Hollande wins first round with 28 per cent
2012-04-22 20:58:49 UTC
Francois Hollande has secured 28 per cent of the votes cast in the first round of the presidential elections, with 79 per cent of the ballots counted. Nicholas Sarkozy is trailing his Socialist rival with 26.9 per cent of the vote.
Far-right candidate Marine le Pen has secured third place with...
Hollande, Sarkozy set to advance to French runoff
2012-04-22 18:59:45 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Socialist Francois Hollande and conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy are heading for a runoff in their race for France's presidency, according to partial official results in a vote that could alter the European political and economic landscape.
French voters defied expectations ...
Uganda Kony-hunting soldiers face jungle threats
2012-04-21 15:13:28 UTC
RIVER VOVODO, Central African Republic (AP) — For Ugandan soldiers tasked with catching Joseph Kony, the real threat is not the elusive Central Africa warlord and his brutal gang. Encounters with the Lord's Resistance Army rebels are so rare that Kony hunters worry more about the threats of the j...
Myanmar activists say go slow on easing sanctions
2012-04-21 06:02:10 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — The increasingly enthusiastic love affair between Myanmar and the West is about to heat up further with the European Union's expected announcement that it is easing sanctions on the Southeast Asian nation. But not everyone is caught up in the euphoria.
Many human rights groups a...
Europe, Russia propose rival resolutions on Syria
2012-04-21 05:31:41 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — European nations and Russia proposed rival U.N. resolutions Friday morning, both calling for expanding the number of U.N. cease-fire monitors in Syria from 30 to 300 but disagreeing on possible sanctions and on how quickly the larger observer force should get on the ground.
Hacker attack underlines Web role in China scandal
2012-04-21 06:10:00 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — A massive hacker attack has crippled an overseas website that has reported extensively on China's biggest political turmoil in years, underscoring the pivotal role the Internet has played in the unfolding scandal.
North Carolina-based Boxun.com was forced to move to a new web ho...
Court in shock as Norway gunman describes massacre
2012-04-21 06:13:20 UTC
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegians who lost loved ones on Utoya island relived the horror Friday as far-right fanatic Anders Behring Breivik described in harrowing detail how he gunned down teenagers as they fled in panic or froze before him, paralyzed with fear.
Survivors and victims' relatives h...
Russia ‘cooperative’ on Syria – Pentagon chief
2012-04-20 01:01:23 UTC
Russia has started interacting with the United States and other countries on the Syria issue, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday, RIA Novosti reported.
"At this point, Russia has been cooperative" in negotiating a ceasefire designed to stop clashes between President Bashar al...
Iran open for IAEA talks, no word on Parchin: diplomats
2012-04-19 17:53:55 UTC
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran says it is ready to resume talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog two months after their last meeting ended in failure, but still appears to be stonewalling a request for access to a key military site, Western diplomats said on Thursday.
Just days after Iran and six world...
Spanish king apologizes for Botswana elephant hunt
2012-04-18 21:31:01 UTC
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's King Juan Carlos I hobbled out of a Madrid hospital on Wednesday and apologized for making an elephant-hunting trip to Botswana - a jaunt that has caused outrage in a country suffering from an economic crisis.
The 74-year-old monarch, who suffers from osteoarthritis,...
U.S. says Syria at turning point, stresses pressure
2012-04-18 18:23:12 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Syria is at a turning point where the violence must stop or the United States will find ways to increase pressure on the Damascus government, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday.
Clinton gave no details of what the United States or other nations mig...
Exclusive: Bolivia poised to de-flag Iranian ships
2012-04-18 17:49:38 UTC
DUBAI (Reuters) - Bolivia is poised to strike fifteen vessels linked to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines off its shipping register just weeks after IRISL found Bolivian replacements for their Maltese and Cypriot flags.
IRISL, its many subsidiaries and their dozens of ships have been...
Karzai says NATO failed as 18-hour Kabul attack ends
2012-04-17 01:46:31 UTC
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Monday that a coordinated Taliban attack on Kabul showed a "failure" by Afghan intelligence and especially by NATO, while Washington signaled the Haqqani group of militants was responsible.
The Afghan leader's comments underscored abiding...
Algeria offers own brand of "Arab Spring" for vote
2012-04-15 21:34:28 UTC
ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria on Sunday launched the campaign for a parliamentary election that the ruling elite, in power for 50 years, hopes will soak up the pressure for change that has been building since the "Arab Spring" revolts in neighboring countries.
Oil and gas exporter Algeria is the...
Mexican cartels trick border crossers into being drug mules
2012-04-15 21:08:28 UTC
SAN DIEGO, California (Reuters) - The Mexican help wanted ads offer a quick $500 for a simple job - drive a car into California on an errand for an "important business" organization.
But the new boss may be a drug cartel and the cargo may not be vital papers, or even money, but illegal narcoti...
Israel moves to thwart pro-Palestinian fly-in
2012-04-15 02:23:52 UTC
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel moved to block an influx of pro-Palestinian activists planning to visit the occupied West Bank, drafting a letter from the Prime Minister's Office suggesting they focus instead on "real problems" in the Middle East, officials said on Saturday.
Some 1,200 Palestinia...
Cuba's allies to boycott future Americas summits
2012-04-15 01:51:37 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - Cuba's allies in Latin America declared on Saturday that they would stay away from future hemispheric summits if the communist island nation was not invited to attend.
Increasing calls to end the ostracism of Cuba was a source of division at this weekend's sixth...
Obama cites potential of billion consumers in the Americas
2012-04-14 17:28:18 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama stressed on Saturday the "great promise" for business growth in the Americas, seeking to play up the economic heft of the region he has paid little attention to in his first three years in office.
In remarks prepared for a meeting of ...
Russia sends conflicting signals on Syria ships
2012-04-13 19:15:26 UTC
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian news agency reported on Friday that Moscow had decided to keep a warship on patrol off Syria for the foreseeable future, but a military source said Russia's naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean had "nothing to do" with Syria.
The conflicting signals came dur...
Russia, China, India urge restraint over DPRK satellite launch
2012-04-13 16:55:58 UTC
Foreign ministers of Russia, China and India on Friday urged all concerned parties to show maximum restraint over the failed satellite launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
"We are convinced that the responses to the challenge need to be only in diplomatic and political ...
Canada unveils heavy-vehicle emissions rules
2012-04-13 16:35:45 UTC
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada, heavily criticized for its environmental record, unveiled long-delayed regulations on Friday that aim to make big trucks and buses up to 23 percent less polluting by 2018.
The greenhouse-gas emissions rules - designed to fit with measures already set in the United St...
Yemen army clashes with Islamists, 34 killed
2012-04-13 16:30:56 UTC
ADEN (Reuters) - At least 34 people, mostly Islamist militants, were killed near the southern Yemeni city of Lawdar on Friday in clashes between government forces and an al-Qaeda linked group, official and tribal sources said.
Yemen's military launched an offensive five days ago against Islami...
Iran, powers set for high-stakes nuclear talks
2012-04-13 19:19:28 UTC
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers prepared on Friday for rare talks aimed at easing fears that a deepening dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program could plunge the Middle East into a new war.
Senior officials from Iran and the big powers arrived in Istanbul ahead of Sa...
Sudan vows swift response to south's oil field grab
2012-04-12 18:19:32 UTC
JUBA/TALODI, Sudan (Reuters) - Sudan's government vowed on Thursday to deal swiftly with South Sudan's occupation of an economically vital oil field near the border but the south said it would not pull out until the threat of attacks by the northern army had gone.
The stand-off follows clashes...
U.N. could approve Syria monitors Friday, envoys say
2012-04-12 17:41:02 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council could approve on Friday a resolution to send unarmed U.N. observers to Syria to monitor a fragile ceasefire in the 13-month conflict that has brought the country to the brink of civil war, diplomats said.
U.N. Arab League peace envoy Kofi An...