World grapples for response as conflicts break up Libya

BENGHAZI, February 24 (Reuters): World leaders condemned Muammar Gaddafi’s bloody crackdown on a revolt that has split Libya, but took little action to halt the bloodshed from the latest upheaval reshaping the Arab world.U.S. President Barack Obama made his first public comments, condemning as "outrageous" and "unacceptable" attacks on protesters that have killed hundreds in […]

Court agrees Assange extradition to Sweden

LONDON, February 24 (Reuters): A British court has agreed to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden where he is accused of sex crimes, dismissing claims such a move would breach his human rights.Swedish prosecutors want to question Assange about allegations of sexual misconduct, which he denies, made by two WikiLeaks volunteers during his time […]

Dirty air triggers more heart attacks than cocaine: Experts

LONDON, February 24 (Reuters): Air pollution triggers more heart attacks than using cocaine and poses as high a risk of sparking a heart attack as alcohol, coffee and physical exertion, scientists said on Thursday. Sex, anger, marijuana use and chest or respiratory infections and can also trigger heart attacks to different extents, the researchers said, […]

NATO’s “successful” Afghan night raids come with high

SURKH ROD, February 24 (Reuters): A few minutes and a few bullets were enough to turn Abdullah from an 11th grade student with dreams of becoming a translator to the despairing head of a family of more than a dozen.His father and oldest brother were shot dead last August at the start of a midnight […]

Israel jets hit Gaza after rocket attack

GAZA CITY, February 24 (AFP): Israeli jets bombed several sites in the Gaza Strip early Thursday in response to a rocket attack on a southern Israeli city, the military said.There were no immediate reports of casualties in the air force strikes or from the rocket that landed in the city of Beersheba, the first time […]

Cellphone calls alter brain activity: study

CHICAGO, February 23 (Reuters): Spending 50 minutes with a cellphone plastered to your ear is enough to change brain cell activity in the part of the brain closest to the antenna.But whether that causes any harm is not clear, scientists at the National Institutes of Health said on Tuesday, adding that the study will likely […]

Libyan protesters defiant after Gadhafi speech

Egyptians, who have just crossed Salloum land port gate with Libya, at background, arrange their luggage on a mini bus on Wednesday, February 23. Turkey evacuated 3,000 citizens on two ships Wednesday from the chaos of Libya’s uprising but thousands of other foreigners were still stranded at Tripoli airport, struggling to get a flight home. […]

Greek strike disrupts flights, cripples services

Striking teachers protest outside the Greek Parliament behind a banner calling for a general strike on Wednesday in central Athens on Tuesday, February 22. (AP Photo)   ATHENS, February 23 (AP): A general strike halted public transportation across Greece on Wednesday and led to the cancellation of more than 100 flights at Athens International Airport, […]

Frantic hunt as New Zealand earthquake leaves 400 dead, missing

Murray and Kelly James look at their destroyed house in central Christchurch, New Zealand on Wednesday, February 23. (AP Photo)   CHRISTCHURCH, February 23 (AFP): Hundreds of rescuers swarmed over twisted and smoking buildings Wednesday in a frantic search for survivors after New Zealand’s catastrophic earthquake left nearly 400 dead or missing. Emergency services cordoned […]

Libyan diplomats turn against Gaddafi, seek foreign help

A placard showing photos of some of those who have died is seen on top of a tank, in the early hours of Tuesday, February 22 in Benghazi, Libya. (AP Photo)   UNITED NATIONS/KUALA LUMPUR, February 22 (Reuters): Libyan diplomats at the United Nations and several countries broke ranks with the country’s leader Muammar Gaddafi, […]

ASEAN to send monitors to Thai-Cambodia border

In this February 8, 2011, photo, a Cambodian soldier, right, stands near Cambodia’s famed Preah Vihear temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in Preah Vihear province, about 245 kilometers (152 miles) north of Phnom Penh, Cambodian. (AP Photo)   JAKARTA, February 22 (AP): Military observers will be sent to the Thai-Cambodian border to enforce an […]

36 killed in Mali stampede

People look on as security guards clean up personal belongings and debris following a deadly stampede at Modibo Keita Stadium in Bamako, Mali on Monday, February 21. (AP Photo)   BAMAKO, Mali, February 22 (AP): Anguished families wept at hospitals and morgues Tuesday after 36 people were crushed and at least 64 others were injured […]