AP, February 5
Sydney — The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a South Pacific earthquake generated a tsunami that may be destructive near the epicenter.
It says sea level readings indicate a tsunami formed after the magnitude 8.0 earthquake hit near the Solomon Islands. More distant coasts may be threatened.
Powerful quake strikes off Solomon [...]
The world is on the brink of a fresh “currency war,” Russia warned, as European policy makers joined Japan in bemoaning the economic cost of rising exchange rates.
“Japan is weakening the yen and other countries may follow,” Alexei Ulyukayev, first deputy chairman of Russia’s central bank, said at a conference today in Moscow. [...]
Jailing offenders indefinitely without providing proper access to rehabilitation courses is a breach of human rights, European judges rule.
The European Court of Human Rights blamed “lack of resources” for delays in three men doing courses before being considered for release.
They have been awarded between £12,000 and £16,000 in compensation and costs.
Authorities question prison employees as police begin massive search near US border after mass jailbreak in Piedras Negras
More than 130 inmates escaped through a tunnel from a prison in northern Mexico on Monday, setting off a massive search by police and soldiers in an area close to the US border.
Authorities in Coahuila state [...]
Defence secretary called to the Commons after US general suspends joint patrols with Afghan troops
The Nato-led military strategy in Afghanistan has been thrown into disarray after joint on-the-ground operations were suspended because of a collapse in trust over the killings of Americans and other Nato soldiers by Afghan government forces.
The move came after [...]
Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, renowned for her peaceful struggle against military rule, began a marathon tour of the U.S. Monday, the latest milestone in her remarkable journey from political prisoner to globe-trotting stateswoman.
The Nobel Peace laureate will be presented with Congress’ highest award during a 17-day visit that comes as the [...]
Human Rights Watch says it has documented more than a dozen summary executions of prisoners
Opposition groups in Syria have been accused of committing war crimes including torture and the summary execution of prisoners, and the UN has been warned of a growing number of human rights violations and the presence of foreign Islamist fighters [...]
The National Zoo’s female giant panda gave birth to a cub Sunday night, stunning and delighting zoo officials and sparking a new wave of panda mania in Washington seven years after the zoo’s only other cub was born in 2005.
The new cub was born at 10:46 p.m. to Mei Xiang, the zoo said, and [...]
Having been rebuffed privately by President Obama last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel took to the airwaves in the United States on Sunday to warn that Iran was only six or seven months from having ”œ90 percent” of what it needed to make an atomic bomb.
Mr. Netanyahu received sharp criticism at home [...]
President Barack Obama will launch a trade complaint against China over what his administration says is Beijing’s unfair government backing of its auto industry, a White House official said on Sunday.
Obama will announce during a campaign tour of Ohio on Monday that he is initiating a case against China at the World Trade Organization [...]
When China turned to Russia for supplies of advanced weapons through the 1990s, it kick-started Beijing’s military build-up with an immediate boost in firepower.
It also demonstrated the failure of its domestic defense sector which was still turning out obsolete 1950s vintage equipment for the People’s Liberation Army from a sprawling network of state-owned arms [...]
Army commander gives clear sign of Tehran’s continuing support for Assad’s regime but denies troops signify military presence.
Iran has confirmed for the first time that forces from its revolutionary guards corps (IRGC) are in Syria helping Bashar al-Assad’s government crush rebels, and warned that it would get involved militarily if its Arab ally came [...]
When volunteers and employees were suspected of sexually abusing children, Boy Scout officials often didn’t tell police, files from 1970-91 reveal. In many cases they sought to hide the situation.
Over two decades, the Boy Scouts of America failed to report hundreds of alleged child molesters to police and often hid the allegations from parents [...]
There’s no telling what impact, if any, Virginia’s newly inflamed abortion politics will have on the U.S. Senate and presidential race.
Protesters hold signs as they wait for the Virginia Board of Health meeting on abortion clinic regulations in Richmond, on Friday. (Steve Helber – AP) But it’s safe to say that in the Senate [...]
Federal and state authorities are investigating a handful of major American banks for failing to monitor cash transactions in and out of their branches, a lapse that may have enabled drug dealers and terrorists to launder tainted money, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
These officials say they are beginning one [...]