AMMAN (Reuters) – At least 20 people died in clashes and strikes paralysed parts of Syria yesterday as President Bashar al-Assad held an inconclusive meeting with Arab ministers seeking to end months of violence.
TUNIS (Reuters) – When hundreds of Tunisians drove through the capital sounding their horns and waving scarves this week to celebrate the election victory of an Islamist party, there was little jubilation in the Ennasr neighbourhood.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The wife of financial swindler Bernard Madoff said in an interview to be aired on Sunday that the couple attempted suicide by taking pills on Christmas Eve 2008 after his estimated $65 billion Ponzi scheme was exposed.
TUNIS, (Reuters) – Tunisia’s moderate Islamist party yesterday claimed a thumping victory in the country’s first election, sending a message to the region that once-banned Islamists are challenging for power after the “Arab Spring”.
UNITED NATIONS, (Reuters) – The U.N. General Assembly called yesterday for the 20th straight year on the United States to lift its trade embargo against Cuba, as the communist-run island dismissed as fraudulent U.S.
ERCIS, Turkey, (Reuters) – Rescuers pulled a two-week-old baby girl alive from a collapsed apartment block yesterday as they battled to find survivors of an earthquake in eastern Turkey that killed more than 400 people and made tens of thousands homeless.
LOS ROQUES, Venezuela, (Reuters) – Luxury yachts weigh anchor in pristine turquoise bays and small boats carry wealthy families with deck chairs and picnic baskets through the waves to the white sands of Francisqui Island.
MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) – Hurricane Rina intensified in the Caribbean today, moving farther from recently rain-hit coffee and sugar-growing countries in Central America as it bears down on the popular Mexican resort Cancun.
TRIPOLI, (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi and his son Mo’tassim were buried in a secret desert location on Tuesday, five days after the deposed Libyan leader was captured, killed and put on grisly public display.
PARIS, (Reuters) – Deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi wrote to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in August begging him to halt a NATO-led intervention that was helping a rebel uprising drive him from power, French weekly Paris Match reported.
NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Eight New York City policemen were charged yesterday with helping run a gun-smuggling ring in a city where Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leading a national campaign against illegal guns.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s parliament rejected a call for a referendum on leaving the European Union yesterday, but a large-scale revolt against Prime Minister David Cameron hurt his authority and cast doubt on the country’s long-term commitment to Europe.
MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi will be buried today in a secret desert grave, a National Transitional Council official said, ending a wrangle over his rotting corpse that led many to fear for Libya’s governability.
TUNIS (Reuters) – Moderate Islamists claimed victory yesterday in Tunisia’s first democratic election, sending a message to other states in the region that long-sidelined Islamists are challenging for power after the “Arab Spring.” Official results have not been announced, but the Ennahda party said its workers had tallied the results posted at polling stations after Sunday’s vote, the first since the uprisings which began in Tunisia and spread through the region.
ERCIS, Turkey (Reuters) – Rescuers searched the rubble of collapsed buildings yesterday for survivors and victims of a major earthquake that killed at least 279 people and injured more than 1,300 in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey.
(Jamaica Observer) Prime Minister Andrew Holness has called for a national stance against crime, corruption and injustice.
AN, Turkey, (Reuters) – More than 100 people were confirmed killed and hundreds more feared dead yesterday when a powerful earthquake hit southeast Turkey, flattening buildings and leaving survivors crying for help from under the rubble.
TUNIS, (Reuters) – Tunisian election officials counted the votes today after the country’s first free election, 10 months on from the moment Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in a protest that started the Arab Spring uprisings.
MISRATA, Libya, (Reuters) – Even as a corpse, Muammar Gaddafi is casting a shadow over Libya.
MIAMI, (Reuters) – A weather disturbance in the western Caribbean Sea could develop into a tropical depression off the Central American coast in the next couple of days, the U.S.
DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Sultan has died, the royal court said yesterday, and Interior Minister and reputed conservative Prince Nayef was expected to become the new heir to the throne in the world’s biggest oil exporter.
MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan forces guarding Muammar Gaddafi’s body in a cold storage room let in members of the public to view the deposed leader for a second day yesterday, but the wounds that may hold the clue to how he died were covered up.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq will continue talks with Washington on how US trainers can work with Iraqi forces after a complete withdrawal of American troops at the end of the year, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said yesterday.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – The US embassy in Kenya warned of a threat to American citizens in the country after Nairobi launched a cross-border operation against Islamist militants in Somalia.
MISRATA, Libya, (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s body lay in an old meat store today as arguments over a burial, and his killing after being captured, dogged efforts by Libya’s new leaders to make a formal start on a new era of democracy.
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed yesterday to pull all U.S. troops from Iraq this year, symbolically ending the war but dashing U.S.
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday estimated there are some 1.4 million gang members in the United States and they are turning to white collar crimes as more lucrative enterprises.
PARIS, (Reuters) – The threshold for publishing gruesome images like those of Muammar Gaddafi’s death is falling as the internet and social media make many of the editorial decisions that used to be left to a small group of professional journalists.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Using contentious barbs and comedic relief, Rupert Murdoch deflected attempts by angry investors to remove him as chairman of his News Corp empire at the company’s annual meeting today.
SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) – Disturbing images of a blood-stained and shaken Muammar Gaddafi being dragged around by angry fighters quickly circulated around the world, after the Libyan dictator’s dramatic death near his home town of Sirte.
TUNIS (Reuters) – Voters in the Tunisian capital looked bemused this week when Suad Abdel-Rahim of the Islamist Ennahda party went on a walkabout to drum up support ahead of elections on Sunday.
PARIS/FRANKFURT, (Reuters) – Plans to tackle the euro zone debt crisis have stalled with Paris and Berlin at odds over how to increase the firepower of the region’s bailout fund, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said yesterday.
LONDON, (Reuters) – The British government cancelled plans to fund a carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration project at Longannet in Scotland, signalling the technology remains too costly and undermining Britain’s ambition to become a clean technology leader.
UNITED NATIONS, (Reuters) – The U.N. torture investigator called on nations yesterday to end lengthy solitary confinement in prisons, saying it could cause serious mental and physical damage and amount to torture.
DIYARBAKIR, (Reuters) – Turkey launched air and ground assaults on Kurdish militants in Iraq yesterday, vowing to take “great revenge” after 24 Turkish soldiers were killed in one of the deadliest Kurdish attacks in decades.
ZANESVILLE, Ohio, (Reuters) – Dozens of exotic animals including tigers, lions and bears were let loose on Ohio farmland by their owner before he committed suicide, sparking a shoot-to-kill hunt in which 49 of the wild beasts, including 18 endangered Bengal tigers, were killed.
SEATTLE/LONDON, (Reuters) –An experimental vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline halved the risk of African children getting malaria in a major clinical trial, making it likely to become the world’s first shot against the deadly disease.
GAZA/JERUSALEM, (Reuters) – Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and hundreds of Palestinians crossed Israel’s borders in opposite directions yesterday as a thousand-for-one prisoner exchange brought joy to families but did little to ease decades of conflict.
CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuelan politician Leopoldo Lopez said yesterday he will maintain his campaign to win the opposition leadership and challenge leftist President Hugo Chavez despite a court upholding his ban from office.
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The United States deported nearly 400,000 illegal immigrants in fiscal 2011 — the highest number since the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was formed eight years ago.
BANI WALID, Libya (Reuters) – Fighters with Libya’s interim government fired their guns into the air and hoisted the country’s new flag over the centre of Bani Walid yesterday to celebrate their capture of one of the final bastions of Muammar Gaddafi’s loyalists.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin laid out the case for his return to the Kremlin yesterday and suggested President Dmitry Medvedev’s role in any future government was not yet a done deal.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s Supreme Court blocked high-profile opposition challenger Leopoldo Lopez yesterday from running against President Hugo Chavez in a 2012 vote despite an international ruling in his favour.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Texas law enforcement officials say several Mexican drug cartels are luring American children as young as 11 to work in their smuggling operations.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bernard Madoff’s daughter-in-law, whose husband committed suicide in the wake of his father’s exposure in a massive Wall Street fraud, holds Madoff responsible for her spouse’s death and said that if she saw him today, she would spit in his face.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Apple Inc said yesterday it sold 4 million iPhone 4S in the three days since it went on sale October 14.
CAIRO/AMMAN (Reuters) – Arab foreign ministers stopped short of suspending Syria from their regional organisation yesterday over its military crackdown on dissent, instead urging the government and opposition to negotiate an end to the violence.
HONG KONG, (Reuters) – Plants and animals are shrinking because of warmer temperatures and lack of water, researchers said yesterday, warning it could have profound implications for food production in years ahead.
CANBERRA, (Reuters) – Australia’s government came under pressure yesterday from rights groups and lawmakers to investigate Sri Lanka’s top envoy to the country for war crimes, risking a diplomatic row ahead of a summit of leaders from 54 Commonwealth nations in Perth.
(Reuters) – The first indictment of a U.S. bishop for failing to report child pornography would have been groundbreaking in itself but legal experts say a second charge — against the diocese — is almost as rare.