China says willing to send observers to Syria
China said Friday that it is willing to send observers to monitor a U.N. cease-fire aimed at stopping 13 months of fighting in Syria. Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told reporters that Beijing was "willing to...
Genocide trial to be held in Rwanda for first time
The first genocide suspect to be transferred by an international genocide tribunal to Rwanda has arrived in the country's capital. Rwandan officials said the transfer shows that the international community is confident...
Sri Lankans protest mosque in Buddhist sacred area
Thousands of Buddhist monks and lay supporters have protested the construction of a mosque and a Hindu temple being built in an area designated as a Buddhist sacred zone. Local journalist Kanchana Ariyadasa says about...
Cruise ship passed by disabled fishing boat
Three Panamanian men were on their way home after a night of fishing, happy with their success, when the motor on their small open boat rattled and quit, leaving them adrift in sight of land, but too far out for their...
Suu Kyi Myanmar parliament debut in doubt over oath stalemate
By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - The party of Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi will seek fresh ways to try to alter an oath to be taken by newly elected members of parliament, a party official said on Friday, ma
Exclusive: Murdered Briton in China left meager savings to family; friend
By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - Expatriate British businessman Neil Heywood, whose murder has caused political upheaval in China, left his wife and children in a financially uncertain situation in C
Kazakhstan journalist targeted in savage attack
A journalist in western Kazakhstan has been stabbed and shot in an attack that his colleagues say may have been motivated by his reporting. Raul Uporov, a photographer at Uralskaya Nedelya, said Friday that witnesses...
Turkey curtails military's clout in politics
Turkey's Islamic-rooted government has scored two victories in its quest to end the military's decades-long influence over politics. This week, it sent one of the country's most powerful generals to jail for leading...
Former ruling party treasurer guilty of graft in Indonesia
JAKARTA (Reuters) - The former treasurer of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's ruling Democrat Party was found guilty of corruption on Friday and jailed for nearly five years at the conclusion of a cas
Jamaicans pack a park to watch Marley documentary
Thousand reggae fans crowded a Kingston park late Thursday to watch a screening of a documentary about Bob Marley, the charismatic icon of reggae music who brought the Jamaican musical genre to every corner of the...
Indigenous town temporarily holds 16 officers
Residents of an indigenous town in western Mexico where eight townsfolk were killed temporarily locked 16 police officers in an office to demand an investigation, authorities said Thursday. Michoacan state secretary of...
Mexico leftist moves into second place in presidential poll
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has moved ahead of the ruling party candidate in Mexico's presidential race, but still badly lags front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto, a new poll showed on Th
Guinea-Bissau junta gives 2-year timeframe
Guinea-Bissau's military leaders said Thursday they had agreed on a candidate to lead a transitional government, though the proposed two-year timeframe for organizing new elections after last week's coup was unlikely to...
Experts: NKorea missile carrier likely from China
The enormous, 16-wheel truck that North Korea used to carry a missile during a recent parade likely came from China in a possible violation of U.N. sanctions meant to rein in Pyongyang's missile program, experts say. ...
Japan opposition censures ministers, piles pressure on PM
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's opposition-controlled upper house of parliament voted to censure two ministers in Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's cabinet, further complicating his task of gaining support for his sales ta
Peru investigates deaths of hundreds of dolphins
Scientists and Peruvian officials are investigating a mass die-off of hundreds of dolphins along the South American country's coast. A total of 877 dolphin carcasses have been counted recently along the shore in the...
Head of Colombian police steps down
Colombia's national police chief, Gen. Oscar Naranjo, has decided to step down because he is tired and feels it's time for a younger generation to take on the job, President Juan Manuel Santos announced Thursday. ...
Tiny Gulf islands rekindle big Arab-Iran dispute
There would seem to be enough points of tension to keep Iran and its Gulf Arab rivals fully occupied: Tehran's nuclear program, accusations of Iranian meddling in Bahrain's uprising, Iranian threats to block Gulf oil...
Ex-judge: Venezuelan officials meddled in cases
A fired judge's allegations that high-ranking officials in President Hugo Chavez's government and military manipulate Venezuelan court cases were dismissed on Thursday by the country's foreign minister, who said the...
Energy stocks drop as Argentina speeds YPF seizure
The government showed no signs of backing down Thursday from expropriating a Spanish company's controlling stake in Argentina's formerly state-owned energy company, shrugging off international condemnation while finding...
US transfers 2 Guantanamo prisoners to El Salvador
Two men from western China who had been held for nearly a decade without charge at the Guantanamo Bay prison amid a diplomatic struggle to find them homes, have been resettled in El Salvador, the U.S. military said...
Mali's military frees arrested officials
BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali's military has released all the senior political and army officials it arrested earlier this week, the army leaders behind last month's coup said on Thursday. Separately, neighboring
Mali junta: 22 detainees released after outcry
The junta that seized power in a coup last month announced late Thursday that it had released 22 people whose arrests earlier this week had prompted international criticism. The arrest of senior politicians and...
Jamaica forms gov't task force to battle scams
Jamaica announced a new government task force Thursday to fight proliferating lottery scams that have made the Caribbean country a center for international telemarketing fraud. The Jamaican and U.S. governments already...
Boko Haram kill seven civilians in north Nigeria: government
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Gunmen from radical Islamist sect Boko Haram have killed at least seven civilians in the past 24 hours in a spate of attacks in northern Nigeria, police said on Thursday. Boko
India missile test has few critics, unlike NKorea
India's successful test of a powerful new missile that can carry nuclear weapons to Beijing caused barely a ripple _ even in China _ just days after North Korea was globally vilified for a failed rocket launch. The...
ICC: Libya has evidence of killing by Gadhafi son
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Thursday Libya has evidence linking a son of deposed ruler Moammar Gadhafi to recruiting mercenaries and executing people. The Hague-based court is in a...
UN chief urges 2 Sudans to step back from war
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Sudan and South Sudan on Thursday to step back from the brink of war and return to the negotiating table. Ban called on South Sudan to immediately withdraw its forces from the...
Lawmakers press UK government over China murder scandal
By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - Lawmakers asked the British government on Thursday about rumors that a businessman whose murder sparked political upheaval in China may have been a spy and demanded to know
Ex-Supreme Court justice says Venezuela manipulates courts
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - A Venezuelan Supreme Court judge who was removed from his post last month for assisting a drug trafficker has accused President Hugo Chavez's leftist government of systematic
Radical sect kills 7 in northeast Nigeria
Gunmen suspected to belong to a radical Islamist sect attacked a bakery and shot others in the streets of a northeast Nigeria city, killing at least seven people, police said Thursday. The attack again saw gunmen open...
UK phone hacking lawyer brings News Corp case to U.S.
By Yinka Adegoke (Reuters) - The News of the World phone hacking scandal moved closer to the United States after British lawyer Mark Lewis teamed up with two New York lawyers to pursue claims that four of hi
Yemen: 19 militants killed in military offensive
Yemeni military officials and witnesses say ground troops have advanced on the provincial capital of Abyan province with heavy clashes that killed 19 al-Qaida-linked militants. The officials said Thursday the troops...
Egypt demonstrators block main Cairo bridge
Hundreds of Egyptian demonstrators briefly blocked a main Cairo bridge over the Nile river Thursday to back their call for an end to military rule, a sign of growing concern that the generals might try to cling to...
Israeli defense minister: Assad ouster 'positive'
Israel's defense minister says the Syrian president has lost his legitimacy, and his fall would be "very positive." Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak says the exit of Syrian President Bashar Assad would weaken...
UK abortion provider under threat from hackers
Britain's largest abortion provider said Thursday that thousands of attempts have been made to hack its website following a high-profile security breach when personal details of 10,000 women were stolen. Last week a...
NATO helicopter crashes in Afghanistan; casualties unknown
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A NATO military helicopter crashed due to poor weather in Afghanistan on Thursday, the military said, and it was not immediately clear whether anyone aboard survived. A U.S. defense of
Brazil slum residents burn bus, protest shootings
Authorities in Rio de Janeiro say dozens of shantytown residents burned a bus and blocked a highway because a 10-year-old girl was grazed by a bullet during a police action that put an armed 18-year-old man in the...
Yemen army kills 13 Islamists in south
ADEN (Reuters) - At least 13 Islamist fighters linked to al Qaeda were killed in clashes with Yemen's army in the impoverished country's south on Thursday, the government and militants said. Yemen has launch
Analysis: Early days for Spain's tug of war with markets
By Alan Wheatley, Global Economics Correspondent LONDON (Reuters) - Thursday's Spanish debt auction results have set the tone for a year of muddling through: Yields are too high to be sustainable in the long
Brazil cannibalism probe expands to 5 more deaths
The trio that allegedly killed at least two women and ate parts of their bodies may have murdered another five people in northeastern Brazil, police said Thursday. Police spokesman Carlos Leite said by telephone that...
Mexican volcano hurls hot rock half-mile into sky
Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano hurled super-heated rock fragments half a mile (a kilometer) into the air early Thursday and officials warn more and bigger outbursts are likely. The volcano southeast of Mexico City...
Bombs kill 30 in Iraq's worst violence in a month
Bombs ripped through 10 Iraqi cities Thursday, killing at least 30 people and shattering a month of relative calm. Minority lawmakers decried the violence as a tragic but inevitable result of the Shiite-led government's...
Police: Israeli wounded in stabbing attack by Arab
Police say an Israeli has been stabbed in an attack by an Arab in Jerusalem. The ultra-Orthodox Jewish man was seriously wounded and was taken to a hospital. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says two suspects were...
NATO head calls on China, Russia to help fund Afghan forces
By Sebastian Moffett and Justyna Pawlak BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The head of NATO called on China and Russia on Thursday to help fund Afghan security after 2014, as the alliance tries to rally contributions from
Russia, China seek info on US drone held by Iran
Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency says Russia and China have asked Tehran to provide them with information on a U.S. drone captured by the Islamic Republic in December. The Thursday report quotes Ahmad Karimpour, an...
France: Friends of Syria group believes Annan plan 'last chance' to avoid Syrian civil war ...
Energy stocks drop as Argentina speeds YPF seizure
Shares in Spain's Repsol company have tumbled 17 percent this week as Argentina shows no signs of backing down in its takeover of Repsol's controlling stake in Argentina's YPF energy company. There are also signs the...
"Friends of Syria say Annan plan is last hope
By John Irish and Daniel Flynn PARIS (Reuters) - The "Friends of Syria" coalition meeting in Paris on Thursday called a U.N.-backed peace plan the "last hope" to resolve the crisis and said they would do all
Egyptian protesters take long walk to Tahrir
CAIRO (Reuters) - A group of Egyptians are marching 125 km (77 miles) along a major highway to Cairo to take part in a demonstration in Tahrir Square, stretching the boundaries of the country's flourishing culture