Venezuela: Chavez hit by new, severe infection
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP)—President Hugo Chavez is breathing with greater difficulty as a new and severe respiratory infection has taken hold, Venezuela’s government said, describing the cancer-stricken president’s condition as “very delicate.”
Diplomats: US, China agree on NKorea sanctions
UNITED NATIONS (AP)—The United States and China have reached agreement on a new draft sanctions resolution to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, U.N. diplomats said late Monday.
China’s new priority: social wellbeing over growth
BEIJING (AP)—China’s government promised its people Tuesday deficit-fueled spending to fight deep-seated corruption, improve the despoiled environment and address other quality-of-life issues demanded by an increasingly vocal public.
Malaysian Troops Attack Armed Philippine Group in Sabah
(Reuters) Malaysian troops backed by fighter jets stormed the camp of an armed Filipino group on Tuesday, trying to end a standoff on Borneo island after violence that killed at least 27 people and sparked fears of broader insecurity in the resource-rich region.
Kurdish Rebels Attack Turkish Military Vehicle: Officials
(Reuters) Kurdish militants have detonated a bomb under a military vehicle in southeast Turkey, wounding four soldiers, security officials said on Tuesday, in a potential challenge to a fledgling peace process between Ankara and the rebels’ jailed leader.
Zimbabwe to Bar Western Election Observers: Paper
(Reuters) Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe will not invite Western observers for a constitutional referendum and general election due this year, state media said on Tuesday, a decision likely to trigger a dispute in his shaky coalition government.
Kenyatta Takes Early Lead as Kenya Counts Votes
(Reuters) Uhuru Kenyatta opened an early lead as Kenya continued the count on Tuesday in a presidential election that brought out millions of voters despite pockets of violence that killed at least 15 people.
Syrian Rebels Report Capture of Provincial Capital
(Reuters) Syrian opposition fighters captured the northeastern city of Raqqa on Monday and crowds toppled a statue of President Bashar al-Assad’s father, opposition sources and residents said.
Bersani Ultimatum May Bring New Italy Election Closer
(Reuters) Italy could be inching closer towards another election within months after center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani issued an ultimatum to anti-establishment comic Beppe Grillo to support a new government or return to the polls.