Peru protesters shut airport after deadly clash

LIMA (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters opposed to mining and energy projects in southern Peru took over a commercial airport yesterday, officials said, as the government struggled to restore calm a day after five died in a clash with police.

National impact from New York marriage law: experts

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When New York became the sixth and by far the largest state to legalize same-sex marriage, following a grueling overtime session in the state Legislature on Friday, it immediately transformed the national debate over the issue, legal experts said.

Global diabetes epidemic balloons to 350 million

LONDON/SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – The number of adults with diabetes worldwide has more than doubled since 1980 to 347 million, a far larger number than previously thought and one that suggests costs of treating the disease will also balloon.

Israelis sentenced for theft of Auschwitz mementoes

WARSAW (Reuters) – An Israeli couple ha ve been given suspended jail sentences for the theft of historic artefacts from the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz, Poland’s PAP news agency quoted a prosecutor as saying yesterday.

Syrian forces kill 5 civilians in clampdown

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian security forces shot dead five civilians during funerals which turned into protests against President Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Ex-Bolivian anti-drug chief pleads guilty in Miami

MIAMI, (Reuters) – A former top Bolivian anti-drug  official pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of conspiring to  smuggle cocaine into the United States in a case that has  proved a major embarrassment for Bolivia’s President Evo  Morales.

EU green plan backfires, carbon price slumps

LONDON, (Reuters) – A European plan to raise funds  for clean energy has backfired spectacularly, helping trigger a  rout on its carbon trading scheme and so cutting available green  funds and benefiting polluting coal plants.

Phone gives clues to bin Laden’s Pakistan links-NYT

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – A cell phone found in the  raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan contained contacts  to a militant group with ties to Pakistan’s intelligence  agency, The New York Times reported on Thursday, citing senior  U.S.

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ATHENS/FRANKFURT – Banks and policymakers moved closer to a  deal yesterday to help Athens secure funds ahead of a  parliamentary vote on austerity next week that Greek Prime  Minister George Papandreou must win to avert default.

Woman minister guilty of genocide in Rwanda

DAR ES SALAAM,  (Reuters) – The U.N. war crimes  tribunal for Rwanda sentenced former minister Pauline  Nyiramasuhuko to life in prison on Friday, the first time a  woman has been found guilty of genocide by an international  court.

Venezuela’s Chavez reappears on Twitter from Cuba

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo  Chavez, not seen in public for two weeks, ended his unusual  silence with several Twitter messages yesterday, but said  nothing about his health after an operation in Cuba.

‘Columbo’ actor Peter Falk dead at 83

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Peter Falk, star of the  1970s hit TV drama “Columbo,” whose role as the rumpled  detective of the same name earned him four Emmys, has died  after years of battling Alzheimer’s disease.

Mexican ex-presidents lead debate on legalizing drugs

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) – Once praised lavishly by  the United States for waging a war on drugs, Mexico’s last two  presidents now say legalizing them may be the best way to end  the rising violence the U.S.-backed campaign has unleashed.

Egyptian pleads guilty to abusing Guyanese hotel maid in NY

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – A former Egyptian banker  pleaded guilty in a New York court yesterday to a criminal  charge that he sexually abused a hotel maid and now faces a  multimillion dollar civil suit in connection with the case.

Mexican president apologizes to drug war victims

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) – President Felipe Calderon  apologized to victims of Mexico’s war on drugs in an emotional  meeting with bereaved families yesterday that sought to try  and quell rising anger over violence sweeping the nation.

Senegal’s Wade withdraws poll bill as protests rage

DAKAR, (Reuters) – Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade  backed down on a proposed change to the election rules yesterday, completely withdrawing a bill that sparked violent  clashes between riot police and protesters in the capital.

Oslo backs Jakarta’s forest plan, despite hurdles

OSLO,  (Reuters) – Norway backed Indonesia’s drive to  slow deforestation yesterday under a $1 billion deal with Oslo  even though Jakarta said it faced a “maze” of reforms and lacks  maps to pin down exact conservation areas.

US concerned at Syria border moves, fears escalation

AMMAN, (Reuters)  – The United States is concerned by reports  that Syria is massing troops near the border with Turkey, which  could escalate the crisis in the region, and is discussing the  issue with Turkish officials, U.S.

Ex-Bolivian anti-drug chief pleads guilty in Miami

MIAMI, (Reuters) – A former top Bolivian anti-drug  official pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of conspiring to  smuggle cocaine into the United States in a case that has  proved a major embarrassment for Bolivia’s President Evo  Morales.

Bahrain opposition figures given life sentences

MANAMA, (Reuters) – Bahrain sentenced eight  prominent Shi’ite Muslim activists and opposition leaders to  life in prison yesterday on charges of plotting a coup during  protests in the Gulf island kingdom earlier this year.

Country star Glen Campbell says he has Alzheimer’s

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters Life!) – “Rhinestone Cowboy”  singer Glen Campbell says he is in the early stages of  Alzheimer’s disease, and has recorded one last album as a  farewell to his fans.

China artist Ai stays quiet after freed on bail

BEIJING,  (Reuters) – The dissident Chinese artist Ai  Weiwei, whose detention in April ignited an international  uproar, was released on bail yesterday under conditions  likely to keep the outspoken critic of Communist Party controls  silent for now.

Greek govt survives vote as protesters chant insults

ATHENS, (Reuters) – Greece’s embattled government  survived a confidence vote on Wednesday that was crucial to  avoiding a sovereign default, as thousands of protesters chanted  insults outside parliament.

UK teenager arrested in global hacking probe

LONDON,  (Reuters) – British police arrested a  19-year-old man in England on suspicions that he was linked to  cyber attacks on the CIA, Britain’s anti-organized crime agency  and Sony Corp.

NY maid claims Indian consul exploited her-filing

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – India’s consul general in New  York and his family treated a former maid like a slave, paying  her $300 a month, confiscating her passport and sexually  harassing her, a lawsuit against the family said.      

Mexico captures ‘La Familia’ drug boss

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) – Mexican police captured  the suspected leader of a cult-like drug cartel yesterday in  the latest blow to a gang that was until recently one of the  most notorious in the country.

UN urges countries to extend permits for Haitians

GENEVA, (Reuters) – The United Nations urged all  governments yesterday to refrain from sending back Haitians to  their country, which is still reeling from an earthquake 18  months ago.

Tunisia’s Ben Ali sentenced in absentia to 35 years

TUNIS (Reuters) – A Tunisian court sentenced former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in absentia yesterday to 35 years in jail, six months after his overthrow in a revolution helped to inspire the “Arab Spring”.

Egypt’s ex-president Mubarak has cancer -lawyer

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak is suffering from cancer, his defence lawyer said yesterday, citing a medical report to assess whether the former leader is fit enough to face trial.

Millions still die due to lack of midwives – UN

LONDON (Reuters) – More investment in midwifery could save many of the millions of babies and hundreds of thousands of women who still die every year because of a lack of skilled healthcare during childbirth, the United Nations said yesterday.

At least 44 killed in Russian plane crash

MOSCOW (Reuters) – At least 44 people were killed when a passenger plane broke up and caught fire on coming into land in heavy fog in north-western Russia, an Emergency Ministry spokeswoman said today.

Ban seen as US ally, shoo-in for new term

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – UN chief Ban Ki-moon may have almost blown his chances for re-election by antagonizing Moscow over the Balkans in 2008 but he has since focused on pleasing the United States, Russia and other big UN powers, making his re-election today a certainty.

Hopes fading for climate agreement

BONN, Germany, (Reuters) – “Ask for a camel when you  expect to get a goat,” runs a Somali saying that sums up the  fading of ambitions for United Nations talks on slowing climate  change — aim high, but settle for far less.

Yelena Bonner, Soviet critic, Sakharov widow, dies

MOSCOW, (Reuters) – Yelena Bonner, a relentless  critic of human rights abuses by Soviet-era authorities and the  widow of Nobel Peace laureate Andrei Sakharov, has died at the  age of 88, her children said.

Iraq hunting $17 billion missing after US invasion

BAGHDAD,  (Reuters) – Iraq’s parliament is chasing  about $17 billion of Iraqi oil money it says was stolen after  the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and has asked the United Nations for  help to track it down.

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TRIPOLI – NATO admitted yesterday that its weapons destroyed  a house in Tripoli in which Libyan officials said nine civilians  were killed, an incident likely to sow new doubts inside the  alliance about its mission in Libya.

Marilyn Monroe ‘subway’ dress sells for $4.6 mln

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.,  (Reuters) – The pleated  ivory dress that blew around Marilyn Monroe in an iconic scene  from “The Seven Year Itch” sold for $4.6 million at a weekend  auction of Hollywood costumes — far exceeding its estimate.

Afghan leader says US in contact with Taliban

KABUL (Reuters) – The United States is in contact with the Taliban about a possible settlement to the war in Afghanistan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said yesterday, the first official confirmation of US involvement in negotiations.

Libyan rebels blame West for lack of cash

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Rebels waging a drawn-out war to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have run out of money, their oil chief said yesterday, and he accused the West of failing to keep its promises of urgent financial aid.

Obama, Boehner team up in golf match

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner teamed up in a golf match yesterday to try to build a friendlier climate for troubled talks on the US debt and deficits.

Former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba dies

LUSAKA (Reuters) – Frederick Chiluba, Zambia’s first democratically elected president who fought off corruption charges after standing down, has died aged 68, a government spokesman said yesterday.

Syria forces storm border town near Turkey

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian troops and gunmen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad stormed a town near the Turkish border yesterday, burning houses and arresting dozens, witnesses said, in a persistent military campaign to crush popular revolt.

Pope dismays anti-Mafia activists on Sicily visit

PALERMO, Sicily, (Reuters) – Pope Benedict said yesterday the Mafia represented “a path of death” that Sicily’s  young should shun but he dismayed activists who said he was too  timid and should have given the crime group a moral hammering.