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Police Find 5 Bodies, Severed Head in Mexico

Posted: 06/30/2009 - Mexican police on Tuesday found the remains of six people tortured and shot to death in a western state that is a focus of the government's war against drug cartels.

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$1.2 Billion in Debts Canceled to Help Haiti

Posted: 06/30/2009 - Three international organizations canceled $1.2 billion of Haiti's debt Tuesday, freeing up millions of dollars each year for the deeply impoverished Caribbean nation that is beset by humanitarian crises.

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SKorean Official: Kim Successor not Final in North

Posted: 06/30/2009 - The decision on who will become North Korea's next leader may not be final despite reports that Kim Jong Il has tapped his youngest son to succeed him, South Korea's defense chief said.

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Interim Honduran Leader Vows Zelaya Won't Return

Posted: 06/30/2009 - The interim president of Honduras vowed Tuesday not to resign the post he took over following a military coup and claimed that only an armed invasion would restore his ousted predecessor to power.

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Deposed Honduran Prez Accused of Drug Ties

Posted: 06/30/2009 - The regime that ousted Manuel Zelaya in Honduras claimed Tuesday that the deposed president allowed tons of cocaine to be flown into the Central American country on its way to the United States.

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British Man Begins Australian Island Dream Job

Posted: 06/30/2009 - Briton Ben Southall said he'll miss his mom's Sunday roast as he began what's been dubbed the "Best Job in the World" - a six-month contract to serve as caretaker of a tropical Australian island.

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Putin Tells Russian Casinos to Cash in Their Chips

Posted: 06/30/2009 - Most roulette wheels are grinding to a halt in Russia. The Kremlin is trying to rein in an industry seen as a breeding ground for corruption and organized crime. The government has ordered the closure of all casinos and gambling halls Wednesday.

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UN Tells Honduras to Reinstate President

Posted: 06/30/2009 - Honduras' ousted president won overwhelming international support Tuesday as he planned a high-profile return to his chaotic country. The politicians who sent soldiers to fly him into exile in his pajamas said he will be arrested for treason if he tries.

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Refund Details Announced for Jackson Concerts

Posted: 06/29/2009 - More than 750,000 Michael Jackson fans can get full refunds for the pop star's canceled 50-night "This is It" concert extravaganza - or opt to receive souvenir tickets instead, the promoters announced Monday.

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Journalists Briefly Detained by Troops in Honduras

Posted: 06/29/2009 - Honduran troops detained seven international journalists covering the aftermath of a military coup Monday, freeing them unhurt a short time later. The government also took at least two television stations off the air and interrupted the broadcasts of others.

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Freight Train Derails, Kills 10 in Italy

Posted: 06/29/2009 - A rail car filled with liquefied natural gas exploded when a freight train derailed in the middle of a small Italian town, setting off an inferno that killed at least 10 people and injured 50 others, officials said Tuesday.

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Haiti President's Party Picks up 5 Senate Seats

Posted: 06/29/2009 - President Rene Preval's party won five of 11 contests to fill open Senate seats, according to preliminary results released Monday by the provisional electoral council.

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Pakistan Militants Abandon Peace Deal

Posted: 06/29/2009 - Taliban militants in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan say they're scrapping a peace deal with the government.

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Mexico Frees 3 Mayors Held for Alleged Drug Ties

Posted: 06/29/2009 - Federal prosecutors released three of the 10 Mexican mayors arrested last month in an unprecedented sweep of elected officials accused of protecting a drug cartel, authorities said Monday.

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US Ready to Beef up UN Peacekeeping Operations

Posted: 06/29/2009 - The United States is prepared to provide more military observers, police and civilian staff to beef up the U.N.'s far-flung peacekeeping operations, the U.S. ambassador said Monday.

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Oil Jumps Above $73 on Dollar Fall, Nigeria Attack

Posted: 06/29/2009 - Oil prices jumped above $73 a barrel Tuesday in Asia as a weakening U.S. dollar and attacks on oil installations in Nigeria helped push prices to eight-month highs.

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Plane with 153 Passengers Crashes off Comoros, Child Rescued

Updated: 06/30/2009 - A passenger jet carrying 153 people from Yemen crashed into the Indian Ocean in bad weather early Tuesday while trying to land at the island nation of Comoros. Search teams rescued a child from the sea, officials said, but there was no word on other survivors.

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Leaders from Obama to Chavez Blast Honduras Coup

Posted: 06/29/2009 - Police and soldiers clashed with thousands of protesters outside Honduras' national palace Monday, leaving dozens of people injured, as world leaders from Barack Obama to Hugo Chavez demanded the return of a president ousted in a military coup.

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Pakistan Offers Reward for Taliban Commander

Posted: 06/28/2009 - Pakistan ramped up its campaign against Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud on Sunday, placing a bounty on the chieftain's head and launching air strikes on his stronghold in the country's northwest.

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Uranium Gives NKorea Second Way to Make Bombs

Posted: 06/28/2009 - After repudiating negotiations on dismantling its plutonium-based nuclear program, North Korea admitted this month to having an even more worrying way to make bombs.

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8 Killed in Collapsed Building in Nigeria

Posted: 06/28/2009 - A fire department official says at least eight people have been killed in the collapse of a three-story building in the Nigerian capital.

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