Exclusive: Bolivia poised to de-flag Iranian ships
2012-04-18 17:49:38 UTC
DUBAI (Reuters) - Bolivia is poised to strike fifteen vessels linked to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines off its shipping register just weeks after IRISL found Bolivian replacements for their Maltese and Cypriot flags.
IRISL, its man...
Oil buyers cut more Iran imports due to sanctions
2012-04-18 17:16:25 UTC
TOKYO/LONDON (Reuters) - Japan will slash crude purchases from Iran in April, and European and Taiwanese customers will also take less, industry sources told Reuters on Wednesday, adding to signs Western sanctions are curbing sales from OPEC's sec...
Is Spain Europe's next problem economy?
2012-04-18 06:40:23 UTC
DW Germany- The debt crisis is back with a vengeance. For the first time, Madrid had to pay over 6 percent interest for 10-year bonds - a warning sign for many economists.
Flies never visit an egg that has no crack, says a Chinese proverb. But fo...
Arab ministers urge Syria to open up to U.N. monitors
2012-04-17 23:41:25 UTC
DOHA (Reuters) - Arab League ministers met U.N.-Arab special envoy Kofi Annan on Tuesday and pressed Syria to cooperate fully with his peace mission, first by providing unfettered access to ceasefire monitors.
A six-day-old truce has held in so...
U.N. sees need for more Syria observers, aircraft
2012-04-18 01:16:07 UTC
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A United Nations mission to oversee an end to violence in Syria may need to bring in its own aircraft and deploy more troops to ensure that a firm ceasefire takes hold throughout the country, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon s...
IMF inches toward deal on boosting bailout funds
2012-04-17 23:17:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund appeared to be inching toward a deal on increasing its financial firepower on Tuesday, with Japan, Sweden and Denmark committing a total of $77 billion to help contain the euro zone's debt cri...
U.S. looking at "all options" on North Korea as nuclear test looms
2012-04-17 07:59:52 UTC
SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States is looking at "all options" as it seeks to discourage North Korea from conducting a third nuclear test, a senior U.S. military officer said on Tuesday, days after a failed long-range rocket launch by the North t...
Afghan Taliban says rehearsed attack for two months
2012-04-17 05:30:43 UTC
KABUL (Reuters) - The insurgents who mounted weekend attacks in central Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan carefully rehearsed for months, even building small military-style models and pre-positioning weapons, a Taliban spokesman said on Monday....
Karzai says NATO failed as 18-hour Kabul attack ends
2012-04-17 01:46:31 UTC
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Monday that a coordinated Taliban attack on Kabul showed a "failure" by Afghan intelligence and especially by NATO, while Washington signaled the Haqqani group of militants was responsible.
U.N. council set to condemn North Korean rocket launch
2012-04-16 04:06:31 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - After days of closed-door haggling, the U.N. Security Council is hoping to adopt a statement on Monday condemning North Korea's botched rocket launch and suggesting an expansion of a U.N. blacklist of North Korean firms ...
Algeria offers own brand of "Arab Spring" for vote
2012-04-15 21:34:28 UTC
ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria on Sunday launched the campaign for a parliamentary election that the ruling elite, in power for 50 years, hopes will soak up the pressure for change that has been building since the "Arab Spring" revolts in neighboring...
Argentina storms out of Americas summit
2012-04-15 21:21:05 UTC
Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner has stormed out of the Summit of the Americas in protest against a perceived lack of regional support for her country's claims in the dispute with the UK over the Falkland Islands.
The summit in Colombia ...
Mexican cartels trick border crossers into being drug mules
2012-04-15 21:08:28 UTC
SAN DIEGO, California (Reuters) - The Mexican help wanted ads offer a quick $500 for a simple job - drive a car into California on an errand for an "important business" organization.
But the new boss may be a drug cartel and the cargo may not b...
Latin America rebels against U.S. over Cuba
2012-04-15 20:52:45 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - Unprecedented Latin American opposition to U.S. sanctions on Cuba left President Barack Obama isolated at a summit on Sunday and illustrated Washington's declining influence in a region being aggressively courted by...
Taliban attack Afghanistan in "spring offensive"
2012-04-15 20:37:26 UTC
KABUL (Reuters) - Heavy explosions, rockets and gunfire rattled Kabul on Sunday as Afghanistan's Taliban launched a "spring offensive" with multiple attacks targeting Western embassies, the NATO force's headquarters and the parliament building.
Corrected-Beyond monitors, world deeply divided on Syria
2012-04-15 07:05:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With a cease-fire barely holding and the deployment of unarmed foreign observers expected to ease but not end months of violence, world powers are still struggling to find a longer-term strategy for Syria.
After heavy dip...
Israel moves to thwart pro-Palestinian fly-in
2012-04-15 02:23:52 UTC
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel moved to block an influx of pro-Palestinian activists planning to visit the occupied West Bank, drafting a letter from the Prime Minister's Office suggesting they focus instead on "real problems" in the Middle East, of...
Cuba's allies to boycott future Americas summits
2012-04-15 01:51:37 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - Cuba's allies in Latin America declared on Saturday that they would stay away from future hemispheric summits if the communist island nation was not invited to attend.
Increasing calls to end the ostracism of Cub...
Iran, big powers agree - to keep talking
2012-04-15 01:48:45 UTC
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - After a year of sanctions and saber-rattling over Iran's nuclear program, negotiators from Tehran and six world powers finally resumed talks and found at least enough common ground to agree to meet again next month.
Scandal mars Obama's wooing of Latin America
2012-04-15 00:55:02 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - A prostitution scandal involving U.S. security personnel in Colombia threatened on Saturday to eclipse President Barack Obama's charm offensive to Latin America.
In a major embarrassment for the United States at ...
U.N. council approves deployment of monitors to Syria
2012-04-14 17:21:20 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia and China joined the rest of the U.N. Security Council on Saturday to authorize the deployment of up to 30 unarmed observers to Syria to monitor the country's fragile ceasefire as called for by U.N.-Arab League me...
Moscow urges swift UN resolution on Syrian observers
2012-04-14 05:39:58 UTC
Russia is calling on the UN Security Council to adopt a swift resolution on the urgent sending of UN observers to Syria to ensure a ceasefire in the country torn by civil unrest, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Friday, RIA Novosti ...
China gives currency more freedom with new reform
2012-04-14 05:24:12 UTC
BEIJING (Reuters) - China took a milestone step in turning the yuan into a global currency on Saturday by doubling the size of its trading band against the dollar, pushing through a crucial reform that further liberalizes its nascent financial mar...
Ocampo ends World Bank bid, backs Nigerian
2012-04-14 01:08:31 UTC
WASHINGTON/BRASILIA (Reuters) - Former Colombian finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo ended his bid to become World Bank president on Friday, leaving two candidates in an unprecedented challenge to U.S. control of the global development institutio...
After Harvard, future is uncertain for Bo's son
2012-04-14 01:00:43 UTC
CAMBRIDGE, Mass./BEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) - Bo Guagua, a 24-year-old descendant of Chinese Communist royalty, seemed destined to one day become a rich and powerful businessman in an economy that in his lifetime would become the world's largest.