Foreigners detained as Venezuela protesters, security clash – Business Recorder

Business Recorderimage CARACAS: At least 41 people, including foreign reporters, were arrested in Caracas late Friday as security forces battled protesters angry at the policies of Venezuela’s leftist government. National…

Venezuelan protests persist at start of holiday – Washington Post

Washington PostCARACAS, Venezuela — The start of a weeklong string of holidays leading up to the March 5 anniversary of former President Hugo Chavez’s death did not completely pull protesters…

No bluff: US planning possible withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan – CNN

CNNWashington (CNN) — We’re not bluffing, the Obama administration told Afghanistan on Tuesday in announcing it has started planning for the possible withdrawal of all U.S. troops by the end…

US-South Korean war games loom over emotional family reunions of war … – Fox News

Fox NewsSEOUL, South Korea – A year ago, North Korea vowed nuclear attacks to retaliate for U.S.-South Korean war games. But the start Monday of this year’s joint military drills…

Apple, Samsung fail to reach settlement in US patent infringement case – Business Standard

Business StandardApple and Samsung have reportedly failed to agree on a US patent dispute settlement and will be facing each other again in court on March 31. In a joint…

Merkel: Putin wants end to Ukraine unrest – Washington Post

Washington PostPARIS — The German chancellor says that she and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to do all they can to end the violence in Ukraine. Angela Merkel, speaking…

Google asks Internet eyewear fans not to be Glassholes’ – Business Recorder

Business Recorderimage SAN FRANCISCO: Google on Tuesday gave early adopters of its Internet-connected eyewear a bit of advice: don’t be “Glassholes.” It was the final suggestion in a recommended code…

Lopez advances in Florida – Fox News

Fox NewsDelray Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Sixth-seeded Feliciano Lopez was a first-round winner on Monday at the Delray Beach Open tennis event. The 32-year old Spaniard dropped the first set…

Thai PM under siege, lengthy protests take toll on economy – Reuters

ReutersBANGKOK (Reuters) – Protesters seeking to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra surrounded Thai government headquarters on Monday in response to police efforts to clear them from the streets, as farmers…

Italy – Factors to watch on February 17 – Reuters

ReutersThe following factors could affect Italian markets on Monday. Reuters has not verified the newspaper reports, and cannot vouch for their accuracy. New items are marked with (*). POLITICS. Italian…

Kerry Criticizes Russia for Enabling Syrian Regime – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalJAKARTA—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia on Monday of enabling the Syrian regime’s stepped-up military campaign by providing President Bashar al-Assad with more arms, undercutting efforts…

Did the NSA really help spy on US lawyers? – Washington Post

Washington PostThe front page of the Sunday New York Times features a new Snowden-based story that looks, at first blush, like a really big deal. Authored by James Risen and…

Kerry Burnishes His Green Badge in Asia Ahead of Keystone Call – Businessweek

BusinessweekU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will highlight the impact of global warming on Asian nations in a speech today in the world’s largest exporter of coal for power plants,…

Venezuela: Pro and anti-Maduro marches go ahead in Caracas – BBC News

BBC NewsSupporters and opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have taken to the streets of the capital, Caracas, in rival marches. The demonstrations come at a time of growing political…

Ukraine Opposition ‘Ready’ to Vacate Kyiv City Hall – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaOpposition leaders in Ukraine say protesters are ready to vacate the Kyiv city hall they have occupied for more than two months. But head of the nationalist Svoboda…

Ukraine leader calls for concessions as protesters freed – Business Recorder

Business Recorderimage KIEV: Ukraine’s leader called for the opposition to yield some ground ahead of a new mass demonstration on Sunday, after authorities released all protesters arrested in the anti-government…

China to Toughen Stance on North Korea, Kerry Says – New York Times

New York TimesBEIJING — After a day of meetings with senior Chinese officials, Secretary of State John Kerry asserted on Friday that China was prepared to step up the pressure…

Italy’s Baa2 Outlook Changed to Stable from Negative by Moody’s – Businessweek

BusinessweekItaly’s credit rating outlook was changed to stable from negative by Moody’s Investors Service, which cited the government’s financial strength and reduction of risks from contingent liabilities. Moody’s also affirmed…

UN reports rise in Afghan civilian deaths and injuries – BBC News

BBC NewsThe number of civilians killed and wounded in the conflict in Afghanistan rose 14% last year, the UN says. Nearly 3,000 civilians were killed and more than 5,600 were…

Suicide attack in Peshawar hotel kills nine – The News International

The News InternationalPESHAWAR/KARACHI: At least nine persons were killed and 50 others, including nine women and five children, were wounded in a suicide bombing in a hotel in the narrow…

Pakistani Side Fails to Show Up at Taliban Peace Talks – New York Times

New York TimesMembers of a group chosen by the Taliban to represent them in talks with Pakistan. The talks were postponed on Tuesday. T. Mughal/European Pressphoto Agency. ISLAMABAD, Pakistan —…

Afghan presidential election campaign under way – BBC News

BBC NewsThe campaign for Afghanistan’s presidential election has been formally launched, with rallies for key candidates in the capital, Kabul. The election is scheduled to take place on 5 April.…

Indonesian volcano toll expected to rise – Sky News Australia

Sky News AustraliaUpdated: 22:11, Sunday February 2, 2014. Indonesian volcano toll expected to rise. Indonesian officials have searched through thick ash for bodies after Mount Sinabung volcano erupted, killing at…

Mohammed Morsi trial over Egypt protesters’ deaths to resume – BBC News

BBC NewsOusted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has arrived in court in the capital, Cairo, for the resumption of one of the four trials against him. Mr Morsi and 14 other…

Valerie Trierweiler blames ‘low-blows and betrayals’ for Francois Hollande break … – Daily Mail

Daily MailValerie Trierweiler has blamed ‘low blows’, ‘betrayals’ and ‘back-stabbing’ for her break-up from Francois Hollande last weekend. Speaking in India, where she is currently touring children’s hospitals, Trierweiler claimed…

Syria talks: Delegates due to raise power transfer – BBC News

BBC NewsThe Syrian peace talks in Geneva are due to move on to wider political questions such as of the divisive issue of transfer of power in the country. But…

France’s former first lady en route to India after split – CNN

CNN(CNN) — A day after parting ways with President Francois Hollande, France’s former first lady discreetly left Paris for India on Sunday to support a nonprofit organization, CNN affiliate BFMTV…

Karzai: US and Taliban must talk – Herald Scotland

Herald ScotlandHamid Karzai has called on the US to restart peace talks with the Taliban or put at risk a new security agreement. Hamid Karzai has called on the US…

France’s President Announces Split With His Companion – New York Times

New York TimesFrançois Hollande announced Saturday that he and Valérie Trierweiler had separated. Jean-Pierre Muller/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images. PARIS — President François Hollande announced Saturday that he and his…

Officials Say 2 Police Captured by Kiev Protesters – ABC News

ABC NewsAnti-government protesters on Saturday seized a regional administration building, news reports said, and officials warned that police could storm the Kiev city hall to free two policemen allegedly captured…

Ex-leader seeks to leave Pakistan – Boston Globe

Boston GlobeISLAMABAD — Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf wants to undergo medical treatment for a heart condition abroad, defense lawyers in his high treason trial said Friday. The military hospital…

Scientists detect water on dwarf planet Ceres – Business Recorder

Business Recorderimage ISLAMABAD: The dwarf planet Ceres, which is the biggest object in the asteroid belt lying between Mars and Jupiter, is spewing water vapor into space from its ice-covered…

Australian Open: It’s terrible for the 2s as Azarenka, Djokovic fall – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesMELBOURNE, Australia — Victoria Azarenka’s 18-match winning streak at the Australian Open ended Wednesday in a 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 quarterfinal loss to Agnieszka Radwanska, continuing the flow of…

Radwanska, Cibulkova advance to Aussie semis – MiamiHerald.com

MiamiHerald.comMelbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) – The women will also have a new winner at the 2014 Australian Open. Fifth-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska took down two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 5-7,…

Turkey says ready to discuss judicial row with EU – Hurriyet Daily News

Hurriyet Daily NewsTurkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Jan. 19 the country was ready to discuss all issues with the European Union at high-profile talks this week, including a…