Gaddafi forces bombard and enter strategic rebel town

In this image taken during a trip organized by Libyan authorities, youth chant slogans during a staged pro-Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi demonstration in Tamina, 3 miles (some 5 kilometers)  South West of Misrata on Saturday, April 9. (AP Photo)   AJDABIYAH, Libya, April 10 (Reuters): Muammar Gaddafi’s artillery heavily bombarded Ajdabiyah and his forces forced […]

4 killed, 16 wounded in Dutch mall shooting

AMSTERDAM, April 9 (AP): A gunman opened fire with an automatic weapon at a shopping mall outside Amsterdam on Saturday, leaving at least four people dead and wounding 16 others, Dutch officials said.The city government of Alphen aan den Rijn announced the death toll in the shooting at the Ridderhof mall on its Twitter account. […]

Gaza-Israel violence rages on

GAZA, April 9 (Reuters): Israel killed four Palestinian militants and wounded half a dozen others as it pursued air raids in Gaza for a third day on Saturday, responding to increased rocket fire out of the territory, local medics said.Militants in the Gaza Strip, ruled by the Islamist Hamas, continued striking Israel’s south with rockets, […]

Brazil buries schoolchildren, debates gun laws

A women cries while attending the funeral of one of 12 children killed the day before in a school shootout in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday April 8. (AP Photo)   RIO DE JANEIRO, April 9 (AP): Grief-stricken relatives threw themselves upon caskets and wept to exhaustion as Rio buried most of the 12 […]

Nigerians vote amid tight security after violence

LAGOS, April 9 (Reuters): Nigerians voted in a delayed parliamentary election on Saturday, voicing determination to hold a credible poll in Africa’s most populous nation despite chaotic organization and violence. At least seven more people were killed in four separate incidents in the last few hours before polling. Those deaths followed the killing of at […]

Gaddafi forces push towards Ajdabiya

A wounded prisoner from Gadhafi’s forces is transported in the back of a pickup truck by rebels, to take him to a hospital for treatment, half way between Brega and Ajdabiya, in Libya on Saturday, April 9. Rebels say they took two prisoners after a clash on Saturday with soldiers near Brega’s university outside the […]

Chinese artist-activist Ai Weiwei “suspected” of economic crimes

BEIJING, April 7 (Reuters): The Chinese government said on Thursday detained artist and activist Ai Weiwei was being investigated for "suspected economic crimes," while his family said he was the innocent victim of a political witchhunt.The confirmation from the Foreign Ministry that Ai faces a police investigation for alleged business-related crimes is unlikely to end […]

Five rebels said killed in NATO strike in Libya

AJDABIYAH, Libya, April 7 (Reuters): A NATO air strike killed at least five rebels near the Libyan port of Brega on Thursday, medics said, and insurgents reported Muammar Gaddafi’s forces killed five more in a bombardment of besieged Misrata. Wounded rebels being brought to the hospital in Ajdabiyah in rebel-held east Libya said their position […]

French helicopter hits Laurent Gbagbo forces in Ivory Coast

Soldiers loyal to Alassane Ouattara, along with several men who were detained for unknown reasons, drive past, at a checkpoint serving as an operating base, at one of the main entrances to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Thursday, April 7. French forces wearing night vision goggles rappelled from a helicopter to rescue the Japanese ambassador and […]

Mexican cops checking abductions find mass grave

MEXICO CITY, April 7 (AP): Mexican security forces searching for abducted bus passengers in a violent northern state bordering Texas have stumbled on a collection of pits holding a total of 59 bodies. The grisly find was made near the ranch where drug cartel gunmen less than a year ago massacred 72 migrants who were […]

Genetically modified fungus could fight malaria

LONDON, April 7 (AP): In a cramped London laboratory filled with test tubes, bacteria and mosquitoes, scientists are trying to engineer a new weapon in the battle against malaria: a mutant fungus. For years, Angray Kang at Westminster University and colleagues have been testing whether they could genetically tweak a fungus to kill the malaria […]

Japan’s neighbors alarmed over risk of radiation threat

Japan’s Fukushima police officers, wearing suits to protect them from radiation, search for victims in Minami Soma, inside the deserted evacuation zone established for the 20 kilometer radius around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex in northeastern Japan on Thursday, April 7. (AP Photo)   TOKYO, April 7 (Reuters): Japan’s neighbors sounded increasingly alarmed over the […]