Cain leads Republican field in NBC/WSJ poll

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Businessman Herman Cain now  leads the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination,  while former front-runner Rick Perry has dropped to third,  according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released yesterday.

Hurricane Jova hits key Mexican port, kills two

MANZANILLO/PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico, (Reuters) –  Hurricane Jova flooded the streets of Mexico’s main Pacific  port with torrential rain yesterday, inundating popular  beach resorts and killing at least two people in a mud slide.

US Senate defeats Obama’s jobs bill

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate defeated  President Barack Obama’s job-creation package yesterday in a  sign that Washington is likely too paralyzed to take major  steps to spur hiring before the 2012 elections.

Iranians charged in U.S. over Saudi bomb plot

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, (Reuters) – The United States  accused Iran yesterday of backing a plot to kill the Saudi  ambassador to Wash-ington, escalating tensions with Tehran and  stirring up a hornet’s nest in the Gulf, where Saudi Arabia and  Iran have long jostled for power.

China urges Obama administration, Congress to block yuan bill

BEIJING,  (Reuters) – China’s Foreign Ministry warned  yesterday that a U.S. bill aimed at pressing Beijing to lift  the value of the yuan could disrupt joint efforts to prop up  global economic recovery and urged the Obama administration to  oppose the legislation.

Cape Verde’s Pires wins African governance award

JOHANNESBURG,  (Reuters) – Former Cape Verde president  Pedro Verona Pires won the $5 million Mo Ibrahim award for  African leadership on Monday for shepherding his tiny Atlantic  Ocean island state from autocracy to prosperous democracy.

Egypt Christians vent fury after clashes kill 25

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Coptic Christians turned their fury against the army yesterday after at least 25 people were killed when troops broke up a protest, deepening public doubts about the military’s ability to steer the country peacefully towards democracy.

No quick food aid seen for crisis-hit N Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea and the United States are adamant that there will be no food relief for crisis-hit North Korea until it guarantees that all aid will reach the most needy and there is an improvement in ties between the two Koreas.

US order targets WikiLeaks supporter’s Google mail – WSJ

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US government obtained secret court orders to force Google Inc and a small Internet provider to hand over information from email accounts of a WikiLeaks volunteer, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

Anti-Wall Street protests spur political debate

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Growing protests targeting Wall Street and US economic inequality spawned heated rhetoric among politicians on Sunday as organizers planned more demonstrations this week.

UK raises pressure to appoint women board members

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s top companies will face more pressure to increase the number of women on their boards from next year under a new code published today that stopped short of quotas seen in other European countries.

Twenty-three killed as Egypt Christians, police clash

CAIRO  (Reuters) – Twenty three people were killed in Cairo yesterday, the health ministry said, when Christians, some carrying crosses and pictures of Jesus, clashed with military police in the latest sectarian flare-up in a country in political turmoil.

Syria warns against recognition of opposition council

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria threatened yesterday to retaliate against any country that formally recognises a recently established opposition National Council which is seeking international support for the six-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

UK’s Cameron says to tighten up immigration rules

LONDON  (Reuters) – Britain plans to tighten up rules on admitting relatives of migrants, cracking down on abuses used to gain entry to the country such as sham and forced marriages, Prime Minister David Cameron said today.

Libya govt forces attack Gaddafi security HQ in Sirte

SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan transitional government forces attacked deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi’s security headquarters in the centre of his hometown of Sirte, hoping that once the buildings had been captured the fight for the city would be won.

Rihanna finds her way to top of UK charts

LONDON  (Reuters) – Barbados-born R&B singer Rihanna went straight to the top of singles charts with “We Found Love” to claim her sixth British number one, the Official Charts Company said yesterday.

UK defence secretary apologises for ties to businessman

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Defence Secretary Liam Fox apologised yesterday for giving “the impression of wrongdoing” by having frequent private meetings with a personal friend in the defence business, but said he would not quit.

Solar dimming can trigger freezing winters -study

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A cyclical drop in the sun’s radiation can trigger unusually cold winters in parts of North America and Europe, scientists say, a finding that could improve long-range forecasts and help countries prepare for blizzards.

Jackson children dance to his music at tribute gig

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of fans rocked to the hits of Michael Jackson yesterday at a tribute concert his brothers hoped would put the spotlight on his musical legacy after so much controversy.

Tunisia Islamists storm university over veil ban

TUNIS (Reuters) – Islamists stormed a university in Tunisia yesterday after it refused to enrol a woman wearing a full-face veil, a staff member said, highlighting tensions over religion that are likely to dominate an election later this month.

Dalai Lama: China is built on lies, run by hypocrites

CAPE TOWN – China is built on lies and its officials are hypocrites, the Dalai Lama said today, speaking via videophone after visa problems prevented him from joining Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s birthday celebrations in South Africa.

Chavez slams ‘horrible repression’ of US protests

CARACAS (Reuters) – Socialist firebrand Hugo Chavez condemned on Saturday the “horrible repression” of anti-Wall Street protesters and termed a US Republican presidential candidate “crazy” for his criticism of Cuba and Venezuela.

Saleh keeps Yemenis guessing with talk of step-down

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh suggested yesterday that within days he would step down, a promise he has made three times already this year, and analysts said it was yet another stalling tactic.

Snipers in last-ditch bid to defend Gaddafi hometown

SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) – Transitional Libyan government forces swept into Sirte yesterday in one of the biggest assaults yet on Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown, but had to seek cover when they drew fire from his die-hard loyalists.

PM steps into defence minister row

LONDON/MISRATA (Reuters) – Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron stepped into a row surrounding his defence secretary’s working relationship with a former flatmate yesterday by demanding initial findings of an inquiry be delivered within 48 hours.

Nobel honours African, Arab women for peace

OSLO (Reuters) – Declaring women’s rights vital for world peace, the Nobel Committee awarded its annual Peace Prize yesterday to three indomitable female campaigners against war and oppression — a Yemeni and two Liberians, including that country’s president.

Ivy League professors speak to anti-Wall Street protesters

BOSTON (Reuters) – Ivy League professors dropped by anti-Wall Street protest camps in Boston and New York yesterday to school the demonstrators on theories that bolster their demands to end inequality in the American economy.

Jurors hear police interview with Jackson’s doctor

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The voice of Michael Jackson’s doctor filled a Los Angeles courtroom yesterday as jurors heard tape of his police interview following the death of the “Thriller” singer in 2009.

Mexico links Veracruz slayings to top drug kingpin

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican authorities yesterday blamed a surge of killings in Veracruz on a group linked to Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, who has been fighting a turf war with rivals in the port city.

Nobel Peace Prize honours African, Arab women

OSLO, (Reuters) – Declaring women’s rights vital for  world peace, the Nobel Committee awarded its annual Peace Prize  today to three indomitable campaigners against war and  oppression — a Yemeni and two Liberians, including that  country’s president.

Wall St protests spread, Fed official sympathizes

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Protests against the US financial system and economic inequality spread across America yesterday and found unlikely sympathy from a top official of one of the main targets of scorn — the Federal Reserve.

Iran’s biggest financial scam weakens Ahmadinejad

- analysts

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose campaign pledge was to combat corruption, is facing a fresh political blow over the biggest financial scandal in Iran’s history.

Azerbaijan, Armenia trade barbs over Karabakh deaths

BAKU/YEREVAN (Reuters) – Armenia and Azerbaijan traded accusations yesterday after three soldiers were killed on a ceasefire line near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region before a visit to the Caucasus by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Defence challenges Jackson crime scene investigation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An attorney for Michael Jackson’s in-house doctor challenged a crime scene investigator yesterday and suggested she conducted a shoddy examination of the bedroom where the “Thriller” singer stopped breathing in 2009.

Dog eats dog as Britain’s tabloids bare all

LONDON (Reuters) – Fleet Street’s finest jostled furiously at the start on Thursday of a government inquiry, trying to grab public attention with tales of shock and horror.

Arab Spring, Africa high in Nobel peace prize talk

OSLO (Reuters) – The award of the Nobel Peace Prize today has autumnal Oslo turning thoughts back to the Arab Spring, but Africans, from Liberia, or perhaps Sudan, offer a strong challenge in perennial speculation on who will win the global accolade.

German fashion designer makes clothes from milk

BERLIN (Reuters) – A young fashion designer from the  German city of Hanover is revolutionising high fashion by  designing clothes with a staple she can find in her fridge— milk.

Palestinians near UNESCO membership

PARIS (Reuters) – Palestinians moved a step closer to full membership of the UN cultural agency yesterday when its board decided to let 193 member countries vote on admission this month.

Obama hails return of Honduras to democratic fold

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Barack Obama hailed President Porfirio Lobo of Honduras for his “strong commitment to democracy” yesterday, endorsing the Central American nation’s rehabilitation after a coup in 2009.

Clinton flags free trade benefits to Latin America

SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised Latin American leaders yesterday that pending US free trade deals with Colombia and Panama would power growth in the region and pledged $17.5 million for new programmes to expand economic ties.

Cubans look to private sector to make ends meet

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cubans are finding that working for private employers instead of a paternalistic communist state is putting more money in their pockets, but they are still struggling to make ends meet.

Slurred Michael Jackson voice fills LA courtroom

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Disturbing sounds and images from Michael Jackson’s life and death played a key role yesterday in the manslaughter trial of his doctor, with jurors hearing a recording of the self-styled King of Pop speaking in a slurred voice and viewing a photo of his dead body.

Protests born on Wall Street spreading across US

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Anti-Wall Street protests that  took shape in New York weeks ago, prompting hundreds of  arrests, have spread across the United States with one  organizer saying their message had “captured everyone’s  imagination.” Demonstrations have sprouted from Los Angeles to Boston,  and in plenty of cities in between, led by protesters voicing  discontent and anger over such issues as high unemployment,  home foreclosures and the 2008 corporate bailouts.

US ‘outraged after veto of Syria resolution -Rice

UNITED NATIONS, (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to the  United Nations Susan Rice said Washington was outraged that the  Security Council yesterday failed to approve a resolution condemning Syria and hinting that it could face sanctions.

Speeding universe work wins Nobel

STOCKHOLM, (Reuters) – The “astounding” discovery that  the expansion of the universe is speeding up won the Nobel  physics prize on Tuesday for three astrono-mers whose  observations of exploding stars transformed our view of the  world, and of how it may end.

Tutu blasts Zuma over no visa for Dalai Lama

JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) – The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan  spiritual leader, cancelled a trip to South Africa planned for  this week that had put Pretoria in a bind between its biggest  trading partner China and one of its modern heroes, Nobel Peace  Prize laureate Desmond Tutu.