Thai protesters scale back rallies – Deutsche Welle

Deutsche WelleOpposition protesters in Thailand have been dismantling barricades in the capital, Bangkok, in the wake of renewed violence. A city park is becoming the focus for rallies aimed at…

Medecins Sans Frontieres’ shock at Myanmar suspension – BBC News

BBC NewsThe aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres has expressed its shock at the order to cease operations in Myanmar. It said it was deeply concerned about the tens of thousands…

The Anglo-German Alliance – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalOn Thursday German Chancellor Angela Merkel received the royal treatment in London, quite literally—she took tea with the queen. She addressed both houses of Parliament, too. Ms. Merkel’s…

SA must condemn Uganda gay law – SAHRC – News24

News24Explore the vibrant restaurants, bars and cultural life of Johannesburg before heading off for… Now R251.00 buy now. Johannesburg – South Africa must speak out against homophobic Ugandan legislation, the…

Ukraine’s acting leader still seeking consensus on interim government – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesKIEV, Ukraine — Hoping to reach a consensus that would heal some of Ukraine’s wounds, the country’s acting president on Tuesday delayed the seating of an interim government…

Maria von Trapp of “The Sound of Music” von Trapp Family, Passes at 99 – The Beverly Hills Courier

The Beverly Hills Courier(AFP) – Maria Franziska von Trapp, the last survivor of the Austrian musical family whose escape from the Nazis was immortalized in “The Sound of Music,” has…

Life in a North Korean Labor Camp: ‘No Thinking … Just Fear’ – NBCNews.com

NBCNews.comSEOUL, South Korea — An orphan who was caught trying to escape from North Korea told NBC News how he was “treated like an animal” in one of the country’s…

Nigeria’s Boko Haram ‘in village massacre’ – BBC News

BBC NewsThe gunmen reportedly rounded up a group of men in Izge village and shot them, before going door-to-door and killing anyone they found. Officials said they suspected the Boko…

Ukraine protesters freed under amnesty – The News International

The News InternationalKIEV: Ukrainian authorities on Friday provisionally freed the last 234 detained protesters under an amnesty offer aimed at defusing protracted street unrest, but activists decried the move as…

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…

Luge perfection for Germany in Sochi, as Winter Olympics brightens for US – Deutsche Welle

Deutsche WelleLuge perfection for Germany in Sochi, as Winter Olympics brightens for US. Germany’s domination of luge events at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is complete. They have added…

Java volcano spews ash 17km into the sky – Independent Online

Independent OnlineA woman walks along a road covered in volcanic ash after the eruption of Mount Kelud in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Picture: Slamet Riyadi. Jakarta – A volcano erupted late on…

Another period of snow coming Thursday evening – MyFox Washington DC

MyFox Washington DCACCUWEATHER – There is more snow to go from the nor’easter around Washington, D.C., Thursday afternoon and evening. A dry sweep of air moved up from the south…

Syria aid convoy bound for Homs comes under attack – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesTARTUS, Syria — In a setback for a United Nations-brokered aid effort, a convoy carrying humanitarian assistance to civilians trapped in the center of the Syrian city of…

Taliban and Government Imperil Gains for Afghan Women, Advocates Say – New York Times

New York TimesAdvocates for women in Afghanistan see proposed laws and violent attacks as signs of an effort to diminish the status of women. Mauricio Lima for The New York…

Syrian Bombs in Rebel-Held Aleppo Kill at Least 15 – ABC News

ABC NewsSyrian activists say government military aircraft dropped barrels bombs on a rebel-held area in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 15. The activist collectives, the Local Coordination…

Germans displeased by Victoria Nuland gaffe – Washington Post

Washington PostBERLIN — Germans were already smarting from revelations that U.S. intelligence listened in on the phone conversations of Chancellor Angela Merkel. Then came Nulandgate. On Thursday, a video was…

Thai Opposition Challenges ‘Unconstitutional’ Election – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaThailand’s opposition is moving ahead with legal challenges to Sunday’s election, which, though peaceful, failed to resolve a months-long political standoff. The opposition Democrat Party, which boycotted the…

Ukraine opposition set for talks with John Kerry – New Straits Times

New Straits TimesKIEV: Ukraine’s opposition leaders were set to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday, after the army urged embattled President Viktor Yanukovych to act urgently to…

Ousted Egypt leader in glass-encased cage at trial – USA TODAY

USA TODAYCAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s toppled President Mohammed Morsi stood inside a glass-encased metal cage Tuesday, separated from other defendants for the start of a new trial Tuesday over charges…

Syria Geneva II: UN to hold talks with rival groups – BBC News

BBC NewsUN mediator for Syrian peace talks Lakhdar Brahimi is to hold separate talks with rival delegations to assess their willingness to meet together. The behind-the-scenes negotiations follow the first…

Texas executes Mexican national, despite pleas – euronews

euronewsDespite pressure from Mexico and Washington, Texas has gone ahead with the execution of Mexican national Edgar Tamayo. The 46-year-old was jailed twenty years ago for murdering police officer Guy…

Bangkok’s emergency rule illustrates struggle for control – Financial Times

Financial TimesBangkok’s first morning under emergency rule dawned calmly, but violence followed soon enough. Hundreds of kilometres away in Udon Thani in Thailand’s northeast, Kwanchai Praipana, a leading government loyalist,…

Turkey Puzzles Market With Back-Door Move – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalTurkey’s central bank opted for a back-door interest-rate increase that puzzled investors and left the already weak lira plunging. Policy makers in Ankara kept all existing official interest…

Hey, Rosetta? ESA hopes for sign of life from comet-chasing probe – CTV News

CTV NewsBERLIN — Europe’s Rosetta probe is due to wake up from years of hibernation Monday, but scientists face an agonizing wait of several hours until the first signal reaches…

Hollande and Julie Gayet ‘affair going for two years’ – BBC News

BBC NewsThe French gossip magazine Closer has published claims President Francois Hollande has been having a secret romance with actress Julie Gayet for two years. The magazine also printed more…

Early Tallies Show Revised Charter Passing in Egypt – New York Times

New York TimesA judge in Cairo counted ballots Wednesday in a referendum seen as giving electoral legitimacy to the military takeover. Tara Todras-Whitehill for The New York Times. CAIRO —…

Why ‘Jihad Jane’ could be free in four years (+video) – Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science MonitorAn American-born woman who called herself “Jihad Jane” was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday for plotting with an Al Qaeda-linked terrorism cell to kill a…

Lebanon struggles to get a grip on violence – Deutsche Welle

Deutsche WelleLebanon is struggling to cope with the fallout from Syria’s civil war, which has divided the country along confessional lines and paralyzed the fragile state. With recent killings, violence…

Al-Qaeda in Yemen apologizes for hospital attack – USA TODAY

USA TODAYCAIRO (AP) — In a rare public apology, the militant leader of al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen has said that one of his fighters disobeyed orders and attacked a hospital…