• Premier Berlusconi to face trial
    FILE - In this file photo taken on December 13, 2010, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi holds his head during a session at the Senate, in Rome. On Tuesday, February 15, an Italian judge ordered Premier Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial on charges he paid for sex with a 17-year-old girl and then tried to cover it up. Judge Cristina Di Censo handed down the indictment Tuesday. The trial is set to begin April 6. (AP Photo) MILAN, February 15 (Reuters): An Italian judge ordered Prime M
  • Eleven dead in Nigeria election rally stampede
    LAGOS, Nigeria, February 13 (AP): A panicked crowd at a political rally in southern Nigeria trampled at least 11 people to death and injured dozens more as President Goodluck Jonathan gave a speech promising to change Africa's most populous nation for the better, authorities said Sunday. The rally in Port Harcourt was to serve as a homecoming for a leader born in the oil-rich Niger Delta region. Instead, the event highlighted the country's volatility ahead of April's national elections
  • UK calls for international action on Mubarak assets
    In this February 9, 2011 file photo, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak listens during a meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Saltanov, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo) LONDON, Febuary 13 (Reuters): A British government minister said on Sunday there should be an international approach to dealing with the overseas assets of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his family. Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO), which investigates financia
  • ‘US shooting case won't derail talks’
    ISLAMABAD, February 13 (AP): Pakistan's standoff with Washington over a jailed U.S. Embassy worker will not thwart talks between the two countries and Afghanistan, a Pakistani government spokesman said Sunday. Tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have been rising over the detention of American Raymond Allen Davis for killing two Pakistani men he says were trying to rob him. In an apparent step to show its displeasure, the United States on Saturday postponed a meeting with Pakistani a
  • In Vietnam War love story, a medallion comes home
    Cecile Blumental, nee Schrouben, friend of Henri Huet, stands next to a photograph of Henri Huet, at the 'Henri Huet, Vietnam' exhibition at the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, MEP, in Paris, Tuesday, February 8, 2011. The exhibition commemorates AP Photographer Henri Huet's work during the Vietnam war before he perished when his helicopter was shot down over Laos. The Exhibition ends on April 10, 2011. (AP Photo) PARIS , February 13 (AP):  It was a love token worn thro
  • ‘UK to allow same-sex "marriage" in church’
    LONDON, February 13 (Reuters): Britain plans to allow same-sex unions to be celebrated in places of worship, removing a key legal distinction between homosexual civil partnerships and heterosexual marriage, newspapers reported on Sunday.The move would lift the ban on religious ceremonies for the registration of gay unions imposed when Britain legalised civil partnerships six years ago.The government may also propose scrapping the legal definition of marriage as a relationship between a
  • US envoy raps UN
    UNITED NATIONS, February 12 (AFP): US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, has condemned US critics of the world body who have called for US funds to be held back, while also attacking the UN for picking up "bad habits" including mismanagement and corruption. Rice late Friday gave the first of a series of speeches around the United States, two days after administration supporters defeated a House of Representatives bill demanding repayment of surplus contributions to
  • Egyptians hopeful but face uncertain future
    An Egyptian holds up newspaper fronted with a picture of former President Hosni Mubarak and the Arabic headline, "Finally he steps down", at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, February 12. Egypt exploded with joy, tears, and relief after pro-democracy protesters brought down President Hosni Mubarak with a momentous march on his palaces and state TV. Mubarak, who until the end seemed unable to grasp the depth of resentment over his three decades of authoritarian rule, finally resi
  • Pak anti-terrorism court issues arrest warrant for Musharraf
    ISLAMABAD, February 12 (AFP): A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Saturday issued an arrest warrant for former President Pervez Musharraf over the assassination of ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto, a public prosecutor said. Musharraf, who was president when Bhutto was killed in December 2007 in a gun and suicide bomb attack, is in self-imposed exile in London. He would not be going back to Pakistan for any court hearing, his spokesman said.The former president and military ruler is all
  • Myanmar junta leader warns against disrupting 'democracy'
    Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, right, greets members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) during a cerebration to mark the 64th Union Day at its headquarters Saturday, February 12 in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP  Photo) NAYPYITAW, February 12 (AP): The leader of Myanmar's junta warned against any "disruption" of the country's new military-dominated government, urging people Saturday to protect what he called the country's nascent "democracy system"
  • Pak police: US man committed 'murder'
    In this January 28, 2011 file photo, Pakistani security officials escort Raymond Allen Davis, a U.S. consulate employee, center, to a local court in Lahore, Pakistan. Aides to Pakistan's president expressed confidence Wednesday that Islamabad and Washington can amicably resolve a diplomatic crisis over a former U.S. Special Forces soldier held in the shooting deaths of two Pakistanis. (AP Photo) LAHORE, Pakistan, February 11 (AP): Pakistani police alleged Friday that an American h
  • Egypt army backs Mubarak; protesters enraged
    CAIRO, February 11 (AP): Egypt's powerful military backed President Hosni Mubarak's plan to stay in office until September elections, enraging hundreds of thousands of protesters who deluged squares in at least three major cities Friday, marched on presidential palaces and broke through army barricades at the state TV building - key symbols of the authoritarian regime. The army's show of solidarity with the president was a heavy blow to protesters who called on the military to take act
  • Nelson Mandela son-in-law won't be extradited to US
    Isaac Amuah arrives at court in Johannesburg, February 11 for an extradition hearing. Amuah, the son-in-law of former president Nelson Mandela, is accused of sexual assault in Connecticut.  (AP Photo) JOHANNESBURG, February 11 (AP):  A South African court on Friday refused a U.S. request that the son-in-law of former South African President Nelson Mandela be sent to Connecticut to face sexual assault charges. Magistrate Tefo Myambo ruled in Isaac Amuah's favor at an extr
  • Boy suicide bomber kills 31 in Pakistan
    Vehicles carrying coffins head to the Pakistan army training camp in Mardan near Peshawar, Pakistan on February 10. A 12-year-old boy suicide bomber in a school uniform attacked soldiers during morning exercises at a Pakistani army training camp killing many troops and injuring dozens others, police and the military said. (AP Photo) MARDAN, Pakistan, February 10 (Reuters): A 12-year-old boy in a school uniform blew himself up at a Pakistani army recruitment centre on Thursday, kil
  • WikiLeaks feud escalates: defector accused of sabotage
    One of the founders of OpenLeaks, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, holds his book 'Inside WikiLeaks' after his arrival for a news conference in Berlin, Germany, February 10. (AP Photo) Berlin, February 10 (DPA): A feud that has opposed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and a former German assistant at the anti-secrecy website, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, escalated Thursday with a threat to sue and an allegation that the German committed sabotage.  A tell-all book is to be published Friday by
  • N Korea rules out further military talks with South
    South Korean delegate Army Col. Moon Sang-gyun, second from left, is questioned by reporters as he leaves for military meeting with North Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, February 8. The group of South Korean military officers has headed Tuesday to a rare meeting with North Korea to try to lay the groundwork for high-profile defense talks aimed at easing hostility on the peninsula. (AP Photo) Seoul , February 10 (VOA): North Korea’s military says it will not bother to h
  • South Sudan minister shot dead in Juba: SPLA
    JUBA, February 9 (AFP): South Sudan’s minister of cooperatives and rural development Jimmy Lemi Milla and his bodyguard were shot dead in Juba on Wednesday, the southern army’s spokesman said, in what appeared to be a personal dispute.“There was shooting at the ministries (complex), in which the minister of cooperatives and rural development was killed, as well as his bodyguard,” the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) spokesman Philip Aguer told AFP.
  • Pakistan officials hopeful on held American spat
    ISLAMABAD , February 9 (AP): Aides to Pakistan's president expressed confidence Wednesday that Islamabad and Washington could amicably resolve a growing diplomatic crisis over the fate of a former U.S. Special Forces soldier held in the shooting deaths of two Pakistanis.None, however, would directly respond to statements from Washington that billions of dollars in U.S. aid to Pakistan could be threatened and diplomatic contacts curbed if the American is not released quickly. Washington
  • Southern Sudan prepares to become a new country
    A southern Sudanese man watches a publicly televised broadcast of the formal announcement of referendum results in the southern capital of Juba , Monday, February 7. Referendum officials indicated that nearly 99 percent of all voters cast ballots in favor of southern independence. Southern Sudan will remain united with the north until the expiration of Comprehensive Peace Agreement in July 2011. (AP Photo)JUBA, February 8 (AP): The mud-hut town of Juba has earned a promotion to world c
  • Egypt unrest: Competing visions for the future
    LONDON, February 8 (BBC): There are competing visions on offer of what has been happening in Egypt, as this extraordinary political stalemate drags on.The people of the country, already shocked by the way political dissent suddenly erupted here after decades of repression, almost find themselves contemplating parallel realities.On the one hand, there is the distinctly optimistic view of the government that after a little reshuffling and restructuring under pressure in the last two week