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.
The assault, one of the most serious on the capit...
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 diplomatic wrangling, the United Nations Security Cou...
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 searching the home of the suspect, who French media...
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.
With threats of war hanging over an already unsettled Mid...
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 mediator Kofi Annan.
It is the first resolution t...
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 markets.
The People's Bank of China said it would ...
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 institution.
With the board of the World Bank to meet on ...
U.S. politics clash with reality over China currency
2012-04-13 22:39:50 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States was keeping 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 that Pyongyang faced further isolation if it kept defying the international community.
The White Hous...
Finally! Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt get engaged
2012-04-13 22:42:10 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — It's official: Brangelina is engaged.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie haven't set a wedding date yet, but their engagement "is a promise for the future," Pitt's manager, Cynthia Pett-Dante, said in an email Friday.
Pitt, 48, and Jolie, 36, have six children together. "Their...
Obama: will isolate North Korea further after failed launch
2012-04-13 22:33:51 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday the United States would work with the international community to further isolate North Korea after the country's unsuccessful launch of a long-range missile drew worldwide condemnation.
"It's important to know that they've been ...
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 job.
Ocampo said Nigerian Finance Minister Ngoz...
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 Friday.
The U.N. missions of Britain, France and...
UN team ready for Syria deployment
2012-04-13 17:32:55 UTC
A United Nations team of 30 unarmed military observers is ready to deploy to Syria to begin a monitoring mission as soon as the Security Council approves its mission, which may be as soon as Friday, a spokesman for special envoy Kofi Annan has said.
The team is "standing by" to begin overseein...
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 challenge need to be only in diplomatic and political ...
Iran, powers set for high-stakes nuclear talks
2012-04-13 19:19:28 UTC
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers prepared on Friday for rare talks aimed at easing fears that a deepening dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program could plunge the Middle East into a new war.
Senior officials from Iran and the big powers arrived in Istanbul ahead of Sa...
Australia's miners end advertising truce with government
2012-04-13 02:58:16 UTC
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's powerful mining lobby has launched an advertising campaign warning the Labor-led minority government against imposing more taxes, recalling its 2010 anti-tax crusade that helped bring down the then prime minister.
Miners spent more than $20 million on advertisi...
Syria truce takes shaky hold, Annan presses Syria
2012-04-12 16:47:01 UTC
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian troops held their fire on Thursday after a U.N.-backed ceasefire deadline passed, giving respite to rebellious towns that have suffered heavy bombardments, but international envoy Kofi Annan pressed Damascus to pull its forces back entirely.
"Syria is apparently exper...
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 continue their consultations about the tightness in glo...
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 Thursday.
Tehran has been offering a handful of po...
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 television on Wednesday said the army would halt opera...
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 defence of Baghdad.
Senior US officials told the G...
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 fishermen in the area.
The Philippines and China are co...
Clinton warns of "additional provocations" from North Korea
2012-04-11 01:06:35 UTC
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned on Tuesday that history points to "additional provocations" from North Korea after its expected rocket launch this week, suggesting isolated Pyongyang feared closer relations with the outside world.
In a wide-rangin...
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 components were part of an 8 million euro ($10.5 mi...
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 residents said.
Eight soldiers and five militants...