George Michael returns to stage, announces split

PRAGUE,  (Reuters) – British pop star George Michael  returned to the stage late on Monday for an emotional  performance at the opulent Prague State Opera where he announced  his split from long-term partner Kenny Goss.

Indian actor who played super-hero ill with cancer

MUMBAI, (Reuters) – For Shafiq Sheikh, the irony is  tragic. Sheikh, who acted in the spoof film “Ye Hai Malegaon Ka  Superman” about an Indian super-hero who saves his town from a  tobacco-loving villain, is himself suffering from mouth cancer  caused by his incessant tobacco habit.

Once-a-century earthquake rattles U.S. East Coast

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – A strong earthquake rattled  the U.S. East Coast yesterday, sending tremors as far as  Canada, damaging well-known buildings in the nation’s capital  and sending scared office workers into the streets.   

U.S. alerts East Coast to Hurricane Irene threat

NASSAU,  (Reuters) – The United States put its  eastern seaboard on alert for Hurricane Irene yesterday, as  the powerful storm barreled up from the Caribbean on a path  that could hit the U.S.

A cash-strapped Brasilia eats itself alive

SAO PAULO,  (Reuters) – A political crisis in Brazil  is starting to careen out of control as new allegations of  graft surface almost daily and President Dilma Rousseff looks  increasingly like a bystander with little ability to keep the  fallout from spreading to the economy.

Strauss-Kahn lawyer says sex with maid was consensual

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – Former IMF chief Dominique  Strauss-Kahn had consensual sex with the hotel maid who accused  him of sexual assault, his defense lawyer said yesterday,  adding that their comparative sizes would have ruled out a  forcible encounter.  

Gaddafi out of sight

TRIPOLI,  (Reuters) – A son of Muammar Gaddafi who  rebels said they had captured appeared with cheering supporters  in Tripoli, giving a boost to forces loyal to the veteran leader  trying to fight off insurgents who say they control most of the  capital.

Prosecutors tell NY judge to drop Strauss-Kahn case

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – New York prosecutors asked a  judge to dismiss sexual assault charges against former IMF  chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn yesterday, a stunning reversal  that could revive the political future of a man many had seen  as the next president of France.

US songwriter Nickolas Ashford dies at age 70

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – U.S. songwriter Nickolas  Ashford, who penned such rhythm and blues hits as “Ain’t No  Mountain High Enough” and “I’m Every Woman” with his wife  Valerie Simpson, died on Monday at age 70.

How Indonesia crippled its own climate change project

SINGAPORE, (Reuters) – In July 2010, U.S. investor  Todd Lemons and Russian energy giant Gazprom believed they were  just weeks from winning final approval for a landmark forest  preservation project in Indonesia.

U.N. says 600 die in South Sudan clashes

UNITED NATIONS,  (Reuters) – Clashes in South Sudan  have left at least 600 people dead and hundreds wounded, and  possibly displaced more than a quarter million people, the U.N. 

Rebels enter heart of Tripoli, crowds celebrate

TRIPOLI,  (Reuters) – Jubilant rebel fighters streamed  into the heart of Tripoli as Muammar Gaddafi’s forces collapsed  and crowds took to the streets to celebrate, tearing down  posters of the Libyan leader.

Over 2,000 found buried in Kashmir’s unmarked graves

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NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – More than 2,000 corpses have  been found buried in several unmarked graves in Indian Kashmir,  believed to be victims of the divided region’s separatist  revolt, a government human rights commission said in a report.

New Iceland current could sway N. Atlantic climate

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – A newly discovered deep,  cold current flowing off Iceland’s coast may reveal that the  North Atlantic is less sensitive to climate change than  previously thought, researchers reported yesterday.

Libyan rebels fight for Tripoli airbase -activist

RABAT (Reuters) – Libyan rebels control most of the Tajourah district in the east of the capital and have surrounded an airbase there, an opposition activist in Tripoli told a Reuters reporter outside of Libya.

India’s PM open to talks as anti-graft protests gather pace

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – At least 20,000 people gathered yesterday to support an anti-corruption social activist who has galvanized much of India against the government with his hunger strike, amid signs from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of compromise to end the impasse.

N.Korea’s Kim in Russia, to meet Medvedev

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-il arrived in Russia yesterday for his first visit in nearly a decade as the isolated state sought economic aid after heavy flooding exacerbated its chronic food shortages.

Syrian forces fire heavy machineguns in Homs

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian forces fired heavy machineguns at a residential district in the central city of Homs yesterday after protests against President Bashar al-Assad, who faces growing world isolation for his repression of five months of popular unrest.

Five headless bodies found in Acapulco

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Authorities in Mexico found the decapitated bodies of four men and a woman in Acapulco yesterday, the latest in a string of slayings in the popular Pacific resort this week.

Meeting may lead to Strauss-Kahn dismissal -lawyer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The prosecutors in the case of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will meet tomorrow with the hotel maid accusing him of sexual assault, in a sign the case may be headed for dismissal, one of her lawyers said yesterday.

Mugabe succession race could turn ugly

HARARE (Reuters) – The death of a top Zimbabwean army general in a bizarre fire has changed the dynamics in internal ZANU-PF battles over President Robert Mugabe’s succession, but analysts say the issue remains unsettled and could lead to some bruising battles ahead.

Diplomatic woes pile up for isolated Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel was expecting a diplomatic tsunami to strike in September, but the problems have come sooner than expected, leaving it ever more isolated in the Middle East.

Libya rebels battle for coastal cities

ZAWIYAH, Libya, (Reuters) – Libyan rebels fought  fierce battles in two coastal cities on either side of the  capital Tripoli yesterday in a drive to topple Muammar Gaddafi,  but met stiff resistance from forces loyal to the long-time  leader.