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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
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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…
photo: AP / Matt Dunham

£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…
photo: AP / Charles Dharapak

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,…
photo: US DoD / DOD

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

France ended its last combat mission in Afghanistan today, withdrawing troops from a strategic province northeast of Kabul as part of an accelerated departure from the war-torn country. Paris has said all French combat soldiers will leave next month,…
photo: USMC / Pete Thibodeau

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…
photo: AP / Matt Dunham

£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…
photo: AP / Charles Dharapak

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,…
photo: US DoD / DOD

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

France ended its last combat mission in Afghanistan today, withdrawing troops from a strategic province northeast of Kabul as part of an accelerated departure from the war-torn country. Paris has said all French combat soldiers will leave next month,…
photo: USMC / Pete Thibodeau

Livestock trade thriving in war-torn Somalia

Livestock trade thriving in war-torn Somalia

At Hargeisa‘s dusty livestock market two men quietly size each other up, haggling over animal prices by placing fingers on their chequered headscarves to indicate how much they would pay. “If I press one finger, it means 100 shillings, the whole…
photo: UN / STUART PRICE

Russia to clash with US over Arab-proposed Gaza conflict

Russia to clash with US over Arab-proposed Gaza conflict text

UNITED NATIONS – The UN Security Council hit deadlock Monday on a statement on the Gaza conflict with the United States saying it opposes any action that undermines efforts to reach a ceasefire. But Russia warned that unless an Arab-proposed…

India puts off meeting with Pak minister

India puts off meeting with Pak minister

With the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) anticipating fireworks during the winter session of Parliament starting Tuesday, the government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has conveyed to its counterpart in Pakistan to…
photo: UN / Ryan Brown

Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks

This Wednesday, May 23, 2012, file photo, shows the pre-market price for Facebook at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York.

NEW YORK – A look at Nasdaq 10 most-active stocks at 1 p.m.: Apple Inc. rose 5.9 percent to $558.97 with 18,339,500 shares traded. Cisco Systems Inc. rose 1.6 percent to $18.27 with 19,765,700 shares traded. Dell Inc. rose 1.7 percent to $9.01 with…
photo: AP / Mark Lennihan

Germany floats idea of Greek 25-cent-on-euro debt buy-back

Germany floats idea of Greek 25-cent-on-euro debt buy-back

* Buy-back would be voluntary, cut Greek debt by 11 percent of GDP * Lawyers preparing briefing for euro zone meeting * Germany, others, support cutting interest on bilateral loans * Germany, others support raising Greek primary surplus target to 5.0
photo: EC / EC

Colombia-FARC peace negotiations to start in Havana

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos delivers a speech during a televised address to the nation at the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012.

Negotiators for the government of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were to meet in Havana, Cuba, yesterday for talks aimed at ending Latin Americaâ??s longest-running insurgency….
photo: AP / Fernando Vergara

Harley-Davidson sales better than expected, analyst says

Harley-Davidson sales better than expected, analyst says

| A Citi analyst says that it appears Harley-Davidson Inc.‘s October sales increased more than analysts previously expteced. Gregory Badishkanian said that based on checks with Harley dealers, it looks like retail sales were up 10% in October,…
photo: WN / Marzena J.

Civilians flee Goma as UN fails to halt advance of Congolese rebel soldiers

Civilians flee Goma as UN fails to halt advance of Congolese rebel soldiers

Under threat internally displaced Congolese sit inside a United Nations base outside Goma, seeking shelter after being forced to flee. Photo: AFP NAIROBI: Rebel soldiers are close to capturing the largest city in eastern Democratic Republic of…
photo: UN / Eskinder Debebe

Israel-Gaza Conflict 2012: U.S., Britain Warn Of Israeli Ground War

Smoke trails are seen after rockets were fired by Palestinian militants from in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip towards southern Israel on November 18, 2012. Israel continues to hold off on a ground campaign into the Gaza Strip even as it widens the scope of airstrikes. Israeli military aircraft attacked two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets on Sunday.Photo by Ahmed Deeb / WN

The US Economic Data Has Been Weak — Is It Really All About Sandy?

The US Economic Data Has Been Weak — Is It Really All About Sandy?

Walter Kurtz Walter Kurtz writes the financial blog Sober Look. Recent Posts The Truth About Household Formation — A Key Driver To Any Housing GOLDMAN: Here’s What Global GDP Will Look Like In 2050 What Hurricane Sandy Means For The US Economy…
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Tensions flare over South China Sea at Asean summit

Tensions flare over South China Sea at Asean summit

PHNOM PENH: Japan warned on Monday that a row over the South China Sea could directly influence “peace and stability” in Asia as the Philippines publicly disagreed with Cambodia over the contentious territorial issue at a regional summit. Wading into…
photo: US DoD / Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

Asian Markets Mostly Up On Hopes for US Fiscal Deal

Passers-by are seen in front of an electronic stock board in downtown Tokyo, Japan, Friday, Nov. 21, 2008.

Asian markets mostly rose Monday on optimism that US lawmakers will be able to agree a deal to avert a “fiscal cliff” that would tip the world’s biggest economy back into recession. The Nikkei in Tokyo enjoyed a third straight rally due to the yen’s…
photo: AP / Itsuo Inouye

GAO: Troops transitioning out not always getting prompt pain and psychiatric meds

GAO: Troops transitioning out not always getting prompt pain and psychiatric meds

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — With the conflict in Afghanistan winding down and the military trimming its force, the majority of servicemembers transitioning out of the military who need pain and psychiatric medication are not getting the seamless…
photo: USMC / Pete Thibodeau

Liberals Who Celebrate GOP Distancing From Romney Are Biting Into the Poison Apple

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets the crowd at a primary election night rally in Milwaukee, Tuesday, April 3, 2012, after Romney won the Wisconsin Republican presidential primary.

The media is out with great excitement as Republicans lined up to repudiate Mitt Romney’s offensive “gift” comments. The Washington Post wrote, “Ten days after failing to sail into the White
photo: AP / Steven Senne

UN Will Use Internal Review Of Activities In Sri Lanka

UN Will Use Internal Review Of Activities In Sri Lanka

Monday, 19 November 2012, 2:37 pm Press Release: UN News UN Will Use Internal Review Of Activities In Sri Lanka To Do Better, Vows Senior Official New York, Nov 15 2012 3:10PM The United Nations is committed to using an internal review that found…

New York City Will Demolish At Least 200 Hurricane-Damaged Homes

New York City Will Demolish At Least 200 Hurricane-Damaged Homes

Hundreds of New York City homes wrecked by Hurricane Sandy will be demolished after being deemed hazardous to the safety of the public and to nearby buildings. “About 200 homes will be bulldozed in the coming weeks and months, almost all of them one-…
photo: US Navy / Chad J. McNeeley

US has reason to make Cambodia’s summit its own

US has reason to make Cambodia's summit its own

On paper it’s Cambodia‘s summit. In reality it will be Barack Obama’s summit. The United States was admitted to the East Asia Summit only last year, six years after the first summit. But Obama has no intention of easing himself into the organisation…
photo: US DoD / Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

U.S. military will maintain a considerable force in Afghanistan

U.S. military will maintain a considerable force in Afghanistan, says Lavrov

Related topics AfghanistanUN Security Council Advertisement Sergey V. Lavrov, foreign minister of Russia gave a revealing interview on Russian concerns about U.S. military bases in Afghanistan. “When the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)…
photo: US Navy / Josh Ives

A new era in the U.S. relationship in this region, says Panetta

A new era in the U.S. relationship in this region, says Panetta

Related topics PentagonLeon PanettaASEANCambodiaAustraliaPacific Advertisement On November 16, 2012 Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta gave a speech where he reaffirmed the importance of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). “Today, we…

 

NATO report warning about risk of ‘insider attacks’ from Afghan forces suppressed

NATO report warning about risk of 'insider attacks' from Afghan forces suppressed

Tweet Washington, Nov. 18 (ANI): A damning report exposing the causes of a surge in ‘insider attacks’ by Afghan troops was suppressed by military commanders. Nato chiefs were warned last year, in a document they commissioned, that the attacks were…
photo: US Army / Jenny Lui

Insight: Facing austerity, Europe’s bureaucrats chafe

Insight: Facing austerity, Europe's bureaucrats chafe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Workers protesting austerity on the streets of southern Europe weren’t to know it, but earlier this month there was also a strike at the heart of the European Union – by bureaucrats fighting possible cuts. For an increasing…
photo: EC / EU

Big funeral for India’s nationalist politician Bal Thackeray

Bal Thackeray, leader of the right wing Hindu Shiv Sena party, gestures during a news conference in this Feb. 12, 2002 photo in Bombay, India. Police have charged Thackeray with inciting communal passion by calling on Hindus to form suicide squads to attack Muslims, an official said Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002.   (bb2)

Mumbai: Hundreds of thousands of supporters have filled the streets of Mumbai for the funeral of Bal Thackeray, a Hindu leader linked to waves of mob violence against Muslims and migrant workers in India. Nearly 20,000 policemen were on hand…
photo: AP / Rajesh Nirgude

UN attack helicopters target rebels in eastern Congo

UN attack helicopters target rebels in eastern Congo

UN attack helicopters targeted M23 rebels in eastern Congo on Saturday after fighting resumed following a months-long lull in violence, a local official said. Two army officers and 151 rebels were killed in a battle beginning Thursday that the UN…
photo: UN / STUART PRICE

UN Security Council Condemns M23 Rebel Attacks in DR Congo

Uruguayan troops of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) patrol the streets of Goma in armored vehicles to protect residents of the city, which is under threat from the rebel group known as M23, the 13th of July 2012.

UNITED NATIONS, November 18 (RIA Novosti) – The UN Security Council has strongly condemned new attacks by the M23 rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN reported. “The members of the Security Council strongly…
KABUL — A minivan crammed with Afghan civilians on their way to a wedding party in western Afghanistan struck a roadside bomb Friday, killing 17 people, including nine women and at least one child….
photo: US Navy / Josh Ives

AMISOM commends its military operation in Somalia

AMISOM commends its military operation in Somalia

   17/11/2012 Mogadishu ( Mareeg.com) â?? Col. Ali Adam Hamud, the spokesman of the African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said on Saturday that the AU forces are doing good performance in central Somalia….
photo: UN / STUART PRICE

Power outage time after Sandy not extraordinary

Power outage time after Sandy not extraordinary

As the number of nights without power stretched on for thousands left in the dark after Superstorm Sandy, patience understandably turned to anger and outrage. But an Associated Press analysis of outage times from other big hurricanes and tropical…
photo: US DoD / Chad J. McNeeley

Bomb Iran? No. Bomb Gaza? Yes!

Palestinian relatives mourn over the body of Hisham Ghalban, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on November 15, 2012. The violence sparked a furious response from Egypt's Islamist administration, which has close ties with Gaza's ruling Hamas movement.

By Pepe Escobar So many wars to launch, so little time. When you’re the political leader of the most militarized nation on the – as is the case with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu – you gotta find ways to play with your toys….
photo: WN / Ahmed Deeb

Panetta orders ethics training review

Panetta orders ethics training review

BANGKOK – Citing a string of ethical lapses by senior military officers, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has asked the Joint Chiefs of Staff to review ethics training and to brainstorm on ways to steer officers away from trouble. The move is a…
photo: US DoD / Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

CIA to investigate Petraeus’ conduct leading to demise

Gen. David H. Petraeus visits USS Nimitz on Thanksgiving Day, 2009.

WASHINGTON — The CIA said Thursday that it had opened an “exploratory” investigation into the conduct of former director David Petraeus, who resigned after admitting to adultery, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered the military services to…
photo: US Navy / U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eduardo Zaragoza

Obama tours storm-battered New York

New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Thomas Moade from the 174th Attack Wing out of Syracuse New York carries food and water accross a plank to assist a local man on Staten Island on 2 November 2012.

November 16, 2012 — Updated 0238 GMT (1038 HKT) President Barack Obama embraces a local resident on Cedar Grove Avenue during a visit to Staten Island on Thursday, November 15. See photos of the immediate aftermath of Sandy. People receive free…
photo: New York Air National Guard / Tech. Sgt. Jeremy M. Call

Australia, U.S. to hold discussion on energy, security in 2013

Australia, U.S. to hold discussion on energy, security in 2013

CANBERRA, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) — Australia and the United States will have a bilateral discussion on energy supply and security in 2013, Australian Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson said in a statement on Friday. This bilateral…
photo: US DoD / Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

  BP To Pay $4.5 Billion For Deepwater Horizon Disaster

The BP (British Petroleum) logo is seen at a gas station in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007.

Posted: November 15, 2012 BP plead guilty to felony misconduct today for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. The oil company will pay $4.5 billion in penalties for the explosion that killed 11 workers and sent millions of barrels of oil into the…

 

 

US student spots his twin in 16th century Italian painting

Viewers of the Jonas Burgert painting Second Day Nothing at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art.

A student from Philadelphia was left stunned when he discovered that he is the spitting image of an unknown aristocrat in a 16th
photo: Creative Commons / David Shankbone

UN pays homage to personnel, including 2 Indians

UN pays homage to personnel, including 2 Indians

New York, November 15: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon paid homage to 29 UN personnel, including two Indians, who died over the past year in the line of duty, noting peacekeepers and other UN staff are increasingly working in “high risk”…
photo: UN / Eskinder Debebe

UN Security Council to issue communique on Israeli military strikes on Gaza

UN Security Council to issue communique on Israeli military strikes on Gaza

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) — The UN Security Council is expected to issue a communique in what will be its first response to the latest Israeli military offensives against the Gaza Strip, the council presidency said late Wednesday. Hardeep…
photo: UN / Eskinder Debebe

Xi Jinping becomes China leader

China's Vice President Xi Jinping speaks to the US-China Business Council in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.

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photo: AP / Jacquelyn Martin

Rheem Pledges Support to the American Red Cross for Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts

Rheem Pledges Support to the American Red Cross for Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts

Rheem’s support will include a special financing option for homeowners impacted by the storm, a donation program with its distributor partners in the region, and an online fundraising effort. Atlanta (PRWEB) November 14, 2012 Rheem has…
photo: US DoD / DOD

Businesses must do more to help prevent use of trafficked labour â?? UN independent expert

Businesses must do more to help prevent use of trafficked labour a UN independent expert

Print 14 November 2012 Â? Businesses must help prevent and monitor the use of trafficked labour in their supply chains, a United Nations independent expert stressed today, urging enterprises to do their part to protect human rights….
photo: UN / Rick Bajornas

It is time for the judiciary to step in and avert climate catastrophe

It is time for the judiciary to step in and avert climate catastrophe

Judicial intervention would depoliticise climate change, restore democracy and and protect citizens from human right violations…

John McAfee, Security Software Pioneer, on The Run From Police in Murder Investigation

The exterior of security software maker McAfee Inc. headquarters is shown in Santa Clara, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007

Computer security industry pioneer John McAfee says he has gone into hiding in Belize because he believes authorities there are trying to frame him for the murder of a neighbor, a crime he says he did not…
photo: AP / Paul Sakuma

BHP sells diamond mining business

BHP Billiton Chief Executive Officer Marius Kloppers briefly poses for a portrait prior to a media conference in London, Wednesday, Aug., 24, 2011.

Related articles BHP ‘seeks new CE’ amid shake-up for mine chiefs Canadian diamond watchdog alleges Mugabe circle is ‘stealing diamond funds’ In this article JSE-listed companies: BHP Billiton BHP Billiton says it has agreed to sell its entire…
photo: AP / Alastair Grant

CIA v. FBI in Petraeus scandal

FBI investigators enter a home at 39 Waverley Avenue, in Watertown, Mass., Thursday, May 13, 2010.

Click to watch video November 13th, 2012 05:39 PM ET Share this on: Facebook Twitter Digg del.icio.us reddit…
photo: AP / Steven Senne

Chinese Authorities Putting Pressure on Businesses to Help Censor the Web

South Korean computer hackers compete during an information security olympiad at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 10, 2009

BEIJING — As the Chinese cyberpolice stiffened controls on information before the Communist Party leadership transition taking place this week, some companies in Beijing and nearby cities received orders to aid the cause. China’s New…
photo: AP / Lee Jin-man

Global warming talk heats up

Airmen and Soldiers from the New Jersey National Guard search house to house for victims of Hurricane Sandy on Long Beach Island, N.J. on Nov 1, 2012.

Climate change is suddenly a hot topic again. The issue is resurfacing in talks about a once radical idea: a possible carbon tax. On Tuesday, a conservative think tank held discussions about it while a more liberal think tank released a paper on it….
photo: USAF / Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht

‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ premieres in LA

The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 Movie Download | Watch The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 Movie Online

Related topics Bill CondonKristen StewartRobert PattinsonTaylor Lautnerstephanie meyer Advertisement “The Twilight Saga: Breaking DawnPart 2,” had its premiere at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. “The Twilight Saga:…
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Manchester United debt to fall below £400m for first time since Glazer family takeover in 2005

Manchester United board members Avi Glazer, left, Bryan Glazer and Joel Glazer, sons of Malcolm Glazer, prepare to watch their team take on Villarreal in their Champions League soccer match at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Tuesday Nov. 22, 2005

Manchester United are expected to confirm on Wednesday that the club’s debt has fallen below £400m for the first time since the leveraged takeover by the Glazer family in May 2005. Debt falling: Manchester United will announce its figures…
photo: AP / Jon Super

 

 

Israeli aircraft strike Gaza sites

Palestinians inspect the damage to their home following an Israeli military air strike in Rafah town in the southern Gaza Strip on November 11, 2012. The flare-up which began November 10, was one of the most serious since Israel's devastating 22-day operation in the Gaza Strip over New Year 2009, has culminated in six Palestinians being killed and 32 injured by Israeli strikes after militants fired on an Israeli jeep, wounding four soldiers, medics and witnesses said. Photo by Ahmed Deeb / WN

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli aircraft struck three times in Gaza in the early hours of Tuesday morning, hitting a weapons storage facility and two rocket launching sites used by militants, the military said in a statement. As a growing crisis in the…
photo: WN / Ahmed Deeb

U.S. Titan supercomputer named world’s fastest

Matthew Hirschland, communications director for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, stands at the end of two rows of processors that make up a small part of the new Yellowstone supercomputer on the outskirts of Cheyenne, Wyo. on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) — U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced Monday that Titan, a new supercomputer located at the Department‘s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named the world’s most powerful, according to the…
photo: AP / Mead Gruver

Djokovic triumphs at Tour Finals

Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds up the ATP World Tour Tennis singles trophy as he poses for photographers after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland following the final in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012.

Novak Djokovic produced a masterful display to end Roger Federer‘s reign as ATP Tour Finals champion as the world number one swept to a 7-6 (8/6), 7-5 victory in the final on Monday in London. Djokovic underlined why he will finish as the world’s top…
photo: AP / Sang Tan

Palestinians set date for UN bid

Palestine and Hamas Flags adorn the streets in the preparation of the anniversary of Hamas Islamic movement foundation in refugee camp of Rafah in southern Gaza Strip on December 10, 2011. Photo by AHMED DEEB/ WN

RAMALLAH, West Bank – The official news agency of the Palestinian Authority says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has set a date for seeking nonmember observer status at the U.N. Wafa quoted Abbas on Monday as saying the Palestinians will request…
photo: WN / Ahmed Deeb

Cuomo to seek $30 billions for Sandy recovery

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes a point a news conference in New York, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.

New York State will seek $30 billion in new federal aid to help areas devastated by superstorm Sandy, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday. The aid would be in addition to any money the state gets from run existing federal programs, such as those run by…
photo: AP / Richard Drew

  Venice Flooding Swamps 70 Percent Of City, Tourists Swim In Streets

People sit at the table of a bar in a flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

Posted: November 12, 2012 A series of strong winds, high tide, and torrential rain has caused the iconic city of Venice, Italy to flood, with Sunday’s tide reaching its sixth-highest level since 1872. Up to 70 percent of central Venice was…
photo: AP / Luigi Costantini

Will Haiti host Caricom summit?

Will Haiti host Caricom summit?

EVEN prior to Haiti falling victim to the latest natural disaster with deaths and destruction from Hurricane Sandy there were concerns within Caricom that its most populous and poorest member state may once again ask to be excused as host for a…
photo: US DoD / US DoD

How Hu changed China: from hoarded cabbages to Starbucks and Jaguars, but new leaders face problems

Chinese President Hu Jintao addresses the opening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.

As China’s National Party Congress prepares for a once-in-a-decade change of leadership, Kathleen McLaughlin looks at how the country has been transformed over her 10 years in Beijing. Chinese president Hu Jintao hosting a pre-congress meeting before…
photo: AP / Lee Jin-man

Sandy relief efforts highlight hopeful news week for cats

Sandy relief efforts highlight hopeful news week for cats

Related topics Cat NewsNew JerseyCat rescueAnimal ServicesHank the cat Advertisement This week has seen some very bright rays of hope for the world of cats. Felines affected by Hurricane Sandy are finally beginning to benefit from recovery efforts….
photo: US DoD / DOD

Sick, frail struggle most in storm’s aftermath as support networks disintegrate

Sick, frail struggle most in storm’s aftermath as support networks disintegrate

NEW YORK — Some of society’s most vulnerable people — the elderly, the disabled and the chronically ill — have been pushed to the brink in the powerless, flood-ravaged neighborhoods struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy….
photo: US DoD / US DoD

Marines celebrate 237th birthday at Pentagon

Marines celebrate 237th birthday at Pentagon

Related topics usmc birthday Advertisement As the U.S. Marine Corps celebrates its 237th birthday Nov. 10, military officials gathered at the Pentagon yesterday to enjoy a slice of both the service’s storied history and its ceremonial cake. Defense
photo: US DoD / Glenn Fawcett

U.S. denies Russia request for convicted arms dealer Bout

This image provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration shows Russian arms trafficking suspect Viktor Bout, center, in U.S. custody after being flown from Bangkok to New York on Tuesday Nov. 16, 2010 in a chartered U.S. plane

(Reuters) – The United States has refused a request from Russia that convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout be returned to his home country to spend the remainder of his 25-year prison term, a Russian Foreign Ministry official said on Saturday. Bout, 54,…
photo: AP / Drug Enforcement Administration

World news brief

Opposition protesters with their flags gathered in center of Moscow during a rally, Saturday, March 10, 2012. The demonstrators gathered in central Moscow to protest electoral fraud. Saturday's rally is widely seen as evidence of whether the opposition is able to maintain its strength after Vladimir Putin on Sunday won a return to the Kremlin.

Harsh penalty for activist MOSCOW — A participant in a May 6 anti-Putin demonstration was sentenced Friday to four and a half years in a prison colony for fighting with riot police officers in the first adjudication of 18 similar cases that have…
photo: AP / Alexander Zemlianichenko

CIA Director Petraeus resigns in scandal, was Gmail his undoing?

Gmail by Google

CIA Director David Petraeus announced his resignation today after just under a year and a half on the job. Petraeus, also a highly-decorated Army general who came to the public spotlight during the Iraq War in 2003, cited an extramarital affair as…
photo: WN / Arturo Ubaub

Pentagon releases Benghazi timeline, defends response

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta meets with Austrian Minister of Defense Norbert Darabos at the Pentagon, Oct. 29, 2012.

Pentagon leaders knew of the Sept. 11 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi an hour after it began, but were unable to mobilise reinforcements based in Europe in time to prevent the death of the US ambassador, according to a timeline released on…
photo: US DoD / U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

16 inmates killed in Sri Lanka prison shootout

Sri Lankan prisoners watch a meeting before the release of other prisoners from Colombo's main prison, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, May 4, 2004.

By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI, Associated Press COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A shootout between rioting prisoners and security forces at a prison in Sri Lanka’s capital killed at least 16 inmates, while police said Saturday that they arrested five…
photo: AP / Julia Drapkin

 

 

Some 11,000 people flee Syria in 24-hour period

A Syrian refugee carries her son after a medical check at the French mobile hospital set up to treat refugees fleeing the ongoing violence in Syria, at the Zaatari refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan Monday, Aug. 13, 2012.

As many as 11,000 people fled Syria in 24 hours, some of them desperately clambering through a razor-wire fence into Turkey on Friday to escape fierce fighting between rebels and government forces for control of a border town….
photo: AP / Mohammad Hannon

Report: China, India to Overtake U.S. Economy

The Capitol dome is seen at rear as Chinese and U.S. flags are displayed in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, ahead of the arrival of China's President Hu Jintao for a state visit hosted by President Barack Obama.

Our children and grandchildren will live in a vastly different global economy China and India have ramped up investment in public education, increasing high school attendance and graduation rates. Someday, U.S. economic dominance will be a distant…
photo: AP / Charles Dharapak

Norwegian killer complains of prison conditions

File - Accused Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik looks at papers at the courtroom, in Oslo, Norway, Tuesday April 17, 2012.

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who is serving a 21-year sentence for killing 77 people in a bomb and gun rampage last year, has complained that he is being held in inhumane conditions and is being denied freedom…
photo: AP / Frank Augstein

Bradley Manning ‘offers guilty plea’ in Wikileaks case

File - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, center, is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Monday, June 25, 2012, after a pre-trial hearing.

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The alleged source of the Wikileaks revelations has offered to plead guilty to lesser offences than those with which he is charged, says his lawyer. US Army Private Bradley Manning faces a life sentence if found guilty at his Maryland court martial…

photo: AP / Patrick Semansky

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, center, greets the guards of honor as he arrives to the Presidential Palace for his inauguration in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009

Paper Edition | Page: 10 Democratic discussion: Afghan President Hamid Karzai (left) and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan confer as they prepare for a group photo during the Bali Democracy Forum in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Thursday. (AP/Dita…
photo: AP / Anja Niedringhaus

Muamba returns to White Hart Lane

FILE - In this May 2, 2012 file photo, Bolton's Fabrice Muamba wipes tears from his eyes as he returns to The Reebok Stadium before his team's English Premier League soccer match against Tottenham, in Bolton, England. Bolton said Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 that Fabrice Muamba has retired after suffering a cardiac arrest during a game on March 17, 2012.

London – Former Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a cardiac arrest and almost died playing at Tottenham Hotspur in March, made an emotional return to White Hart Lane for the first time on Thursday. Muamba, whose…
photo: AP / Jon Super

Man behind anti-Muslim film jailed for a year

U.S. Federal Marshals block the street as agents drive away in a vehicle believed to be carrying Nakoula Basseley Nakoula after his arraignment in federal court in Los Angeles Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.

Los Angeles: The man behind an anti-Muslim film that led to violence in many parts of the Middle East was sentenced to a year in federal prison for probation violations in an unrelated matter, and issued a provocative statement through his lawyer….
photo: AP / Damian Dovarganes

 

Man behind anti-Muslim film jailed for a year

U.S. Federal Marshals block the street as agents drive away in a vehicle believed to be carrying Nakoula Basseley Nakoula after his arraignment in federal court in Los Angeles Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.

Los Angeles: The man behind an anti-Muslim film that led to violence in many parts of the Middle East was sentenced to a year in federal prison for probation violations in an unrelated matter, and issued a provocative statement through his lawyer….
photo: AP / Damian Dovarganes

Bram Stoker books celebrated in Google doodle

Bran (German: Törzburg; Hungarian: Törcsvár) is a commune in Bra?ov County, Romania. It lies 30 km from the city of Bra?ov. Medieval Bran Castle, located in Bran, is a popular tourist destination as it is purported setting for Count Dracula, in Bram Stoker's Dracula".

Irish novelist who created the best-known vampire in literary and film history was born 165 years ago Bram Stoker books celebrated in Google doodle….
photo: Public Domain / Shooke

7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Guatemala, Killing 39

Residents on motorcycles drive past a damaged road after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in San Marcos, Guatemala, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake shook from Mexico City to San Salvador, centered off the coast of Guatemala. The shaking hit at 10:35 local time (11:35 EST), and the death toll quickly rose from 3, to 15, to 29 and now 39, president Otto Perez Miolina…
photo: AP / Moises Castillo

Ghana Shopping Mall Collaspe…Four Dead and Counting

Rescue workers clear rubble from the remainder of a collapsed building in Accra, Ghana, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.

A shopping mall has collapsed in Ghana, leaving at least three people dead, but a desperate rescue operation has so far pulled out 39 survivors….
photo: AP / Christian Thompson

New storm lines up Sandy-battered US

Residents of New York and New Jersey who were flooded out by Superstorm Sandy are waiting with dread after hearing warnings to evacuate for the second time in two weeks as another, weaker storm spun toward them and threatened to inundate their homes…
photo: USMC / Cpl. Caleb Gomez

Nor’easter causes new power outages, slows Sandy effort

Nor'easter causes new power outages, slows Sandy effort

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. power companies expect the nor’easter whipping across the Mid-Atlantic on Wednesday to create additional outages and possibly slow their efforts to restore service to customers left in the dark by Hurricane Sandy nine days…
photo: USAF / Parker Gyokeres

SOMALIA: A snapshot of humanitarian challenges

SOMALIA: A snapshot of humanitarian challenges

MOGADISHU, 7 November 2012 (IRIN) – After two decades of civil war, Somalia is finally seeing hope for lasting peace. After the August departure of Al-Shabab insurgents, thousands of people have returned to the capital, Mogadishu, looking to rebuild…

Barack Obama Wins Reelection to Second Term

Supporters wave flags during President Barack Obama's election night party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Chicago. President Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

By David Espo, Associated Press WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama won re-election Tuesday night despite a fierce challenge from Republican Mitt Romney, prevailing in the face of a weak economy and high unemployment that encumbered his first term…
photo: AP / M. Spencer Green

Race for US president neck-and-neck

This Jan. 31, 2012 file photo shows a woman voting at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland as early voting began in Ohio's March 6 presidential primary.

US President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney have capped an aggressive, deeply negative and vastly expensive campaign and are awaiting the decision of voters in an election that left Americans the choice of starkly different visions for the…
photo: AP / Tony Dejak

Champions League round-up

Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain from Argentina, second right, celebrates his goal with team mates during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Zaragoza at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.

Manchester City fought back to draw with Ajax and retain their slim hopes of qualifying for the last 16, while Arsenal were held at Schalke after seeing their two-goal lead collapse. Click below for individual match stats and reports:…
photo: AP / Andres Kudacki

Greek unions start 3 days of anti-austerity action

A man passes a labor union banner calling for 48 hour strike in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.

ATHENS, Greece — The conservative-led Greek coalition government detailed a four-year package of austerity measures late Monday, facing down escalating protests by unions and dissent from its left-wing partners. The bill, to be voted in parliament…
photo: AP / Dimitri Messinis

Turkey to try Israeli commanders over Mavi Marmara raid

This file photo made from video provided by the Israeli Defense Force on May 31, 2010 shows what the IDF says is one of several commandos being dropped onto the Mavi Marmara ship by helicopter in the Mediterranean Sea.

A court in Istanbul is to begin the trial in absentia of four retired Israeli military commanders over the storming of a Turkish boat in 2010. Nine Turkish activists died when Israeli commandos boarded the Mavi Marmara as a flotilla tried to break…
photo: AP / Israel Defense Force

Springsteen, Jay-Z, put the pop in Obama rally

President Barack Obama is flanked on stage by musicians Jay-Z, left, and Bruce Springsteen at a campaign event at Nationwide Arena, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.

President Barack Obama brought along two opening acts on the final day of presidential campaign. Bruce Springsteen. Jay-Z, but theirs wasn’t an introduction, it was pop culture moment. The Boss was spending the entire day with Obama, traveling on Air…
photo: AP / Carolyn Kaster

US Presidential Candidates Visit Key States on Election Eve President Barack Obama waives to supporters gathered near the Wisconsin state Capitol, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Madison, Wis.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are making last-minute appeals to voters in key battleground states on the eve of Tuesday’s presidential election. Both President Obama and Mr. Romney campaigned in states they…

Greek unions start 3 days of anti-austerity action

A man passes a labor union banner calling for 48 hour strike in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.

ATHENS, Greece — The conservative-led Greek coalition government detailed a four-year package of austerity measures late Monday, facing down escalating protests by unions and dissent from its left-wing partners. The bill, to be voted in parliament…
photo: AP / Dimitri Messinis

Turkey to try Israeli commanders over Mavi Marmara raid

This file photo made from video provided by the Israeli Defense Force on May 31, 2010 shows what the IDF says is one of several commandos being dropped onto the Mavi Marmara ship by helicopter in the Mediterranean Sea.

A court in Istanbul is to begin the trial in absentia of four retired Israeli military commanders over the storming of a Turkish boat in 2010. Nine Turkish activists died when Israeli commandos boarded the Mavi Marmara as a flotilla tried to break…
photo: AP / Israel Defense Force

Springsteen, Jay-Z, put the pop in Obama rally

President Barack Obama is flanked on stage by musicians Jay-Z, left, and Bruce Springsteen at a campaign event at Nationwide Arena, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.

President Barack Obama brought along two opening acts on the final day of presidential campaign. Bruce Springsteen. Jay-Z, but theirs wasn’t an introduction, it was pop culture moment. The Boss was spending the entire day with Obama, traveling on Air…
photo: AP / Carolyn Kaster

US Presidential Candidates Visit Key States on Election Eve

President Barack Obama waives to supporters gathered near the Wisconsin state Capitol, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Madison, Wis.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are making last-minute appeals to voters in key battleground states on the eve of Tuesday’s presidential election. Both President Obama and Mr. Romney campaigned in states they…
photo: AP / Scott Bauer

TV report: Israel security heads nixed Iran attack

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet at Blair House in Washington, D.C., March 5, 2012.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel‘s prime minister ordered the military to go on high alert for a looming attack on Iran’s nuclear program two years ago, but backed off following strong objections from senior security officials, a respected Israeli news
photo: US Navy / MCS1 Chad J. McNeeley

Afghanistan Massacre: Sgt Robert Bales In Court

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2011 file Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System photo, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 1st platoon sergeant, Blackhorse Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division participates in an exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. A U.S. official on Thursday, March 22, 2012 said Bales will be charged with 17 counts of murder in the massacre of Afghan villagers.

Tweet The US soldier accused of one of the most notorious atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has appeared in a military courtroom, where prosecutors were laying out their case against him. Prosecutors allege Staff Sergeant Robert Bales…
photo: AP / DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock, File

Former FEMA official to head NYC housing recovery effort

Former FEMA official to head NYC housing recovery effort

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday named a former Federal Emergency Management Agency official to lead the city’s housing recovery effort after superstorm Sandy left tens of thousands of local residents homeless…

 

 

Mars methane mystery: Curiosity sniffing for life on the Red Planet

On Sol 84 (Oct. 31, 2012), NASA's Curiosity rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to capture this set of 55 high-resolution images, which were stitched together to create this full-color self-portrait.

On Earth, we take methane for granted. It’s produced by living creatures – such as cattle’s digestive systems and bacteria munching through our refuse in landfills – and geological activity (such as volcanoes and other geothermal processes). In fact,…
photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

Party leaders clear path for power handover in Beijing

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, center, attends an activity to mark this year's National Science Popularization Day at China Agricultural University in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2012. China's presumed next leader Xi made an appearance Saturday for the first time since dropping from public view earlier this month, a two-week absence that fueled rumors about his health and raised questions about the stability of the country's succession process.

SEVERAL hundred of the Chinese Communist Party‘s top leaders have decided on a raft of measures that pave the way for a once-in-a-decade leadership transition that starts this week. Among its decisions, the party’s Central Committee endorsed the…
photo: AP / Xinhua, Lan Hongguang

Rwandans kill DR Congo soldier

File - A soldier stands guard at an M23 rebel training camp in Rumangabo, eastern Congo, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. Fighting may resume soon in eastern Congo if President Joseph Kabila's government does not negotiate with the M23 rebels, said the insurgents' president, Bishop Jean-Marie Runiga, Saturday, Oct. 20. A United Nations report accused Rwanda and Uganda of supporting the rebellion.

Rwanda has accused soldiers from Democratic Republic of Congo of “provocation” after a group crossed the border, leading to clashes along the volatile area. One of the Congolese soldiers was shot dead, while a Rwandan was wounded in the…
photo: AP / Stephen Wandera

S. Korea’s conservative presidential candidate willing to meet with DPRK leader

Ruling Saenuri Party presidential candidate Park Geun-hye, right, is greeted by South Korean business leaders during a financial strategy forum in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.

Tweet Seoul, Nov. 5 (Xinhua-ANI): South Korea‘s ruling Saenuri Party presidential candidate Park Geun-hye said Monday she is willing to meet with Kim Jong Un, the top leader of the Democratic People‘s Republic of Korea (DPRK), to ease strained ties….
photo: AP / Ahn Young-joon

 Northeastern Ohio county shows how crucial state could pivot between Obama, Romney

President-elect Barack Obama speaks to workers about the economy after touring Cardinal Fastener and Specialty Company, which manufactures screws and bolts needed for commercial construction and wind turbines, Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, in Bedford Heights, Ohio.

CANTON, Ohio — After years of planning, billions in TV ads, millions of air miles, countless motorcades and three game-changing debates, it still comes down to Ohio. And Ohio still remains a tossup. Whichever way it goes will likely determine the…
photo: AP / Charles Dharapak

Numerous Global Security Challenges Await Next President

A supporter of President Barack Obama uses a digital camera to snap a picture during a fundraiser at Southern Maine Community College, Friday, March, 30, 2012 in Portland, Maine.

PENTAGON — With much of the Middle East in turmoil, the possibility of a war over Iran’s nuclear program, and a growing al-Qaida threat in Africa, the global security challenges facing the U.S. president in the next four years are huge….
photo: AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

 

 

 

 

 

 

India ruling party stages pro-reforms rally

04 Nov 2012
Sonia Gandhi, India‘s ruling Congress party chief, and Manmohan Singh, prime minister, are set to speak at a major rally in New Delhi to rally support for contentious economic measures in the run-up to the 2014 parliamentary elections. Gandhi, the head of the Congress, will be seeking to drum up support for the party in a bid to win elections for…
From left, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress party president Sonia Gandhi and Congress party general secretary Rahul Gandhi wave to party supporters during a public rally, in New Delhi, India , Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.
photo: AP / Manish Swarup

 

 

Lionel Messi becomes a dad

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, left, and his girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo arrive to the Andres Iniesta's wedding at the castle of Tamarit in Tarragona, Spain, Sunday, July 8, 2012.

BARCELONA superstar Lionel Messi announced this morning the birth of his first child, Thiago, although the club say he will still play on Saturday. Messi‘s partner, Antonella Roccuzzo, delivered their son at the Dexeus hospital about 700 metres from…
photo: AP / Manu Fernandez

Nigerian army kills 30 in militant bastion: Witnesses

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

Nigerian troops shot dead at least 30 people during raids in the northeast city of Maiduguri, bastion of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, witnesses and hospital staff said on Friday. Boko Haram says it wants to create an Islamic state in Nigeria
photo: AP / George Osodi

‘Gangnam Style’ second on YouTube

Red Bull driver Mark Webber, left, of Australia and his teammate Sebastian Vettel, right, of Germany perform with South Korean rapper PSY, centre, and his " Gangnam Style" dance before the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korean International Circuit in Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012.

Seoul: South Korean pop sensation Psy’s Gangnam Style has become the second most-watched YouTube video of all time with more than 620 million hits as the quirky rapper continues to take the world by storm. The 34-year-old singer, whose real…
photo: AP / Dita Alangkara

 


Numerous Global Security Challenges Await Next President

A supporter of President Barack Obama uses a digital camera to snap a picture during a fundraiser at Southern Maine Community College, Friday, March, 30, 2012 in Portland, Maine.

PENTAGON — With much of the Middle East in turmoil, the possibility of a war over Iran’s nuclear program, and a growing al-Qaida threat in Africa, the global security challenges facing the U.S. president in the next four years are huge….
photo: AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

New York Marathon Canceled In Wake Of Hurricane Sandy

Thousands of runners on Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (branded ING New York City Marathon for sponsorship reasons) is a major annual marathon (42.195 km/26.219 mi) that courses through the five boroughs of New York City.

The ING New York Marathon scheduled for this Sunday, where it was meant to begin in the hurricane-ravaged borough of Staten Island, has been canceled. Many were offended by the notion that the city would put resources in the form of police presence,…
photo: Creative Commons / Martineric

Magnitude-6.4 quake shakes Philippines

Mindanao River.

MANILA, Philippines – A magnitude-6.4 earthquake rattled the Philippine island of Mindanao early Saturday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the temblor, which hit at 2:17 a.m….
photo: Creative Commons / arcibald

Nigerian army kills 30 in militant bastion: Witnesses

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

Nigerian troops shot dead at least 30 people during raids in the northeast city of Maiduguri, bastion of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, witnesses and hospital staff said on Friday. Boko Haram says it wants to create an Islamic state in Nigeria
photo: AP / George Osodi

‘Gangnam Style’ second on YouTube

Red Bull driver Mark Webber, left, of Australia and his teammate Sebastian Vettel, right, of Germany perform with South Korean rapper PSY, centre, and his " Gangnam Style" dance before the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korean International Circuit in Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012.

Seoul: South Korean pop sensation Psy’s Gangnam Style has become the second most-watched YouTube video of all time with more than 620 million hits as the quirky rapper continues to take the world by storm. The 34-year-old singer, whose real…
photo: AP / Dita Alangkara

U.N. Rights Official Faults China on Tibetan Suppression

Tibetans in exile with their colorful national flags and banners, protesting to against Chinese rule after 24 self-immolations carryout in Tibet, many of them died and most of them called more freedom for their homeland and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, the capital of India, 08th February 2012.

GENEVA — The United Nations’s top human rights official took China to task on Friday over suppression of the rights of Tibetans, which she said had driven them to “desperate forms of protest,” like self-immolation. Connect…

 

Food insecurity major concern after Hurricane Sandy strikes Haiti

Hurricane Sandy passed to the west of Haiti on 25 October, causing heavy rains and strong winds, flooding homes and overflowing rivers. Residents of an island off the south west coast of Haiti rush to gather aid goods dropped off by a humanitarian mission of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

People walk on a flooded street after hurricane Sandy hit Port Au Prince, Haiti, on Oct. 25, 2012. (Xinhua/Andres Martinez Casares) UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) — A senior UN humanitarian official said Thursday that more than a million people in…
photo: UN / Logan Abassi

2 Billion in Asia-Pacific at Risk of Malaria: Report

Lt. Kimberly Edgel, right, and Carmen Lucas examine a positive malaria blood smear at U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit (NAMRU) 6.

Asia accounts for 88 percent of all malaria cases and most of the 46,000 annual deaths occurring outside Africa, a new report shows Friday as experts demand more urgency in fighting the deadly disease. Leading scientists and health experts meeting in…
photo: US Navy / U.S. Navy photo

Drilling boom to reshape U.S. economic landscape:

In this May 1, 2008, file photo, a customer pumps gas at an Exxon station in Middleton, Mass.

HOUSTON, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) — The oil and natural gas drilling boom will reshape the United States‘ economic landscape in the next five years, according to a study released Thursday. Economic benefits from the booming drilling activity has been…
photo: AP / Lisa Poole

Barack Obama, Action Hero

President Barack Obama, right, is picked-up and lifted off the ground by Scott Van Duzer, left, owner of Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant during an unannounced stop, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Ft. Pierce, Fla.

By SOHRAB AHMARI Arnold Schwarzenegger. Sylvester Stallone. Bruce Willis. Judging by “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden,” a television movie set to air on National Geographic just two days before the U.S. presidential election, producer…
photo: AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Are We Really Going To Run This Race?

Workers assemble the finish line for the New York City Marathon in New York's Central Park, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

They are taking a risk and pushing a big shoe forward, putting more on the line this weekend than just tens of thousands of runners. The New York City Marathon will go on as scheduled Sunday, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the decision has…
photo: AP / Richard Drew

Europe’s oldest prehistoric town unearthed

Korca is known for its back streets.Ottoman rule over Korçë lasted until 1912; although the city and its surroundings were supposed to become part of the Principality of Bulgaria according to the Treaty of San Stefano in 1878, the Treaty of Berlin of the same year returned the area to Ottoman rule.

SOFIA, — A prehistoric town unearthed in eastern Bulgaria is the oldest urban settlement found to date in Europe, a Bulgarian archaeologist said yesterday. Vasil Nikolov, a professor from Bulgaria’s National Institute of Archaeology, said the stone…
photo: Creative Commons / Markussep

NY mayor Bloomberg endorses Obama

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg greets Cmdr. Curt Jones, commanding officer of the amphibious transport dock ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) New York (LPD 21),

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has backed President Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney, saying the incumbent Democrat will bring critically needed leadership to fight climate change after the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy. The…

 

 

India, US to hold joint military exercise at Fort Bragg in 2013

India, US to hold joint military exercise at Fort Bragg in 2013

As many as 400 Indian Army soldiers would arrive at Fort Bragg ? home to airborne and special operations forces ? in the United States next year, to hold a joint annual military exercise. The fortnight long “Yudh Abhyas” from May 3 to 17…
photo: Creative Commons

Obama will win the re-election, predict Americans

President Barack Obama, right standing, points at Andre Wupperman, far left, during an unschedule stop at Gator's Dockside, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. When Obama was told that Andrew was born in Hawaii, he jokingly ask for his birth certificate.

WASHINGTON: With less than a week left for the November 6 presidential election, majority of Americans believe that US President Barack Obama is better poised to win the elections than his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the Gallup poll has said….
photo: AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

British PM loses parliamentary vote on EU budget

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, right, walks from number 10 Downing Street to attend Prime Minister's Questions at the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

LONDON, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) — British Prime Minister David Cameron suffered a major defeat in a parliamentary vote on Wednesday, after rebels in his Conservative party ganged up with the Labor opposition to demand a cut in the EU budget. The motion was…
photo: AP / Matt Dunham

Japan nuke crisis crew not told of danger

In this photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), a worker operates an endoscope to take photos of water in the Unit 2 reactor's primary containment vessel at the the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Monday, March 26, 2012.

IWAKI, Japan: The operator of a Japanese nuclear plant that went into a tsunami-triggered meltdown knew the risks from highly radioactive water at the site but sent in crews without adequate protection or warnings, a worker said in a legal complaint….
photo: AP / Tokyo Electric Power Co.

Protestors push for democracy

Islamist member of Kuwait's parliament Musalam Al Barrak, left, and other opposition lawmakers protest during the National Assembly session of Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010 in Kuwait City. The prime minister Sheik Nasser Mohammed Al Sabah faced a rare grilling from opposition MPs seeking to force his resignation over accusations of using strong-arm tactics against government critics.The political revolt against the Premier could threaten the stability of the government in one of the West's key allies in the Gulf and an important transit point for U.S. military forces leaving Iraq.

Kuwaiti police used teargas and smoke bombs on Wednesday to disperse thousands of protesters marching on a prison where an opposition leader is being held on charges of insulting the emir, witnesses said. The unrest comes amid rising tension caused…
photo: AP / Gustavo Ferrari

New US monument honors military service dogs

New US monument honors military service dogs

LOS ANGELES — The first national monument to pay tribute to military dogs will be unveiled in California in just two months. The U.S. Working Dog Teams National Monument will honor every dog that has served in combat since World War II. Some…
photo: DOD / Public Domain

Israeli ex-leaders discussing campaign to defeat Netanyahu

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, center, walks surrounded by bodyguards as he arrives to a courthouse in Jerusalem, Friday, Sept. 25, 2009.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Former leaders Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni announced on Wednesday they were discussing a partnership that could shake up Israeli politics and lead to a joint campaign to defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a January…

 

 

 

 

 

German Police Arrest Casablanca Bombings Suspect

Armed officers from the German Federal Police patrol at the central station in Berlin, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. Al-Qaida has posted a new video threatening Germany.

BERLIN (AP) — German police say they have arrested a 37-year-old French citizen wanted by Moroccan authorities in connection with the 2003 bombings in Casablanca that killed 45 people. A dozen suicide bombers blew themselves up May 16, 2003, in…
photo: AP / Gero Breloer

Germany, France expect to find solution for Greece in November

Germany, France expect to find solution for Greece in November

BERLIN, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) — The finance ministers of Germanyand Francesaid Tuesday that the two countries are determined to keep Greecein the eurozoneand strive to find comprehensive solutions in November to fill Greece‘s financing gap. “We share the…
photo: WN / Marzena J.

Sandy death toll climbs to 38; millions affected by storm’s devastation

Sandy death toll climbs to 38; millions affected by storm's devastation

Editor’s note: Click the “Play” button on the video player above to view live stream footage of Sandy. The death toll from megastorm Sandy climbed rapidly on Tuesday as millions of people across the Eastern Seaboard began dealing with the extensive…
photo: USAF / Mark C. Olsen

Christie: Devastation at NJ shore ‘unthinkable’

Christie: Devastation at NJ shore 'unthinkable'

As residents began returning to storm-ravaged parts of New Jersey on Tuesday, the extent of the damage became clear, and it was more devastating than most could have imagined: Oceanfront homes were swept from their foundations in Mantaloking,…
photo: US DoD / DOD

New Iranian Surveillance Drones Likely, Expert Says

New Iranian Surveillance Drones Likely, Expert Says

Iran‘s ability to spy on Israeli military could heighten nuke tensions This image made from video released by the Israeli Defense Forces shows the downing of a drone that entered Israeli airspace in southern Israel, Oct. 6, 2012. Claims by the…
photo: US DoD / D. Myles Cullen

UNHCR calls for access to displaced people in Myanmar’s Rakhine

UNHCR calls for access to displaced people in Myanmar's Rakhine

GENEVA, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) — The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) called Tuesday for easier access so that aid can be delivered to people displaced by renewed escalation of violence in western Myanmar. UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said an…
photo: UN / UN

Iran begins new military exercises

Iran begins new military exercises

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s regular army has begun a two-day ground and air military exercise aimed at upgrading its combat readiness and increasing its deterrence against possible attacks. State TV says the drills involve forces in a wide region in…
photo: US DoD / Sara Csurilla

 

 

Ukraine Election: Leader’s Party Claims Victory more

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich goes into a booth at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012.

Tweet Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich‘s party claimed victory Sunday in a parliamentary vote tainted by the jailing of the country’s top opposition leader. With former Premier Yulia Tymoshenko in jail and widespread fears of election fraud, the…
photo: AP / Sergei Chuzavkov

At least seven die in attack on Nigerian Catholic church more

In this Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 photo, a police officer armed with an AK-47 rifle walks past pedestrians as he patrols a major road in Maiduguri, Nigeria. The radical sect Boko Haram, which in August 2011 bombed the United Nations headquarters in Nigeria, is the gravest security threat to Africa's most populous nation.

A suicide bomber rammed an SUV loaded with explosives into a Catholic church holding Mass in northern Nigeria. At least seven people were killed and more than 100 others wounded in yesterday???s attack, which sparked reprisal killings in the city,…
photo: AP / Sunday Alamba

South Africa’s Zuma drops suit over rape cartoon more

South African President Jacob Zuma, looks, up during his state of the nation address in Parliament at Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010.

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma intends to drop a four-year-old lawsuit claiming nearly $600,000 in damages from a cartoonist who depicted him poised to rape “Lady Justice“, his office said on Sunday. The Sunday Times,…
photo: AP / Schalk van Zuydam, Pool

Tens of thousands displaced in Burma unrest more

Tens of thousands displaced in Burma unrest

MORE than 22,000 people from mainly Muslim communities have been displaced in western Burma, the UN said yesterday, after a fresh wave of violence and arson that has left dozens dead. Whole neighbourhoods were razed in unrest in Rakhine state this…
photo: UN / Jean-Marc Ferré

Combatting roadside bombs in Afghanistan more

Combatting roadside bombs in Afghanistan

Roadside bombs are responsible for almost half of the casualties among international forces in Afghanistan. Now explosives experts are using the latest technology to protect against such attacks. That technology will be shared with Afghan forces as…
photo: US DoD / Lance Cpl. Cesar Contreras

New Afghan War Phase, With No Decisive End Seen more

New Afghan War Phase, With No Decisive End Seen

Kabul, Afghanistan. A new chapter of the Afghanistan war is opening with a slimmed-down Western force doing more advising than fighting, a resilient Taliban showing little interest in peace talks, and Americans tempted to pull the plug on a conflict…
photo: US Army / Brendan Mackie

 

 

Japan says four Chinese ships in disputed waters more Taketomi (???, Taketomi-ch??, Yaeyama: Teedun, Okinawan: Dakidun) is a town located in Yaeyama District, Okinawa, Japan. The town includes all of the islands in the Yaeyama District excluding Ishigaki, Yonaguni, and the Senkaku Islands.

TOKYO: Four Chinese maritime surveillance ships were spotted in territorial waters around disputed Tokyo-controlled islands on Sunday, Japan‘s coastguard said. The ships…
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7.7-magnitude quake hits Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada region: USGS more

Fort Christian on the NRHP since May 5, 1977. At Saint Thomas Harbor, Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands. The Danish fort is the oldest structure in the U.S. Virgin Islands

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) — An earthquake of 7.7 magnitude jolted Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada region at 03:04:10 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. The epicenter, with a depth of 17.5 km, was initially determined to be at…
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Seven Tibetans burn themselves in anti-Beijing protests: group more

Exiled Tibetans hold candle light vigil for self-immolated martyrs in Dharamshala, India, April 2012.

BEIJING (Reuters) – A total of seven Tibetans have set fire to themselves in the past week in protest against what they claim is heavy-handed Chinese rule in the Himalayan region, a human rights group said in a statement issued late on Saturday….
photo: WN / Yeshe Choesang

Spy who saved President Roosevelt’s life during WWII honored with monument more

Col Theodore Roosevelt stands triumphant on San Juan Hill, Cuba after his "Rough Riders" captured this hill and its sister Kettle Hill during the Spanish American War.

Related topics RussiaSpySVRRooseveltWWII Advertisement At the quite cemetery of the capital Troekurovsky, was unveiled the opening of a monument to legendary spy of the Soviet Union, Gevork Vartanyan Andreyevich. “Gevork Vartanian was born on…
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Israelis pay tribute to Rabin in memorial rally more

 A giant picture of assassined Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin

JERUSALEM – Thousands of Israelis are gathering at the Tel Aviv square where Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated to mark the 17th anniversary of the former prime minister’s death and remember his call for peace. Rabin was gunned down on Nov. 4, 1995 by a…
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Thousands displaced by ethnic violence in Burma more

In this Oct. 25, 2012 photo, a Rakhine refugee receives medical treatment at Kyauktaw hospital in Kyauktaw, Rakhine State, western Myanmar. At least 56 people have been killed and 1,900 homes destroyed in renewed ethnic violence between the Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya communities in western Myanmar as the government warned perpetrators and the international community appealed for calm.

Renewed ethnic violence between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya in Burma’s western Rakhine state has left thousands displaced, driving them into already overcrowded camps near the state capital, the UN said on Saturday. Thousands of displaced…
photo: AP / Khin Maung Win

UAE calls for a world without n-weapons more

Qatari boys with their faces painted in the colours of their national flag, blow vuvuzelas, at Doha's traditional souk where people gathered to follow FIFA's selection on the two countries to host the World Cups, 2018 and 2022, in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010.

Quebec, October 26: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has said it will remain committed to nuclear disarmament and warned the world against security, political, economic and environmental risk of the nuclear race. Ahmed Obaid Al Mansouri, member of UAE…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berlusconi sentenced to jail for tax fraud

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MILAN (Reuters) – An Italian court on Friday sentenced former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to four years in jail for tax fraud in connection with the purchase of broadcasting rights by his Mediaset television company. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi waves as he arrives for a debate on a package of economic reforms intended to…
Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi attends the presentation of a book by the former minister of Public Administration and Innovation Renato Brunetta, in Rome, Thursday Sept. 27, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYPD officer arrested after cannibalism plot (Video) more

Law enforcement in the U.S. is maintained primarily by local police departments. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is the largest in the country.

Related topics News Advertisement A NYPD officer was arrested and charged after authorities discovered his cannibalism plot. On Oct. 25, NJ.com reported that Gilberto Valle was planning to “kidnap, cook, and eat 100 women.” Investigators found…

Russian spaceship docks with ISS more

In a photo provided by NASA, Family of the newly arrived International Station Expedition 33/34 crew members, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, front left, NASA astronaut Kevin Ford, front center, and Russian cosmonaut Evgeny Tarelkin, front right, talk via phone to the crew from the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, Russia shortly after the three joined Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, back left, Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams of NASA, back center, and Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.

MOSCOW, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) — Russia‘s manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-06M has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS), Russia’s Mission Control Center said Thursday. The docking was completed at 16:29 Moscow time (1229 GMT),…

Illegal medications seized in 16 African countries more

The Haitian National Police (HNP) with the support of Police serving with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) analyse drugs at the DCPJ on August 2, 2012. The HNP with the assistance of MINUSTAH and the US Embassy, destroyed 2.27 tons of illegal drugs; 1.606 kg of marijuana and 453 kg of cocaine in Ganthier near Port au Prince on August 3, 2012. After being analysed and inventoried, the drugs were transfered from the DCPJ  in an armed convoy to Ganthier in where they were set alight and destroyed. Photo Victoria Hazou UN/MINUSTAH

The operation, called Vice Grips 2, was carried out by customs inspectors in 16 ports from July 11 to 20, it said. “It is the biggest operation of its kind,” Christophe Zimmermann, in charge of anti-counterfeit operations at the WCO, said at a press…
photo: UN / Victoria Hazou

N. Korean Army General Executed with Mortar for Drinking more

Kim Jong-il Funeral ceremony .Kim Jong-il died of a suspected heart attack on 17 December 2011 at 08:30 while traveling by train to an area outside Pyongyang.

MOSCOW, October 25 (RIA Novosti) – A high-ranking North Korean Army official was reportedly executed with a mortar round for drinking liquor during the 100-day…

This May 6, 2011 photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. shows a worker points at something on the first floor of the turbine building of the reactor Unit 1 at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

TOKYOJapan‘s crippled nuclear power plant is struggling to find space to store tens of thousands of tons of highly contaminated water used to cool the broken reactors, the manager of the water treatment team said. About 200,000 tons of radioactive…
photo: AP / Tokyo Electric Power Co.

Israel and Hamas ‘negotiate unofficial truce’ in Gaza more

A Militants of Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas, on patrol at Rafah border between Gaza strip and Egypt in the southern Gaza strip on October 18, 2012. Last year, Israel freed more than 1,000 jailed Palestinians in a swap for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier held in Gaza.

Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant movement controlling Gaza, are said to have reached an unofficial ceasefire after days of deadly attacks. The truce was negotiated with the help of Egypt but its exact terms and duration remain unknown, the…

 

 

 

 

 

Apple announces iPad mini for $329; shares fall more

The iPad Mini is shown in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. Apple Inc. is refusing to compete on price with its rivals in the tablet market, it's pricing its new, smaller iPad well above the competition.

Updated: October 23, 2012 8:11PM SAN JOSE, Calif.Apple Inc.’s pencil-thin, smaller iPad will cost much more than its competitors, signaling that the company isn’t going to get into a mini-tablet price war. The company unveiled the iPad Mini on…

Qatari Emir concludes historic visit in Gaza more

A Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani waves to the crowds during a welcoming ceremony. He has pledged ($400m) for building in the strip, which has been ravaged by a long conflict with Israel on October 23, 2012. The Emir of Qatar arrives to meet Hamas leadership on an official visit, becoming the first head of state to visit the Gaza Strip since Hamas came to power there in 2007.Photo by Ahmed Deeb / WN

GAZA, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) — The Emir of Qatar Shaikh Hamad Ben Khalifa al-Thani concluded on Tuesday an official historic visit in the Gaza Strip, ruled by Islamic Hamas movement, which lasted for seven hours. The Emir and the Qatari delegation entered…

Army pushes into Bani Walid as Libya marks anniversary more

Libyan rebel fighter is silhouetted next to El Malti Mosque on the way to the city of Bani Walid, Libya, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011.

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – The Libyan army and allied militias have seized control of strategic buildings in the former Gaddafi stronghold of Bani Walid, a military spokesman said on Tuesday, as Libya marked the first anniversary of its…

Champions League round-up more

Logo of the Champions League in the Grimaldi Forum, during the UEFA Champions League draw, in Monaco, Friday Aug. 28, 2009.

Celtic were denied a famous point against Barcelona by a stoppage-time winner, on a night when Manchester United had to come from behind to beat Braga and Chelsea suffered defeat….

UBS “rogue trader” was warned about SocGen scandal, court told more

View of the Societe General bank headquarters in Paris, Thursday Aug. 11, 2011.

LONDON (Reuters) – Ex-UBS trader Kweku Adoboli was warned by the Swiss bank about a “rogue trading” scandal at France‘s Societe Generale years before he was charged with fraud over losses of $2.3 billion at UBS, a London court heard on Tuesday. Along

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK to double its armed drone fleet in Afghanistan more

File - U.S. Army Sgt. David Smitt maintains over watch during an air assault patrol with U.S. soldiers and British gunners in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Feb. 10, 2011.

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Romney, Obama veer back to economy in foreign-policy debate more

President Barack Obama speaks at the at the Urban and Metropolitan Policy Roundtable at the Eisenhower Old Executive Office Building in Washington, Monday, July 13, 2009

By Mark Z. Barabak and Michael A. Memoli Chicago Tribune Comments Boca Raton, Fla. â?? Mitt Romney charged that America‘s strength abroad has been undermined by weakness at home, while President Barack Obama argued that the nation is “stronger now…

Finnish PM in knife attack scare more

A man has confronted the Finnish prime minister with a knife at a rally, sending shockwaves through a country engaged in deep debate over austerity and about to take to the polls. The prime minister was not harmed. A man who pulled out a…

Judge Marco Billi, right, flanked by court clerk Patrizia Cripoli reads the verdict at L'Aquila court, Italy, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.

Related topics Earthquake predictionsEarthquake reportsItaly earthquake Advertisement An Italian court has convicted seven scientists of manslaughter charges on Monday for failing to adequately warn residents before an earthquake struck central Italy

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Gore Vidal and former U.S. Senator George McGovern at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, August 26, 2009

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EU alarmed over DR Congo violence more

EU alarmed over DR Congo violence

BrusselsThe European Union on Monday sounded the alarm about violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, calling for an end to support for armed groups in the area. EU President Herman Van Rompuy lamented the “tragic consequences…

 

Michelle Bachelet: Decision-making bodies should have at least 30% women more

Michelle Bachelet: Decision-making bodies should have at least 30% women

Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile from 2006-10, is the first undersecretary general and executive director of UN Women. Bachelet was also Chile’s – and Latin America‘s – first female defence minister. Visiting India, Bachelet spoke with…

EU leaders seal watchdog deal to monitor banks more

EU leaders seal watchdog deal to monitor banks

European leaders agreed on Friday to police thousands of eurozone banks beginning next year as they sought to create much-needed jobs in their austerity-battered economies. By the close of a two-day summit, France and Germany had patched up…

Afghan extremists target scouting movement more

Afghan extremists target scouting movement

Efforts to revive the scouting movement in Afghanistan have encountered fierce local hostility, including deadly threats, as extremists suspect the recruits are working as police or even spreading a form of Christianity. Girls and boys attending the…

EU summit: Much ado about nothing more

EU summit: Much ado about nothing

As usual, it turned out to be a case of “much ado about nothing”. Despite all the rhetoric, this week’s summit of the European Union (EU) has simply delayed decisions on a European banking union and tighter fiscal integration. These…

IMF changes austerity spots more

IMF changes austerity spots

HONG KONG — As I predicted, the Tokyo annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group were almost a complete waste of time. Nevertheless, there were a few new interesting things to emerge. From Japan‘s point of view,…

Seat comes with responsibility to aid the troubled more

Seat comes with responsibility to aid the troubled

IT’S not often that I agree with Greg Sheridan. However, on Australia‘s successful bid for a temporary seat on the UN Security Council it is hard to disagree (“Up with Rwanda, Luxembourg but at what cost?”, 20-21/10). The UN is no…

UN: southern Africa food shortages worsen more

UN: southern Africa food shortages worsen

The United Nations deputy humanitarian chief says food shortages are “a chronic problem” in southern Africa and more than 5.5 million…

 

 

 

Will a temporary truce work in Syria 	Will a temporary truce work in Syria?

The United Nations and Arab League special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is in Damascus to persuade Bashar al-Assad, Syrian president, to comply with a four-day truce. He is proposing it begin during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, on October 26th….

Investigating the natural world more

Investigating the natural world

University of Washington scientists are using advanced photography to look at the world in new ways, from the slopes of Mount Rainier to the depths of the Pacific Ocean. The Burke Museum is hosting four programs featuring environmental researchers…

Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg weds Countess Stephanie de Lannoy more

Luxembourg's Prince Guillaume and Countess Stephanie kiss on the balcony of the Royal Palace after their wedding in Luxembourg, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012.

Related topics Royal WeddingsLuxembourg Royal WeddingCountess Stephanie de Lannoy Advertisement Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stephanie de Lannoy of Belgium were married earlier today in a religious ceremony, October 19, 2012, at the…

Guatemala shooting raises concerns about military’s role more

Guatemala shooting raises concerns about military's role

POPTUN, Guatemala — This nation’s military, once one of the most brutal and feared in Central America, is resurging to take on violent crime, forging closer ties with U.S. troops and law enforcement even as worry over human rights abuses and…

U.S. terror attack was averted — this time more

Pedestrians walk past the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in New York, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.

This is the way it’s supposed to work. The would-be terrorist is discovered early in his plotting. His schemes are recorded every step of the way. His bomb’s a phony. His cohorts are on the payroll. Evil as his motives appear to be, the public is…

Israeli naval vessels take control of pro-Palestinian boat seeking passage to Gaza more

Escorted by Israeli Navy vessels, the 1,200-ton aid ship 'Rachel Corrie' approaches the port of Ashdod, Israel, Saturday, June 5, 2010.

JERUSALEM – Israeli soldiers commandeered a vessel carrying pro-Palestinian activists destined for Gaza on Saturday, cutting off communications and steering it from international waters toward the Jewish state. The ship was the latest in a series of…

Cyberspace is battlefront of the future: US defense secy more

Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on cyberspace operations.

WASHINGTON: Cyberspace is the battlefield of the future, with attackers already going after banks and other financial institutions and developing the ability to strike US power grids and government systems, defense secretary Leon Panetta said on…

 


Gallup study: 3.4% of U.S. adults identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender more

Gay rights pioneer Lilli Vincenz, 74, right, and her life partner Nancy Ruth Davis, 75, pose intheir home in Arlington, Va., Thursday, May 10, 2012. At the birthplace of the gay rights movement, patrons at New York City's Stonewall Inn said they felt like they were living history.

NEW YORK — A new Gallup survey, touted as the largest of its kind, estimates that 3.4 percent of American adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The findings, released Thursday, were based on interviews with more than 121,000

Pianist on trial in Turkey for insulting Islam more

 Fazil Say

A leading Turkish pianist and composer appeared in court yesterday accused of offending Muslims and insulting Islam in comments he made on Twitter. Fazil Say, who has played with the New York

43 Killed By Airstrikes in Northern Syria, Activists Say more

In this citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, smoke leaps the air from purported forces shelling in Homs, Syria.

Syrian activists and medical officials say a series of government air strikes on rebel areas in the country’s north has killed at least 43 people, including many children. The activists said the strikes happened late Wednesday and early Thursday…

Rwanda gets Security Council seat amid Congo probe more

Rwandan president Paul Kagame speaks to his supporters that assembled at the Nyamarambo stadium in the capital of Kigali, Friday, Aug. 6, 2010, during a rally for the upcoming presidential elections which will be held on Aug. 9 2010.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Rwanda was among five nations elected to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday, amid an ongoing investigation by a U.N. panel of its role in neighboring Congo‘s rebellion. The election of Rwanda was likely to renew questions…

5 Countries Elected to UN Security Council more

In this photo provided by the United Nations, a U.N. conference officer distributes ballots to delegations as the UN General Assembly prepares to elect five new non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at United Nations headquarters in New York.

UNITED NATIONS — Five countries have won two-year terms on the 15-member U.N. Security Council, including one potentially controversial country – Rwanda. Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, Rwanda and South Korea won non-permanent seats in the…

Google Blames R.R. Donnelly For Earnings Leak more

Electronic screens for Google and the Dow Jones Industrial Average are shown at the Nasdaq MarketSite on Tuesday,

“Earlier this morning RR Donnelley, the financial printer, informed us that they had filed our draft 8K earnings statement without authorization,” explained Google, in an email to TheStreet. “We have ceased trading on NASDAQ while we work to finalize…

Mali Islamists bulldoze more tombs in Timbuktu more

In this Tuesday, April 24, 2012 file photo, fighters from Islamist group Ansar Dine stand guard during a hostage handover, in the desert outside Timbuktu, Mali.

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Heavily armed Islamists bulldozed the tombs of three local Sufi saints near Mali‘s desert city of Timbuktu on Thursday, residents said, the latest in a series of attacks in the rebel-held north that critics say threaten its…

 

 

October 18. 2012

Sylvia Kristel, star of Emmanuelle, dies more

Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, who played the role of "Emmanuelle", poses for the camera when she arrived at the Cannes Fim Festival, Cannes, May 22, 1975.

Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, who starred in the 1974 erotic French film Emmanuelle, has died aged 60. “She died during the night during her sleep,” her agent Marieke Verharen told the AFP news agency. The…

China’s Economic Growth Slows to 7.4 Percent more

In this Sept. 21, 2012 file photo, an elderly Chinese couple look at a model of a property on sale during the China Property and Investment Show in Beijing.

BEIJING (AP) — China’s economic growth tumbled to the lowest in more than three years in the latest quarter but retail sales and investment improved in a possible sign a painful slump might be stabilizing. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow

Feds: 1 arrested in plot to attack Federal Reserve more

Pedestrians pass the Federal Reserve Building Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in New York.

NEW YORK â?? Federal authorities on Wednesday arrested a man they said was plotting to blow up the Federal Reserve building in Manhattan, just blocks from the World Trade Center site. Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was arrested in a sting…

IBM, Intel, eBay: Tech Winners & Losers more

In this Thursday, July 12, 2012, file photo, Intel Core i7 processors are stacked at a store in Cambridge, Mass. Intel Corp., the world's largest chipmaker, said Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, net income fell 14 percent from last year in the latest quarter, and it's looking at tough conditions in the new quarter.

For the fourth-quarter, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based firm expects revenue of $13.6 billion, plus or minus $500 million. Non-GAAP gross margins are expected to be between 57% and 58%, plus or minus a couple of percentage points. That’s slightly below…

UN and International Criminal Court have joint roles in ending impunity, Ban says more

UN and International Criminal Court have joint roles in ending impunity, Ban says

Print 17 October 2012The United Nations Security Council has a vital role to play in assisting the International Criminal Court (ICC) to ensure that war crimes and crimes against humanity around the world do not go unpunished,…

U.S. negotiating with Afghanistan to extend troop presence beyond 2014 deadline in country more

U.S. negotiating with Afghanistan to extend troop presence beyond 2014 deadline in country

Tweet Washington, Oct. 17 (ANI): The United States troops, who were scheduled to leave Afghanistan by 2014, would now be extending their stay in the war-torn country, and negotiations over the extension would be beginning soon, a top State Department

UN warns of increasing risks of foreign jihadists radicalizing Syrian conflict more

Tweet London, Oct. 17 (ANI): A UN commission on human rights abuses in Syria has warned of the increasing risk of foreign Islamist militants radicalizing the conflict….

 

 

 

 

October 17, 2012

Hunger soars in the Philippines more

Mother and his baby in the roadside of Malate Philippines. Beggar - Poverty - Poor - Hunger

There has been a staggering increase in the number of undernourished Filipinos over the past two years, according to a new study. “The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012,” a global assessment of nutrition levels released on Tuesday, revealed…
photo: WN / Sweet Radoc

Exoplanet around Alpha Centauri is nearest-ever more

Icy exoplanet. Artist's impression. The search for planets outside our Solar System constitutes a key element of what is possibly the most profound question for humanity: is there life elsewhere in the Universe

Astronomers have found the nearest planet outside our Solar System, circling one of the stars of Alpha Centauri just four light-years away. The planet has at minimum the same mass as Earth, but circles its star far closer than Mercury orbits our Sun….
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UN accuses Rwanda of leading DR Congo rebels more

A boy with a cart rides down the street at the Kanyaruchinya internally displaced persons camp in Goma. Behind him, peacekeepers from the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) provide security for the camp, 8 August, 2012.

Rwanda‘s defence minister is commanding a rebellion in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that is being armed by Rwanda and Uganda, both of which sent troops to aid the insurgency in a deadly attack on UN peacekeepers, according to a UN report. The…
photo: UN / Sylvain Liechti

Obama, Romney Spar in Crackling Debate more

President Barack Obama, foreground, and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney participate in the second presidential debate at Hofstra University, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in Hempstead, N.Y.

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — An aggressive President Barack Obama accused challenger Mitt Romney of peddling a “sketchy deal” to fix the U.S. economy and playing politics with the deadly terrorist attack in Libya in a Tuesday night debate crackling with…
photo: AP / Mary Altaffer

Afghan malnourished hit by poverty and education more

File - Children play in the newly established Sosmaqala Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp comprised of Afghans which have recently returned to their country following 25 years as refugees in neighboring Iran.

October 17, 2012 — Updated 0045 GMT (0845 HKT) Rahman Mina Camp, Afghanistan (CNN) — A 30-minute drive from the heart of the Afghan capital along dusty pot-holed roads lie the slums of the city. In the distance are plains with some patches of…
photo: UN / Eric Kanalstein

US outraged as UK denies hacker extradition more

Gary McKinnon The Pentagon internet hacker is seen at a press conference in London, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009.

THERESA May, the British Home Secretary, risked diplomatic tensions with the US yesterday when she invoked human rights to halt the extradition of the computer hacker Gary McKinnon. Mrs May delighted Tory backbenchers with Britain’s first refusal to…
photo: AP / Kirsty Wigglesworth

Congo: Rwanda and Uganda Arm Congo Rebels, U.N. Report Says more

An M23 rebel stands guard in Rutshuru, which is under their control, some 75kms (48 miles) north of Goma, eastern Congo, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.

Rwanda’s defense minister is commanding a rebellion in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that is being armed by Rwanda and Uganda, who also sent troops to aid the insurgents in a deadly attack on United Nations peacekeepers,

 

NATO’s role in the European Union’s success more

NATO's role in the European Union's success

James Goldgeier, the dean here at American University‘s School of International Service, makes the case that NATO gets a lot of credit for the EU’s success. He sees the Balkans as important recent evidence that the alliance has had as much…
photo: US DoD / Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

EU Affirms Confidence In Ghana’s Electoral System more

EU Affirms Confidence In Ghana's Electoral System

Mr Claude Maerten, Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Ghana, on Tuesday said the Union would not monitor the December 2012 general elections. The Union has observed that Ghana has developed internal structures and has the capacity to…
photo: EC / EC

Afghans deny killer of 2 US troops was intel agent more

Afghans deny killer of 2 US troops was intel agent

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s security service on Tuesday denied claims that a suicide bomber who killed two American troops and four Afghans in a weekend attack was a member of the country’s intelligence agency….
photo: US DoD / Lance Cpl. Cesar Contreras

Devotees converge at temples as nine-day long Navratri Festival begins in India more

Devotees converge at temples as nine-day long Navratri Festival begins in India

Tweet New Delhi/Faizabad/Ramgarh, Oct. 16 (ANI): Devout Hindus queued up at various temples across India to mark the beginning of the nine-day long festival of Navratri, which is held in honour of the Goddess Durga….
photo: WN / Bhaskar Mallick

Mystery of Giant Eyeball Found on US Beach Solved more

'Big Daddy' Roth 'bloodshot eyeball' shift knob, a 1960s craze. Paint was an important concern. Once bodywork was done, the cars were painted unusual colors.

October 16, (RIA Novosti) – The mystery behind the softball-sized eyeball discovered by a man walking along a beach in the US state of Florida last week has been solved by researchers, who believe the giant orb belonged to a swordfish. “Experts on…
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SOMALIA: Food insecurity still a problem more

SOMALIA: Food insecurity still a problem

MOGADISHU, 16 October 2012 (IRIN) – Rising food costs, poor â??Guâ?? seasonal rains earlier in the year and continuing insecurity in parts of southern Somalia are affecting the nutritional status of vulnerable people there – a situation that could…
photo: UN / Rick Bajornas

As Syrians continue to flee, UN urges European Union to uphold asylum principles more

As Syrians continue to flee, UN urges European Union to uphold asylum principles

Print 16 October 2012The United Nations today urged European Union (EU) member States to adhere to their asylum principles as the number of Syrians seeking refuge in these countries has started to grow. “These include ensuring access to…

 

 

October 16, 2012

UCI criticised over Armstrong donation more

American seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong crosses the finish line during 15th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 207.5 kilometers (129 miles) with start in Pontarlier, France and finish in Verbier, Switzerland, Sunday July 19, 2009. Armstrong now ranks second overall, 1 minute and 37 seconds behind new overall leader Alberto Contador.

The International Cycling Union said it received a donation from Lance Armstrong, pictured, but strongly denied it was linked to a cover up The International Cycling Union (UCI) has been criticised for accepting a cash donation from disgraced Tour de…
photo: AP / Laurent Rebours

Clinton: I’m responsible for diplomats’ security more

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton smiles as she walks from her airplane upon her arrival in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011.

October 16, 2012 — Updated 0311 GMT (1111 HKT) Lima, Peru (CNN) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday tried to douse a political firestorm over the deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya, saying she’s responsible for the…
photo: AP / Saul Loeb

9/11 Guantanamo hearings resumes after five months more

File - Sailors assigned to Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion escort a detainee at Guantanamo Bay Detention Centre.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others accused over the 9/11 attacks have appeared at a US military tribunal for the first time in five months. The week-long pre-trial hearing at Guantanamo Bay will largely focus on issues of secrecy. Khalid Sheikh
photo: US Navy / MCS2 Elisha Dawkins

Yahoo Poaches Google’s Henrique de Castro as COO more

Das Logo von Google markiert einen Sitz des Internetunternehmens in Bruessel, Belgien (Foto vom 23.03.10).

Print this page Tweet View the discussion thread. Ross Levinsohn Leaves Yahoo After Marissa Mayer CEO Hire Jul 30, 2012 Yahoo Names Google Executive Marissa Mayer CEO Jul 17, 2012 Yahoo Names Ken Goldman New CFO Sep 25, 2012…
photo: AP / Virginia Mayo

Peace envoy appeals for Iran to broker ceasefire during Eid more

U.N. envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, left, walks with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.

A peace envoy for the United Nations and Arab League asked Iran yesterday to help broker a ceasefire in the Syrian conflict during the Muslim holiday of Eid ul-Adha. Lakhdar Brahimi made the…
photo: AP / Hadi Mizban

Wall Street rallies on Citigroup’s earnings, retail sales more

In this April 17, 2009 file photo, a sign at the Citigroup Center is seen in New York

NEW YORK: US stocks climbed on Monday, rebounding from last week’s losses after Citigroup‘s earnings and retail sales sharply exceeded expectations. Citigroup Inc shares shot up 5.5 per cent to $36.66 and gave the biggest lift to the S&P 500 a fter…
photo: AP / Mark Lennihan

Guantanamo Court Chaos Replaced by Order more

In this May 14, 2009 file photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, Guantanamo detainees pray before dawn near a fence of razor-wire, inside Camp 4 detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other defendants charged in the 9/11 terror attacks were back before a military judge in Guantanamo today, and the proceedings bore little resemblance to their last, chaotic appearance in the courtroom on May 5….
photo: AP / Brennan Linsley

 

October 15, 2012

9/11 mastermind back at Guantanamo court more

File - A Humvee from the Puerto Rico Army National Guard's, 480th Military Police Company, patrols the perimeter of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba

AFP – The self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 attacks and his four co-defendants are due back in Guantanamo court Monday for hearings to pave the way to their trial. It will mark the second appearance for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the…
photo: US Army / Staff Sgt. Jim Wagner

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner smashes sound barrier more

Felix Baumgartner, of Austria, gestures prior to speaking with the media after successfully jumping from a space capsule lifted by a helium balloon at a height of just over 128,000 feet above the Earth's surface, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Roswell, N.M.

Zeenews Bureau Roswell: Diving at a speed faster than the sound, Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner has become the first man in history to make the highest jump ever – from a whopping altitude of 128,000 feet. ‘Fearless Felix’, as he is known, is…
photo: AP / Ross D. Franklin

Cambodia’s former King Norodom Sihanouk dies at 89 more

Cambodia's former King Norodom Sihanouk greets his government officers before boarding an airplane at Phnom Penh international airport in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012.

In this Sept. 2, 2006 file photo, Cambodia‘s retired King Norodom Sihanouk greets well-wishers before departing for China from Phnom Penh International Airport, in Cambodia. Sihanouk, the former Cambodian king who was never far from the center of his…
photo: AP / Heng Sinith

Skydiver Breaks Record for Highest Jump more

Felix Baumgartner, left, of Austria, and Art Thompson, technical project director, hug one another after Baumgartner successfully jumped from a space capsule lifted by a helium balloon at a height of just over 128,000 feet above the Earth's surface, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Roswell, N.M.

Austrian Felix Baumgartner has become the first skydiver to break the speed of sound. Brian Utley of the International Federation of Sports Aviation said Baumgartner reached a maximum…
photo: AP / Ross D. Franklin

Sebastian Vettel takes Formula One title lead with S. Korea win more

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, center, celebrates with teammate Mark Webber, left, and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, right, on the podium after winning the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korean International Circuit in Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012.

It’s down to Vettel versus Alonso, Red Bull versus Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel took a big step toward his third consecutive Formula One world championship Sunday with the Red Bull driver’s third consecutive win, at the Korean Grand Prix on the Yeongam
photo: AP / Dita Alangkara

Five killed in Gaza assassinations more

Five killed in Gaza assassinations

JERUSALEM: In a deadly cycle of targeted assassinations and retaliatory rocket fire, five Palestinians were killed and more were injured in Gaza over the weekend, while militants…
photo: WN / Ahmed Deeb

A mix to make debt sustainable more

A mix to make debt sustainable

The political decision to keep Greece in the eurozone for at least another year may have been made, but its creditors are doing their best to undermine it by increasing event risk and further hurting the private sector and the economy in general. In…
photo: WN / marzena

 

 

 

 October 14, 2012

UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013 more

UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013

Global grain reserves hit critically low levels • Extreme weather means climate ‘is no longer reliable’ • Rising food prices threaten disaster and unrest A Zimbabwean peasant farmer in a crop of maize destroyed by drought. One expert warns: ‘The…
photo: UN / Jean-Marc Ferré

On Internet rules, India now more willing to say ICANN more

On Internet rules, India now more willing to say ICANN

India has reinvented its position on Internet governance, hoping to become a new voice of reason in what has so far been a deeply polarised global debate. The change, effected after detailed inter-ministerial as well as multi-stakeholder…
photo: UN / JC McIlwaine

Some JBLM soldiers to stay home as reserves amid Afghan mission more

Some JBLM soldiers to stay home as reserves amid Afghan mission

TACOMA, Wash. — The next Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade to fight in Afghanistan plans to leave 1,000 of its soldiers at home as a “readiness reserve” in case its mission advising Afghan partners changes during its…
photo: Christopher Marasky / Public Domain

Fighting flares up in Balli Doogle Airbase outside Mogadishu, 4 killed more

Fighting flares up in Balli Doogle Airbase outside Mogadishu, 4 killed

13/10/2012 BALLI-DOGLE (Mareeg.com) —At least four people are known to have been killed and dozens injured on Saturday in a heavy battle between Somali government soldiers and the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al shabab…
photo: UN / STUART PRICE

Celebration of International Day of Girl Child held to create awareness about girl child issues more

Celebration of International Day of Girl Child held to create awareness about girl child issues

MUMBAI: Last year, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child , establishing a day to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. In…
photo: UN / Paulo Filgueiras

Eastleigh bombings, terror dynamics and Kenya’s Somali intervention more

Eastleigh bombings, terror dynamics and Kenya's Somali intervention

Kenya‘s Somali intervention in its quest to crush the terrorist group al-Shabaab is producing a potentially devastating dynamic for ethnic harmony in Kenya. For two weeks now, I documented an average of two to three daily articles in Kenyan papers…
photo: UN / STUART PRICE

Somali Police arrest dozens in Baidoa crackdown more

Somali Police arrest dozens in Baidoa crackdown

13/10/2012 BAIDOA (Mareeg.com)—Somali Police in the strategic Baidoa city on Friday morning, arresting untold number of people on suspicion of being militants after conducting a security operation…

 

 

Biden faces off against challenger

12 Oct 2012
LATEST: Vice President Joe Biden and the man who wants his job, Republican Paul Ryan, clashed over policy in Libya in the opening minutes of the vice presidential debate. Moderater Martha Raddatz, who is senior foreign affairs correspondent for ABC News, opened the debate Thursday night by asking if the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in…
Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin participate in the vice presidential debate at Centre College, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, in Danville, Ky.
photo: AP / Pool-Michael Reynolds

An Israeli soldier guards the road leading towards a Patriot missile defense battery positioned on the Carmel Mt., not picctured, in northern Israel, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

Posted: October 11, 2012 BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah acknowledged on Thursday sending a drone aircraft that was shot down last weekend after flying some 25 miles into Israel. Nasrallah said in a…
photo: AP / Ariel Schalit

EU plans to sanction states

Brussels: The European Commission plans to sanction EU members to nudge them into action on efforts to create a pan-European airspace that would cut costs and delays, an EU source said on Thursday. Members of the 27-nation European Union have been…
photo: European Community / EC

File - The Security Council received a briefing concerning sanctions on Iran, delivered by the chairman of the Council’s relevant sanctions committee, the “1737 Committee” established by resolution 1737 (2006).

By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON – When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly last month that Iran’s nuclear program was unlikely to breach his “red line” for presumed military action until next spring or summer, many observers…
photo: UN / Eskinder Debebe

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gives an interview to TV Brazil International.

BRASILIA — Brazil’s supreme court convicted three top aides of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Tuesday on charges of diverting public funds to buy political support for his leftist government when it came to power a decade ago. In a…
photo: ABr / Roosewelt Pinheiro

First 1,000 days of life key to eradicating hunger, poverty

Concept lauded at United Nations meeting in NY PHOENIX, Oct 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The United Nations recently praised progress toward decreasing malnutrition worldwide among children in their first 1,000 days of life—a critical…
photo: WN / Geeta

2 Million Friends for Afghanistan

This week, the U.S. war against the people of Afghanistan entered its twelfth year. It’s the longest war in our history, but you’d hardly know we’ve been at war, or that we continue to kill Afghan civilians. But on top of this, few Americans realize…
photo: Christopher Marasky / Public Domain

Afghans taking the fight to the enemy

Related topics AfghanistanLeon PanettaAfghan Army Advertisement Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta spoke today at a defense meeting in Brussels about the state of the Afghan Security forces. What he said may surprise some people. “The number of Afghan…
photo: US DoD / Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

In this July 25, 2004 file photo, overall leader Lance Armstrong, of Austin, Texas, rides down the Champs Elysees avenue past U.S. flags during the 20th and last stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Montereau, southeast of Paris, and the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Federal prosecutors said, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, they are closing a criminal investigation of Armstrong and will not charge him over allegations the seven-time Tour de France winner used performance-enhancing drugs.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency will release a file Wednesday providing the most comprehensive evidence in proving Lance Armstrong‘s alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. The information will also be sent to the Union Cycliste…

 

 

Top Stories Worldwide

10.10.2012

Analysis: Greek reform pledge on trial as state sales resume

ATHENS (Reuters) – As Greece‘s privatization program this month, nearly half a year behind schedule, at stake is not just the billions of euros it needs to raise, but the credibility of its commitment to reforms demanded by its creditors. Greek
photo: WN / marzena

NATO to discuss Afghan war, reveal new commanders

Toyota recalls 7.43 million vehicles globally 7 minutes ago NATO to discuss Afghan war, reveal new commanders 12 minutes ago Indonesia warns of threat before Bali anniversary…
photo: US DoD / Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

Anti-blasphemy tool a diplomatic blunder

Paper Edition | Page: 7 At the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) called on world leaders to “enact an international instrument to effectively prevent incitement to hostility or violence…
photo: UN / Paulo Filgueiras

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen answers questions to the media during a joint press conference with Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, unseen, at the government's headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic Friday, March 5, 2010

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @NYTNational for breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors 1. SANDUSKY’S RAMBLING…
photo: AP / Petr David Josek

France proposes UN resolution backing international force to help oust rebels in Mali’s north

UNITED NATIONS — France has circulated a draft U.N. resolution backing an international military force to assist Mali’s army in ousting Islamic militants who seized the northern half of the country and are turning it into a terrorist hub….
photo: UN / Evan Schneider

Afghanistan on Track to Building Post-2014 Future, Says UN

Wednesday, 10 October 2012, 12:16 pm Press Release: United Nations Afghanistan on Track to Building Post-2014 Future, Says UN Envoy New York, Oct 9 2012 3:10PM Despite the impending drawdown of international forces and chronic challenges in…
photo: DOD / Public Domain

UN chief applauds French Government for anti-death penalty initiative

Print Email 9 October 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed a new global initiative launched by the French Government to curb the use of the death penalty around the world. In a video message for the French Foreign Ministry’s…
photo: UN / Evan Schneider

 

In this image provided by the Libyan Youth Movement that was taken Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, revolutionary fighters flank Seif al-Islam Gadhafi in Zintan, Libya, following his capture near the Niger border.

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Libya can guarantee the son of its former dictator a fair trial, Libyan government lawyers said on Tuesday at a hearing on whether Saif al-Islam Gaddafi should face justice at home or at the International Criminal Court (ICC)….
photo: AP / Libyan Youth Movement

Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci, poses to promote his film ''Lo e Te'', at the 60th San Sebastian Film Festival, in San Sebastian northern Spain, Saturday Sept. 29, 2012.

Bernardo Bertolucci, director of Last Tango in Paris and The Last Emperor, is to receive a lifetime achievement prize at the 2012 European Film Awards. The 72-year-old will be recognised for his…
photo: AP / Alvaro Barrientos

The European Council building is reflected in a photograph of the EU flag on the wall of the European Council building in Brussels Friday June 17, 2005. During the second day of a two-day summit twenty-four European Union leaders confronted British Prime Minister Tony Blair Friday demanding he give up his country's multi-billion euro (dollar) rebate in talks aiming to secure a new EU budget.

NEW YORK, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) — Moody’s Investors Service Monday gave the newly-launched European bailout fund, European Stability Mechanism (ESM), a rating of Aaa but with a negative outlook. The ESM with a capacity of…
photo: AP / Michel Euler

Gay rights advocate Booker Garrett, of Manhattan, chants slogans during a rally for same sex marriage outside the LGBT gala fundraiser where President Barack Obama spoke, Thursday, June 23, 2011 in New York.

For supporters of same-sex marriage—and for opponents, too—this Election Day is a pivotal one, an opportunity for voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington to make history and do something that voters across America have never done before. My Tuesday…
photo: AP / Mary Altaffer

President Barack Obama talks with USTR Ambassador Ron Kirk before a series of bilateral meetings at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, South Korean, Nov. 11, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

U.S. companies considering doing business with Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE are being warned to find another vendor. A U.S. House of Representatives report said the companies pose a long-term corporate and national security…
photo: Public Domain / The White House

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez greets his supporters from the Miraflores presidential palace balcony in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

El Comandante” won 54.4 per cent of the 13.6 million votes cast compared to 45 per cent for challenger Henrique Capriles, it was declared late on Sunday. Turnout was high at 81 per cent. Speaking to crowds of cheering supporters from the…
photo: AP / Rodrigo Abd

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

Witnesses in northern Nigeria are accusing soldiers of firing on civilians in the troubled city of Maiduguri, killing at least 30 people. Reporters and hospital workers say many of…
photo: AP / George Osodi

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