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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The U.S. military distanced itself yesterday from President Barack Obama’s plan for a faster-than-expected withdrawal of U.S.
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.
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, (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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – President Barack Obama announced a plan yesterday to start withdrawing U.S.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UNITED NATIONS, (Reuters) – The 192-nation U.N. General Assembly yesterday unanimously approved a second five-year term for U.N.
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.
BUENOS AIRES, (Reuters) – Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said yesterday she will run for a second term in an Oct.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – An eight-year-old Pakistani girl was kidnapped by Islamist militants who forced her to wear a suicide vest to attack security forces, police said yesterday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.