Kurdish lawmakers end boycott of parliament
A pro-Kurdish party on Wednesday said it is ending its four-month-old boycott of Turkey's parliament, even as tensions grow over a surge in attacks by Kurdish separatist rebels. The lawmakers of the Peace and Democracy...
South Africans, Vietnamese meet on rhino poaching
More needs to be done to dispel the myth among the Vietnamese that rhinoceros horn can cure cancer, Vietnamese officials said Wednesday after meeting with their South African counterparts about curbing rhino poaching. ...
How close is Iran to the bomb? Depends who you ask
By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Either Iran could build a nuclear bomb in a matter of months or it is unlikely to get such a weapon any time soon -- depending on which Western expert you talk to. T
Gunmen storm Iraqi militiaman's home, kill 5
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - Gunmen in Iraqi army uniforms stormed the home of a Sahwa militiaman and killed five members of his family on Wednesday, police sources said, in the latest attack on the Sunni fighters who
Fire destroys iconic Denmark sports arena
A fire raced through a 73-year-old sports arena in the Danish capital Wednesday, destroying the iconic building just hours before a sex fair was to open, officials said. About 20 people involved with the erotic trade...
Early elections in Slovenia set for December
Slovenia's president has dissolved the parliament and called early elections following the government collapse earlier this month. Danilo Turk said Wednesday that Slovenia's first snap election since gaining...
Philippines repairs after typhoon kills 21
Forecasters sounded alarms over a new storm headed for the Philippines Wednesday, even as workers repaired seawalls demolished by a typhoon that killed at least 21 people and left scores stranded in swamped communities....
Slovenia's president calls early elections following government collapse. ...
France: Fire kills 6 suspected illegal immigrants
French authorities say a fire in an abandoned building set for demolition has killed six suspected illegal immigrants. Interior Minister Claude Gueant says an unextinguished candle was behind the blaze reported shortly...
UK charges 77-year-old with 16 sex attacks
British police say a 77-year-old man has been charged with a string of 16 sex attacks targeting children dating back to 1949. Scotland Yard says Reginald Davis, of Wanneroo, Australia, will appear later Wednesday at...
Hungary villages heal slowly from red sludge spill
By Marton Dunai KOLONTAR, Hungary (Reuters) - Shortly after noon on a sunny day last October, 56-year-old Janos Fuchs was plowing his field in western Hungary when a nearby reservoir wall collapsed, unleashi
8 killed in fighting in Indian-held Kashmir
At least eight people have died in three days of fierce fighting between rebels and government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said Wednesday. The fighting erupted Monday after soldiers and police raided...
Yemenis protest again, tribesmen shoot down plane
By Erika Solomon SANAA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Yemenis protested in Sanaa on Wednesday against President Ali Abdullah Saleh's return from Saudi Arabia, while opposition tribesmen said they had downe
Germany's cross-eyed opossum, Heidi, dies
Facebook friends and fans across the Twittersphere are mourning the loss of Heidi _ the cross-eyed German opossum whose cute but confused countenance warmed hearts around the world. The Leipzig zoo said Wednesday that...
Bahrain upholds life sentences for activists
Bahrain's special security court on Wednesday upheld sentences for 21 activists convicted for their roles in Shiite-led protests for greater rights, including eight prominent political figures given life terms on...
Commentator breaks Australian discrimination law
A popular right-wing commentator was found guilty Wednesday of breaking Australian discrimination law by implying that fair-skinned Aborigines chose to identify as indigenous for profit and career advancement. Federal...
Reports: Russian ballistic missile fails in test
Russia's military says an experimental intercontinental ballistic missile has failed during a test launch. Russian news agencies quoted the military's Space Forces spokesman Col. Alexei Zolotukhin as saying that...
Gunmen kill 5 relatives of Sunni fighter in Iraq
Gunmen wearing military-style uniforms broke into the house of a pro-government Sunni militiaman early on Wednesday and killed five members of his family, including three children, Iraqi officials said. A police...
Analysis: Turkey readies sanctions against Syria
By Tulay Karadeniz and Ibon Villelabeitia ANKARA (Reuters)- Having failed to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end a bloody crackdown, Turkey is preparing a list of sanctions against its one-time
Insurgents kill 4 soldiers guarding Thai school
Muslim insurgents disguised as paramilitary rangers attacked troops guarding a school in southern Thailand on Wednesday, killing four soldiers and wounding two others, police said. A 6-year-old boy was shot in the...
Israel says Palestinians caused deadly car crash
Israeli authorities say Palestinian assailants are to blame for a car crash that killed an Israeli father and his infant son in the West Bank last week. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the investigation has found...
Analysis: Iraqi Shi'ites fear fallout of Syria turbulence
By Rania El Gamal BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi'ites, like their allies in Iran, fret that unrest in Syria could oust President Bashar al-Assad and bring to power hardline Sunnis eager to put their weight be
Four killed in school attack in restive Thai south
NARATHIWAT, Thailand (Reuters) - Suspected Muslim insurgents shot dead four soldiers and wounded two people, including a child, in an ambush at a school in Thailand's restive south on Wednesday, police said, the la
Officer: 8 Afghan policemen killed at checkpoint
An Afghan police commander says eight policemen were shot and killed in an attack on a checkpoint in the country's south. Gen. Nabi Jan Mullahkhail, deputy regional commander in the south, says the police were attacked...
Afghan police commander says 8 policemen have been shot dead in southern Afghanistan. ...
Pakistani police re-arrest militant leader
A Pakistani militant leader who was released last month after spending 14 years in jail has been re-arrested after making inflammatory speeches against the country's Shiite Muslim minority, a police officer said...
Indonesian passenger ferry catches fire; 8 dead
A docked ferry has caught fire in central Indonesia, triggering a stampede that left at least eight people dead and dozens injured. Brig. Gen. Edi Sumantri, deputy police chief in East Java province, says 500...
Ai Weiwei's wife urges China to drop plan on detentions
By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - The wife of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, whose detention sparked an international outcry, has urged lawmakers to reject draft legislation that would cement in law po
Residential building crumbles in Old Delhi; 7 dead
Broken beams and mounds of clay lay in heaps Wednesday where a three-story residential building collapsed in the Indian capital, killing at least seven people and highlighting the dangerous housing conditions among the...
Newsmaker: Tang gears up to become Hong Kong's next leader
By James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's Beijing-backed number two official Henry Tang stepped down from his post as chief secretary on Wednesday to pave the way for a widely expected bid to become
Gas explosion hits Malaysian mall; 4 injured
Malaysia's fire department says a suspected gas leak has led to an explosion at a shopping mall in a suburb of Kuala Lumpur. Four people have been injured in the blast. District fire official Mohamad Sani Harul says...
HK's No. 2 official quits, mulls leadership bid
Hong Kong's second-highest ranking government official has resigned in a move widely seen as the first step in his campaign to be chosen the city's leader next year. Chief Secretary for Administration Henry Tang said...
Taiwan's Soong: Beijing does not want me to run
A China-friendly Taiwanese presidential candidate has been quoted as saying Beijing opposes his candidacy because it fears it could dig into support for President Ma Ying-jeou, Beijing's widely presumed favorite. The...
Philippine capital cleans up after storm kills 20
Emergency services and residents in the Philippine capital cleaned up and restored electricity Wednesday after a powerful typhoon unleashed floodwaters and fierce wind that killed at least 20 people and sent huge waves...
Top Bolivian official quits in march backlash
Bolivia's interior minister and his deputy resigned Tuesday after mounting recriminations over a violent police crackdown on marchers opposed to a jungle highway that they say would despoil an indigenous preserve. ...
New Zealand soldier killed in Afghanistan battle
A New Zealand special forces soldier has been killed during a gunbattle with suspected insurgents in a compound near Afghanistan's capital. Lt. Gen. Rhys Jones, the chief of New Zealand's defense force, says the...
Briton jailed in Australia 26 years after killing
A British man who strangled his girlfriend and then burned her body in a small Australian town 26 years ago has been sentenced to four years in jail. Stephen Hutton of Hampshire was extradited to Australia in 2009 to...
Chinese man arrested for allegedly killing 9
A Chinese man who allegedly killed his wife and eight other people in a fit of jealous rage has been arrested. State media say 32-year-old fruit seller Qin Changcheng allegedly went on the rampage Monday in the...
Brazil's World Cup rush fuels spending blowout
By Stuart Grudgings RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - It is a project that should symbolize the transformational benefits of hosting the 2014 World Cup -- a sleek new monorail train gliding above Brazil's steamy Am
5 severed heads found in Mexico resort of Acapulco
Mexican police have found five severed heads in front of a primary school in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco. It's unclear whether the gruesome discovery is related to extortion threats that led about 140...
Jamaica prime minister asks reporters for patience
Jamaica's prime minister says he will give a more detailed explanation of his decision to resign sometime after his mother's funeral. Prime Minister Bruce Golding says he must first bury his mother, Enid, who recently...
Document details Martelly plan for new Haiti army
Haiti's president is moving forward with a controversial campaign pledge to restore the country's disbanded military with an initial force of 3,500 soldiers, according to a document obtained Tuesday by The Associated...
Libyan official delivers $16M to southern city
Libya's transitional government delivered 20 million dinars ($16 million) Tuesday to this remote southern city beset by fighters loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, hoping to bolster support for revolutionary forces. Journalists...
Opposition march dispersed in Guinea, 4 killed
Opposition supporters attempting to join a march were violently dispersed on Tuesday, and at least four people were killed when paramilitary police seized control of traffic circles and lobbed tear gas at people walking...
Bail extended for 3 suspects in UK hacking scandal
British police say they have extended the bail for three News of the World phone hacking suspects until next year. The Metropolitan Police said Tuesday that the men have all attended police stations and been bailed to...
Puerto Rico cop accused of false illness claims
A Puerto Rico police officer has been accused of calling in sick and submitting fake doctor's notes to avoid work. Officer Luis Samuel Colon was charged Tuesday with 36 counts of falsifying and altering medical...
Egypt's 1st post-Mubarak election to begin Nov. 28
Egypt's first parliamentary elections since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak will begin on Nov. 28, the country's military rulers said Tuesday in an announcement greeted with little fanfare by activists who have grown deeply...
Pakistan tells U.N. committed to peace in Afghanistan
By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Pakistan is committed to achieving peace in neighboring Afghanistan and cooperating with the U.S. and Afghan governments, Pakistan's foreign minister told the
NATO peacekeepers, Serbs wounded in Kosovo
NATO peacekeeping forces clashed with Serb protesters in northern Kosovo on Tuesday, leaving 11 people wounded, officials said. The violence occurred near a disputed border crossing between Kosovo and Serbia _ the site...
U.S., EU condemn Israeli plan to expand settlement
By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel approved on Tuesday the construction of 1,100 settlement homes on annexed land in the West Bank, complicating global efforts to renew peace talks and defuse