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.

S.Africa’s ANC charges Malema with sowing discord

JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling  African National Congress yesterday charged controversial youth  leader Julius Malema with “sowing divisions” in its ranks and  bringing the party into disrepute.

Hamas armed wing calls off two-year truce

GAZA, (Reuters) – The Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip  announced last night they were no longer committed to a  more than two-year de facto truce with Israel since the end of a  war in early 2009.

Police payment emails growing worry for Murdoch execs

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Executives at Rupert  Murdoch’s UK-based News International are concerned that emails  discussing questionable payments made to police by the News of  the World may prove more problematic than those that discuss  phone hacking, sources familiar with investigations into the  shuttered tabloid’s reporting practices said.

Suicide bomber kills at least 47 in Pakistan

KHYBER, Pakistan, (Reuters) – A teenage suicide  bomber blew himself up among worshippers offering Friday prayers  at a mosque in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 47 people  and wounding more than 70, a top government official said.

Wall St sinks for fourth straight week

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – Wall Street ended a fourth  week of losses on a down note yesterday as most buyers left  the market before the weekend on growing fears of another U.S. 

Strauss-Kahn accuser mulls dropping case for money -WSJ

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Lawyers for the woman who  accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual  assault have explored a deal in which they would scuttle the  criminal case in exchange for a monetary settlement in the  civil lawsuit, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.