Russian leader Putin names new Cabinet
Russian President Vladimir Putin named a new Cabinet on Monday that retained some of the outgoing government's key figures but added a few fresh faces, cementing his grip on power as he begins his third presidential...
Gaddafi ex-spy chief faces charges in Mauritania: source
NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi's former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, arrested in Mauritania in March and sought by Libya, France and the International Criminal Court (ICC), is to face local charg
Bahrain defends human rights record at UN
Bahraini officials defended the Gulf kingdom's record before the U.N.'s top human rights body Monday by insisting that the government has moved to investigate alleged abuses and compensate victims during the 15-month...
Three climbers die as Everest season winds down
By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Three climbers died while descending from the summit of Mount Everest, officials said on Monday. Eberhard Schaaf, 61, from Aachen, Germany, who was climbing with the Eco
Sea Shepherd founder leaves German jail
The founder of the environmental activist group Sea Shepherd has left a German jail after a court ordered him freed on bail pending a decision on whether he will be extradited to Costa Rica. Paul Watson told reporters...
Former soldiers and allies detained in Haiti
By Joseph Guyler Delva Port-au-Prince (Reuters) - Haitian authorities on Sunday announced the arrest of 59 uniformed former soldiers and several alleged supporters who staged a series of protests on Friday a
Suu Kyi to give Nobel lecture during Norway visit
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will finally get a chance to deliver her acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, nearly 21 years after winning the prestigious award. Suu Kyi is set to deliver her speech...
Hollande faces first French banking test
By Lionel Laurent PARIS (Reuters) - The fate of a struggling small French mortgage lender will be the first banking test for President Francois Hollande, as he attempts to deliver on campaign promises of eco
Tunisia vows to punish attacks on alcohol vendors
By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's Islamist-led government said on Monday it would punish conservative Salafi Muslims who attacked alcohol shops in a central town over the weekend, raising religious
Ukrainians launch hosting project for Euro 2012
Tired of seeing their country criticized as greedy and unfriendly, a group of Ukrainians on Monday announced a project to provide free accommodation, translation and other services to foreign football fans attending...
Man armed with grenades arrested at Nigeria state radio
ABUJA (Reuters) - A man armed with grenades and several rounds of ammunition was stopped as he tried to enter a government building in the capital Abuja where two ministers were giving a news conference on Monday,
Survivor: Honduran police fired on passenger boat
Lucio Adan Nelson dozed on a riverboat ferrying him home from a visit with his mother when helicopters appeared overhead and started shooting. He and about a dozen other passengers traveling in the middle of the night...
Yemeni Defense Ministry raises death toll to 96 in Sanaa suicide bombing. ...
Death toll in Yemen suicide bombing rises to 90
SANAA (Reuters) - A man with explosives strapped under his army uniform killed more than 90 people in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday when he blew himself up in the midst of a military parade rehearsal, the defe
Protesters march on Malian presidential palace
BAMAKO (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters marched on Mali's presidential palace on Monday, paralyzing traffic in the capital Bamako in a demonstration against an internationally-backed accord to extend the mandate
UK culture minister faces probe on disclosure
The British Parliament's commissioner for standards has opened an investigation into Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has faced calls for his resignation over his office's dealings with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. ...
Separatists strike to honor Indian Kashmir slain
An annual strike called by separatists in Indian-controlled Kashmir shuttered shops and businesses Monday to mark a top Muslim cleric's assassination 22 years ago, but police blocked a planned protest rally in the...
US warns NKorea against another nuke test
The top U.S. envoy for North Korea warned Pyongyang on Monday that any nuclear test would be a serious miscalculation that would unify the world in seeking swift, tough punishment. Glyn Davies' comments after meetings...
Prominent rival of Sri Lanka president walks free
By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's former army chief walked free from jail on Monday with a pardon from President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who appears to have bowed to growing international demands t
Former ultranationalist is new Serbian president
New Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic is a veteran ultranationalist who claims to have transformed himself into a pro-EU populist. The 60-year-old former cemetery manager _ nicknamed Toma The Gravedigger _ had lost...
Croatia opposition picks former spy as leader
ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia's main opposition party HDZ elected former spy chief Tomislav Karamarko as its leader on Monday, marking a shift back to its strongly nationalist roots and raising the political temperatu
Officials: Gunmen kill 3 policemen in Iraq
Iraqi officials say gunmen have killed three policemen in an attack on a security checkpoint north of Baghdad. Police officials say the attack early Monday took place when gunmen in two speeding car opened fire on a...
Merkel to discuss fiscal pact with German parties
BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss with the leaders of German political parties on Thursday the prospects for a European fiscal pact she wants parliament to approve before its summer recess de
Italy vote to tap austerity anger, gauge political shift
By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - Italy is likely to register a strong protest vote against belt-tightening on Monday in local elections that will provide a fresh snapshot of Europe's changing political land
Group: Palestinian shot as Israeli troops stood by
An Israeli human rights group has released a video that suggests Israeli soldiers stood by while Jewish settlers opened fire on Palestinians in the West Bank, wounding one. The B'tselem group says settlers from Yitzhar...
Cheating Chinese businesswoman gets reprieve from death sentence
BEIJING (Reuters) - A self-made Chinese businesswoman convicted of cheating investors out of millions had her death sentence commuted on Monday, state media said, following thousands of Internet pleas urging lenien
Italy quake victims wake in cars, tents, schools
Residents of a quake-struck area of northeast Italy woke up in their cars, tents and in school gyms Monday as aftershocks continued following a magnitude-6.0 earthquake that killed seven people and toppled centuries-old...
Dutch court sentences pedophile to 18 years
Dutch judges on Monday handed down an 18- year sentence, plus involuntary psychiatric treatment for an indefinite period of time, to a pedophile who molested dozens of extremely young children in Amsterdam preschools...
Iraq turns to U.S. drones to protect oil platforms
By Patrick Markey and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq is buying unmanned drones from the United States to help protect its southern oil platforms as the OPEC nation ramps up production after the withd
Kuwaiti pleads innocent in Twitter trial
By Sylvia Westall KUWAIT (Reuters) - A 26-year-old Kuwaiti pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges he insulted the Prophet Mohammad and the Sunni Muslim rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on social media, th
Italian dad throws kids off balcony, jumps; 3 dead
Police in northern Italy say a father has thrown his two young children to their deaths from a sixth floor apartment balcony before jumping to his death. Brescia police spokeswoman Nicoletta Di Maio says the mother,...
Late Bee Gee Robin Gibb hailed in Britain
One day after he succumbed to cancer, Bee Gee Robin Gibb was hailed in his native Britain Monday as a master musician whose interests went far beyond the recording studio. The distinctive singer, who wrote and arranged...
Nepal police detain protesters enforcing strike
Officials say protesters enforcing a general strike for a second day have clashed with local residents in parts of the Nepalese capital. Police spokesman Binod Singh says police detained at least seven protesters in...
Japan seeks to get in on act investing in Myanmar
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will start negotiations on an investment treaty with Myanmar on Wednesday, the trade ministry said, as corporations around the world scramble to do business in one of the last frontier marke
Malaysian opposition's Anwar, ally face charges
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and one of his senior allies have been summoned to court to face charges of participating in an illegal street protest, his party said Monday. Both men were among tens of...
Two killed in Sunni Muslim clashes in Beirut
By Dominic Evans BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least two people were killed in heavy fighting between rival Sunni Muslim gunmen in Beirut on Monday, medical and security sources said, in the latest violence fuelled
Bahraini court fines daughter of opposition activist
DUBAI (Reuters) - A court in Bahrain on Monday fined Zainab al-Khawaja, the daughter of a prominent opposition activist, for insulting a government employee and her lawyer said she was still detained pending trial
Total to put staff back on North Sea platform
The French oil company Total says it is preparing to put staff back on a North Sea platform after confirming that a gas leak has been stopped. All 238 workers aboard the Elgin platform, 240 kilometers (150 miles) from...
Court puts off hearing new charge against Ukraine's Tymoshenko
KHARKIV, Ukraine (Reuters) - A court in Ukraine on Monday adjourned a trial of jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on a new charge of tax evasion until June 25, when the European soccer championship will
Remains of all 45 Russian plane crash victims ID'd
Forensic experts say they have identified the remains of all 45 people on board the Russian plane that slammed into a jungle-clad cliff atop an Indonesian volcano. It's not clear what caused the Sukhoi Superjet 100 to...
Aftershocks rattle Italy, residents sleep outdoors
By Stephen Jewkes FINALE EMILIA, Italy (Reuters) - Thousands of people in northern Italy slept in tents and cars overnight as more than 100 aftershocks rocked the area hit by a magnitude 6.0 earthquake that
Prosecutors seek life for Bali bombing suspect
Prosecutors said Monday an Indonesian militant known as the "Demolition Man" should spend the rest of his life in prison for helping to build the car bomb used in the 2002 Bali nightclub attacks. Umar Patek, a leading...
At least 20 killed, 60 wounded in Sanaa suicide attack
SANAA (Reuters) - At least 20 people were killed and more than 60 wounded when a man in soldier's uniform blew himself up at a military parade rehearsal in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday, a police source said.
Fight over oil revenues would harm Somalia peace prospects
By Richard Lough MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's embattled central government will not argue with semi-autonomous Puntland over potential oil revenues for fear of scuttling a fragile peace process, but a top
Militant group claims suicide bombing in Syria
DUBAI (Reuters) - A militant group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in eastern Syria last week that killed nine people and said attacks would continue, in a statement posted on the Internet on Monday.
French prosecutor opens investigation into latest rape allegations against Strauss-Kahn. ...
At least 10 killed by suicide bomb in Yemen capital
SANAA (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed and 20 wounded in an attack by a suicide bomber on soldiers practicing for a military parade in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday, a police source said. The
U.N. nuclear chief begins talks with Iranian officials
DUBAI (Reuters) - United Nations nuclear chief Yukiya Amano started talks with senior Iranian officials on Monday, Iranian media reported, on his one-day visit to Tehran that diplomats say could lead to an agreemen
UN nuclear chief in Iran on key mission
The head of the U.N. nuclear agency arrived Monday in Tehran on a key mission that could lead to the resumption of probes by the watchdog on whether Iran has secretly worked on an atomic weapon. It would also strength...
Suicide bomber targets soldiers in Sanaa, several killed
DUBAI (Reuters) - A suicide bomber targeted soldiers practicing for a military parade in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday, killing several people, a police source said. The parade was scheduled for Tuesday