Russia to prevent Syria no-fly zone, U.S confirms issue not on NATO agenda
The United States is not asking NATO to back a Syria no-fly zone and the issue is not currently on the alliance’s agenda, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to NATO said on Monday, hours after Russia declared that it would not permit such action to be imposed over Syria. “We... Read more
(AP) — Leaders of five of the world’s emerging economic powers agreed Wednesday to create a development bank to help fund their $4.5 trillion infrastructure plans — a direct challenge to the World Bank that they accuse of Western bias. But the rulers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and... Read more
(AP) — Suspected homosexuals in Cameroon say they have been tortured and raped in prison, according to a report released Thursday by Human Rights Watch and three local organizations. The 55-page report, titled “Guilty by Association,” documents reported abuses by authorities prosecuting suspected gays and lesbians. Those convicted can... Read more
(AP) — Rebels in Central African Republic on Thursday dismissed the president’s offer to release some political prisoners, saying the fighters would still consider retaking up arms despite signing a peace agreement two months ago. The move deepens concerns that the rebels could again fight against the government, further... Read more
(AP) — Will the allure of a $5 million reward be the downfall of a tweeting, rapping American jihadi who once fought alongside the Somali militant group al-Shabab but now denounces their methods and motivations in online feuds? A U.S. State Department official who specializes in Somalia said Thursday... Read more
(AP) — Wanted on an international warrant for alleged war crimes, Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda lived openly in Congo for years, playing tennis at exclusive clubs and dining at lakeside restaurants in full view of foreign diplomats and U.N. peacekeepers. That all ended when the 39-year-old known as “The... Read more
(AP) — At least 41 people died in a suicide car bomb that struck a bus station in a Christian neighborhood in Kano, northern Nigeria’s busiest commercial center, in the most deadly attack in nine months that is blamed on Islamic extremists, an official said Tuesday. The blast increased... Read more
(AP) — South Africa’s police chief said Tuesday she stands by her statement praising officers involved in the shooting massacre of 34 striking miners and insisting they were “just doing your work.” Evidence before the judicial commission questioning her Tuesday has indicated some miners were shot in the back... Read more
(AP) — Zimbabwe’s electoral body said Tuesday that 94.5 percent of voters cast a ballot in favor of a new constitution that calls for a strengthening of human rights and a curb on presidential powers after a decade of political and economic turmoil in the southern African nation. But... Read more
(AP) — A 75-year-old woman was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder for killing her teenage grandson last spring in her Detroit-area home, after jurors rejected her claim that she shot him six times in self-defense. Sandra Layne cried quietly when she heard the verdict, which was delivered during the... Read more