Libya rebels struggle to regroup; US jet crashes

Libyan rebels try to take cover as mortars from Moammar Gadhafi’s forces are fired on them on the frontline of the outskirts of the city of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi, eastern Libya on Tuesday, March 22. Coalition forces bombarded Libya for a third straight night, targeting the air defenses and forces of Libyan ruler Moammar […]

U.N. approves military force as Gaddafi closes on rebels

Air crew work on a Royal Air Force Tornado, one of the typres of aircraft to be used in the operation of a no-fly zone over Libya, at the Lossiemouth air base at Moray, Scotland on Friday, March 18. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron told parliament that preparations to deploy the aircraft were already under […]

US missiles kill over 30 militants in NW Pakistan

MIR ALI, March 17 (AP): U.S. unmanned aircraft fired four missiles into a building where dozens of suspected militants were meeting Thursday, killing more than 30 of them in an usually deadly strike close to the Afghan border, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The strikes took place in the Datta Khel area of the North Waziristan […]

U.S. mulls air strikes as battle for Benghazi looms

Men from Ghana, who used to work in Libya and fled the unrest in the country, line up as they wait to be repatriated in a refugee camp at the Tunisia-Libyan border in Ras Ajdir, Tunisia on Thursday, March 17. More than 250,000 migrant workers have left Libya for neighboring countries, primarily Tunisia and Egypt, […]

‘No second term as secretary of state’

WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters): Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday she has no desire to continue in the job if President Barack Obama wins a second term in 2012. And she said she doesn’t want to be president either.When Clinton was asked in a CNN interview during a trip to Cairo if she […]

Japan rushes against time to avert nuclear plant meltdown

TOKYO, March 17 (Reuters):  Japanese military helicopters dumped water on an overheating nuclear plant on Thursday while the United States expressed growing alarm about leaking radiation and said it was sending aircraft to help Americans leave the country.Engineers tried to run power from the main grid to start water pumps needed to cool two reactors […]

Return of exiled leader has fragile Haiti on edge

In this October 15, 1994, file photo, Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide enters a U.S. government plane en route to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (AP Photo/File)   PORT-AU-PRINCE, March 16 (AP): The church where Jean-Bertrand Aristide once preached and military thugs tried to assassinate him is a ruin now, destroyed by the earthquake that left much of Haiti’s […]

Gaddafi advances, no-fly diplomacy falters

Men from Sudan, who used to work in Libya and fled the unrest in the country, try to stop a car blocking a road during a protest demanding better conditions during their repatriation process in a refugee camp at the Tunisia-Libyan border, in Ras Ajdir, Tunisia on Wednesday, March 16. More than 250,000 migrant workers […]

Snow muffles rescue work in Japan’s devastated northeast

Firefighters search for survivors in the snow in Minamisanriku, northern Japan on Wednesday, March 16 after Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo)   SENDAI, Japan, March 16 (Reuters): Heavy snow blanketed Japan’s devastated northeast on Wednesday, hindering rescue workers and adding to the woes of the few, mainly elderly, residents who remained in the area […]

‘Blood money’ frees CIA contractor in Pakistan

U.S. consulate employee Raymond Davis is escorted by police and officials out of court in Lahore in this January 28, 2011, file photo. (Reuters Photo/File)   LAHORE, March 16 (AP): An American CIA contractor detained on suspicion of murder was released on Wednesday after families of the two Pakistanis he killed were given “blood money” […]

US state California sued over Sikh religious rights

Boston, March 16 (PTI): The US Justice Department has sued the state of California for "violating" the right of a Sikh prisoner to practise his religion and punishing him for keeping a beard. The lawsuit was filed yesterday against the state of California, Governor Jerry Brown and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.Sukhjinder Basra […]

Libya seeks Italy's help with fire at oil facility

CAIRO, March 13 (AP):  Libya’s de facto oil minister said Sunday the country’s crude production has fallen "drastically" and that he has reached out to Italian oil giant Eni SpA for help in extinguishing a blaze at an eastern oil facility snatched back from rebel fighters. The call for help by National Oil Co. head […]