U.N. Council concerned by recent Congo attacks
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council expressed serious concern on Thursday over recent clashes between the army of the Democratic Republic of Congo and soldiers loyal to a
Rio de Janeiro stripping away 'visual pollution'
Officials in Rio de Janeiro are trying to make one of the globe's most beautiful cities even more stunning. Some 50 workers began tearing down billboards in front of iconic Guanabara Bay on Thursday, launching a...
Gunmen kill 34 at northeast Nigeria cattle market
Robbers angered by a crowd burning one of their colleagues alive attacked a cattle market in northeast Nigeria, killing at least 34 people in the latest violence fanning across the bloodied region, witnesses and an...
Obama invites African leaders to G8 food security talks
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President !a class="tagLink" href="http://townhall.com/tags/barack-obama">Barack Obama!/a> has invited four African leaders to join the G8 leaders' summit at Camp David later this month for a
Prosecution wants 80 years for Charles Taylor
Former Liberian president Charles Taylor deserves an 80-year sentence for the war crimes he was convicted of last week, including aiding and abetting murder and rape on a mass scale, prosecutors said in a written filing...
Italian ex-premier Andreotti hospitalized
Giulio Andreotti, Italy's former seven-time premier, was hospitalized with heart problems stemming from a respiratory infection and was in serious, but stable condition Thursday, hospital officials said. Andreotti, 93,...
Next London mayor: Comic incumbent or leftist pol?
The race to be London's next mayor is littered with savage expletives and maverick personalities. So will the rumpled, comic, often foul-mouthed incumbent (Boris Johnson) or his leftist predecessor (Ken Livingstone)...
Egypt's military renews pledge to give up power
Egypt's ruling generals repeated their pledge Thursday to transfer power to a civilian government within two months, a day after deadly clashes stoked by political tensions brought fresh accusations that the military...
Merkel, others, urge treatment for Tymoshenko
German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Ukrainian leaders on Thursday to give jailed ex-Premier Yulia Tymoshenko "proper treatment" for her ailments, as more top officials announced they would boycott the Euro 2012 soccer...
Zimbabwe minister threatens media crackdown
By Cris Chinaka HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe on Thursday threatened a crackdown on the media over what it called sensational and inaccurate reporting, following stories over the health of 88-year-old Presiden
Russian military ups the ante on missile defense
Russia's top military officer has threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe if Washington goes ahead with its controversial plan to build a missile...
Brooks and Coulson to face UK press inquiry
By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson - the two former News of the World editors who took the British phone hacking scandal into the political domain with their close ties to gove
Moderate quake jolts western Iran, injures 8
A moderate earthquake jolted a small town in western Iran near the Iraqi border on Thursday, injuring eight people and damaging buildings, Iranian media reported. The magnitude 5.5 quake hit the sparsely populated area...
Nepal leader to form new coalition government
In a last-ditch effort to finish years of work on Nepal's new constitution, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai will form a new coalition government including members of the main opposition parties, officials said...
UN concerned about 2 Palestinians on hunger strike
The U.N. envoy for the Middle East has expressed concern for the health of two Palestinians who are on hunger strike in Israeli detention. Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh have been refusing food for 66 days to protest...
Europe's presidents shun Ukraine over Tymoshenko
By Olzhas Auyezov KIEV (Reuters) - International pressure mounted on Ukraine on Thursday over its treatment of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, but Kiev warned that any boycott of the European socc
Bahrain adopts reforms to boost parliament powers
Bahrain's king has approved constitutional changes that include giving parliament more powers to question and remove government ministers. Thursday's amendments are part of reforms prompted by the nearly 15-month-old...
Draft overhaul threatens to convulse Israel
A court order to stop Israel's longtime practice of exempting ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from military service has become a central issue in upcoming elections and could reshape the face of the society. If they are...
Witnesses describe island massacre in Norway trial
Witnesses in Norway recounted Thursday how mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik _ armed and in police uniform _ managed to trick his way onto a ferry to Utoya island, where he massacred 69 people in a shooting spree...
Army says clashes won't delay Egypt's historic vote
By Tamim Elyan and Marwa Awad CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's ruling generals said on Thursday they would press ahead with this month's presidential election despite fresh street violence and would step back from
What's at stake in France's election
French voters choose their president Sunday in a race that will have implications for Europe's debt crisis, the Afghanistan war and global diplomacy. Socialist Francois Hollande, largely unknown outside French borders,...
Mexico's chance at first female president slims
Josefina Vazquez Mota exulted in the explosion of camera flashes as a pumped-up crowd cheered her victory in a bruising three-way race to become the ruling party's presidential candidate and this country's first woman...
Countries agree on $1.9B Afghan refugee strategy
A $1.9 billion plan to help rebuild the lives of almost 9 million former and current Afghan refugees gained international backing Thursday, as officials prepare for the impending U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. ...
North German cliffhanger holds clues to Merkel's fate
By Alexandra Hudson BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's conservatives face a struggle to retain power in Germany's windswept north this Sunday, knowing a defeat in Schleswig-Holstein's state election could gi
Tunisian court fines TV boss on morality charges
By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - A Tunisian court on Thursday fined a television boss 2,400 dinars ($1,550) for showing the award winning film "Persepolis" after a trial that deepened a growing divide betwee
Bahrain king enacts parliament reforms as protests continue
DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain's king ratified constitutional reforms on Thursday that the government hopes will help end a year of protests, but the main opposition party denounced them as inadequate and said the strug
Prosecution says Charles Taylor deserves 80-year sentence for war crimes. ...
Germany: 4 men charged over al-Qaida terror plot
Four men were charged Thursday with membership in a terrorist organization for allegedly planning to carry out an al-Qaida attack in Germany. The group's leader _ 30-year-old Moroccan national Abdeladim El-Kebir _ was...
China to stamp out journalistic malpractice: Xinhua
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will start a three-month crackdown this month on news organizations and reporters conducting illicit journalistic practices such as blackmail and receiving kick-backs, the official Xinhua
5 suspects held in Macedonian fishermen killings
A court in Macedonia's capital has issued 30-day detention orders for five men, including two who are still at large, suspected of killing five fishermen in April. The fatal shooting of the fishermen near Skopje last...
What's at stake in Serbia general election
Serbia, a landlocked nation of 7.1 million in southeast Europe, is holding presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections Sunday. Whoever wins could affect Serbia's future relations with the European Union as well...
Top Vienna murder unit gets Libyan oil boss case
By Michael Shields VIENNA (Reuters) - Vienna's top homicide investigation team is probing the mysterious drowning of Libya's former oil chief but that does not mean they think he was murdered, prosecutors sa
NATO's Rasmussen hopeful on Russian missile pact
By Adrian Croft and Steve Gutterman LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - NATO is hopeful of reaching a deal with Russia on missile defense despite opposition from the Kremlin to the alliance's plans for a missile shiel
Palestinian hunger strikers appeal to Israeli court
By Jihan Abdalla JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Facing Israel's highest court in their wheelchairs, two Palestinian prisoners on the 66th day of their hunger strike appealed on Thursday for their release from detenti
Saleh relative quits Yemen army, fighting flares
SANAA (Reuters) - A nephew of former Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh has resigned from his post as commander of an elite military unit, officials said on Thursday, part of a drive by the country's new U.S.-allied
9/11 plot suspects head back to court at Guantanamo
By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - The last time Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was in the top-security courtroom at the Guantanamo Bay naval base more than three years ago, the admitted architect of the September 11
Devastated textile town offers lessons for Serbia
By Aleksandar Vasovic LESKOVAC, Serbia (Reuters) - The Zele Velkovic factory in Leskovac, once famous for its thriving textile industry, was one of the city's biggest when Yugoslavia started to implode in 19
With Egypt's political chaos, disorder in streets
The streets and sidewalks of Cairo have always been rather chaotic. But they've only gotten worse in the political turmoil as Egypt stumbles toward a new system following the fall of President Hosni Mubarak. Street...
Kuwait close to death penalty law for blasphemy
KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwaiti lawmakers endorsed a legal amendment on Thursday which could make insulting God and the Prophet Mohammad by Muslims punishable by death, in a second reading that brings the proposal a ste
Afghanistan: Pakistani driving truck bomb arrested
Afghanistan's intelligence agency prevented a large terrorist attack, arresting a Pakistani citizen driving a truck packed with explosives, according to a statement Thursday. The agency said in the statement that the...
Europe's presidents shun Ukraine over Tymoshenko
By Olzhas Auyezov KIEV (Reuters) - Nine European leaders are shunning a Central European summit hosted by Ukraine this month, adding to international pressure on the former Soviet republic over its treatment
Bin Laden not "puppet master": U.S. report on seized documents
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was not the "puppet master" of jihadi groups around the world and was burdened by what he saw as their "incompetence," according to an analysis of documents se
EU imposes sanctions on Guinea-Bissau coup leaders
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union on Thursday imposed sanctions on the leaders of a recent coup in Guinea-Bissau, adding to measures taken earlier this week by West African nations. The Council of the
Sudan, South Sudan say border quiet after AU ultimatum
By Yara Bayoumy KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan and South Sudan's armies, who have been clashing along their disputed border for weeks, said on Thursday the frontier was calm after both accepted a U.N.-backed Afr
Congolese flee army's hunt for dissident general
By Graham Holliday GISENYI, Rwanda (Reuters) - Olive Kukamujeni does not know what fate met two of her children when a gun battle between Congolese troops and fighters loyal to a renegade general erupted in
Hospital official: At least 34 killed by robbers after failed cattle raid in northeast Nigeria. ...
Unsuspecting ferryman helped Norway killer hide gun
By Victoria Klesty OSLO (Reuters) - When Norwegian ferry captain Jon Olsen asked the young policeman to cover his gun so as not to upset children on an island summer camp last July, he could hardly have expe
Irish deputy PM says head of Church should resign
By Conor Humphries DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's deputy prime minister said on Thursday he thought the head of the Irish Catholic Church should resign after a TV documentary reported the cleric had failed to
Media watchdog wary of Arab Spring freedoms
Reporters Without Borders says Arab Spring countries have fallen short on the promise of greater media freedom after the fall of dictators and autocrats in north Africa. The media watchdog's warning came as Tunisia...
Battles loom as Putin returns as Russian president
By Timothy Heritage MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin will need to show less of his old swagger, master the art of compromise with opponents and restore control over battling clans if he is to do more than j