MADRID/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped up Western calls on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to quit yesterday, brushing off his threat to attack Europeans in their homes and offices.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s revelation he is being treated for cancer has cast doubt on the left-wing populist’s capacity to sustain his self-styled revolution and raised the possibility of a power struggle among his allies.
VIENNA, (Reuters) – The technical sophistication of cybercriminals is swamping the world’s ability to cope, a top U.S.
RABAT, (Reuters) – Morocco’s King Mohammed scored a landslide victory in a referendum on a reformed constitution he proposed to placate “Arab Spring” protests as voters defied critics who said it did little to curb his powers.
NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released from house arrest yesterday after prosecutors said the hotel maid who accuses him of attempted rape lied to a grand jury and made other false statements.
HAVANA, (Reuters) – Cuba will authorize limited housing and car markets by 2012, the Communist party newspaper Granma said yesterday, a move awaited by local residents since the early 1960s when home and most auto sales were banned.
BIR-AYYAD, Libya, (Reuters) – Libyan rebels who had advanced to within 80 km (50 miles) of Muammar Gaddafi’s stronghold in the capital were forced to retreat yesterday after coming under a barrage of rocket fire from government forces.
CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuela’s flamboyant socialist leader Hugo Chavez said yesterday he had undergone a successful operation in Cuba to remove cancerous cells from a tumor and was on the road to full recovery.
NEW YORK, (Reuters) – The case against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was charged with sexually assaulting a hotel housekeeper, is near collapse, the New York Times reported yesterday.
BEIRUT, (Reuters) – A U.N.-backed tribunal seeking the killers of statesman Rafik al-Hariri handed indictments and arrest warrants to Lebanon yesterday that officials said accused members of the militant Hezbollah group of involvement.
NEAR BIR AL-GHANAM, Libya, (Reuters) – Libyan rebels gathered on a ridge overlooking a strategic town only 80 km (50 miles) from Tripoli yesterday, preparing for a battle that could allow them to march directly to the seat of Muammar Gaddafi’s power.
NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Cable news channel MSNBC suspended political analyst Mark Halperin on Thursday hours after he used foul language to describe U.S.
MANAMA, (Reuters) – The international committee investigating violent protests in Bahrain this year will be given access to official files and be able to meet witnesses in secret, the panel’s chair said yesterday.
LONDON, (Reuters) – Imported fenugreek seeds from Egypt may be the source of highly toxic E.
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats are weighing a scaled-back U.S.
WASHINGTON (Reuters Life!) – A man charged with stowing away on a flight from New York to Los Angeles last Friday cleared airport security screening, the Transportation Security Administration confirmed yesterday.
NEW YORK, (Reuters) – When President Barack Obama cited cost as a reason to bring troops home from Afghanistan, he referred to a $1 trillion price tag for America’s wars.
CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuela called off a regional summit due to Hugo Chavez’s unexpectedly longer recovery from surgery in Cuba, hours after releasing video on Wednesday of the socialist leader chatting with Fidel Castro.
ATHENS, (Reuters) – Greece approved the first of two austerity measures yesterday despite worsening street violence, in a vote vital to winning fresh international aid so it can pay its debts on time and stave off bankruptcy.
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama called yesterday for new steps to spur job growth and tax hikes on the rich, hardening a stance that will likely complicate deficit reduction talks with Republicans.
AMMAN, (Reuters) – Syrian troops shot dead 11 villagers yesterday, residents said, as authorities pressed on with a tank-led assault that has driven thousands of refugees across the northwest border with Turkey.
CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuela and Cuba released new photographs and video footage of President Hugo Chavez yesterday in an effort to stop speculation the socialist leader was seriously ill after undergoing surgery in Havana.
KABUL, (Reuters) – At least 10 Afghan civilians were killed when suicide bombers and heavily armed Taliban insurgents attacked a hotel frequented by Westerners in the Afghan capital late yesterday, Afghan officials said.
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde yesterday clinched the top job at the IMF, keeping the international lender in the hands of a European at a time of growing concern over a possible Greek debt default.
TRIPOLI/AMSTERDAM, (Reuters) – Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi could fall within two to three months, the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor said yesterday, as rebels sought to build on a gradual advance towards Tripoli.
MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) – Mexico has increased security spending six-fold in the past five years but carjackings, kidnappings and other violent crime are rising steadily, an independent study showed yesterday.
TOKYO, (Reuters Life!) – Women around the world feel stressed and pressed for time, but women in emerging markets are more stressed than their sisters in developed nations — and Indian women say they are the most stressed of all, according to a survey published yesterday.
THE HAGUE/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant yesterday for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and rebels trying to oust him said their forces had advanced to within 80 km (50 miles) of the capital.
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Some of Syria’s leading intellectuals called yesterday for sweeping political change that could end 41 years of Assad family rule, at a rare conference allowed by the authorities under pressure from a three-month uprising.
WANA, Pakistan (Reuters) – Missile strikes from two US drones killed at least 21 suspected militants in Pakistan’s South Waziristan yesterday, Pakistani officials said, part of an intensified US assault in the tribal belt this month.
MIAMI (Reuters) – An American man who ran a home for impoverished boys in Haiti has been arrested on charges that he forced them to perform sex acts in exchange for food, shelter and schooling, US prosecutors said on Friday.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – A jury convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich yesterday of corruption for trying to trade the US senate seat once held by President Barack Obama for financial and political gain.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An asteroid with an estimated girth as large as a garbage truck soared within 7,500 miles (12,070 km) of the Earth yesterday as it passed harmlessly over the Atlantic Ocean, according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
CARACAS, (Reuters) – Senior allies of Venezuela’s socialist President Hugo Chavez have dismissed reports he is sicker than the government has admitted, telling his enemies to “stop dreaming” of his death.
KABUL, (Reuters) – The United Nations urged the Afghan parliament yesterday not to take any action that might provoke unrest after election officials rejected a ruling by a specially appointed court that threw out a quarter of lawmakers elected last year.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, (Reuters) – Suspected members of a radical Islamist sect threw bombs at a drinking spot in Nigeria’s northeastern town of Maiduguri yesterday, killing around 25 people, witnesses and military sources said.
CASABLANCA, Morocco, (Reuters) – Thousands of rival demonstrators marched through cities in Morocco yesterday over constitutional reforms proposed by King Mohammed after unrest inspired by “Arab Spring” uprisings in the Arab world.
KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s political crisis worsened yesterday with lawmakers voting to sack the five most senior judicial officials and international consternation growing after a presidential tribunal threw out a quarter of parliament.
KIEV (Reuters) – Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko must stand trial next Wednesday on a charge of abuse of power, a judge ruled in a pre-trial hearing late yesterday.
PARIS (Reuters) – At least two people suffering from E.coli in the French city of Bordeaux have the strain that caused scores of deaths in Germany, French authorities said, and they halted sales of vegetable seeds from a British gardening firm.
BEIJING (Reuters) – One of China’s most prominent dissidents, Hu Jia, was reunited with his family in the early hours today after serving three and a half-years in jail on subversion charges, his wife said.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – NATO missiles hit a site in Libya used by Muammar Gaddafi’s forces to stockpile military supplies and vehicles, the alliance said yesterday, adding it was unaware of 15 civilian deaths reported by state media.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican John Boehner faces his greatest test yet as the leader of the US House of Representatives, one that may determine his political fate and the country’s fiscal well-being.
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.