Northeast Nigeria militant attacks kill at least 65

KANO, Nigeria (Reuters) – At least 65 people were killed in the northeast Nigerian city of Damaturu, an aid agency said yesterday, after Islamist insurgents bombed churches, mosques and police stations and fought hours of gun battles with police.

Greeks prefer unity govt to snap election -polls

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greeks would prefer a national unity government ruling for several months during the debt crisis to the prospect of an early general election, polls published yesterday found.

Brazil labour ministry accused of graft -news report

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Advisers to Brazil’s Labour Minister Carlos Lupi demanded kickbacks from non-government organizations with government contracts, newsmagazine Veja reported yesterday, citing unnamed lawmakers and officials.

Syrian tanks kill 13 in besieged Homs -activists

AMMAN (Reuters) – Tank fire killed at least 13 civilians and wounded dozens in the besieged Syrian city of Homs yesterday, activists and residents said, casting doubt on whether an Arab League plan can end months of bloodshed touched off by a popular uprising.

Former CBS News commentator Andy Rooney dies

(Reuters) – Andy Rooney, the curmudgeonly commentator who pondered everything from shoelaces to the existence of God on CBS’s “60 Minutes” news show for more than 30 years, died on Friday night at the age of 92, CBS said.

Colombians cheer killing of guerrilla kingpin

POPAYAN, Colombia (Reuters) – Colombians rejoiced at the killing of top FARC rebel leader Alfonso Cano and hoped the biggest blow yet against Latin America’s longest insurgency could herald an end to nearly five decades of war.

PM wins vote, Greece still faces uncertainty

ATHENS,  (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister George  Papandreou survived a parliamentary confidence vote yesterday,  avoiding snap elections which would have torpedoed Greece’s debt  crisis bailout deal and inflamed the euro zone’s economic  crisis.

MF Global CEO Jon Corzine quits as big bet fails

(Reuters) – Jon Corzine, one of Wall Street’s  best-known stars, stepped down as MF Global Holdings Ltd’s  chairman and chief executive after his bets on European debt  drove the futures brokerage into bankruptcy.

Vedic Mantra chanting gets a new voice in India

HARDWAR, India, (Reuters) – For centuries, Indian  women were forbidden from chanting Vedic Mantras, especially in  public, out of fear the power of the religious verses might  cause menstrual problems and difficulties in bearing children.

Huge asteroid headed for close encounter with Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla, (Reuters) – A huge asteroid will  pass closer to Earth than the moon on Tuesday, giving  scientists a rare chance for study without having to go through  the time and expense of launching a probe, officials said.

Greek prime minister faces knife-edge survival vote

ATHENS, (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister George  Papandreou faces a knife-edge confidence vote today after  his plan for a referendum on a bailout — supposed to save both  Greece and the euro zone from disaster — backfired  disastrously.

Oakland protests turn violent, 80 arrests

OAKLAND, Calif., (Reuters) – Police arrested more  than 80 demonstrators early yesterday in overnight clashes in  downtown Oakland that followed a day of mostly peaceful Occupy  Wall Street protests against economic inequality.

Friday protests seen test of Syrian deal with League

AMMAN, (Reuters) – Syrian troops’ response to  anti-government protests after Friday prayers will be a litmus  test of the president’s agreement with the Arab League to stop  shooting and open talks with the protesters, opposition leaders  said.

Eleventh Tibetan sets herself on fire in China

BEIJING, (Reuters) – A Tibetan nun burnt herself to  death yesterday in southwest China, Xinhua news agency said,  the eleventh ethnic Tibetan this year known to have set  themselves on fire in a region that has become the centre of  defiance against strict Chinese control.

Police confront Oakland protesters with tear gas

OAKLAND, California, (Reuters) – Police in riot gear  clashed with protesters in Oakland in the early morning hours  today, firing tear gas to disperse demonstrators  lingering in the streets after a day of mostly peaceful rallies  against economic inequality and police brutality.

Reuters World News Highlights

CANNES, France – The leaders of Germany and France told  Greece yesterday it would not receive another cent in  European aid until it decides whether it wants to stay in the  euro zone.

Justin Timberlake goes rogue for ‘In Time’

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Justin Timberlake may be  riding a new wave of movie stardom as his new film, “In Time,”  sees its release in theaters but the  singer-dancer-actor still thinks he’s an ordinary man.

Scarlett Johansson says “nothing wrong” with nude photos

(Reuters) – Actress Scarlett Johansson has addressed  her recent nude photo scandal in an interview with Vanity Fair  magazine on Tuesday, saying there was nothing wrong with her  taking the pictures because they were for her then husband,  Ryan Reynolds.

Adele dismisses throat cancer rumours

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – British singer Adele has  dismissed rampant speculation in the media that she has throat  cancer following the cancellation of her remaining tour dates  and promotional appearances in 2011, due to surgery.

Hugh Grant is new father of baby girl

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Actor Hugh Grant, known for  films such as “Notting Hill” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” has  welcomed a baby girl into his life following a brief affair  with an unidentified woman, his spokeswoman said yesterday.

Car dealer labeled ‘Taliban Toyota’ wins millions

MOBILE, Ala., (Reuters) – The owner of a large  southwest Alabama car dealership derided as “Taliban Toyota” by  a competitor has been awarded $7.5 million in damages after a  jury trial for his slander claim.