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U.N. humanitarian chief says to visit Syria this week, Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. humanitarian affairs chief Valerie Amos said on Monday that the Syrian government had agreed to allow her to visit the conflict-wracked country...

Hundreds of anti-Putin protesters detained in Russia, Lidia Kelly And Alissa De Carbonnel

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian riot police detained more than 500 protesters including opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Monday at rallies challenging the legitimacy of Vladimir...

Iran dismisses execution sentence on U.S.-Iranian, Staff Reporter

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's supreme court on Monday dismissed an execution sentence passed by a revolutionary court against an Iranian-American national accused of spying for th...

ICRC reaches Syria's Homs, blocked from worst-hit area, Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA (Reuters) - The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Monday that it had distributed food and other aid to some neighborhoods of the battered Syrian city of ...

U.N. gravely concerned by Somalia threats, famine, Michelle Nichols

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council expressed grave concern on Monday at the threat posed by Somali pirates and extremist groups as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon war...

Algeria promises Libya it will rein in Gaddafi family, Taha Zargoun

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The most senior Algerian official to visit Libya since its revolution promised on Monday that members of Muammar Gaddafi's family given refuge on Algerian ...

Yemen president vows to pursue Qaeda-linked militants, Mohammed Mukhashaf

ADEN (Reuters) - Yemen's new president vowed Monday to pursue militants linked to al-Qaeda to their last hiding place after they killed more than 110 soldiers in their deadlie...

Iran to hold runoff parliamentary vote, Staff Reporter

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will hold run-off elections for 65 parliamentary seats, state media said on Monday, after loyalists to the paramount clerical leader won a dominating m...

U.S. to Nigeria: Develop north to beat Boko Haram, Camillus Eboh

ABUJA (Reuters) - The United States urged Nigeria to tackle an Islamist insurgency in the north by bringing jobs and development to the deprived region, and it pledged to supp...

"Invisible" president has post-vote Congo on edge, Jonny Hogg

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Three months after one of the world's most expensive elections, the Democratic Republic of Congo has no parliament or new government and its people are be...

Militants celebrate after killing 110 Yemeni soldiers, Mohammed Mukhashaf

ADEN (Reuters) - Militants linked to al Qaeda celebrated on Monday one of their deadliest attacks on the Yemeni army, parading military hardware seized after they killed more ...

IAEA: possible "activities" at Iran military site, Staff Reporter

VIENNA (Reuters) - The United Nations nuclear watchdog chief said on Monday there were indications of "activities" taking place at an Iranian military site which his inspector...

Germany hits back at Lukashenko after gay slur, Staff Reporter

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government hit back at Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko on Monday after his slur on Germany's foreign minister that it was "better to b...

Iceland puts former PM on trial over crisis, Omar Valdimarsson

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Iceland began the trial Monday of former prime minister Geir Haarde for failing to prevent a 2008 financial crash, thought to be the only prosecution in ...

ICRC reaches Homs but is blocked from worst-hit area, Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA (Reuters) - The International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday that it had distributed food and other aid to some neighborhoods of the battered Syrian city of Hom...

Kyrgyz leader seeks to bridge regional divisions, Staff Reporter

OSH, Kyrgyzstan (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan's new leader will seek to extend his government's reach in the turbulent Central Asian state on Monday after an election key to deciding...

Spain's safety net frays as care workers go unpaid, Paul Day

PUERTOLLANO, Spain, March 5 - Mercedes Garcia, the director of a residency for severely mentally disabled adults, has a crisis in her kitchen.Two caterers have been supplying ...

Iran dismisses execution sentence on US-Iranian national, Staff Reporter

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's supreme court on Monday dismissed an execution sentence passed by a revolutionary court against an Iranian-American national accused of spying for th...

IAEA has "serious concerns" as Iran boosts nuclear work, Fredrik Dahl

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has tripled its monthly production of higher-grade enriched uranium and the U.N. nuclear watchdog has "serious concerns" about possible military dimens...

Iran dismisses execution sentence on U.S.-Iranian national, Staff Reporter

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's supreme court on Monday dismissed an execution sentence passed by a revolutionary court against an Iranian-American national accused of spying for th...

Gunmen kill 27 in raids on west Iraq checkpoints, Fadhel Al-badrani

FALLUJAH, Iraq (Reuters) - Gunmen disguised as police raided checkpoints and homes in western Iraq on Monday, killing at least 27 members of the security forces, police said, ...

Syrian troops pursue crackdown in Deraa, Homs, Suleiman Al-khalidi

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian forces flooded the city of Deraa on Monday after overnight clashes there and pursued "clean-up" operations in Homs, where the Red Cross was still stru...

Japan near deal with U.S. on Iran oil, wary of China on defense, Linda Sieg And Kiyoshi Takenaka

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and the United States are close to an agreement on cuts in Japanese imports of Iranian oil that will allow Tokyo to avoid U.S. sanctions, and may concl...

Insight: In Israeli military, a growing orthodoxy, Dan Williams

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Roni Daniel saw the writing on the wall in a toilet.A former infantry commander who fought in three Middle East wars and now the dean of Israeli defense ...

Russian election deemed unfair, protests planned, Timothy Heritage And Alexei Anishchuk

MOSCOW (Reuters) - International monitors said on Monday Russia's presidential election was clearly skewed to favor Vladimir Putin, a verdict that could spur protesters planni...

Greek tanker sinks off Athens, captain dead, Staff Reporter

ATHENS (Reuters) - The captain of a Greek tanker was killed when his ship, carrying more than 2,000 tonnes of oil and diesel, sank west of Athens on Monday, coastguard officia...

IAEA says cannot be sure Iran's nuclear program is peaceful, Staff Reporter

VIENNA (Reuters) - The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Monday his organization could not be sure that Iran's nuclear program did not ...

Chavez faces more cancer treatment before Venezuela vote, Andrew Cawthorne And Eyanir Chinea

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Hugo Chavez said he will need radiation treatment for cancer in the run-up to Venezuela's October presidential poll, though he insisted there was...

Exclusive - India's top Iranian oil buyer plans to cut imports, Nidhi Verma

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's largest Iranian oil buyer plans to almost halve daily imports, industry sources said on Monday, becoming the latest Asian refiner to cut as Weste...

Exclusive: India's top Iranian oil buyer plans to cut imports, Nidhi Verma

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's largest Iranian oil buyer plans to almost halve daily imports, industry sources said on Monday, becoming the latest Asian refiner to cut as Weste...

Deep 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Argentina: USGS, Staff Reporter

(Reuters) - - A major earthquake of 6.1 magnitude struck in Argentina, 69 miles east southeast of Santiago del Estero at a depth of 340 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said....

Death toll in south Yemen attacks rises to 85, Staff Reporter

ADEN (Reuters) - At least 85 soldiers were killed in twin suicide bombings and ensuing clashes with al Qaeda-linked fighters in south Yemen Sunday, medical sources said Monday...

Moderate quake shakes north India, no damage reported, Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake felt across north India rocked buildings and sent office workers running into the streets in the capital New Delhi at lunchtime Mon...

Gunmen raid on Iraq checkpoints, kill 27, Fadhel Al-badrani

FALLUJAH, Iraq (Reuters) - Gunmen disguised as police raided checkpoints and homes in western Iraq on Monday, killing at least 27 members of the security forces, police said, ...

Fresh from deal with U.S., N. Korea vows "sacred war" on South, Sung-won Shim

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea threatened "sacred war" against the South in a huge rally in the capital Sunday just days after the secretive state agreed with the United States...

Gunmen kill 18 Iraqi troops in checkpoint attacks, Staff Reporter

FALLUJAH, Iraq (Reuters) - Gunmen killed up to 18 members of Iraq's security forces in an attack on checkpoints in the town of Haditha in western Iraq Monday, Iraqi officials ...

Russia's Putin faces protests after poll triumph, Timothy Heritage

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin faces new protests on Monday to challenge his victory in a presidential election he said had prevented Russia from falling into the hands of ...

US-INTERNATIONAL Summary, Staff Reporter

Russian election criticism may spur protestsMOSCOW (Reuters) - International monitors said Russia's presidential election was clearly skewed to favour Vladimir Putin, a verdic...