By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Martin Petty BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved parliament on Monday and called a snap election, but anti-government protest leaders pressed ahead with mass demonstrations seeking to install an unelected body to run the country. About 100,000 protesters marched through Bangkok, extending a rally that descended into violence before pau
By Brian Ellsworth CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged to deepen his "economic offensive" to force businesses to cut prices after his ruling Socialist Party won most votes in Sunday's municipal elections. A partial count showed government allies won 49 percent of the votes in 337 mayoral races, compared to 42 percent for the opposition coalition, derailing efforts by
By Rachel Armstrong and Rujun Shen SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A crowd of around 400 people set fire to vehicles and clashed with police in the Indian district of Singapore late on Sunday after a man was hit and killed by a bus, the first major riot in the city-state for more than 40 years. Last year, Singapore saw its biggest outbreak of labor unrest in years when around 170 bus drivers from mainland
By Gareth Jones and Alissa de Carbonnel KIEV (Reuters) - Anti-government protesters toppled a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Ukraine's capital and attacked it with hammers on Sunday in a symbolic challenge to President Viktor Yanukovich and his plans for closer ties with Russia. The gesture rejecting Moscow's historic influence over Ukraine came after opposition leaders told hu
By Ju-min Park and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea on Monday excoriated Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un, for what it described as a slew of criminal acts, confirming the spectacular downfall of the once second most powerful man in the reclusive state. The sacking of Jang for mismanaging the economy, corruption, womanizing and drug-taking comes after South Korean media rep
By Ed Cropley and Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - With hymns and eulogies, South Africans of all colors and creeds remembered Nelson Mandela in a day of prayers on Sunday, holding him up as a symbol of freedom, forgiveness and hope for the nation and the world. Mandela, South Africa's first black president who steered his nation out of apartheid and into multi-racial democracy, d
Nuclear power will always provide at least half of France's electricity, the country's industry minister was reported as saying in China on Sunday, defying calls by the green arm of the government to exit nuclear altogether. The ability of the world's most nuclear-reliant country to continue to sell its atomic expertise overseas has been questioned since France vowed to cut nuclear power to 50 per
China is poorly prepared to tackle the impact of climate change that presents a serious threat to the country, thanks to a lack of planning and public awareness, the government said on Monday. The world's most populous country already faces challenges from weather extremes, with 2,000 people dying on average each year since the 1990s in natural disasters that are set to get worse, China's powerf
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have been withholding residence visas for reporters working for The New York Times and Bloomberg in apparent retaliation for the agencies' investigative stories on wealth accumulated by leaders' families.
Adelaide (Australia) (AFP) - Michael Clarke says his Australia still have plenty to do if they want not only to win back the Ashes from England but also to become the world's top Test team. Australia took a 2-0 lead in the five-Test series following a 218-run trouncing of England in the second Adelaide Test on Monday and are poised to retrieve the Ashes they lost in 2009 should they win the thir
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean state television showed Jang Song Thaek, the ousted uncle of leader Kim Jong Un, being forcibly removed by uniformed personnel from a meeting as it reported on the ruling Workers' Party politburo assembly that took place on Sunday. North Korea's KRT ran a slideshow of photographs to accompany the story of the meeting. One of the frames showed Jang being taken away fr
Four Turkish soldiers abducted by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants were released early on Monday in southeast Turkey's Diyarbakir province after Kurdish politicians intervened on their behalf, security sources told Reuters. Tensions rose in Turkey's mainly Kurdish provinces after two people were killed on Friday during clashes between police and protesters in the town of Yuksekova. The two
ABU DHABI/PARIS (Reuters) - Yemen LNG has evacuated some foreign staff after an explosion last week at its plant at Balhaf, a company employee and a spokesman for French stakeholder Total said. Violence is common in Yemen, where an interim government is fighting southern secessionists and northern Houthi rebels, as well as al Qaeda-linked militants seeking to overthrow the government and impose th
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro's opponents gained a stronger foothold in Venezuela's largest cities in mayoral elections, though they failed to deliver the crushing victory they had sought in hopes of breaking a prolonged political stalemate.
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister announced Monday she will dissolve the lower house of Parliament and call early elections in an attempt to calm the country's deepening political crisis. The surprise move came as 100,000 protesters vowing to overthrow her government marched through the streets of Bangkok for a "final showdown."
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's ruling party said Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra would run in the upcoming general election after she dissolved parliament on Monday. "She will definately run as she has worked with the party all along. We dissolved parliament because we are confident ... We want the Democrat Party to take part in elections and not to play street games," Jarupong Ruangsuwan, head
Singaporeans woke up to unfamiliar images of burnt cars and littered streets Monday after a fatal road accident triggered a riot by South Asian workers, the worst outbreak of violence in more than 40 years. The riot erupted late Sunday in tightly-controlled Singapore's congested Little India district after a 33-year-old Indian worker was run over by a private bus. Police said about 400 people we
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Pro-government candidates and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro split Venezuela's disputed mayoral elections Sunday, prolonging a political stalemate in the face of mounting economic problems.
President Nicolas Maduro survived the first major test of his rocky seven month old presidency Sunday, as the ruling Socialists won a majority of votes in Venezuela's local elections. The poll, seen as a referendum on Maduro -- the handpicked heir of the late leftist icon Hugo Chavez -- confirmed the Socialists as the country's top political force of the land, but also showed a deeply divided el
A massive winter storm that left parts of the Southeastern United States in a deep freeze pushed up the East Coast on Sunday, with snow and ice snarling road travel and forcing another round of airline cancellations. The storm system dropped between 3 and 6 inches of snow on West Virginia early Sunday before blanketing the Washington, D.C., metro area with its first accumulation of the season. M
The dissolution of parliament by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra that has opened the way to a general election is "the first step" towards solving Thailand's political crisis, the leader of the opposition Democrat Party said on Monday. Asked if he would take part in the election, Abhisit Vejjajiva replied: "Today, we march. I will walk with the people to Government House." Protest leader Suthep
Technical experts from Iran, world powers and the UN atomic watchdog were due to start working out on Monday the nuts and bolts of implementing last month's landmark nuclear deal. In particular the two-day Vienna meeting will seek to nail down the start date of Iran's promised six-month freeze of parts of its nuclear work, how this will be monitored and when sanctions will be eased. After the ta
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's main Hindu nationalist party trounced the nationally ruling Congress in four heartland states and knocked them out of the Indian capital in a ballot contest closely watched for clues to next year's general election.
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party won a majority of votes in Sunday's local elections, giving a major boost to President Nicolas Maduro in his quest to preserve the socialist legacy of his late mentor Hugo Chavez, officials said. With 257 of 337 mayoralties counted nationwide, the ruling party won 44.16 percent of votes, versus 40.56 percent for the opposition, the electoral
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea announced Monday that it has purged leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, considered the country's second most powerful official, accusing him of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanizing and generally leading a "dissolute and depraved life."
Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - A total of 130 couples said "I do" in a mass wedding at Rio de Janeiro's Superior Court of Justice, marking the city's first gay civil marriages.
BANGKOK (Reuters) - The leader of the protest movement that has been battling to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said he would not end his demonstrations despite her dissolving of parliament on Monday and a promise of an early general election. "Today we will continue our march to Government House. We have not yet reached our goal. The dissolving of parliament is not our aim," Suthep Thaug
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Monday she would dissolve parliament and hold an election "as soon as possible" following a wave of anti-government protests in Bangkok. So the Thai people will decide," Yingluck said in a televised address as thousands of protesters resumed demonstrations across Bangkok.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans cast ballots in municipal elections Sunday being watched as a gauge of popular support for President Nicolas Maduro, who was counting on a recent crackdown on businesses to prevail in his first electoral test since taking office eight months ago.
Ancient farming practices, such as raising fish in rice paddies in China or Aboriginal Australian fire controls, will get a new lease of life under plans to slow extinctions of animals and plants, experts said on Monday. Turning to traditional farming is seen as a way of limiting what U.N. studies say is the worst spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs vanished 65 million years ago, driven by a