Egyptians mass in Cairo to mark Mubarak fall

CAIRO, February 18 (AP): Tens of thousands of flag-waving Egyptians packed into Tahrir Square for a day of prayer and celebration Friday to mark the fall of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak a week ago and to maintain pressure on the new military rulers to steer the country toward democratic reforms. The groups that sparked the […]

Turkey jails 3 journos on coup allegation

ANKARA, February 18 (AP): A Turkish court on Friday jailed three journalists on charges of links to what the Islamic-rooted government calls a network plotting its overthrow, in a case that critics say is part of an assault on press freedom in the country. The homes of Soner Yalcin, the owner of dissident website Oda […]

Gaddafi supporters counter Libya’s “day of rage”

A supporter of Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi posses for the camera while holding a flag during a pro-government demonstration in Tripoli early on Thursday, February 17. (AP Photo)   TRIPOLI, February 17 (Reuters): Several hundred supporters of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi gathered in the capital on Thursday to counteract online calls for an anti-government "day […]

20 killed in Tanzania military blasts

Smoke drifts over the Gongolamboto military camp on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam on Thursday February 17, following several explosion that occurred on Wednesday night, February 16. (AP Photo)   ZANZIBAR, Tanzania, February 17 (AP): A military ammunition depot in Tanzania’s largest city blew up overnight in a series of explosions that leveled homes, […]

Tour boat sinks in Vietnam; 12 dead from 9 nations

Vietnamese health workers load the body of a sunken tourist boat victim to an ambulance in northern province of Quang Ninh, Vietnam on Thursday, February 17. (AP Photo)   HA LONG BAY, Vietnam, February 17 (AP): An anchored boat packed with sleeping travelers sank early Thursday in Vietnam’s scenic Ha Long Bay, killing 12 people […]

Belgium celebrates “world record” in gov’t talks

A montage of Belgium’s Flemish speaking newspaper front pages published on Thursday, February 17, marking 249th day of political crisis in Belgium. (AP Photo)   BRUSSELS, February 17 (AP): Many would see it as a humiliation, but for Belgium it’s an excuse for a party: the country’s citizens are marking 249 days without a government […]

Iran regime calls for ‘hatred’ rally in Tehran against opposition

This photo, taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran shows Iranian protestors throwing stones at anti-riot police officers, during an anti-government protest in Tehran, Iran on Monday, February 14. (AP Photo)   TEHRAN, February 16 (AFP): Iran’s regime said it called a rally in Tehran […]

Military eager for Egypt to return to work

CAIRO, February 16 (Reuters): The military hoped tens of thousands of Egyptians would heed its appeal to get back to work on Wednesday and abandon the strikes and protests that flared after the downfall of Hosni Mubarak offered new freedoms.Facing a rash of pent-up labor demands from groups ranging from bank staff and tour guides […]

S.Sudan again accuses Khartoum of arming rebels

JUBA, February 16  (AP):  Leveling serious accusations for the second day in a row, the leader of Southern Sudan’s ruling party condemned the Khartoum government on Wednesday for allegedly arming southern rebels and attempting to destabilize the oil-rich region before it secedes in July. Pagan Amum accused Khartoum of supplying a southern warlord with arms […]

IMF recommends troubled Kabul Bank be wound down

KABUL, February 16 (AP):  The International Monetary Fund is recommending that Afghanistan’s troubled Kabul Bank be placed into receivership and then quickly sold off as part of a broader effort to stabilize the country’s shaky financial system. The IMF made the recommendations Tuesday after a visit by fund officials to assess the nation’s economy and […]

Muslim Brotherhood plans political party

CAIRO, February 15 (AP): Egypt’s long banned Muslim Brotherhood said Tuesday it intends to form a political party once democracy is established, as the country’s new military rulers launched a panel of experts to amend the country’s constitution enough to allow democratic elections later this year. The panel is to draw up changes at a […]

Man admits fathering seven with stepdaughter

KOBLENZ, February 15 (AP): A German man admitted fathering at least seven children with his stepdaughter Tuesday as his trial opened on charges he abused her, his daughter and his stepson for more than 20 years and forced the two girls into prostitution. The 48-year-old man, identified only as Detlef S. in line with German […]