TUNIS, (Reuters) – The leader of the Islamist party which won Tunisia’s first free election appealed for calm in the town where the “Arab Spring” began, accusing forces linked to the ousted president of fanning violence there.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Reuters) – Haiti is wooing Asian manufacturers, and its own diaspora, to inject investments and funds into the economy and create jobs to drive a recovery from last year’s earthquake, the foreign minister said on Thursday.
MARRAKESH, Morocco, (TrustLaw) – Campaigners yesterday accused governments at a major U.N. conference on corruption of excluding civil society from fully participating in reviewing how states are doing in enforcing the world’s biggest anti-graft convention.
GENEVA, (Reuters) – Mexico’s hardline fight against drug gangs has driven violence to levels higher in than many war zones but the role the United States plays in arming these brutal cartels appears exaggerated, independent arms researchers said on Thursday.
TAMPA, Fla., (Reuters) – U.S. authorities arrested 22 people in Florida yesterday, including pharmacists and doctors, in a crackdown against prescription drug abuse that officials say is the nation’s fastest growing drug problem.
CAIRO, (Reuters) – Arab ministers said yesterday they had sent an urgent message to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, calling on him to end seven months of violence against civilians following the killing of 40 pro-democracy demonstrators by Syrian forces.
(Reuters) – U.S. regulators are formally investigating whether Avon broke bribery and disclosure laws, in a further blow to the cosmetics company which is again reassessing its strategy after quarterly profit fell far short of expectations.
BRUSSELS, (Reuters) – Euro zone leaders struck a last-minute deal yesterday to contain the currency bloc’s two-year-old debt crisis but are now under pressure to finalise the details of their plan to slash Greece’s debt burden and strengthen their rescue fund.
ASSISI, Italy, (Reuters) – Pope Benedict, leading a global inter-religious meeting, acknowledged yesterday “with great shame” that Christianity had used force in its long history as he joined other religious leaders in condemning violence and terrorism in God’s name.
NEW YORK, (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors charged 11 people yesterday in connection with an alleged $1 billion fraud involving hundreds of railroad workers filing false disability claims.
DUBAI, (Reuters) – Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, fearing for his life if captured in Libya, has tried to arrange for an aircraft to fly him out of his desert refuge and into the custody of The Hague war crimes court, a senior Libyan official said yesterday.
AMMAN, (Reuters) – Cracks in Syria’s military are widening along sectarian lines, say analysts, fuelling an armed mutiny that may pose an even greater threat to President Bashar al-Assad than the street protests which have rocked the country for months.
LONDON, (Reuters) – Several new companies are betting on the little-known pongamia pinnata tree as a biodiesel feedstock that does not hurt food production, but a decade or more of research and development is still needed to determine its value as a commercial crop.
PERTH, Australia, (Reuters) – Common-wealth foreign ministers meeting yesterday were split over how tough to get on human rights abuses in member countries, an issue which one official said their leaders were unlikely to resolve at a summit later in the week.
BUENOS AIRES, (Reuters) – Alfredo Astiz, Argentina’s infamous “Blond Angel of Death,” and 11 other death squad members from the 1970s were jailed for life on Wednesday in one of the country’s biggest human rights cases.
MONTEVIDEO, (Reuters) – Uruguay’s Congress passed legislation yesterday that allows fresh investigations into human rights abuses committed by the military during a 1973-1985 dictatorship despite a controversial amnesty law.
LONDON, (Reuters) – Taking two aspirin a day for two years reduces the long-term risk of bowel cancer in people with a family history of the disease by around 60 percent, according to a British study published yesterday.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Saif al-Islam Gaddafi wants to turn himself in to The Hague war crimes court, a senior Libyan official told Reuters yesterday.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rajat Gupta, who sat on the boards of some of America’s most prestigious companies, was arrested and charged yesterday with being the “illegal eyes and ears” for his friend Raj Rajaratnam, the central figure in a broad US crackdown on insider trading at hedge funds.
ERCIS Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey struggled to provide shelter yesterday to tens of thousands left homeless by an earthquake that killed nearly 500, and rescue teams began taking painful decisions to call off searches for those buried alive.
AMMAN (Reuters) – At least 20 people died in clashes and strikes paralysed parts of Syria yesterday as President Bashar al-Assad held an inconclusive meeting with Arab ministers seeking to end months of violence.
TUNIS (Reuters) – When hundreds of Tunisians drove through the capital sounding their horns and waving scarves this week to celebrate the election victory of an Islamist party, there was little jubilation in the Ennasr neighbourhood.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The wife of financial swindler Bernard Madoff said in an interview to be aired on Sunday that the couple attempted suicide by taking pills on Christmas Eve 2008 after his estimated $65 billion Ponzi scheme was exposed.
TUNIS, (Reuters) – Tunisia’s moderate Islamist party yesterday claimed a thumping victory in the country’s first election, sending a message to the region that once-banned Islamists are challenging for power after the “Arab Spring”.
UNITED NATIONS, (Reuters) – The U.N. General Assembly called yesterday for the 20th straight year on the United States to lift its trade embargo against Cuba, as the communist-run island dismissed as fraudulent U.S.