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Egypt’s president offers nothing to defuse crisis

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi speaks to reporters during a joint news conference with Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, unseen, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt.

CAIRO (AP) — An angry Mohammed Morsi refused Thursday to call off a referendum on a disputed constitution that has sparked Egypt‘s worst political crisis in two years, drawing chants of “topple the regime!” from protesters who waved their shoes in…
photo: AP / Maya Alleruzzo

U.S., Russia discuss future of Syria

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov walk off after signing a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in Antarctica during the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vladivostok, Russia, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012.

DUBLIN — Diplomatic efforts to end Syria‘s civil war moved forward yesterday with U.S. Secretary of State joining Russian Foreign Minister and UN peace envoy for extraordinary three-way talks that suggested Washington and Moscow might finally unite…
photo: AP / Jim Watson, Pool

Apple and Samsung back in court

A man watches a movie on a Samsung Electronics's product at a showroom of its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.

Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics squared off again in court today, as the iPhone maker prepares to convince a US district judge to ban sales of a number of the Korean company’s devices and defend a US$1.05 billion jury award. Apple scored…

  Oscar Niemeyer Dies: Brazilian Architect Passes Away At 104

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2010 file photo, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff greets Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer during a meeting with artists and intellectuals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Posted: December 6, 2012 Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who was most well-known for helping to build the capital of Brasilia, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 104. Niemeyer died at the Hospital Samaritano in Rio de Janeiro of a respiratory…
photo: AP / Silvia Izquierdo, File

UN makes urgent call for Yemen dialogue

UN makes urgent call for Yemen dialogue

NEW YORKThe United Nations made an urgent call Tuesday for Yemen’s political parties to initiate a national dialogue, warning that its transition was under threat. The UN-brokered power transition deal that eased president Ali Abdullah Saleh out…
photo: UN / Evan Schneider

Does the UN’s observer state status change Palestine’s position?

Does the UN's observer state status change Palestine's position?

TIMES VIEW Palestine‘s on stronger ground With over two-thirds of the United Nations voting to give Palestine non-member observer state status, the latter’s on stronger ground than ever before. Crucially, coming on the 65th anniversary of the same…
photo: UN / Devra Berkowitz

NATO pledges continued support for Afghanistan

NATO pledges continued support for Afghanistan

NATO combat troops are set to pull out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Member states have promised continued commitment, but key questions still need to be resolved. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is full of praise for the transfer…
photo: US Army / Jenny Lui

Differing Afghan, US priorities could hurt proposed security agreement

Differing Afghan, US priorities could hurt proposed security agreement

KABUL — When Afghan and American negotiators sat down here last month to begin talks on a bilateral security agreement that would define and govern a long-term U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, their meeting was cordial, vague and brief….
photo: UN / Evan Schneider

CLIMATE CHANGE: In the Arab world, building fridges to live in an oven

CLIMATE CHANGE: In the Arab world, building fridges to live in an oven

DOHA, 5 December 2012 (IRIN) – In the last three decades, 50 million people in the Arab world have been affected by natural disasters, many of them extreme climate events, according to a new report by the World Bank. The report projects the horrific…
photo: UN / Paulo Filgueiras

USAID in Afghanistan

USAID in Afghanistan

Whatever beneficence USAID has doled out over the years has come with a heavy price for Afghans and a heavy price tag for Americans. In fact, USAID is not an aid organization by any common understanding of the term, if by aid we mean helping people…

Mars Rover Detects Simple Organic Compounds

This image from the right Mast Camera (Mastcam) of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows a scoop full of sand and dust lifted by the rover's first use of the scoop on its robotic arm. In the foreground, near the bottom of the image, a bright object is visible on the ground. The object might be a piece of rover hardware.

NASA‘s Mars rover Curiosity has detected several simple carbon-based organic compounds on Mars, but it remains unclear whether they were formed via Earthly contamination or whether they contain only elements indigenous to the planet.Speaking at the…
photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech/MSSS

UN to withdraw non-essential staff from Syria

Security Council Welcomes Brahimi Initiative for Syria Ceasefire Gert Rosenthal, Permanent Representative of Guatemala to the UN and President of the Security Council for the month of October, delivers a Council press statement following a closed-door briefing to the Council by Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria. The Council welcomed the Joint Special Representative’s initiative for a ceasefire in Syria during the period of Eid al-Adha, and called upon all regional and international actors to use their influence to facilitate the implementation of the ceasefire.

Missions to Syria cancelled and remaining staff on standby to move, in final step before full-scale evacuation Jihad Makdissi has reportedly been sacked as Syria’s foreign ministry spokesman, the first high-profile departure from the Assad regime in…
photo: UN / Rick Bajornas

UN Secretary General condemns proposed Israeli settlements

UN Secretary General condemns proposed Israeli settlements

UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon has criticized Israel‘s proposed new West Bank settlements, saying they’ll deal a “fatal blow” to peace. The comments follow Israel’s confiscation of tax and tariff funds from Palestine. Ban Ki-moon (pictured above)…
photo: UN / Evan Schneider

AP IMPACT: China Overtaking US As Global Trader

A woman raises her arm near Chinese national flags which are displayed to celebrate National Day Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, in Shanghai, China.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) â?? Shin Cheol-soo no longer sees his future in the United States. The South Korean businessman supplied components to American automakers for a decade. But this year, he uprooted his family from Detroit and moved home to…
photo: AP / Eugene Hoshiko

SOMALIA: Illegal migration on the rise in Somaliland

SOMALIA: Illegal migration on the rise in Somaliland

HARGEISA, 3 December 2012 (IRIN) – More youths from the self-declared republic of Somaliland are illegally migrating from the region, mainly due to a lack of jobs, traveling through Ethiopia, Sudan and Libya on their way to Europe, say officials….
photo: UN / Evan Schneider

More than 50 killed in Afghan violence in 2 days

More than 50 killed in Afghan violence in 2 days

by Farid Behbud, Chen Xin KABUL, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) — More than 50 people with majority of them militants have been killed in Afghanistan since Saturday morning, authorities said Sunday. A total of 14 people were killed when Taliban carried out…
photo: US Navy / Josh Ives

UN chief: Israel’s construction plans ‘fatal blow’ to two-state solution

Palestinians throw rocks during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against the expansion of the nearby Jewish settlement of Kdumim, in the northern West Bank village of Kufr Qaddum, near Nablus, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012.

related articles Europe threatens to withdraw support for Israel over settlement building plans…

Turkey requests Nato missile defences amid Syria chemical weapons fears

Turkey requests Nato missile defences amid Syria chemical weapons fears

A Dutch Patriot missile installation. The Dutch and German parliaments are expected to approve the deployment of Patriot systems in Turkey this week. Photograph: Robert Vos/EPA Turkey asked for Nato Patriot missile defences to be deployed on its…
photo: UN / Evan Schneider

UN Security Council welcomes continued cooperation between Iraq and Kuwait

UN Security Council welcomes continued cooperation between Iraq and Kuwait

Print 1 December 2012The United Nations Security Council welcomes the continued cooperation of the Governments of Iraq and Kuwait, the 15-member said today in a press statement today. In addition, it welcomed “Iraq’s continued…
photo: UN / UN

Explosions, shooting heard at U.S. base in Afghanistan

Explosions, shooting heard at U.S. base in Afghanistan

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Two explosions and shooting were heard at a U.S. base in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday, a Reuters witness said. The Taliban said they carried out an attack on the compound and inflicted casualties….
photo: US Navy / Josh Ives

Merkel Does Not Rule Out Future Greek Debt ‘Haircut’

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras arrive deliver a statement to the media at the Maximos mansion in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday that Greece‘s creditors may look at writing down more of its debt but not before the current bailout program has run its course. Last Tuesday euro zone finance ministers and the IMFÂ approved a package…
photo: AP / Thanassis Stavrakis

US Senate Passes New Sanctions on Iran

President Barack Obama meets with congressional leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 14, 2011, regarding the debt ceiling. From left are, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio,, the president, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev.

The U.S. Senate approved a new round of economic sanctions against Iran Friday, ignoring warnings by the White House that the additional measures could prove counter-productive to the goal of persuading Iran to curb its nuclear programme. The 94-0…
photo: AP / Charles Dharapak

HIV/AIDS Afflicts Migrants Living in Wealthy Countries

HIV/AIDS Afflicts Migrants Living in Wealthy Countries

GENEVA â?? The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is calling on governments to provide migrants with preventive care and treatment for HIV/AIDS. To mark this year’s World AIDS Day, IOM is focusing on the plight of migrants who,…
photo: UN / Devra Berkowitz

Kansas City Police: Chiefs player killed girlfriend, then self

 An unidentified Kansas City, Mo. police officer guards an entrance to Ward Parkway shopping center in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, April 29, 2007. The shooting at the mall left at least three people dead, including the gunman, police said. (gm1)

Video: KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend early Saturday, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager after first thanking them for…

Manning testifies at pretrial hearing

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, center, is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, after attending a pretrial hearing.

Army private Bradley Manning, charged in the largest leak of classified material in American history, spoke at length on Thursday about his treatment in military custody, saying he grew distressed and considered suicide. In a clear voice and often…
photo: AP / Patrick Semansky

China’s Taking The Gloves Off In The South China Sea By Boarding Ships Any Place It Likes

Capt. James J. Ware, left, commanding officer of the medical treatment facility aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), speaks with a group of Chinese medical observers aboard Comfort.

The Hainan province in reference to the disputed territories of the South China SeaStarting January 1 police in the southern Chinese Island province of Hainan will board and search ships which enter what China considers its territory in the South
photo: US Navy / U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Stratton

2.5% of HIV positive in Jharkhand, children

A boy holds a banner as he walks in an anti-AIDS rally observing World AIDS Day in Calcutta, India, Friday, Dec. 1, 2006. Indian health authorities are trying to curb the spread of HIV in India, where nearly 5.2 million people are infected, giving it the world's highest number of HIV and AIDS cases, said India's Health Minister Anbumani Ram

November 29: Out of the 23,600 HIV positive people in Jharkhand, 2.5 per cent are children, a UNICEF release said here today. Quoting a report by National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), the UNICEF said 91% of the HIV positive people are aged…
photo: AP / Bikas Das

Internet down nationwide in Syria

In this image posted on the Internet by Shaam News Network, showing what they purport to be a military tank on the streets of the city of Hama, Syria, on the "third day of Ramadan", Wednesday Aug. 3, 2011.

BEIRUT — The Syrian government shut down the Internet across the country and cut cellphone services in select areas Thursday, as rebels and government troops waged fierce battles near the capital’s airport, wounding two Austrian
photo: AP / SHAMSNN

Kosovo Celebrates War Crimes Acquittal of Former PM, Serbia Angry

Kosovo's former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj gestures during an interview with The Associated Press in Kosovo's capital Pristina Tuesday, April 22, 2008. Kosovo's former prime minister, acquitted of killing Serbs by a United Nations war crimes tribunal called upon ethnic Albanians Tuesday to make a "proper offer" for the Serb minority to overcome their objections to Kosovo's independence. Haradinaj urged governments around the world Tuesday to help peace in the Balkans by recognizing Kosovo's independence. "We call upon other countries to recognize us as an independent state," Haradinaj told the Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. "It would be the right input to normalization and peace in the region".

Kosovars are celebrating a U.N. court’s acquittal of former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj and two of his associates of war crimes, while Serbia has expressed outrage at the verdict. The Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former…
photo: AP / Visar Kryeziu

George H.W. Bush Hospitalized With Bronchitis: Report

George HW Bush

Former President George H.W. Bush is being held at Houston’s Methodist Hospital on Thursday after undergoing treatment for bronchitis, CNN and the Houston Chronicle report….

UN extends arms embargo on Congo rebels

UN extends arms embargo on Congo rebels

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press | November 28, 2012 | Updated: November 28, 2012 2:34pm Comments (0) E-mail Print
photo: UN

US STOCKS-Wall St rises as ‘fiscal cliff’ remarks lift market

In this Nov. 1, 2010 photo, Thomas Bishop, left, talks with a fellow specialist on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Nov. 1, 2010.

* Top Republican lawmaker optimistic can avert fiscal crisis * Getco, Virtu make rival bids for Knight Capital * Costco to pay special dividend * Dow up 0.5 pct, S&P 500 up 0.3 pct, Nasdaq up 0.3 pct By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK, Nov 28 (Reuters) -…
photo: AP / Richard Drew

Extreme weather calls for urgent action, UN says

Extreme weather calls for urgent action, UN says

Extreme weather from melting Arctic ice to Superstorm Sandy shows snail-paced UN climate talks have to do more to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the head of the UN weather agency and its climate chief said. “Climate change is taking place before our…
photo: UN / /Evan Schneider

Ban appoints Abdullah Al Matouq as Humanitarian Envoy for Kuwait

Ban appoints Abdullah Al Matouq as Humanitarian Envoy for Kuwait

Print 28 November 2012 Â? Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Abdullah Al Matouq of Kuwait to work closely with the United Nations humanitarian chief to build stronger partnerships in Kuwait and the Persian Gulf region….
photo: UN / Eskinder Debebe

Russia reports 12% rise in HIV – 200 new cases a day

Russia reports 12% rise in HIV - 200 new cases a day

The number of HIV cases in Russia was 12% higher in the first six months of 2012 than in the same period last year, government health experts say. Official data shows that in the first 10 months, 703,781 Russians had the virus, of whom 90,396 died….
photo: UN / Violaine Martin

Channing Tatum Will Not Have to Battle Kim Jong-un for Sexiest Man Alive 2012 Title …

In this undated photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from left, and his wife Ri Sol Ju clap hands as they watch a performance of the Moranbong Band to celebrate the 59th anniversary of the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War, in an undisclosed location of North Korea.

Each year, as dictated by a lost commandment obtained exclusively by People magazine, only one male can be named the Sexiest Man Alive. If any man would like to challenge People’s selection, he will have to do so in a Sexiest Man AliveOff forum,…


India PM Singh confident of parliament vote

File - The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh addressing at the Economic Times Awards presentation ceremony, in Mumbai on November 10, 2012.
Indian PM Manmohan Singh says his government is confident of winning a test of strength in parliament over its controversial decision to open the retail sector to foreign competition. Parliament has been deadlocked over the issue since last week….
photo: PIB of India

U.S.: China not manipulating its currency

The late Chairman Mao Tse-tung's face is seen on a pack of bills of Chinese yuan next to the U.S. currency.

The Obama administration declined Tuesday to label China a currency manipulator, noting that it has let the yuan rise nearly 10 percent in value against the dollar since June 2010. The decision came in a twice-a-year Treasury report on whether any…
photo: AP / EyePress

Panel discusses relevance of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz at United Nations headquarters

Panel discusses relevance of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz at United Nations headquarters

JAIPUR: The teachings of 12th century Sufi saint Khwaja Gharib Nawaz are timeless and commemorating his 800th annual Urs (death ceremony) at United Nations headquarters is relevant, observed the UN during a panel discussion. The theme of the panel…
photo: UN / Devra Berkowitz

UN nuclear agency reports being hacked

UN nuclear agency reports being hacked

VIENNA – The International Atomic Energy Agency has acknowledged that one of its servers has been hacked. The U.N. nuclear watchdog commented Tuesday after a previously unknown group critical of Israel‘s undeclared nuclear weapons program posted…
photo: UN / Rick Bajornas

American Drones Ignite New Arms Race From Gaza To Iran To China

This photo released on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, claims to show US RQ-170 Sentinel drone which Tehran says its forces downed earlier this week, as an unidentified colonel, right, talks to the chief of the aerospace division of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, in an undisclosed location, Iran

WASHINGTON — The drone wars are here….
photo: AP / Sepahnews

Insurgent attacks kill 30, wound dozens in Iraq

Insurgent attacks kill 30, wound dozens in Iraq

SAMEER N. YACOUB, Associated Press | November 27, 2012 | Updated: November 27, 2012 2:00pm Comments (0) E-mail Print
photo: US Navy / Josh Ives

Palestinians warn: back UN statehood bid or risk boosting Hamas

Palestinians warn: back UN statehood bid or risk boosting Hamas

Failure to support limited recognition would undermine Abbas and validate armed resistance to Israel for many, officials warn Confronted with a Palestinian application to go to the international court, Hillary Clinton reportedly said: ‘Don’t you even…
photo: UN / Paulo Filgueiras

Palestinians predict historic UN vote on statehood

| November 27, 2012 | Updated: November 27, 2012 12:09pm Comments (0) E-mail Print




UN condemns genital mutilation

We are in a small village in the prefecture of Yoto.Situé 80 kilometers from the capital Lome  une femme               Nous sommes dans un petit un village situé dans la préfecture de Yoto.Situé à 80 kilomètres de Lomé la capitale

New YorkThe United Nations General Assembly on Monday passed its first resolution condemning female genital mutilation, which opponents say more than 140-million women worldwide have had to endure. Though outlawed in most nations, the measure…
photo: WN / Eteh

Time Nominates Pussy Riot for 2012 Person of the Year

Pussy Riot members, from left, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alekhina sit in a glass cage at a court room in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012.

NEW YORK, November 27 (RIA Novosti) – Members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot were nominated by influential magazine Time for the 2012 Person of the Year. The punk band is among 40 candidates, who influenced news this year for better or worse….
photo: AP / Misha Japaridze

California confronts a sea change

** FILE ** In this Dec. 11, 2008 file photo, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo speaks in Albany, N.Y.

Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey don’t need to wait on gridlocked Washington to confront future risks from climate-change intensified storms. They can instead look at how California is already moving forward on…
photo: AP / Mike Groll, File

Brazil oil revenue: Mass protest in Rio de Janeiro

Greenpeace activists protest using simulated oil to protest an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron Corp, outside Chevron's offices in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday Nov. 18, 2011.

Thousands of people have protested in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro against a bill they say will deprive Rio state of much of its oil revenue. They are asking President Dilma Rousseff to veto the bill, which has been approved by Brazil‘s…
photo: AP / Silvia Izquierdo

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak to leave politics

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak waves to media after a conference in Tel Aviv, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012.

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said Monday that he will be resigning from politics after Israel‘s January 22 legislative vote. Barak said he would remain in his post until a new government is formed following the election. Israel’s…




Divisive Election in Spain’s Catalonia Gives Win to Separatist Parties

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, flags for sale that combines the slogan of EU aspiration with the red-and-yellow stripes, blue triangle and white star of the “estelada” flag that symbolizes Catalonia's independence drive are laid out in a printing shop in Girona, Spain. Catalonia holds elections on Sunday that will be seen as a test of the regional government's plans to hold a referendum on independence, and one of the key issues emerging is the theoretical place of a free Catalonia in Europe.

BARCELONA, Spain — Voters in Catalonia delivered victory to separatist parties in a regional election on Sunday, raising the likelihood that Spain’s most powerful economic region will hold an independence referendum that Madrid has vowed…
photo: AP / Emilio Morenatti

FIFA names Brazil’s World Cup mascot ‘Fuleco’

The 2014 FIFA World Cup logo is announced in Johannesburg during a ceremony with CBF president Ricardo Texeira, Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and FIFA president Joseph Blatter

SAO PAULO: FIFA has named the mascot for the 2014 Brazil World Cup “Fuleco,” a word which organisers say transmits a message of environmental awareness. Almost half of the more than 1.7 million people who…
photo: Creative Commons / Ricardo Stuckert

Suicide blasts at Nigeria military base kill 11

Nigerian police officers stand guard in an area were the military are battling with gunmen in Kano, northern Nigeria, Wednesday April 18, 2007.

Twin suicide car bombs exploded Sunday at a church inside one of Nigeria‘s top military bases, killing at least 11 people and wounding another 30 in an embarrassing attack showing the continued insecurity that haunts Africa‘s most populous nation. No…
photo: AP / George Osodi

Vettel Wins 3rd Straight F1 Title In Brazil

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates with a German flag after becoming Formula One World Champion 2010 at the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010.

SAO PAULO (AP) — Sebastian Vettel captured his third straight Formula One championship title Sunday, overcoming a first-lap crash to finish sixth in a Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain. “It’s difficult to find the right…
photo: AP / Gero Breloer


Japan PM, opposition chief clash over monetary policy

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, center, is escorted into the meeting hall at the ASEAN Global Dialogue in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said on Sunday that the opposition’s call for radical monetary easing to beat chronic deflation was “dangerous” and defended the independence of the central bank, countering arguments by the…
photo: AP / Apichart Weerawong

World News of the Day From Across the Globe

Photos of Ladsous meeting with President Kabila this morning before his departure for Goma.

1 Shiites killed: A roadside bomb killed at least seven people, including three children, and wounded 30 others at a Shiite Muslim procession in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, police said. About 100 Shiites were passing through the city of Dera
photo: UN

Israel’s shame: Children, the true victims

Shortly before a cease-fire is announced between Israel and Hamas. Israel and the Hamas militant group agreed to a cease-fire Wednesday to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt attacks on each other and ease an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip.The deal was brokered by the new Islamist government of Egypt, solidifying its role as a leader in the quickly shifting Middle East after two days of intense shuttle diplomacy that saw U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton race to the region.Photo by Ahmed Deeb / WN

The rockets slammed in, two in succession, just after 11.30 at night. When Huda Tawfil had shaken herself awake through the confusion and terror, her first thoughts were for her baby. Seeing what she did through the smoke and flames, she burst into…
photo: WN / Ahmed Deeb

ETA set conditions to disband

File - Izaskun Lesaka, center, surrounded by French Police officers, screams as she leaves the hotel where she was arrested with another suspected member of ETA, in Macon, central eastern France, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012.

Spain‘s armed Basque separatist group ETA has expressed its readiness to discuss disbanding with France and Spain if certain conditions are met. IIn a statement published on a Basque news site on Saturday, the group said it was ready to “listen to…

  Pope Appoints 6 New Cardinals To Elect His Successor, No Europeans  Pope Benedict XVI looks on during his visit at Rome's Lutheran church, Sunday, March 14, 2010

Posted: November 24, 2012 Pope Benedict XVI appointed six new cardinals on Saturday and as many Vatican watchers have noted, none of the six were European. Cardinals, sometimes called princes of the Church, are select Catholic bishops who as a group…
photo: AP / Gregorio Borgia

Psy’s “Gangnam Style” Becomes Most-Watched YouTube Video of All Time

South Korean rapper Psy performs his massive K-pop hit "Gangnam Style" live on NBC's "Today" show, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, in New York.

As it turns out, it’s not just Justin Bieber‘s world….
photo: AP / Jason DeCrow


Catalan Vote Could Be a First Step Toward Self-Rule

Supporters of center-right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU) leader, Artur Mas, wave their pro-independence "estelada" flags during the last day of campaigning in a meeting in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.

MADRID — The depth of Catalonia‘s challenge to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy should become clear on Sunday, when an early election could help determine whether Spain‘s most powerful economic region eventually splits from the rest of the…
photo: AP / Emilio Morenatti

Sierra Leone’s Incumbent President Wins 2nd Term

A banner of the All Peoples Congress party(APC) presidential candidate Dr Ernest Bai Koroma along Spur road in Freetown,Sierra Leone.17th November, 2012.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone’s incumbent president handily won re-election and was sworn in late Friday by the country’s chief justice, as the capital of the war-scarred country erupted in drumming and celebration. Connect With Us…
photo: WN / John Sahid

Rise up against corruption – Mbeki

File - Former South African president Thabo Mbeki looks on before South African president Jacob Zuma, unseen, delivers the State of the Nation Address during the opening of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011.

Johannesburg – Former president Thabo Mbeki has urged the people of Africa to celebrate the ANC’s centenary by rising against political and other leaders who abuse power for self-enrichment at the expense of the masses. Delivering a lecture at…
photo: AP / Gianluigi Guercia

Curfew imposed in Kashmir Valley ahead of anti-Israeli protests

Jammu and kashmir Democratic Youth Federation hold pleacards shout anti Israel slogans during a protest in Srinagar, India, Thursday on 22, November 2012. Democratic Federation  protest against the killing of Palestinians during Israel air strikes by burning flags of Israel and demanding intervention of UN to stop bombardment of Gaza by Israel.

Tweet Srinagar, Nov.23 (ANI): Authorities in the Kashmir Valley have imposed a curfew, as the hardline faction of the separatist Hurriyat Conference called for a mass protest in the valley on Friday against the killing of Palestinian people in…
photo: WN / Imran Nissar

Philippines, Vietnam protest map in China passport

In this photo taken on Friday, July 20, 2012, Chinese fishing boats sail in the lagoon of Meiji reef off the island province of Hainan in the South China Sea.

OLIVER TEVES Associated Press= MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A map that China has incorporated into its passports has drawn diplomatic fury because it appears to claim the entire South China Sea, ignoring competing claims from the Philippines, Vietnam
photo: AP

Brazil’s first black Supreme Court president is worn in

Supreme Court Judge Joaquim Barbosa attends deliberations in a case involving a cash-for-votes scheme that could tarnish the legacy of hugely popular former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and the ruling party, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012.

BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazil’s Supreme Court is now headed by a black justice for the first time. Joaquim Barbosa was sworn in on Thursday. He’d already become the only black to have served on the court when he joined it in 2003, even…
photo: AP / Fabio Pozzebom

Russia Opposes NATO Missiles on Turkey-Syria Border

1st Lt. Joan Hollein, a fire control platoon leader from the 43rd Air Defense Artillery Battalion, 35th Air Defense Artillery, 8th U.S. Army, commands a Patriot Missile team during Exercise Joint Red Flag, at the Nevada Test and Training Range, Nellis Air

Russia has warned against NATO‘s possible deployment of Patriot missiles near Turkey‘s border with Syria. Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Thursday that Turkey’s request for deployment to the Western military alliance…
photo: U.S. Army/Jeffrey Hall

Technology used to track Saudi women’s movements

File - Women use their mobilephones to take pictures outside the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque as residents perform Eid al-Fitr morning prayers to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

DENIED the right to travel without consent from their male guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movements. Since last week, Saudi women’s male guardians began…
photo: AP / Hassan Ammar

Cyprus says close to bailout deal with EU/IMF lenders

Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias makes his statement to the media at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, June 1, 2012. Christofias said he has tasked officials to draw up plans on how the country would deal with Greece's possible exit from the eurozone. Christofias told a news conference that conditions would be 'chaotic' if debt-drowned Greece quits the euro and that the impact of such a move would be felt not only by all other countries using the currency, but all of Europe.

NICOSIA (Reuters) – Cash-strapped Cyprus is close to agreeing a bailout package with the European Union and International Monetary Fund, President Demetris Christofias said on Thursday as officials from the lenders left the country after the latest…

Egypt announces Hamas-Israel ceasefire

CAIRO/GAZA – Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement agreed on Wednesday to an Egyptian-sponsored ceasefire to halt an eight-day conflict around the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 140 Palestinians and five Israelis. Announcing the ceasefire in Cairo, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr said it would come into force at 9 p.m. (1900 GMT)…
Palestinians inspect a damaged house following Israeli air strikes in the Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza Strip on November 18, 2012.
photo: WN / Ahmed Deeb

China rules out new climate ‘regime’, setting up US conflict

Smoke billows from a chimney of a heating plant as the sun sets in Beijing Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.

China, India, South Africa and Brazil say a climate agreement expected to take effect in 2020 won’t be a “new regime,” potentially setting up a confrontation with the United States, which is seeking to eliminate a firewall in negotiations between…
photo: AP / Alexander F. Yuan

Former UBS trader convicted of fraud

Former city trader Kweku Adoboli, accused of fraud and false accounting while employed at Swiss banking giant UBS, allegedly involving losses of some 1.5 billion pounds ($2.4 billion/1.8 billion euro) on unauthorized deals, as he arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London, for his ongoing trial, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.

A former UBS trader has been convicted by a London court of one count of fraud related to a loss of $2.3 billion (SFr2.2 billion) on unauthorised trades, bringing to a close an eight-week trial which further damaged the reputation of Switzerland‘s…
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£515 million designer counterfeiting ring unearthed

Fake Ugg brand boots and Louis Vuitton bags are seen on a table at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, during a news conference with Attorney General Eric Holder regarding seizure orders on website domain names of commercial websites involved in the illegal sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and copyrighted works.

Chinese and American authorities have collaborated to bring down a counterfeiting operation in China that was said to be worth a huge £515 million thanks to its production of fake Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Coach handbags. BY Bibby Sowray | 20…
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Some US cities find small steps key to storm protection

Some US cities find small steps key to storm protection

SACO, Maine (Reuters) – In the aftermath of the historic floods caused by Superstorm Sandy, some city leaders have begun to argue for the construction of sea walls capable of shielding the U.S. coastline from ever more intense storms. But in Saco,…
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Former Croat PM jailed for corruption

Staying on a one-day official visit in Hungary, Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader gestures as he speaks during a press conference in Budapest Tuesday, April 8, 20

ZAGREB, Croatia – A court has found former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader guilty on corruption charges and has sentenced him to 10 years in prison. The 59-year-old, who served as prime minister from 2004 to 2009, is the highest ranking former…
photo: AP / MTI, Lajos Soos

France ends combat mission in Afghanistan

France ends combat mission in Afghanistan