• Obama, Sarkozy discussed oil market conditions: White House
    2012-04-12 17:51:30 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama discussed conditions on world oil markets during a video conference on Thursday with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the White House said. "The president and President Sarkozy agreed to continue their consultations about the tightness in global oil markets, in line with previous c...
  • Afghanistan's Karzai considers change in election timetable
    2012-04-12 16:32:03 UTC

    KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday he was considering changes to either the 2014 timetable for a presidential election or the transition of security to Afghan forces that year to avoid overburdening the country. Fear is mounting among Afghans and foreign governments alike that the planned pullout of mos...
  • Roche Q1 sales solid as Illumina bid battle rages
    2012-04-12 16:19:40 UTC

    ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche said it would have to rethink its tactics if shareholders of reluctant U.S. bid target Illumina did not back its approach as it reported strong first-quarter pharmaceutical sales helped by top cancer drugs. Genetics specialist Illumina has rejected Roche's $6.8 billion sweetened takeover offe...
  • Somali pirates release Panama-flagged ship amid ransom reports
    2012-04-12 16:07:31 UTC

    HARGEISA (Reuters) - Somali pirates have released a Panama-flagged vessel they seized two months ago allowing it to continue on its way to the breakaway enclave of Somaliland, the ship's agent and a government official said on Thursday. Pirates hijacked the MV Leila in February near Oman, seizing the ship with its cargo of goods and...
  • Iran offers Asia oil buyers easier credit terms: FT
    2012-04-12 04:35:03 UTC

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Iran is offering Asian oil buyers, including India, easier credit terms to lure more business and counteract tough Western sanctions aimed at restricting the OPEC member's principal export, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. Tehran has been offering a handful of potential customers in Asia 180 days of fr...
  • Syria truce deadline passes, no reported violence
    2012-04-12 04:30:12 UTC

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The deadline for a U.N.-backed ceasefire aimed at halting more than a year of violence in Syria passed on Thursday with no immediate reports of fighting, activists said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the sound of explosions in the town of Zabadani, close to the border with Lebanon, shortly after...
  • Second tremor hit Western Mexico
    2012-04-12 08:50:38 UTC

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Two large earthquakes struck western Mexico, shaking buildings as far away as the capital and sending people rushing out of offices onto the streets, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no reports of major damage after the first of the two tremors. The USGS said the first quake on Wednesday evening...
  • U.S. dismisses credibility of Syria ceasefire pledge
    2012-04-11 21:56:14 UTC

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States dismissed Syria's new pledge to halt all fighting by dawn on Thursday, saying it holds "little if any credibility" and that caveats placed by President Bashar al-Assad's government on the ceasefire are worrying. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said the commitment - made b...
  • Congo's Kabila says to arrest wanted army general
    2012-04-11 19:40:51 UTC

    GOMA, Congo (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila announced on Wednesday that authorities would arrest a serving army general wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes. "I want to arrest Bosco Ntaganda because the whole population wants peace," Kabila said during a trip to eastern Con...
  • Analysis: Egypt's Brotherhood raises stakes by excluding IMF
    2012-04-11 19:12:29 UTC

    CAIRO (Reuters) - In all but ruling out an early agreement on an IMF loan, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has dramatically raised the stakes in its struggle with the army-led administration for control of a country still reeling from a year of political turmoil. The Brotherhood's candidate for president, Khairat al-Shater, said this wee...
  • Defiant North Korea begins injecting fuel into rocket
    2012-04-11 16:24:51 UTC

    PYONGYANG (Reuters) - Impoverished North Korea rejected international protests over its planned long-range rocket launch and said on Wednesday that it was injecting fuel "as we speak", meaning it could blast off as early as Thursday. If all goes to plan, the launch, which North Korea's neighbors and the West say is a disguised balli...
  • Syrian army moves into Hama, shells Rastan - activists
    2012-04-11 16:09:13 UTC

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army moved tanks into the centre of the city of Hama on Wednesday and also began shelling the town of Rastan, activists in Hama and Rastan said. "At least 20 tanks are moving into the neighborhoods of Dabagha and Mugayly in the centre of Hama city," an activist in Hama told Reuters. From Rastan, on t...
  • Syria pledges truce, if rebels hold fire
    2012-04-11 16:01:59 UTC

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria promised to observe a U.N.-backed ceasefire starting on Thursday, but its forces kept up fierce attacks on opposition neighborhoods in the hours before the deadline. A Syrian defense ministry source quoted on state television on Wednesday said the army would halt operations on Thursday morning, but would con...
  • Annan says Syria promises to respect ceasefire
    2012-04-11 07:30:31 UTC

    DUBAI (Reuters) - United Nations-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan said on Wednesday the Syrian government had assured him it will respect a ceasefire with rebel forces, less than 24 hours before a deadline to suspend hostilities. "I have received government assurances they will respect the ceasefire. If everyone respects it I think by 6...
  • Japan ship insurer sets new rules on Iran oil voyages
    2012-04-11 06:32:54 UTC

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Ship owners covered by Japan P&I club must alert the maritime insurer in advance of any plans to transport Iranian oil and petrochemicals that could fall foul of Western sanctions, the insurer said. The United States and European Union have tightened measures aimed at reducing Iran's oil trade, stemming the flow of...
  • Abbott wins EU approval for new use of Humira drug
    2012-04-11 06:18:59 UTC

    (Reuters) - Humira, the best-selling arthritis drug that forms the cornerstone of Abbott Laboratories' pharmaceutical business, has been approved in Europe for ulcerative colitis, the U.S. drugmaker said on Wednesday. The green light from the European Commission follows a positive opinion from the European Medicines Agency in Februa...
  • Annan urges U.N. council to push for Syria truce by Thursday
    2012-04-11 06:10:34 UTC

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan appealed to the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to help prevent the collapse of his efforts to end Syria's year-long conflict, after Damascus ignored a deadline to withdraw troops and stop shelling Syrian towns. Several Western diplomats complained privately that Damascus...
  • US and Iran join fight against Islamist in Iraq
    2014-06-14 00:56:23 UTC

    The United States and Iran are moving rapidly to defend Iraq from rampaging Sunni Islamist insurgents, with Washington urgently considering air strikes on the jihadi militants and Tehran dispatching its foremost powerbroker to help arrange the defence of Baghdad. Senior US officials told the Guardian that an air campaign was under s...
  • Manila summons China's envoy over South China Sea standoff
    2012-04-11 02:56:15 UTC

    MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines summoned China's ambassador in Manila on Wednesday for talks over a disputed area in the South China Sea after two large Chinese surveillance ships blocked a Philippine Navy vessel from arresting Chinese fishermen in the area. The Philippines and China are contesting sovereignty over a small group ...
  • Exclusive: China's ZTE planned U.S. computer sale to Iran
    2012-04-10 20:59:25 UTC

    (Reuters) - China's ZTE Corp, which recently sold Iran's largest telecommunications firm a powerful surveillance system, later agreed to ship to Iran millions of dollars worth of embargoed U.S. computer equipment, documents show. The American components were part of an 8 million euro ($10.5 million) equipment-supply contract, dated ...
  • Sony sees record $6.4 billion loss on tax hit
    2012-04-10 19:08:01 UTC

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp flagged a record $6.4 billion annual net loss, double an earlier forecast and a fourth straight year of red ink, as it writes off deferred tax credits, heaping more pressure on its new CEO to turn around the electronics giant. Sony, which plans to axe 10,000 jobs - around 6 percent of its global w...
  • Iran joins Brazil, Russia in 2018 World Cup
    2017-06-12 20:24:49 UTC

    <blockquote>TEHRAN — It's celebration time for Iranian football fans worldwide! Team Melli secure qualification to Russia 2018 with a 2-0 victory over Uzbekistan. Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi with the goals for Carlos Queiroz's side at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran. <hr> <img alt="Full-time-_iran_2-0_uzbekistan" src="/system/images/2...
  • Iran cuts oil to Spain ahead of nuclear talks
    2012-04-10 20:34:28 UTC

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has cut oil exports to Spain and may halt sales to Germany and Italy, Iran's English-language state television reported on Tuesday, in an apparent move to strengthen its position ahead of crucial talks with world powers later this week. Iran has played a tit-for-tat game over crude shipments since the European...
  • Islamists fight army in central, south Yemen, 21 killed
    2012-04-10 18:39:33 UTC

    SANAA (Reuters) - At least 21 people were killed in Yemen on Tuesday in renewed fighting between troops and al Qaeda-linked militants in the southern city of Lawdar and a militant attack on a checkpoint in central Maarib province, officials and residents said. Eight soldiers and five militants were killed and four soldiers wounded w...
  • Anti-poverty group ONE pushes for G8 food deal
    2012-04-10 04:08:02 UTC

    OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Two white men accused of shooting five black people in Tulsa, Oklahoma, killing three of them, have confessed to authorities, media reports said on Monday, citing police and court documents. Jake England, 19, has admitted to police that he shot three of the victims and Alvin Watts, 33, has said that he shot...