Tiny Gulf islands rekindle big Arab-Iran dispute
2012-04-20 01:32:39 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — There would seem to be enough points of tension to keep Iran and its Gulf Arab rivals fully occupied: Tehran's nuclear program, accusations of Iranian meddling in Bahrain's uprising, Iranian threats to block Gulf oil shipping l...
NYC basement searched for boy who vanished in 1979
2012-04-20 01:10:10 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Police and the FBI searched a Manhattan basement Thursday for the remains of a 6-year-old boy whose 1979 disappearance on his way to school helped launch a missing children's movement that put kids' faces on milk cartons.
Russia ‘cooperative’ on Syria – Pentagon chief
2012-04-20 01:01:23 UTC
Russia has started interacting with the United States and other countries on the Syria issue, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday, RIA Novosti reported.
"At this point, Russia has been cooperative" in negotiating a ceasefire de...
Trouble in threes: Scandals hamper Obama's message
2012-04-20 00:29:56 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — It isn't Mitt Romney who's giving Barack Obama fits as the president pivots to re-election mode. It's those federal bureaucrats carousing in Las Vegas, the Secret Service consorting with Colombian prostitutes and U.S. soldiers po...
Clinton urges tougher UN pressure on Syria
2012-04-19 22:53:11 UTC
PARIS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Thursday for the U.N. Security Council to adopt an arms embargo and other tough measures against Syria to try to halt 13 months of bloodshed, but she acknowledged such diplomatic a...
Clooney to hold high-end Obama fundraiser
2012-04-19 22:41:50 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — George Cooney has a starring role in a new Obama campaign sweepstakes.
The actor is holding a high-end fundraiser for President Barack Obama at his Los Angeles home next month and the president's re-election campaign is offeri...
Travelers smashes estimates, insurance rates rising
2012-04-19 18:18:30 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the U.S. Supreme Court ponders the fate of healthcare reform in the current election year, a study released on Thursday shows that one in four working-age Americans went without insurance at some point in 2011, often as a...
"Friends of Syria say Annan plan is last hope
2012-04-19 18:02:11 UTC
PARIS (Reuters) - The "Friends of Syria" coalition meeting in Paris on Thursday called a U.N.-backed peace plan the "last hope" to resolve the crisis and said they would do all they could to help it succeed, according to draft conclusions obtained...
Iran open for IAEA talks, no word on Parchin: diplomats
2012-04-19 17:53:55 UTC
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran says it is ready to resume talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog two months after their last meeting ended in failure, but still appears to be stonewalling a request for access to a key military site, Western diplomats said ...
U.N. chief says South Sudan infringing on Sudan sovereignty
2012-04-19 17:32:13 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday termed South Sudan's seizure of a disputed oil field in Sudan an "illegal act" and called on both countries to stop border clashes spiraling into war as the United States warned of a "w...
Syria hasn't fully complied with Annan peace plan: U.N. chief
2012-04-19 05:49:57 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria has not fully complied with a U.N.-backed peace plan for the country and has yet to send a "clear signal" about its commitment to ending more than a year of violence, the U.N. chief told the Security Council in a l...
Exclusive: Hong Kong moves closer to bank liability for IPOS
2012-04-19 05:02:38 UTC
(Reuters) - Hong Kong's financial market watchdog is launching a public consultation process in the next couple of weeks that seeks to toughen rules for banks sponsoring initial public offerings, including holding them liable for faulty deal docum...
US aircraft carriers not allowed to stop in areas designated by Iran
2012-04-19 04:21:02 UTC
The commander of the Iranian Armed Forces said on Wednesday that Iran has notified the two U.S. aircraft carriers deployed in the Persian Gulf that they are not allowed to stop in certain areas of the Persian Gulf designated by Iranian naval force...
Spanish king apologizes for Botswana elephant hunt
2012-04-18 21:31:01 UTC
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's King Juan Carlos I hobbled out of a Madrid hospital on Wednesday and apologized for making an elephant-hunting trip to Botswana - a jaunt that has caused outrage in a country suffering from an economic crisis.
Panetta apologizes for photos of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan
2012-04-18 18:36:16 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta apologized on Wednesday for photographs that appeared in an American newspaper of U.S. soldiers posing with the maimed bodies of dead Afghan insurgents.
"I know war is ugly ... I know you...
Study suggests breast cancer is clutch of 10 diseases
2012-04-18 18:02:27 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists who conducted a major international study into the genetics of breast cancer say they can now classify the disease into 10 subtypes - a finding that points to more accurate, tailored treatment for individual patients ...
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...
Internet advertising climbs to $31 billion in 2011
2012-04-18 17:04:36 UTC
(Reuters) - Internet advertising revenue in the United States jumped 22 percent to $31 billion in 2011 setting a record high.
The bulk of last year's spend went to search and display advertising, according to a...
Top U.S. colleges to offer free classes online
2012-04-18 16:54:35 UTC
(Reuters) - Five prestigious U.S. universities will create free online courses for students worldwide through a new, interactive education platform dubbed Coursera, the founders announced Wednesday.
The two founders, both professors of computer...
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...
Human-made earthquakes reported in central U.S
2012-04-18 02:08:05 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of earthquakes in the central United States rose "spectacularly" near where oil and gas drillers disposed of wastewater underground, a process that may have caused geologic faults to slip, U.S. government geologis...
U.S. agents, military took up to 21 women to Colombia hotel
2012-04-18 01:19:51 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service agents and military personnel took as many as 21 women back to their hotel in Colombia in an incident last week involving alleged misconduct with prostitutes, a Republican senator said on Tuesday.
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...