Growing concern with China’s behavior at sea: senior U.S. diplomat

(Reuters) – The United States has growing concerns that China’s maritime claims in the disputed South China Sea are an effort to gain creeping control of oceans in the Asia-Pacific region, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. In congressional testimony, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Danny Russel said China’s vague territorial claims in the South China Sea had “created uncertainty, insecurity and instability” among its neighbors. While the […]

Syria misses chemical weapons handover deadline

By Anthony Deutsch AMSTERDAM Wed Feb 5, 2014 5:01pm EST (Reuters) – Syria on Wednesday missed a deadline to hand over all the toxic materials it declared to the world’s chemical weapons watchdog, putting the program several weeks behind schedule and jeopardizing a final June 30 deadline. At the same time, opposition activists say the Syrian air force is attacking the country’s biggest city, Aleppo, with barrel bombs, forcing many to flee. Turkey was turning […]

Scathing U.N. report demands Vatican act against child sex abuse

An unprecedented and scathing United Nations report said on Wednesday (February 5) that the Vatican has consistently placed the reputation of the Church above the interests of child sex abuse victims. The U.N. watchdog for children’s rights demanded that the Vatican “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to civil authorities, as well as hand over its archives on sexual abuse of tens of thousands of children. The watchdog’s exceptionally blunt paper — […]

Rosa Parks turns 101

                Rosa Parks, the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement after refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. Parks once said  “When people made up their minds that they wanted to be free and took action, then there was change. But they couldn’t rest on just that change. It has to continue.” Born on February 4, 1913, Rosa Parks […]

Russia says Syria to ship chemical arms as civilians flee bombs

By Gabriela Baczynska and Erika Solomon MOSCOW/BEIRUT Tue Feb 4, 2014 4:43pm EST (Reuters) – Russia said its ally Syria would soon ship more chemical weapons abroad for destruction after being accused of dragging its feet, while activists said civilians in Aleppo were fleeing deadly barrel bomb raids by President Bashar al-Assad’s air force. Moscow also said on Tuesday that the Syrian government would show up at a new round of peace talks next week, […]

Italy PM Letta wins confidence vote on prison overcrowding bill

ROME Tue Feb 4, 2014 4:15pm EST (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a confidence vote on Tuesday which he had called to hurry a law through parliament aimed at reducing prison overcrowding. The lower house voted 347 to 200 to back the government’s decree, which must now be passed by the Senate to become law. The confidence vote, on which the survival of the government was staked, was used to eliminate time-consuming […]

Convicted Killer Escapes From Michigan Prison

A man serving time for four murders escaped from a Michigan prison last Sunday during Super Bowl weekend . The suspect kidnapped a woman and forced her to drive him to Indiana. The stolen vehicle was found but the convict remains at large. Reports said that he escaped through the perimeter fence of the said prison. Authorities are currently conducting manhunt operations.

Apple releases “1.24.14” film, Shot on iPhone in Just 1 Day

  30 years ago, on January 24, 1984, Steve Jobs and his friends introduced the Mac at the investor meeting. To celebrate with this anniversary, Apple spent their January 24, 2014 shooting for a short (1 minute and 28 seconds) film called “1.24.14.” Would you believe that this short film was only shot using iPhone5s? Yes, and in fact , with crews working in 15 locations spread around five continents by none other than Jake Scott […]

Libya PM threatens eastern protesters with troops

By Ghaith Shennib TRIPOLI Mon Feb 3, 2014 5:45pm EST (Reuters) – Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan stepped up the pressure on protesters blocking eastern ports on Monday, telling them he had weeks ago ordered troops to prepare to move there to end their blockade. Zeidan has repeatedly warned he may use force to free up three key ports where protesters demanding more autonomy from Tripoli have cut off around 600,000 barrels per day of […]

Suicide bomb attack hits passenger van in south Beirut

By Laila Bassam BEIRUT Mon Feb 3, 2014 2:32pm EST (Reuters) – A suicide bomber blew himself up in a passenger van in a southern suburb of Lebanon’s capital Beirut on Monday as the country continued to struggle with the fallout from the civil war in neighboring Syria. At least two people were wounded in the blast, including the driver and a woman, but no one was killed apart from the bomber, the health minister […]

Iraqi forces kill 57 Islamist militants in Sunni province

BAGHDAD Mon Feb 3, 2014 2:49pm EST (Reuters) – Iraqi troops and allied tribesmen killed 57 Islamist militants in Anbar province on Monday, the Defense Ministry said, in advance of a possible assault on the Sunni Muslim rebel-held city of Falluja. There was no independent verification of the toll among the militants, said to be members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a jihadi group also fighting in the civil war […]

U.N. nuclear agency may press Iran on rare isotope in probe

By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA Mon Feb 3, 2014 2:30pm EST (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog says it wants Iran to clarify past production of small amounts of a rare radioactive material that can help trigger an atomic bomb explosion, but which also has non-military uses. The comment about polonium by U.N. atomic agency chief Yukiya Amano at a weekend security conference in Munich suggested the issue may be raised at talks between his experts […]