Teenager who survived 26 days adrift arrives home
A Panamanian teenager who survived 28 days on a boat adrift in the Pacific Ocean has arrived home. Dozens of people welcomed a thin Adrian Vasquez in Panama City's airport Tuesday. The 18-year-old shed some tears as...
Cuba dissidents concerned for mystery protester
Leading Cuban dissidents say they don't know the man who shouted anti-government slogans before Pope Benedict XVI's Mass in the eastern city of Santiago. Nor do they know his whereabouts a day after security agents...
Australia open to U.S. spy flights from Indian Ocean island
By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia could one day allow U.S. spy flights to operate from a remote Indian Ocean island, Defense Minister Stephen Smith confirmed on Wednesday, supporting the U.S. pi
Australia to welcome 250 US Marines next month
The first 250 U.S. Marines will arrive next month in northern Australia where a permanent joint training hub will be based, but a proposal to build a U.S. air base on a remote Australian island in the Indian Ocean is...
Bloc puts peacekeepers on standby after Mali coup
The body representing nations in western Africa has suspended Mali and has put a peacekeeping force on standby in the most direct threat yet to the junta that seized control of this nation in a coup last week. Alassane...
Afghan soldiers arrested over Defence Ministry plot: NYT
(Reuters) - More than a dozen Afghan soldiers suspected of plotting to attack the Defence Ministry in Kabul were arrested after 10 suicide vests were found inside the ministry, the New York Times reported, citing A
Taiwan police: Woman kills self while on Facebook
A woman in Taiwan killed herself by inhaling poisonous fumes while chatting with friends on Facebook and none of them alerted authorities, police said Tuesday. Claire Lin killed herself on her 31st birthday, March 18,...
Mali neighbors threaten force to reverse coup
By Loucoumane Coulibaly and David Lewis ABIDJAN/BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali's neighbors threatened on Tuesday to use sanctions and a readiness to use military force to dislodge the army leaders behind last week'
Dominican court sends 4 suspected hackers to jail
A judge in the Dominican Republic has ordered four suspected members of the loose-knit Anonymous hacker movement held in jail for three months during an investigation of their activities. No charges have been filed,...
Strauss-Kahn's French lawyers: Lust isn't a crime
Dominique Strauss-Kahn had sex with women who weren't his wife, participated in orgies and may have even paid for prostitutes, his own lawyers say. But they deny he did anything to deserve the pimping charges he's...
Mexican activists detained in resort protest
Greenpeace Mexico says about 30 of its activists have been briefly detained by Mexico City police after several of them rappelled down the side of a hotel to hang a banner protesting a resort project. The activists'...
Chavez criticizes US take on crime in Venezuela
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is taking issue with the U.S. State Department for posting a statement advising travelers to beware of rampant violent crime in his country. Chavez said Tuesday in Cuba during an...
Phone tapping row envelops Mexican ruling party candidate
By Mica Rosenberg MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's ruling party presidential candidate has been forced on the defensive after a leaked recording emerged in which she appeared to accuse the government of spyi
Syria accepts peace plan but clashes continue
Syria accepted a cease-fire drawn up by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan on Tuesday, but the diplomatic breakthrough was swiftly overshadowed by intense clashes between government soldiers and rebels that sent bullets flying into...
1 killed, 17 hurt in Peru pipeline protest
Peru's national police chief says one person has been killed and 17 injured in a clash between police and demonstrators who blocked a bridge and hurled rocks at vehicles to protest a planned natural gas pipeline. Gen....
Jamaica protesters call for end to police killings
Elaine Wilson's voice rose in anger Tuesday as she described a police shooting in her impoverished community that she claims killed her 45-year-old sister almost two weeks ago. Wilson was among roughly 60 protesters...
Mexican candidate accuses rivals of wiretapping
The campaign of conservative presidential candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota charged Tuesday that the rival Institutional Revolutionary Party makes regular use of wiretaps, like the one in which she is purportedly heard...
Honduras says foreign groups in land conflict
Officials in Honduras say four soldiers have been wounded in a confrontation with 30 armed assailants in a region torn by a land dispute. Army Gen. Rene Osorio says he suspects farmworkers in the Aguan River Valley...
Guatemala farmers protest against land expulsions
Thousands of indigenous farmers have finished an eight-day march to Guatemala's capital to protest government-backed land seizures by large landowners. A government spokesman says President Otto Perez Molina will meet...
Egypt Brotherhood conflicted over presidential run
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has postponed an open confrontation with the country's military rulers and other political players Tuesday when it delayed a decision about whether to field a candidate for the first...
Obama says he's not 'hiding the ball' on Russia
Speaking to the microphones intentionally this time, President Barack Obama on Tuesday assured he had no hidden agenda with Russia for a second term, seeking to contain a controversial gaffe that bounded all the way to...
Boy beaten near Paris Jewish school amid tensions
A 12-year-old boy was beaten outside his Jewish school in Paris by youths reciting anti-Semitic slogans, school officials said, amid high security and tensions in France following killings of Jewish children and a rabbi...
2 killed in artillery attack in north Yemen
Yemeni security officials and tribesmen say two civilians were killed during army shelling of an area suspected of being a hideout of armed militia north of the capital, Sanaa. Officials in Yemen's Republican Guards...
Bolivia seizes weapons from US vehicle
Bolivia's interior minister says his government has seized three shotguns, a revolver and more than 2,300 rounds of ammunition from a vehicle owned by the U.S. Embassy. The minister claims the weapons were being...
Analysis: French shooting case shows counterterrorism limits
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mohamed Merah, the French gunman who killed Jewish children and French soldiers and then died in a firefight with police this month, was hardly an unknown quantity to
At least 50 killed in south Libyan tribal clashes
A Libyan health official said Tuesday that at least 50 people have been killed in two days of tribal clashes in southern Libya _ on the same day that another official was reported kidnapped in the north. The tribal...
Official: West African regional body suspends Mali, sending delegation to country after coup. ...
Brazil takes on websites that promote sex tourism
Brazil is asking more than 2,000 websites to remove sexual content that promotes Latin America's biggest country as a sex tourism destination, the Tourism Ministry said Tuesday. In 2011, the ministry identified 2,169...
Italy: Suicide attack plot thwarted in Afghanistan
The Italian military says it has thwarted plans for suicide bombings against its forces and local authorities in Afghanistan. Col. Vincenzo Lauro, spokesman for the Italian contingent in the NATO force in Afghanistan,...
Briton held in Somalia on suspected links to rebels
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A British man was arrested in the Somali capital on Tuesday for suspected links to the Islamist rebel group al Shabaab, the African Union's force and police said. The suspect was appreh
South Sudan oil field "bombed", Sudan says hopes to avert war
By Hereward Holland and Ulf Laessing JUBA/KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan and South Sudan accused each other of launching fresh attacks on oil-producing areas either side of their contested border on Tuesday but
Militia clashes in southern Libya kill nearly 50
By Taha Zargoun TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Three days of clashes between rival militias in southern Libya spread to the centre of the country's fourth largest city Sabha on Tuesday despite the deployment of army tr
South Sudan official says Sudan bombs oil field
Sudan's military bombed an oil field in South Sudan on Tuesday, a South Sudan official said, as a dangerous flare-up in border violence appeared to scuttle plans for a presidential summit between the two countries. ...
Syrian Uprising: Why It Matters
The uprising in Syria is swiftly transforming into a civil war that could lay waste to the country, and the fallout from the year-old conflict already is bleeding outside the country's borders. Diplomats such as Kofi...
Russian president suggests Romney use reason, head
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday sharply suggested that Mitt Romney use his head and remember what year he's living in after the Republican presidential contender said Moscow was America's "No. 1...
In Baghdad's scars, a warning to Arab leaders
The eerie quiet enveloping the road from the airport to the Saddam Hussein-era palace where Arab leaders will meet this week cannot conceal Baghdad's grim realities. Behind the freshly planted palm trees and lawns are...
Ex-Gitmo prisoner wants Albania to let him leave
An Egyptian who spent years in U.S. custody at Guantanamo Bay before being resettled in Albania said Tuesday that he wants to return to live in his native country, but that the Albanians won't let him. Sherif El...
Puerto Rico to recount votes cast in local primary
Puerto Rico's election commission says it will for the first time in history recount thousands of votes cast during the island's local primary last week following allegations of irregularities. Commission President...
Source: Killer didn't send French attacks video
A video apparently showing a Muslim gunman's attacks on soldiers and a Jewish school was sent to the Al-Jazeera news network _ but not by him, French police said Tuesday, raising the specter of a possible accomplice. ...
Sect blamed for killing 2 in northeast Nigeria
Suspected gunmen from a radical Islamist sect killed two retired prison officers in northeast Nigeria, an official said Tuesday The two men were killed Monday evening while preparing to pray in Maiduguri, where the...
U.S. ambassador says look for action, not words, from Syria
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, expressed skepticism on Tuesday about reports that Syria had accepted the peace plan of U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, saying it would be best t
Peru president's kin causes headaches for leader
By Terry Wade LIMA (Reuters) - Oh, brother! It's apparently not enough that Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has to solve mining protests and figure out how to keep the Latin American country's econo
Ruling party dominates local gov't elections
Officials say Jamaica's ruling party has dominated local government elections. State-run news agency Jamaica Information Service said Tuesday that the People's National Party won 12 of the island's 13 parish councils....
Egyptian troops kill 2 smugglers on Israeli border
The Israeli military says Egyptian troops have killed two smugglers who attempted to enter Israel. The military says a patrol identified the group along the border with Egypt and fired warning shots toward them. The...
Experts: Hungary president's thesis largely copied
A committee charged with investigating allegations of plagiarism against Hungary's president said the politician had written a doctoral dissertation that directly copied several pages from one publication and borrowed...
UN official pleas for funds before Haiti's rains
The United Nations mission in Haiti is worried that a scarcity of resources will prompt a further scale back on services to Haitians who were made homeless after the 2010 earthquake. U.N. official Nigel Fisher said in...
Forced conversions hike Pakistan minorities' fears
It was barely 4 a.m. when 19-year-old Rinkal Kumari disappeared from her home in a small village in Pakistan's southern Sindh province. When her parents awoke they found only her slippers and a scarf outside the door. ...
Results: Senegal election won in landslide
Senegal's new president won the runoff election in a landslide, garnering nearly twice as many votes as the incumbent of 12 years, according to provisional results released Tuesday. Senegalese officials announced that...
Obama seeks thaw with Pakistan at Seoul summit
President Barack Obama, closing a nuclear security summit Tuesday, sought a thaw in the diplomatic chill with Pakistan, a critical but difficult U.S. partner whose nuclear weapons and historical links to terrorism make...
Annan's 6-point proposal to end Syria conflict
The six points of U.N. envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan for Syria, which have been accepted by the Syrian government. _ Syria commits to work with Annan "in an inclusive Syrian-led political process to address the...