CASABLANCA, Morocco, (Reuters) – Thousands of rival demonstrators marched through cities in Morocco yesterday over constitutional reforms proposed by King Mohammed after unrest inspired by “Arab Spring” uprisings in the Arab world.
KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s political crisis worsened yesterday with lawmakers voting to sack the five most senior judicial officials and international consternation growing after a presidential tribunal threw out a quarter of parliament.
KIEV (Reuters) – Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko must stand trial next Wednesday on a charge of abuse of power, a judge ruled in a pre-trial hearing late yesterday.
PARIS (Reuters) – At least two people suffering from E.coli in the French city of Bordeaux have the strain that caused scores of deaths in Germany, French authorities said, and they halted sales of vegetable seeds from a British gardening firm.
BEIJING (Reuters) – One of China’s most prominent dissidents, Hu Jia, was reunited with his family in the early hours today after serving three and a half-years in jail on subversion charges, his wife said.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – NATO missiles hit a site in Libya used by Muammar Gaddafi’s forces to stockpile military supplies and vehicles, the alliance said yesterday, adding it was unaware of 15 civilian deaths reported by state media.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican John Boehner faces his greatest test yet as the leader of the US House of Representatives, one that may determine his political fate and the country’s fiscal well-being.
LIMA (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters opposed to mining and energy projects in southern Peru took over a commercial airport yesterday, officials said, as the government struggled to restore calm a day after five died in a clash with police.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – When New York became the sixth and by far the largest state to legalize same-sex marriage, following a grueling overtime session in the state Legislature on Friday, it immediately transformed the national debate over the issue, legal experts said.
LONDON/SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – The number of adults with diabetes worldwide has more than doubled since 1980 to 347 million, a far larger number than previously thought and one that suggests costs of treating the disease will also balloon.
WARSAW (Reuters) – An Israeli couple ha ve been given suspended jail sentences for the theft of historic artefacts from the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz, Poland’s PAP news agency quoted a prosecutor as saying yesterday.
AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian security forces shot dead five civilians during funerals which turned into protests against President Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
MIAMI, (Reuters) – A former top Bolivian anti-drug official pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of conspiring to smuggle cocaine into the United States in a case that has proved a major embarrassment for Bolivia’s President Evo Morales.
LONDON, (Reuters) – A European plan to raise funds for clean energy has backfired spectacularly, helping trigger a rout on its carbon trading scheme and so cutting available green funds and benefiting polluting coal plants.
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – A cell phone found in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan contained contacts to a militant group with ties to Pakistan’s intelligence agency, The New York Times reported on Thursday, citing senior U.S.
ATHENS/FRANKFURT – Banks and policymakers moved closer to a deal yesterday to help Athens secure funds ahead of a parliamentary vote on austerity next week that Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou must win to avert default.
DAR ES SALAAM, (Reuters) – The U.N. war crimes tribunal for Rwanda sentenced former minister Pauline Nyiramasuhuko to life in prison on Friday, the first time a woman has been found guilty of genocide by an international court.
CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, not seen in public for two weeks, ended his unusual silence with several Twitter messages yesterday, but said nothing about his health after an operation in Cuba.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Peter Falk, star of the 1970s hit TV drama “Columbo,” whose role as the rumpled detective of the same name earned him four Emmys, has died after years of battling Alzheimer’s disease.
MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) – Once praised lavishly by the United States for waging a war on drugs, Mexico’s last two presidents now say legalizing them may be the best way to end the rising violence the U.S.-backed campaign has unleashed.
NEW YORK, (Reuters) – A former Egyptian banker pleaded guilty in a New York court yesterday to a criminal charge that he sexually abused a hotel maid and now faces a multimillion dollar civil suit in connection with the case.
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The U.S. military distanced itself yesterday from President Barack Obama’s plan for a faster-than-expected withdrawal of U.S.
MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) – President Felipe Calderon apologized to victims of Mexico’s war on drugs in an emotional meeting with bereaved families yesterday that sought to try and quell rising anger over violence sweeping the nation.
DAKAR, (Reuters) – Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade backed down on a proposed change to the election rules yesterday, completely withdrawing a bill that sparked violent clashes between riot police and protesters in the capital.
OSLO, (Reuters) – Norway backed Indonesia’s drive to slow deforestation yesterday under a $1 billion deal with Oslo even though Jakarta said it faced a “maze” of reforms and lacks maps to pin down exact conservation areas.