WASHINGTON — Of the big donors helping propel the fund-raising of US Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, fewer than one per cent have hit the limit they can donate to his election bid, suggesting cash is likely to keep pouring into his coff
WILLIAMSBURG — The Supreme Court decision allowing states to opt out of expanding Medicaid, the health insurance programme for the poor, is pitting governor against governor, with Democrats accusing Republicans of being more concerned with election-
clashes in syrian capital between assad forces and rebels intensify
BEIRUT — Clashes between rebels and government forces erupted for a second day in the Syrian capital today, activists said, in some of the fiercest fighting to hit Damascus since
LONDON — North Korean military chief Ri Yong-ho has been removed from all official posts, according to state media.
As well as being head of the army, he was vice-chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission and held top posts in the ruling
VIENNA — Turnover of cross-border organised crime is about $870 billion a year, more than six times the total of official development aid, and stopping this “threat to peace” is one of the greatest global challenges, a UN agency said today.
WASHINGTON — Authorities were investigating a Washington police officer yesterday over a possibly threatening remark he allegedly made about first lady Michelle Obama, reports said. The unidentified officer assigned to a motorcade detail was speaking with colleagues on Wednesday about potential threats against the Obamas and allegedly made a comment about shooting Mrs. Obama, The […]
PHILADELPHIA — Penn State leaders including the late football coach Joe Paterno covered up Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of children for years, showing a callous disregard for the victims to protect a multimillion-dollar football programme, former FBI director Louis Freeh said yesterday. Laying out the conclusions of his eight-month probe into the Sandusky scandal, Freeh […]
MOSCOW — What do you do when your capital city gets too polluted, too crowded and overrun by traffic? Russia has an answer: Move it, or at least part of it.
Moscow authorities are drawing up plans to move a number of official buildings, including t
AMMAN/BEIRUT — About 220 Syrians, mostly civilians, were killed in a village in the rebellious Hama region when it was bombarded by helicopter gunships and tanks then stormed by militiamen who slaughtered some families, opposition sources said today. UN special envoy Kofi Annan said he was “shocked and appalled” by news of “intense fighting, significant […]
NIGER DELTA — At least 92 people including women and children were killed today after a gasoline tanker crashed on the east-west road in Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta and caught fire as people tried to scoop up fuel, a witness said.
ANKARA — As one of the Sunni Muslim soldiers who form the bulk of the Syrian army, Lieutenant Adnan Suleibi kept being pushed to the front of units fighting in the rebellious city of Homs.
Alawite personnel – members of the same minority sect as Pr
Columbus — A Norfolk Southern freight train derailed and burst into flames in Columbus, Ohio, early yesterday, forcing nearby residents to evacuate, authorities said.
The 98-car southbound train, with two locomotives, was carrying ethanol, and fire
LONDON — Olympics security will not be compromised, Home Secretary Theresa May has said, after it emerged that 3,500 extra troops would be needed.
She said it was only discovered yesterday – 16 days before the Games begin – that contractor G4S did
LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas man known as the “Toe Suck Fairy” for a series of assaults directed at woman’s feet over more than two decades was sentenced to one year in prison yesterday.
A judge at Faulkner County District Court jailed Michael Wyatt,
us, china willing to explore dialogue in order to ease tensions over south china sea claims
PHNOM PENH — The United States and China signalled a willingness today to work together on “sensitive issues” in a move to cool tensions between rival c
TONGA — The heir to the throne of Tonga in the South Pacific has married his cousin at a ceremony in the capital Nuku’alofa.
Crown Prince Tupouto’a Ulukalala and his bride, Sinaitakala Fakafanua, both in their 20s, waved to cheering crowds as they
beijing backs annan’s plan to involve tehran in talks to resolve syria crisis
BEIRUT — China threw its weight behind UN envoy Kofi Annan today, backing his call to include Iran in internationally-brokered talks to resolve Syria’s crisis, in the