Obama, Sarkozy discussed oil market conditions: White House
2012-04-12 17:51:30 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama discussed conditions on world oil markets during a video conference on Thursday with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the White House said.
"The president and President Sarkozy agreed to conti...
Afghanistan's Karzai considers change in election timetable
2012-04-12 16:32:03 UTC
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday he was considering changes to either the 2014 timetable for a presidential election or the transition of security to Afghan forces that year to avoid overburdening the country.
Roche Q1 sales solid as Illumina bid battle rages
2012-04-12 16:19:40 UTC
ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche said it would have to rethink its tactics if shareholders of reluctant U.S. bid target Illumina did not back its approach as it reported strong first-quarter pharmaceutical sales helped by top cancer drugs....
Somali pirates release Panama-flagged ship amid ransom reports
2012-04-12 16:07:31 UTC
HARGEISA (Reuters) - Somali pirates have released a Panama-flagged vessel they seized two months ago allowing it to continue on its way to the breakaway enclave of Somaliland, the ship's agent and a government official said on Thursday.
Iran offers Asia oil buyers easier credit terms: FT
2012-04-12 04:35:03 UTC
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Iran is offering Asian oil buyers, including India, easier credit terms to lure more business and counteract tough Western sanctions aimed at restricting the OPEC member's principal export, the Financial Times reported on Thu...
Syria truce deadline passes, no reported violence
2012-04-12 04:30:12 UTC
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The deadline for a U.N.-backed ceasefire aimed at halting more than a year of violence in Syria passed on Thursday with no immediate reports of fighting, activists said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the so...
Second tremor hit Western Mexico
2012-04-12 08:50:38 UTC
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Two large earthquakes struck western Mexico, shaking buildings as far away as the capital and sending people rushing out of offices onto the streets, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
There were no reports of major damage...
U.S. dismisses credibility of Syria ceasefire pledge
2012-04-11 21:56:14 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States dismissed Syria's new pledge to halt all fighting by dawn on Thursday, saying it holds "little if any credibility" and that caveats placed by President Bashar al-Assad's government on the ceasefire are ...
Congo's Kabila says to arrest wanted army general
2012-04-11 19:40:51 UTC
GOMA, Congo (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila announced on Wednesday that authorities would arrest a serving army general wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes.
"I want to arrest Bosco Nt...
Analysis: Egypt's Brotherhood raises stakes by excluding IMF
2012-04-11 19:12:29 UTC
CAIRO (Reuters) - In all but ruling out an early agreement on an IMF loan, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has dramatically raised the stakes in its struggle with the army-led administration for control of a country still reeling from a year of politic...
Defiant North Korea begins injecting fuel into rocket
2012-04-11 16:24:51 UTC
PYONGYANG (Reuters) - Impoverished North Korea rejected international protests over its planned long-range rocket launch and said on Wednesday that it was injecting fuel "as we speak", meaning it could blast off as early as Thursday.
If all goe...
Syrian army moves into Hama, shells Rastan - activists
2012-04-11 16:09:13 UTC
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army moved tanks into the centre of the city of Hama on Wednesday and also began shelling the town of Rastan, activists in Hama and Rastan said.
"At least 20 tanks are moving into the neighborhoods of Dabagha and M...
Syria pledges truce, if rebels hold fire
2012-04-11 16:01:59 UTC
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria promised to observe a U.N.-backed ceasefire starting on Thursday, but its forces kept up fierce attacks on opposition neighborhoods in the hours before the deadline.
A Syrian defense ministry source quoted on state tele...
Annan says Syria promises to respect ceasefire
2012-04-11 07:30:31 UTC
DUBAI (Reuters) - United Nations-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan said on Wednesday the Syrian government had assured him it will respect a ceasefire with rebel forces, less than 24 hours before a deadline to suspend hostilities.
"I have received g...
Japan ship insurer sets new rules on Iran oil voyages
2012-04-11 06:32:54 UTC
TOKYO (Reuters) - Ship owners covered by Japan P&I club must alert the maritime insurer in advance of any plans to transport Iranian oil and petrochemicals that could fall foul of Western sanctions, the insurer said.
The United States and Europ...
Abbott wins EU approval for new use of Humira drug
2012-04-11 06:18:59 UTC
(Reuters) - Humira, the best-selling arthritis drug that forms the cornerstone of Abbott Laboratories' pharmaceutical business, has been approved in Europe for ulcerative colitis, the U.S. drugmaker said on Wednesday.
The green light from the E...
Annan urges U.N. council to push for Syria truce by Thursday
2012-04-11 06:10:34 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan appealed to the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to help prevent the collapse of his efforts to end Syria's year-long conflict, after Damascus ignored a deadline to withdraw troops and s...
US and Iran join fight against Islamist in Iraq
2014-06-14 00:56:23 UTC
The United States and Iran are moving rapidly to defend Iraq from rampaging Sunni Islamist insurgents, with Washington urgently considering air strikes on the jihadi militants and Tehran dispatching its foremost powerbroker to help arrange the def...
Manila summons China's envoy over South China Sea standoff
2012-04-11 02:56:15 UTC
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines summoned China's ambassador in Manila on Wednesday for talks over a disputed area in the South China Sea after two large Chinese surveillance ships blocked a Philippine Navy vessel from arresting Chinese fisherme...
Exclusive: China's ZTE planned U.S. computer sale to Iran
2012-04-10 20:59:25 UTC
(Reuters) - China's ZTE Corp, which recently sold Iran's largest telecommunications firm a powerful surveillance system, later agreed to ship to Iran millions of dollars worth of embargoed U.S. computer equipment, documents show.
The American c...
Sony sees record $6.4 billion loss on tax hit
2012-04-10 19:08:01 UTC
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp flagged a record $6.4 billion annual net loss, double an earlier forecast and a fourth straight year of red ink, as it writes off deferred tax credits, heaping more pressure on its new CEO to turn around the ele...
Iran joins Brazil, Russia in 2018 World Cup
2017-06-12 20:24:49 UTC
<blockquote>TEHRAN — It's celebration time for Iranian football fans worldwide! Team Melli secure qualification to Russia 2018 with a 2-0 victory over Uzbekistan. Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi with the goals for Carlos Queiroz's side at the Azadi...
Iran cuts oil to Spain ahead of nuclear talks
2012-04-10 20:34:28 UTC
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has cut oil exports to Spain and may halt sales to Germany and Italy, Iran's English-language state television reported on Tuesday, in an apparent move to strengthen its position ahead of crucial talks with world powers late...
Islamists fight army in central, south Yemen, 21 killed
2012-04-10 18:39:33 UTC
SANAA (Reuters) - At least 21 people were killed in Yemen on Tuesday in renewed fighting between troops and al Qaeda-linked militants in the southern city of Lawdar and a militant attack on a checkpoint in central Maarib province, officials and re...
Anti-poverty group ONE pushes for G8 food deal
2012-04-10 04:08:02 UTC
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Two white men accused of shooting five black people in Tulsa, Oklahoma, killing three of them, have confessed to authorities, media reports said on Monday, citing police and court documents.
Jake England, 19, has admit...