International

“Victory for the Philippines” as INC sets 2 new Guinness records for worldwide benefit walk

MANILA, Philippines — “Congratulations!  You are now officially amazing, again!” With this declaration, Guinness world records official adjudicator Kirsty Bennett announced Sunday, February 16, that the Iglesia Ni Cristo now had set two new world records for its “Worldwide Walk” for Yolanda survivors held on Saturday, February 15, coinciding with the 100th day since the super typhoon struck Central Philippines. The first Guinness record set on February 15 was for the largest charity walk in a […]

Exclusive: Syria on track to miss deadline to destroy chemical weapons

By Anthony Deutsch AMSTERDAM Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:34pm EST (Reuters) – Syria has relinquished only 11 percent of its chemical weapons in three shipments and is on track to miss a politically-loaded midyear deadline to completely destroy the toxic stockpile, sources told Reuters on Friday. Syria should already have handed over the 1,300 tonnes of toxic chemicals declared to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the body overseeing the process with […]

Thousands flee Syrian town as ‘major assault’ looms

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:52am EST (Reuters) – Thousands of people have fled a rebel-held town in Syria after it was bombed and shelled in an operation that has prompted fears of a major assault by ground troops, the United Nations said on Friday. The fighting came as peace talks in Geneva neared the end of a second round with the government and opposition sides as far from agreement as ever, […]

Winter storm buries parts of northeast; death toll at 20

By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:55pm EST (Reuters) – The U.S. East Coast dug out on Friday from the final wallop of a deadly four-day storm that dumped more than two feet of snow in some places, causing chaos from the South to New England. Five more people were killed on icy roads or while shoveling snow in North Carolina, bringing the storm’s death toll to at least 20. In New […]

Snowstorm Hits Northeast US, 18 Killed

Northeastern United States was covered in snow because of the heavy snowstorm, covering 750,000 houses and business establishments, causing power outages and flight cancellations. 18 were reported killed because of the snowstorm.

Attack on prison in Yemeni capital kills 11

By Khaled Abdullah SANAA Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:46pm EST (Reuters) – Eleven people were killed when attackers mounted a bomb, grenade and gun assault on the main prison in Yemen’s capital on Thursday to try to free inmates, security sources and witnesses said. Explosions and gunfire could be heard several kilometers away from the prison in northern Sanaa, which has al Qaeda members among its inmates. The biggest explosion rattled windows in the area. […]

Storms taking toll on families, schools in Northeast

By Victoria Cavaliere and Chris Francescani NEW YORK Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:29pm EST (Reuters) – A winter storm that froze the U.S. southeast in its tracks pushed north on Thursday, with driving winds and heavy snow snarling travel and closing many schools from Washington to Connecticut, creating havoc for winter-weary parents. More than 700,000 people, including residents of Georgia and South Carolina hit by a heavy blast of ice a day earlier, were without […]

For South China Sea claimants, a legal venue to battle China

(Reuters) – When Philippine President Benigno Aquino compared China to the Germany of 1938 and called for global support as his country battles Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea, he put the focus on a case that Manila has filed in an international court. The Philippines has taken its dispute with China to arbitration under the United Nations’ Convention on the Law of the Sea and its lawyers say that the tribunal has discretionary […]

Two American soldiers killed in Afghan ‘insider’ attack: officials

KABUL Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:45pm EST (Reuters) – Men in Afghan army uniforms turned their weapons on American forces in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing two U.S. soldiers and wounding four others, officials said. An Afghan Interior Ministry official said the shooting took place in Kapisa province, just north of the capital, Kabul. The NATO-led coalition confirmed two foreign soldiers had been shot dead, but did not specify their nationality. Two U.S. defense officials, […]

Exclusive: Opposition plan for post-war Syria ignores Assad

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis GENEVA Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:51pm EST (Reuters) – The Syrian opposition called on Wednesday for a transitional governing body to oversee a U.N.-monitored ceasefire across Syria and expel foreign fighters, in a paper that avoided any mention of President Bashar al-Assad. The confidential paper, seen by Reuters, lays out a vision of post-conflict Syria with all ethnic groups participating in a transition process aimed at restoring peace and stability. Opposition […]

Bombs kill at least 17 across Iraq: police and medics

HILLA, Iraq Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:52pm EST (Reuters) – At least 17 civilians and soldiers were killed in car and roadside bomb attacks across Iraq on Wednesday, police and medics said. No group claimed responsibility for any of the attacks, but Sunni Islamists and other insurgents have been regaining ground in a violent campaign to destabilize Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government. More than 1,000 people were killed in attacks across the country in January alone in […]