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 sound of explosions in the town of Zabadani, close t...
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 after the first of the two tremors.
The USGS s...
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 worrying.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations...
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 Ntaganda because the whole population wants peace," ...
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 political turmoil.
The Brotherhood's candidate for pre...
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 goes to plan, the launch, which North Korea's neighbo...
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 Mugayly in the centre of Hama city," an activist in...
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...
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 government assurances they will respect the ceasefi...
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 European Union have tightened measures aimed at reducin...
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 European Commission follows a positive opinion from...
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 stop shelling Syrian towns.
Several Western dipl...
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...
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...
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 electronics giant.
Sony, which plans to axe 10,000...
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 Stadium in Tehran.
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 later this week.
Iran has played a tit-for-tat game...
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...
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 admitted to police that he shot three of the victims an...
China, between a rocket and a hard place on North Korea
2012-04-10 02:49:25 UTC
BEIJING (Reuters) - A joke circulating among officials in Beijing pretty much underlines the bind China is in over North Korea's plans to send a satellite into space.
North Korea's young ruler Kim Jong-un phones a Chinese leader to tell him about timing of the planned rocket launch. "When will...
Body Of A Man Was Tossed From A Plane, Landed On A Hospital Roof
2017-04-12 20:32:13 UTC
By Gabriel Stargardter |
MEXICO CITY — The body of a man, who witnesses said was tossed from a plane, landed on a hospital roof in Mexico's northern Sinaloa state on Wednesday, according to a public health service official in the region, which is home to notorious drug traffickers.
Syrian troops on offensive on deadline day
2012-04-10 01:15:40 UTC
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian troops shelled villages, fired across frontiers and were accused of massacres in the hours before a deadline on Tuesday that many doubt can usher in a U.N.-brokered ceasefire and halt a 13-month slide into all-out civil war.
Diplomats trying to contain a crisis that h...
U.S. tells North Korea not to carry out nuclear test
2012-04-10 01:05:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States urged North Korea on Monday not conduct a nuclear test or launch a satellite and called on China to exert its influence over its neighbor to try to ward off such "provocative actions."
North Korea, which is pressing ahead with plans for a satellite laun...
Iraqi government demands Kurdistan to hand over control of airports
2017-09-26 17:52:59 UTC
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi government gave the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) until Friday 3:00 p.m (1200 GMT) to hand over control of its airports in order to avoid an international air embargo, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said, according to state TV.
The measure is meant as a reta...