By Lidia Kelly and Alissa de Carbonnel MOSCOW/SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from U.S. President Barack Obama over Moscow's military intervention in Crimea, saying on Friday that Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine. After an hour-long telephone call, Putin said in a statement that Moscow and Washington were still far
By Daren Butler and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to ban Facebook and YouTube in Turkey in an attempt to stop political foes anonymously posting audio recordings purportedly exposing corruption and other malpractices in his inner circle. In the latest recording, released on YouTube late Thursday, Erdogan is purportedly heard berating a newspaper
VIENNA/ANKARA (Reuters) - A senior Iranian official said on Friday that expert-level talks between Iran and six world powers on Tehran's nuclear program were "substantive and useful". The March 5-7 meeting at the United Nations complex in Vienna is to prepare for the next round of political negotiations on the issue later this month, also in the Austrian capital. Seeking to build on an interim a
Congolese warlord Germain Katanga was convicted on Friday of being an accessory to war crimes including murder and pillage during an attack on a village more than a decade ago, but also cleared of a number of other charges. The trial has been seen as a test of the ability of prosecutors at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, which had handed down only one conviction and one acquittal
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) - A Malaysian court sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on Friday after finding the former deputy prime minister guilty of sodomizing his aide in 2008. The maximum punishment for the offence was a jail term of up to 20 years and whipping. Anwar's lawyers said they will apply for a stay of execution of the sentence pending an appeal to the
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Aqaba, Jordan, on Friday in an unscheduled visit to discuss Middle East peace with Jordan's King Abdullah. Kerry made the three-hour detour to the Red Sea resort of Aqaba from Rome where he attended a conference on Libya and held meetings on the crisis in Ukraine. "He is meeting with King Abdullah and Foreign Minister (Nasser) Judeh who came on the p
MOSCOW (AP) — Crimea would be welcome as an equal part of Russia if the region votes to leave Ukraine in an upcoming referendum, the speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament said Friday.
NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian navy officer died and some other workers have been sickened Friday by a gas leak in a ship being built in the Mumbai dockyard.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The Queensland Reds rebounded from a demoralizing loss to archrival New South Wales to beat South Africa's Cheetahs 43-33 on Friday in Super Rugby.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's president on Friday ruled out a ban on Facebook and YouTube after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan threatened such a move to stop political foes posting audio recordings purportedly exposing government corruption. "The closure of them is out of the question," Abdullah Gul told reporters when asked about Erdogan's comments, adding that under a recently passed law authorit
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Ukraine will compete in the Winter Paralympics in Sochi despite Russia's military moves in Crimea.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court on Friday sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on sodomy charges, overturning an earlier acquittal and ending his hopes of contesting a local election this month. The court said Anwar could remain free on bail while he appeals the verdict to the country's highest court.
The World Food Programme said Friday it was planning to airlift and airdrop urgently needed food aid to thousands of refugees and others affected by the conflict in South Sudan. The UN agency said the conflict in the world's newest nation had severely complicated supplying refugee camps in the northeastern Maban County with food, warning that cereal stocks there were exhausted. "Because our norm
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — French club Nantes will serve a one-year FIFA ban on recruiting new players after losing an appeal at Switzerland's supreme court.
Aqaba (Jordan) (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Jordan on Friday for talks with King Abdullah II on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, a US spokeswoman travelling with him said. Kerry, who arrived from Rome from where he also brought back his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh, will discuss the Middle East peace process with the monarch, spokesperson Marie Harf said. "We a
Foreign ministers from central Europe, the Baltics and Nordics condemned on Friday Russia's military intervention in Ukraine and a planned referendum planned by Crimea's government, calling for the EU to send an observation mission to Kiev. The group of countries, many of them sharing land borders with Russia or the Ukraine and living with the memory of Soviet rule, have taken a tough line in the
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have allowed the country's first corporate bond default, inflicting losses on small investors in a painful step toward making its financial system more market-oriented.
Paris (AFP) - French judges tapped the phone calls of former President Nicolas Sarkozy as part of a probe into allegations former Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi helped finance his 2007 election campaign, a French daily reported Friday.
By Michael Shields VIENNA (Reuters) - The Council of Europe, the pan-European human rights watchdog, is offering to investigate violence and the treatment of minorities in Ukraine to try to defuse mounting tensions between Kiev and Russia, Austria said. Sebastian Kurz, the foreign minister of Austria, which holds the revolving chair of the 47-member Council until May, told Reuters on Friday that h
SAO PAULO (AP) — Fans yelled racist insults at a Brazilian football player being interviewed by reporters after a match, the latest case of racism to hit the country that will host the World Cup in a few months.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court on Friday sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on sodomy charges, overturning an earlier acquittal and ending his hopes of contesting a local election this month.
Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung was on Friday jailed for six years for money laundering, after a Hong Kong trial that put the mysterious fortune of the hairdresser-turned-businessman under intense scrutiny. Judge Douglas Yau said the sentence sent a strong message against white-collar crime in the southern Chinese city, following the 54-year-old's conviction on five charges of laundering HK$7
India's Supreme Court on Friday rejected another proposal by the Sahara conglomerate to secure the release of its jailed chairman by refunding billions of dollars the company had raised from investors in a now outlawed bond scheme. Sahara Chairman Subrata Roy, 65, was arrested last Friday for failing to appear at a hearing in the long-running case that pits the unlisted group against the securit
The Formula One season hasn't even started and it's already looking like a long one for Lotus.
MADRID (AP) — Formula One's latest changes mean the sexy purr of engines and the violent throttle of speed won't quite be what they used to be.
Gosport (United Kingdom) (AFP) - A practice battleground complete with opposing sets of trenches used by British soldiers training for World War I has been discovered on the southern English coast, officials said Friday. The overgrown ditches on Ministry of Defence (MoD) land in Gosport, near Portsmouth, have long been used for military exercises. But it has only now emerged that they were in fa
MIRPUR, Bangladesh (AP) — Defending champion Pakistan is hoping big-hitting allrounder Shahid Afridi will be fit in time to play in the Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka on Saturday.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court on Friday found opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim guilty on sodomy charges, overturning an earlier acquittal and dealing a major blow to his hopes of contesting a local election this month. Anwar is the most potent threat to the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose popular support has weakened over the last two elections.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A former girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius testified Friday at the double-amputee runner's murder trial that he always carried a firearm and that their relationship ended when he cheated on her with Reeva Steenkamp, the woman he fatally shot last year.
BEIJING (AP) — An explosion Friday at a chemicals plant in northern China killed one person and left 12 others missing, authorities said.