BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to retake the Iraqi city that fell to the Islamists a week ago in a major setback for the government. In Palmyra, the Syrian air force struck at buildings captured by the Sunni militant group, whose arrival has raised fears that the city's famed Roman ruins will be des
China said it had lodged a complaint with the United States over a U.S. spy plane that flew over parts of the disputed South China Sea in a diplomatic row that has fuelled tension between the world's two largest economies. Friction in the region has grown over China's land reclamation in the Spratly islands. China last week said it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a U.S. spy plane flew over are
The Philippines is seeking a "stronger commitment" from the United States to help its ally, the defense minister said on Monday, as China asserts its sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims. Ch
By Praveen Menon WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (Reuters) - Malaysia has found 139 graves, and signs of torture, in more than two dozen squalid human trafficking camps suspected to have been used by gangs smuggling migrants across the border with Thailand, the country's police chief said on Monday. The dense jungles of southern Thailand and northern Malaysia have been a major stop-off point for smugglers
An Air France flight from Paris was escorted by U.S. fighter jets to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, according to WABC television. Flight 22 from Charles de Gaulle Airport was to be taken to a secure area at the New York airport to be searched, according to the report. Citing an unnamed senior U.S. official, ABC News
By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Mohammed Ghobari ADEN/CAIRO (Reuters) - Local Sunni Muslim militia ejected Shi'ite Houthi rebels from much of the southern Yemeni city of Dalea on Monday, residents and combatants said, inflicting the first significant setback on the Iranian-backed rebels in two months of civil war. Dalea had been a bastion of southern secessionists in Yemen before the Houthis took wide
PARIS (AP) — A new person has been appearing more and more often alongside French President Francois Hollande on official visits abroad and in high-level meetings at the Elysee Palace: Segolene Royal, the president's ex-companion and mother of his four children.
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Rescuers searched Monday for at least 12 people missing in spectacular flash flooding in Texas and Oklahoma that also left at least three dead. The raging waters destroyed hundreds of homes and sent cars floating down streets, rolling and bobbing like giant toys. In the Texas city of San Marcos, residents were ordered to evacuate their homes as flood waters rose menacingly around them, following
WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming will bring much more sneezing and wheezing to Europe by mid-century, a new study says.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities want to use prison labor to drive down the costs of holding the 2018 World Cup.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The rhino's rescuers gave her a name: Hope.
A demonstrator was shot dead and two others wounded in southern Burundi on Monday, a local official and witness said, in one of the first confirmed reports of civil unrest erupting outside the capital Bujumbura. The protester was killed when local police opened fire on a group of around a hundred demonstrators in Muyange in Bururi province, around 60 kilometres (38 miles) southeast of the capita
Greece's budget proposals are insufficient to ensure a surplus this year, International Monetary Fund chief economist Olivier Blanchard was quoted as saying on Monday. Blanchard told French financial daily Les Echos in an interview that Greece was supposed to have a 3 percent 2015 budget surplus, but that this goal was probably not realistic at the moment. "Considering that the most recent estimat
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia coach Fabio Capello has been told that his team's target should be a World Cup semifinal at home in 2018.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh has banned a radical Islamist group accused of attacking and killing atheist bloggers and writers.
Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people and looks set to continue this week, officials said on Monday. The hottest place in India was Allahabad, a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which saw mercury rise to 47.7 degrees Celsius (117.8 Fahrenheit) on Sunday, while the capital Delhi recorded a hig
By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The international community's response to devastating earthquakes in Nepal has been disappointing, a United Nations official said on Monday, adding that donors were focusing more on reconstruction than much needed aid such as food and shelter. The impoverished Himalayan nation is reeling from a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck on April 2
By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mozambique is mulling a plan to lease 240,000 hectares of prime farmland to investors to grow crops for export, threatening to displace more than 100,000 local residents, activists and academics said, citing a leaked document. The Lurio River Valley Development Project in the country's northeast aims to produce cotton, corn, sugar, ethanol and
Residents of Leer, a South Sudan town targeted in a government offensive, have begun returning to their homes from the surrounding swamps where they had sought shelter, aid workers said Monday. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) returned to Leer at the weekend for the first time since being forced to pull out some of its staff and suspend operations as government forces approach
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi is not ready for parliamentary or presidential elections next month because the government is curtailing freedoms including preventing the opposition from campaigning, a leading opposition candidate said Monday, as protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office continued in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura.
WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities said Monday a cluster of abandoned jungle camps used by human traffickers contained 139 suspected graves as well as barbed-wire pens likely used to cage migrants, shedding more light on a regional trade that preyed on some of Southeast Asia's most desperate people. National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said forensics experts were exhuming the sus
By Karen Sanje LILONGWE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Impoverished villagers are hacking down Malawi's forests to make charcoal, undeterred by government efforts to confiscate the dirty fuel as a power deficit stokes demand. Alex Thom, standing by his bags of charcoal on the roadside at Bale in Rumphi in northern Malawi, said he and others make charcoal by smoldering wood because it provides stea
PARIS (AP) — Getting past his first round opponent at the French Open was easy. Breaking the Big Four domination will be a lot harder for Tomas Berdych.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A prison riot in northeastern Brazil left at least seven dead after a fight between two gangs escalated and led to about 70 people, many visiting family members, being held hostage for several hours.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates on Monday laid out a strategic framework for a newly created space agency that aims to integrate various arms of the Gulf federation's burgeoning space industry.
By Mathieu Bonkoungou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Authorities in Burkina Faso began exhuming the remains of former president Thomas Sankara on Monday in a bid to establish responsibility for a murder that has dogged the West African nation since 1987. Sankara's relatives have for years pressed for his body to be tested, saying they suspect it may not be that of the former president, who died in a coup
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A tornado raged through the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna early Monday, killing at least 10 people, destroying homes and upending cars and other vehicles.
By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese soldiers clashed with Rwandan Hutu rebels being held in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, wounding at least six, as an agreement to move the rebels from one transit camp to another fell apart. Congolese troops were moving rebel officers from a camp in Kanyabayonga in North Kivu province, which is run jointly by the country's United Nation
LONDON (AP) — England needed five more wickets in the final session to beat New Zealand in a thrilling first test at Lord's on Monday.