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.
MONROVIA (Reuters) – Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf urged voters yesterday to ignore a poll boycott called for by her rival, saying the move was illegal and intended to intimidate Liberians.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON/BAGHDAD – With less than 60 days before the complete withdrawal of U.S.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
ATHENS, (Reuters) – Greece’s cabinet decided early today to back Prime Minister George Papandreou’s proposal for a referendum on a European Union aid deal, a government spokesman said.
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.
CHICAGO/NEW YORK, (Reuters) – MF Global Holdings Ltd failed to protect customer accounts by keeping them separate from its own funds, said a top U.S.