Gaddafi strikes oil areas, Arabs weigh peace plan

BREGA, Libya, March 3 (Reuters): Muammar Gaddafi’s forces struck at rebel control of oil export hubs in Libya’s east for a second day on Thursday as Arab states weighed a plan to end turmoil Washington said could make the nation "a giant Somalia". A leader of the uprising against Gaddafi’s 41-year-old rule said he would […]

US airmen killed in Frankfurt airport shooting

FRANKFURT, March 3 (AP): Two U.S. airmen were killed and two others were wounded at Frankfurt airport when a man opened fire on them at close range with a handgun, the first such attack on American forces in Germany in a quarter century. US President Barack Obama called the Wednesday shooting an “outrageous act.”The alleged […]

Russian flight controllers on alien claim

London, Mar 2 (ANI): Air traffic controllers in Siberia claim to have been buzzed by a high-speed UFO with a female sounding alien speaking to them in an unintelligible cat-like language. The object had suddenly burst onto flight monitors over the remote Russian diamond capital of Yakutsk, and it was shown flying at a speed […]

‘Putin Palace’ sold for $350 million: Report

MOSCOW, March 3 (AFP): A lavish holiday complex on Russia’s southern Black Sea coast that has been linked to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has been sold to a wealthy investor for around $350 million, a report said Thursday. Alexander Ponomarenko, the former owner of the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk, bought the complex for a […]

Pakistan vows to battle extremism after minister slain

ISLAMABAD, March 3 (Reuters): Pakistan must not buckle to extremism, President Asif Ali Zardari said on Thursday, a day after Taliban militants killed his government’s only Christian minister for challenging a law on blasphemy toward Islam.The assassination of Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti in broad daylight on Wednesday threatens to further destabilize the nuclear-armed U.S. […]

US seeks tough Libya sanctions from Europe

Libyan boys sitting on the cannon of a destroyed army tank celebrate the freedom of Benghazi, Libya on Monday, February 28. The United States pressed its European allies on Monday to set tough sanctions on the Libyan government, while doubts emerged about the feasibility of a proposed no-fly zone to prevent Moammar Gadhafi’s regime from […]

Briton gets life in prison for killings in Iraq

British security contractor Danny Fitzsimons is escorted out of an Iraqi court, following his sentencing in Baghdad, Iraq on Monday, February 28. (AP Photo)   BAGHDAD, February 28 (Reuters): A British security contractor was sentenced Monday to life in prison by an Iraqi court for the killing of two colleagues in 2009, a court official […]

Silvio Berlusconi tax trial resumes after immunity lost

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi delivers his speech at an Italian Republican Party, PRI, meeting in Rome on Saturday, February 26. (AP Photo)   MILAN, February 28 (Reuters): The trial of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on tax fraud charges resumed on Monday, the first of three cases to be revived after Italy’s top court stripped him […]

S Korea, U.S. brush off North threat, begin big drills

South Korean protesters shout slogans in a rally against the annual joint military exercises, dubbed Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, between South Korea and the United States, in front of the South Korean and United States War Command Center in Seongnam, South Korea on Monday, February 28. (AP Photo)   SEOUL, February 28 (Reuters): South […]

Thailand to further probe killing of Reuters journalist

In this undated file photo released by Reuters, Japanese TV cameraman Hiro Muramoto smiles at his office in Tokyo. (AP Photo/FILE)   BANGKOK, February 28 (Reuters): Thai investigators said on Monday they were still trying to establish who killed Reuters cameraman Hiro Muramoto last year after reversing preliminary findings that a soldier probably fired the […]

Rocket fired from Gaza hits Israel, no casualties

JERUSALEM, February 27 (AFP): A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit Israeli territory on Sunday morning, raising Israel’s alert level but causing no damage or casualties, according to Israel’s military and police. The latest rocket, which the military’s spokeswoman said struck a field in the Eshkol region in southern Israel, comes after a string […]

‘Blasts kill at least ten at dogfight’

ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan, February 27 (AFP): Two bomb explosions on Sunday tore through a gathering of villagers watching a dogfight in the southern Afghanistan province of Kandahar, killing at least 10, officials said.Zemarai Bashary, Afghan interior ministry spokesman in Kabul, told AFP the bombing in Arghandab district targeted villagers and a police vehicle, killing eight civilians […]