• 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
  • 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