Big art heist at Dutch museum
AMSTERDAM (AP)—Several paintings have been stolen from a museum in the Dutch city of Rotterdam that was exhibiting works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Vincent van Gogh.
White House ponders a strike over Libya attack
WASHINGTON (AP)—The White House, under political pressure to respond forcefully to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, is readying strike forces and drones but first has to find a target.
Historic mosque burned in ancient Syrian city
BEIRUT (AP)—A landmark mosque in Aleppo was burned, scarred by bullets and trashed—the latest casualty of Syria’s civil war—and President Bashar Assad on Monday ordered immediate repairs to try to stem Muslim outrage.
Israeli parliament dissolves for early election
JERUSALEM (AP)—Israel officially opened its election season on Monday as parliament dissolved itself and scheduled a vote for January, plunging the country into a vicious, three-month political campaign.
Vietnam’s Ruling Party Chides Leaders, Signals Reform
(Reuters) Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party has promised economic reforms and a restructuring of state firms and the banking system after a top-level meeting that criticized senior members, thought to include the prime minister, but left them in their posts.
Karadzic Denies Bosnia War Crimes as He Starts Defence
(Reuters) Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, on trial over his role in some of the worst atrocities in Europe since World War Two, began his defence on Tuesday by saying that far from being accused, he should be praised for his efforts to promote peace.
EU Slaps Sanctions on Iran Oil, Gas Industries
(Reuters) European Union governments imposed sanctions on Tuesday against major Iranian state companies in the oil and gas industry, and strengthened restrictions on the central bank, cranking up pressure over Tehran’s nuclear program.
Hurricane Paul Seen Buffeting Western Mexico Late Tuesday
(Reuters) Hurricane Paul, about 310 miles (500 kilometres) southwest of Mexico’s Baja peninsula, has weakened to a Category 2 hurricane and was expected to make landfall in a sparsely populated area late on Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Centre said.
Pakistani Girl Shot by Taliban Can Recover, Doctors Say
(Reuters) A Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban has every chance of making a “good recovery”, British doctors said on Monday as 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai arrived at a hospital in central England for treatment of her severe wounds.