China top military paper warns of armed confrontation over seas
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top military newspaper warned the United States on Saturday that U.S.-Philippine military exercises have fanned risks of armed confrontation over the disputed South China Sea. The
Gunmen kill 14 inside northern Mexico bar
Authorities say masked gunmen burst into a bar in the northern city of Chihuahua and opened fire, killing 14 people. Chihuahua state prosecutors' spokesman Carlos Gonzalez says at least seven assailants in police-like...
Pakistan bans airline owner from leaving country amid investigation into deadly crash. ...
China releases 21 Vietnamese fishermen after month
China says authorities have released 21 Vietnamese fishermen whom they had detained for more than a month on a disputed island in the South China Sea. The official Xinhua News Agency said late Friday that according to...
Official: Dolphin deaths in Peru still a mystery
Peruvian authorities are still trying to unravel the mystery of why hundreds of dolphins ended up dead on beaches in the country over the past 2 1/2 months. Deputy Environment Minister Gabriel Quijandria told The...
Retired Mexican general shot dead in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Retired Mexican General Mario Arturo Acosta, who was once convicted of having ties to drug cartels, died after being shot three times in the head on Friday in Mexico City. The attorne
Hacker attack underlines Web role in China scandal
A massive hacker attack has crippled an overseas website that has reported extensively on China's biggest political turmoil in years, underscoring the pivotal role the Internet has played in the unfolding scandal. ...
Mexican general once tied to cartels shot dead
A retired general who was convicted and later cleared of aiding one of Mexico's most powerful drug lords was shot and killed Friday in the capital, authorities said. Former Brig. Gen. Mario Arturo Acosta Chaparro was...
Mexico truck-bus crash kills at least 43
A trailer broke loose from a cargo truck and slammed into a passenger bus on Friday, killing at least 43 people in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, state government spokeswoman Gina Dominguez said. Veracruz Gov....
UN council reaches tentative agreement on Syria
The U.N. Security Council reached a tentative agreement Friday night on a resolution that would expand the number of U.N. cease-fire observers in Syria from 30 to 300 and let Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon decide on...
SKorea asks China about NKorean missile carrier
South Korea has asked China whether it is the source of a sophisticated missile carrier displayed by North Korea during a military parade last weekend, a Seoul official said. Military experts have pointed to China as...
Japan to provide Y600 billion in ODA to Mekong nations in 3 years
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said on Saturday Tokyo would provide 600 billion yen ($7.35 billion) in official development aid to Mekong region countries in three years from April 2013 to
Powerful quake strikes off eastern Indonesia
A powerful earthquake hit waters off eastern Indonesia early Saturday, sending residents and schoolchildren running into the streets in panic. Authorities said the temblor did not have the potential to trigger a tsunami...
Venezuelan authorities seek arrest of former judge
Venezuelan authorities on Friday put out an international request for the capture of a former Supreme Court magistrate who is accused of having links to a prominent drug suspect. The office of Venezuela's Prosecutor...
Strong quake hits eastern Indonesia
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 struck eastern Indonesia on Saturday off Irian Jaya, the United States Geological Survey said. The USGS said the quake was recorded offshore, 74 mi
Argentina wants bigger Brazil role in oil market
Argentina's planning minister says he wants Brazil to increase its share in his country's oil sector even as it expands government control over the market. Julio de Vido spoke in Brasilia while meeting with government...
Norwegian gunman describes hunting down teenagers
Norwegians who lost loved ones on Utoya island relived the horror Friday as far-right fanatic Anders Behring Breivik described in harrowing detail how he gunned down teenagers as they fled in panic or froze before him,...
Mexico preps shelters as volcano roars, spews ash
The white-capped volcano that looms over Mexico City emitted a terrifying low-pitched roar Friday and spewed roiling towers of ash and steam as it vented the pressure built up by a massive chamber of magma beneath its...
Iraq calls Turkey "hostile state" as relations dim
By Barry Malone BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Friday branded Turkey a "hostile state" with a sectarian agenda, the latest in a series of bitter exchanges between the neighbors.
43 killed in Mexico after truck, bus collide
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - At least 43 people were killed when a cargo truck crashed into a bus on a highway in eastern Mexico, in one of the worst traffic accidents the country has suffered in recent years. Pi
Sudan and S. Sudan claim control of oil town
Sudan and South Sudan both claimed to be in control of a contested oil town near the countries' ill-defined border on Friday after the south said it was withdrawing its troops to avert a return to war. Last week, South...
Trinidad TV host arrested for airing rape video
The host of a popular TV crime show in Trinidad has been arrested months after showing a video of a mentally impaired teenage girl being raped. Ian Alleyne was arrested late Thursday after a 30-minute struggle with...
Workers building big dam in Amazon plan strike
Workers building the huge Belo Monte dam in Brazil's Amazon jungle will go on strike next week, a union official said Friday. Roginel Gobbo, vice president of the construction workers union in the state of Para, said...
Egyptians mass to demand army retreat from power
By Shaimaa Fayed and Edmund Blair CAIRO (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Egyptians demanded on Friday that their military rulers stick to a pledge to hand over power by mid-year after a row over who can run
Libyan government takes control of Tripoli airport
The Libyan government assumed control Friday of the country's main international airport, taking over from militia fighters who had been providing security for months in the absence of an official force to do the job. ...
Tens of thousands protest military rule in Egypt
Egypt's Islamist and secular forces sought to relaunch the street uprising against Egypt's ruling military Friday, packing Cairo's Tahrir Square with tens of thousands of protesters in the biggest rally in months and...
It's all about emotion in French presidential race
Like Barack Obama, Nicolas Sarkozy swept to power on a wave of hope for change. Sarkozy's wave crashed on the global financial crisis and his own failings. On Sunday, the French leader faces a tough fight against nine...
U.S. to guarantee loans to help Tunisian transition
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will provide as much as "several hundred million dollars" of loan guarantees to support Tunisia's democratic transition and economic recovery, the U.S. Treasury Department s
Spain targets Argentine biodiesel in YPF reprisal
By Martin Roberts MADRID (Reuters) - Spain retaliated against Argentina on Friday for seizing control of a Spanish-owned energy firm with a measure that could curtail multimillion-dollar imports of biodiesel
In easing Myanmar sanctions, U.S. seeks to boost reforms
By Andrew Quinn WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is moving to ease bans on U.S. companies investing in and providing financial services to Myanmar, and will first target those sectors that could supp
25 al-Qaida fighters killed in latest Yemen clash
Yemeni government troops seized control Friday of part of an al-Qaida stronghold in the country's lawless south after fierce fighting that has left at least 25 militants dead, a military official said. After launching...
Mexico's conservatives bet on woman presidential hopeful
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's ruling conservatives took a bold step by becoming the first major party to nominate a woman presidential candidate, but Josefina Vazquez Mota is struggling to close a big gap with t
Britain's Cameron offered air tanker as VIP jet
By Tim Hepher (Reuters) - Senior British politicians and royals might consider making foreign visits in converted air force refueling jets after a row over the use of a rented Boeing for a trade mission to t
Argentina seeks Petrobras collaboration in YPF
By Hugo Bachega BRASILIA (Reuters) - Argentine Planning Minister Julio De Vido approached Brazil and its state-run oil company Petrobras on Friday to invite greater investment and collaboration with oil comp
Peru's army prepares for "all-out" assault on rebels
By Teresa Cespedes and Marco Aquino LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's army is preparing one of its largest offensives in two decades against Shining Path rebels, officials said on Friday, hoping to quash remnants of t
Strike law tests Moroccan government reforms
By Souhail Karam RABAT (Reuters) - Morocco's plans to introduce a law this year to regulate strikes will test the Islamist-led government's ability to carry out reforms to modernize an economy that is badly
Bahrain protesters swell ahead of F1 weekend
Anti-government protesters flooded a main highway in a march stretching for miles and security forces fired tear gas in breakaway clashes Friday as Bahrain's leaders struggled to contain opposition anger while under the...
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...
Crisis proves a curse for Greece's Orthodox Church
By Harry Papachristou ATHENS (Reuters) - Close links between the Greek state and the Orthodox Church are turning from a blessing for the clergy into a curse as the debt-laden government struggles to fund the
UK lawmakers ask about Briton's murky death
British lawmakers have written to Foreign Secretary William Hague asking whether a businessman who died in suspicious circumstances in China provided intelligence to the U.K. government, officials said Friday. Lawmaker...
Crisis heightens regional tensions in Spain
By Nigel Davies MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's deepest economic crisis in decades has disrupted the delicate power balance between the central government and highly autonomous regions like wealthy Catalonia, com
Wary UAE tightens screws on Islamists
By Raissa Kasolowsky and Isabel Coles ABU DHABI/RAS AL-KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates (Reuters) - Wary of the Muslim Brotherhood's growing influence in the Arab world, the United Arab Emirates is clamping dow
Analysis: Assad foes doubt Syria truce but have few options
By Dominic Evans BEIRUT (Reuters) - Barely had the first U.N. ceasefire monitors set foot on Syrian soil this week than Bashar al-Assad's enemies were discussing the likelihood of the mission failing and war
Road accident kills 43 in eastern Mexico
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - At least 43 people were killed in a road accident when a cargo truck crashed into a tour bus in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, local government authorities said on Friday. The
Russia, EU circulate U.N. drafts on Syria monitors: diplomats
By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia and the European Union circulated on Friday separate draft U.N. Security Council resolutions to authorize the deployment to Syria o
Analysis: Mexican women voters back "alpha male" over female rival
By Anahi Rama GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Reuters) - Women shout and jostle to get close to Enrique Pena Nieto, mob him for kisses or a hug, and snap photographs with the kind of excitement more commonly reserved f
Murdochs face UK court showdown over political ties
By Georgina Prodhan and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch faces a two-day grilling at Britain's High Court next week by a judge investigating whether the political ties of the world's most powerf
Former NY mayor helping Serbia's nationalists
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, plans to become an adviser to Serbian nationalists who were once allied with the late Slobodan Milosevic if they win next month's election in Belgrade. Giuliani said...
3 US military personnel killed in Mali crash
Three American military personnel and three civilians died early Friday in a single-car crash in Mali's capital, U.S. officials said. U.S. Africa Command said in a statement that the cause of the crash remains under...
Airline execs convicted over 2005 Greece crash
ATHENS (Reuters) - Three executives of a defunct Cypriot airline and a British engineer were each sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison on Friday for their role in Greece's worst air crash that killed 121 peo