Jewish victims in French shooting buried in Israel
A rabbi and three children gunned down at a Jewish school in France were buried Wednesday in a Jerusalem cemetery, with a bereaved mother and wife begging her slain loved ones to "come back home." The four were killed...
Foreign guarantors help plug emerging funding gap
By Carolyn Cohn LONDON (Reuters) - With refinancing becoming a giant headache for sovereign debtors across the globe, some struggling emerging economies are securing guarantees from richer nations or multila
Chinese spies target Taiwan's US-made defenses
When Taiwanese security personnel detained a suspected spy for China at a top secret military base last month, they may have had a sense of deja vu. Air force Capt. Chiang _ he was identified only by his surname _ was...
Ethnic Hungarian group struggles with modern times
Their origins are a mystery. The most widely accepted theory is that the Csango people of Romania's remote eastern Carpathian mountains began settling around the 13th Century, dispatched by Hungarian rulers to defend...
Swedish equality fades away as rich get richer
By Mia Shanley STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Fredde and Mickan own a waterfront mansion in the Stockholm suburbs, hire Polish help and have endless cash to spend on state-of-the-art barbecues and designer labels.
Al-Qaida claims responsibility for Iraq attacks
Al-Qaida's front group in Iraq claimed responsibility Wednesday for a wave of attacks that killed 46 people across the country this week and said the violence exposes how weak government security is ahead of the...
AP Interview: Hungary's church law criticized
The head of the Council of Europe on Wednesday criticized a new law in Hungary that sharply reduced the number of officially recognized churches and changed the procedure they need to follow to gain that status. ...
Ugandan army launches crackdown on rebel activity
The Ugandan military has launched a crackdown on Ugandans suspected of supporting a resurgent rebellion, opposition politicians said Wednesday, warning that the military operation could soon target politicians opposed...
Road to radicalization from Toulouse to Kandahar
By John Irish TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) - For Mohamed Merah, the Frenchman suspected of killing four Jews and three Muslim soldiers in southwestern France, the road to radicalization ran from Toulouse to Ka
Italian union calls strike over Monti's job reforms
By Francesca Piscioneri ROME (Reuters) - Italy's largest trade union called for a general strike over labor reforms on Wednesday, escalating a confrontation with Prime Minister Mario Monti that will test his
Militants kill American teacher in Yemen
By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - Gunmen linked to al Qaeda shot dead an American teacher in Yemen on Sunday, accusing him of Christian "proselytizing", and officials said government forces had killed a
Russia hopes for Security Council Syria text on Wednesday
BERLIN (Reuters) - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, whose country has so far shielded Syria from U.N. Security Council censure, said he hoped the body would approve on Wednesday a draft statement on the sit
Christmas lights point to man's death 3 months ago
Alan Moore died alone. But in his death, he's raising troubling questions for an entire Irish town. For three months, residents of Wexford in southeast Ireland walked past Moore's front door on John Street, near a...
Top Palestinians: Two-state solution endangered
By Noah Browning RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - A leading architect of Palestinian peace talks with Israel has drawn criticism from Palestinian officials by breaking with the notion of a 'two-state solution
Horrific anti-China protests become Tibet's norm
For more than a year the deadly protests have swept the Tibetan plateau, waves of people burning themselves alive in a widening challenge to Chinese rule. The prime minister of Tibet's government-in-exile calls them...
Car bomb rocks Somali capital, al Shabaab says responsible
By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in the heart of the Somali capital on Wednesday, wounding two people in an attack Somalia's al Shabaab rebel group said was carried ou
What to do about Syria? Turkey wavers
Turkey stands at the forefront of calls for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad, but there are an awful lot of red lines that it won't cross to realize that goal. Like its Western allies, Turkey says it won't...
UN-backed group urges end to detention of children
A coalition of advocacy groups says nations needlessly detain thousands of children a day at border crossings and must do a better job of managing their cases to prevent abuses. The U.N.-backed International Detention...
Greece names Sachinidis as interim finance minister
ATHENS (Reuters) - Deputy Finance Minister Filippos Sachinidis replaced Evangelos Venizelos in Greece's top finance job on Wednesday after Venizelos resigned to lead the Socialist Party at general elections.
Greece's conservatives want election on April 29 or May 6
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece must hold general elections on April 29 or May 6, the conservative New Democracy party, which is part of a coalition government with the Socialists, said on Wednesday. "We must go t
China says lawyers must swear allegiance to party
The Chinese government said Wednesday that lawyers are now required to swear allegiance to the Communist Party, a move criticized by prominent human rights lawyers who have defended the authoritarian government's...
Israel indicts suspect in kidnapping, bombing plot
Israel's internal security service says a Palestinian militant has been indicted in an alleged plot to capture an Israeli soldier and carry out a suicide bombing. The Shin Bet service said Wednesday that Mohammed Abu...
Sarkozy calls for national unity after shootings
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Wednesday that France should not give in to a desire for revenge or discrimination over the killings of a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school in To
Somali pirates free British hostage, en route to Kenya
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali pirates freed British hostage Judith Tebbutt on Wednesday after a ransom was paid, with footage showing her rushing onto an airplane more than six months after gunmen killed her husband
Indian rebel offers to free 1 abducted Italian
A Maoist leader offered Wednesday to free one of two Italians abducted a week ago in eastern India if officials agree to release a group of imprisoned rebels. In an audio recording distributed to the media, Maoist...
Russian court rejects call to ban Hindu holy book
By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court rejected a call from prosecutors on Wednesday to ban one of Hinduism's holiest books, avoiding a diplomatic tussle days before President Dmitry Medvedev's v
Filipino rebels: Differences blocking peace talks
Muslim guerrillas say key issues are still not resolved in peace talks with the Philippine government and warn against too much optimism over an early accord. Chief rebel negotiator Mohagher Iqbal of the 11,000-member...
Niger arrests Tuareg rebel who fought for Gadhafi
A Tuareg rebel leader who belonged to Moammar Gadhafi's inner circle and who led the last Tuareg uprising in the West African nation was arrested overnight in Niger's capital, a family member said Wednesday. Aghaly...
Greece's Sachinidis appointed finance minister
ATHENS (Reuters) - Deputy Finance Minister Filippos Sachinidis was appointed as Greece's new finance minister on Wednesday, the prime minister's office said, confirming earlier comments by government sources.
Lebanese suspect in Thailand denies terror link
A man who Thai police say led them to tons of bombmaking components told reporters he is not a terrorist, then pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of illegally possessing explosive materials. Atris Hussein, a...
4 rare white rhinos die suddenly in Australian zoo
Four rare white rhinoceroses have died in recent weeks at an Australian zoo after displaying mysterious neurological problems such as stumbling, officials said Wednesday. The Taronga Western Plains Zoo near the New...
Serious concerns over North Korea, Iran to come up in Seoul
By Jeremy Laurence and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Wednesday world leaders visiting Seoul for a nuclear summit next week will discuss North Korea and Iran's "illegitimate" atomic activitie
Special Report: French hopeful Hollande says he's nothing to fear
By Brian Love TULLE, France (Reuters) - It's not an introduction you'd expect from a presidential contender. Last month, when French socialist candidate Francois Hollande stepped off a train on a visit to Lo
Somali pirates free British hostage: witnesses
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali pirates freed British hostage Judith Tebbutt on Wednesday, more than six months after gunmen killed her husband and kidnapped her from a luxury beach resort in neighboring Kenya.
Union prepares to battle Monti on Italian job reform
By Gavin Jones and Daniele Mari ROME (Reuters) - Italy's largest trade union is expected to outline on Wednesday how it will try to stop a reform making it easier to fire workers that Prime Minister Mario Mo
China orders lawyers to pledge allegiance to Communist Party
By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Justice Ministry has ordered lawyers to take a loyalty oath to the Communist Party, in an unusual move that has drawn condemnation from attorneys worried about the
Greece to name Sachinidis as interim FinMin: sources
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Deputy Finance Minister Filippos Sachinidis will be the country's new finance minister, government sources said on Wednesday, replacing Evangelos Venizelos who stepped down to lead the Soci
French minister: suspect says he'll surrender
The French interior minister says a suspect in three deadly attacks has thrown his handgun out a window but has other weapons on him and has used them in volleys with police surrounding a building in this southwestern...
Afghanistan's new chefs: girl scouts bend social norms with food
By Miriam Arghandiwal KABUL (Reuters) - In a quiet corner of the Afghan capital, dining tables are covered with traditional fabrics, a man on the piano plays Frank Sinatra, and expatriates munch on food that
Christian family evicted from Egypt town
Nabil Gergis, a Coptic Christian, lived for nearly two decades in the Egyptian town of Amriya, raising his children and managing a modest business. Those ties couldn't protect him after a sex video purportedly showing...
Bahrain mosque damage shows plight to ease unrest
At some point before dawn, the vandals struck with brutal efficiency, smashing the windows at one of Bahrain's oldest Shiite mosques. Then the attackers walked over the broken shards to ransack offices and prayer areas...
Wax museum spurs sticky situation in Iraq
An exhibit of wax statues depicting some of Shiite Muslims' most beloved clerics, aimed at paying tribute to this Iraqi holy city's contributions to culture, has been dipped in controversy as some Sunnis decry the...
Blast at Indonesian Embassy in Paris; no injuries
A package bomb exploded at the Indonesian Embassy in Paris on Wednesday, causing minor damage but no injuries, police and Indonesia's foreign minister said. A Paris police official said an employee at the embassy...
7.4 quake hits Mexico, but apparently spares lives
A powerful earthquake that shook Mexico from its massive capital to its resort-studded southern coast damaged hundreds of homes and sent thousands of panicked people fleeing from swaying office buildings, yet apparently...
Charges to be filed against Chevron in Brazil
Seventeen oil company executives face criminal charges Wednesday for an oil leak in the Atlantic, a legal action that has prompted debate about whether it could slow Brazil's effort to develop its massive offshore...
UN chief: Syria unrest 'extremely dangerous'
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says escalating violence in Syria is "extremely dangerous" and could have global repercussions. He told reporters in the Indonesian capital on Wednesday that, "We do not know how...
Israel threatens to deport South Sudanese
Four years ago, the wives of the leaders of Israel and Egypt used their clout to help an African family reunite with a child who vanished in a hail of gunfire as they stole across the Egyptian border into Israel. The...
Bomb explodes near Indonesia's Paris embassy: Indonesian minister
JAKARTA (Reuters) - A bomb exploded outside the Indonesian embassy in Paris on Wednesday, breaking windows but causing no casualties among Indonesians, Chief Political and Security Minister Djoko Suyanto said.
Explosion rocks Somali capital: witnesses
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A loud blast was heard in the centre of the Somali capital on Wednesday and gunfire rang out from the same area immediately afterwards, Reuters witnesses said. The explosion came from t
US F-16 fighter jet crashes in SKorea; pilot safe
The U.S. Air Force says a F-16 fighter jet crashed in central South Korea but its pilot ejected safely. The 51st Fighter Wing said in a statement that the crash took place around noon Wednesday. Officials were...