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Civilians in Sri Lanka War Zone Face Catastrophe

Posted: 04/21/2009 - Tens of thousands of civilians trapped in Sri Lanka's northern war zone face a "catastrophic" situation, the Red Cross said Tuesday, amid fears a final assault against the Tamil Tiger rebels would lead to a dramatic rise in casualties.

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Death for Masseur Convicted of Killing Ten

Posted: 04/21/2009 - A South Korean court Wednesday handed down a death sentence to a masseur convicted of killing 10 people, including his wife and mother-in-law, an official said.

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Iran May Reconsider Jail Term for US Journalist

Posted: 04/21/2009 - Iran may reconsider an eight-year jail term for an American journalist during her appeal, the judiciary spokesman said Tuesday in an indication her sentence will be commuted.

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South Korea On Way to Free Trade With US

Posted: 04/21/2009 - A South Korean lawmaker says a parliamentary committee has approved a free trade agreement with the United States, paving the way for the deal to be voted on by the entire legislature.

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Pirates Free Tanker

Posted: 04/20/2009 - A Philippine shipping company says Somali pirates have freed a tanker and its crew of 23 Filipinos after holding them hostage for more than five months.

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Civilians Leave War Zone Ahead of Deadline

Posted: 04/20/2009 - Tens of thousands of civilians fled Sri Lanka's northern war zone in a record exodus ahead of the government's deadline Tuesday for separatist Tamil rebels there to surrender, officials said.

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IAEA: Obama Good For Solving North Korea Nuclear Issue

Posted: 04/20/2009 - The head of the U.N.'s atomic watchdog expressed confidence Monday that President Barack Obama's approach to North Korea and Iran will eventually help resolve international disputes over their nuclear programs.

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Mexican Priests: We're Targets Of Drug Violence

Posted: 04/20/2009 - Roman Catholic priests in northern Mexico said Monday that they are targets of drug violence and are taking extra precautions in the wake of an archbishop's comment that "everybody knows" where the nation's most-wanted trafficker lives.

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India Probes Dispute Over 'Slumdog' Child Star

Posted: 04/20/2009 - Indian police are investigating claims and counterclaims by the parents of a child star in "Slumdog Millionaire" after a British tabloid alleged the father tried to sell the 9-year-old girl to an undercover reporter.

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Chavez Gift to Obama Makes Book Best-Seller

Posted: 04/19/2009 - A book by an Uruguayan journalist that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave to President Barack Obama is now the No. 2 seller on Amazon.com.

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Nigerian Militants: UK Hostage Freed

Posted: 04/19/2009 - A British hostage who was captured more than seven months ago by Nigeria's main militant group was freed on Sunday, a senior military official said.

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Coast Guard Rescues 3 Trapped on Drifting Boat

Posted: 04/19/2009 - The U.S. Coast Guard says it has rescued three men from a drifting pleasure boat that had lost power in choppy waters southwest of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Germany Joins Boycotters of UN Racism Meeting

Posted: 04/19/2009 - Germany's government says the country will boycott this week's U.N. racism conference out of concern that it could be "abused as a platform for other interests."

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Gunmen Kidnap 2 Aid Workers in Somalia

Posted: 04/19/2009 - About 25 masked gunmen armed with machine guns kidnapped two foreign aid workers in central Somalia on Sunday, an aid worker and a witness said

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US to Boycott UN Racism Meeting

Posted: 04/18/2009 - The State Department says the Obama administration will boycott a U.N. racism conference next week over objectional language in the meeting's final document.

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Top ETA Leader Reported Arrested in France

Posted: 04/18/2009 - Officials say that three suspected members of the Basque separatist organization ETA have been arrested in southern France, and an official of Spain's Interior Ministry says that one is considered to be the organization's current military leader.

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Pirates Seize Belgian Ship; NATO Frees 20 Hostages

Posted: 04/18/2009 - Somali pirates attacked two ships off the Horn of Africa on Saturday, capturing a Belgian dredger and its 10-man crew. NATO forces intervened in the other assault, chasing the pirates down and freeing 20 fisherman on a Yemeni dhow

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Iraqi Forces Conduct Seep in Fallujah

Posted: 04/18/2009 - Iraqi forces launched raids Saturday into an industrial zone in Fallujah where authorities fear Sunni insurgents could be seeking to regain footholds in areas they once controlled.

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Mudslide Hits Peru

Posted: 04/17/2009 - Peruvian officials say 13 farmers escaped unharmed from a mudslide in rural Peru, leaving just one person unaccounted for.

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Fatal Mexico Bus Crash

Posted: 04/17/2009 - Mexican police say two buses collided head-on in the southern state of Chiapas, killing at least 19 people.

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North Korea Angry Over U.S. Response to Rocket Launch

Posted: 04/17/2009 - U.S. monitors of North Korea's nuclear program left the communist nation after the regime ordered them out and vowed to restart its reactor in anger over U.N. criticism of its recent rocket launch.

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Obama, Chavez Shake Hands

Posted: 04/17/2009 - Presidents Barack Obama and Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's socialist leader, met Friday and shook hands on the sidelines of a summit of their hemisphere's democracies.

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Deadly Blast in China

Posted: 04/17/2009 - A warehouse explosion killed 18 people and injured six at a coal mine in central China, state television said Saturday.

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