• Gaddafi forces shell town after he accepts peace plan
    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (Right) talks with Congo’s President Denis Sassou Nguessou (2nd Left) as they stand for photograph outside a tent in Gaddafi’s heavily fortified Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli on Sunday, April 10. (Reuters Photo) BENGHAZI, April 11 (Reuters): Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi shelled the besieged town of Misrata on Monday after the African Union said he had accepted a plan to end Libya's civil war. Al Jazeera television quoted a rebel sp
  • New 7.1 quake hits Japan as evacuation zone widens
    A Japan Red Cross member gives a massage to an evacuee at an evacuation center in Fukushima, northeastern Japan on Monday, April 11, a month to the day after an earthquake and tsunami struck the east coast. (AP Photo) TOKYO, April 11 (AFP): Japan on Monday widened the evacuation zone around a stricken nuclear plant exactly a month on from a huge natural disaster as another 7.1 magnitude quake and tsunami alert strained nerves anew.The latest aftershock caused buildings to sway in
  • For 30 yrs, US thought Hitler faked ‘45 suicide
    LONDON, April 11 (PTI): The FBI believed that Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler faked his suicide in 1945, and tried to track him down for nearly 30 years after his death, according to de-classified files. On 29 April 1945, Hitler and his lover Eva Braun killed themselves in the Berlin bunker. Now, 66 years on, the FBI files reveal that the United States agency had maintained a detailed dossier on the Fuhrer and closely investigated any report that indicated he still was alive.The files revea
  • 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 their way inside on Sunday in their most determined assault on the strategic eastern town for at least a week. Rebels
  • 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. The suburb is less than 15 miles (25 kilometers) southwest of Amsterdam. A witness identified as Maart Verbeek told state broadcaster NOS the attacker had a mac
  • 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, wounding five Israelis at around daybreak, according to Israeli media reports.Israeli forces killed a local Hamas commander in the southern Gaza town
  • 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 children killed in a school shooting. The massacre shocked Brazilians — and stoked new calls for stricter guns laws.Sobbing and embracing family members as she watched the body of
  • 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 least 10 people by a bomb at an election office late on Friday.Violence which has taken around 100 lives in the run-up to the electio
  • 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 government-controlled oil facilities, marking a noticeable advance by rebels struggling to push back Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. (AP Photo) Tripoli, Apr
  • 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 the international uproar about his secretive detention, and the departing U.S. ambassador to Beijing, Jon Hu
  • 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 was hit by an air strike on Thursday outside the contested port."It was a NATO air strike on us. We were near our vehicles near Brega,"
  • 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 seven others, France’s foreign minister said on Thursday, as Ivory Coast’s strongman leader remained in an underground bunker amid the f
  • 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 parasite carried by mosquitoes.Now they've found that in lab experiments, mosquitoes exposed to the fungus show a sharp drop in levels of the par
  • 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 trying to reach the United States.Investigators struggled to exhume the bodies in the mass grave to determine whether they belonged to kidnapped bus passengers, migrants wh
  • 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 risk of radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, while figures showed the number of fo
  • Ouattara forces storm Gbagbo bunker in Ivory Coast
    Soldiers loyal to democratically elected president Alassane Ouattara return from fighting to a checkpoint serving as an operating base, at one of the main entrances to Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Wednesday, April 6. (AP Photo)ABIDJAN, April 6 (Reuters): Forces loyal to Ivory Coast presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara stormed the bunker where Laurent Gbagbo was defying efforts to force him to cede power on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for Ouattara told Reuters."They are in the process o
  • Migrant boat sinks off Italy, 130 missing
    ROME, April 6 (Reuters): More than 130 people were missing and at least 15 appeared to be dead after a boat carrying Eritrean and Somali refugees from Libya capsized south of Sicily early Wednesday, coast guard officials said. Rescuers picked up 47 people, including a number of women and children, after the boat, which left Libya two days ago, sank at about 4:00 a.m. (0200 GMT) 40 miles south of the island of Lampedusa.Fifteen bodies had been seen in the water by mid-morning, officials
  • Gaddafi using civilians to curb air strikes: France
    A Libyan rebel fighter reads the Quran at a rebel position on the main road near Brega, Libya on Wednesday, April 6. NATO rejected criticism from Libyan rebels over the pace of its military campaign in Libya, saying on Wednesday that its airstrikes against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces are increasing every day. (AP Photo) Benghazi, April 6 (PTI): NATO air strikes in Libya are being hampered by Muammar Gaddafi's forces hunkering down near civilians, France said on Wednesday after
  • Berlusconi sex trial opens and immediately adjourned
    MILAN, April 6 (Reuters): Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's trial on charges he paid an underage woman for sex opened on Wednesday and was adjourned until May 31 after just 10 minutes.Berlusconi, who has escaped largely unscathed in the opinion polls over the "Rubygate" case, did not attend the session. Crowds of critics and supporters verbally sparred outside the court over whether the 74-year-old should go to prison. Some 100 television crews from as far away as Au
  • Japan stops highly radioactive leak into Pacific
    An elderly woman is screened for radiation contamination at a makeshift inspection center set by a local disaster countermeasures office in Tamura city, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan on Wednesday, April 6.  Tamura city is partly within the zone around the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, where officials have told residents to stay indoors. (AP Photo) TOKYO, April 6 (AP): Workers stopped a highly radioactive leak into the Pacific off Japan's