Wednesday, February 13, 2013

World:2/14/2013 8:06:54 PM

'US working to convince Assad to go'

Washington aims to change Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's belief that he can hang onto power and accept "the inevitability" of his departure, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Mark Zuckerberg, wife second biggest US donor

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan were the second-largest philanthropists in America last year as they gave away nearly half a billion dollars.

Assange sets the ball rolling for Australian poll fight

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, currently holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, is all set to contest for a Senate seat in the September 14 federal election from Victoria.

Pregnant Kate Middleton's bikini pictures stir row

Photographs of the former Kate Middleton, walking with William on a beach on the island of Mustique are expected to be published in the Italian magazine Chi on Wednesday.

Thai marines kill 16 militants

Marines fending off a militant assault on their base in Thailand's violent south killed 16 insurgents in an overnight shootout, authorities said on Wednesday. It was the deadliest toll the Muslim guerrillas suffered since more than 100 died in a single day nearly a decade ago.

UK police arrest 6 in phone hacking probe

British police investigating computer hacking and privacy offenses by the media have arrested six people allegedly involved in intercepting voice mails for the defunct News of the World tabloid.

SARS-linked virus may have spread between people

British officials say a mysterious virus related to SARS may have spread between humans, as they confirmed the 11th case worldwide of the new coronavirus in a patient who they say probably caught it from a family member.

EU ministers gather for talks on horsemeat row

European farming ministers and the European commissioner for health were due to meet in Brussels on Wednesday amid growing anger and recriminations over mislabelled meat products.

Tibetan monk sets himself on fire in Nepal

The self immolation by Tibetans in Tibet spread to Nepal on Wednesday when a 21 year old Tibetan monk set himself on fire in front of Boudhanath Stupa, the holiest Tibetan shrine in Kathmandu.

Nato raid kills 8 civilians: Afghan official

A NATO airstrike killed eight civilians, four children and four women, as well as a number of insurgents in an eastern province near the Pakistani border, an Afghan official said Wednesday.

Manhunt for LA ex-cop reaches fiery climax

A gunman thought to be an ex-cop who led California authorities on a six-day manhunt barricaded himself inside a mountain cabin northeast of Los Angeles on Tuesday and traded gunfire with police.

Mexican 'ape woman' buried after 150 years

She sang and danced for paying audiences, becoming a sensation who also toured Europe and Russia.

Obama calls for immigration reform

"Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants," he said on Tuesday taking up the contentious issue of how to deal with America's 11.5 million undocumented immigrants.

Knifeman kills 3 in Guam tourist attack

Three people were killed and 11 injured -- most believed to be Japanese -- when a crazed motorist went on a stabbing spree in a tourist strip in the Pacific nation of Guam, police said Wednesday.

US to lead response to N Korea threat: Obama

In his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, president Barack Obama vowed to take "firm action" alongside US allies against the "provocations" of North Korea after the communist state carried out its third nuclear test.

Syrian rebels advance toward Aleppo airport

Rebels captured a small military base near Aleppo on Tuesday and stormed another in the same area that protects a major airport, a day after seizing Syria's largest dam.

Struggling Caribbean islands selling citizenship

Hadi Mezawi has never set foot on the Caribbean island of Dominica, has never seen its rainforests or black-sand beaches. But he's one of its newest citizens.

Vatican sends message: Pope's retirement for real

The Vatican went out of its way Tuesday to declare that for Pope Benedict XVI, retirement means just that: Retirement.

NKorea warns of '2nd, 3rd measures'

The head of the international nuclear watchdog called the North Korea's nuclear test "deeply regrettable" and the United Nations Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting in New York to take up the matter.

NKorea 'serious threat' to US: Panetta

North Korea is a "serious threat" to the United States and Washington must be prepared to deal with it, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.

Attempt to storm luxury Cairo hotel

The scene caused panic in the Shepheard Hotel, close to Tahrir Square, and on the nearby Nile corniche where traffic was briefly disrupted.

Hundreds of police stage rare protests in Egypt

Hundreds of low-ranking policemen in Egypt are holding protests to demand they not be used as a tool for political oppression in the country's ongoing turmoil.

Putin bans officials from owning foreign accounts

President Vladimir Putin has submitted a bill that would ban Russian Cabinet members and other senior officials from having foreign bank accounts and owning foreign stock.

Pope's brother says Benedict won't return home

Pope Benedict XVI's brother says he spoke with the pontiff after his surprise announcement that he was stepping down and that the 85-year-old is not planning on moving back to his German homeland after his retirement.

Egyptians protest on anniversary of Mubarak's fall

The forces were trying to disperse a small crowd of protesters on Monday evening, after some of them attempted to cross a barbed wire barrier meant to block them from the palace gate.

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