Venezuelan leader returns to Cuba for treatment
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez traveled to Cuba on Saturday for another round of cancer treatment, saying he will be in Havana for several days and then return home. Chavez boarded the presidential jet on Saturday...
Nicaraguan businessman accused of drug trafficking
Nicaraguan authorities said Saturday that the apparent target of an attack that claimed the life of Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral last year is being charged with drug trafficking. Businessman Henry Farinas and...
Japan to support U.S. nominee to head World Bank
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will support Jim Yong Kim, the U.S. nominee for the next World Bank president, Japanese Finance Minister Jun Azumi said on Sunday after meeting the candidate who is visiting Tokyo as part of
30 years after Falklands war, visible scars remain
Thirty years after Argentina and Britain spilled blood over these remote islands in the South Atlantic, the scars of war are still being scratched raw. Argentina's occupation of the islands it claims as "Las Malvinas"...
World landmarks dimmed for Earth Hour
Hundreds of world landmarks from Berlin's Brandenburg Gate to the Great Wall of China went dark Saturday, part of a global effort to highlight climate change. Earth Hour, held on the last Saturday of March every year,...
Mali rebels attack northern town in coup aftermath
Rebels on Saturday attacked Mali's strategic northern city of Gao, a day after they took the provincial capital of Kidal, witnesses and an official said. The move deepens the crisis in the landlocked nation at the feet...
Haitian president urged to control ex-soldiers
By Joseph Guyler Delva PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - A Haitian government panel has urged the president to appoint an interim commander to take charge of former soldiers, a panel member said on Saturday, as the
Myanmar begins historic polling likely to see Aung San Suu Kyi elected to parliament. ...
Canadian man released from Lebanese jail
A Canadian farmer returned home Saturday after being released from a Lebanese jail where he had been held for a year on allegations that he exported rotten potatoes to Algeria. Potato farmer Henk Tepper looked drained...
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood to bid for presidency
The fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood named its chief strategist and financier as a candidate for president on Saturday, a surprising reversal of an earlier pledge to stay out of the race and a move that sets the group...
Switzerland seeks arrest of German tax collectors
By Erik Kirschbaum and Katie Reid BERLIN/ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland has issued arrest warrants for three German civil servants, accusing them of industrial espionage for buying the bank details of German
One person killed in Kenyan coast explosions
By Caroline Mango MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - Two blasts in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa and a nearby town killed one person and wounded more than 20 on Saturday, the latest in a string of attacks to hit t
Serbia detains 2 Kosovo policemen in border area
Two Kosovo policemen who crossed into southern Serbia were detained Saturday, officials said. Kosovo condemned the arrests, saying the officers weren't inside Serbia and that they were "kidnapped." The incident has...
Sudan and South Sudan accuse each other of border attacks
By Hereward Holland and Aaron Maasho JUBA/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Sudan and South Sudan have accused each of launching further attacks in the oil-producing area straddling their border, dashing hopes for a n
Libya: 147 killed in 6 days of clashes in south
Six days of tribal clashes in a remote desert town in southern Libya have killed 147 people, the country's health minister said Saturday. Fatma al-Hamroush said in a press conference in Tripoli that the fighting in...
Clashes between Yemeni army, militants kill 30
Al-Qaida-linked militants staged a surprise attack on a Yemeni army base in the south Saturday, setting off clashes that left 30 dead on both sides before air strikes forced the some of the militants to retreat,...
Support for Greek socialists rises ahead of election
ATHENS (Reuters) - Support for Greece's co-ruling socialists is ticking up ahead of an election expected in May, though backing for the country's biggest parties remains low, an opinion poll showed on Saturday.
Hungarians rally as pressure rises on president to quit
By Sandor Peto BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hundreds of Hungarian protesters called on President Pal Schmitt to resign on Saturday over a plagiarism scandal that could become a distraction to the government as it tr
Clinton: Time running out for diplomacy with Iran
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made clear Saturday that time is running out for diplomacy over Iran's nuclear program and said talks aimed at preventing Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon would...
Cuba declares Good Friday a holiday at pope's request
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba has declared next week's Good Friday a holiday following a request from Pope Benedict during his visit to the island, state media said on Saturday. The communist government will decid
Egypt's Brotherhood FJP party names Shater its presidential candidate
CAIRO (Reuters) - The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) named Khairat al-Shater, a deputy to the Brotherhood's leader and an accomplished businessman in Egypt, as its presidential candidate on Sa
Jordan arrests 12 activists for insulting king
A Jordanian police official says 12 activists have been arrested for insulting the country's King Abdullah II in a rally in the capital. The official says the 12 _ 11 men and one woman _ are also being questioned for...
Mali rebels, army fight over key northern town
By Cheick Dioura and Tiemoko Diallo GAO/BAMAKO (Reuters) - Malian rebels and government troops fought for control of the northern garrison town of Gao on Saturday as the insurgents sought to capitalize on wi
Libya says 147 dead in week of southern tribal clashes
By Hadeel Al Shalchi TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A week of fighting between rival tribes deep in Libya's south has killed 147 people, the government said on Saturday, but it said it had brokered a fresh ceasefire ag
Kosovo accuses Serbia of police "abduction"
By Fatos Bytyci PRISTINA (Reuters) - Kosovo accused former master Serbia on Saturday of abducting two Kosovo Albanian police officers patrolling their joint border and demanded the European Union intervene,
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood fields deputy leader and top strategist as presidential candidate. ...
Grenade attacks on Kenya coast kill 1
Two separate grenade attacks on the Kenyan coast killed at least one person and wounded around a dozen others Saturday night, officials said. One grenade was thrown into a crowd of people in the small town of Mpwapa,...
Syria says it won't be first to lay down arms
Syria rejected international envoy Kofi Annan's call for the regime to halt violence first just days after the government agreed to a cease-fire plan. A senior official declared victory over the opposition. It was the...
Italian held in Thailand on alleged mob ties
A fugitive Italian banker implicated in the "Pizza Connection" drug and money laundering trial has been detained in Thailand after Italian authorities tracked his whereabouts on Facebook, authorities said Saturday. ...
Ireland faces popular revolt over new property tax
Debt-mired Ireland is facing a revolt over its new property tax. The government said less than half of the country's 1.6 million households paid the charge by Saturday's deadline to avoid penalties. And about 5,000...
Former Iran negotiator says nuclear deal possible
By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - An end to a nearly decade-long nuclear standoff between Iran and major world powers will be possible if the United States and its European allies recognize Teh
Bahraini protester dies after being shot at demonstration
DUBAI (Reuters) - A Bahraini man died on Saturday after being shot during an anti-government march a day earlier, his relative and the opposition said, blaming his death on what they described as loyalist militia m
Suu Kyi runs for parliament in crucial Myanmar poll
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar holds crucial by-elections on Sunday that are expected to see Aung San Suu Kyi, who led the fight for democracy under the former junta, entering parliament for the first time and could le
Cuba makes Good Friday a holiday after papal trip
Cuba has honored an appeal by Pope Benedict XVI and declared next week's Good Friday a holiday for the first time since the early days following the island's 1959 Revolution, though a decision on whether the move will...
Riot police detain Russians demanding free assembly
By Steve Gutterman MOSCOW (Reuters) - Anti-government protesters shouting "Russia without Putin!" tussled with police in Moscow on Saturday, and dozens of activists were detained and bundled into police vans
Poles talk about CIA prison, breaking silence
For years, the notion that Poland could allow the CIA to operate a secret prison in a remote lake region was treated as a crackpot idea by the country's politicians, journalists and the public. A heated political...
Italy orders probe into destroyed embryos
Italy's health minister has ordered an investigation into an apparent mechanical failure at a Rome hospital that resulted in the destruction of 94 frozen embryos. According to the Health Ministry, Minister Renato...
Cuba declares Good Friday a holiday at Pope's request
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba has declared next week's Good Friday as a holiday in recognition of a request by Pope Benedict and his "transcendental visit" to the island, state media said on Saturday. The communis
Iraqi-American woman slain in US is buried in Iraq
An Iraqi-American woman found bludgeoned to death in her California home last week with a threatening note left beside her body was buried in her native Iraq on Saturday. Family members wept uncontrollably by her...
Explosion near Kenyan city of Mombasa, several injured
NAIROBI (Reuters) - An explosion near the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa injured several people on Saturday, a private television station and a police source said. Kenya Television Network's Twitter feed rep
80 arrested after anti-Islam protest in Denmark
More than 80 people were arrested Saturday as protesters hurling rocks and bottles tried to interrupt an anti-Islamic demonstration by far-right groups from across northern Europe, Danish police said. There were...
Rep. of Congo blasts death toll rises to 282
An official in the Republic of Congo says more than 282 people were killed in a series of blasts at an arms depot earlier this month in the Central African nation. Pierre Moussa said Saturday that the death toll rose...
U.S. deports Liberian ex-rebel for alleged abuses
MONROVIA (Reuters) - A former Liberian rebel leader accused of commissioning killings and recruiting child soldiers during a bloody civil war in the 1990s arrived in his West African country a free man late on Frid
French intel chief: detained Islamists a threat
The head of France's counterespionage agency says that Islamist radicals detained in a sweep around the country had a stash of arms, did physical training and may have been preparing a kidnapping. Police continued to...
20 anti-Kremlin protesters detained in Moscow
Russian police have broken up a small anti-Kremlin protest and detained an opposition leader and about 20 activists in central Moscow. Associated Press reporters witnessed Saturday the detention of Eduard Limonov,...
Philippine police bust dog fights, rescue pitbulls
Police raided a dogfighting facility in a town south of Manila and rescued around 300 pitbulls, many with ripped ears and tongues, police and veterinarian officials said Saturday. Officers arrested two South Korean men...
Clinton: New round of Iran talks set for Turkey
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Iran and six world powers have agreed to meet in Istanbul on April 13 for the latest round of talks about Iran's nuclear program. Clinton made the announcement at a...
Zimbabwe monitors: Upswing in political violence
A Zimbabwe violence monitoring group said Saturday there has been an upswing in violence in the past month since the president said he will call elections this year even if called-for democratic reforms are not made. ...
Boozing of British lawmakers under review
British lawmakers have been known to get rowdy during debates. They also have been known to fall down drunk during a vote, headbutt colleagues in a drunken brawl, and run up 50,000 pound ($80,000) tabs for food and...
Bahrain says gunfire killed young protester
Bahraini security forces fired tear gas during clashes Saturday with protesters who gathered after authorities acknowledged that gunfire killed a young man during earlier anti-government demonstrations in the Gulf...