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.
U.S. says Colombia trade deal to take effect in May
2012-04-15 20:33:31 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - The U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement will enter into force next month, far earlier than expected, as a result of what the Obama administration called "historic" progress for Colombian worker protections and human ...
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...
Stocks drop as economy put brakes on stock rally
2013-01-31 00:36:57 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Worries about the economy have slowed a January stock rally.
After a month of impressive gains that brought the Dow within 200 points of a record, the markets have paused this week. Stocks started the day lower Wednesday...
Greenpeace: e-car is just 'mobility for the rich'
2012-04-15 04:48:57 UTC
The electric car is supposed to be a useful way of tackling climate change by reducing CO2 emissions. But even environmental activists are now criticizing the e-cars currently available.
Environmental organization Greenpeace has lambasted the...
France questions suspect over serial murders
2012-04-15 03:36:35 UTC
PARIS (Reuters) - French police detained a suspect on Saturday for questioning over a spate of fatal shootings in a Paris suburb in the last few months which had raised fears a serial killer was on the loose, a police source said.
Police were s...
White House sees "positive first step" in Iran talks
2012-04-15 02:13:44 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - Talks in Istanbul on Saturday among negotiators from Iran and six world powers including the United States represented "a positive first step" in addressing international concern over the Iranian nuclear program, th...
Obama's partying guards embarrass U.S. at summit
2012-04-15 02:05:43 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service agents and soldiers tasked with protecting President Barack Obama at a summit in Colombia have instead embarrassed the United States by trying to consort with prostitutes.
The muddled and murk...
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 ...
Singer Robin Gibb of Bee Gees fame in coma
2012-04-14 18:09:59 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Singer Robin Gibb, a founding member of the disco-era hit machine the Bee Gees, is in a coma surrounded by members of his family in a London hospital, British media reported on Saturday.
A spokesman for the 62-year-old, who h...
U.S. watches for North Korea's next move after rocket crash
2012-04-14 17:34:49 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States kept a wary eye on North Korea after the reclusive state's unsuccessful launch of a long-range rocket and President Barack Obama said on Friday Pyongyang faced further isolation if it continued to defy the ...
Obama cites potential of billion consumers in the Americas
2012-04-14 17:28:18 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama stressed on Saturday the "great promise" for business growth in the Americas, seeking to play up the economic heft of the region he has paid little attention to in his first three years i...
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...
A crazy week in review Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Mel Gibson, Courtney Love and more were in the spotlight this week.
2012-04-14 11:43:43 UTC
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
Guns N' Roses founding member Axl Rose had a message for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which will hold its induction ceremony in Cleveland on Saturday without him. "I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia a...
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...
Obama urged at summit to focus on Latin America
2012-04-14 04:40:57 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - Washington should turn back to alliances with neighbors in Latin America rather than focus on faraway conflicts like Afghanistan, Colombia's president said on Friday before welcoming President Barack Obama to the Am...
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.
Colombia's Ocampo withdraws from World Bank challenge
2012-04-13 22:07:04 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Colombian finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo said Friday he was withdrawing his candidacy for World Bank president to allow developing nations to rally behind a single nominee to challenge the United States for the ...
Exclusive: Iran ships "off radar" as Tehran conceals oil sales
2012-04-13 19:23:13 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Iran is concealing the destination of its oil sales by disabling tracking systems aboard its tanker fleet, making it difficult to assess how much crude Tehran is exporting as it seeks to counter Western sanctions aimed at cuttin...
Russia sends conflicting signals on Syria ships
2012-04-13 19:15:26 UTC
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian news agency reported on Friday that Moscow had decided to keep a warship on patrol off Syria for the foreseeable future, but a military source said Russia's naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean had "nothing to d...
West pushes U.N. Syria vote, despite Russian criticism
2012-04-13 19:09:59 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Western powers brushed aside Russian criticism of a U.S.-drafted Security Council resolution authorizing an advance team of U.N. observers to monitor Syria's fragile ceasefire and said they hoped to put it to a vote on F...
British PM, Suu Kyi back suspension of Myanmar sanctions
2012-04-13 17:05:54 UTC
YANGON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi gave powerful backing on Friday for suspending sanctions on the country, a stark shift in stance and a boon for a pariah state eager to come in ...
Russia, China, India urge restraint over DPRK satellite launch
2012-04-13 16:55:58 UTC
Foreign ministers of Russia, China and India on Friday urged all concerned parties to show maximum restraint over the failed satellite launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
"We are convinced that the responses to the chal...