Current Headlines - World
First Australian gay weddings held in capital city
7 Dec 2013 | 6:27 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Gay and lesbian couples from around Australia joined in fragile marriages in Canberra on Saturday under the nation's beleaguered same-sex union laws that face a challenge in the courts within a week.
Senate proposal: open Mexico oil to private firms
7 Dec 2013 | 5:49 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican senate committee on Saturday proposed the most dramatic oil reform in decades that would open the country's beleaguered, state-run sector to private companies and investment.
Obama defends interim Iran deal, seeks to assure Israel
7 Dec 2013 | 5:42 pm
By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday defended an interim deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program and, seeking to reassure Israel, pledged to step up sanctions or prepare for a potential military strike if Tehran fails to abide by the pact. U.S. relations with Israel have been strained by the interim agreement, reached between Iran and major world powers including the United States, which was designed to halt advances in Iran's nuclear program and buy time for negotiations on a final settlement.
Hoefl-Riesch wins back-to-back downhills
7 Dec 2013 | 5:19 pm
Lake Louise (Canada) (AFP) - Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch captured her second World Cup downhill in as many days as Lindsey Vonn continued her comeback from injury with an improved performance in Lake Louise on Saturday. Two-time Olympic gold medallist Hoefl-Riesch clocked a time of one minute, 55.09 seconds to finish 0.34 seconds ahead of runner-up Tina Weirather, of Liechtenstein, and Austrian Anna Fenninger who placed third in 1:55.56. This is just the second time Hoefl-Riesch has won two downhills in a row after 2010 and it marks her fifth career World Cup downhill in Lake Louise. The 29-year-old Hoefl-Riesch won gold medals in the super combined and slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Games and won the World Cup overall title in 2011.
French, African troops try to halt C. African Republic killings
7 Dec 2013 | 4:58 pm
By Emmanuel Braun BANGUI (Reuters) - French soldiers were cheered by residents on Saturday as they began patrolling densely populated neighborhoods of Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, which has been rocked by waves of killings between Muslim and Christian communities. Attacks on civilians in Bangui continued for a third day, aid workers said. France is deploying 1,600 troops to its former colony, where at least 400 people have died in three days of violence between the Seleka rebel group that seized power in March and Christian self-defence militias, which has spilled over into religious violence in the capital and beyond. Peter Bouckaert, Human Rights Watch's emergency director, said Seleka fighters burned houses in Bossangoa, about 300 km (190 miles) north of Bangui, after French jets flew overhead.
France, AU send more troops to African nation
7 Dec 2013 | 4:26 pm
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — France and the African Union on Saturday announced plans to deploy several thousand more troops into embattled Central African Republic, as thousands of Christians fearing reprisal attacks sought refuge from the Muslim former rebels who now control the country after days of violence left nearly 400 people dead — and possibly more.
Rising power India sees no U.S.-style Gulf security role
7 Dec 2013 | 4:14 pm
By William Maclean MANAMA (Reuters) - Rising naval power India has no intention of becoming a U.S.-style protector of Gulf Arab states, even if the region's states asked it to take on that role, its foreign minister said on Saturday, citing his country's avoidance of foreign military deployments not mandated by the United Nations. Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid added without elaborating that any effort by fellow Asian powers Japan and China to become a strategic security partner of the Gulf would not necessarily help secure the region, where deployed U.S. forces are currently the dominant military power. Khurshid was speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of a security conference in Bahrain that debated whether a United States increasingly self reliant in oil might show less commitment to safeguarding the Strait of Hormuz, the world's main energy artery through which 40 percent of the world's sea-borne oil exports pass. We certainly don't believe that the presence of any other power, such as China or Japan, or what have you, would necessarily contribute to the security of the region." Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel told the meeting on Saturday that the United States has a proven and enduring commitment to Middle East security, backed by diplomatic engagement as well as warplanes, ships, tanks, artillery and 35,000 troop.
Ukraine opposition seeks million-strong rally in Kiev
7 Dec 2013 | 4:07 pm
By Gareth Jones and Alissa de Carbonnel KIEV (Reuters) - Organisers hope one million protesters will turn out in Kiev on Sunday to pile more pressure on Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich as he seeks closer ties with Russia after dumping a trade pact with the European Union. The rally will further heighten tension in the weeks-long standoff between the Yanukovich government and its opponents. The confrontation has raised fears for political and economic stability in Ukraine, a sprawling ex-Soviet republic of 46 million people which borders four EU countries and is the main transit route for Russian gas to Europe. We want to live in a modern state and we will achieve this," said Vitaly Klitschko, an opposition leader who says Yanukovich wants to turn the clock back to the Soviet past.
US says Israel peace deal security guarantees possible
7 Dec 2013 | 4:05 pm
The United States said Saturday it had conducted its deepest-ever analysis of Israel's security needs and believed a two-state solution with Palestinians could include sufficient guarantees to safeguard the Jewish state. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry revealed some details of the US effort to convince Israel that its security could be ensured in any final peace deal. Kerry said US Middle East security envoy General John Allen was working closely with Israeli forces to test scenarios and work out how to satisfy Israeli needs for years to come. "He is helping us make sure that the border on the Jordan River will be as strong as any in the world, so that there will be no question about the security of the citizens, Israelis and Palestinians, living to the west of it," Kerry said at the Brookings Institution's Saban Forum.
French troops pour into Central Africa after deadly clashes
7 Dec 2013 | 4:00 pm
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - French troops received a triumphant welcome as they deployed in strife-torn Central African Republic on Saturday, while the African Union said it would nearly double its force in a bid to stamp out deadly sectarian violence. Cheering residents honked horns, danced and banged on saucepans as some 200 French troops rolled into the mainly Christian town of Bouar in the west of the country. The communal violence, which has terrorised rural towns for months, flared in the capital Bangui on Thursday, leaving at least 300 dead in a wave of attacks, the Red Cross said.
- No End in Sight to the Bull Market in Stocks
- The Biggest Stock Gains in 2014
- More Help From the Fed
- Stock Market Rally Watch
- A Danger Sign That Stock Investors Will Ignore
- US Stocks Near a Record High and Want to Rise Even Further
- The Three Reasons Oil Will Soar Again - After It Bottoms
- Is the Stock Market Rally About to End?
- Gold and commodities going down or up near term and in future?
- College Graduation Celebration Goes Bad!
- What food is it that causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?
- How to Make Rising Interest Rates Work for You - The Future of Gold
- Most Profitable Time For Gold and Gold Miner Stocks - Is It Time Yet?
- What About Inflation? Is it Dead?
- Gold and Silver 15% Surge in GDXJ Indicates Potential Major Bottom
- An 'Accidental Activist,' And England's World Cup Hope
- How U.S. Activists Helped Push South Africa Away From Apartheid
- Mandela's Path, In His Own Words
- Nelson Mandela: From 'Second-Class Citizen' To World-Revered Leader
- U.S. Veteran, Held By North Korea, Arrives Safely In Calif.
- France Increases Its Troops In The Central African Republic
- Gene Therapy Keeps 'Bubble Boy' Disease At Bay In 8 Children
- When Nelson Met Boris: How Mandela's Grace Transformed A Moment
- WATCH: Maya Angelou's Poem For Nelson Mandela
- Hagel Arrives In Afghanistan, Has No Plans To Meet With Karzai
- VIDEO: What is Nelson Mandela's legacy?
- MPs set to receive 11% pay rise
- VIDEO: Singing and dancing with Nelson Mandela
- Missing Pakistanis appear in court
- VIDEO: One-minute World News
- Huge African troop surge for CAR
- Car bomb killings blamed on Farc
- Apartheid strikers to attend funeral
- UK flight delays glitch 'now fixed'
- VIDEO: Women protesters freed in Egypt