Posts Tagged ‘worldNews’

a post-Assad Syria

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Challenges for Israel

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America’s Women Gymnastic Team

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Who’s Gabby Douglas?

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Why Activists

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

are Failing in the UAE

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How is Syria now like Afghanistan then?

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

 
Recently, I’ve been reading Stephen Coll’s  insightful and terrifying book Ghost Wars, about the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and the creation of Al Qaeda (more…)

Who will Flame burn?

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

 
It’s a scenario familiar from thousands of science fiction movies: a glitch in a highly destructive secret weapon causes it to turn on its creators and destroy them.  (more…)

A French Woman Influences Global Wealth

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

 
Winds sent old newsprint soaring like white kites caught in the updraft along the concrete corridors of Wall Street, in October 29, 1929. The world had just begun to feel the horrendous pain of the Great Depression. (more…)

May Chidiac: a noble Lebanese journalist and the tension in Syria

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Annaya Lebanon [Photo: Haifa J. Church]
 
May Chidiac, a courageous Maronite Christian Lebanese Journalist, literally lost an arm and a leg in an assassination attempt (more…)

Integrating the Haredim and not just on the Buses

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Israel Jerusalem Wailingwall
 
The delicate balance between the ultra-religious, national-religious, and secular Israelis has always been wrought, (more…)

Seeing Part of the Story

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Fake photo circulated on the Web
 
Israelis all over the country were putting up their defensive guards this week, as a photograph surfaced on www.facebook.com with the caption “An Israeli soldier holding down a Young Palestinian Girl”.  (more…)

Sanctioning Iran and where that puts Israel

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinajhad
 
Israelis are feeling that they finally have support when it comes to Iran, as sanctions introduced by the European Union this week include a ban on oil imports from the country.  (more…)

A Nuclear Iran: Could it be the incentive for Israel and the United States to Join Forces?

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

A Nuclear Israel and Iran
 
Israel has long expressed concern over Iran’s ongoing nuclear enrichment program, and the failure of other nations to intervene. (more…)

The Fight For Human Rights in Afghanistan

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Afghan Elections 2009 (Kandahar) / Élections afghanes 2009 (Kandahar)

In a rare triumph of human rights in Afghanistan, a young woman who was jailed for “zina” (adultery) has been pardoned by President Karzai. (more…)

Powerful Hurricane Irene churns toward southeast U.S.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) – A strengthening Hurricane Irene churned on a northwest track toward the Southeast United States on Tuesday, threatening the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas with battering winds and rain and dangerous surf.

Scores murdered as Syria intensifies crackdown

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Dumair, one of a number of predominately Sunni populated towns in Syrian, has been under siege by security forces cracking down on anti-government protests.

Saudi Arabia finally joined the growing international chorus of condemnation against Assad’s regime. But is it too little and too late? (more…)

In Greece, “The Fat Lady Is Singing”

Monday, June 20th, 2011

European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet, left, and European Commissioner for the Economy, Olli Rehn, wait for the start of a meeting of the European Stability Mechanism in Luxembourg on Monday. (Virginia Mayo/Associated Press)

The basket case that is the Greek economy and its sovereign debt (the lowest ranked in the world) is playing out like a classic Greek tragedy on the minds of European heads and their finance ministers. (more…)

Embattled Saleh Again Backs Out Of Power Transition Deal

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh

Yemen’s embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh refused to sign a GCC-brokered power transition deal on Sunday, shortly after his party and its partners concluded the deal that would see him out of power in return for immunity from prosecution and end month-long protests. (more…)

AS “ROME BURNS”, US TURNS ON YET ANOTHER MIDDLE EAST ALLY – YEMEN

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Yemeni anti-government protester chants slogans during a demonstration against President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen. Photo Credit: Ahmad Gharabli/Getty Images

In another stunning reversal of policy, the U.S. now seeks the removal of Yemen’s besieged president Ali Abdullah Saleh, a long supported and key ally of Washington in the fight against al-Qaeda in the strategic Arabian Peninsula. (more…)

Dozens Killed as Yemen Government Loses Mind amid Escalating Unrest

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Yemen: pro-Saleh forces and thugs shot directly at unarmed anti-government protesters

At least 42 people were killed and hundreds injured, tens in critical condition, when the security forces and the government supporters attacked the  protesters in the square of change outside Sana’a University in Yemen’s capital on Friday.

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Countless Sacrifices as Yemen Uprising Gains Further Momentum

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

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SANA’A, YEMEN- Several people were killed and a countless number of others, hundreds maybe a thousand, injured, many seriously, in some Yemeni cities including the capital Sana’a where the security forces attacked early Saturday morning the tens of thousands of the sit-inners outside Sana’a University. (more…)

Australia’s government holds narrow election lead

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

SYDNEY (Reuters) Australia’s Labor government has a narrow lead over the conservative opposition, an opinion poll showed on Monday, with just five days left of campaigning in what is one of the tightest elections in many years.

Prominent critic of Syria’s Assad turns 80 in jail

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

LONDON (Reuters) – Human Rights Watch has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to release one of his most outspoken critics, prominent lawyer Haitham al-Maleh who turned 80 in jail on Sunday.

South Africa opposition parties merge to challenge ANC

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s largest opposition party said on Sunday it would merge with a small party but analysts said it was unlikely to pose a major challenge to the African National Congress in the 2014 election.

Military deaths pass 2,000 as Afghan war review looms

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

KABUL (Reuters) – Total foreign military deaths in Afghanistan have passed 2,000 since the war began in late 2001, unofficial tallies showed on Sunday, in the approach to U.S. and Afghan elections and a U.S. strategy review.

Orthodox flock to once-banned holy site in Turkey

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

SUMELA MONASTERY, Turkey (Reuters) – Europe Papadopolous’s grandparents were children when they fled their village in northeast Turkey and settled in Greece almost 90 years ago, yet she still felt she was in exile.

Floods stir anger at Pakistan government response

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani authorities struggled on Monday to help victims of the country’s worst flooding in memory, which has so far killed more than 1,000 people and prompted sharp criticism of the government.

Israel fears Turks could pass its secrets to Iran

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak has voiced concern that once-stalwart ally Turkey could share Israeli intelligence secrets with Iran, revealing a deep distrust as Ankara’s regional interests shift.

Pakistan summons UK envoy over Cameron comments

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

LONDON (Reuters) – Pakistan summoned Britain’s envoy in Islamabad on Monday over comments by British Prime Minister David Cameron suggesting it was not doing enough to fight terrorism, officials said.

Blast in Gaza wounds 24 Palestinians

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

GAZA (Reuters) – An explosion in the house of a Hamas commander in the Gaza Strip has wounded 24 people, a Hamas official and medical workers in the Palestinian territory said on Monday.

Rockets hit Israel and Jordan resorts

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

AQABA, Jordan (Reuters) – Rockets from Egypt’s Sinai, an area where Islamist militants have operated in the past, struck Israel’s and Jordan’s Red Sea port resorts on Monday, injuring four civilians, Jordanian and Israeli police said.

Drunk man on shovel loader rampage kills 11 in China

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese shovel loader driver on a drunken rampage killed 11 people and injured 30 after ending a quarrel with a client by killing him, state media said on Monday.

Suicide bomber kills four Afghan civilians: official

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed four civilians on Monday in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province, an official said, as violence escalates ahead of an anti-insurgent offensive by U.S. and NATO troops.

Castro says Cuba will allow more self-employed

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

HAVANA (Reuters) – The Cuban government, trying to create more productive employment, will allow more Cubans to work for themselves and hire their own workers, President Raul Castro said on Sunday.

Israel strikes Gaza tunnel after rocket launch

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli aircraft bombed a smuggling tunnel and a Palestinian militant training camp in the Gaza Strip on Sunday after a rocket was fired into Israel from the territory, the Israeli army and militants said.

Mexican police free journalists seized by drug gangs

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican police raided a drug gang safe house before dawn on Saturday and rescued two television journalists kidnapped by cartel members who demanded networks broadcast their messages.

Israeli air strike kills Hamas commander in Gaza

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

GAZA (Reuters) – An Israeli air strike has killed a Hamas military commander and rocket-maker in the Gaza Strip, the Islamist group that rules the Palestinian territory said on Saturday.

Dozens killed and stranded by Afghanistan floods

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

KABUL (Reuters) – Dozens of people were killed and thousands had to be rescued after flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains that struck Afghanistan’s northeast, officials said on Saturday.

Israel launches air strikes on Gaza: Palestinians

Friday, July 30th, 2010

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel carried out air strikes on the Gaza Strip Friday after a rocket fired from the Palestinian territory exploded in the city of Ashkelon, local witnesses said.

U.N. rights body tells Israel to end Gaza blockade

Friday, July 30th, 2010

GENEVA (Reuters) – Israel must lift its military blockade of the Gaza Strip and invite an independent, fact-finding mission to investigate its raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, a United Nations rights body said on Friday.

Top Mexican trafficker Coronel dead

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, a major Mexican drug trafficker, was killed during an army operation, the government confirmed on Thursday in what may be a coup for President Felipe Calderon’s war on drugs.

WikiLeaks may have blood on its hands, U.S. says

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks may have blood on its hands, the Pentagon said on Thursday, warning its unprecedented leak of secret U.S. military files could cost lives and damage trust of allies.

Suspected Nazi guard charged over 430,000 killings

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

BERLIN (Reuters) – Prosecutors in Germany have charged a suspected Nazi camp guard with helping to kill 430,000 Jews in the Holocaust and personally shooting 10 others.

Bullfighting Coming To An End In Spain

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Catalonia, a semi-autonomous area located in the north eastern part of Spain that includes Barcelona, the nation’s second largest city (and most interesting), has voted to ban bullfighting. Bullfighting and the Matador (translation: “the killer”), has been a fixture of traditional Spanish culture for centuries. At least for this part of Spain, bullfighting will come to an end in 2012 – coincidently, the same year that the Mayans told the Spanish Conquistadors a series of cataclysmic or transformative events will occur ending the world as they would know it. (more…)

Drug hitmen kidnap four Mexican journalists: report

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Suspected drug hitmen have kidnapped four Mexican journalists who were reporting on organized crime in northern Mexico, the latest attempt by cartels to silence the media, a Mexican media group said on Wednesday.

Iran, U.S. send positive signals on nuclear talks

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

ISTANBUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iran and the United States sent positive signals on Wednesday about the possibility of fresh talks on the Iranian nuclear program, which Washington suspects aims to develop atomic weapons.

Philippine massacre suspects plead not guilty

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

MANILA (Reuters) – The main suspect in the massacre of 57 people in the southern Philippines, Andal Ampatuan Jr, and 17 of his followers on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to the final murder charge in the case.

General wants Afghan militants branded terrorists

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the U.S. military command overseeing operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere said on Tuesday he wanted top leaders of two major insurgent groups designated as terrorists.

Ahmadinejad: Conditions still apply for nuclear talks

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran will only resume nuclear negotiations on certain conditions, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a TV interview aired on Tuesday, after the European Union imposed tough new sanctions.

China bans "shame parades" of criminal suspects

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will end the public shaming of criminal suspects by parading them through the streets, the People’s Daily reported on Tuesday, after online commentators championed the case of a prostitute.

Leaked archive fuels doubts on Afghan war

Monday, July 26th, 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration scrambled on Monday to manage the explosive leak of secret military records that paint a grim picture of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan and raise new doubts about key ally Pakistan.

NATO rocket kills 45 Afghan civilians: government spokesman

Monday, July 26th, 2010

KABUL (Reuters) – At least 45 civilians, many women and children, were killed in a rocket attack by the NATO-led force in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province last week, a spokesman for the Afghan government said on Monday.

Senior Khmer Rouge cadre found guilty of torture

Monday, July 26th, 2010

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – A U.N.-backed tribunal sentenced a senior Khmer Rouge commander to 35 years in prison on Monday in its first verdict on the “Killing Fields” revolution blamed for 1.7 million deaths in Cambodia three decades ago.

Prosecutors launch probe into 19 Love Parade deaths

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

DUISBURG, Germany (Reuters) – German prosecutors opened an investigation on Sunday into a stampede which killed 19 people and injured 342 at the Love Parade techno music festival in the western city of Duisburg.

Suspected Qaeda gunmen kill 6 Yemen troops in oil area

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

SANAA (Reuters) – Suspected al Qaeda gunmen killed six Yemeni soldiers in an eastern oil region Sunday, in the fourth assault since June on state targets blamed on the militant group’s resurgent regional arm.

Ten wounded in bombing as Bangkok votes

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

BANGKOK (Reuters) – A bomb exploded in Bangkok on Sunday, wounding at least 10 people, as a ruling party candidate narrowly beat a jailed anti-government leader in a by-election seen as a referendum on recent political unrest.

Fifteen killed in mass panic at German "Love Parade"

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

DUISBURG, Germany (Reuters) – At least 15 people were killed and 10 were seriously injured after mass panic broke out at a “Love Parade” music festival in Germany on Saturday, police said.

America Has Abandoned Afghanistan’s Women

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

The one year anniversary of the Afghanistan Shi’ite Personal Status Law passed without even a whisper from the U.S. media. Apparently, daily stories of oiled-soiled pelicans are vastly more important and newsworthy to CNN and FOX, as well for the alphabet soup of “news” of organizations vying for the attention of the coveted U.S. population. (more…)

Iran won’t trade with countries imposing sanctions

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran warned on Saturday it would stop trading with countries that impose restrictions on its assets abroad in the face of tightening international sanctions over the Islamic state’s disputed nuclear activities.

Israel to return impounded Gaza aid ships to Turkey

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will return the Turkish aid ships on which its troops killed nine activists trying to reach blockaded Gaza, officials said on Friday, in what appeared to be a new bid to repair bilateral ties.

Chavez cuts Colombia ties but fight seen unlikely

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez cut ties on Thursday with Colombia in an escalating dispute between the two Andean neighbors over Bogota’s charges that leftist Colombian rebels shelter in Venezuela.

Chavez breaks Colombia ties over rebel charges

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Thursday severed relations with neighbor Colombia after Bogota presented evidence it said showed 1,500 Colombian leftist guerrillas were hiding in Venezuelan territory.

North Korea says U.S. drills pose danger to region

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

HANOI (Reuters) – North Korea on Thursday denounced planned U.S.-South Korean military drills as a grave danger to the region and criticized new U.S. sanctions as “hostile,” urging Washington to focus instead on restarting nuclear weapons talks.

Scotland denies conspiracy over Lockerbie release

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland’s most senior politician said on Wednesday there was no conspiracy in the decision to release the Lockerbie bomber, following U.S. questions over oil company BP Plc’s influence on the process.

Israel wants fewer civilian deaths in future wars

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A new Israeli report on the 2008-2009 war in the Gaza Strip says that Israel’s army is taking steps to reduce the number of civilian casualties in future wars and will restrict the use of white phosphorous.

Spanish lawmakers reject plan for burqa ban study

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

MADRID (Reuters) – A proposal for a study of a ban on full-length Islamic veils in public places was thrown out by the Spanish parliament Tuesday, weeks after France and Belgium outlawed the wearing of the garments.

Afghans set ambitious 2014 target for security

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan forces should be leading security operations across the country by 2014, an international conference agreed on Tuesday, with the aim of relieving foreign troops in some areas by as soon as the end of the year.

Migrants workers collateral damage of UAE slump

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (Reuters) – Under an unforgiving sun, South Asian workers stir giant pots of rice, their only food, in a barren patch of desert 80 km from a gleaming Dubai skyline built over decades by migrant labor.

Afghanistan plans ambitious vision for the future

Monday, July 19th, 2010

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan will seek greater control of billions in development funds at a major international meeting on Tuesday, promising in return to take on more responsibility for security as well as generate economic growth.

U.S. sends Guantanamo detainees to Algeria, Cape Verde

Monday, July 19th, 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two men held at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been transferred to Algeria and the island of Cape Verde following a review by a government task force, the Pentagon said Monday.

49 dead as trains collide in India

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A speeding passenger train crashed into another waiting at a station in eastern India early Monday, killing 49 people and injuring about 100, officials said.

Fifteen wounded in suicide attack in Pakistan

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

SARGODHA, Pakistan (Reuters) – A suicide bomb exploded at a Shi’ite mosque in central Pakistan on Sunday, killing the bomber and wounding at least 15 people, police said.

Suicide bombers attack Iraq militia and kill over 40

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide bomber attacked government-backed Sunni militia on Sunday as they lined up to be paid on Baghdad’s southwestern outskirts, killing at least 39 and wounding 41, Iraqi security sources said.

Venezuela slams Colombia rebel charges

Friday, July 16th, 2010

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela rejected Colombian charges that it tolerated leftist rebels on its territory and recalled its ambassador on Friday to protest allegations it said were aimed at sabotaging efforts to mend frayed ties.

Women priests and sex abuse not equal crimes: Vatican

Friday, July 16th, 2010

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican on Friday denied accusations that it viewed the ordination of women as priests and the sexual abuse of minors by clerics as equally criminal.

Hotel fire kills 30 in Iraq’s Kurdish north

Friday, July 16th, 2010

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) – A fire at a hotel in the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniya, possibly triggered by a gas leak, killed 30 people, including foreigners, and injured at least 22 others, police said on Friday.

At least 21 killed in Iran suicide attacks

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

TEHRAN (Reuters) – At least 21 people, including elite Revolutionary Guards, were killed and 100 wounded in two suicide bomb attacks at a prominent Shi’ite Muslim mosque in the southeast Iranian city of Zahedan on Thursday, Iranian media reported.

Iran nuclear scientist returns home from U.S.

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

TEHRAN (Reuters) – An Iranian nuclear scientist who says he was abducted by CIA agents a year ago returned home from the United States early on Thursday saying he was pressured to lie about Iran’s nuclear programme.

U.S. hands over prisons and prisoners to Iraq

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The United States has handed over to Iraq dozens of detained former officials of Saddam Hussein’s government, including one of its most public faces, ex-Foreign Minister Tareq Aziz, an official said on Wednesday.

Iran scientist heading home via third country: ISNA

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

TEHRAN (Reuters) – An Iranian nuclear scientist who disappeared more than a year ago and mysteriously turned up in Washington is on his way back to Iran via a third country, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.

Uganda finds suicide vest, makes several arrests

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandan police have found an unexploded suicide vest and arrested six of the more than 20 Somalis and Ugandans suspected of planning twin bombings that killed 76 soccer fans on Sunday, an intelligence source said.

Vanished Iranian scientist turns up in Washington

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

WASHINGTON/TEHRAN (Reuters) – An Iranian nuclear scientist who vanished more than a year ago mysteriously turned up in Washington on Tuesday saying he had been kidnapped, but the United States denied that he was held against his will.

Uganda makes arrests after deadly bomb attacks

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandan police have found an unexploded suicide belt and made several arrests after 74 soccer fans were killed by two bomb attacks while they were watching the World Cup final on television.

North Korea and U.N. officers to meet over ship sinking

Monday, July 12th, 2010

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean and U.S.-led United Nations Command officers overseeing the Korean War truce will meet on Tuesday in the first meeting involving Pyongyang to discuss the sinking of a South Korean warship, an official said.

Uganda bombings kill 23 as World Cup fans targeted

Monday, July 12th, 2010

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Bomb blasts ripped through two separate bars packed with soccer fans watching the World Cup final in Uganda’s capital Kampala, killing at least 23 people and signaling a possible link to Somali Islamists.

Colombia forces kill 12 rebels in early morning raid

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian forces killed 12 leftist guerrillas Sunday in an attack on a group of fighters assigned to protect FARC leader Guillermo Saenz, known as Alfonso Cano, the defense ministry said.

Japan government mauled in election

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

TOKYO (Reuters) – Voters dealt Japan’s government a stinging blow in upper house elections on Sunday, a reverse that could thwart its ambitions to curb the country’s massive public debt and threatens Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s job.

Fidel Castro makes first appearance in four years

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro made his first known public appearance since falling ill four years ago in a visit this week to a Havana scientific facility, a blog and a Cuban government website reported on Saturday.

Cuban blog says Fidel Castro spotted in public

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro made his first known public appearance since falling ill four years ago in a visit this week to a Havana scientific facility, a blog reported on Saturday.

Death toll from Pakistan bomb attack reaches 102

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – The death toll from a suicide attack in a volatile border region of Pakistan climbed to 102 on Saturday, showing the militants’ continued ability to stage deadly strikes despite losing ground in army offensives.

Russia, U.S. swap 14 in Cold War-style spy exchange

Friday, July 9th, 2010

MOSCOW/VIENNA (Reuters) – Russia and the United States conducted the biggest spy swap since the Cold War on Friday, trading agents on Vienna airport tarmac in an evocative climax to an espionage drama that had threatened improving ties.

Up to 45 people killed in Pakistan suicide attack

Friday, July 9th, 2010

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Up to 45 people were killed in a suicide attack outside the office of a senior government official in Pakistan’s northwest on Friday, the official said.

Three Britons found guilty in suicide bomb plot

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

LONDON (Reuters) – Three Britons were convicted on Thursday of plotting to murder hundreds of people in suicide bombings after being recruited by an al Qaeda-inspired cell bent on blowing up transatlantic airliners bound for North America.

U.S.-Russia may seek spy swap to free agents

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia and the United States appeared to be considering a spy swap on Wednesday to send home a ring of suspected Russian agents whose arrest cast an unwelcome Cold War chill over warming diplomatic ties.

Netanyahu offers Palestinians talks on settlements

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he was prepared to discuss “right away” the future of Jewish settlements if Palestinians entered direct peace talks with Israel.

U.S.-Russia may seek spy swap to free agents

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia and the United States appeared to be eyeing a spy swap on Wednesday to send home a ring of suspected Russian agents whose arrest cast an unwelcome Cold War chill over warming diplomatic ties.

Obama and Netanyahu hold fence-mending talks

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama voiced hope in a fence-mending meeting on Tuesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that direct Israeli-Palestinian talks would begin before a limited settlement moratorium ends in September.

Iran says planes get fuel; EU bans some for safety

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian planes continue to refuel at airports around the world, an official said on Tuesday, a day after an Iranian news report said aircraft had been denied fuel in Germany, Britain and a Gulf Arab state due to U.S. sanctions.

Ecuador says Colombia’s Santos could be arrested

Monday, July 5th, 2010

CARACAS (Reuters) – Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa said on Monday that Colombia’s president-elect Juan Manuel Santos could be arrested if he visited Ecuador because of an outstanding Ecuadorean arrest warrant against him.

Komorowski wins Polish election

Monday, July 5th, 2010

WARSAW (Reuters) – Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s candidate won Poland’s presidential poll but the narrowness of the victory cast doubt on the government’s ability to carry out unpopular reforms ahead of a 2011 parliamentary election.

Komorowski wins Polish presidential race: exit polls

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

WARSAW (Reuters) – Bronislaw Komorowski, candidate of Poland’s ruling pro-business party, Civic Platform (PO), won Sunday’s presidential election, exit polls showed.

Afghan war at critical stage, says Petraeus

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

KABUL (Reuters) – The nine-year war in Afghanistan has reached a critical stage, U.S. General David Petraeus said Sunday, as he formally took command of the 150,000-strong NATO-led force fighting a deadly Taliban insurgency.

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