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Lenin Statue Collapses, Kills Man in Belarus

Posted: 08/10/2009 - A massive statue of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin collapsed on a man who was hanging from it Monday, killing him on the spot, authorities said.

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Cuban Political Prisoners Increase by 1

Posted: 08/10/2009 - Political prisoners held in Cuba increased by one to 206 in the past six months, the first time the number has not dropped sharply since Raul Castro took over running the communist country three years ago.

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Remains of Missing Greek Cypriot Soldiers Found

Posted: 08/10/2009 - The remains of five Greek Cypriot soldiers who appear in an iconic 1974 photo surrendering to invading Turkish troops were found in an abandoned well in the Turkish Cypriot north, officials said Monday.

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20 Slovak Workers Missing after Coal Mine Blast

Posted: 08/10/2009 - Twenty workers were trapped underground Monday after a fire and explosion hit a coal mine in central Slovakia, and rescue workers operating in darkness and high temperatures were struggling to reach them, officials said.

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Tonga Ferry Captain Says He Was Pressured to Sail

Posted: 08/10/2009 - The captain of the Tongan ferry that sank leaving 93 missing and presumed dead said Monday he was pressured into sailing the vessel even though authorities knew the ship had problems.

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Restive Youths Burn Cars in New Suburban Unrest

Posted: 08/10/2009 - Restive youths in a Paris suburb torched a tourist bus and nearly a half-dozen cars and hurled objects at police early Tuesday, a night after fullblown unrest prompted by the death of a teen fleeing police.

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Mexico: Suspect Plotted to Kill President

Posted: 08/10/2009 - Federal police have arrested a drug cartel suspect they believe was behind a plot to kill President Felipe Calderon in retaliation for his crackdown on organized crime, the head of the anti-drug unit said Monday.

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Police: 400 Unaccounted for in Taiwan Mudslide

Posted: 08/10/2009 - A mudslide touched off by a deadly typhoon buried a remote mountain village in Taiwan, leaving at least 400 people unaccounted for, while a massive landslide in China toppled seven apartment buildings, an official said Tuesday.

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Earthquakes Shake Tokyo Area, Indian Ocean

Posted: 08/10/2009 - A powerful earthquake hit Tokyo and nearby areas shortly after dawn Tuesday, halting trains and forcing two nuclear reactors to shut down for safety checks. More than 30 people suffered minor injuries.

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Police: 400 Unaccounted for in Taiwan Mudslide

Posted: 08/10/2009 - A mudslide touched off by a deadly typhoon buried a remote mountain village, leaving at least 400 people unaccounted for Monday, and military rescue helicopters unable to land because of the slippery ground dropped food to desperate survivors.

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Tiny Deer Among 350 New Species Found in Himalayas

Posted: 08/10/2009 - The world's smallest deer, a flying frog and catfish that stick to rocks - as well as more than 350 other species - have been discovered over the past decade in the Himalayas, making it one of the world's most biologically rich regions, an environmental group said Monday.

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Saudi Princess Robbed at Posh Italian Resort

Posted: 08/10/2009 - Italian police said Monday they are hunting for burglars who stole euro11 million ($15.5 million) in cash and jewelry from the hotel room of a Saudi princess.

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Strong Earthquake Shakes Tokyo Area

Posted: 08/09/2009 - The Japan Meteorological Agency says a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 has shaken the Japanese capital of Tokyo and surrounding areas.

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China Says Plane Diverted to Afghanistan by Threat

Posted: 08/09/2009 - A plane scheduled to land in China's western region of Xinjiang that was rocked by ethnic riots last month was diverted to southern Afghanistan by a bomb threat, state media said Sunday.

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US Willing to Hold Direct Talks With North Korea

Posted: 08/09/2009 - The Obama administration said Sunday it is willing to hold direct talks with North Korea over its nuclear weapons if it first resumes international negotiations.

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Pakistan: Conflicting Reports of Taliban Shootout

Posted: 08/08/2009 - Senior Taliban commanders denied that their leader, Baitullah Mehsud, had been killed in a CIA missile strike, while conflicting reports emerged late Saturday of a clash between rival Taliban factions during a meeting to chose a successor.

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Mauritania Bomber Injures 3 Near French Embassy

Posted: 08/08/2009 - A Mauritanian police officer says a suicide bomber killed himself outside the French Embassy. The blast also wounded two embassy guards and a woman in the street.

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Shootout Reported Between Taliban Factions

Posted: 08/08/2009 - Interior Minister Rahman Malik says authorities have received information that a fight broke out between two rival Taliban groups and that one of two people believed to be contenders to succeed Baitullah Mehsud as Taliban leader in Pakistan is dead.

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Judge: 6 Terrorism Suspects in NC to Be Held

Posted: 08/05/2009 - Six men who federal prosecutors accuse of plotting holy war overseas from their North Carolina homes will remain jailed until trial because they are dangerous and may flee, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

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Bill Clinton Meets with NKorean Leader Kim Jong Il

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Former President Bill Clinton met Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on the first day of a surprise visit to Pyongyang, holding "exhaustive" talks that covered a wide range of topics, state-run media said.

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