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Syria Conflict: Russia Backs Annan Plan For Political Transition

Reuters   |  Louis Charbonneau   |   August 27, 2012

* Annan's proposal to be discussed in Geneva on Saturday * Unclear if Russia would accept exclusion of Assad (Adds background, diplomat) By Louis Charbonneau...

Iran: Syria Crisis Consultations 'Welcomed'

Reuters   |   August 27, 2012

UNITED NATIONS, June 27 (Reuters) - Iran is ready to help international envoy Kofi Annan's bid to bring peace to Syria, but if some countries...

Egypt Democracy: Ruling Generals Eye Turkish Government Model

AP   |  MAGGIE MICHAEL and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA   |   June 27, 2012

CAIRO -- Now that Egypt has its first freely elected president, Egypt's powerful generals appear headed toward copying the Turkish model from decades past –...

Syria Meeting In Geneva To Address Worsening Conflict

Reuters   |   August 27, 2012

GENEVA, June 27 (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from the global powers and Middle East countries will meet in Geneva on Saturday to work out a...

Mexico Elections: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador In Mexico's Focus, Despite Expectations

AP   |  MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN   |   June 27, 2012

MEXICO CITY — Four days before Mexico's presidential election, much of the nation's attention is focused on a man who appears certain to lose. That...

Sean Fennerty Craigslist Scam: Family Of Fallen Solider Outraged Over Use Of Photo For Donations

  |   June 28, 2012

Sergeant Sean Fennerty's family received quite a shock when they discovered someone was using the fallen soldier's photo in a plea for money. An image...

Hosni Mubarak's Health: Former Egyptian President Reportedly Slips In And Out Of Consciousness

AP   |  SARAH EL DEEB   |   June 27, 2012

CAIRO -- Medical officials say ousted President Hosni Mubarak's health condition has taken a turn for the worse. The officials at the military hospital in...

Bangladesh Flash Floods: Death Toll Rises As Thousands Are Left Stranded By Landslides

Reuters   |   August 27, 2012

* Five days of heaviest rain in years * Downpours cause floods, landslides * Hundreds of homes washed away (Updates death toll, adds details) By...

Mexico Elections: Middle Class Will Be Key To Win Vote

AP   |  E. EDUARDO CASTILLO   |   June 27, 2012

NAUCALPAN, Mexico -- Middle class voters like Gerardo Olivo helped drive Mexico's ruling party from power 12 years ago, ending its seven decades of rule....

IRS Tax Evasion Disclosure Program Collects Only Small Percentage Of Money Lost

The Huffington Post   |  Bonnie Kavoussi   |   June 27, 2012

While the IRS has ramped up its efforts to encourage tax cheats to come clean, the agency's voluntary disclosure programs have only reclaimed a small...

Rock Paper Scissors Robot Built In Japanese Lab Cannot Lose (VIDEO)

  |   June 28, 2012

It's time to welcome our new robot overlords, at least when it comes to playing rock-paper-scissors. Researchers at the Sensor Fusion lab at the Ishikawa-Oku...

Mitt Romney Foreign Policy Team Dogged By Old Rivalries

Reuters   |   August 27, 2012

* Advisers come from both moderate and "neocon" factions * Some campaign, party officials say divisions overstated * Critical open letter to Obama missing notable...

June 2012 FAIL Compilation (VIDEO)

  |   June 29, 2012

If it ain't broke, it's about to be. Yes, it's nearly the end of another month, and once again, it's time to take stock of...

Poland Lights Up The Sky With 15,000 Paper Lanterns on Summer Solstice (VIDEO, IMAGES)

The Huffington Post   |  Katherine Brooks   |   August 23, 2012

In celebration of the summer solstice, or St. John's Night as it's called in Poland, residents and visitors in the Polish city of Poznan released...

Zombie Restaurant Based On 'Resident Evil' Game Set To Open In Tokyo July 13 (VIDEO)

Huffington Post   |  David Moye   |   June 27, 2012

Zombies aren't known for enjoying sit-down meals; most prefer to eat on the run (or shamble). However, Japanese zombies who want a taste of fine...

KFC's 'Cheese Top Burger': Philippines Locations Unveil Chicken Sandwich With Cheese Atop Bun

  |   June 28, 2012

Yes, this is real: KFC Philippines is offering something called the "Cheese Top Burger," a fried chicken patty sandwich with garlic Parmesan dressing and...

Shark Week's 25th Anniversary: Discovery Channel Announces Lineup

  |   August 27, 2012

Shark Week, cable's longest running programming event, celebrates 25 years on August 12, kicking off at 9 p.m. ET on Discovery Channel. Among the programming...

Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's President-Elect, To Sue Iranian News Agency Fars Over Fabricated Interview

Reuters   |   August 27, 2012

CAIRO, June 27 (Reuters) - The office of Egyptian president-elect Mohamed Mursi will file a lawsuit against the Iranian news agency Fars for making up...

U.S. Marshals Auction Seized Artwork By Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall And Other Masters (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post   |  Kyle McGovern   |   June 27, 2012

Art-lovers have the chance to take home original works by Picasso, Chagall, Matisse and many others, thanks to the U.S. Marshals Service. The pieces are...

Portugal vs. Spain LIVE Updates: Euro 2012 Semifinal

AP   |   June 27, 2012

WARSAW, Poland — Spain beat Portugal 4-2 in a penalty shootout on Wednesday to reach the final of Euro 2012. The match ended 0-0 after...

Syria Crisis: White House Condemns Violence

Reuters   |   August 27, 2012

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday condemned all acts of violence in Syria, including attacks by insurgents on supporters of the...

Nouriel Roubini: Germany Is Punishing European Countries For Losing Their 'Virginity'

The Huffington Post   |  Bonnie Kavoussi   |   June 28, 2012

Greece and Spain are, like, totally effed. And Germany is punishing them for losing their virginity, says Nouriel Roubini, the New York University economics professor...

Mexico Helicopter Crash: Missing Navy Chopper Found

AP   |   June 27, 2012

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico says it has sighted the remains of a Navy helicopter that went missing five days ago with four crew members aboard....

Facebook And An Honest Stranger Helped Canadian Tourist Find His Lost Camera (PHOTO)

  |   June 27, 2012

If you needed more proof of the collective power of social networking, here's a story that should convince you. Thanks to Facebook and an...

'El Gran Wyoming,' Spanish Comedian, Blasts Spain's Government At Public Event (VIDEO)

  |   June 27, 2012

José Miguel Monzón Navarro, a popular Spanish comedian, didn't bother saving his best material for TV -- instead, he let loose at a public demonstration,...

U.S. Hardens Stance In Iran Nuclear Talks

Al-Monitor   |   June 27, 2012

Iran came to talks in Moscow last week (June 18-19) prepared to discuss stopping enriching uranium to 20% but refused two other conditions that could...

Somalia's Prisons: The War On Terror's Latest Front

The Daily Beast   |  Eli Lake   |   June 27, 2012

Read More: Somalia, Somalia Prison
So now it’s official: United States soldiers have been hunting down al Qaeda affiliates in Somalia. When the White House confirmed earlier this month what...

The World's Largest Coffee Mosaic, 'The Awakening,' Features 1 Million Coffee Beans

  |   June 27, 2012

The world's largest coffee mosaic, according to Russia's Book of Records recently debuted in Gorky Park, Moscow. The piece features 1 million coffee beans, weighs...

Tony Blair Says He'd Welcome Comeback As U.K. PM

AP   |  DAVID STRINGER   |   June 27, 2012

LONDON — Tony Blair said Wednesday that he would love a chance to return as Britain's prime minister – but acknowledged a comeback is extremely...

Indian Companies Hiring American Workers Because Of Visa Backlog

The Huffington Post   |  Alexander Eichler   |   June 27, 2012

American job seekers may be experiencing a slow season for hiring right now, but they can take heart because at least foreign companies are staffing...

Pussy Riot Release: Intellectuals Demand Freedom For Anti-Putin Rockers

AP   |   June 27, 2012

MOSCOW — Dozens of Russian intellectuals have signed an open letter calling on the Kremlin to release feminist punk rockers who face up to seven...

Pakistan Taliban Reportedly Behead 17 Soldiers

AP   |  ISHTIAQ MAHSUD   |   August 27, 2012

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan -- The Taliban released a video Wednesday that they say shows the heads of 17 Pakistani soldiers captured in a cross-border...

Stowaways Suspected In Container Ship, The Ville D'Aquarius, Docked In Newark, Says Coast Guard

AP   |  SAMANTHA HENRY   |   June 27, 2012

NEWARK, N.J. — Dock workers rushed to unload stacked containers from a cargo ship that arrived in New Jersey from the Middle East on Wednesday...

Hilary Swank Helps Bucharest Stray Dogs, Fights For Sterilization Plan

AP   |  ALISON MUTLER   |   June 27, 2012

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Thousands of Romanian street dogs have found a friend in Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank. Swank, who won for her portrayal of a...

Isabella Kruger, 3-Year-Old Cloned Skin Recipient, To Leave Hospital

AP   |  By KIM CHAKANETSA   |   June 27, 2012

JOHANNESBURG -- Bedtime for 3-year-old Isabella Kruger now includes a bottle and a massage. This ritual has become possible again as the toddler recovers from...

Israel, Palestinian Leaders May Meet Next Week In Bid To Restart Peace Talks

AP   |  IAN DEITCH   |   June 27, 2012

JERUSALEM — An Israeli military court on Wednesday convicted a Hamas militant on charges of masterminding suicide bomb attacks that killed dozens of Israelis and...

Oldest Pearl In World Discovered In United Arab Emirates, Dates Back To 5500 B.C. (PHOTO)

The Huffington Post   |  Allie Compton   |   June 27, 2012

French researchers are flashing their pearly whites after a historic discovery: what's believed to be the oldest pearl in the history of the human world....

Saudi Arabia Train Crash: Train Derailment Injures 35

AP   |   June 27, 2012

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- A Saudi civil defense official says a train derailment has injured 35 passengers, one critically, on the kingdom's lone passenger line....

Anders Behring Breivik, Norway Killer, Gets Own Specially Designed Psychiatric Ward

AP   |   June 27, 2012

OSLO, Norway -- Even if found criminally insane, confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik is likely to remain inside the walls of the prison where...

Mali Clashes Kill At Least 20 In North Of Country

Reuters   |   August 27, 2012

BAMAKO, June 27 (Reuters) - At least 20 people were killed in a gunbattle in the northern Mali town of Gao on Wednesday between local...

Microsoft Attack Puts Spotlight On Greece Tensions

Reuters   |   August 27, 2012

By Harry Papachristou ATHENS, June 27 (Reuters) - Gunmen driving a van packed with gas canisters firebombed the Athens headquarters of Microsoft on Wednesday, underscoring...

Russia's Parliament Ordered To Reform By Putin

AP   |   June 27, 2012

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin submitted a bill Wednesday that would change how the upper house of the Russian parliament is formed, a move he...

Stowaway Snake Attacks Motorcycle Rider Pushing 155 MPH In Brazil (VIDEO)

  |   July 2, 2012

Take heed screenwriters, snakes on a bike will be a hit. A motorcycle rider in Brazil was shooting a first-person video -- clocking himself at...

Dead Galapagos Tortoise, Lonesome George, To Be Embalmed And Displayed

AP   |   June 26, 2012

QUITO, Ecuador -- The beloved Galapagos Islands giant tortoise known as Lonesome George will remain a tourist attraction even in death. Ecuador's environment minister says...

South Korea Ancient Farm Discovery Appears To Be East Asia's Oldest Farming Site From Neolithic Period

AP   |   June 27, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea's archaeological agency says it has unearthed evidence of East Asia's oldest known farming site. Archaeologist Cho Mi-soon said Wednesday...

12 Hour Workdays Are The New Normal And That's A Good Thing, Says Self-Interested Company

The Huffington Post   |  Harry Bradford   |   June 27, 2012

Twelve hour work days are the new normal. But maybe they're not all that bad? That's the spin that one company is putting on a...

Jesus Rodriquez, Toddler With 33-Pound Tumor, Recovering After Removal Surgery

AP   |   August 27, 2012

Associated Press MEXICO CITY -- Mexican doctors say they have successfully removed a 33-pound (15-kilogram) benign tumor from the body of a 2-year-old child. Dr....

Mexico Airport Shooting: Mexico City Violence Shows Ongoing Security Problems

AP   |  KATHERINE CORCORAN and ARMANDO MONTANO   |   June 26, 2012

MEXICO CITY -- From cash in chili pepper cans to cocaine in cardboard boxes, Mexico City's international airport has long been considered the capital's main...

Jacob Zuma, South African President, Calls On African National Congress To Root Out Corruption

AP   |  DONNA BRYSON   |   June 26, 2012

JOHANNESBURG -- The century-old African National Congress, which led the victory over apartheid 18 years ago and has governed South Africa since, must root out...

Egypt Elections: U.S. Pleased So Far With New Egyptian President, Clinton Says

AP   |  MATTHEW LEE   |   June 27, 2012

HELSINKI -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the Obama administration is pleased so far with commitments made by Egypt's Islamist president-elect, Mohammed...

Sayeed Zabiuddin Ansari, Alleged Mumbai Plotter, 'Confirms' Pakistan Involved In Attacks

Reuters   |   August 27, 2012

By D. Jose THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India, June 27 (Reuters) - India said on Wednesday that a man arrested on suspicion of helping plot the 2008 Mumbai...

Mexican Media Scandal: Predominant Network, Televisia, Promoted Presidential Candidate

  |   August 27, 2012

A secretive unit inside Mexico's predominant television network set up and funded a campaign for Enrique Peña Nieto, who is the favourite to win Sunday's...

Martijn, Dutch Pedophile Association, Outlawed

AP   |  MIKE CORDER   |   June 27, 2012

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch court outlawed a pedophile association Wednesday, saying its promotion of sexual contact between adults and children breaches the country's...

Martijn, Dutch Pedophile Association, Outlawed

AP   |  MIKE CORDER   |   June 27, 2012

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch court outlawed a pedophile association Wednesday, saying its promotion of sexual contact between adults and children breaches the country's...

Iraq Bombs Targeting Homes Of Shiite Cleric and Sunni Militiaman Kill 1, Including 4 Teenagers

AP   |  SAMEER N. YACOUB   |   August 27, 2012

BAGHDAD -- Bombs targeting the homes of Shiite cleric and a member of a Sunni militia that fights al-Qaida killed at least 11 people, including...

Pakistan PM Crisis: President's Corruption Case Should Be Reopened, Chief Justice Says

AP   |   August 27, 2012

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's top judge says he expects the country's new prime minister to reopen an old corruption case against the president, reiterating a...

Barclays Settles Libor Interbank Lending Rate Manipulation Claims With CFTC, UK's FSA

Reuters   |   August 27, 2012

* Largest fine ever imposed by CFTC, UK's FSA * Emails show traders asked for rates to be moved * U.S. gov't says criminal...

Britain Mulls Replacing House Of Lords

AP   |  DAVID STRINGER   |   June 27, 2012

LONDON — Can Britain's government ditch the dukes, eject the earls and kick out the cronies? Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday set out ambitious...

The Queen-Martin McGuinness Handshake: A Brave Step Forward Or A Pointless Stunt?

The Huffington Post UK   |  Ted Thornhill   |   June 27, 2012

The historic handshake between The Queen and former IRA-commander Martin McGuinness has been met with a huge range of reactions from politicians, religious leaders and...

Bangladesh Landslides, Floods Kill At Least 91

AP   |  FARID HOSSAIN   |   June 27, 2012

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Landslides and floods caused by heavy monsoon rains killed at least 91 people in southern Bangladesh and many more were missing, the...

Australia Boat Tragedy: Ship Capsizes Off Australian Island, 1 Asylum Seeker Dead

AP   |  ROD McGUIRK   |   June 27, 2012

CANBERRA, Australia — Four people are believed to have died and 130 others were rescued after a crowded boat carrying asylum seekers to Australia capsized...

Caterpillar Pulled From Socially Responsible Investment Indexes On Concern Over Israeli Use Of Bulldozers

AP   |  BLAKE SOBCZAK   |   August 27, 2012

JERUSALEM (AP) — A U.S. investment firm has removed Caterpillar Inc. from three of its popular indexes that track socially responsible investments, citing concerns about...

Queen Elizabeth Meets Ex-IRA Chief Martin McGuinness

AP   |  SHAWN POGATCHNIK   |   June 27, 2012

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Queen Elizabeth II and a former Irish Republican Army commander offered each other the hand of peace Wednesday in a long-awaited...

Syria Crisis: U.N. Accuses Syrian Government Of Violating Human Rights

Reuters   |   August 27, 2012

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, June 27 (Reuters) - Syrian government forces have committed human rights violations, including executions, across the country "on an alarming...

Angela Merkel: Eurobonds Can Only Be Implemented 'When Sufficient Controls Are In Place'

Reuters   |   August 27, 2012

BERLIN, June 27 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday, one day before a crunch European Union summit, that there were no quick...

Syria Crisis: Violence Worse Than Before Ceasefire, U.N. Says

AP   |  JOHN HEILPRIN   |   August 27, 2012

By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press GENEVA -- The violence in Syria has matched or exceeded levels from before the April ceasefire agreement, the United Nations...

Afghanistan Violence: Insurgent Attacks Kill 10 Police Officers In Past 24 Hours

AP   |  RAHIM FAIEZ   |   August 26, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgent attacks in several parts of Afghanistan have killed 10 police officers over 24 hours, officials said Wednesday. Warming weather in...

White Cliffs Of Dover: National Trust Launch Appeal To Safeguard Landmark (PICTURES)

PA   |   June 27, 2012

A £1.2 million appeal to safeguard one of England's most famous natural landmarks, the White Cliffs of Dover, has been launched by the National Trust....

Microsoft Attack: Gunmen Set Fire To Software Company Headquarters In Greece (VIDEO)

Reuters   |   August 26, 2012

ATHENS (Reuters) - Gunmen set fire to Microsoft's Greek headquarters in Athens overnight, police said on Wednesday, damaging the front of the building and forcing...

Syria Violence: Gunmen Attack Pro-Government TV Station, Kill 7 Employees

AP   |  ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY   |   June 27, 2012

BEIRUT — Gunmen attacked a pro-government TV station Wednesday near the Syrian capital, killing seven employees in the latest barrage of violence as world powers...

Queen To Shake Hands With Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness

PA/The Huffington Post UK   |   June 27, 2012

The Queen will shake hands with Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness on Wednesday in a gesture that will herald a major milestone in Anglo-Irish relations. Stormont's...
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