International

22
Nov
State Department: North Korea confirms detention of American

North Korea has confirmed to Swedish diplomats that it is holding an American citizen, the U.S. State Department said Friday. The State Department has declined to confirm the identity of the citizen, citing privacy issues. But the family of 85-year-old Merrill Newman of Palo Alto, California, has said he has been detained in North Korea since October 26. Washington does not have diplomatic relations with Pyongyang, and it has been working... [read news]

21
Nov
At least 4 die in roof collapse at Latvian mall

The roof of a shopping mall collapsed in Latvia's capital on Thursday evening, killing four people and trapping dozens of others, officials in the Baltic country said Thursday. The country's national news agency LETA, citing a government official, reported there were four deaths. A toddler was among the injured at the Maxima shopping mall, located on Priedaines Street in western Riga's Zolitude neighborhood, according to LETA. Riga Mayor... [read news]

20
Nov
Polar storm grounds Prince Harry and veterans ahead of South Pole trek

Bad weather is keeping Britain's Prince Harry and a team of UK veterans stranded in South Africa, their take-off point to Antarctica where they will race U.S. and Commonwealth teams on a trek to the South Pole. Swedish actor and "True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard is an honorary member of the U.S. team, while Dominic West, perhaps best known for his role as McNulty in "The Wire," joins veterans wounded in combat from the Commonwealth... [read news]

19
Nov
23 dead in Lebanon in bombings linked to Syria's civil war

In the latest spasm of violence in Lebanon over neighboring Syria's civil war, two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the Iranian Embassy in southern Beirut on Tuesday. At least 23 people died and 146 were injured, according to the Lebanese Health Ministry. On Twitter, a radical Sunni group claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying similar assaults would continue until the Iran-supported Shiite group Hezbollah stops sending... [read news]

18
Nov
Google to remove Maps image of slain teen

Google says it will replace a Google Maps image after a California father complained it shows the body of his teen-age son, who was shot to death in 2009. Jose Barrera, of Richmond, California, said he discovered the image, visible on Google Maps' satellite view feature, last week. "When I see this image, it's still like that happened yesterday," Barrera told KTVU-TV in Oakland, a CNN affiliate. "And that brings me back to a lot of... [read news]

17
Nov
Cameron sets March deadline for Sri Lanka rights investigation

British Prime Minister David Cameron has given Sri Lanka a March 2014 deadline to hold an independent international inquiry into alleged war crimes during the country's 26-year civil war. Cameron held talks with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa while in the capital of Colombo for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on Friday. The summit opened Friday amid concerns about the rights situation after Sri Lanka's war with the... [read news]

16
Nov
Libyan militia fires on protesters, killing at least 43

At least 43 people were killed and at least 460 injured as a result of the bloodiest day of fighting on Friday in the Libyan capital since the fall of Tripoli in 2011, state-run Libya News Agency reported Saturday. Fighting broke out after protesters marched on the Tripoli headquarters of militias from the coastal city of Misrata. Protesters and eyewitnesses said militiamen opened fire on the hundreds who marched on Gharghour, a southern... [read news]

15
Nov
Indian Intellectual Property: Time For A Legal (WTO) Complaint?

The time may be ripe for an international legal complaint against India for its disregard of corporate intellectual property, a government lawyer said Thursday at a New York event held by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  There is potential cause for a World Trade Organization complaint against India for violating intellectual property treaties, according to one panelist, a top trade lawyer and adviser to U.S. officials like the trade... [read news]

13
Nov
Eminem's huge success, and more news to note

As expected, Slim Shady's return has paid off tenfold. The Detroit rapper has a No. 1 with "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," and can also claim the second-biggest sales week of 2013. [Billboard] For its annual fashion show, Victoria's Secret has asked "Red" singer Taylor Swift to join the program as a performer, along with Fall Out Boy, A Great Big World and Neon Jungle. We don't really know how those acts go together, either, but we... [read news]

12
Nov
Egypt lifts state of emergency

Egypt on Tuesday lifted a three-month state of emergency that was put in place after hundreds were killed in clashes involving security personnel and protesters in Cairo, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported.. The country's administrative court ordered that the emergency -- which was intended to limit public gatherings -- be lifted Tuesday afternoon, two days earlier than expected, MENA reported. Egypt's Cabinet had said... [read news]


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