• 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 eurozone offers plenty of cracks. Above a...
  • 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 some parts of Syria since President Bas...
  • U.S. marks second victory over British in War of 1812
    2012-04-17 23:28:15 UTC

    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A parade of naval vessels and square-rigged sailing ships made their way on Tuesday up the Mississippi River to New Orleans under threatening skies, kicking off a national bicentennial commemoration of U.S. victory in the War of 1812. Often called the second War of Independence, the conflict is best known bec...
  • Bill Cosby: 'guns to blame, not race in Trayvon Martin case''
    2012-04-17 03:37:04 UTC

    Bill Cosby, the veteran US actor and comedian, spoke out on Sunday about the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, blaming his death on the prevalence of guns in the United States. "We need to get rid of it on the streets. And if people have one, they should be checked out so thoroughly," said Cosby, who ...
  • Despite Obama charm, Americas summit boosts U.S. isolation
    2012-04-17 00:26:49 UTC

    CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sat patiently through diatribes, interruptions and even the occasional eye-ball roll at the weekend Summit of the Americas in an effort to win over Latin American leaders fed up with U.S. policies. He failed. The United States instead emerged from the summit in Colombia incre...
  • Clinton says U.S. will keep sanctions on Iran
    2012-04-17 01:42:14 UTC

    BRASILIA (Reuters) - The United States will maintain sanctions and other pressure on Iran as Tehran considers what it will bring to the table in the next round of talks over its nuclear program, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday. Iran's foreign minister was quoted earlier as saying his country was ready to resol...
  • Obama and the failed war on drugs: Bernd Debusmann
    2012-04-16 18:02:19 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Long before he was in a position to change his country's policies, Barack Obama had firm views on a complex problem: "The war on drugs has been an utter failure. We need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws. We need to rethink how we're operating the drug war." That was in January 2004, during a deb...
  • Coma vigil for Bee Gee Robin Gibb Family at brave star's bedside
    2012-04-15 22:53:39 UTC

    The 62-year-old star’s family were keeping a bedside vigil. Robin has been battling colon and liver cancer and now has pneumonia. Family and fans of the Bee Gee were last night praying for his survival. The singer, whose many hits include How Deep Is Your Love, recently appeared to have made a miracle recovery. But doctors ...
  • 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 among attendees, with Latin America countri...
  • 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 discussed Iran's nuclear program for the firs...
  • 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 Summit of the Americas organized by the...
  • U.S. watches for North Korea's next move after rocket crash
    2012-04-14 17:34:49 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States kept a wary eye on North Korea after the reclusive state's unsuccessful launch of a long-range rocket and President Barack Obama said on Friday Pyongyang faced further isolation if it continued to defy the international community. The White House suspended a deal to provide significant food a...
  • New U.S. sanctions may hinge on Iran talks: Congress aides
    2012-04-14 05:10:44 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The fate of a new package of sanctions on Iran proposed by U.S. lawmakers may hinge on whether Iran and six major world powers can make any progress at high-level talks this weekend toward resolving a dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. There is broad support among Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Co...
  • UN team ready for Syria deployment
    2012-04-13 17:32:55 UTC

    A United Nations team of 30 unarmed military observers is ready to deploy to Syria to begin a monitoring mission as soon as the Security Council approves its mission, which may be as soon as Friday, a spokesman for special envoy Kofi Annan has said. The team is "standing by" to begin overseeing a tenuous but apparently stable ceasef...
  • U.S. stops food aid to North Korea after missile launch
    2012-04-13 16:09:59 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will not go forward with planned food aid to North Korea, the White House said on Friday, after the impoverished nation's unsuccessful launch of a long-range missile which Washington had warned would have consequences. "Their efforts to launch a missile clearly demonstrates that they could no...
  • White House: North Korean rocket launch was provocative act
    2012-04-13 02:33:03 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday North Korea's failed rocket launch was a provocative act that left the country isolated and in violation of international law. "Despite the failure of its attempted missile launch, North Korea's provocative action threatens regional security, violates international law and cont...
  • Nuclear talks aim to ease fears of Iran war
    2012-04-12 17:17:51 UTC

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Major powers will hold their first talks with Iran this week in more than a year, hoping Tehran will give enough ground on its nuclear program to extend negotiations and avert the threat of a Middle East war. Israel has hinted at military action against Iran, arguing time is running out to stop it developing ato...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • China, between a rocket and a hard place on North Korea
    2012-04-10 02:49:25 UTC

    BEIJING (Reuters) - A joke circulating among officials in Beijing pretty much underlines the bind China is in over North Korea's plans to send a satellite into space. North Korea's young ruler Kim Jong-un phones a Chinese leader to tell him about timing of the planned rocket launch. "When will it be?" asks the Chinese leader. Kim...
  • U.S. tells North Korea not to carry out nuclear test
    2012-04-10 01:05:13 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States urged North Korea on Monday not conduct a nuclear test or launch a satellite and called on China to exert its influence over its neighbor to try to ward off such "provocative actions." North Korea, which is pressing ahead with plans for a satellite launch despite U.S. and regional appeals tha...
  • Media groups file challenge to keep Guantanamo court open
    2012-04-09 19:42:35 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several U.S. news organizations have asked a judge in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals to keep the court open to the media this week if an alleged al Qaeda chieftain is allowed to testify about his mistreatment in secret CIA prisons. Defense lawyers have said the court would almost certainly meet in a secre...
  • Iran warns US and calls for investigation of chemical attack in Syria
    2017-04-08 17:22:02 UTC

    Tehran — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that U.S. missile strikes risked escalating extremism in the region and called for an impartial probe of this week's suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. Washington accused the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of the attack and on Friday launched cruise missiles a...
  • U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan during operations against ISIS
    2017-04-08 19:11:34 UTC

    A U.S. soldier was killed while conducting operations against ISIS in Afghanistan late on Saturday, a U.S. military spokesman said in a message posted on Twitter. "The soldier was mortally wounded late Saturday during an operation in Nangarhar Province" in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. Navy Captain Bill Salvin said in a message on the o...