• Nearly 500 Taliban flee in daring Afghan jailbreak
    An Afghan solider, center, stands guard  outside of the main prison in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday, April 25. (AP Photo) KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, April 25 (AFP): Almost 500 Taliban prisoners escaped through a tunnel in an audacious overnight jailbreak in south Afghanistan which the president's office on Monday called a security "disaster".The Taliban said it was behind the operation to free the prisoners using a massive underground tunnel in its he
  • NATO bombs hit Gadhafi office as rebels advance
    In this photo made on a government organized trip, guards inspect damage at Moammar Gadhafi’s compound following an airstrike, in Tripoli, Libya, early on Monday, April 25. (AP Photo) TRIPOLI, April 25 (AFP): NATO bombs destroyed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's office in his immense Tripoli residence on Monday, while rebels pushed forward against the strongman's troops in the besieged city of Misrata. Heavy explosions had shaken the centre of Tripoli shortly after midnight a
  • Factory fire kills 17, injures 24
    Investigators go through the remains of a  fire in Daxing district of Beijing, China on Monday, April 25. (AP Photo) BEIJING, April 25 (AFP): Seventeen poor migrants died when a fire swept through an illegally constructed Beijing building on Monday, state media and officials said, in the latest accident to highlight lax Chinese fire safety.Another 24 people were hurt in the fire that broke out at about 1 am (1700 GMT Sunday) in the four-storey building in the capital's southe
  • Syrian tanks roll into Daraa, fire at protesters
    This video image taken from amateur video released by Sham News Network, a Syrian Freedom group, shows a man, left, preparing to throw an object at a tank as others look on in Daraa, Syria on Sunday April 24. (AP Photo) DAMASCUS, April 25 (AFP): Thousands of Syrian troops backed by tanks on Monday launched assaults on the flashpoint towns of Daraa and Douma, firing indiscriminately and leaving bodies in the streets, witnesses said. Rights activists also reported security force rai
  • Syrian forces fire on demo, “armed criminals” kill six
    In this citizen journalism image made on a mobile phone and acquired by the AP, taken on Monday April 18, Syrians pray in Clock Square in the center of the city of Homs, Syria. Syrian security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition on Tuesday at hundreds of anti-government protesters who took over a main square in the country’s third-largest city of Homs, witnesses and activists said. (AP Photo) DAMASCUS, April 19 (AFP): Syrian security forces Tuesday fired on a mass prot
  • Last Supper was a day earlier: scientist
    “The last supper of Tongerlo” by Leonardo da Vinci is pictured during the exhibition “The European Genius”, in 2007 in the National Basilica of Koekelberg, Brussels. Christians have long celebrated Jesus Christ’s Last Supper on Maundy Thursday but new research claims to show it took place on the Wednesday before the crucifixion. (AFP Photo/File) LONDON, April 19 (AFP): Christians have long celebrated Jesus Christ's Last Supper on Maundy Thursday but n
  • Gaddafi’s forces hit Misrata amid diplomatic disputes
    Libyan pro and anti-Gadhafi protesters fight at the street in front of the Arab league headquarters in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday, April 14. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chaired a meeting Thursday of international and regional organizations in Cairo to improve the coordination of the international response on Libya. (AP Photo) BENGHAZI, April 14 (Reuters): Muammar Gaddafi's forces fired a hail of rockets into the besieged city of Misrata on Thursday, rebels said, as diplomatic
  • ‘Militia kill 17 before polls in Sudan state’
    KHARTOUM, April 14 (Reuters): Sudanese militia have killed 17 people in the oil-producing South Kordofan region just two weeks before long-delayed elections, a candidate for state governor said on Thursday. Gubernatorial and state assembly polls have been disputed at every stage and are due be held on May 2. The region witnessed some of the heaviest north-south fighting during decades of civil war and is hotly contested between the ruling parties in north and south Sudan.Khartoum's dom
  • Ouattara takes charge after I. Coast victory
    ABIDJAN, April 14 (AFP): President Alassane Ouattara stamped his new authority on Ivory Coast on Thursday, as troops formerly loyal to his ousted rival Laurent Gbagbo flocked to his banner despite ongoing violence. United Nations peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy told reporters in New York there was however still fighting and "quite a lot of looting" despite Ouattara's victory over Gbagbo's attempt to cling to power."There are still people with arms, it is still dangerous
  • Yemen opposition spurns talks, sets Saleh deadline
    Anti-government protestors shout slogans during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen on Thursday, April 14. Gunmen loyal to the government attacked the forces of the Yemeni president’s chief rival early Wednesday, killing one person and raising fears that Yemen’s weeks of popular unrest could evolve into pitched battles between factions of the divided military. (AP Photo) SANAA, April 14 (Reuters): Yemen's op
  • Japan emperor makes first trip to disaster zone
    Japanese Emperor Akihito, left, and Empress Michiko, kneel down and smile at people at an evacuation shelter in Asahi City in Chiba Prefecture, about 86 kilometers (54 miles) east of Tokyo on Thursday, April 14 during their first trip to the disaster zone since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo) TOKYO, April 14 (AP): Japan's revered emperor made his first trip Thursday to the disaster zone since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami destroyed much of the northeast coast
  • Gunmen attack Pakistani embassy official in Kathmandu
    KATHMANDU, April 14 (Agencies): Mehboob Asif, visa assistant at the Pakistani embassy in Kathmandu, miraculously survived a gun attack on Thursday, triggering speculation about the growth of the underworld in Nepal and international gang rivalries.The 36-year-old was said to be heading towards the embassy from a nursing home around 8.50am when two men, one of them said to be wearing a green T-shirt, fired on him, hitting him in the stomach and hand. The audacious attack occurred on the
  • Libyan rebels take to the world stage
    Libyan men carry a banner with a pre Gadhafi flag and reads in Arabic "February 17th revolution, we don't surrender its victory or death" as they take part in an anti Gadhafi rally and supporting France for its position in the current conflict, in Benghazi, Libya on Tuesday, April 12. Moammar Gadhafi's forces fired rockets along the eastern front line and shelled the besieged city of Misrata on Tuesday as France and Britain said NATO should be doing more to pressure the Libya
  • Evacuees slam Japan nuclear plant operator
    TOKYO, April 13 (AP): Angry residents forced from their homes near Japan's tsunami-stricken nuclear power plant gathered in protest at the Tokyo headquarters of the plant's operator Wednesday, demanding compensation as the company's president pledged to do more to help those affected by the crisis."I can't work and that means I have no money," said Shigeaki Konno, 73, an auto repair mechanic, who lived seven miles (11 kilometers) from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant befo
  • Film claims discovery of nails from Jesus’s cross
    Documentary film "The Nails of the Cross" by veteran investigator Simcha Jacobovici. JERUSALEM, April 13 (Reuters): Could two of the nails used to crucify Jesus have been discovered in a 2,000-year-old tomb in Jerusalem?And could they have mysteriously disappeared for 20 years, only to turn up by chance in a Tel Aviv laboratory? That is the premise of the new documentary film "The Nails of the Cross" by veteran investigator Simcha Jacobovici, which even before
  • Libyan woman finally reveals horrific details of attack by Gadhafi’s thugs
    Ordeal: Iman Al-Obeidi says following her rape ordeal she is now being stopped from leaving Tripoli. Sky News reporter Lisa Holland, bottom left, and FT journalist Charles Clover, back, attempt to protect al-Obeidi as she is threatened by government minders as she tries to tell her story. (AP Photos) Tripoli, April 13 (Agencies): A Libyan woman who publicly accused a gang of pro-Gadhafi militiamen - including Colonel Gadhafi's cousin - of gang-raping her has, for the first time, r
  • U.N. and French helicopters attack Gbagbo forces
    A soldier allied with Alassane Ouattara is given a handful of bullets for his new AK-47 after a shipment of weapons arrived at a republican forces operating base on the outskirts of Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Monday, April 11. French tanks advanced toward the bunker where Ivory Coast’s strongman leader hung on to power Monday, marking the first time that forces from the former colonial ruler have become involved in the ground operation to oust him.(AP Photo) ABIDJAN, April 11 (
  • 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