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Taiwan Awaits Foreign Aid for Storm Relief

Posted: 08/15/2009 - Taiwan awaited desperately needed aid from the United States, China and other countries Sunday as villagers mourned the hundreds who were killed in the worst storm to strike the island in 50 years.

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Myanmar Migrants Stuck in Malaysia Detention Camps

Posted: 08/15/2009 - A growing number of immigrants from Myanmar are ending up stuck, often for months, in crowded detention centers in Malaysia designed to hold people for only a few weeks.

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The "Zimdollar:" Dead, but Still Used for Bus Fare

Posted: 08/15/2009 - A woman pays her bus fare with 3 trillion in old Zimbabwe dollars - the equivalent of 50 U.S. cents. The collector accepts the brick of neatly folded bundles of a trillion each without bothering to count the notes.

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Old Men Replace Women in Afghan Polling Stations

Posted: 08/15/2009 - The picture shows a battered woman peering through a broken window. The words below say in Pashto, the Afghan language: "Why in the 21st century are women here found only in the home and the cemetery?"

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Ship Passes Through Channel and Then Disappears

Posted: 08/12/2009 - First the ship reported it had been attacked in waters off Sweden. Then it sailed with no apparent problems through one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. And then it disappeared.

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London Police Make Arrest in Jewelry Heist

Posted: 08/12/2009 - Police said Wednesday they have arrested a suspect in connection with a daring daytime heist that netted $65 million worth of jewelry from a prominent London diamond merchant last week.

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Ex-Nazi Officer Guilty in WWII Massacre in Italy

Posted: 08/11/2009 - Gino Massetti was only 15 when Nazi troops rounded him up with 10 other Italian civilians and forced them into a barn in Tuscany before blowing it up - a massacre carried out in revenge after partisans killed two soldiers.

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16 Bodies Found After Coal Mine Blast in Slovakia

Posted: 08/11/2009 - Sixteen bodies have been recovered from a Slovak coal mine following a fire and explosion, and four other people are also believed to have died, authorities said Tuesday.

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Murder for Ratings? Brazil Cops Suspect TV Host

Posted: 08/11/2009 - In one murder after another, the "Canal Livre" crime TV show had an uncanny knack for being first on the scene, gathering graphic footage of the victim.

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Evangelical Leader, 9 Others Charged in Brazil

Posted: 08/11/2009 - The founder of one of Brazil's biggest evangelical churches siphoned off billions of dollars in donations from his mostly poor followers to buy jewelry, TV stations and other businesses for himself, authorities charged Tuesday.

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Costa Rica's President has Swine Flu

Posted: 08/11/2009 - Nobel Peace laureate and Costa Rican President Oscar Arias said Tuesday that he has swine flu, showing that not even a head of state is safe from the virus that has caused worldwide concern but relatively few deaths.

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Wreckage of Plane Found in Papua New Guinea

Posted: 08/11/2009 - Rescuers in a helicopter saw no immediate signs of life Wednesday at the wreckage of a chartered plane that crashed while carrying 13 people to a tourist region of Papua New Guinea, the airline said.

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Rio Employees Face Trade Secrets, Bribery Charges

Posted: 08/11/2009 - China has formally arrested four employees of the Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd. on charges of infringing trade secrets and bribery, in a case that has strained relations with Australia.

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US Soldier Charged in Mexican Cartel Killing

Posted: 08/11/2009 - A Fort Bliss soldier and two other men have been charged in the shooting death of a mid-level Mexican drug cartel member who was also a U.S. informant.

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UK Chief says Spies not Complicit in Torture

Posted: 08/10/2009 - Britain's foreign spy chief denied in an interview broadcast Monday that agents tortured terror suspects or that Britain colluded with countries that use torture.

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Stasi Prison Memorial Pleas for Financial Help

Posted: 08/10/2009 - The memorial at the former prison run by Communist East Germany's Stasi secret police is deep in debt after being flooded with nonpaying visitors this year as Germany marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, an official said Monday.

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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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