April 17, 2014
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  • 08/10/2013 | Argentina

    Microsoft awards over $100,000 to expert for finding bugs

    James Forshaw, who heads vulnerability research at London-based security consulting firm Context Information Security, won Microsoft's first $100,000 bounty for identifying a new "exploitation technique" in Windows, which will allow it to develop defenses against an entire class of attacks, the software maker said.

  • 05/11/2013 | Argentina

    US Senate panel approves intelligence authorization bill

    A US Senate panel approved its annual authorization of funding for intelligence operations, including measures to increase spy agencies' ability to prevent leaks of classified information like those by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

  • 10/09/2013 | Argentina

    S&P reduces Argentina’s debt note

    Standard & Poor's cut its long-term sovereign foreign currency credit rating on Argentina to CCC-plus from B-minus in the wake of a US appellate court upholding an order for Buenos Aires to pay holdout investors on unrestructured debt.

  • 24/09/2013 | Argentina

    CFK demands answers over AMIA attack

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner referred during the 68th United Nations assembly to the AMIA attack in 1994, asking the new president of the middle-eastern nation to give a definitive response over the accord signed almost a year ago.

  • 04/07/2013 | Argentina

    Pope Francis meets with Scioli, urges him to 'fight against wild capitalism'

    Pope Francis met with Buenos Aires province governor Daniel Scioli at the Santa Marta residence in Vatican City and urged him to fight "against wild capitalism."

  • 25/07/2013 | Argentina

    Argentina sends condolences to Spain after train tragedy

    The national government expressed the “more sincere and deep condolences”, as result of the train accident where at least 80 people lost their life, and more than 178 were hurt.

  • 24/08/2013 | Argentina

    Hedge funds celebrate US Court ruling: ‘Argentina is not above the law’

    Hedge funds celebrated the decision by the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, denying the payment strategy presented by the national Government to cancel an unpaid debt from 2001.

  • 19/03/2012 | Argentina

    World Bank considering additional US$3 billion credit for Argentina

    President Cristina Fernández de Kircher met with the World Bank’s regional vice president for Latin America Hasan Tuluy for over an hour in the Government House and discussed with him the possibility of increasing Argentina’s credit for an additional $3 billion. 

  • 16/08/2012 | Argentina

    'The world is falling apart and no one can escape it,' Marcó del Pont

    The Central Bank governor Mercedel Marcó del Pont warned on Thursday that “the world is falling apart and no one can escape it,” although she said people must “move faster and come up with the right predictions in order to minimize the effects of the crisis.”

  • 25/08/2012 | Argentina

    'Argentina is gaining autonomy in a difficult world,' Feletti

    National deputy for the Victory Front caucus Roberto Feletti said today that “Argentina is gaining autonomy in the face of a difficult world,” and sustained that with the current policies in place, “the Government is moving in the right direction.”

  • 13/04/2011 | Argentina

    World Bank doesn't doubt Argentine stats

    By Liliana Franco, from Washington DC.- Traditionally, Latin America has always been one of the main interests in the yearly meetings, usually due to the economic crises that the region was facing: high indebtedness, heterodox economic policies, social inequality and labour rigidity among others. Now, however, it is interesting that the region has been labeled “an example” due to the way it dealt with the crisis.

  • 21/06/2011 | Argentina

    World media takes notice of CFK's announcement

    Media outlets around the world took notice of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s decision of seeking reelection, which she announced this afternoon while addressing the nation on live television.

  • 23/10/2011 | Argentina

    World media reacts to news of CFK's landslide win

    News sites across the globe reacted to the news of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s landslide victory, with which she will begin a second term until 2015. Opinions on the news of the head of State’s reelection were varied, with some attributing her win to the country’s economic recovery, while others focused on her widowhood gaining her votes.

  • 10/04/2014 | World

    Israel imposes sanctions against Palestinians

    Israel imposed economic sanctions against the Palestinians in retaliation for their leadership signing international conventions, moves that further complicate US efforts to keep peace talks from collapsing before an April 29 deadline.

  • 15/04/2014 | World

    Israelis and Palestinians to restart negotiations

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet on Wednesday to try to extend peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, the US State Department said.

  • 08/04/2014 | World

    Kerry says willing to take blame for US foreign policy failures

    US Secretary of State John Kerry bristled at fierce criticism from US senators, saying he would accept blame for foreign policy failures but was at least trying to make progress on Middle East peace and the crises in Syria and Ukraine.

  • 08/04/2014 | World

    Catalan leader says parliament rejection won't halt referendum

    Catalonia President Artur Mas said he would forge ahead with his region's plans to hold a referendum on independence in November after Spain's parliament overwhelmingly rejected the petition.

  • 09/04/2014 | World

    Netanyahu freezes negotiations with Palestinian Authority

    Israel announced a partial freeze in high-level contacts with the Palestinians and also threatened economic steps after they signed international conventions, deepening a crisis menacing US-brokered peace talks.

  • 29/03/2014 | World

    Hollande braces for losses in low turnout for French mayoral vote

    France's ruling Socialists braced for big losses in local elections today and the far-right National Front was poised to win a handful of cities for the first time since 1995, as turnout looked set to hit a new low.

  • 03/04/2014 | World

    Russia protests over German minister's Nazi-Crimea comparison

    Russia protested to Germany over remarks by Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble likening Russia's annexation of Crimea to Nazi Germany's expansion under Adolf Hitler. "We consider such pseudo-historical references by the German minister provocative," the Russian foreign ministry said.

  • 04/04/2014 | World

    Uganda arrests US staffer over gay law

    A US-funded health project in Uganda has suspended operations after police arrested a staff member on suspicion of promoting homosexuality, highlighting the mounting legal risks confronting the gay community in the east African state.

  • 26/03/2014 | World

    Washington state mudslide death toll at 24, expected to rise

    Search teams picked through mud-caked debris for a fifth day looking for scores of people still missing from a deadly Washington state landslide, while local officials fended off criticism of property development in the area after previous slides.

  • 27/03/2014 | World

    US appeals court upholds restrictive abortion law

    A US appeals court upheld a Texas law that places restrictions on abortions, saying a provision requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital was a reasonable regulation.

  • 29/03/2014 | World

    Another earthquake rattles S. California

    Residents of southern California were rattled by a 4.1 magnitude earthquake, the largest of more than 100 aftershocks following Friday's 5.1 rumbler that caused light scattered damage around the Los Angeles area.

  • 21/03/2014 | World

    Furious reaction after Turkey bans Twitter

    Turkey's ban on Twitter ahead of bitterly contested elections brought a furious reaction at home and abroad, with users of the social networking service denouncing the move as a "digital coup" and the president expressing his disapproval.

  • 21/03/2014 | World

    AI pattern decodes false pain expressions

    In the ever-expanding contest between artificial intelligence and the ordinary human mind, you can chalk up another one for the computer.

  • 25/03/2014 | World

    Spanish court declares Catalonia sovereignty claim unconstitutional

    Spain's Constitutional Court partially struck down a sovereignty claim approved by lawmakers last year in the northern region of Catalonia, a vital step toward a referendum on full independence.

  • 14/03/2014 | World

    Draft UN resolution declares Crimea referendum invalid

    A draft UN Security Council resolution declares that Sunday's planned referendum on Crimea's status "can have no validity" and urges nations and international organizations not to recognize it, according to a copy obtained by Reuters.

  • 14/03/2014 | World

    Kerry and Lavrov fail to reach breakthrough

    The US and Russia found no middle ground on the Ukraine crisis, with the Russians saying they would respect an independence referendum in Crimea and the Americans vowing to impose sanctions if they do.

  • 19/03/2014 | World

    Russian forces seize two Ukrainian bases in Crimea

    The United States warned Moscow it was on a "dark path" to isolation as Russian troops seized two Ukrainian naval bases, including a headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol where they raised their flag.

  • 13/03/2014 | World

    Pope invited to address US Congress

    US House Speaker John Boehner invited Pope Francis to address a joint session of Congress - an unprecedented event - during an expected visit to the United States next year.

  • 13/03/2014 | World

    Facebook CEO Zuckerberg phoned Obama to complain about spying

    Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg blasted the US government's electronic surveillance practices, saying he'd personally called President Barack Obama to voice his displeasure.

  • 13/03/2014 | World

    Russia vows to veto US draft at UN declaring Crimea vote illegal

    The United States circulated a draft resolution to the UN Security Council that would declare Sunday's planned referendum on independence for Ukraine's Crimea region illegal, but Russia has vowed to veto it, council diplomats said.

  • 12/03/2014 | World

    A whale of a find: Fossil sheds light on cetacean sonar's origin

    The deadly threat posed by German submarines during World War One helped spur scientists to develop sonar, using underwater sound signals to locate objects like subs that might be taking aim with a torpedo.

  • 12/03/2014 | World

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemns rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned a series of rocket attacks against Israel that originated in the Gaza Strip and provoked swift Israeli retaliation.

  • 13/03/2014 | World

    Gaza rockets pepper Israel though truce called

    Four rockets launched from the Gaza Strip struck Israel despite an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire announced by Palestinian faction Islamic Jihad after the most intense cross-border violence since 2012.

  • 11/03/2014 | World

    European states seek backing for banking union reform

    European ministers agreed to strengthen a scheme to tackle troubled banks, seeking to win the blessing of EU lawmakers for a reform to fortify the euro zone against crises.

  • 12/03/2014 | World

    Europe fails to bridge divide on banks reform

    Europe appeared far away from making good its crisis pledge to tackle weak banks as lawmakers and country representatives failed to bridge differences over how to close down troubled lenders.

  • 12/03/2014 | World

    Israel's parliament toughens referendum-on-peace law

    Israel's parliament toughened a law requiring a public referendum on potential land-for-peace deals involving withdrawals from land annexed by Israel.

  • 09/03/2014 | World

    Investigators say missing Malaysian jet may have disintegrated in mid-air

    Officials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner with 239 people on board suspect it may have disintegrated in mid-flight, a senior source said, as Vietnam reported a possible sighting of wreckage from the plane.

  • 11/03/2014 | World

    UN chief says Rouhani has not increased freedoms in Iran

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has failed to fulfil campaign promises to allow greater freedom of expression and there has been a sharp rise in executions since his election, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

  • 09/03/2014 | World

    First Japanese astronaut takes command of space station

    Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata assumed command of the International Space Station the first Japanese national to oversee a manned space mission.

  • 09/03/2014 | World

    US won't recognize Crimea annexation

    The United States will not recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia if residents of the region vote to leave Ukraine in a referendum next week, US national security official Tony Blinken said.

  • 09/03/2014 | World

    Pope departs Vatican on frugal retreat ahead of anniversary

    Pope Francis left the Vatican ahead of the first anniversary of his papacy, which he will pass with the Roman Curia on a Lenten spiritual retreat held outside the city state for the first time in decades.

  • 09/03/2014 | World

    Malaysian jetliner may have turned back before vanishing

    A missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner may have turned back from its scheduled route before vanishing from radar screens, military officers said, deepening the mystery surrounding the fate of the plane and the 239 people aboard.

  • 09/03/2014 | World

    Putin defends Crimea's decision to hold referendum

    Russian President Vladimir Putin defended breakaway moves by the pro-Russian leaders of Crimea in a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    Little progress made in diplomatic efforts to solve Ukraine crisis

    High-level diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine made little apparent headway at talks in Paris with Moscow and Washington at odds and Russia's foreign minister refusing to recognise his Ukrainian counterpart.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    Obama and Cameron consult on Ukraine

    President Barack Obama spoke to British Prime Minister David Cameron about the situation in Ukraine, the White House said.

  • 06/03/2014 | World

    US Congress steps into action on Ukraine

    The US House of Representatives approved a bill backing $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine, the first formal response by US lawmakers to the worst crisis in US-Russia relations since the Cold War.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    Bieber police video may be released, minus genitalia

    A judge ruled that video images of a partially-clad Justin Bieber while the pop singer was in police custody in Florida can be released, but only after blocking out his genitals.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    China's Xi says Russia can push for political solution in Ukraine

    Chinese President Xi Jinping told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that he believes Russia can push for a political settlement to the Ukraine crisis in coordination with other parties, China's foreign ministry said.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    Britain to freeze assets of 18 Ukrainians

    Britain's finance ministry said it would join other European Union countries in freezing the assets of 18 Ukrainians suspected of misappropriating state funds, in line with an agreement reached by the EU earlier in the day.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    First patient fitted with Carmat artificial heart dies

    The first patient fitted with an artificial heart made by the French company Carmat has died, the hospital that had performed the transplant in December said.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    Russia says it would retaliate for US sanctions as Kerry visits Kiev

    Russia warned the United States from taking unilateral sanctions against its country, while Secretary of State John Kerry visited Ukraine’s capital, Kiev.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    Egypt's al-Sisi signals he will run for president

    Egypt's armed forces chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signalled that he will run for president, saying he cannot ignore the "majority" of Egyptians who want him to do so, state news agency MENA reported.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    Russian markets plunge as Putin tightens Crimea grip

    Russia paid a heavy financial price for its military intervention in neighbouring Ukraine, with stocks, bonds and the rouble plunging as President Vladimir Putin's forces tightened their grip on the Russian-speaking Crimea region.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    US prepares sanctions against Russia

    The United States is preparing to impose sanctions on Russia for its military intervention in Ukraine's Crimea region although no decisions have yet been made, the US State Department said.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    At White House, Israel's Netanyahu pushes back against Obama diplomacy

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told Barack Obama that Israelis expected their leader not to compromise on their security even as the US president sought to reassure him on Iran diplomacy and pressure him on Middle East peace talks.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    German foreign minister Steinmeier against excluding Russia from G8

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged world leaders to work to calm the crisis in Ukraine and defended Russia's membership of the Group of Eight leading economies, which enabled the West to talk directly with Moscow.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    Medvedev warns Ukraine's new leaders they won't last

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Facebook that Ukraine's leaders had seized power illegally, and predicted their rule would end with "a new revolution" and new bloodshed.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    Amid Ukraine crisis, Obama meets Netanyahu

    Even as he grappled with the Ukraine crisis, President Barack Obama turned to White House talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seeking to nudge him forward in Middle East peace efforts and ease his suspicions about diplomacy with Iran.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    Ukraine mobilises after Russia's 'declaration of war'

    Ukraine mobilised for war, after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade, creating the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    Kerry condemns Russia's 'incredible act of aggression' in Ukraine

    US Secretary of State John Kerry condemned Russia's "incredible act of aggression" in Ukraine and threatened "very serious repercussions" from the United States and other countries, including sanctions to isolate Russia economically.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    NATO meets on Ukraine, says Russia risks destabilizing Europe

    NATO's secretary-general warned Moscow it was threatening peace in Europe with its seizure of Crimea and should "de-escalate tensions", but diplomats said the alliance was unlikely to agree on major steps to rein Russia in.

  • 22/02/2014 | World

    US welcomes release of Ukraine's Tymoshenko

    The United States on Saturday welcomed the release from prison of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and pledged to work with its allies, Russia and international organizations to support a unified and democratic Ukraine.

  • 26/02/2014 | World

    UN authorizes sanctions regime for Yemen

    The UN Security Council authorized sanctions against anyone in Yemen who obstructs the country's political transition or commits human rights violations but stopped short of blacklisting any specific individuals.

  • 26/02/2014 | World

    US space telescope spots 715 more planets

    Scientists added a record 715 more planets to the list of known worlds beyond the solar system, boosting the overall tally to nearly 1,700, astronomers said.

  • 21/02/2014 | World

    Despite China warnings, Obama meets Dalai Lama

    President Barack Obama met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in a show of concern about China's human rights practices, and in spite of warnings from China that the visit would "seriously damage" ties with Washington.

  • 21/02/2014 | World

    Italy's Renzi to be sworn after unveiling cabinet

    Italian centre-left leader Matteo Renzi unveiled his cabinet after formally accepting the mandate to form a government he said would remain in place until 2018.

  • 21/02/2014 | World

    North Korea rejects UN human rights report as "lies and fabrications"

    North Korea rejected the findings of a UN panel, which accused the state of crimes against humanity that evoked Nazi-era atrocities, saying they were based on "lies and fabrications deliberately cooked up by hostile forces and riff-raffs."

  • 18/02/2014 | World

    US Federal Reserve adopts tough capital rules for foreign banks

    The US Federal Reserve adopted tight new rules for foreign banks to shield the US taxpayer from costly bailouts, ceding only minor concessions despite pressure from abroad to weaken the rule.

  • 19/02/2014 | World

    Fed keeps reduction of monetary stimulus

    The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Federal Reserve decided to maintain the reduction of their monetary stimulus policy “at a moderate rate,” official acts revealed.

  • 20/02/2014 | World

    EU hits Ukraine with sanctions, threatens more

    The European Union agreed to impose sanctions on those responsible for deadly violence in Ukraine and warned it would ratchet up the pressure if the situation there got worse.

  • 18/02/2014 | World

    Italian Court confirms Berlusconi’s divorce

    The tribunal of Monza has officially confirmed the divorce between former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his second wife, Miriam Raffaella Bartoloni (known as Verónica Lario), local media informed.

  • 18/02/2014 | World

    Snowden elected as Glasgow University Rector

    Former NSA analyst Edward Snowden was elected as the students delegate in the Scottish University of Glasgow.

  • 18/02/2014 | World

    UN urges prosecution of North Korea crimes

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged world powers to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor following a report documenting crimes against humanity.

  • 13/02/2014 | World

    Italy PM Letta to resign after party withdraws support

    Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said he would tender his resignation on Friday, opening the way for centre-left leader Matteo Renzi to take the helm of Italy's third government in less than a year.

  • 14/02/2014 | World

    Thousands flee Syrian rebel-held town as 'major assault' looms

    Thousands of people have fled a rebel-held town in Syria after it was bombed and shelled in an operation that has prompted fears of a major assault by ground troops, the United Nations said.

  • 14/02/2014 | World

    US to let banks do business with licensed Marijuana shops

    The Obama administration made it easier for banks to do business with licensed marijuana companies with less fear of prosecution, further encouraging US states that are experimenting with legalization of the drug.

  • 08/02/2014 | World

    Iran says warships sailing towards US

    An Iranian naval officer said a number of warships had been ordered to approach US maritime borders as a response to the stationing of US vessels in the Gulf, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

  • 11/02/2014 | World

    Majority of Americans support normalizing relations with Cuba

    A strong majority of Americans - and an even greater percentage of Floridians - support normalizing relations with Cuba, according to a poll released by the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank.

  • 11/02/2014 | World

    Obama says US will deal harshly with violators of Iran sanctions

    President Barack Obama issued a sharp warning to companies eyeing business deals with Iran, saying the United States would come down like a "ton of bricks" on those that violated sanctions against Tehran.

  • 08/02/2014 | World

    Khamenei: US would overthrow Iranian government if it could

    Iran's Supreme Leader said the United States would overthrow the Iranian government if it could, adding Washington had a "controlling and meddlesome" attitude towards the Islamic Republic, Iranian media reported.

  • 08/02/2014 | World

    Al Capone's gangster manse on the market in Miami Beach

    One of Miami Beach's most notorious pieces of real estate is back on the block: the asking price is almost $8.5 million.

  • 08/02/2014 | World

    Egypt's Sabahi says to contest presidency

    Egyptian leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi announced he would be running for the presidency in a forthcoming election, enlivening a race that army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is widely expected to win.

  • 06/02/2014 | World

    Moscow accuses US of fomenting Ukraine coup

    An east-west struggle over Ukraine turned nastier as Moscow accused the United States of fomenting a coup and Washington pointed a finger at Russia for leaking a recording of US diplomats discussing how to shape a new government in Kiev.

  • 07/02/2014 | World

    Turkish forces seize suspected hijacker on plane in Istanbul

    Turkish special forces seized a passenger who is suspected of making a bomb threat and trying to hijack a plane, demanding to go to the Winter Olympics venue of Sochi, CNN Turk and other Turkish media said.

  • 07/02/2014 | World

    Princess Cristina to give testimony in royal corruption case

    Spain's Princess Cristina - younger daughter of King Juan Carlos - will appear in court for questioning by a judge in a corruption case that has deepened public anger over ruling class graft at a time of government spending cuts.

  • 06/02/2014 | World

    Hundreds of thousands without power after US Northeast storm

    Utility crews worked to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the US Northeast after a snow and ice storm slammed the region. But flights began returning to normal after thousands of delays or cancellations.

  • 06/02/2014 | World

    Fashion Week kicks off in snowy New York with anoraks, sweaters

    A gala week of designer fashion shows kicked off in New York, where insiders said to expect everything from fringe and shearling to pared-down monochrome on styles coming down the runways.

  • 06/02/2014 | World

    US targets businesses for evading sanctions on Iran

    The Obama administration targeted a host of businesses across Europe and the Middle East for evading sanctions against Iran, a signal that Washington aims to keep pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.

  • 01/02/2014 | World

    Israel's finance minister halts funds to West Bank settlements

    Israel's finance minister halted the transfer of government funds to West Bank Jewish settlements, and ordered a probe into allegations that money meant to support municipalities had been funnelled to a pro-settler political group.

  • 01/02/2014 | World

    West offers treatment to Ukrainian injured activist

    Western governments pressed Ukraine's president to compromise with protesters camped on the streets, prompting a war of words with Russia and offering treatment to an opposition activist who says he was tortured.

  • 01/02/2014 | World

    NJ Gov Christie booed at Super Bowl event

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was greeted with audible boos and a few loud cheers during a Super Bowl-related appearance in New York City, a day after a former appointee said the popular Republican knew about politically motivated lane closures near a busy commuter bridge.

  • 01/02/2014 | World

    Gunfire, explosions rock protest-hit Thailand on elections eve

    Dozens of gunshots and two explosions raised tension amid anti-government protests in Thailand's capital, a day ahead of a general election seen as incapable of restoring stability in the polarised country.

  • 29/01/2014 | World

    Erdogan visits Iran to improve ties

    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visited Iran to bolster trade and energy ties, state TV said, in what also looked like a bid to defuse tensions over Syria by capitalising on Tehran's diplomatic opening to regional rivals and the West.

  • 30/01/2014 | World

    US official warns over Syria Al-Qaeda attack

    US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has alleged that a Syrian faction of al Qaeda seeks to perform an attack on US soil.

  • 30/01/2014 | World

    Obama nominates new NSA chief

    Navy Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, the head of US Fleet Cyber Command, is not expected immediately to change the NSA, shaken by revelations by former contractor Edward Snowden.

  • 25/01/2014 | World

    Thirty-two presumed dead in massive Quebec seniors' home fire

    Thirty-two people were presumed to have died in a fire that swept through a wooden retirement residence in the eastern Canadian province of Quebec on Thursday, police said.

  • 28/01/2014 | World

    Gunmen kill Egyptian general; ousted Morsi defiant at trial

    Islamist militant gunmen on a motorcycle killed a top Interior Ministry official in the latest blow to a military-backed Egyptian government struggling to curb violence and suppress dissent.

  • 29/01/2014 | World

    NY Times editorial criticises CFK's policies

    In an article published by the editorial board of the New York Times, the newspaper expressed that “Argentina needs to do a lot more to address inflation,” and criticized President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration for “picking unnecessary fights with private businesses and investors.”

  • 24/01/2014 | World

    Syrian govt, opposition to discuss aid for Homs

    The Syrian government and opposition have agreed to discuss over the next two days a possible deal to provide humanitarian access to the besieged city of Homs as part of confidence building measures, diplomatic sources said.

  • 25/01/2014 | World

    Ukraine opposition seek more after offer of top government posts

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich offered the opposition several top government posts, hoping to coax his opponents into ending protests that threaten to bring the country to a standstill.

  • 23/01/2014 | World

    Ukraine opposition meet protesters after Yanukovich talks

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich called for an emergency session of parliament to end the country's political crisis and violent unrest, in a sign he might be ready to soften his hardline stance and strike a compromise.

  • 23/01/2014 | World

    Iraq hangs 11 convicted of terrorism, justice ministry spokesman

    Iraq hanged 11 people convicted of terrorist offences, the justice ministry said, pursuing what a UN official has criticised as a "conveyor-belt of executions".

  • 24/01/2014 | World

    North Korea warns US/SK military drills could spark disaster

    North Korea took its demand for the US and South Korea to halt joint military drills to the UN, holding a rare news conference to warn the exercises could get "out of control and plunge into disaster."

  • 22/01/2014 | World

    China says all issues on table in Syria talks

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that talks to end the war in Syria should cover all topics of concern to the two sides, including the future of President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 23/01/2014 | World

    UN envoy meets Syria foes to salvage talks after bitter start

    A UN envoy was to meet delegations from Syria's government and its foes on Lake Geneva, trying to salvage peace talks after an acrimonious start by focusing on local ceasefires and prisoner swaps rather than a political deal.

  • 23/01/2014 | World

    Rouhani wants 'constructive engagement' with Iran

    Iran is negotiating with the United States as part of a "constructive engagement" with the world community and wants Washington to back up its words with actions, President Hassan Rouhani said.

  • 21/01/2014 | World

    Russian lawyer says Snowden in danger after hostile remarks

    Edward Snowden needs better security after a news report quoted unnamed US intelligence officials saying they wanted the former spy agency contractor dead and discussing ways to kill him, his Russian lawyer said.

  • 22/01/2014 | World

    Iraq PM: 'Time to end al Qaeda presence in Falluja'

    Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said it was time to clear al Qaeda-linked militants out of the rebel-held city of Falluja, but set no deadline for any military assault.

  • 22/01/2014 | World

    Iran's Rouhani says possible to overcome animosity with US

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said it was possible to turn more than three decades of enmity with the United States into friendship if both sides made an effort.

  • 21/01/2014 | World

    Pope urges Davos elite to serve humanity with wealth

    Pope Francis challenged business leaders assembled in Davos to put their wealth at the service of humanity instead of leaving most of the world's population in poverty and insecurity.

  • 21/01/2014 | World

    One dead in shooting at Purdue University

    At least one person died during a shooting this afternoon at Purdue University, Indiana, campus police Chief reported. The suspected was arrested.

  • 20/01/2014 | World

    Iran says won't join Syria talks if required to accept 2012 deal

    Iran's UN ambassador issued Tehran's most unambiguous statement so far on Iranian participation in this week's peace talks on Syria, saying that Iran will definitely not take part if it is required to accept a June 2012 deal agreed in Geneva.

  • 20/01/2014 | World

    More infected in fresh wave of China bird flu

    Another 23 people in China have been infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said, adding to at least 24 new cases last week and confirming a fresh surge in the virus.

  • 20/01/2014 | World

    What would Martin Luther King Jr. do in 2014?

    Visions of what Martin Luther King Jr. would do to promote civil rights in 2014 marked speeches and commemorations to honour his memory. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the civil rights leader would want school children to hear it as a call to stay in school and become educated to better the world.

  • 18/01/2014 | World

    French first lady Valerie Trierweiler leaves hospital

    French first lady Valerie Trierweiler left hospital in Paris, a week after reports emerged that her partner, President Francois Hollande, was having an affair with the actress Julie Gayet, a member of Trierweiler's staff said.

  • 20/01/2014 | World

    US begins sanctions relief on Iran

    The United States has followed through on promised sanctions relief for Iran covering oil exports, trade in precious metals and automotive services as part of a nuclear agreement that began taking effect this week.

  • 18/01/2014 | World

    Former Prosecutor says Pope won't be lenient with predator priests

    Pope Francis will not show leniency towards paedophile priests because truth and justice are more important than protecting the Church, the Vatican's former sex crimes prosecutor said.

  • 18/01/2014 | World

    Iran diplomat dead after resisting kidnap attempt in Yemen

    An Iranian diplomat was killed in Yemen's capital Sanaa when he resisted gunmen who were trying to kidnap him near the ambassador's residence, the Iranian Foreign Ministry and Yemeni security sources said.

  • 18/01/2014 | World

    UN, IMF officials among 21 killed in Kabul suicide attack

    A Taliban suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in the heart of the Afghan capital Kabul, killing 21 people including three United Nations staff and the IMF's top representative in Afghanistan.

  • 17/01/2014 | World

    At least four killed in clashes across Egypt

    At least four people were killed as clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and police flared up across Egypt, security sources said.

  • 17/01/2014 | World

    Obama: ‘I'm not going to dwell on Snowden's actions or motivations’

    Obama on Friday took a swipe at Edward Snowden, the former US spy contractor whose revelations about American surveillance practices tarnished relations with foreign allies and prompted reforms in Washington.

  • 18/01/2014 | World

    Egypt president expected to call for elections in March

    Egypt's president will announce that presidential elections will be held in March, in a statement expected to come hours after the final results of a constitutional referendum are made public, a newspaper reported.

  • 17/01/2014 | World

    Russia steps up military lifeline to Syria's Assad

    In recent weeks Russia has stepped up supplies of military gear to Syria, including armoured vehicles, drones and guided bombs, boosting President Bashar al-Assad just as rebel infighting has weakened the insurgency against him, sources with knowledge of the deliveries say.

  • 17/01/2014 | World

    Ukraine leader signs laws against protests

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich signed into force a set of tough new laws that would ban virtually all forms of anti-government protests despite an outcry from Western governments which have criticised them as anti-democratic.

  • 15/01/2014 | World

    Polls in Egypt close after final day of voting on new constitution: state media

    Polls across Egypt closed, state media reported, after a second and final day of voting on a draft constitution that could pave the way for a presidential bid by army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

  • 15/01/2014 | World

    US House approves $1.1 trln measure to fund gov't through Sept. 30

    The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill that quashes the threat of a government shutdown through Sept. 30 and offers lawmakers a chance to end four years of chaotic, crisis-driven budgeting.

  • 16/01/2014 | World

    Egyptians back constitution

    Egyptians overwhelmingly approved a new constitution by referendum, state media reported, a widely expected outcome that nudges army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ever closer to a bid for the presidency.

  • 14/01/2014 | World

    Israeli defence chief calls Kerry messianic

    Israel's hawkish defence minister drew rare US condemnation over reports he had denounced Secretary of State John Kerry's quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace as messianic and obsessive.

  • 14/01/2014 | World

    Israel Defence minister apologises to Kerry over scorn for peace drive

    Israel's hawkish defence minister apologised to US Secretary of State John Kerry after a newspaper quoted him scorning the diplomat's quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace as messianic and obsessive.

  • 15/01/2014 | World

    Pope removes four cardinals in shake-up of Vatican bank

    Pope Francis shook up the scandal-plagued Vatican bank, removing four of five cardinals from an oversight body in a break with the clerical financial establishment he inherited from his predecessor.

  • 13/01/2014 | World

    Obama urges Congress to avoid new sanctions on Iran

    President Barack Obama urged Congress to resist the temptation to approve new economic sanctions against Iran and said lawmakers instead should give diplomacy and peace a chance to work.

  • 13/01/2014 | World

    Egyptians vote in constitutional referendum seen boosting General al-Sisi

    Egyptians voted in a constitutional referendum, the first ballot since the military overthrew Islamist Morsi and an event likely to spawn a presidential bid by army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

  • 11/01/2014 | World

    General Sisi says would run for president at request of people

    Egypt's army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said that if he runs for president it must be at the request of the people and with a mandate from the army, state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported.

  • 11/01/2014 | World

    Obama says joins Israelis in honoring Sharon's commitment to Israel

    President Barack Obama said on Saturday he joined Israelis in honoring the late Ariel Sharon's commitment to Israel and he affirmed traditional US support for Israel's security.

  • 11/01/2014 | World

    African Republic's capital tense as former leader heads into exile

    Central African Republic's president flew into exile in Benin and a new interim team started the process of identifying leaders who might restore order to a nation gripped by months of inter-religious violence.

  • 09/01/2014 | World

    Tunisian premier Larayedh resigns for caretaker gov't, protests hit south

    Tunisia's Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh resigned on Thursday to make way for a caretaker government in an agreement with secular opponents to complete the country's transition to democracy.

  • 10/01/2014 | World

    Iran, EU make progress in atom deal implementation talks

    Iran and the EU appeared to make progress in resolving outstanding differences on how to implement a landmark nuclear deal in talks in Geneva but the United States said discussions were not yet finalised.

  • 09/01/2014 | World

    Khamenei says nuclear talks show US enmity

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today that nuclear negotiations with world powers had revealed US "enmity" towards the Islamic state.

  • 09/01/2014 | World

    Wall Street up after claims data

    US stock index futures rose ahead of labor market data, with Macy's raising the bar for retailers after a stellar holiday season.

  • 09/01/2014 | World

    Ariel Sharon's condition worsens

    The condition of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in a coma since 2006, has deteriorated sharply in recent hours and he is close to death, the hospital treating him told today.

  • 08/01/2014 | World

    Priest hitches ride on popemobile during papal general audience

    An Argentine priest hitched a ride on Pope Francis' popemobile during the pontiff's general audience in St. Peter's Square today after the pope recognised him in the crowd.

  • 09/01/2014 | World

    Egypt court sentences 63 Brotherhood supporters over violence

    An Egyptian court sentenced 63 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to three years in jail each today on charges including rioting, thuggery and weapons possession, a judicial source said.

  • 09/01/2014 | World

    Germany will help dispose of Syrian chemical weapons

    Germany will help destroy Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons materials as part of an international disarmament programme, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

  • 08/01/2014 | World

    Wall Street to open flat after jobs data; Fed minutes due

    US stocks were set to open little changed today, a day after the S&P 500 posted its largest gain in three weeks and after a report showed private sector payrolls rose the most in 13 months.

  • 08/01/2014 | World

    Hamas frees Fatah men, urges rival to reciprocate

    The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip freed seven imprisoned members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction today, saying it was trying to promote reconciliation with its West Bank-based rival.

  • 08/01/2014 | World

    Morsi misses court hearing after bad weather

    The trial of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on charges of inciting murder of protesters was postponed today until Feb. 1 after officials said that bad weather had prevented him being flown to court.

  • 06/01/2014 | World

    Who is Janet Yellen?

    Janet Yellen was confirmed by the US Senate on Monday to become the next chair of the Federal Reserve. She will succeed Ben Bernanke when his term expires on Jan. 31.

  • 07/01/2014 | World

    Syria ships out first batch of chemical weapons materials

    Syria has started moving chemical weapons materials out of the country in a crucial phase of an internationally backed disarmament programme that has been delayed by war and technical problems.

  • 07/01/2014 | World

    United States sending more troops and tanks to South Korea

    The United States said today it will send 800 more soldiers and about 40 Abrams main battle tanks and other armored vehicles to South Korea next month as part of a military rebalance to East Asia after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • 06/01/2014 | World

    US SC halts gay marriage in Utah temporarily

    The US Supreme Court on Monday halted same-sex marriages in Utah - permitted for less than three weeks - while the state appeals a lower-court ruling legalizing them, as the justices again left their imprint on the debate over gay nuptials.

  • 06/01/2014 | World

    US steps up military deliveries to Iraq to help fight al Qaeda

    The White House said that the United States is accelerating its deliveries of military equipment to Iraq to help the country fight al Qaeda-linked militants, part of a strategy to isolate the insurgent groups.

  • 04/01/2014 | World

    Putin eases curbs on protests in Sochi for Winter Olympics

    President Vladimir Putin has eased curbs on demonstrations in the Winter Olympics venue of Sochi in a gesture likely to burnish Russia's image ahead of an event dogged by security and human rights worries.

  • 04/01/2014 | World

    Kerry says making progress towards Israeli-Palestinian deal

    Israel and the Palestinians are making progress towards reaching a framework peace agreement but they are not there yet, US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters.

  • 04/01/2014 | World

    Syrian rebels launch offensive against al Qaeda

    Syrian rebel factions battled fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) across north-west Syria in the heaviest clashes between President Bashar al-Assad's opponents in nearly three years of conflict, activists said.

  • 25/12/2013 | World

    Christmas bombings kill 34 in Iraq

    At least 34 people died in bomb attacks in Christian areas, some by a car bomb near a church after a Christmas service.

  • 25/12/2013 | World

    Iranian MPs propose bill to enrich uranium

    Iran's hardline lawmakers are seeking to increase uranium enrichment under the country's nuclear programme to a level that can produce bomb-grade material, according to a state-run website.

  • 25/12/2013 | World

    Egyptian gov't designates Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group

    The Egyptian government formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, accusing it of carrying out a suicide bomb attack on a police station that killed 16 people.

  • 25/12/2013 | World

    Russia drops charges against Greenpeace activists

    Russia formally dropped criminal charges against Greenpeace activists arrested in a protest against Arctic oil drilling and was expected to shortly do the same for all 30, the environmental group said.

  • 25/12/2013 | World

    Atheists, work with us for peace, Pope says on Christmas

    Pope Francis, celebrating his first Christmas as Roman Catholic leader, called on atheists to unite with believers of all religions and work for "a homemade peace" that can spread across the world.

  • 25/12/2013 | World

    Sinai-based group say bombed Egypt police station

    Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis said it had carried out a bomb attack on an Egyptian police compound in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura which killed 16 people and wounded about 140.

  • 23/12/2013 | World

    Pope Francis and Benedict pray together in Christmas meeting

    Pope Francis made a Christmas visit to Pope Emeritus Benedict and said he found his 86-year-old predecessor looking well, according to television footage released by the Vatican.

  • 23/12/2013 | World

    Virus kills over 1,000 bottlenose dolphins along US east coast

    More than 1,000 migratory bottlenose dolphins have died from a measles-like virus along the US Eastern Seaboard in 2013 and the epidemic shows no sign of abating, a marine biologist said.

  • 21/12/2013 | World

    Egypt sends Morsi to trial in third case

    Egypt's deposed Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, and 129 others including members of Hamas and Hezbollah, were referred to trial today on murder and other charges related to a mass jail break during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak.

  • 21/12/2013 | World

    Israel plays down importance of alleged spying by US and UK

    Israeli officials said they were not surprised by allegations the United States and Britain had spied on the country's leaders and played down the importance of any information its allies may have gleaned.

  • 20/12/2013 | World

    US, UK spies targeted Israeli PM

    British and US spies targeted a senior European Union official, German government buildings, and the office of an Israeli prime minister, according to the latest leaked documents from Edward Snowden published today.

  • 20/12/2013 | World

    Obama: 'Now is not the time for new Iran sanctions'

    President Barack Obama said on Friday he understands why some US lawmakers want to "look tough" on Iran but insisted now is not the time to impose new sanctions on Tehran while it is set to negotiate over a long-term nuclear deal with world powers.

  • 20/12/2013 | World

    Tom Cruise drops defamation lawsuit against publisher

    Actor Tom Cruise dropped a $50 million defamation lawsuit against a German media company that published a report saying the Hollywood star had "abandoned" his daughter, Suri, after his divorce from actress Katie Holmes.

  • 17/12/2013 | World

    British surgeon jailed in Syria dies in detention

    A British surgeon who was arrested last November within 48 hours of arriving in Syria to volunteer as an emergency doctor has died in jail, his family and a senior British official said on.

  • 18/12/2013 | World

    US Senate passes budget deal, focus shifts to spending

    The US Senate passed a two-year budget deal to ease automatic spending cuts and reduce the risk of a government shutdown, but fights were already breaking out over how to implement the budget pact.

  • 19/12/2013 | World

    New Mexico Supreme Court rules to allow same-sex marriage

    The New Mexico Supreme Court unanimously ruled to allow same-sex marriage statewide, ending a patchwork arrangement in which some counties permitted gay nuptials while others prohibited them.

  • 14/12/2013 | World

    France says 'pessimistic' on Syria, has doubts about peace talks

    France's foreign minister said he was "pessimistic" about the situation in Syria and had great doubts about the success of a proposed peace conference to be held in Switzerland next month.

  • 14/12/2013 | World

    Kerry says US has not abandoned ex FBI agent missing in Iran

    Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States has not abandoned a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran six years ago and that he personally has raised the issue, according to an interview with ABC News.

  • 17/12/2013 | World

    NATO says would have to plan for Afghan pullout by spring

    NATO would have to start planning for a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan by early next spring if President Hamid Karzai refuses to sign a security pact allowing foreign troops to stay on, the alliance's top military commander said.

  • 13/12/2013 | World

    Kerry says Israeli-Palestinian deal possible by end April

    Shrugging off gloomy predictions of failure, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Israelis and Palestinians remained committed to peace talks and were on course to wrap up a full deal by April.

  • 14/12/2013 | World

    Police in Colorado probe motives of dead high school gunman

    Police sought to learn why a teenager stormed through his suburban Denver school with a shotgun and Molotov cocktails, opening fire on a fellow student before taking his own life in the latest burst of US school gun violence.

  • 11/12/2013 | World

    Thai crisis deepens as PM's supporters weigh in

    Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra's red-shirted supporters said they were ready to defend her government in the streets from an elite-backed protest movement seeking to install an unelected "People's Council".

  • 12/12/2013 | World

    Catalonia sets referendum date next year, Spain says no

    Separatist parties in Spain's Catalonia region set Nov. 9 next year as the date for a proposed independence referendum and agreed the wording, but the Spanish government poured cold water on the plan.

  • 12/12/2013 | World

    UN Iran panel chair urges states to keep enforcing sanctions

    The Australian chairman of the UN Security Council's Iran sanctions committee urged the United Nations' 193 member states to continue enforcing UN sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program.

  • 07/12/2013 | World

    Obama defends interim Iran deal, seeks to assure Israel

    President Barack Obama defended an interim deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program and, seeking to reassure Israel, pledged to step up sanctions or prepare for a potential military strike if Tehran fails to abide by the pact.

  • 11/12/2013 | World

    US to consider sanctions on Ukraine but no decision yet

    The US State Department said it is considering all options, including sanctions, toward Ukraine, where riot police moved against demonstrators overnight after weeks of protests against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich.

  • 11/12/2013 | World

    Gruesome gift that keeps on giving: $200 to sponsor museum skulls

    A Philadelphia museum has the perfect holiday gift idea for the person who has everything, including a love of science and a dark sense of humor.

  • 04/12/2013 | World

    First Israeli cabinet minister visits Turkey since 2010

    A member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government and former defence chief flew to Istanbul, becoming the first Israeli cabinet minister to visit Turkey since ties ruptured in 2010 over a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla.

  • 04/12/2013 | World

    Cyber experts uncover 2 mln stolen passwords to global Web accounts

    Security experts have uncovered a trove of some 2 million stolen passwords to websites including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo from Internet users across the globe.

  • 05/12/2013 | World

    Obama says he will propose NSA reforms

    President Barack Obama said he intends to propose National Security Agency reforms to reassure Americans that their privacy is not being violated.

  • 27/11/2013 | World

    Syrian opposition to attend Geneva peace conference

    The Syrian National Coalition opposition group will attend the long-delayed "Geneva 2" talks in January aimed at ending the country's civil war, the group's president, Ahmad Jarba, said.

  • 30/11/2013 | World

    Hagel voices US concern over new Egyptian law limiting protest

    Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel telephoned his Egyptian counterpart to voice US concerns about a new Egyptian law that curbs protests and has prompted the arrest of a group of Egyptian girls and political activists, a spokesman said.

  • 26/11/2013 | World

    Britain protests to Spain over Gibraltar diplomatic bag incident

    Britain accused Madrid of a "serious infringement" of international protocol, saying Spanish police had opened a British diplomatic bag on the border with its contested territory of Gibraltar.

  • 26/11/2013 | World

    First book printed in US sells for record $14.2 million at auction

    The Bay Psalm Book, one of 11 surviving copies of the first book printed in America, sold for $14.2 million at Sotheby's in New York, setting a new world auction record for any printed book.

  • 27/11/2013 | World

    US affirms support for Japan in islands dispute with China

    Washington pledged support for ally Japan in a growing dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea and senior US officials accused Beijing of behavior that had unsettled its neighbors.

  • 22/11/2013 | World

    Civil rights group asks US judge to halt NSA phone data program

    The American Civil Liberties Union urged a federal judge to halt the US government's sweeping collection of phone data, arguing that the controversial program goes beyond what Congress authorized and violates the constitutional rights of all Americans.

  • 22/11/2013 | World

    US Kerry to travel to Geneva for Iran talks

    US Secretary of State John Kerry will leave for Geneva to join nuclear talks between six major powers and Iran, the State Department said.

  • 23/11/2013 | World

    China bolsters East China Sea claim, warns of 'defensive measures'

    China bolstered its claim to islands that Japan says it owns, warning that it would take "defensive emergency measures" against aircraft that failed to identify themselves properly in airspace over them.

  • 20/11/2013 | World

    Afghanistan, US reach draft security agreement

    The United States and Afghanistan reached a draft agreement laying out the terms under which US troops may stay beyond 2014, one day before Afghan elders are to debate the issue.

  • 21/11/2013 | World

    After 11 years in jail for murder, Kennedy cousin out on bail

    Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who spent 11 years in prison for the 1975 murder of a teenage neighbor in Greenwich, Connecticut, walked free after a judge granted him bail ahead of a new trial.

  • 22/11/2013 | World

    Women enslaved in London beaten and emotionally abused

    Three women enslaved for 30 years in a London house were beaten and subjected to psychological abuse, in one of the worst cases of domestic servitude to emerge in Britain, police said.

  • 19/11/2013 | World

    German intelligence agency to step up counterintelligence

    Germany's domestic intelligence agency is planning to expand its counterintelligence operations to include friendly countries following revelations about the United States' extensive spying programme, a senior German security official said.

  • 19/11/2013 | World

    NASA puts out call for commercial space taxis

    Despite budget uncertainties, NASA issued a solicitation for a commercially operated space taxi to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, an attempt to break Russia's monopoly on crew transport by 2017.

  • 20/11/2013 | World

    Israeli leader lobbies in Russia against Iran deal

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Russia to insist world powers set tough terms for Iran in any deal reached in the standoff over Tehran's nuclear programme.

  • 16/11/2013 | World

    Islamist rebels behead fellow fighter by mistake

    A group of Syrian Sunni Muslim rebels linked to al Qaeda have beheaded one of their own wounded fighters after mistaking him for a foreign Shi'ite fighting for President Bashar al-Assad, a monitoring group said.

  • 16/11/2013 | World

    Iran, world powers close to nuclear deal: Russia's Foreign Minister Lavrov

    Global powers and Iran are close to a preliminary deal to rein in Tehran's nuclear programme and should not pass up a "very good chance" to clinch it, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in remarks broadcast.

  • 15/11/2013 | World

    Dow, S&P close at new highs; Exxon Mobil leads Dow

    The Dow and the S&P 500 hit new highs for a sixth straight week of gains, as investors continued to take cues from Federal Reserve Chair nominee Janet Yellen, who told a Senate Committee it was too early to end the central bank's stimulus.

  • 15/11/2013 | World

    Berlusconi party at risk as splinter group formed

    The secretary of Italian centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi's party said he would form a breakaway group that would back Prime Minister Enrico Letta's fragile coalition in defiance of the media magnate, who faces expulsion from parliament this month.

  • 13/11/2013 | World

    Palestinian peace talks delegation resigns

    Palestine's Mahmoud Abbas said his delegation of peace negotiators has resigned over the lack of progress in US-brokered statehood talks with Israel.

  • 13/11/2013 | World

    Hawaii legalizes gay marriage

    Hawaii's governor signed into law a bill extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, capping 20 years of legal and political rancor in a state regarded as a pioneer in advancing the cause of gay matrimony.

  • 13/11/2013 | World

    Toronto Council asks Mayor Rob Ford to take leave of absence

    Toronto City Council asked embattled Mayor Rob Ford to take a break from his job to deal with "personal issues", which he admits include both buying illegal drugs and smoking crack cocaine.

  • 12/11/2013 | World

    Saudi rejects UN Security Council seat, opening way for Jordan

    Saudi Arabia officially notified the United Nations of its decision to reject a seat on the UN Security Council, which UN diplomats said clears the way for the likely election of Jordan as a replacement.

  • 12/11/2013 | World

    New York's One World Trade Center deemed tallest US skyscraper

    The skyscraper at New York's World Trade Center has been designated the tallest building in the United States by virtue of its spire, surpassing Chicago's Willis Tower, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat said.

  • 13/11/2013 | World

    'Pink Star'diamond sells for world record at auction

    The "Pink Star", a huge flawless pink diamond, was auctioned for 68 million Swiss francs ($73.99 million) in Geneva, a world record price for a gemstone, Sotheby's said.

  • 08/11/2013 | World

    Obama calls Netanyahu after criticism of Iran nuclear plan

    US President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the Israeli leader delivered a stinging rebuke to Washington over a deal taking shape in talks between Iran and world powers seeking to curb Tehran's nuclear program.

  • 09/11/2013 | World

    Iran nuclear deal unlikely as split emerges in Western camp

    Barring a last-minute breakthrough, talks between Iran and six world powers on curbing Tehran's nuclear ambitions were set to end without a full agreement as a split emerged between France and the other Western powers, diplomats said.

  • 09/11/2013 | World

    Brief unity in Venezuela over Miss Universe win

    Squabbling bitterly every day over politics and economics, Venezuelans of all creeds could at least unite briefly to hail their latest beauty queen.

  • 06/11/2013 | World

    Wal-Mart website glitch gave shoppers super bargains, temporarily

    Shoppers looking for a bargain got some big ones, if only temporarily, at

  • 07/11/2013 | World

    Rubber duck, game of chess enter US Toy Hall of Fame

    Rubber Duckie you're the one. The world's most popular bath toy sunk fierce competition to be named one of two 2013 inductees to the United States' National Toy Hall of Fame.

  • 05/11/2013 | World

    Iran negotiator says outline nuclear deal possible this week

    Mohammad Javad Zarif said that a framework deal with world powers on its nuclear programme was "possible this week", although it would not be a disaster if there were a further delay.

  • 05/11/2013 | World

    Liberal Democrat de Blasio wins New York mayor's race

    Liberal Democrat Bill de Blasio cruised to victory in the race to succeed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, marking the first time a Democrat has captured City Hall in two decades, local media reported.

  • 06/11/2013 | World

    Spain tells UN no rethink on post-Franco amnesty

    Spain told a critical United Nations panel that a 1978 amnesty for political crimes committed during the 1936-39 civil war and the right-wing dictatorship of Francisco Franco would not be reviewed, despite growing calls for a rethink.

  • 01/11/2013 | World

    German, Brazilian UN draft urges halt to excessive spying

    Germany and Brazil circulated a draft resolution to a UN General Assembly committee that calls for an end to excessive electronic surveillance, data collection and other gross invasions of privacy.

  • 02/11/2013 | World

    Holocaust memorabilia found on eBay

    EBay has removed from its listings around 30 items of memorabilia from the Nazi Holocaust, including clothes worn by concentration camp victims, after a newspaper investigation discovered they were on sale on the e-commerce website, Britain's Mail said.

  • 05/11/2013 | World

    US Russia fail to agree Syria peace talks date

    The United States and Russia failed to agree a date for a Syrian peace conference, remaining divided over what role Iran might play in talks to end the civil war and over who would represent Syria's opposition.

  • 31/10/2013 | World

    German lawmaker meets Snowden, says he may help German spy inquiry

    A German lawmaker said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow and the fugitive former US spy agency contractor was willing to help German investigations into reports the United States tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone.

  • 31/10/2013 | World

    Biden urges US lawmakers to hold off on any new Iran sanctions

    Vice President Joe Biden led a high-powered delegation to Capitol Hill to try to persuade US lawmakers to hold off on any more sanctions against Iran and let delicate diplomatic talks over Tehran's nuclear program unfold.

  • 01/11/2013 | World

    Obama tells Iraqi leader US wants 'inclusive' Iraq

    President Barack Obama told visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that the United States wants an inclusive, prosperous Iraq free of violence.

  • 27/10/2013 | World

    German paper says Obama aware of spying on Merkel since 2010

    A German newspaper said that US President Barack Obama knew his intelligence service was eavesdropping on Angela Merkel as long ago as 2010, contradicting reports that he had told the German leader he did not know.

  • 28/10/2013 | World

    German parliament meets to discuss US spying scandal

    Germany's parliament will hold a special session on reports the United States tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone and left-wing parties demanded a public inquiry calling in witnesses including former US intelligence operative Edward Snowden.

  • 29/10/2013 | World

    Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners in amnesty

    Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners, the second stage of a limited amnesty designed to help US-sponsored peace talks that have been dogged by divisions on both sides.

  • 25/10/2013 | World

    Merkel to seek 'no spy deal' within EU as well as with US

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants the European Union's 28 member states to reach a "no spy deal" similar to an agreement France and Germany seek with the United State following allegations Washington tapped her mobile phone.

  • 25/10/2013 | World

    Egypt's top TV satirist back on air, pokes fun at all political camps

    Egypt's most prominent television satirist, Bassem Youssef, known for his fierce jabs at ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, returned to the airwaves following a summer break, poking equal fun at the fan frenzy surrounding Egypt's defense minister that has gripped the nation in recent months.

  • 26/10/2013 | World

    Hundreds march in Washington against NSA surveillance programs

    Hundreds of protesters marched on Capitol Hill in Washington to protest the US government's online surveillance programs, whose vast scope was revealed this year by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

  • 19/10/2013 | World

    Arab states urge Saudi to keep UN Security Council seat

    The Arab Group at the United Nations urged Saudi Arabia to reconsider its decision to renounce a rotating seat on the Security Council to protest the 15-nation body's failure to end the war in Syria and act on other Middle East issues.

  • 22/10/2013 | World

    Apple gives away Mac software, unveils iPad Air

    Apple Inc will give away operating and work software free to Mac computer users, challenging Microsoft Corp's near-stranglehold on personal computing as the latter starts to make inroads into the mobile market.

  • 23/10/2013 | World

    Pakistan prime minister urges Obama to end drone strikes

    Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged US President Barack Obama to end drone strikes in Pakistan, touching on a sore subject just as relations between the two countries improve after years of suspicion over Afghanistan and the US counterterrorism fight.

  • 18/10/2013 | World

    Murdoch re-elected Twenty-First Century Fox chairman

    Media mogul Rupert Murdoch was re-elected chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc despite protests from shareholder groups who sought to separate the chairman and chief executive positions of the family-dominated company.

  • 18/10/2013 | World

    NY man arrested, charged with al Qaeda ties

    US officials arrested a 25-year-old man from suburban New York and charged him in a five-count indictment with attempting to travel to Yemen to join al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

  • 16/10/2013 | World

    Israel urges maintaining Iran sanctions despite Geneva proposals

    Israel urged Western powers not to give up economic sanctions on Iran until Tehran proves it is dismantling its nuclear program that the United States and its allies believe is aimed at developing atomic weapons.

  • 16/10/2013 | World

    'Edward Snowden has more secrets to share', father says

    The father of the ex US spy agency contractor said his son has more secrets to share and should stay in Russia "to make sure the true story is told."

  • 17/10/2013 | World

    Google Internet revenue rises 23 percent in Q3

    Google Inc said that its consolidated revenue increased 12 percent to $14.89 billion in the third quarter, even as losses deepened at its Motorola mobile phone business.

  • 15/10/2013 | World

    Twitter to list on NYSE, more than doubles quarterly revenue

    Social networking website Twitter Inc said it would list its stock on the New York Stock Exchange, dealing a blow to the tech-heavy Nasdaq which bungled rival Facebook's initial public offering.

  • 15/10/2013 | World

    Obama: When you're the president, everyone takes your calls

    The coolest thing about being the leader of the free world? Everyone will take your call, said President Barack Obama in a television interview.

  • 16/10/2013 | World

    Facebook lifts restriction on teen users sharing with public

    Facebook Inc removed a restriction for users under 18 that previously limited who could see their online postings from photos to musings on the world-wide social network.

  • 10/10/2013 | World

    Iran up for UN disarmament panel post, US objects

    Iran is running for the vice chairmanship of the UN Disarmament Commission, which the United States said was unacceptable in light of Tehran's many breaches of Security Council demands that it halt its controversial atomic work.

  • 11/10/2013 | World

    G20 urges US to act quickly to avoid default

    Finance officials from the world's biggest economiespressed the United States to head off a potentially devastating default and vowed to proceed carefully when the time comes to normalize monetary policy.

  • 11/10/2013 | World

    Elephant accidentally kills Missouri zoo keeper

    An elephant in a Missouri zoo accidentally killed a long-time zoo manager, city officials said.

  • 05/10/2013 | World

    Suicide bombers target Iraq Shi'ites, killing 32

    Two suicide bombers targeted Shi'ite Muslims in Iraq, killing at least 32 people on the eve of the anniversary of one of their imams' deaths, police and medics.

  • 05/10/2013 | World

    Obama says Iran a year or more from nuclear weapon capability

    The United States believes Iran is a year or a more away from being able to produce a nuclear weapon, President Barack Obama said in an interview with the Associated Press released, although he described the estimate as "conservative."

  • 09/10/2013 | World

    Pentagon begins review of Guantanamo detainees held without charge

    The Pentagon said it had begun re-examining the evidence for the continued detention of terrorism suspects held without charge at Guantanamo, Cuba, more than two years after President Barack Obama directed it to develop a review process.

  • 02/10/2013 | World

    Fukushima nuclear plant operator says another tank is leaking toxic water

    The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said another tank holding highly contaminated water is leaking, and that some of the liquid may have reached the Pacific Ocean, the second such breach in less than two months.

  • 04/10/2013 | World

    Syria submits further details of its chemical arms program

    Syria has given international experts additional details about its chemical weapons program that go beyond a Sept. 21 declaration of its poison gas arsenal.

  • 04/10/2013 | World

    Evacuations ordered as Tropical Storm Karen nears US coast

    Authorities issued mandatory evacuation orders for low-lying areas south of New Orleans as a weakened Tropical Storm Karen closed in on the Louisiana coast after disrupting US energy output in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • 27/09/2013 | World

    Jesse Jackson arrives in Cuba on mission of reconciliation

    US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson arrived in Cuba where he said he hoped to facilitate improved relations with the United States and see imprisoned US contractor Alan Gross.

  • 01/10/2013 | World

    Iran sanctions in US Senate delayed before Geneva talks

    Under pressure not to squeeze Iran too hard, the US Senate is unlikely to impose a fresh round of sanctions on the Islamic Republic until after Tehran holds nuclear talks with world powers later this month, lawmakers and congressional aides said.

  • 26/09/2013 | World

    Timerman to meet with Iran government over AMIA case

    Argentine foreign minister Hector Timerman has confirmed that he will meet Iranian counterpart Javadi Zarif, in a talk designed to throw light on the current status of the AMIA agreement.

  • 26/09/2013 | World

    Six major powers, Iran agree to meet in Geneva next month

    Six major powers and Iran agreed to meet in Geneva next month for further talks on resolving the standoff with Tehran on its nuclear program, the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.

  • 27/09/2013 | World

    Obama speaks by phone to Iran's Rouhani, sees chance for progress

    US President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by phone, the highest-level contact since the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and a sign that both sides are serious about reaching a pact on Iran's nuclear program.

  • 11/09/2013 | World

    President Putin says US strike on Syria could escalate conflict

    Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against a US strike on Syria, saying such action risked escalating the conflict beyond that country and unleashing terrorist attacks.

  • 24/09/2013 | World

    Rouhani blasts sanctions against Iran in UN speech

    Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, blasted international sanctions against Iran comparing them to the widely criticized punitive measures against Iraq while the late Saddam Hussein was in power.

  • 25/09/2013 | World

    Iran says it wants to resolve nuclear row within months

    Iran's new government, stepping up a campaign to project a more moderate image abroad, said it wants to jump-start talks with world powers to resolve a decade-long dispute over its nuclear program and hoped for a deal in three to six months.

  • 09/09/2013 | World

    WTO cuts 2013 world trade forecast to 2.5%

    World trade is expected to grow by 2.5 percent this year and 4.5 percent in 2014, the World Trade Organisation's new chief, Roberto Azevedo, said today, revising down previous estimates.

  • 10/09/2013 | World

    Russia cancels emergency UN meeting on Syria chemical weapons

    An emergency closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council on Syria was canceled after Russia withdrew its request for the session, Australia's UN envoy said, as Western powers and Russia disagreed over a plan for Syria's chemical arsenal.

  • 07/09/2013 | World

    Conservative leader Abbott sweeps into power in Australian elections

    Australia's conservative leader Tony Abbott swept into office in national elections as voters punished the outgoing Labor government for six years of turbulent rule and for failing to maximise the benefits of a now fading mining boom.

  • 07/09/2013 | World

    EU's Ashton says evidence points to Syria government

    The European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the EU's 28 nations agreed that available information seemed to show strong evidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical attack on civilians in August.

  • 07/09/2013 | World

    Egypt army hits Sinai militants, at least 30 killed

    The Egyptian army mounted a major operation against Islamist militants in North Sinai, killing or wounding at least 30 people, security officials said.

  • 05/09/2013 | World

    Expect simple, modern looks at New York's Fashion Week

    Designers from around the world began unveiling their latest looks at New York Fashion Week, as fashion buyers and editors assembled to see what will be au courant for spring with trend watchers expecting a season of simple silhouettes.

  • 06/09/2013 | World

    US tightens embassy security in Lebanon and Turkey, warns Americans

    The United States tightened security at diplomatic missions in Lebanon and Turkey because of potential threats, ordering some personnel out of Lebanon and offering to evacuate those in Adana in southeastern Turkey.

  • 06/09/2013 | World

    N.Korean leader meets former U.S. basketball star Rodman again

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un again met former US basketball star Dennis Rodman during his second visit to North Korea this year, North Korea's state news agency said but made no mention on whether the two discussed the fate of a jailed American missionary.

  • 04/09/2013 | World

    New NASA spacecraft to investigate moon mystery

    More than 40 years after the last Apollo astronauts left the moon, NASA is preparing to launch a small robotic spacecraft to investigate one of their most bizarre discoveries.

    More than 40 years after the last Apollo astronauts left the moon, NASA is preparing to launch a small robotic spacecraft to investigate one of their most bizarre discoveries.

  • 05/09/2013 | World

    CFK on ‘vulture funds’: 'Go and ask Obama'

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has spoken out about the US refusal to discuss Argentina’s dispute with the so-called ‘vulture funds’, during the G-20 meeting in Moscow, Russia.

  • 05/09/2013 | World

    US sees no sign Iran is addressing concerns on nuclear program

    The United States voiced disappointment that Iran's new president has not moved more swiftly to allay international concerns about the country's atomic program, saying Tehran is undermining hopes of ending its nuclear standoff with the West.

  • 03/09/2013 | World

    Thousands of Islamists take to Egypt's streets

    Thousands of supporters of overthrown Islamist president Mohamed Morsi took to the streets in towns and cities across Egypt to denounce Egypt's new military-backed rulers - their second show of mass support in four days.

  • 03/09/2013 | World

    US Senate panel reaches deal on military authorization for Syria

    Leaders of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said they reached an agreement on a draft authorization for the use of military force in Syria that was much narrower than the request made by President Barack Obama, paving the way for a vote by the committee.

  • 04/09/2013 | World

    Strike against Syria unlikely to provoke clash with Russia

    Secretary of State John Kerry said a US military strike on Syria over its chemical weapons use was unlikely to provoke a clash with Russia, a key Syrian ally that has blocked efforts to sanction Damascus at the UN Security Council.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    Obama discusses Syria with Britain's Cameron, France's Hollande

    President Barack Obama discussed Syria in phone calls with British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande, a senior administration official said.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    UN investigators to exit Syria, chemical probe may take weeks

    A team of UN experts finished gathering evidence of a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people in suburbs near Damascus last week, the United Nations announced, though envoys said analyzing the samples may take weeks.

  • 31/08/2013 | World

    Hollande reaffirms will to sanction Syria

    French President Francois Hollande reaffirmed to US President Barack Obama in a telephone call his will to sanction Syria for a chemical attack this month, a source close to Hollande told Reuters.

  • 29/08/2013 | World

    UK's Cameron loses parliamentary vote on Syria action

    British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a vital parliamentary vote meant to pave the way for Britain to join a looming military strike on Syria, in a move that appeared to all but rule out British involvement in such action.

  • 29/08/2013 | World

    UK defence minister: Britain won't take part in Syrian military action

    British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said that Britain would not take part in any military action against Syria after the government unexpectedly lost a vital parliamentary vote on the issue.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    Turkish PM says Syria intervention should aim to end Assad rule

    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said that any international military intervention against Syria should be aimed at bringing an end to the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 29/08/2013 | World

    US allows states to legalize recreational marijuana within limits

    In a move marijuana advocates hailed as a historic shift, the Obama administration began giving US states wide leeway to experiment with pot legalization and started by letting Colorado and Washington carry out new laws permitting recreational use.

  • 29/08/2013 | World

    UK's Cameron loses parliamentary vote on Syria action

    British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a vital parliamentary vote meant to pave the way for Britain to join a looming military strike on Syria, in a move that appeared to all but rule out British involvement in such action.

  • 28/08/2013 | World

    Syrian gas attack must draw reaction, Merkel and Cameron agree

    The leaders of Germany and Britain believe that Syria's government should not to go unpunished for an apparent poison gas attack on its own people, Berlin said.

  • 28/08/2013 | World

    Obama makes case for punishing Syria over gas attack

    Barack Obama vowed that the Syrian government would face "international consequences" for last week's deadly chemical attack, but made clear any military response would be limited to avoid dragging the United States into another war in the Middle East.

  • 28/08/2013 | World

    China urges restraint over Syria, calls for calm

    China's foreign minister urged restraint in the growing tensions over Syria, saying any military intervention in the crisis would only worsen turmoil in the Middle East.

  • 27/08/2013 | World

    US security agencies say Android mobile main target for malware

    Google Inc's Android, the dominant mobile operating system, is by far the primary target for malware attacks, mostly because many users are still using older versions of the software, according to a study by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

  • 27/08/2013 | World

    JPMorgan's former 'London Whale' supervisor arrested in Spain

    Spanish police arrested former JP Morgan Chase trader Javier Martin-Artajo as he prepares to fight possible extradition to the United States over a $6.2 billion financial scandal at America's largest bank.

  • 28/08/2013 | World

    Taliban attack base in Afghanistan, seven killed

    Seven people were killed in an attack claimed by the Taliban on a base operated by Polish and Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan, officials and a Reuters witness said.

  • 24/08/2013 | World

    Cameron, Obama see 'increasing signs' of Syria chemical attack

    British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama agreed on Saturday on the need to deter the use of chemical weapons, and were concerned about "increasing signs" that Syria attacked civilians, a spokesperson for Cameron said.

  • 27/08/2013 | World

    At least two killed in southern Egypt clash

    At least two supporters of Egypt's deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi were killed in clashes with residents and security forces in the southern city of Beni Suef, a security source said.

  • 23/08/2013 | World

    Bombs kill 42 outside mosques in Lebanon's Tripoli

    Bombs hit two mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, killing at least 42 people and wounding hundreds, intensifying sectarian strife that has spilled over from the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

  • 23/08/2013 | World

    Microsoft CEO Ballmer to retire within 12 months

    Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer unexpectedly announced his retirement, ending a controversial 13-year reign as the head of the world's largest software company and sending the company's shares up 7 percent.

  • 24/08/2013 | World

    Obama weighs possible military response after Syria chemical attack

    US President Barack Obama considered options for a possible military strike on Syria in response to a nerve gas attack that killed hundreds as Syria sought to avert blame by saying its soldiers had found chemical weapons in rebel tunnels.

  • 21/08/2013 | World

    China's Bo Xilai goes on trial, culmination of dramatic fall

    Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai appeared in public for the first time in more than a year to face trial in eastern China, the final chapter of the country's most politically charged case in more than three decades.

  • 22/08/2013 | World

    Fear of new showdown on Egypt streets

    Supporters of Egypt's deposed president will stage a "Friday of martyrs" of mass protests, risking more potential bloodshed to show they can still claim the streets after a week in which hundreds were gunned down and their leaders jailed.

  • 17/08/2013 | World

    Muslim Brotherhood faces ban as Egypt rulers pile on pressure

    Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood risks political elimination, with the new army backed government threatening to ban the Islamist organisation after launching a fierce crackdown on its supporters that has killed hundreds.

  • 21/08/2013 | World

    Facebook led project seeks Internet access for all

    Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg has enlisted Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, Qualcomm Inc and other technology companies to help him in a project aimed at making Internet access affordable for the 5 billion people around the world who are not online.

  • 21/08/2013 | World

    Guantanamo guards gave 'Shades of Grey' novel to prisoner, lawyer says

    Prison guards gave one of the alleged 9/11 conspirators a copy of the erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey," according to a defense lawyer who suggested that the unwanted gift was part of a campaign aimed at discrediting his client.

  • 16/08/2013 | World

    Military judge finds Manning's WikiLeaks acts 'wanton and reckless'

    The military judge who will determine how long US soldier Bradley Manning will spend in prison for the biggest breach of classified data in the nation's history said she found that his acts were "wanton and reckless."

  • 16/08/2013 | World

    Muslim Brotherhood calls rallies across Egypt after day of bloodshed

    The Muslim Brotherhood defiantly called for a week of protests across Egypt starting on Saturday, a day after more than 100 people died in clashes between Islamists and the security forces that pushed the country ever closer to anarchy.

  • 14/08/2013 | World

    US asks Mexico to detain drug lord for extradition

    The United States has asked Mexico to detain freed drug kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero to face charges brought decades ago by a US court, the Mexican attorney general's office said, setting the stage for a formal extradition request.

  • 14/08/2013 | World

    Egypt seethes under curfew after hundreds killed

    Security forces struggled to clamp a lid on Egypt after hundreds of people were killed when authorities forcibly broke up camps of supporters protesting the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, in the worst nationwide bloodshed in decades.

  • 15/08/2013 | World

    UN Security Council urges end to violence in Egypt

    The UN Security Council urged all parties in Egypt to end the violence and exercise maximum restraint after hundreds of people were killed when troops and police crushed protests seeking the return of deposed President Mohamed Mursi.

  • 12/08/2013 | World

    Merkel's chief of staff says US spies did not break German law

    Angela Merkel's chief of staff said on Monday that fears of mass US spying on Germans were unfounded, hoping to end a controversy that threatened to damage the chancellor as she seeks re-election next month.

  • 13/08/2013 | World

    Talks resume as Israel frees Palestinians, pursues settlements

    Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners to keep US sponsored peacemaking on course for a second round of talks, but diplomacy remained dogged by Israeli plans for more Jewish homes on land the Palestinians claim for a future state.

  • 14/08/2013 | World

    West warned Egypt's Sisi to the end: don't do it

    Western allies warned Egypt's military leaders right up to the last minute against using force to crush protest sit-ins by supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, arguing they could ill afford the political and economic damage.

  • 09/08/2013 | World

    US Russia agree to prepare for Syria peace talks

    US and Russian officials agreed on the need to convene a long-delayed Syrian peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible, but they offered no concrete plan to bring the warring government and rebels to the table.

  • 10/08/2013 | World

    Car bombs kill nearly 80 in Iraq, target end of Ramadan festivities

    A series of car bombs in mainly Shi'ite areas of Baghdad killed 57 people and wounded more than 150, in what appeared to be coordinated attacks on people celebrating the end of Ramadan.

  • 10/08/2013 | World

    Assange calls Obama reform plans 'victory of sorts' for Snowden

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called President Barack Obama's announcement of plans to limit sweeping US government surveillance programs a victory of sorts for fugitive former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. 

  • 09/08/2013 | World

    Swiss luxury shop denies racism towards Oprah

    The owner of a luxury goods shop in Zurich has denied that racism was involved when Oprah Winfrey was discouraged from buying a 35,000 Swiss franc ($38,100) handbag.

  • 09/08/2013 | World

    Obama pledges greater transparency in surveillance programs

    President Barack Obama announced plans to limit sweeping US government surveillance programs that have come under criticism since leaks by a former spy agency contractor, saying the United States "can and must be more transparent."

  • 09/08/2013 | World

    US to reopen 18 of 19 embassies closed amid security concerns

    Eighteen of the 19 US embassies closed this month due to worries about potential terrorist attacks will reopen on Sunday, the US State Department said.

  • 07/08/2013 | World

    Japan says Fukushima leak worse than thought, govt joins clean up

    Highly radioactive water from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is pouring out at a rate of 300 tonnes a day, officials said, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the government to step in and help in the clean-up.

  • 08/08/2013 | World

    Rare Sumatran tiger cubs born at Washington Zoo

    A pair of rare Sumatran tiger cubs has been born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., under a program designed to help the species survive.

  • 08/08/2013 | World

    US NSA to cut system administrators by 90% to limit data access

    The US National Security Agency, hit by disclosures of classified data by former contractor Edward Snowden, said it intends to eliminate about 90 percent of its system administrators to reduce the number of people with access to secret information.

  • 06/08/2013 | World

    Egyptian government to say mediation failed to end crisis

    Egypt's army installed government is expected to announce that foreign mediation designed to end the country's political crisis has failed, a state-run newspaper said.

  • 07/08/2013 | World

    US military satellite, paid for by Australia, launched into orbit

    An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday carrying a communications satellite for the US military and its partners, including Australia, which paid for the spacecraft and launch services.

  • 07/08/2013 | World

    Britain and Spain agree to try to defuse Gibraltar row

    Britain and Spain have agreed to try to find a way to defuse tensions over the contested British overseas territory of Gibraltar to avoid damaging relations, Prime Minister David Cameron's office said.

  • 27/07/2013 | World

    US: Egypt's leaders must pull nation back from brink

    Egypt's leaders must pull their country "back from the brink," US Secretary of State John Kerry stated, saying Egypt was at a pivotal moment after the killing of dozens of protesters.

  • 30/07/2013 | World

    Al Qaeda claims responsibility for Iraq bombings

    An al Qaeda affiliated group claimed responsibility for a wave of bombings across Iraq that killed 60 people and the Interior Ministry said it was facing an "open war" from insurgents bent on plunging the country into sectarian strife.

  • 03/08/2013 | World

    Syrian rebels seize anti-tank missiles in raid on army base

    Syrian rebels captured an ammunition depot north of Damascus from President Bashar al-Assad's forces, activists said, seizing a hoard of anti-tank missiles and rockets which will strengthen their firepower after a string of defeats.

  • 25/07/2013 | World

    Quinn overtakes scandal hit Weiner in NY

    New disclosures of explicitly sexual online chats have cost former Congressman Anthony Weiner the lead in the New York City mayor's race and helped City Council Speaker Christine Quinn pull ahead among Democratic voters, according to a recent poll released. 

  • 25/07/2013 | World

    Turmoil hits Tunisia after secular politician slain

    Tunisian opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi was shot dead in the second such assassination this year, setting off violent protests against the Islamist-led government in the capital and elsewhere.

  • 27/07/2013 | World

    Violence deepens Egypt turmoil, deposed leader probed for murder

    At least seven people were killed and hundreds wounded in scattered violence across Egypt during mass rallies for and against the army's overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, who was placed under investigation for murder.

  • 21/07/2013 | World

    Iran denies missing World Bank payments, blames sanctions

    Iran denied it had failed to make payments on its loans to the World Bank for the last six months, blaming Western sanctions for preventing an intermediary from forwarding funds to the global lender, Iran's IRNA state news agency said.

  • 23/07/2013 | World

    Bulgarian protesters block parliament, scuffle with police

    Hundreds of protesters built barricades around Bulgaria's parliament, effectively trapping over 100 lawmakers, ministers, and journalists in the building for more than seven hours following a brief scuffle with police.

  • 24/07/2013 | World

    Gunmen shoot dead 13 police in Iraq, militants ambush a minibus

    Militants ambushed a minibus carrying Iraqi soldiers and in a separate attack opened fire on a checkpoint in the north of the country, killing at least thirteen people in total, police said.

  • 17/07/2013 | World

    US suggests Egyptian military averted civil war

    Egypt avoided a possible civil war this month, US Secretary of State John Kerry said, making it hard for Washington to conclude that the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was a military coup.

  • 19/07/2013 | World

    Israel and Palestinians ready for peace talks

    Israel and the Palestinians have laid the groundwork for resuming peace talks after an almost three-year stalemate, US Secretary of State John Kerry said, though he cautioned the deal was not final and required more diplomacy.

  • 19/07/2013 | World

    Morsi supporters rally, army shows muscle

    Three Egyptians were killed during clashes between supporters and opponents of deposed President Morsi, after thousands rallied in Egyptian cities demanding the reinstatement of the Islamist leader.

  • 12/07/2013 | World

    Bomb attack in Iraqi city of Kirkuk kills 31

    A bomb attack on a tea house in the ethnically mixed Iraqi city of Kirkuk killed at least 31 people, police and medics said.

  • 16/07/2013 | World

    Snowden signs asylum request

    The Russian media got a hold of former CIA analyst Edward Snowden's temporary political asylum request to Russia, which he wrote with a pen on a blank piece of paper while still at the Moscow airport hidden from the US authorities.

  • 16/07/2013 | World

    Egyptian army camp attacked with rockets in Sinai

    Assailants using rockets and machineguns attacked an Egyptian army camp in the restive Sinai Peninsula near the border with the Gaza Strip, witnesses and security sources said.

  • 06/07/2013 | World

    Venezuela says no contact with Snowden since asylum offer

    Venezuela said it had not had any contact with former US security contractor Edward Snowden, a day after President Nicolas Maduro offered him asylum in defiance of Washington.

  • 11/07/2013 | World

    Egypt has less than two months imported wheat left

    Egypt has less than two months' supply of imported wheat left in its stocks, ousted President Mohamed Morsi's minister of supplies said, revealing a shortage more acute than previously disclosed.

  • 11/07/2013 | World

    US Navy ships in Red Sea move close to Egypt

    Two US Navy ships patrolling in the Middle East moved closer to Egypt's Red Sea coast in recent days, the top Marine Corps general said, in what appeared to be a precautionary move after the military overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi.

  • 06/07/2013 | World

    Obama says U.S. not aligned with any Egyptian party

    President Barack Obama condemned the violence in Egypt and said that the United States was not working with any particular Egyptian political party or group as the country reels from a military takeover.

  • 06/07/2013 | World

    Egypt's political process stalls, Islamists call protests

    Egypt's political transition after President Mohamed Mursi's ousting by the military has stumbled at the first hurdle, as the choice of liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei as interim prime minister was thrown into doubt by Islamist objections.

  • 06/07/2013 | World

    US urges Egypt's army commander on peaceful civilian transition

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel held three conversations with the head of Egypt's armed forces on Friday and Saturday, emphasizing the need for "a peaceful civilian transition in Egypt," the Pentagon said.

  • 05/07/2013 | World

    At least 17 dead as Islamist protests spread across Egypt

    At least 17 people died across Egypt as Islamists opposed to the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi took to the streets to vent their fury at what they say was a military coup.

  • 05/07/2013 | World

    Egypt Brotherhood leader Shater arrested

    A deputy leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, former presidential candidate Khairat El-Shater, has been arrested, security sources, his party and state news agency MENA said.

  • 05/07/2013 | World

    Islamist protests hit cities across Egypt, at least 24 dead

    At least 24 people died across Egypt as Islamists opposed to the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi took to the streets to vent their fury at what they say was a military coup.

  • 03/07/2013 | World

    Obama urges Egyptian military to return to democratic government

    President Barack Obama expressed deep concern about Egypt's removal of President Mohamed Morsi tonight and called for a swift return to a democratically elected civilian government.

  • 04/07/2013 | World

    Doctors say Mandela still 'critical but stable'

    South Africa's ailing anti-apartheid hero and former President Nelson Mandela remained in a "critical but stable" condition after nearly four weeks in hospital, the government said.

  • 04/07/2013 | World

    Islamist gunmen stage multiple attacks in Sinai

    Islamist gunmen staged multiple attacks on security forces in Egypt's troubled Sinai Peninsula, two days after the army overthrew elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, security sources and state television reported.

  • 03/07/2013 | World

    Egypt army topples president Morsi

  • 03/07/2013 | World

    Crowds celebrate across Cairo after army statement

    Jubilant crowds across Cairo cheered, chanted pro-army slogans and set off fireworks after the military suspended the constitution and overthrew President Mohamed Morsi today.

  • 03/07/2013 | World

    Argentina and the International community reacts to Egypt’s coup

    Argentina’s Foreign Ministry declared that “the Argentinean government follows with concern the recent events in Egypt that led to the interruption of the democratic process, the destitution of its legitimate authorities, and a complex political and social situation”, stated the official document.Mixed reactions were presented by a number of world leaders on President Morsi’s removal by Egyptian Armed Forces tonight after one year in office.

    World leaders presented mixed reactions to the news of President Morsi’s removal by the Egyptian Armed Forces after one year in office.

  • 02/07/2013 | World

    Egypt army says ready to die in "final hours"

    Egypt's high command said today the army was ready to die to defend Egypt's people against terrorists and fools, in a response to Islamist President Mohamed Morsi that was headlined "The Final Hours".

  • 02/07/2013 | World

    Death toll in Cairo University clash rises to 16

    The death toll in violence involving Islamist supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi near Cairo University rose to 16 today and 200 people were wounded, state television quoted a Health Ministry spokesman as saying.

  • 02/07/2013 | World

    Egypt: seven deaths in protests

    Seven people died today, in a new round of confrontations between supporters and detractors of president Mohamed Morsi, in the Egyptian suburb of Guiza.

  • 02/07/2013 | World

    Mursi says he is the legitimate president, must continue

    Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi told Egyptians in a televised address today that he would defend the legitimacy of his elected office with his life and urged them to reject challenges to the legal order.

  • 02/07/2013 | World

    Bolivia says Morales' plane diverted, possibly over Snowden

    Bolivia said that President Evo Morales' plane had to make an unscheduled stopover in Vienna while traveling back to his country from Moscow, noting that there were "unfounded suspicions" that former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was on the aircraft.

  • 28/06/2013 | World

    Bombs hit Iraq funeral and football stadium, killing 22

    A series of bombs near a bakery, at a funeral, inside a senior police officer's car and at a football stadium killed at least 22 people across Iraq today, police and medics said.

  • 28/06/2013 | World

    American among dead as Egypt violence goes on

    Two people, one an American, were killed when protesters stormed an office of Egypt's ruling Muslim Brotherhood in Alexandria today adding to growing tension ahead of mass rallies aimed at unseating the Islamist president.

  • 29/06/2013 | World

    Bombs target soccer players, spectators in Iraq

    Bombs targeting soccer players and young men who had gathered to watch a match in Iraq killed seven people today.

  • 27/06/2013 | World

    Battle intensifies between Egyptian state and broadcasters

    The owner of an Egyptian TV channel that satirises Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was banned from leaving the country today, hours after Mursi attacked him by name, authorities shut down another channel and a state TV anchor resigned on air.

  • 27/06/2013 | World

    British rebate fears allayed to seal budget deal

    European leaders unanimously backed a deal on the EU's long-term budget at a late-night summit, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said on Friday, after British concerns over its long-cherished budget rebate were soothed.

  • 27/06/2013 | World

    Former senior US general targeted over leak investigation

    Retired US General James Cartwright is the target of a Justice Department investigation into the leaking of secret information about the Stuxnet virus attack on Iranian nuclear facilities in 2010, NBC News reported today, citing unidentified legal sources.

  • 26/06/2013 | World

    Mursi invites parties to amend constitution

    Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi said today he was forming an all-party committee to propose amendments to the constitution and was inviting party leaders to start work on it on Thursday.

  • 27/06/2013 | World

    Obama urges US House to approve Senate backed immigration plan

    President Barack Obama urged the House of Representatives today to follow the lead of the Senate and approve a sweeping overhaul of immigration laws.

  • 27/06/2013 | World

    China lifts 17-year ban on Dalai Lama photos at Tibet monastery -group

    Chinese officials have lifted a ban on Tibetan monks displaying photographs of the Dalai Lama at a prominent monastery, a rights group said today, an unexpected policy shift which could ease tensions in the restive region.

  • 26/06/2013 | World

    Mursi defiant before protests, clashes kill two

    President Mohamed Mursi blamed "enemies of Egypt" for paralysing its new democracy in a speech today that criticised street protests ahead of mass rallies against Islamist rule this weekend.

  • 26/06/2013 | World

    Spain's Repsol rejects offer for YPF

    Spanish oil giant Repsol’s council of administration decided to unanimously reject Argentina’s compensating offer after last year's expropriation.

  • 22/06/2013 | World

    Scattered, smaller protests continue in dozens of Brazilian cities

    Scattered protests took place in dozens of Brazilian cities today, although fewer people took to the streets in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, where vandalism and clashes with police have rocked the country in recent days.

  • 25/06/2013 | World

    Young Qatar emir likely to remain Gulf Arab exception

    Ageing Gulf Arab rulers swiftly congratulated Qatar's young new emir on his accession today, but will be in no rush to emulate his father's abdication - for them, hereditary rule is for life. 

  • 25/06/2013 | World

    Obama, Karzai 'reaffirm' Afghan-led peace process with Taliban

    US President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai on today discussed stalled peace talks with the Taliban as US officials struggled to get the discussions on track.

  • 21/06/2013 | World

    By meeting privacy board, Obama seeks to reassure public on spying

    By meeting a privacy oversight board today, President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans worried about losing their privacy after revelations that the US government engaged in a vast monitoring of phone and Internet data.

  • 22/06/2013 | World

    Iraq attacks kill more than 30

    A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Shi'ite mosque in northern Baghdad killing at least 12 people during evening prayers, police and medics said, in the deadliest of a series of attacks that claimed more than 30 lives across Iraq today.

  • 22/06/2013 | World

    Canada's oil capital to be shut for days after flooding

    Southern Alberta braced for more disruption today from floods that killed at least three people, forced about 100,000 from their homes and blacked out the center of Canada's oil capital, Calgary.

  • 20/06/2013 | World

    Icelandic businessman says plane ready to take Snowden to Iceland

    An Icelandic businessman linked to WikiLeaks said he has readied a private plane to take Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who exposed secret US surveillance programmes, to Iceland if the government grants him asylum.

  • 20/06/2013 | World

    EU to decide who pays when banks fail

    The European Union will seek on Friday to forge rules to force losses on large savers when banks fail, a sensitive reform that could shape how the euro zone deals with its sickly banks.

  • 21/06/2013 | World

    Merkel tells Putin Germany wants looted art returned

    Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Vladimir Putin on Friday that German art seized by the Soviets in the wake of World War Two should be repatriated to Germany, a claim the Russian leader swiftly rejected.

  • 19/06/2013 | World

    US to restart migration talks with Cuba

    The United States and Cuba have agreed to resume regular migration talks in a possible sign of thawing relations after more than three years of tensions over Cuba's jailing of a US government contract worker.

  • 19/06/2013 | World

    FBI admits to using surveillance drones for work on US soil

    The United States uses drones for surveillance in some limited law enforcement situations, FBI Director Robert Mueller said, sparking additional debate about President Barack Obama's use of domestic surveillance.

  • 20/06/2013 | World

    Suicide bomber kills 7 after close of Iraq polls

    A suicide bomber killed seven people at an Iraqi vote counting centre today, police said, hours after polls closed in two Sunni Muslim-dominated provinces.

  • 15/06/2013 | World

    Police raid on Istanbul park triggers riots

    Thousands of people took to the streets of Istanbul overnight on Sunday, erecting barricades and starting bonfires, after riot police firing teargas and water cannon stormed a park at the centre of two weeks of anti-government unrest.


  • 15/06/2013 | World

    Hong Kong rally backs Snowden, denounces allegations of US spying

    A few hundred rights advocates and political activists marched through Hong Kong to demand protection for Edward Snowden, who leaked revelations of US electronic surveillance and is now believed to be holed up in the former British colony.

  • 18/06/2013 | World

    United States to meet Taliban to seek Afghan peace

    The United States will meet the Taliban this week for talks aimed at achieving peace in Afghanistan, where US.-led forces and the insurgents have fought a bloody and costly war for the past 12 years, US officials said today.

  • 14/06/2013 | World

    "Tweet", "dad dancing" and "geekery" make Oxford Dictionary

    "Tweet", "dad dancing" and "geekery" are three of more than 1,200 new or revised words in the latest version of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

  • 14/06/2013 | World

    US House votes to block Obama plan to close Guantanamo

    The US House of Representatives passed a massive defense bill on Friday that includes measures to block President Barack Obama's plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, underscoring the tough fight ahead for the White House as it seeks to shutter the controversial detention camp.

  • 15/06/2013 | World

    Morsi cuts Egypt's Syria ties, backs no-fly zone

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said he had cut all diplomatic ties with Damascus on Saturday and called for a no-fly zone over Syria, pitching the most populous Arab state firmly against President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 25/04/2013 | World

    Iran 'ready to resume talks with world powers'

    Iran is ready to resume talks with world powers on its disputed nuclear program and awaits word from the European Union on timing and details, Iran's deputy nuclear negotiator said today.

  • 12/06/2013 | World

    World Bank cuts growth outlook as world enters 'new normal'

    The World Bank cut its outlook for global growth, saying the economy should expand more slowly this year than last as it cited a deeper-than-expected recession in Europe and a recent slowdown in some emerging markets.

  • 15/06/2012 | World

    Fitch:New threats and old risks to global recovery

    Fitch Ratings says a new round of adverse shocks centred on the eurozone is slowing the fragile global economic recovery. In its latest quarterly Global Economic Outlook (GEO), Fitch forecasts real GDP growth of major advanced economies (MAE) to remain weak at 1.1% in 2012, before only a modest rebound to 1.7% in 2013 and 2.2% in 2014.

  • 01/11/2012 | World

    UK risks sliding to EU exit, Deputy PM Clegg warns

    Britain faces a crisis that could end with the world's sixth largest economy leaving the European Union, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg warned ahead of a showdown over budget spending with other states in the 27-member bloc.

  • 02/12/2012 | World

    Netanyahu brushes off world condemnation of settlement plans

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brushed off world condemnation of Israel's plans to expand Jewish settlements after the Palestinians won de facto UN recognition of statehood.

  • 27/02/2012 | World

    Nepali villager, 72, declared world's shortest man

    Home to Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, the scenic country of Nepal on Sunday added another height-related superlative - of having the world's shortest man.

  • 16/04/2012 | World

    Obama praises Kim, calls World Bank process transparent

    US President Barack Obama on Monday welcomed the selection of Jim Yong Kim as president of the World Bank, saying the selection process had been "open and transparent" and praising the man he proposed for the post for being an inclusive leader.

  • 17/04/2012 | World

    'World economy fragile faces uneasy calm,' IMF says

    Global growth is slowly improving as the U.S. recovery gains traction and dangers from Europe recede, but risks remain high and the situation is very fragile, the International Monetary Fund said.

  • 11/11/2011 | World

    The other six natural wonders

  • 14/11/2011 | World

    OECD: All major economies headed for slowdowns

    None of the world's major economies will escape a slowdown, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said, highlighting increasing signs that growth momentum is dwindling across the board.

  • 11/07/2011 | World

    OECD: Major economies heading for slowdown

    The world's leading economies are headed for a slowdown, the OECD said in its latest monthly economic overview, highlighting signs the US economy is reaching a turning point in its growth cycle.

  • 11/10/2011 | World

    Tuberculosis cases decline for first time ever, WHO says

    The number of people falling ill with tuberculosis declined last year for the first time while the death toll from the disease reached its lowest level in a decade, the World Health Organization said.

  • 12/10/2011 | World

    Obama speaks to Saudi King on alleged Iran plot

    US President Barack Obama spoke to Saudi King Abdullah about the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, according to the White House.

  • 03/05/2011 | World

    World population to pass 7 billion on Oct. 31, UN

    The world's population is projected to pass 7 billion on Oct. 31 as it heads toward 10 billion or more by the end of the century, a new UN report said.

  • 09/06/2011 | World

    Clinton denies World Bank rumours, sources reaffirm report

    The US Department of State denied that Hillary Clinton has been in discussions with the White House about leaving her job next year to become head of the World Bank. However, sources reaffirmed that "Clinton wants the job."

  • 06/07/2011 | World

    Obama tweets for the first time, tweaks Republicans

    US President Barack Obama took to Twitter today to press his economic agenda, using the popular social media site to tweak Republicans and advocate for a deal to reduce the deficit.

  • 04/04/2011 | World

    IMF urged to use gold profits to aid poor nations

    A global coalition of development groups urged the International Monetary Fund to use windfalls from the sale of 403.3 tonnes of IMF gold to write off the debts of poor countries.

  • 05/04/2011 | World

    S&P hovers near resistance but weak volume persists

    The S&P 500 failed to break a key technical resistance level for a second day as low trading volume raised further questions about the market's strength.

  • 07/04/2011 | World

    Wall Street slips on Japan aftershock; retailers rise

    Wall Street slipped after a major aftershock in Japan reignited fears about nuclear crisis, but greater faith in the US economy's steady path held losses in check. 

  • 23/03/2011 | World

    Materials lead Wall Street higher but turmoil remains

    US stocks advanced as materials shares rose, but rising commodities prices due to turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa could keep rallies modest.

  • 30/03/2011 | World

    Wall Street rides winners at quarter's end

    US stocks rose with activity dominated by money managers buying recent winners, including energy and small-caps, as the quarter nears its end.

  • 31/03/2011 | World

    Wall Street ends a strong quarter optimistic on payrolls

    US stocks ended a solid quarter with the barest of moves, as investors looked ahead to Friday's US jobs report to provide a catalyst to push indexes to new highs for the year.

  • 04/12/2013 | Latin America

    Mexico finds stolen radioactive material amid dirty bomb fear

    Mexican police have found dangerous radioactive medical material stolen by thieves that the United Nations said could provide an ingredient for a "dirty bomb," the country's national nuclear safety commission CNSNS said.

  • 23/11/2013 | Latin America

    Venezuelan opposition marches, leader's aide arrested

    Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched in Venezuela to pressure President Nicolas Maduro's government before Dec. 8 local elections after their leader denounced the pre-dawn arrest of an aide.

  • 29/11/2013 | Latin America

    Venezuela's Maduro vows stricter business inspections

    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said a stricter wave of inspections for suspected price-gouging would begin on Saturday in an aggressive pre-election "economic offensive" aimed at taming the highest inflation in the Americas.

  • 30/11/2013 | Latin America

    Venezuelan gov't occupies local unit of Irish group Smurfit Kappa

    Venezuela's government said it was temporarily occupying the local subsidiary of multinational packaging company Smurfit Kappa, accusing the company of using its dominant position in the market to inflate prices.

  • 12/08/2013 | Latin America

    Kerry backs peace talks during visit to Colombia

    Secretary of State John Kerry promised strong US backing for peace talks aimed at ending Colombia's half century of conflict, calling the country a success story in a world where many states have failed or are failing.

  • 13/08/2013 | Latin America

    Mexico to fight release of drug lord behind US agent's murder

    Mexico said it would seek to void a court decision that freed a Mexican drug boss imprisoned for ordering the 1985 torture and murder of a US drug enforcement agent, a ruling that has angered the United States.

  • 14/11/2013 | Latin America

    Venezuela says 100 'bourgeois' businessmen jailed in crackdown

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that authorities had arrested more than 100 "bourgeois" businessmen in a crackdown on alleged price-gouging since the weekend.

  • 13/06/2013 | Sports

    FIFA urges Brazil fans to collect ordered Cup tickets

    Almost 250,000 Confederations Cup tickets bought on the internet by Brazilian fans have not been collected with only two days until the tournament starts, FIFA's general secretary said on Thursday.

  • 06/01/2014 | Sports

    Rodman lands in N.Korea for basketball on Kim's birthday

    Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea today with a team of retired professional basketball players to mark the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

  • 14/07/2012 | Sports

    Mónaco through to Stuttgart final

    Second-seeded Juan Mónaco soared through to the Mercedes Cup final in Stuttgart today, after beating Spanish player Guillermo García López (87) in the semis by 6-3, 3-6, and 7-5 in a 2 hour and 40 minute match.

  • 05/08/2012 | Sports

    Russia’s Kashirina sets snatch world record

    Russia’s Tatiana Kashirina set a world record in the Olympic weightlifting women’s super heavyweight category, completing a 151 kilogramme snatch lift that surpassed the previous record by three kgs.

  • 04/05/2012 | Sports

    FIFA frets over pace of Brazil World Cup building work

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has expressed concern about the slow pace of preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and said he wanted the delays to be made up as soon as possible.

  • 06/06/2012 | Sports

    FIFA Rank: Argentina moves to 7th; Uruguay climbs to 2nd

    Argentina climbed two places to seventh in the latest FIFA rankings published today, while the high tone was given by Uruguay, who have moved above Germany to become the second-highest ranked team behind world and European champions Spain.

  • 06/06/2012 | Sports

    Beer to be sold at Brazil World Cup

    Beer must be sold at all venues hosting matches in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, as the neighbouring country’s President Dilma Rousseff enshrined it in a law after the constant pressure coming from the football's world governing body FIFA.

  • 13/03/2012 | Sports

    Blatter to meet with Brazil president

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter will meet Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday to clear the air following the recent spat over preparations for the 2014 World Cup, soccer's governing body said.

  • 22/03/2012 | Sports

    Brazil puts off World Cup law again, vexes FIFA

    Brazil's Congress postponed a key World Cup bill again, a move that is likely to frustrate officials of football's governing body who say its passage is crucial to preparations for the 2014 World Cup.

  • 16/04/2012 | Sports

    Mónaco moves up to No.14 after Houston win

    After his victory in Houston, Juan Mónaco tied his career best and climbed two positions in the World Ranking to No. 14; while Juan Martín del Potro remains No. 11 after the ATP revealed today the new tour’s rankings after the weekend’s activity.

  • 22/11/2011 | Sports

    World Cup has more respect now, says McDowell

    The World Cup has gained extra prestige after changing to a biennial rather than an annual team event, according to 2010 US Open champion Graeme McDowell.

  • 06/12/2011 | Sports

    Blatter confirms goal-line technolgy for Brazil 2014

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has revealed that goal-line technology will be introduced for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil to avoid "phantom goals."

  • 16/02/2012 | Sports

    Bebeto joins Brazil World Cup organizing committee

    Bebeto, the fleet-footed former striker who helped Brazil win the 1994 World Cup, was appointed to the local committee in charge of organising the 2014 tournament in the South American country.

  • 13/10/2011 | Sports

    Wales bring form and lack of fear to semis

    Wales bring form, confidence and a fearless attitude to the first rugby World Cup semi-final against France at Eden Park on Saturday.

  • 17/10/2011 | Sports

    Cardinals beat Brewers to reach World Series

    The St. Louis Cardinals advanced to the World Series after a 12-6 victory over Milwaukee in Game Six sealed the National League Championship Series.

  • 17/10/2011 | Sports

    All Blacks relax before serious business begins

    A New Zealand side forged in adversity and mindful of a history they are not allowed to forget relaxed before getting into the serious business of preparing for their first rugby World Cup final for 16 years.

  • 07/01/2011 | Sports

    2022 World Cup will probably be in January

    The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will probably be staged in January rather than June or July, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said for the first time.

  • 14/09/2011 | Sports

    Sheridan departs World Cup as injuries mount

    England prop Andrew Sheridan and French flyhalf David Skrela hobbled home from the rugby World Cup just as Samoa entered the fray with a resounding win and New Zealanders fretted about the back of prized asset Dan Carter.

  • 14/09/2011 | Sports

    Parks boots Scotland past Georgia

    For the second time in a week, Scotland were forced to dig deep by one of the World Cup outsiders and able to produce enough spirit and quality to find a way home as they beat Georgia 15-6 in teeming rain.

  • 14/01/2014 | Arts and Media

    Police raid Justin Bieber's home in LA

    Police searched teen pop star Justin Bieber's California home in a vandalism investigation, and while the Canadian singer was neither arrested nor exonerated, a man at the house was arrested for drug possession, the Los Angeles County Sheriff said.

  • 10/01/2013 | Arts and Media

    Academy announces this year's Oscar nominations

    US presidential drama "Lincoln" led the pack of Oscar nominees today with 12 nominations including a nod for best picture, in the race for the world's top film honours.

  • 30/07/2013 | Arts and Media

    Facebook stock almost hits IPO price, 14 months after rocky debut

    Facebook Inc's stock came within a hair of reclaiming its $38 debut price for the first time since going public in 2012, a milestone in the social networking company's effort to wipe away Wall Street's skepticism of its business.

  • 14/11/2013 | Arts and Media

    Fans pay tribute to rocker Lou Reed at NY memorial

    Hundreds of fans gathered at a public memorial in New York for rocker Lou Reed, the frontman of the 1960s band The Velvet Underground who died last month of liver disease at the age of 71.

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