• US opens direct secret talks with Taliban: Report
    New York, February 19 (PTI): US has opened direct secret talks with senior Taliban leaders, a media report said here, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that only a political solution could end the
  • China resisting G20 countries’ deal on indicators
    PARIS, February 19 (Reuters): China was holding out on Saturday against an agreement among the world's major economies on ways to measure and correct global economic imbalances, refusing to have its massive cur
  • 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 S
  • 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 di
  • 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 tha
  • 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
  • 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 maint
  • 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
  • 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 (
  • 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, T
  • 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 (A
  • 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 s
  • 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 prote
  • 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 Hosn
  • 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 sout
  • 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 stabili
  • 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
  • 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
  • ‘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 dollar
  • 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 t