• Bahrain mourners call for toppling of monarchy
    Bahraini pro-government protesters shouts slogans during a march supporting the Bahraini leadership in Manama, Bahrain on Friday, February 18. The woman holds a portrait of Bahraini Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, right, and in background is a portrait of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. (AP Photo) MANAMA, February 18 (AP): Thousands of mourners called for the downfall of Bahrain's ruling monarchy and worshippers at Friday prayers chanted against the king as anger shif
  • Australian diver killed in shark attack
    SYDNEY, February 18 (AFP): An Australian diver was killed by sharks in south Australia on Thursday, police said, in only the second fatal shark attack in Australian waters in more than two years. The abalone diver was thought to have been returning to the surface after a dive when two sharks, believed to be great whites, took him, South Australia Police said in a statement.The skipper on the boat witnessed the incident and returned to shore near Coffin Bay, around 300 kilometres (200 m
  • Baghdad wants U.S. to pay $1 billion for damage to city
    BAGHDAD, February 18 (Reuters): Iraq's capital wants the United States to apologize and pay $1 billion for the damage done to the city not by bombs but by blast walls and Humvees since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. The city's government issued its demands in a statement on Wednesday that said Baghdad's infrastructure and aesthetics have been seriously damaged by the American military."The U.S. forces changed this beautiful city to a camp in an ugly and destruc
  • Intel chief to join White House council on jobs
    SAN FRANCISCO, February 18 (AP): Casting about for innovative job-creation ideas, President Barack Obama is naming one of his critics to an advisory council responsible for finding new ways to promote economic growth and bring jobs to the U.S. Obama will name Intel Corp. CEO Paul Otellino to the jobs and competitiveness council during a visit to the company's semiconductor manufacturing facility in Hillsboro, Oregon, on Friday, a White House official said.  The aide requested anon
  • Egyptians mass in Cairo to mark Mubarak fall
    CAIRO, February 18 (AP): Tens of thousands of flag-waving Egyptians packed into Tahrir Square for a day of prayer and celebration Friday to mark the fall of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak a week ago and to maintain pressure on the new military rulers to steer the country toward democratic reforms. The groups that sparked the 18-day revolt leading to Mubarak's downfall called the massive gathering the "Friday of Victory and Continuation," a name reflecting both their pride in f
  • Turkey jails 3 journos on coup allegation
    ANKARA, February 18 (AP): A Turkish court on Friday jailed three journalists on charges of links to what the Islamic-rooted government calls a network plotting its overthrow, in a case that critics say is part of an assault on press freedom in the country. The homes of Soner Yalcin, the owner of dissident website Oda TV, and two colleagues were raided by police earlier this week after posting a video criticizing a police investigation into the alleged coup plot. That prompted U.S. Amba
  • Gaddafi supporters counter Libya’s “day of rage”
    A supporter of Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi posses for the camera while holding a flag during a pro-government demonstration in Tripoli early on Thursday, February 17. (AP Photo) TRIPOLI, February 17 (Reuters): Several hundred supporters of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi gathered in the capital on Thursday to counteract online calls for an anti-government "day of rage" inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.New York-based Human Rights Watch said Libyan authorities
  • 20 killed in Tanzania military blasts
    Smoke drifts over the Gongolamboto military camp on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam on Thursday February 17, following several explosion that occurred on Wednesday night, February 16. (AP Photo) ZANZIBAR, Tanzania, February 17 (AP): A military ammunition depot in Tanzania's largest city blew up overnight in a series of explosions that leveled homes, killed at least 20 people and wounded about 145 others. Thousands ran for their lives from blasts that were felt 20 kilometers (12 mil
  • Tour boat sinks in Vietnam; 12 dead from 9 nations
    Vietnamese health workers load the body of a sunken tourist boat victim to an ambulance in northern province of Quang Ninh, Vietnam on Thursday, February 17. (AP Photo) HA LONG BAY, Vietnam, February 17 (AP): An anchored boat packed with sleeping travelers sank early Thursday in Vietnam's scenic Ha Long Bay, killing 12 people from nine countries in the deadliest tour boat accident since the country opened to foreign visitors 25 years ago. Vacationers from the U.S., Britain, Austra
  • Belgium celebrates “world record” in gov’t talks
    A montage of Belgium’s Flemish speaking newspaper front pages published on Thursday, February 17, marking 249th day of political crisis in Belgium. (AP Photo) BRUSSELS, February 17 (AP): Many would see it as a humiliation, but for Belgium it's an excuse for a party: the country's citizens are marking 249 days without a government Thursday, a figure that they are treating as a world record. Day to day the crisis pits the leaders of 6 million Dutch-speaking Flemings against th
  • Iran regime calls for ‘hatred’ rally in Tehran against opposition
    This photo, taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran shows Iranian protestors throwing stones at anti-riot police officers, during an anti-government protest in Tehran, Iran on Monday, February 14. (AP Photo) TEHRAN, February 16 (AFP): Iran's regime said it called a rally in Tehran Friday to express "hatred" against the opposition movement, as its two key leaders launched fresh anti-government tirades despite demands
  • Military eager for Egypt to return to work
    CAIRO, February 16 (Reuters): The military hoped tens of thousands of Egyptians would heed its appeal to get back to work on Wednesday and abandon the strikes and protests that flared after the downfall of Hosni Mubarak offered new freedoms.Facing a rash of pent-up labor demands from groups ranging from bank staff and tour guides to policemen and steelworkers, the military has urged people not to disrupt further an economy damaged by the 18-day uprising against Mubarak."Mubarak ha
  • S.Sudan again accuses Khartoum of arming rebels
    JUBA, February 16  (AP):  Leveling serious accusations for the second day in a row, the leader of Southern Sudan's ruling party condemned the Khartoum government on Wednesday for allegedly arming southern rebels and attempting to destabilize the oil-rich region before it secedes in July. Pagan Amum accused Khartoum of supplying a southern warlord with arms on the last day of the south's Jan. 9-15 independence referendum, a vote that passed overwhelmingly and set Southern Suda
  • IMF recommends troubled Kabul Bank be wound down
    KABUL, February 16 (AP):  The International Monetary Fund is recommending that Afghanistan's troubled Kabul Bank be placed into receivership and then quickly sold off as part of a broader effort to stabilize the country's shaky financial system. The IMF made the recommendations Tuesday after a visit by fund officials to assess the nation's economy and work through an impasse over extending Kabul further credit. It urged Afghan officials to put together a "transparent, credibl
  • Muslim Brotherhood plans political party
    CAIRO, February 15 (AP): Egypt's long banned Muslim Brotherhood said Tuesday it intends to form a political party once democracy is established, as the country's new military rulers launched a panel of experts to amend the country's constitution enough to allow democratic elections later this year. The panel is to draw up changes at a breakneck pace - within 10 days - to end the monopoly that ousted President Hosni Mubarak's ruling party once held, which it ensured through widespread e
  • Man admits fathering seven with stepdaughter
    KOBLENZ, February 15 (AP): A German man admitted fathering at least seven children with his stepdaughter Tuesday as his trial opened on charges he abused her, his daughter and his stepson for more than 20 years and forced the two girls into prostitution. The 48-year-old man, identified only as Detlef S. in line with German privacy rules, is charged with 350 counts of sexually abusing minors in his care between 1987 and 2010, and with 35 counts of facilitating sexual acts with minors. H
  • ‘Afghan war costs $300 million a day’
    WASHINGTON, February 15 (AFP): The withdrawal of American troops from Iraq will allow for a reduced US defense budget in 2012 but the war in Afghanistan still costs the United States close to 300 million dollars a day. Under the Pentagon's proposed budget, the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will drop to USD 117.8 billion for fiscal year 2012, a reduction of 41.5 billion from the previous year.As the US war effort winds down in Iraq, the budget sets aside USD 10.6 billion for
  • WORLD Briefs
    Saudi to remove books deemed to promote terrorismRIYADH, February 15 (AP): An official at the Saudi Education Ministry says the kingdom plans to remove books from school libraries that are deemed to encourage terrorism or defame religion. The official said Tuesday the ministry has created a book review committee that will begin work soon. No further details were immediately available. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with ministry protocol.  The U.S. has pressu
  • 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