annan holds talks with assad; to share syria move with opposition
DAMASCUS — Kofi Annan said he had constructive talks in Damascus today with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who said the UN peace envoy’s plan to end 16 months of bloodshed was b
BOSTON — Democratic Representative Barney Frank wed his longtime partner, James Ready, on Saturday, becoming the first sitting congressman to enter into a same-sex marriage.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick officiated the ceremony and added som
DUBAI — A prominent Bahraini protest leader, Nabeel Rajab, was sentenced to three months in prison over a tweet against the prime minister which the court said insulted Bahrainis, Rajab’s lawyer and a colleague said.
Rajab, head of the Bahrain
defy military ruling
CAIRO — Egypt’s Islamist-led parliament reconvened today in an open challenge to the generals who dissolved the assembly last month, stirring up tensions with the military just 10 days into Mohamed Mursi’s presidency.
LONDON — Ex-Barclays boss Bob Diamond will receive his salary and benefits worth in excess of 2 million, but has given up bonuses worth up to 20 million after resigning amid the bank Libor scandal.
Barclays executive chairman Marcus Agius, being qu
BAGHDAD — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has suggested ending Syria’s conflict on a step-by-step basis, starting with districts that have seen the worst violence, international mediator Kofi Annan told a press conference in Tehran today.
TRIPOLI — Libya’s wartime rebel prime minister Mahmoud Jibril called for the some 150 political parties in the North African nation to back the creation of a grand coalition government as election results were expected today.
Joyful Libyans turned
TOKYO — Major donors pledged yesterday to give Afghanistan $16 billion in development aid through 2015 as they try to prevent it from sliding back into chaos when foreign troops leave, but demanded reforms to fight widespread corruption.
moscow — President Vladimir Putin has ordered an investigation into accusations that officials could have done more to prevent floods killing at least 170 people in southern Russia, hoping to limit the criticism that has followed earlier disasters.
AUSTIN — Governor Rick Perry said yesterday Texas will not implement an expansion of the Medicaid programme or create a health insurance exchange, placing the state with the highest percentage of people without insurance outside key parts of Preside
HAGUE — Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga has been sentenced to 14 years in jail for recruiting and using child soldiers in his rebel army in 2002 and 2003.
Taking into account time in custody, he will now serve a further eight years.
In March, he
WASHINGTON — Scorching temperatures in June’s second half helped the continental United States break its record for the hottest first six months in a calendar year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said yesterday.
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