China tries to stamp out ‘Jasmine Revolution’

BEIJING, February 20 (AP): Jittery Chinese authorities wary of any domestic dissent staged a concerted show of force Sunday to squelch a mysterious online call for a "Jasmine Revolution" apparently modeled after pro-democracy demonstrations sweeping the Middle East. Authorities detained activists, increased the number of police on the streets, disconnected some mobile phone text messaging […]

Libya’s Gaddafi faces fight of life, Bahrain offer snubbed

MANAMA, February 19 (Reuters): Two of the Middle East’s most entrenched rulers were battling to stay in power on Saturday amid reports of dozens of protesters killed in Libya and an offer of talks by Bahrain’s king being rebuffed. Unrest has spread from Tunisia and Egypt to Bahrain, Libya, Yemen and Djibouti, presenting the United […]

Pirates grab four sailors

MOGADISHU, February 19 (Reuters): A yacht with four Americans on board is believed to have been hijacked in the Arabian Sea, the U.S. embassy in Nairobi said on Saturday. Pirate gangs plaguing the shipping lanes through the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean typically target large merchant ships, with oil tankers the prize catch, but […]

US opens direct secret talks with Taliban: Report

New York, February 19 (PTI): US has opened direct secret talks with senior Taliban leaders, a media report said here, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that only a political solution could end the crisis in Afghanistan. "The administration of President Barack Obama has entered into direct secret talks with Taliban officials," New Yorker […]

China resisting G20 countries’ deal on indicators

PARIS, February 19 (Reuters): China was holding out on Saturday against an agreement among the world’s major economies on ways to measure and correct global economic imbalances, refusing to have its massive currency reserves used as an indicator. Finance ministers and central bankers of the Group of 20 countries were struggling to agree on a […]

Bahrain mourners call for toppling of monarchy

Bahraini pro-government protesters shouts slogans during a march supporting the Bahraini leadership in Manama, Bahrain on Friday, February 18. The woman holds a portrait of Bahraini Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, right, and in background is a portrait of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. (AP Photo)   MANAMA, February 18 (AP): Thousands […]

Australian diver killed in shark attack

SYDNEY, February 18 (AFP): An Australian diver was killed by sharks in south Australia on Thursday, police said, in only the second fatal shark attack in Australian waters in more than two years. The abalone diver was thought to have been returning to the surface after a dive when two sharks, believed to be great […]

Baghdad wants U.S. to pay $1 billion for damage to city

BAGHDAD, February 18 (Reuters): Iraq’s capital wants the United States to apologize and pay $1 billion for the damage done to the city not by bombs but by blast walls and Humvees since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. The city’s government issued its demands in a statement on Wednesday that said Baghdad’s infrastructure […]

Intel chief to join White House council on jobs

SAN FRANCISCO, February 18 (AP): Casting about for innovative job-creation ideas, President Barack Obama is naming one of his critics to an advisory council responsible for finding new ways to promote economic growth and bring jobs to the U.S. Obama will name Intel Corp. CEO Paul Otellino to the jobs and competitiveness council during a […]

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 […]