Qatari emir informs family of decision to hand power to his son
DUBAI (Reuters) - Qatar's emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, 61, has informed members of the ruling family of his decision to transfer power to his son, Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, al Jazeera television said on Monday. ...
U.S. justices to hear presidential appointments case
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a closely watched case involving the National Labor Relations Board that raises fundamental questions about the authority of the U.S. president to make appointments without Senate approval. ...
Syrian rebels renew fight for Aleppo
AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebels battled President Bashar al-Assad's forces in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, seeking to reverse gains made by loyalist forces in the commercial hub over the last two months, activists said. ...
South Africans resigned over 'critical' Mandela
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africans appeared resigned on Monday to the inevitability of one day saying goodbye to former president Nelson Mandela after the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader's condition in hospital deteriorated to critical. ...
Scattered, smaller protests continue in dozens of Brazilian cities
SALVADOR/BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (Reuters) - Scattered protests took place in dozens of Brazilian cities on Saturday, although fewer people took to the streets in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, where vandalism and clashes with police have rocked the country in recent days. ...
U.S. warns countries against Snowden travel
HONG KONG/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was seeking asylum in Ecuador on Sunday after Hong Kong allowed his departure for Russia in a slap to Washington's efforts to extradite him on espionage charges. ...
Syrian rebels renew fight for Aleppo
AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebels battled President Bashar al-Assad's forces in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, seeking to reverse gains made by loyalist forces in the commercial hub over the last two months, activists said. ...
Hong Kong lets Snowden leave in move bound to infuriate U.S.
HONG KONG (Reuters) - A former contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency, charged by the United States with espionage, was allowed to leave Hong Kong on Sunday because the U.S. extradition request did not fully comply with the law, the Hong Kong government said. ...
China's cash squeeze caused by shadow banking: Xinhua
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - There is ample liquidity in China and the latest spike in money market rates was a result of market distortions caused by widespread speculative trading and shadow financing, state news agency Xinhua said in a commentary on Sunday. ...
Gunmen kill 10 foreign tourists in northern Pakistan: police
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Gunmen stormed a hotel in a remote part of northern Pakistan on Sunday and killed 10 foreign tourists, police and security officials said. ...
Scattered, smaller protests continue in dozens of Brazilian cities
SALVADOR/BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (Reuters) - Scattered protests took place in dozens of Brazilian cities on Saturday, although fewer people took to the streets in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, where vandalism and clashes with police have rocked the country in recent days. ...
Turkish police break up protest, PM lambasts opponents
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish riot police fired water cannon to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Istanbul on Saturday, as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan castigated those behind protests he said had played into the hands of Turkey's enemies. ...
Mursi's controversial Islamist Luxor governor to quit: party
CAIRO (Reuters) - The governor of Egypt's Luxor province, controversially appointed despite belonging to a hardline Islamist group that massacred 58 tourists in Luxor in 1997, will step down on Sunday "for the sake of Egypt", the group said. ...
Singapore smog eases as Indonesian planes waterbomb fires
SINGAPORE/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Air quality in Singapore improved significantly to "moderate" pollution levels on Saturday, as Indonesian planes waterbombed raging forest fires and investigators scrambled to determine the cause of one of Southeast Asia's worst air pollution crises. ...
Interesting birds in Bulgaria - Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)
It's time for another post about the interesting birds in Bulgaria.This time I will post about the Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria). The reason for that is because this is one very interesting bird and I think that many people don't know about it. So I've decided to share some interesting information with you. Another reason is the fact that this bird habitats the Belogradchik Rocks which are near my hometown Belogradchik. The Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria) is a small passerine bird found thro...
Interesting birds in Bulgaria - Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)
It's time for another post about the interesting birds in Bulgaria.This time I will post about the Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria). The reason for that is because this is one very interesting bird and I think that many people don't know about it. So I've decided to share some interesting information with you. Another reason is the fact that this bird habitats the Belogradchik Rocks which are near my hometown Belogradchik. The Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria) is a small passerine bird found thro...
India monsoon floods kill at least 560; thousands missing
RUDRAPRAYAG, India (Reuters) - Flash floods and landslides unleashed by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in northern India and left tens of thousands missing, officials said on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise significantly. ...
Nelson Mandela remains in 'serious but stable' condition: government
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former South African president Nelson Mandela remains in a "serious but stable" condition in hospital, the government said on Saturday. ...
Putin warns on arming Syrian rebels as conflict widens
ST PETERSBURG, Russia/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin cautioned the West on Friday against arming Syrian rebel forces, which he said included "terrorist" groups, and warned that a swift exit by President Bashar al-Assad risked creating a dangerous power vacuum. ...
Hong Kong silent on Snowden's fate after U.S. files charges
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong authorities were silent on Saturday on the fate of a former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor ahead of an expected extradition request by the United States where he has been charged with spying. ...