February 15, 2013 RSS feed / World

Olympian Pistorius charged with murder

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged today with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the Blade Runner More...

China calls in North Korean ambassador over n-test

BEIJING (AP) — China’s foreign minister called North Korea’s ambassador in for a dressing-down and demanded his country cease making further threats, in a show of Beijing’s displeasure over its ally’s latest nuclear test More...

Pope avoids predecessor’s show of suffering

VATICAN CITY The closest of confidants, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger watched from the front row as Pope John Paul II, once a strapping athlete, steadily deteriorated in his later years. More...

Blast at Russia coal mine kills 18 people

MOSCOW (AP) — A blast at a coal mine in northern Russia today killed 18 people, officials said. More...

Bomb kills 10 people in northwest Pakistan

PARACHINAR, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb planted near a market in northwestern Pakistan killed 10 people and wounded 23 others today, the latest in an uptick in attacks in recent months, government officials said. More...

London ‘Micrarium’ aims to showcase tiny stuff

LONDON (AP) — They’re minuscule, there are millions of them, and one museum manager says they’re massively under-represented. More...

NATO copter crashes in east Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A NATO helicopter crashed today in eastern Afghanistan, but no crew members were seriously injured, officials said. More...

Medvedev reluctant to reverse ‘time’

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says he has no immediate intention to reverse his decision to leave Russia’s clocks on summer time yearround. More...

500 people hurt as meteor falls in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — A meteor that scientists estimate weighed 10 tons streaked at supersonic speed over Russia’s Ural Mountains today, setting off blasts that injured some 500 people and frightened countless more. More...

Pistorius statement disputes charge

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A statement from the family of Oscar Pistorius and his management says they dispute the claim that he murdered his girlfriend “in the strongest terms.” More...

Airbus will not use lithium-ion batteries

NEW YORK (AP) — Airbus said Thursday it is dropping lithium-ion batteries from its new A350 airplane because of uncertainty surrounding the technology that has led to the grounding of Boeing’s 787. More...

Coroner: Soft drinks need health warnings

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand food industry association today rejected a coroner’s call to add health warnings to soft drink labels following the 2010 death of a woman who drank about 2 gallons of Coca-Cola a day. More...

N. Korea conducts another nuke test

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Defying U.N. More...

Iraq bombs kill 31; Sunnis stage rallies

BAGHDAD (AP) — Car bombs struck two outdoor markets in Shiite areas of Iraq today, killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens in the bloodiest day in nearly a month, as minority Sunnis staged mass anti-government protests in a sign of mount More...

Suicide bombing occurs in north Mali

GAO, Mali (AP) — A suicide bomber hit a checkpoint in northern Mali today, killing only himself in the first known suicide bombing since French military forces intervened in this chaotic African nation whose northern half was ruled by armed Isl More...

Britain’s defense chief visits Afghanistan

LONDON (AP) — British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond has made an unannounced visit to southern Afghanistan to visit U.K. troops. More...

Iran’s leader rejects direct talks with U.S.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader today strongly rejected proposals for direct talks with the United States, effectively quashing suggestions for a breakthrough one-on-one dialogue on the nuclear standoff and potentially other iss More...

New Bank of England boss open to review

LONDON (AP) — Mark Carney, the Canadian central banker who is set to become the Bank of England’s governor this summer, said today he is open to a review of Britain’s monetary policy framework, potentially opening the way to a more More...

2 cities in tug-of-war over Richard’s bones

LONDON (AP) — Two English cities are doing battle over the bones of King Richard III. This week scientists announced that a skeleton found under a parking lot in the city of Leicester belonged to the king, who died in 1485. More...