WASHINGTON/TEHRAN, (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said yesterday there were important risks to consider before any military strike against Iran and made clear he does not want to see more conflict in the oil-producing Gulf region.
BEIRUT, (Reuters) – Syria’s victory in dodging a U.N. resolution it deemed a license for regime change may only escalate its internal conflict into a full-fledged civil war that many analysts believe President Bashar al-Assad cannot ultimately win.
NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – There is no clamour for an early general election in India, but the latest blow dealt to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over a massive corruption scandal raises the risk that his wounded government could fall well before its mandate runs out in 2014.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia and China vetoed yesterday a UN resolution that backed an Arab plan calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to quit, stalling global efforts to end his bloody crackdown on unrest after hundreds were reported killed in the city of Homs.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez mounted a lavish celebration yesterday to mark the 20th anniversary of the failed coup that helped launch his political career, as opposition leaders slammed the event as a blemish on the country’s democracy.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – In the latest twist of a messy internal conflict shaking the Vatican, four clerics in the office that manages the tiny city-state yesterday rejected charges of corruption, mismanagement and greed levelled by a former deputy governor.
BEIRUT, (Reuters) – More than 100 people have been killed in shelling by Syrian armed forces of the city of Homs, and hundreds more have been wounded, the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights said on Friday, citing witnesses.
JUBA, (Reuters) – A shoot-out among South Sudanese security forces using truck-mounted machineguns killed 37 people and injured a United Nations policeman on Wednesday, U.N.
PHNOM PENH, (Reuters) – The U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia ruled yesterday that the Khmer Rouge’s prison chief should serve the rest of his life in jail, extending a 19-year sentence handed down in July 2010 that outraged survivors of the “killing fields” regime.
LONDON, (Reuters) – British Energy Secretary Chris Huhne resigned yesterday after learning he would face criminal charges for allegedly lying to police, a fall from grace that could tweak the dynamics of the coalition government and weaken its environmental agenda.
ROME, (Reuters) – A ruling by Italy’s highest appeals court that said those charged with gang rape do not always have to go to prison while awaiting trial has outraged women’s groups and some politicians who fear it will make rape a “third-class crime”.
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Planned Parenthood Federation of America said yesterday it welcomed news that breast cancer charity Susan G.
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The world’s leading breast cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, struggled yesterday to defuse a growing crisis over its decision to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortion and birth control services.
BRUSSELS, (Reuters) – U.S. forces will cede the lead role in combat operations in Afghanistan next year, but will keep fighting alongside Afghan troops, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said yesterday, as the Obama administration struggled to clear up confusion over its Afghan exit strategy.
BAMAKO, (Reuters) – Hundreds of Malians set up barricades and burned tyres in the streets of Bamako yesterday, shutting down the capital in protests against the government’s handling of a rebellion that has seized several northern towns.
LONDON, (Reuters) – For Daniel Radcliffe, it’s time to forget Harry Potter. Daniel Radcliffe The 22-year-old actor, inextricably linked to the boy wizard he played throughout the movie franchise, takes on his first adult role in Victorian-era horror film “The Woman in Black”.
MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) – The discovery in Mexico of almost $2 million cash in the luggage of a state government official has triggered a round of mud-slinging in the run-up to the presidential election in July.
MUMBAI (Reuters) – Bollywood stars better watch out. Movie fans in India are handing out their own version of the Razzies, the annual Oscars spoof that spotlights Hollywood’s worst performances.
PORT SAID, Egypt, (Reuters) – Seventy-four people were killed and at least 1,000 injured yesterday when Egyptian soccer fans staged a pitch invasion in the city of Port Said, the deadliest incident since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak from power.
KABUL, (Reuters) – The U.S. military said in a secret report that the Taliban, backed by Pakistan, are set to retake control of Afghanistan after NATO-led forces withdraw, raising the prospect of a major failure of Western policy after a costly war.
FREETOWN, (Reuters) – A vessel seized by Sierra Leone authorities for illegally fishing off the West African nation’s coast received funds from a British government development agency through an investment fund, officials said.
HOUSTON, (Reuters) – Allen Stanford funneled $2 billion of investor money from his offshore bank to pay operating expenses at his other companies, including money-losing airlines and his cricket concerns, a former Stanford Financial Group accountant said yesterday.
MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) – Mexicans have been overcharged $13.4 billion a year for phone and internet services as the industry dominated by billionaire Carlos Slim gouges customers and keeps the economy from growing, a study released yesterday said.
AMMAN/UNITED NATIONS – Syrian government forces reasserted control of Damascus suburbs yesterday after beating back rebels at the capital’s gates, ahead of a push at the United Nations for a resolution calling for President Bashar al-Assad to give up powers.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States and other Western countries called on the UN Security Council yesterday to end its “neglect” of the violence raging in Syria and rapidly endorse an Arab League plan for a political transition there.