Haitian Senate rejects new candidate for premier

PORT-AU-PRINCE,  (Reuters) – Lawmakers rejected  Haitian President Michel Martelly’s new choice for prime  minister yesterday, blocking his efforts to install a  government and move ahead with rebuilding a country shattered  by last year’s earthquake.

Guatemala sentences four in landmark civil war trial

GUATEMALA CITY, (Reuters) – Guatemala yesterday  sentenced four soldiers to 6,060 years of prison each, in the  first conviction for a massacre during the country’s brutal  36-year civil war.

Eleventh arrest in UK tabloid hacking scandal

LONDON, (Reuters) – Stuart Kuttner, who ran the News  of the World’s finances for 22 years as managing editor, was  arrested yesterday over a phone-hacking scandal at the  now-defunct tabloid which has rattled the British establishment,  a source close to the case said.

Total to face oil-for-food corruption trial-source

PARIS, (Reuters) – A French magistrate has decided to  decided to send giant oil company Total and its chief executive  to trial on charges that the company engaged in corruption  during the United Nations oil-for-food program in Saddam  Hussein’s Iraq, a judicial source said yesterday.

Colombia arrests leaders of submarine cocaine ring

BOGOTA, (Reuters) – Colombian authorities have  captured two leaders of a 20-ton-per-year cocaine operation  that sent drug-laden submarines to the world’s top drug  consumer, the United States, local police said yesterday.

Syrian forces press Hama assault into Ramadan

AMMAN, (Reuters) – Syrian government forces pressed    their assault on anti-government protestors in the city of Hama    yesterday oblivious to a wave of condemnation from Western    powers.

Tech firm says News International deleted emails

LONDON, (Reuters) – A technology firm has told British  legislators it was aware of the deletion of hundreds of  thousands of emails at the request of News Corp unit  News International between April 2010 and last month,  parliamentarian Keith Vaz said on Monday.

Cuba revising travel policies – Raul Castro

HAVANA, (Reuters) – Cuba will revise its travel and  immigration rules as part of a broader reform of its economic  and social policies, Cuban President Raul Castro said yesterday.

Obama admin. sues to block Alabama immigration law

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The Obama administration yesterday sued to block enforcement of Alabama’s new immigration  law, widely considered to be the toughest measure in the United  States to try to crack down on illegal immigrants.

Venezuela’s Chavez loses hair from chemotherapy

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez  appeared on television yesterday with his head closely shaved  and bald patches from hair loss caused by chemotherapy for a  cancer that has slowed him ahead of a re-election bid.

Colombian rebels still in Venezuela – military

BOGOTA, (Reuters) – Leftist Colombian rebels still  have a presence in neighbouring Venezuela, the head of  Colombia’s armed forces said yesterday in a statement that  could cause renewed friction with the OPEC nation.

Gaddafi thanks Venezuela’s Chavez for support

CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez  yesterday read excerpts of a letter sent to him by Libya’s  Muammar Gaddafi expressing gratitude for strong support during  the NATO-backed rebellion against his government.

Syrians mark bleak Ramadan after 80 killed in Hama

AMMAN, (Reuters) – Syrians began the Muslim Ramadan  fast in sombre mood today after troops stormed into Hama,  scene of a 1982 massacre, in one of the bloodiest days of a  five-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

US military chief cites progress against Haqqanis

KABUL,  (Reuters) – The top U.S. military officer  said on Sunday Afghan militants of the anti-American Haqqani  network were finding it harder to move into Afghanistan but  warned that their safe havens in Pakistan still posed a risk to  the decade-old war effort.

Leader of Indian state quits over mining scandal

NEW DELHI,  (Reuters) – The chief minister of a  southern Indian state ruled by the country’s main opposition  party resigned yesterday after an  independent probe implicated  the politician and several others in a $3.6 billion illegal iron  ore mining scandal.

US work permit system stirs immigration controversy

AUSTIN, Texas,  (Reuters) – Another front is opening  in the divisive U.S. battle on illegal immigration over whether  employers should be required to use a controversial  Internet-based system to verify worker eligibility.

Pirates eye share of Gulf of Guinea riches

LONDON/DAKAR, (Reuters) – Pirate attacks on ships in  the Gulf of Guinea are threatening one of the world’s emerging  trade hubs and are likely to intensify unless the region’s weak  naval and coastguard defences are beefed up soon.

Turkey’s leaders deny crisis as top generals quit

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – For Turkey’s political leaders it was business as usual yesterday, denying any crisis, or simply not mentioning the resignation of the country’s four top military commanders.

Republican leaders say fully engaged with Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Republicans in the US Senate and House of Representatives said  yesterday that after a week of stalemate they are now in serious talks with President Barack Obama to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a looming default.