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Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa breaks U.S. Trade pact…

Ecuador has ramped up its defiance of the US over Edward Snowden by waiving preferential trade rights with Washington even as the whistleblower’s prospect of reaching Quito dimmed.

President Rafael Correa’s government said on Thursday it was renouncing the Andean Trade Preference Act to thwart US “blackmail” of Ecuador in […]

Tsunami warning issued for South Pacific islands

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 […]

Russia Says World Is Nearing Currency War as Europe Joins

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. […]

Indeterminate sentences 'breach human rights'

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.


130 prisoners escape Mexican jail through tunnel

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 […]

Nato Afghan strategy in disarray after joint ground operations suspended

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 […]

Nobel laureate Suu Kyi arrives in US, milestone in her journey from prisoner to stateswoman

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 […]

Syrian rebels accused of war crimes

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 […]

National Zoo welcomes baby panda

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 […]

Israeli Leader Makes Case Against Iran on U.S. TV

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 […]

Obama to launch auto trade case against China: official

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 […]

Insight: China builds its own military-industrial complex

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 […]

Iran confirms it has forces in Syria and will take military action if pushed

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 […]

Boy Scouts helped alleged molesters cover tracks, files show

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 […]