Some evacuations as storm heads by Honduras coast
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Tropical Storm Ernesto moved closer to the Central American coast Monday night as authorities in Nicaragua moved some people from low-lying areas and Honduras considered evacuations. With...
Vietnam donates rice to flood-stricken North Korea
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's president said his country would donate 5,000 tons of rice to flood-stricken North Korea, Vietnamese state media reported Tuesday. The pledge was made by President Truong Tan Sang in a...
Manila's Aquino crosses one hurdle in pushing contraceptive bill
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine lawmakers have agreed to suspend debate on a health bill promoting state-funded contraception and speed up its passage in Congress after President Benigno Aquino urged them to adopt the
Guatemalan court orders extradition of suspected drug kingpin
GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - A Guatemalan court decided on Monday to extradite a 72-year-old suspected drug trafficker to the United States because of his alleged ties to Mexico's powerful Sinaloa cartel. Waldemar
Jamaica marks 50th anniversary of independence
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Shrugging off economic hardships and high crime, people across Jamaica proudly wore the national colors of gold, black and green Monday to mark the Caribbean island's 50th anniversary of...
Grenada declares holiday for 1st Olympic medal
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada (AP) — The island of Grenada has erupted in celebration over the small Caribbean nation's first-ever Olympic medal. People danced, cheered and waved flags in the streets Monday after Kirani James...
Entrepreneurs serving Afghan expats see good times ending
!P> By Miriam Arghandiwal KABUL (Reuters) - Behind high villa walls in Kabul's heavily guarded diplomatic district, restaurant owner Saju D'Cruz sits in a sun-washed courtyard and gives himself two more years in...
Triumphant homecoming for Venezuelan gold medalist
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan fencer Ruben Limardo received a hero's welcome when he returned home Monday after winning a gold medal at the London Olympics. The 27-year-old fencer rode atop a truck through the...
Head-on collision kills 16 in northern Mexico
!P> MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Sixteen people died Monday in the northern Mexican state of Sonora when a tractor-trailer collided head-on with a pickup truck filled with passengers, an official with the state government...
Survivor describes new Syria mass killing
ANADAN, Syria (AP) — The guards pulled him from his cell before dawn on Monday, bound his hands, blindfolded him and drove him to an empty lot in the Syrian city of Aleppo. They sat him in a row with 10 other captives,...
Flash, boom, New Zealand volcano roars to life
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A New Zealand volcano dormant for more than a century has spewed boulders and spread an ash cloud over the center of the country, disrupting air traffic but causing no other damage or injuries.
Jamaica celebrates 50th anniversary to mixed reviews
By Horace Helps KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - The timing could hardly have been better, with Jamaicans celebrating the 50th anniversary of their independence from Britain on Monday on the heels of a stunning dis
Villain or scapegoat? Gu Kailai faces trial in China
By Benjamin Kang Lim and Lucy Hornby BEIJING (Reuters) - Cold-blooded killer or scapegoat, China's Lady MacBeth or over-protective mother -- Gu Kailai remains an enigma as she is tried for murder in a case that
Strauss' 'Ariadne,' Puccini's 'Boheme' both please
SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Opera-goers attending Salzburg Festival's new production of Puccini's "La Boheme" expected the worst when the man with the microphone stepped out, shortly before show-time — but then came the...
Man sets fire to home by microwaving socks, undies
LONDON (AP) — Note to self: A microwave is for leftovers, not your boxers. British firefighters say they saved an apartment from destruction after its domestically challenged resident tried to dry his wet socks and...
Madonna asks for leniency at Russian rockers trial
MOSCOW (AP) — Madonna voiced hope Monday that three feminist Russian rockers on trial for performing a "punk prayer" against Vladimir Putin will be released soon. "Obviously I believe in freedom of speech and I'm...
France to hunt sharks after Reunion island attacks
SAINT-DENIS DE LA REUNION, France (Reuters) - France will hire professional fishermen to kill some 20 sharks off the Indian Ocean island of Reunion this week in an effort to understand the reasons for a series of att
Greece to sell gas firm, grid operator this year: source
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece wants binding bids for its state-owned natural gas company and gas grid operator by the end of September and hopes to complete their sale in late autumn as it revives its privatization drive
Four killed, police station attacked in Sudan's Darfur
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Four people were killed when gunmen looted a market and set fire to a police station during several days of violence in Sudan's Darfur region, international peacekeepers said on Monday. Main
Man charged in Olympic bottle throwing incident
LONDON (AP) — An Olympic spectator accused of hurling a plastic bottle onto the stadium track seconds before the men's 100-meter final pleaded not guilty Monday to creating a public nuisance. Ashley Gill-Webb spoke...
Last Polish soldier of WWII opening battle dies
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Maj. Ignacy Skowron, the last known Polish survivor of the opening battle of World War II, died on Sunday at the age of 97. Family friend Zofia Nowak said Monday that Skowron died at his...
Israel backtracks on tax hike to secure austerity package approval
By Steven Scheer JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's parliament gave final approval to a package of unpopular tax hikes aimed at reining in the budget deficit on Monday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu backtra
Feminist anti-Putin rockers say judge biased
MOSCOW (AP) — Members of a feminist Russian punk band on trial for performing a stunt against Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral sought to dismiss their judge on Monday, accusing her of being politically biased...
Sudan says to resume South Sudan talks on August 26
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan will resume talks with South Sudan on August 26 to resolve remaining conflicts after reaching an interim oil agreement, the Sudanese state news agency SUNA said on Monday. On Friday, t
Take That singer Gary Barlow and wife lose baby
LONDON (AP) — Musician Gary Barlow and his wife Dawn say their daughter was stillborn, and are asking for privacy. In a statement released Monday, the couple said they were devastated by the loss of Poppy Barlow, who...
International rights groups seek access to monitor Saudi courts
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - International human rights groups have asked Saudi Arabia for permission to observe the court cases of four rights activists in a country they have accused of conducting unfair trials
Yemen seizes six militants in suicide bomb town
DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemeni security forces seized six suspected Islamist militants on Monday in a flashpoint town where a suicide bomber killed 45 people last week, a security source said. The suspected members of
Cossacks to crack down on migrants in Russia
MOSCOW (AP) — A thousand Cossacks, who formed a feared military force in czarist times, will help police patrol the southern Russian region hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, charged with...
Sri Lanka denies release of 37 Chinese fishermen
BEIJING/COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's navy said on Monday it was still holding 37 Chinese fishermen to appear in court on charges of fishing within its waters, contradicting a report by China's Xinhua state news ag
Swazi king chides West for "regime change" hopes
MBABANE (Reuters) - King Mswati III of Swaziland taunted the West and his domestic political opponents on Monday, saying their dreams of a popular uprising in Africa's last absolute monarchy would not be realized.
3 Russian troops killed by bomber in Chechnya
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — At least three Russian servicemen were killed and another three wounded when a suicide bomber detonated outside a Chechen department store on Monday, officials said. The Investigative...
Kissing protest follows arrest in northern Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The arrest of a man after a woman objected to him kissing his female companion in public has prompted a "kiss-in" protest in a conservative Mexico city. An official of the northern city of Leon says...
For some Olympians, glory is about showing up
LONDON (AP) — For Timi Garstang, a sprinter from the Marshall Islands, the Olympic experience boils down to this: He was the slowest man in the race to find the fastest man on earth. He chugged in two and a half...
Olive oil used to rescue squirrel
BERLIN (AP) — A squirrel with olive oil? For police in northern Germany, that was a winning combination to free an animal trapped in a manhole cover. Police spokeswoman Kathrin Feyerabend said Monday a woman on the...
Pipeline blast stops Iraq oil flow to Turkey
!P> ANKARA (Reuters) - An explosion overnight on a pipeline carrying about a quarter of Iraqi crude exports from oilfields near the city of Kirkuk has knocked out flows and repairs are expected to take up to 10 days,...
6 soldiers killed in attack in Ivory Coast
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Gunmen assailed an army base in Ivory Coast's commercial capital on Monday killing at least six soldiers, officials said, in another brazen attack on the country's most important city. ...
Blast kills four in Russia's volatile Chechnya
GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) - A blast ripped through the capital of Russia's volatile Chechnya region on Monday, killing at least four interior ministry soldiers and injuring three people, a local government source said
Malian youth, Islamists clash over planned amputation
BAMAKO (Reuters) - Malian youths clashed with ruling Islamists in the city of Gao in a protest against the planned punishment by amputation of a suspected robber and the beating of a journalist covering the demonstra
Coe says he 'didn't recognize' riot-hit London
LONDON (AP) — A year ago, London was in flames. Now it is basking in the glow of the Olympic cauldron. The games' host city paused Monday to reflect on riots that erupted in a north London neighborhood on Aug. 6, 2011,...
Romania PM reshuffles government, central bank warns on budget
By Luiza Ilie BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta reshuffled his cabinet on Monday after his interior minister quit, and the central bank governor warned that Ponta's feud with the preside
Russian opposition leader finds bug in his office
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he has discovered a listening device in his office in central Moscow. Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin's fiercest critics and a driving force behind...
14 dead, 5 missing from heavy rains in China
BEIJING (AP) — Heavy rains that ravaged China over the weekend left at least 14 people dead and five missing, while hundreds of others were trapped by mudslides and floods, state media said Monday. The official Xinhua...
Sri Lankans seek $1M to free captured crewmen
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan religious leaders have joined with the families of seven crewmen held by Somali pirates to launch a fundraising drive to pay a ransom of more than $1 million for their release. ...
UK coalition in crisis over parliamentary reform
By Tim Castle and Mohammed Abbas LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's coalition government suffered its worst crisis to date on Monday when the junior partner in the two-party administration rebelled after its ally in p
Britain strains coalition by dropping Lords reform
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's junior government partners said on Monday the ruling coalition had entered new territory after they were forced into a humiliating climb-down by Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservativ
UK legislator: I'm swapping Big Ben for Big Apple
LONDON (AP) — A high profile British lawmaker says she is quitting the House of Commons to move to the United States with her family. Louise Mensch, elected in 2010 as a member of the governing Conservative Party after...
Group: Tibetan man sets fire to himself in China
BEIJING (AP) — A Tibetan man set himself on fire in southwestern China on Monday and was taken away by local authorities, in the latest of dozens of self-immolations in Tibetan areas of the country since early 2011, a...
Greece: 6,000 detained during raids on immigrants
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece are rounding up thousands of suspected illegal immigrants in a large-scale deportation drive to combat what a government official compared to a prehistoric invasion. Greece...
Myanmar lifts suspensions on journals after protests
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's government has agreed to lift suspensions on two weekly journals within two weeks, their editors said on Monday, just days after rare protests by journalists in two cities to demand more
Hillary Clinton visits Nelson Mandela at home
QUNU, South Africa (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited with Nelson Mandela at his home on Monday to pay her respects to the aging South African icon. Clinton and a small group flew to the...