popular revolt toppled Hosni Mubarak, confounding fears of violence after a week of riots in which 42 people were killed.

US seizes websites accused of selling fake goods

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some 150 websites allegedly selling counterfeit goods including shoes, purses, sunglasses and sports jerseys have been seized, US authorities said yesterday, coinciding with the Cyber Monday holiday shopping day.

Rockets fired from Lebanon hit Israel – army

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Several rockets fired from Lebanon hit northern Israel today, and the Jewish state returned fire across the border in response, military officials said.

Syria faces growing world pressure to halt bloodshed

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Jordan’s King Abdullah told Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad yesterday he should step down and the European Union added pressure with more sanctions after the Arab League’s surprise suspension of Damascus for its violent crackdown on protests.

US, Pakistani co-dependence may prevent rupture

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pakistan and the United States depend on one another too much to allow the deaths of two dozen Pakistani soldiers in a clash with NATO forces on Saturday to cause a definitive rupture.

Arab states cut commercial ties with Syria

CAIRO, (Reuters) – The Arab League approved  economic sanctions on Syria yesterday to try to force Damascus  to halt an eight-month crackdown on protests against President  Bashar al-Assad that Qatar said may prompt international  intervention.

Rage grips Pakistan over NATO attack

ISLAMABAD/KABUL, (Reuters) – Fury spread in Pakistan  yesterday over a NATO cross-border air attack that killed 24  Pakistani soldiers and could undermine the U.S.

Media bias helped Gambia’s Jammeh win election – AU

BANJUL, (Reuters) – Gambian President Yahya  Jammeh benefited from a strong media bias and greater financial  resources than his rivals to secure a new five-year term in  elections, the African Union said on Saturday.

Congo to vote despite delay fears, violence

KINSHASA, (Reuters) – Congo plans to push ahead  with the country’s second-post war election today, defying  fears that a delay would be needed due to logistical problems  and critics who called for the process to be reviewed because of  irregularities.

Rihanna tops UK album and single charts

LONDON, (Reuters) – Barbados-born R&B singer  Rihanna scored a record-breaking double yesterday as her “Talk  That Talk” debuted at the top of the album charts and she held  onto first place in the singles ranking.

Robin Gibb says “on road to recovery”

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Singer Robin Gibb of the  Bee Gees on Wednesday said he is on the road to recovery after  being “very unwell” in recent days, and he thanked fans for  their support in a message posted on his website.

George Michael pneumonia “severe”, postpones tour

LONDON,  (Reuters) – British singer George  Michael has been forced to postpone the rest of his European  tour due to ongoing treatment for “severe” pneumonia, his  spokeswoman said on Friday.

Pakistan stops NATO supplies after raid kills up to 28

YAKKAGHUND, Pakistan (Reuters) – NATO helicopters and fighter jets attacked two military outposts in northwest Pakistan yesterday, killing as many as 28 troops and plunging US-Pakistan relations deeper into crisis.