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Boy Kidnapped in Philippines, Ransom Suspected

Posted: 06/25/2009 - Gunmen seized a 4-year-old boy on his way home from school in the southern Philippines, authorities said Friday, blaming a notorious kidnapping-for-ransom gang allegedly in league with local officials.

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Suicide Bomber Kills 2 Troops in Pakistani Kashmir

Posted: 06/25/2009 - A suicide bomber blew himself up early Friday near an army vehicle, killing at least two soldiers in the first such assault in Pakistan's part of divided Kashmir, the military said, marking a possible escalation in the militant campaign against security forces.

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Officials Say UN Envoy Arrives in Myanmar

Posted: 06/25/2009 - A U.N. special envoy arrived Friday in Myanmar to pave the way for a possible visit by the U.N. secretary-general that would be politically delicate because of the continuing trial of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

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High Hopes for UN Financial Summit Appear Dashed

Posted: 06/25/2009 - Developing nations' hopes for forging a new, more just economic world order appear unlikely to be quickly realized as the United Nations' Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis draws to a close Friday.

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Honduras Heads Toward Crisis Over Referendum

Posted: 06/25/2009 - A standoff between Honduras' president and its military, Congress and courts over a referendum on constitutional change escalated, with the leftist leader rejecting the Supreme Court's decision to reinstate a military chief he had fired.

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Fans From Sydney to Rio Mourn Michael Jackson

Posted: 06/25/2009 - In Malaysia, they hoped he would be remembered like Princess Diana. In Mexico, one of his impersonators said part of his life had been torn away. Even Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called it "lamentable news," though he criticized the media for giving it so much attention.

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NKorea Warns of 'Fire Shower of Nuclear' Attack

Posted: 06/24/2009 - North Korea condemned a recent U.S. pledge to provide nuclear defense of South Korea, saying Thursday that the move boosts its justification to have atomic bombs and invites a potential "fire shower of nuclear retaliation."

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US Drone Attack Claims 80 Lives in Pakistan

Posted: 06/24/2009 - What appeared to be the deadliest U.S. missile attack ever on Pakistani soil brought an unusual reaction Wednesday in a country that has previously denounced such strikes as an affront to its sovereignty - silence.

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Iran Police Swiftly Crush Protest

Posted: 06/24/2009 - A flood of security forces using tear gas and clubs quickly overwhelmed a small group of rock-throwing protesters near Iran's parliament Wednesday, and the country's supreme leader said the outcome of the disputed presidential election will stand - the latest signs of the government's growing confidence in quelling unrest on the streets.

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Russia's Medvedev Heads to Nigeria

Posted: 06/24/2009 - Russia's president said Wednesday his nation's investment in Nigeria could stretch into the billions of dollars, as the two nations signed deals on nuclear energy, gas and oil exploration in Africa largest oil producer.

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Can Italian Premier Survive Latest Scandal?

Posted: 06/24/2009 - Silvio Berlusconi has survived corruption allegations, a playboy reputation and his wife's wrath to become Italy's longest-serving prime minister. Now come allegations from a high-end prostitute that she spent the night at his residence and can prove it.

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Poor Nations Ask Rich for Bailout From Crisis

Posted: 06/24/2009 - African, Asian and Caribbean countries complained Wednesday that the global economic crisis which they didn't cause was devastating their countries and urged the rich nations responsible for the meltdown to bail them out.

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Netanyahu Meeting Called Off with US Mideast Envoy

Posted: 06/24/2009 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting in Paris with the top U.S. Mideast envoy has been called off in an apparent sign of growing friction over President Barack Obama's call for a halt to construction in Jewish settlements.

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Federal Prosecutors Take over Fire Probe in Mexico

Posted: 06/24/2009 - Mexico's government on Wednesday took over the entire investigation into a fire at a day care center that killed 47 children, citing squabbling between state and federal officials over the probe.

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U.S.-Trained Palestinian Force is Keen for Action

Posted: 06/24/2009 - In the live-fire exercise, everything was carefully choreographed - Palestinian commandos, faces blackened, stormed a hide-out in an abandoned building, "wounded" one gunman and "arrested" a second.

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Mexico President Says Future of Democracy at Stake

Posted: 06/24/2009 - President Felipe Calderon said Wednesday the future of Mexican democracy is at stake in the government's fight against official corruption and organized crime, and he criticized politicians who he said want to return to the era when gangs were tolerated.

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Venezuela, US Move to Restore Expelled Ambassadors

Posted: 06/24/2009 - Venezuela and the United States said Wednesday they will restore their ambassadors more than nine months after President Hugo Chavez expelled the U.S. envoy in his final diplomatic bout with the Bush administration.

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Iran Police Swiftly Crush Protest

Posted: 06/24/2009 - A flood of security forces using tear gas and clubs quickly overwhelmed a small group of rock-throwing protesters near Iran's parliament Wednesday, and the country's supreme leader said the outcome of the disputed presidential election will stand - the latest signs of the government's growing confidence in quelling unrest on the streets.

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Kim Jong Il Puts Son as Head of Spy Agency

Posted: 06/23/2009 - North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has put his youngest son in charge of the country's spy agency in a move aimed at handing the communist regime over to him, a news report said Wednesday.

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Serb Convicted for Killing of Croatian POWs

Posted: 06/23/2009 - Serbia's war crimes court convicted a Croatian Serb on Tuesday for his role in the 1991 torture and killing of 200 Croatian prisoners at a pig farm during the Balkan conflicts.

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Amid Jewish Revival, Poland Gets Openly Gay Rabbi

Posted: 06/23/2009 - When Rabbi Aaron Katz walks the streets of Warsaw's former Jewish quarter, scenes of that lost world fill his imagination: Families headed to synagogue, women in their kitchens cooking Sabbath meals, his father as a boy with the sidecurls of an Orthodox Jew.

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Replica of Letter on Henry VIII Divorce Unveiled

Posted: 06/23/2009 - Officials on Tuesday unveiled a replica of a 1530 parchment sent by members of England's House of Lords to Pope Clement VII to support the divorce of King Henry VIII.

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