• Fighting rages in Ivory Coast with 800 dead in west
    Unidentified troops drive past in the city of  Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Friday, April 1. Heavy fighting raged Friday near Ivory Coast’s presidential palace and mansion and the state TV broadcaster as armed forces loyal to the elected leader tried to install him to power and oust the country’s strongman. (AP Photo) ABIDJAN, April 2 (Reuters): Soldiers backing Alassane Ouattara met stiff resistance from incumbent Laurent Gbagbo's fighters in Ivory Coast's main city o
  • Leak found in reactor pit as Japan PM tours disaster zone
    In this photo released by Prime Minister’s Office of Japan, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, third right, observes a minute of silence as he inspects the damage in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami devastated city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan on Saturday, April 2. (AP Photo) TOKYO, April 2 (Reuters): Japan's prime minister made his first visit to the country's tsunami-devastated region on Saturday as officials grappling to end the worst nuclear cris
  • Libya rebels flee oil town under Gaddafi bombardment
    A Libyan man inspects destroyed military vehicles that belonged to pro Gadhafi forces at the site of a NATO air strike on the outskirts of Benghazi, Libya on Tuesday, March 29. International military forces are using words as well as weapons to try to weaken the grip of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi and urge his troops to turn against him. (AP Photo) TRIPOLI, March 30 (Reuters): Libyan rebels pulled out of the oil town of Ras Lanuf on Wednesday under heavy bombardment from Muam
  • Setbacks mount in Japan at leaking nuclear plant
    A frogman is screened for leaked radiation after interrupting an undersea search at the port of Obama, northeastern Japan on Wednesday, March 30. The March 11 quake off Japan’s northeast coast triggered a tsunami that barreled onshore and disabled the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex. (AP Photo) TOKYO, March 30 (AP): Setbacks mounted Wednesday in the crisis over Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear facility, with nearby seawater testing at its highest radiation levels yet and t
  • China executes 3 Filipinos despite Manila’s pleas
    SHENZHEN, China, March 30 (Reuters): China executed on Wednesday three Filipinos convicted of drug trafficking despite a flurry of public appeals for clemency in the Philippines, and days after Amnesty International slammed Beijing's sweeping use of the death penalty.The three, two women and a man, were caught smuggling several kilogrammes of heroin each into China in 2008. Under Chinese law, the trafficking of at least 50 grammes of any illicit drug is punishable by death. "It is
  • Flooding in Thailand kills 21
    BANGKOK, March 30 (Reuters): Severe flooding and mudslides in southern Thailand have killed 21 people, stranded thousands of tourists and threatened to delay shipments of rubber in the world's largest rubber-producing country, authorities said on Wednesday.Trains to the region have been canceled and three airports have been shut, including one on the popular island of Koh Samui. As well as Koh Samui, foreign tourists have also been stuck at resorts in Krabi and Koh Phangan. The Thai na
  • I am the most accused man in universe & in history: Berlo
    MILAN, March 29 (AP): Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi made a rare appearance on Monday at a court hearing in Milan for a tax fraud case that he dismissed as groundless and ridiculous.Berlusconi waved to a crowd of reporters and supporters from inside a black sedan as he entered the courthouse for the closed-door hearing. Prosecutors allege fraud in the sale of film rights by his Mediaset company.The Italian leader has a history of legal woes but has rarely showed up in court. He has
  • Libyan rebels pushed back from Gadhafi hometown
    Libyan rebels retread from the frontline outside of Ras Lanouf, 250 km east of Sirte, central Libya on Tuesday, March 29. International leaders plotted out an endgame Tuesday for Moammar Gadhafi’s tottering regime, as British Prime Minister David Cameron accused the Libyan leader of shooting and starving his opponents into submission. (AP Photo) BIN JAWWAD, Libya, March 29 (AP): Libyan government tanks and rockets blunted a rebel assault on Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirt
  • Two Koreas in talks on potential volcano threat
    SEOUL, March 29 (AFP): North and South Korea began talks Tuesday about a potential volcanic threat from the peninsula's highest mountain, in a rare moment of cooperation after months of confrontation.The meeting at the South Korean border town of Munsan follows heightened concern about natural disasters, after an earthquake and tsunami devastated northeastern Japan and crippled an atomic power plant there.The North's chief delegate Yun Yong-Gun expressed concern at radioactive leakage
  • For $1,000, celebs can tell their side of story online
    New York, March 29 (NYT): Imagine you are a well-known person aggrieved by how you are portrayed on the internet: the slapdash Wikipedia entry; the unflattering gossip item; the endlessly repeated story about how you cheated on your spouse when in point of fact you were blamelessly resuscitating a platonic friend who was choking on an olive.Suing is too stressful and quixotic. Besides, it's the internet: how can anyone erase the inerasable? But courtesy of a new web site called ICorrec
  • Japan finds plutonium in soil at stricken nuclear plant
    Evacuees hang out by a kerosene stove at an evacuation center in Fukushima, northeastern Japan on Tuesday, March 29. (AP Photo) TOKYO, March 29 (Reuters): Plutonium found in soil at the Fukushima nuclear complex heightened alarm on Tuesday over Japan's battle to contain the world's worst atomic crisis in 25 years, as pressure mounted on the prime minister to widen an evacuation zone around the plant.Some opposition lawmakers blasted Naoto Kan in parliament for his handling of the
  • Berlusconi in court for Italy fraud trial
    MILAN, March 28 (Reuters): Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was set to appear in court for the first time in almost eight years on Monday, in a trial over alleged fraud during the acquisition of television broadcasting rights.The constitutional court lifted Berlusconi's immunity from trial earlier this year, exposing him to three corruption and fraud cases linked to his Mediaset broadcasting empire and a separate trial in which he is accused of having sex with an underage prost
  • Libyan rebel advance halted, Sirte blasted by NATO jets
    A Libyan rebel has the rebel flag painted on his fingers as he flashes the vicory sign on the front line outside of Bin Jawaad, 150 km east of Sirte, central Libya on Monday, March 28. (AP Photo) BIN JAWAD, Libya, March 28 (AFP): Loyalist troops Monday halted a rebel advance on Moamer Kadhafi's home town Sirte, which was pounded overnight by coalition jets after NATO took command of military operations in Libya.An AFP reporter said rebels who for the past two days have raced westw
  • Frustration grows as Japan’s nuclear evacuees wait and hope
    FUKUSHIMA CITY, March 28 (Reuters): With all the stoicism of a character out of Hemingway -- one of his favorite writers -- Mitsuharu Watanobe sits on a gymnasium floor in the city of Fukushima, and waits.The retired school teacher was unlucky enough to be living just 25 km (15 miles) from the nuclear power plant that was smashed up by Japan's March 11 earthquake and tsunami, triggering the world's most dangerous atomic crisis in 25 years. Like thousands of others fearing that the crip
  • Party defends Merkel against critics after election
    BERLIN, March 28 (Reuters): German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party said on Monday it stood united behind its leader after some members blamed her for a humiliating loss in a state vote in Baden-Wuerttemberg. A coalition of the Greens and Social Democrats is expected to take power in the prosperous southwestern region after an election on Sunday pushed out Merkel's conservatives from a stronghold they had ruled for six decades.The loss came after Merkel surprised many of h
  • West hits Libya forces as NATO sees 90-day campaign
    In this Thursday, March 24 photo provided by the French Army, a French Navy Rafale jet fighter takes off from deck of Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean sea as part of the Operation Odyssey dawn. NATO’s military staff is drawing up detailed plans to assume full control of the no-fly zone over Libya in coming days, after member nations agreed to take on the operation from a U.S.-led coalition. (AP Photo) TRIPOLI, March 25 (Reuters): Western warplanes hit
  • Japan death toll tops 10,000 as plant smoulders
    SENDAI, March 25 (AFP): The death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 Friday as the operator of a radiation-belching nuclear plant warned that work to stabilise it may take another month.Two weeks after a giant 9.0-magnitude quake struck and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, wiping entire towns off the map, Japan held out little hope of finding alive another 17,500 listed as missing.The focus of Japan's fears remained the Fukushima nuclear plan
  • Strong quake in Myanmar
    Chiang Rai, March 25 (Agencies): At least 75 people were killed in the strong earthquake that struck Myanmar, officials said, while another quake hit northern Thailand on Friday, inflicting limited damage. Thursday's 6.8 magnitude earthquake caused panic in several Southeast Asian countries, but the worst hit was Myanmar, where the death toll was expected to rise slightly.A Myanmar official said 74 people were killed and 110 were injured in five areas close to the epicentre. More than
  • Western air strikes fail to dislodge Gaddafi armor
    A Libyan rebel prays on a checkpoint on the frontline near Zwitina, the outskirts of the city of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi, eastern Libya on Thursday, March 24. (AP Photo) TRIPOLI, March 24 (Reuters): Western warplanes hit Libya for a fifth night on Thursday, but so far have failed to stop Muammar Gaddafi's tanks shelling rebel-held towns or dislodge his armor from a strategic junction in the east. Gaddafi's tanks rolled back into Misrata under the cover of darkness and began sh
  • Menthol cigarettes no more risky, study suggests
    CHICAGO, March 24 (Reuters): People who smoke menthol cigarettes are no more likely to develop lung cancer than those who smoke non-menthol varieties, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday in a surprise finding that could affect U.S. regulators' efforts to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes. Scientists had assumed that adding menthol to cigarettes would expose people to more toxins and increase their cancer risk, but a large study of older adults in community health centers found the opposit