Turkey court gives Ferguson time to settle -media
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court trying British duchess Sarah Ferguson for secretly filming the treatment of mentally handicapped children adjourned after opening on Friday to give time for an out-of-court sett
Contradictions over Libyan ex-PM claims on Sarkozy
Contradictions have emerged over claims that that Libya under dictator Moammar Gadhafi funded French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign. Sarkozy has strongly denied the claims. A Tunisian lawyer for...
Leaders fall in Europe crisis: Sarkozy next?
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is widely expected to be kicked out of office in elections Sunday. If he goes, he'll be in good company: Almost every crisis-hit European country that has held an election since disaster...
Malawi wary of visit by Sudan's al-Bashir
Malawi's new president is wary of welcoming her Sudanese counterpart, accused of war crimes, to a continental summit in July. Speaking at a news conference Friday, Joyce Banda said a visit by Sudan's president would be...
Affirmative action backed in largely black Brazil
Brazil's top court has backed sweeping affirmative action programs used in more than 1,000 universities across this nation, which has more blacks than any country outside Africa yet where a severe gap in education...
Woman in Secret Service case calls agents 'fools'
A woman who says she was the prostitute who triggered the U.S. Secret Service scandal in Colombia said Friday that the agents involved were "idiots" for letting it happen, and declared that if she were a spy and...
Ahmadinejad rivals ahead in parliamentary runoff
Early returns in Iran's parliamentary runoff elections Friday showed conservative rivals of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leading in many constituencies in the vote that was billed as an endorsement of the country's...
Tymoshenko to be treated at Ukrainian clinic
Ukraine's jailed and ailing ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko tentatively agreed Friday to have her back condition treated at a local hospital under the supervision of a German doctor. Tymoshenko lawyer Serhiy...
IOC expresses concern over Argentine ad
The IOC criticized an Argentine TV ad Friday that links the London Olympics to Argentina's dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands, calling it a blatant attempt to use the games for political purposes. The...
Armenia campaign rally blast hurts 144-officials
YEREVAN (Reuters) - More than 140 people were hurt at a campaign rally in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Friday, when hundreds of small balloons went up in flames, burning people and sparking panic, two days befor
New French accusations: Strauss-Kahn in Washington
French investigators are studying accusations that Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have been involved in a rape during a sex party in a Washington hotel in 2010 while he was chief of the International Monetary Fund, a...
Malawi moves to block visit by Sudan's wanted Bashir
By Mabvuto Banda LILONGWE (Reuters) - Malawi President Joyce Banda said on Friday she had asked the African Union to prevent Sudan's wanted leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir from attending a summit in her country
Egypt's ousted president turns 84 in detention
Egypt's ousted leader Hosni Mubarak turned 84 on Friday and celebrated his birthday at a Cairo hospital where he is detained, according to a security official and Egyptian daily papers. The country's former first lady,...
Top Iraqi politician alleges political vendetta
Iraq's vice president on Friday described a terror trial pending against him in Baghdad as part of a political vendetta that has wider repercussions for Iraqi unity and sectarian tensions across the Middle East. The...
Threats and bullying tarnish southern Italy vote
By James Mackenzie and Laura Viggiano ACERRA, Italy (Reuters) - Acerra, in southern Italy, has long suffered abnormally high rates of cancer, apparently linked to the illegal waste dumps that dot the surroun
U.S. doesn't expect Pakistan to reopen Afghan war supply routes soon
By Missy Ryan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the Taliban kicks off its spring fighting season in Afghanistan, an agreement with Pakistan that would help NATO supply its troops there could be weeks or months away,
2 Algerian army officers killed by militants
An Algerian army official says two officers have been killed and two wounded when their car was hit by a mortar blast. The official said Friday the car was hit by a shell from a homemade launcher in the region of...
Greek euro membership at stake in poll: Socialists
By Harry Papachristou (Reuters) - Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos told voters on Friday that Greece may have to abandon the euro if they fail to support him in Sunday's general election. His last
144 Armenians injured as balloons explode
Clusters of balloons exploded Friday during a political rally in the central square of Armenia's capital, injuring at least 144 people, authorities said. The Emergencies Ministry said 104 of them had to be hospitalized...
Syrian forces kill teen in Aleppo protests
Syrian forces fired on thousands of protesters Friday in Aleppo, killing a teenager, after a raid on dormitories at the city's main university killed four students and enflamed tensions in a key bastion of support for...
Syrians questioning whether armed revolt works
The woman wearing a blood-red dress stood in the middle of a busy intersection outside Syria's parliament holding up a red banner: "Stop the killing, we want to build a homeland for all Syrians." Drivers tooted their...
Nine bodies hung from bridge in northern Mexico
By Mica Rosenberg MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Nine bodies, some bound and blindfolded, were found hanging from a bridge over a highway in northeastern Mexico early on Friday, in an escalation of brutal attacks r
Nigeria Islamists storm prison, kill guards: police
Maiduguri, NIGERIA (Reuters) - Nigeria's Boko Haram militants stormed a prison in their northeastern heartland on Friday, killing two guards and freeing the inmates, police said, in the latest in a surge of attacks
Non-nuclear states lobby big powers to disarm faster
By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Non-nuclear states are urging nuclear-armed nations to disarm faster, while nuclear powers say they are making "unprecedented progress" in doing so, a divide on display at
For Tunisia's Jews, hope and fears post-revolt
By Lin Noueihed and Tarek Amara DJERBA, Tunisia (Reuters) - In the Jewish quarters on the Tunisian island of Djerba, only menoras or Hebrew letters painted in blue against the whitewashed walls distinguish a
Nuclear researcher sentenced in France for plotting attack
PARIS (Reuters) - A Paris court sentenced a Franco-Algerian nuclear physicist to five years in prison on Friday on charges of helping to plot an attack in France in 2009 with an al Qaeda militant in Algeria.
Nigeria Islamists storm prison, kill guards: police
MAIDUGURI (Reuters) - Nigeria's Boko Haram militants stormed a prison in their northeastern heartland on Friday, killing two guards and freeing the inmates, police said, in the latest in a surge of attacks blamed o
Can-do Najaf offers hope for Iraq investment boom
By Serena Chaudhry and Aseel Kami NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - With its sweeping highway, solar-powered street lights and plethora of hotels, the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf is a beacon for investment in Iraq, out
Obama's image an issue in French presidential race
A photo of Barack Obama in a campaign video for French President Nicolas Sarkozy is upsetting the team of Sarkozy's rival, Socialist Francois Hollande. Hollande's campaign chief Pierre Moscovici said Friday he was...
Syrian forces kill five in Damascus, Aleppo protests
By Mariam Karouny DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian forces killed at least five people on Friday when they fired at demonstrations calling for the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad in the capital Damascus and
Suicide bombing in Pakistani market kills 20
A teenager blew himself up near a Pakistani market close to the Afghan border Friday, killing 20 people, officials said. The suicide bombing came a day after the U.S. released letters seized from Osama bin Laden's...
Suspected sect gunmen kill 2 Nigeria prison guards
Authorities say gunmen from a radical Islamist sect shot and killed two guards during a prison break in northeast Nigeria. Borno state police spokesman Samuel Tizhe said Friday the attack happened overnight Thursday...
Dagestan bombs shadow Putin's return to presidency
The twin thundering car bombs that shook the capital of Dagestan and killed at least 13 people were grisly reminders that Vladimir Putin, who came to power a dozen years ago as a hardliner against Caucasus insurgents,...
France drops sex harassment law, angers feminists
PARIS (Reuters) - France repealed a sexual harassment law on Friday on the grounds that the definition of the crime was too vague, sparking renewed debate of an issue put into the spotlight by the arrest of one-tim
Al-Qaida papers highlight tense dealings with Iran
In the rigid enemy-or-ally world view of Osama bin Laden and his chief lieutenants, Iran occupied a spot somewhere in between _ a state seen as arrogant, enigmatic and driven by self interest, according to newly...
1,500 protest in Macedonia after murder arrests
About 1,500 people have joined a protest by ethnic Albanians in Macedonia to demand a fair trial for five people suspected of murder in a case that has raised ethnic tension in the tiny country. The five have been...
Report: Kenyan forces abused Somalis near border
An international human rights group said Friday that Kenyan security forces abused ethnic Somalis in Kenya's border region in response to attacks by militants from Somalia and have never been punished for the abuses. ...
Ukraine denies Tymoshenko beaten in jail
By Olzhas Auyezov KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine on Friday dismissed as untrue allegations that prison guards had beaten jailed opposition politician Yulia Tymoshenko - claims which have alarmed Western politician
Police: Militant-trained Kenyan youth a threat
Hundreds of Kenyan youth who have trained with al-Qaida-linked militants in neighboring Somalia have returned home and now pose a major security threat to this East African nation, a top police official said Friday. ...
S. Sudan accuses Sudan of bombing in blow to talks
By Yara Bayoumy KHARTOUM (Reuters) - South Sudan accused Sudan on Friday of attacking its military positions in an oil region, imperiling the chances of a promised ceasefire between the neighbours, but Khart
Leader urges election boycott in eastern Libya
The head of eastern Libya's self-declared semiautonomous region on Friday called for a boycott of next month's national vote for an assembly that would form a government and prepare for the country's new constitution. ...
UK police arrest 2 over genital mutilation claims
Police say they have arrested two men after a newspaper reported that some medical staff in Britain were offering to perform female genital mutilation. West Midlands Police said a 55-year-old and a 61-year-old were...
Haitian lawmakers approve new prime minister
Haitian lawmakers have approved President Michel Martelly's choice for a new prime minister, ending a two-month impasse that had hampered the country's efforts to rebuild from the devastating 2010 earthquake. The...
Serbia police arrest 8 in tense south
Police on Friday arrested eight people in Serbia's tense, ethnic-Albanian dominated south, five of them on suspicion of war crimes against Serb civilians during a 2001 conflict. The group was arrested in a police sweep...
UN: Syria peace plan is `on track'
Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan for Syria remains "on track," his spokesman insisted Friday, despite skepticism from the U.S. and others about the cease-fire that has been largely ignored by President Bashar Assad's...
Wounded British soldiers on Everest return safe
Five wounded British soldiers attempting to climb Mount Everest for charity have returned to base camp after being stranded for days at a high elevation camp because of bad weather. An expedition statement says the...
NATO warns against Kosovo tensions
NATO's peacekeeping force will do all it can to prevent tensions in Kosovo from escalating because of this weekend's election in neighboring Serbia, the alliance's top official said Friday. NATO Secretary-General...
Zimbabwe president says splits threaten his party
Zimbabwe's longtime president said splits and greed are threatening his party ahead of elections he is pushing for this year during a spirited speech at the funeral of a party stalwart Friday. President Robert Mugabe...
Court hears autopsy reports from Norway massacre
Families of Anders Behring Breivik's victims sought to balance the technical details of how they died with testimony Friday of how they lived before he unleashed a shooting spree on an island youth camp. The far-right...
Talk of Chavez cancer downturn rattles Venezuela
By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's absence from the spotlight, his creation of a formal advisory committee, and media leaks of medical details are feeding speculation