Clinton urges tougher UN pressure on Syria
2012-04-19 22:53:11 UTC
PARIS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Thursday for the U.N. Security Council to adopt an arms embargo and other tough measures against Syria to try to halt 13 months of bloodshed, but she acknowledged such diplomatic actions would likely be vetoed.
"Friends of Syria say Annan plan is last hope
2012-04-19 18:02:11 UTC
PARIS (Reuters) - The "Friends of Syria" coalition meeting in Paris on Thursday called a U.N.-backed peace plan the "last hope" to resolve the crisis and said they would do all they could to help it succeed, according to draft conclusions obtained by Reuters.
"Every day that passes means dozen...
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...
U.N. chief says South Sudan infringing on Sudan sovereignty
2012-04-19 17:32:13 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday termed South Sudan's seizure of a disputed oil field in Sudan an "illegal act" and called on both countries to stop border clashes spiraling into war as the United States warned of a "worrying" escalation in rhetoric.
Clashes along ...
Exclusive: Hong Kong moves closer to bank liability for IPOS
2012-04-19 05:02:38 UTC
(Reuters) - Hong Kong's financial market watchdog is launching a public consultation process in the next couple of weeks that seeks to toughen rules for banks sponsoring initial public offerings, including holding them liable for faulty deal documents.
Such a move would spark fierce opposition...
US aircraft carriers not allowed to stop in areas designated by Iran
2012-04-19 04:21:02 UTC
The commander of the Iranian Armed Forces said on Wednesday that Iran has notified the two U.S. aircraft carriers deployed in the Persian Gulf that they are not allowed to stop in certain areas of the Persian Gulf designated by Iranian naval forces, MNA reported.
"We had previously notified th...
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,...
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...
Oil buyers cut more Iran imports due to sanctions
2012-04-18 17:16:25 UTC
TOKYO/LONDON (Reuters) - Japan will slash crude purchases from Iran in April, and European and Taiwanese customers will also take less, industry sources told Reuters on Wednesday, adding to signs Western sanctions are curbing sales from OPEC's second-largest producer.
Japan is cutting volumes ...
Is Spain Europe's next problem economy?
2012-04-18 06:40:23 UTC
DW Germany- The debt crisis is back with a vengeance. For the first time, Madrid had to pay over 6 percent interest for 10-year bonds - a warning sign for many economists.
Flies never visit an egg that has no crack, says a Chinese proverb. But for speculators, the fourth largest economy in the e...
Arab ministers urge Syria to open up to U.N. monitors
2012-04-17 23:41:25 UTC
DOHA (Reuters) - Arab League ministers met U.N.-Arab special envoy Kofi Annan on Tuesday and pressed Syria to cooperate fully with his peace mission, first by providing unfettered access to ceasefire monitors.
A six-day-old truce has held in some areas of Syria but fighting has persisted in ot...
U.N. sees need for more Syria observers, aircraft
2012-04-18 01:16:07 UTC
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A United Nations mission to oversee an end to violence in Syria may need to bring in its own aircraft and deploy more troops to ensure that a firm ceasefire takes hold throughout the country, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday.
A six-day-old truce has held in...
Afghan Taliban says rehearsed attack for two months
2012-04-17 05:30:43 UTC
KABUL (Reuters) - The insurgents who mounted weekend attacks in central Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan carefully rehearsed for months, even building small military-style models and pre-positioning weapons, a Taliban spokesman said on Monday.
Zabihullah Mujahid provided Reuters with a rar...
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...
Smirking Norway killer Breivik pleads not guilty
2012-04-16 18:31:45 UTC
OSLO (Reuters) - The Norwegian far-right gunman who massacred 77 people last summer gave a clenched-fist salute, smirked at the court and pleaded not guilty on the first day of a trial that threatens to turn into a "circus" showcasing his anti-Islamic views.
Anders Behring Breivik, 33, has sai...
U.N. council set to condemn North Korean rocket launch
2012-04-16 04:06:31 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - After days of closed-door haggling, the U.N. Security Council is hoping to adopt a statement on Monday condemning North Korea's botched rocket launch and suggesting an expansion of a U.N. blacklist of North Korean firms and individuals, envoys said.
U.S. Ambassador t...
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...
Argentina storms out of Americas summit
2012-04-15 21:21:05 UTC
Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner has stormed out of the Summit of the Americas in protest against a perceived lack of regional support for her country's claims in the dispute with the UK over the Falkland Islands.
The summit in Colombia had already been marred by a lack of consensus amo...
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...
Latin America rebels against U.S. over Cuba
2012-04-15 20:52:45 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - Unprecedented Latin American opposition to U.S. sanctions on Cuba left President Barack Obama isolated at a summit on Sunday and illustrated Washington's declining influence in a region being aggressively courted by China.
Unlike the rock-star status he enjoyed ...
Taliban attack Afghanistan in "spring offensive"
2012-04-15 20:37:26 UTC
KABUL (Reuters) - Heavy explosions, rockets and gunfire rattled Kabul on Sunday as Afghanistan's Taliban launched a "spring offensive" with multiple attacks targeting Western embassies, the NATO force's headquarters and the parliament building.
The assault, one of the most serious on the capit...
Corrected-Beyond monitors, world deeply divided on Syria
2012-04-15 07:05:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With a cease-fire barely holding and the deployment of unarmed foreign observers expected to ease but not end months of violence, world powers are still struggling to find a longer-term strategy for Syria.
After heavy diplomatic wrangling, the United Nations Security Cou...
Stocks drop as economy put brakes on stock rally
2013-01-31 00:36:57 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Worries about the economy have slowed a January stock rally.
After a month of impressive gains that brought the Dow within 200 points of a record, the markets have paused this week. Stocks started the day lower Wednesday after a report showed that the U.S. economy unexp...
France questions suspect over serial murders
2012-04-15 03:36:35 UTC
PARIS (Reuters) - French police detained a suspect on Saturday for questioning over a spate of fatal shootings in a Paris suburb in the last few months which had raised fears a serial killer was on the loose, a police source said.
Police were searching the home of the suspect, who French media...
White House sees "positive first step" in Iran talks
2012-04-15 02:13:44 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - Talks in Istanbul on Saturday among negotiators from Iran and six world powers including the United States represented "a positive first step" in addressing international concern over the Iranian nuclear program, the White House said.
The parties in Turkey discu...